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Tropfest cuts up rough again

Tropfest announces the speakers for its Roughcut Film Symposium, unveiling a bigger line-up than for last year’s inaugural edition.

From Australia, “pocket filmmaker” and two-time Tropfest winner (New York, 2006; Australia; 2008) Jason van Genderen makes the trip; the NZFC’s Short Film Manager, Whetu Fala, and Development Executive, Briar Grace-Smith (The Strength of Water, Fresh Meat), will both present on the NZFC’s support for short film and writers.

Actor Craig Hall (Outrageous Fortune, Underbelly: Razor, Bloodlines), documentary maker Heather O’Leary (Road to Ruin), lawyer and producer Tim Riley (ABCs of Death 1 and 2, Kid Lazer) round out the line-up.

All will speak on the theme of ‘Bridging the Gap’ and taking filmmaking – in whatever form – from being a passion to a career.

Roughcut runs Saturday 15 February in New Plymouth, before Sunday 16’s Tropfest New Zealand Short Film Festival. Tickets for Roughcut are available now; admission to the festival is free.

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