Fuck Tropfest, eh
Well this was going to be a detailed rant about this year’s tropfest but it’s late and I’m tired so here is a half-hearted rant about this year’s tropfest.
Tonight I went to the Tropfest Short Film Festival in Sydney, which bills itself as the largest short film festival in the world. Out of hundreds, or possibly thousands, of submissions from around Australia, 16 films are selected for screening.
So not only did this year’s Tropfest lineup feature numerous films that used homosexuality and/or trans* people as a cheap punchline (???), the most insensitive of them all, Bamboozled, was inexplicably given the top prize of the night. Cool.
I am additionally embittered by the fact that this film isn’t even otherwise technically impressive or cleverly written (not that that would have saved it from being gross and offensive BUT COME ON, $10000 AND A CAR AND A TRIP TO THE STATES, WHAT?) and that my favourite film of the night, a funny, warm and clever satire of Australia’s treatment of refugees, went home empty-handed. I was pretty underwhelmed by the quality of the films on show in general (although most were at least lightly entertaining and a select few were halfway good pieces of cinema) but this move by the selection committee and judges was appalling. This was the first time I’d paid any attention to tropfest in years, after having had quite fond memories of watching the competition as a kid; don’t think I’ll be tuning in next year.
Edit: oh god just found out there was a booth at the event specially set up for people to appropriate Mexican culture, I’m done.