Tropfest Australia, supported by foundation partner CGU Insurance, has announced that tickets are now on sale for two of its most hotly-anticipated experiences  – TropTalks presented by Western Sydney University and Pick Your Patch.

Back for their biggest year yet, TropTalks presented by Western Sydney University (13 – 16 February 2018) return to their new home at the University’s Parramatta City and Sydney City campuses as part of a week-long extravaganza of events. The week comes to a spectacular finale with the main event on Saturday 17 February, where fans can pick their patch with VIP seating to skip the crowds.

“TropTalks, presented by Western Sydney University, will shed light on Indigenous perspectives, genre, new technologies, and adapting stories for film, while Pick Your Patch allows fans to avoid the crowds and secure unbeatable views of the action, with your own personal seat for the night and exclusive food and drink options. Add Trop Jr, TropJam, the Craft Awards and Opening Party, and you’ve got an action-packed week of film festivities!” said Tropfest Founder and Executive Chair John Polson.

“In recent times, Tropfest lovers have made it clear they want to help support this uniquely Australian festival and make it sustainable. Purchasing tickets for things like TropTalks and Pick Your Patch not only enhances your experience, but does indeed help support our organisation,” said Polson.

Western Sydney University’s Vice-President (People and Advancement), Mr Angelo Kourtis, said the University is pleased to sponsor TropTalks – Tropfest’s ideas and education program – for the second year.

“We are delighted to once again be a partner of TropTalks, and bring this exciting public event to Western Sydney – a region home to more than two million people, and the cultural and geographic heart of Sydney,” said Kourtis.

Tropfest has grown significantly since its humble beginnings at the Tropicana Café in Sydney’s Darlinghurst in 1993, where an eager crowd of 200 showed up for a short film screening organised by Tropfest founder John Polson.  This year, tens of thousands of film lovers are expected to enjoy short films from 16 finalists in beautiful Parramatta Park.

Tropfest is supported by Foundation Partner CGU Insurance, Presenting Partner Melrose Park and Strategic Partners Western Sydney University, Parramatta Park Trust, and the City of Parramatta. Tropfest’s Live Streaming Partner is YouTube Australia and is supported by Major Government Partner, Screen Australia.