From the perils of adolescence and coming out, to sock monsters and Lego universes, the 17 Trop Jr Finalists will showcase films all the colours of the rainbow on Saturday 17 February 2018. Screening at its new home at Event Cinemas Parramatta, Trop Jr will showcase the brightest young movie-makers across the nation, including NSW, VIC, QLD, WA, and SA.
“These talented young filmmakers handle issues faced by kids and teens every day with an incredible level of sophistication, tackling mental health, sexual identity, and so much more. I’d definitely be keeping an eye on these kids to see what they’re capable of in the coming years!” said Founder and Executive Chair John Polson.
With a TSI like Rainbow, it’s no surprise some of the films focus on experiences of growing up queer. Dear Melody is an emotional drama about a girl who comes out to her friends, but finds herself cast away; and in Iris, a young girl dreams of the day her sexuality is accepted by her community.
The unique challenges of teenage life is another hot topic. Issues is a fascinating drama following a high school bookworm and bully who switch roles for a day; Introspect follows an introvert who tries to hide his negative thoughts from everyone around him; and Death Day follows a girl preparing to take her own life, who is saved by a simple act of kindness.
The young filmmakers also showcase their bright sense of humour. Outcasts Anonymous, is a playful comedy about a support group for supernatural beings; hilarious tale The Sock Dimension, follows a boy’s journey to rescue his lucky sock from another dimension; and Rainbow Chasers, is a madcap Storm Chasers parody.
Kids with wilder imaginations also let loose with Run, a sci-fi action flick following genetically advanced humans; fairy-tale crime thriller Mr Wolf, about a man who kidnaps children; and animation Pick A Colour, is about a boy who slips into a Lego universe in his dreams.
Trop Jr films have incorporated this year’s Trop Jr Signature Item, ‘RAINBOW’ into their work.
The winner of Trop Jr will take home a $2,500 cash prize and 12 month Gold Pass courtesy of Venue and Screening Event Cinemas; a visit to an upcoming Australian film shoot to meet the director, visit departments and watch how it’s all done on-set, and a DVD gift pack all thanks to supporter Motion Picture Association; a $500 film course voucher from supporter AFTRS, and a trophy by Dinosaur Designs.
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