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Rose Byrne to judge Tropfest

AAP logoAAP 20/11/2016 By Danielle McGrane

Australian actress Rose Byrne will head the jury for the short film festival, Tropfest.

The Bridemaids actress, who is starring in Sydney Theatre Company's production of David Mamet's Speed-The-Plow, will be judging the festival in the first year of its relocation from Centennial Park in the city to Parramatta Park.

"I am thrilled to be heading up the jury in such an important year for Tropfest as it celebrates its 25th year. I have had the opportunity to be a part of Tropfest both in Australia and New York and am excited to see its new home in Parramatta in February," Byrne said.

As the festival relocates west of the city, it will introduce events across Parramatta for a week including Trop Jnr, Trop Talks, and the Tropfest Craft Awards.

Entries for Tropfest are open until December 15 and all films must include this year's signature item which is pineapple.

"This is an enormous honour," Tropfest founder and director John Polson said.

"Rose is one of Australia's most prolific and talented actors and the finalist filmmakers, as well as Australian audiences, are in for a huge treat. We are looking forward to December 15, once all films have been received. The team then gathers to watch all of the entries and we have already received films from Australia, India, US and France."

The festival was cancelled last year after running into financial difficulties but was bailed out by CGU Insurance and took place in February, with Mel Gibson on the jury.

The short film festival began 25 years ago at Tropicana Cafe in Darlinghurst in Sydney before moving to Centennial Parkr.

*Tropfest will take place at Parramatta Park in Sydney on Saturday, February 11, 2017.

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