Tropfest Featured Films


    Directed by Scott Holgate

    A young boy mows his grandmother’s lawn for pocket money.

    Scott Holgate graduated with a Bachelor of Communications and Media Production from the University of Canberra in 2009. Since graduating, he has made numerous short films with his brother Brent. Pocket Money is Scott’s third Tropfest finalist nomination with his documentary Every Second Weekend a finalist in 2010 and Matchbox Brothers in 2012. Scott is currently a freelance cinematographer.


    Directed by Christo Erasmus

    An unfulfilled school cleaner feels that he doesn’t fit in. A pencil will show him that it’s time he remembered what his true purpose is… he needs to save her.

    Before Christo Erasmus could even talk, he was able to fully operate a VHS Player. As a child, he was the silent boy that sat in front of the television watching cartoons with his chair precisely in the middle, in order to have the perfect viewing spot. It was no wonder that when he finally decided to talk, his first word was in fact two words: Donald Duck! While his friends all wanted to be firemen or Superman, Christo wanted to be Steven Spielberg.


    Directed by Alexander Poe

    A couple goes on a journey to find the perfect brunch.

    Alexander Poe is a graduate of Columbia University Film School and is a New York based Writer/Actor/Director. His short film, The Break-Up Tour, won 2nd place at Tropfest New York in 2012 and has gone on to screen at Mill Valley Film Festival, Starz Denver FF, Williamstown FF,Napa Valley FF and will play next at the Nantucket FF. His first feature, Ex-Girlfriends, (which he wrote, directed and co-stars in) premiered at the Austin Film Festival, won ‘Best Feature’ at the Big Apple FF and was released by FilmBuff in 2012.


    Directed by Jonathan Emmerling

    A girl wakes up to find the whole world is giving her the silent treatment.

    After studying film at NYU, Jonathan Emmerling started a production company called Untucked Films, making shorts for festivals and the web. His work has placed in top film festivals and been viewed online over 15 million times. He is known for combining offbeat humor and poignant emotion. Jonathan lives in Brooklyn and this fall, he will shoot his first feature, an independent comedy called Babyshare. Jonathan says he will die a happy man if he one day writes something as good as King Lear or The Simpsons ‘Monorail’ episode.


    Directed by David Eisenberg & Kaela Wohl

    A young woman tries to sign up for online dating, but finds that every user name seems to already be taken.

    Kaela Wohl and David Eisenberg met in 2000 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.Over the past 13 years they have worked on numerous short films together, often using music by Kaela’s brother Jon (who also did the music for Bridget). Kaela has worked as the costume designer on many television shows including The Daily Show and Are We There Yet? Dave has been working in unscripted/reality TV since moving to New York in 2004, including House Hunters International, Wife Swap and Burger Land.


    Director by Maria Gordillo

    An all day chase ensues after the boyfriend of a girl whose bag gets snatched in an East Village cafe chases the Snatcher clear across NYC.

    Born in Madrid, Maria Gordillo led an impressive career as a creative writer at BBDO Madrid, Euro RSCG NY among other major advertising agencies. Maria left advertising two years ago to study film at New York’s Columbia University. She has since embarked upon a series of personal projects, both writing and directing. Her last short film, Presence Required, has been selected to more than twenty National and International Film Festivals and she has just finished writing her third feature film.


    Directed by Nick Petrie

    A man struggling to define himself meets a mysterious woman who forces him to confront his biggest fear.

    Nick Petrie grew up in New Hampshire and holds a BA in Theater/English from the University of Vermont. His love of film was sparked in 1982 after seeing E.T. In 1999, Nick moved to New York where he worked originally in theater as an actor and director. He currently freelances as a Director/Producer/Camera Operator and recently opened a small production company called Lil Creative Machine. Innocent Creep is his first short film.


    Directed by Jessica M. Thompson

    After ‘crossing the pond’, Grace finds a treasure map that takes her on an adventure through New York City.

    Jessica M. Thompson knew she was going to be a Writer/Actor/Director on May 12th,1997 after watching Braveheart with her family. She moved from Sydney to New York over two years ago and co-founded Stedfast Productions, a collective of filmmakers who use visual imagery to entertain, inspire hope, provoke thought, and explore the human story. Jessica has worked as an editor with Academy Award-nominated filmmaker, Liz Garbus, and has recently finished writing her first feature film script.


    Directed by Nick Baker & Tristan Klein

    A long distance relationship.

    Australian filmmaking duo Nick Baker and Tristan Klein have two finalist entries in Tropfest
    New York this year. Tristan and Nick attended high school together and recently teamed up to
    work on a series of animation projects. Despite having no formal animation training, this is the
    third time Nick and Tristan have collaborated, with their short film Punctured coming 3rd at
    Tropfest Australia 2013.


    Directed by Timothy Blackburn & Lyndal Moody

    A young couple is forced to deal with an embarrassing problem when they are invited to stay overnight with family.

    Tim Blackburn and Lyndal Moody both knew from an early age that their passion lay with filmmaking. They began making short films together a year ago and Wet Dreams is their sixth short film. They were finalists in Tropfest Australia 2013 with the crowd-pleaser, Monobrow. Wet Dreams marks their Tropfest New York debut.

  • ROOFTOP KING – 2nd Prize

    Directed by Carmine Famiglietti

    On rooftops throughout New York City, another world, inhabited by majestic birds and colorful characters exists, but its end may be near.

    Carmine Famiglietti made his feature film debut with Lbs, which premiered at Sundance. His second feature film, Amexicano, made its World premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, and screened at additional film festivals including The Sonoma Valley Film Festival where it won the Grand Jury Prize – THX Award. Currently, Carmine is developing TV show ideas and is writing a couple of screenplays.

Latest News


Posted in Blog on Wednesday 03/12/14

Dear Troppers, After two incredibly successful Festivals in New York, the most recent drawing a crowd of over 20,000 people at Prospect Park in Brooklyn, we’re announcing that the next Tropfest NY will take place in the Summer of 2015. If you’ve been planning to make a film, please contact our global team via Read more


Posted in Blog, Media releases on Sunday 06/23/13

June 22, 2013 (New York, NY) –In front of a tremendous crowd of more than 22,000 people, Tropfest – the world’s largest short film festival – concluded in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park with Tristan Klein and Nick Baker of Australia claiming the top prize for a film called “The Unlikely Maestro”.  The aspiring filmmaking duo beat... Read more

OFFICIAL PROGRAM – It’s almost time for Tropfest New York!

Posted in Blog, Uncategorized on Friday 06/21/13

You can now check out the Official Tropfest New York Program HERE or pick up a hard copy in The Village Voice. It has everything you need to know about THIS SATURDAY. For more information and live updates check out our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter  #TropfestNY

TROP TIPS – How to get ready for Tropfest NY 2013

Posted in Blog on Tuesday 06/18/13

There are only 4 DAYS to go until Tropfest New York 2013! We’ve been amazed by the response to Tropfest NY and we can’t wait to see you all this Saturday.  We encourage you to gather your friends, pack a picnic, bring a blanket and get to the Nethermead, Prospect Park early to ensure you... Read more