Tropfest NZ - over for now

Tue 21.Jun.16

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“It's been amazing to watch Tropfest NZ grow under TAFTs leadership and despite the current challenges, I have no doubt we will be back in New Zealand before long." - John Polson

The Taranaki Arts Festival Trust (TAFT) announces they will not be presenting a fifth Tropfest NZ competition and festival.

Tropfest NZ CEO Suzanne Porter said the charitable trust’s Board of Trustees had given the decision a lot of thought and “given the current economic climate we cannot present Tropfest without a core funder. We have tried many avenues but have not been able to get to a position of break even for the 2017 presentation.”

“It has been a great privilege to provide a platform for New Zealand filmmakers to showcase their work. We’ve seen an outstanding amount of talent and have been humbled by the support from the film industry.”

“We would like to thank our ambassadors and sponsors who have contributed to making four presentations of the festival. We’d also like to sincerely thank our filmmakers, our finalists, as well as everyone who has submitted a film to Tropfest NZ over the past 4 years.”

Tropfest Founder and Director John Polson said he was optimistic about the future of the festival in New Zealand, “I want to thank Suzanne and the team at TAFT for all of their incredible support and passion over the past few years.”

“It's been amazing to watch Tropfest NZ grow under their leadership and despite the current challenges, I have no doubt we will be back in New Zealand before long."

Tropfest Australia will be open to international entries, so New Zealand filmmakers planning on submitting a film to Tropfest NZ can submit their entries to Tropfest Australia. For more information on Tropfest Australia please see their website: www.tropfest.com

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