Introducing the cultural phenonenom, Tropfest, a short film festival that originated in Australia. More than 100,000 attendees watch the one-night Sydney event. Tropfest, now in its 20th year, has since added other locations around the world.

But the World’s Largest Short Film Festival hasn’t truly “made it” until reaching New York, and that’s just weeks away.

Next month, Tropfest has its first New York-based and themed film festival. It takes places at Bryant Park in Midtown, and will cost you nothing to attend.

Australia native, John Polson, who now calls Brooklyn home, is the man responsible for bringing Tropfest to NYC. The Tropfest founder, and director of feature films Hide and Seek and Tenderness, is excited to give New York filmmakers their chance to grab the spotlight.

“This is on, we’re here to stay [in New York],” Polson tells FishbowlNY. “Short of a disaster.”

Gotham is no stranger to film festivals, with the Tribeca, co-founded by Robert De Niro. But this is exclusively a venue for short films with the main criteria being that any movie submitted can be no longer than seven minutes in length.

Polson says the more than 120 people submitting films surpasses his expectations.

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