John Polson, Founder and Director of Tropfest, has today announced recently named Australian of the Year and AACTA President, Geoffrey Rush, will be one of the stars judging the 20th anniversary competition. He will also join the line-up at Tropfest’s inaugural filmmaker symposium, Tropfest Roughcut, on Saturday 18 February 2012.
The all-day event is staged in collaboration with Screen NSW, the NSW Government’s screen development and funding agency, a day before Tropfest’s huge 20th Birthday on Sunday 19 February. Rush joins keynote speaker and celebrated international screenwriter and producer of the 2011 box office hit Love and Other Drugs – Charles Randolph direct from New York.
High-profile Australian film editor Jason Ballantine; Kieran Darcy-Smith – whose new feature Wish You Were Here opened the Sundance Film Festival earlier this month; and leading international composer – Lisa Gerrard will also present as well as 2011 Tropfest Runner Up, Jason Van Genderen.
Rush says he is looking forward to meeting with emerging filmmakers. “Tropfest is turning 20, that’s serious frisky adulthood – so vicenarians, please join this sexagenarian for a cinematic chat on known knowns, known unknowns, and unknown unknowns… it’s a Q and A and I’d love to hear from you, ” he says.
The day will be hosted by actor, filmmaker and past Tropfest winner, Rob Carlton.
To find out what makes these industry heavyweights ‘tick’ creatively and how their respective disciplines contribute to filmmaking, pick up a ticket to the symposium from www.tropfest.com/au.