The quarterly Australian film magazine Metro has published my article Shortcuts and Balloons: The Aesthetics of Tropfest in their winter issue (177).
Tropfest and its treacle-down influence has been bothering me for quite some time and this year I decided to take a close look at the finalists. In the article I discuss how the narrative and stylistic tropes of Tropfest films seem to be increasingly shaped by the shifting terms and conditions of the festival and the competitive culture surrounding it. I raise concerns about the impact this may have on the way Australian filmmakers approach the short film, and by extension, films more generally. I insist you grab a copy, read it and agree with absolutely everything I have to say, with no questions asked.
The new issue is available now, and you can preview some of the articles on the Metro website.