Tropfest Australia 2018 has been won by 23-year-old Greta Nash.
Short film’s night of nights in Australia saw 16 finalists with short films referencing, in one way or another, this year’s Tropfest Signature Item (TSI), ‘ROSE.’
The judging panel featured an array of industry leaders including: Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon, Oscar-nominated actress Rachel Griffiths, Primetime Emmy-nominated filmmaker Garth Davis (Lion), BAFTA-nominated Aussie documentarian Jennifer Peedom (Mountain), and Logie award-winning actor Rob Collins (Cleverman).
Melburnian Nash was bestowed with the festival’s top prize for her short film Two Piece, a coming-of-ager about every teenage girl’s worst nightmare – shopping for a bikini with her mum.
“A huge congratulations to Greta on being crowned winner of Tropfest 2018 tonight, at just 23 years old! The films we enjoyed this evening represented a great mix of diverse Australian narratives,” Tropfest Founder and Executive Chair John Polson said in a statement. “It’s films like Two Piece that highlight what Tropfest is all about – sharing great stories that might not otherwise be told.”
Greta was handed an array of prizes for taking home the top honour, including a Holden Equinox, $10,000 cash, a Studio Filming Prize Package worth $12,500 from Western Sydney University, a 12-month Event Cinemas Gold pass, and, perhaps most importantly, a film immersion course and ‘week of meetings’ in Los Angeles, with agents, studio executives and other industry professionals.
Freya Van Dyke, Two Piece‘s young lead, was awarded Best Female Actress. Nick Baker and Tristan Klein took home Second Prize with Rock Bottom, and Third Prize went to Damian McLindon for The Last Time I Saw You. Best Male Actor was awarded to Hugo Johnstone-Burt for his role as a terrified delivery man in the short film Combination Fried Rice.
Here’s the winning short, Two Piece: