Julian Lucas from Elwood in Victoria has won the coveted fruit trophy with his film Granny Smith.
The short film was chosen by an expert panel of five judges - Australian actor Kat Stewart (Offspring’s Billy Proudman); Australian writer Marcus Zusak – writer of The Book Thief; Hannibal, American Horror Story Asylum and Battle Star Galactica producer and film director Michael Rymer; writer of The Sapphires and actor Tony Briggs; as well as legendary film critic Margaret Pomeranz.
Julian Lucas is the lucky recipient of a brand new Toyota Corolla Levin ZR, a $10,000 cash prize thanks to Kennedy Miller Mitchell, and a trip to Los Angeles for a week of meetings with film executives (organised by Motion Picture Association and the Australian Screen Association). And to help him on his way as a filmmaker, he is now also the proud owner of Nikon D810 and $2,000 RRP worth of Nikkor lenses and accessories.
Jackson Mullane from Cronulla in NSW took home Second Prize with Red Nuts
, and Third Prize went to Stuart Bowen, from Newtown in NSW, for Twisted.
Best Male Actor was awarded to Kevin McIssac for his role as the down and out husband in Red Nuts
, and Best Female Actress went to Caitlin Scullin for her performance as the love-struck Lady of the Manor in A Lady and a Robot
. The $3,000 prize for each short film star was generously donated by Nicole Kidman.
Tropfest Founder and Director, John Polson, said “It’s been twenty two years since Tropfest first began and every year the films entered into the competition remind me of why I started this in the first place - to raise the profile of talented filmmakers and to share stories that, without this platform, might not otherwise be told.”
“It is a privilege to see the work of such incredibly talented filmmakers enter our festival, and this year is no exception,” Polson said.
Polson also announced “CARD” as the Tropfest Signature Item for the 2015, and that filmmakers should get started.