Hugh Jackman joins the Tropfest team. Photo: Edwina Pickles.

Hugh Jackman joins the Tropfest team. Photo: Edwina Pickles. Photo: edwina pickles

Hugh Jackman, one of Australia's most-succesful film actors, has been named the New York host of Tropfest, one of our most succesful film festivals.

To be held three weeks after the official Sydney Tropfest in June this year, the New York Tropfest will be a weekend-long event including short film screenings, musical performances, and a filmmaker symposium called “Roughcut,” before the finale event at New York's Bryant Park, where finalists will be screened and judged live by a panel of celebrities and industry experts led by Jackman.

"Knowing that Tropfest has opened doors for brilliant filmmakers, actors and others for the past 20 years, I'm proud to be a part of the festival as it expands its reach to the U.S. and brings its competition to New York,” said Jackman. “As a mecca of the arts, New York is a perfect host for a festival that empowers creative minds to try their hand at filmmaking."

This year mark's Tropfest's 20th birthday, from the night director John Polson (Hide & Seek, Tenderness) showed a six-minute film he made for under $100 at his local café in Sydney, for 200 guests.

Now the annual festival in Sydney receives thousands of submissions and is attended by more than 150,000 people and watched live via satellite by hundreds of thousands more.

“Hugh has been a great supporter of Tropfest and we could not be more delighted to have him on board,” said Polson. “He is one of the greatest talents on stage and screen today and he embodies the type of creativity and passion we hope the competition will inspire.”

For details on how to submit check the Topfest website at: www.tropfest.com/newyork.