Tropfest founder and director John Polson, has announced that the 2015 edition of the iconic short film festival has been cancelled due to “a terrible and irresponsible mismanagement of Tropfest funds.” 

He said that the announcement was “the most difficult one I’ve made in Tropfest’s 23 year history.”

The festival was intended to run from December 6.

Read the statement below:

   

“It is devastating for me to announce today that Tropfest will not be taking place as scheduled in Centennial Park this year.
In the past week or so, I have been made aware that the company contracted to raise the funding and administer the Tropfest event is unable to move forward for financial reasons. 

Despite a challenging sponsorship climate, Tropfest has done reasonably well in attracting support this year; however, to my great surprise, the management company has informed us that it is unable to proceed.
It goes without saying that this announcement is the most difficult one I’ve made in Tropfest’s 23 year history. 

My heart goes out to this year’s 16 filmmaking finalists, to our incredible list of sponsors and partners, and of course to our loyal and beloved audience.
It is too early to tell what has actually happened here, although it is hard to avoid concluding there has been a terrible and irresponsible mismanagement of Tropfest funds. 

I and others will be spending the coming weeks and months investigating what has transpired.

In the meantime, I ask all of Tropfest’s many supporters to bear with us while we figure out how we can rebound from this disaster. Now more than ever this unique Australian cultural event needs your patience and support.”

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