Tropfest judging panel to feature Simon Baker and director Jocelyn Moorhouse

Tropfest, Australia’s most prestigious short film festival has announced the judging panel that will decide the winner of the 16 finalists, this Sunday on Valentine’s Day at Sydney’s Centennial Park.

The Mentalist star Simon Baker and Packed to the Rafters actress, Rebecca Gibney will join Moulin Rouge! cinematographer Don McAlpine, and director of The Dressmaker Jocelyn Moorhouse on the judging panel, with more judges to be announced in the next coming days.

The winning film maker will take home the coveted fruit trophy, along with a prize pack including: $10,000 cash, a trip to Los Angeles for a week of meeting with film executives, a Hyundai Tuscon for a year, and a Nikon D800 and $2,000 worth of lenses and accessories.

The festival fun will begin from 11am when gates open for Trop Jr, the world’s largest short film festival for kids, presented by the Australian Children’s Television Foundation. Fifteen short films from film makers aged 15 years and younger will make their premiere with winners announced at 2:30pm.

From 3pm onwards, Tropfest will feature live music sets from rock duo Winterbourne, KLP, and The Preatures singer Gideon Bensen.

Along with the live viewing at Sydney’s Centennial Park, Tropfest viewing events will be held at venues across Australia. SBS 2 will also be streaming the action directly onto television from 9pm AEDT, and SBS Online will be live streaming it at

For more information on festival details, screening venues, and updates visit

Here’s a list of what you can expect at Tropfest:


  • CGU’s Picnic Patch and Valentine’s Day themed photo booth;
  • Nova 96.9’s VIP Inner Circle, to get the best Tropfest view:  Tune into Fitzy & Wippa’s Breakfast show to win tickets.
  • Register to help break a world record for world’s largest pyjama party with Qantas’ More info here:
  • Nikon is bringing bubble soccer, a photo booth, and their latest gear.
  • Presto’s photo booth will have cool sets and professional photographers on hand

Eats and Drinks

  • Crust Pizza
  • Krispy Kreme doughnuts
  • Connoisseur ice cream carts
  • Wine tasting – Mud House Wines, New Zealand


  • McDonald’s TropHubs – free charging stations and Wifi