17 Feb 2011
By Sam Andruszkiewicz

Mobile film-makers go Tropfest crazy


So it’s that time of year again and Tropfest is rolling into town to showcase some of Australia’s finest filmmaking talent. Now in its second year Telstra Mobile Masterpieces requires filmmakers to shoot their Tropfest short film entirely on a mobile phone.
Here on Telstra Exchange we have been encouraging you all to use your phone for ‘pocket filmmaking’. In celebration I even put together a blog with some recipes for a DIY camera phone rigs.

All of this was so we could encourage you to enter the Telstra Mobile Masterpieces competition and you must have been listening because this year had a record number of entries.

We were all blown away by this years entries into the competition “although these films are created entirely on a mobile phone, the quality has been astounding” said John Polson the Founder and Director of Tropfest. The judging crew at Tropfest were all impressed with the entrants so I can’t wait to see the finalists on the night.

The three finalists for Telstra Mobile Masterpieces are:


Director: Steve Baker

Steve shot this film amidst the tragic Queensland floods. Although the rain continued unabated during the filming and many of the shooting locations were cut off by the rising tides but Steve persevered and his determination has paid off.


Director: Reza Bahramrad

At 27 Reza is the youngest Mobile Masterpieces finalist and drew her inspiration for the film from the emotions around unrequited love.

Lost Connection

Director: Alison Heather

This is the first time Alison has shot and edited a film solo but her previous film efforts have led to screenings at film festivals internationally.

There are  a number of ways to watch these finalists vie for the $5000 first prize (not to mention a VIP trip to Sundance next year….Drools). If you are in Sydney you can come down to the Domain in the city and there are also a tonne of live sites all around Australia (see list below). Of course you can also catch them all online on the Tropfest Youtube channel after the event or via your NextG mobile phone too.

If you end up at the Sydney event be sure to come early and Telstra will be sure to keep you entertained.

Firstly we are letting you be a part of the action and make your very own short film. Our street teams will be about with the Sony Xperia X10 helping you to shoot your favourite one liner and share it with friends on our custom Youtube playlist (watch here after Sunday!).

Telstra will also be giving away photo souvenirs of the event and we will be giving away free popcorn to stave off those movie-munchies. So there is plenty of fun to be had on the ground before the movies even start!

If you can’t make the event, never fear – you can still be part of the action thanks to the Telstra Crowd Pleaser Award. It’s the “people’s choice” award and all you have to do to enter is SMS the name of the film, your name 0427 46 46 46. This puts you in the running for an amazing $5,000 cash prize!

So take part join and support the short film world in celebrating the largest short film festival in the world with a little help and love from Telstra.

Head to your nearest venue for an afternoon of entertainment, music and short films under the stars.

Sydney: The Domain (grounds open at 12.00pm)

Melbourne: Federation Square (grounds open at 3.00pm)

Canberra: Commonwealth Park – Barrine Drive, Regatta Point (grounds open at 3.00pm)

Adelaide: Colley Terrace, Glenelg (grounds open at 3.00pm

Perth: Bohemia Outdoor Cinema, Princess May Park – 92 Adelaide Street, Fremantle (grounds open at 5.00pm)

Brisbane: Riverside Green, The Parklands at South Bank (grounds open at 4.00pm)

Hobart: Salamanca Place – 77 Salamanca Place (grounds open at 5.00pm)

Surfers Paradise: Circle on Cavill, Surfers Paradise (grounds open at 3.30pm)


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  1. Taylor says:

    How can i watch these? Loved ‘following’ and really want to see it again!

  2. Its amazing, i really loved ‘Silencer’ top notch anti-mime message. You can catch all the films on your mobile through the bigpond mobile site or online through Tropfest. Cheers

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