TADJI ULRICH CROWNED 2018 TROP JR WINNER
Tadji Ulrich, 15 (Upwey, VIC) has won Trop Jr, the world’s largest short film festival for kids, with his film Outcasts Anonymous today at Event Cinemas Parramatta!
The playful comedy follows a support group for supernatural beings, including a vampire, a ghost and a brotherly zombie duo, inspired by Taika Waititi’s What We Do In The Shadows.
“What a brilliant film! Outcasts Anonymous was absolutely phenomenal,” said Founder and Executive Chair John Polson. “It’s awe-inspiring to see such young filmmakers tackling everything from light-hearted comedies, to the real issues faced by kids and teens every day, with an incredible level of sophistication. I have no reservations in saying that Tadji and the rest of these kids really are the future of filmmaking.”
Trop Jr also announced “PIZZA” as the Trop Jr Signature Item (TSI) for 2019, so filmmakers should get started if they want a slice of the pie!
Tadji is the lucky recipient of a $1,500 cash prize and 12 month Gold Pass courtesy of Venue and Screening Event Cinemas; a visit to an upcoming Australian film shoot to meet the director, visit departments and watch how it’s all done on-set, and a DVD gift pack all thanks to supporter Motion Picture Association; a $500 film course voucher from supporter AFTRS; a Trophy exclusively designed by Dinosaur Designs; and an invitation to judge Trop Jr 2019.
Austin Macfarlane (Greenslopes, QLD) took home Second Prize with The Sock Dimension, and Third Prize went to Daniel Nailand (Russell Lea, NSW) for Mr Wolf. Best Male Actor was awarded to Paul Butler, the director’s own father, for his hilarious role as an enthusiastic rainbow fanatic in Rainbow Chasers, and Best Female Actress came to a heart-racing tie between Katerina Alexander (Love, Ella) from Surry Hills, NSW and Jayda Hall (Iris) from Pymble, NSW.
This year’s competition was judged by a panel of young Aussie screen stars, including: Lincoln Younes (Home and Away), Madeleine Clunies-Ross (A Place to Call Home), Sean Keenan (Puberty Blues), Julian Maroun (Romper Stomper), Tiarnie Coupland (Neighbours), and winner of Trop Jr 2017 Nick Ward.
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