Mankind Is No Island, the winner at the Tropfest Short Film Festival New York this year, presents a poignant reminder of the continuing reality of homelessness in the city. Filmed in New York and Sydney on a mobile phone, the 3 minute video uses street signs and footage of actual homeless people.
Using his Sydney Film Festival Telstra mobile phone prize, Jason van Genderen made a 3 ½ minute film about Sydney and New York’s homeless people, reducing celebrity judges to tears, and winning both the ‘People’s Choice’ and ‘Best Film’ awards.
Click on the image below to play the video in YouTube (HD)
The three men behind the film, director Jason van Genderen, co-producer Shane Emmett and composer John Roy, have teamed up with Gavin Banks, Greg Hall and Brian Dyer to launch ‘Treehive Creative’, a film production studio based in Gosford, New South Wales. Their prize win included $US20,000 cash, return flights to New York plus an exclusive ‘first look’ picture deal with a major NY film production house.
See more of Jason’s work on the Jason Van Genderen YouTube channel.
Tropfest was founded in 1993 by film director John Polson, originally named the Tropicana Short Film Festival, named after the Darlinghurst cafe in which it was held. Inspired by the 200 people turning up for the first informal festival, Polson upgraded the festival, moving it to the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney’s Domain. The event is now broadcast live to outdoor locations in Melbourne, Canberra, Perth, Brisbane, Hobart and Adelaide, attracting a live national audience of over more than 150,000 people on a single night. Tropfest partnered with the Tribeca Film Festival to launch Tropfest@Tribeca, now known as Tropfest NY. The festival will be broadcast live by Movie Extra in 2009, makig it available to more than 1 million subscribers and at unofficial sites around Australia.
Entries for the February 22 2009 festival close on January 15, open to anyone who wishes to enter. 16 finalists are selected from an entry pool of an average 650 entries. Tropfest films must be no longer than seven minutes, be made specifically for Tropfest, premiere at Tropfest and include the Tropfest Signature Item (or TSI). The TSI for Movie Extra Tropfest 2009 is “SPRING”.