Tropfest Australia has recently announced that Academy Award winning and five-time Emmy nominated actress Susan Sarandon will head the Tropfest Australia 2018 jury, along with the announcement that ABC will be the exclusive broadcast partner.
Susan is fresh off a Golden Globe nomination for Feud, and is known for her critically acclaimed performances in classic films such as Bull Durham, Thelma & Louise, Dead Man Walking and The Lovely Bones.
Past jurors of included film icons such as Julianne Moore, Nicole Kidman, Liev Schreiber, Cate Blanchett, Naomi Watts, Billy Crudup and George Miller, who heads the Tropfest Advisory Board.
Sarandon will take part in the highly anticipated and star-studded week of festivities, culminating in the ‘main event’ Tropfest is known for, taking place 17 February at Parramatta Park.
Sarandon commented on the event, saying, “I love Australia and am extremely excited to be coming to Sydney in February for Tropfest. There is an enormous amount of film talent down under, so I’m looking forward to watching all of these amazing short films showcasing Australia’s vibrant diversity.”
ABC will broadcast the Tropfest main event live on its new channel, ABC Comedy (formerly ABC2). It will also be streamed via ABC iView, the ABC Comedy Facebook page and on the ABC YouTube channel to a global audience.
ABC’s Director of Television, David Anderson said “Tropfest promises to be an amazing event this year, and we are incredibly excited to partner with Tropfest Australia to bring the unique talents of new and emerging Australian filmmakers to our television audiences.”
The broadcast will air 17 February on ABC Comedy, capturing the black-carpet arrivals as well as exclusive interviews with the starts and biggest names attending the show, as well as the 16 films being shown at Parramatta Park.