After months of anticipation and a little bit of evening showers, Daniel ‘Cloud’ Campos and Spencer Susser’s stop motion animation Shiny was named the winner of Tropfest Australia 2016.
Tropfest Founder and Director, John Polson, said: “I congratulate Daniel Cloud Campos and Spencer Susser on taking home the Tropfest trophy this evening. Tonight’s turn out shows Tropfest is more alive and relevant than ever. It’s thrilling to see so many supporters of short film come out to celebrate grassroots storytelling. Tropfest’s ability to celebrate the phenomenal talent of these filmmakers with film industry heavyweights and such a huge national audience is the part of the magic that has taken many of our winners to the next level of their careers.”
“The last few months have been an incredible – at times very difficult – journey. Just a couple of months ago, I truly believed there would never be another Tropfest because of what happened. But thanks to CGU Insurance, here we are, having screened 16 incredible finalist films to hundreds of thousands of people all over Australia and the world. It’s hard to put into words what we owe CGU Insurance for keeping this uniquely Australian event on the tracks. It’s a wonderful feeling knowing Tropfest – and the many small businesses that rely on us every year – will continue,” he said.
Nick Baker and Tristan Klein from Sydney, picked up second prize for their animation Postcards to Ulay. Third Prize went to Rick Donald from Sydney for The ATM.
Rick Donald won Best Male Actor for his role as Frankie in The ATM, and Best Female Actress went to Natalie Bassingthwaighte for her performance as Sarah in Why Would I Lie?
Jeff Harding won the Nikon DSLR Film category, for Andrew Kennedy and Tim Chatfield’s documentary about Australia’s first World Light Heavyweight Champion.
Shiny also walked away with two Tropfest Craft Awards for Sound Design and VFX. You can watch the full short film below: