Trop Jr

Trop Jr is a short film festival featuring films produced by Australians aged 15 years and younger.[1] Trop Jr has been part of the Tropfest film festival since 2008 and is held in Sydney, Australia each year. Trop Jr is billed as "The Worlds Largest Short Film Festival for Kids! By Kids!".

Each year, Trop Jr has a theme of a "signature item", an item or action being incorporated in the entry films to ensure that they are unique and are made specifically for Trop Jr. The films must be seven minutes or less.[2] The prize includes a digital camera, an ABC3 educational filmmaking experience and film and television short courses.[3]


Trop Jr has been included as part of the Tropfest program since 2008, when 8 films were entered into competition.[1] It had been planned for three years, and has support from the Australian Children's Television Foundation, Boomerang and the Cartoon Network.[4]

One of the judges in 2009, when 12 films were screened, was child actor Brandon Walters.[5] Around 150 films were entered in 2010, of which 14 were finalists including two separate films by a brother and sister; the elder brother won.[6] The 2008 runner-up also made the finals in 2009.[7] The 2011 winner, "Imagine", was inspired by Inception, and was made on a camera phone for A$70 over three days.[3] Adrian Di Salle, winner in 2013, had entered 4 times previously, never being shortlisted until his fifth winning entry.

Year Winner Runner-up Signature item Reference
2008 Guy Verge Wallace, "Poor Joshua Verde" Jasmin-Johanna Mobbs, "Besties" Green [1]
2009 Gabriel Colomb, "Dry Water: The Making Of" Andrew Mills, "Big Bad Baz" Squeeze [2][8]
2010 Peter Richardson and Josh Raish, "Every Coin Has Two Sides" Sam Wickham, "D'Amoure Courte" Dot [6][9]
2011 Simeon Bain, "Imagine" Emily Williamson & Mayfield State School, "The Groundsman" Fan [3]
2012 Max Barden and Tim Sheehan, "Let's Make A Movie" Yianni Rowlands, "The I Think You Stink Show" Juice [10]
2013 Adrian Di Salle "The Adventures Of Lucy" Oliver Levi-Malouf, "Penelopes Penguins" Monster
2014 Paige Bebee, "Chance" Jobe Adams, "Buloo" Fly [11]


  1. 1 2 3 McWhirter, Erin (18 February 2008). "Naomi Watts tears up at Tropfest tribute to Heath Ledger". Retrieved 26 June 2011.
  2. 1 2 Bizzaca, Caris (1 February 2009). "Our film whiz-kids shoot for the big time at Trop Jr". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 26 June 2011.
  3. 1 2 3 Davey, Melissa (21 February 2011). "Filmed on a phone, spy movie takes out junior Tropfest award". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 26 June 2011.
  4. Timson, Lia (17 September 2007). "Junior goes to Hollywood". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 26 June 2011.
  5. "Australia star joins Trop Jr judging panel". 702 ABC Sydney. 19 February 2009. Retrieved 26 June 2011.
  6. 1 2 Fulton, Adam (20 February 2010). "Pick of the Trop: sibling rivalry goes celluloid". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 26 June 2011.
  7. "Classic storylines dominate Tropfest shortlist". ABC News. 6 February 2009. Retrieved 26 June 2011.
  8. Maddox, Garry (23 February 2009). "Oh brother: woman in red carries off the Tropfest prize". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 26 June 2011.
  9. "Kyle Sandilands inspires Tropfest winner". 22 February 2010. Retrieved 26 June 2011.
  11. Paige!|date=09 December 2014|work=Trop Jr|accessdate=13 July 2015

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