Winners now meet more people on their LA trip than used to attend the festival ... Crowds gather for the open-air Tropfest 1997 short film festival in Sydney.
It started out in 1993 at a trendy Darlinghurst cafe as a means for its creator John Polson to show a short film no one else really wanted to see.
It has blossomed into a city-stopping event attracting tens of thousands, in Sydney, New York and, erm, Saudi Arabia. That makes it the largest short-film festival in the world - in geographical reach certainly.
Anyway, in the run up to next year's event on February 17, Tropfest has announced its prize pool, to wit, a Toyota Corolla, $10,000 and a trip to Los Angeles for a week of meetings with film industry executives.
New York based Tropfest founder John Polson more recently. Photo: Quentin Jones
All of which, Polson will forgive us for saying, is a darn sight better than winning his undying gratitude for sitting through his movie in 1993. Entries for the festival close on January 3.
Visit tropfest.com/au for details.