Tropfest has announced today (Wednesday) that Emma Schranz’s Be Home Soon has been disqualified as a finalist in this year’s competition. Another filmmaker alerted Tropfest that a link to the first version of Be Home Soon had been posted on Facebook.
Tropfest NZ Festival Manager Cleo Wood and Schranz, both made it clear that Schranz wasn’t aware the film had been made public when she submitted it to Tropfest.
“It’s a really unfortunate situation,” Wood said. “Emma has been working on the film for a number of years. Unbeknownst to her, the private YouTube link to the first version of her film was shared on Facebook by a film company she has ties with.”
Tropfest entry rules require that, to compete as a finalist, a film must have its world premiere screening at Tropfest. Being available for public viewing on Facebook put the kibosh on that for Schranz’s short.
Schranz was a winner at Tropfest 2014 when her Charlie Floyd’s Visionarium took the Yoobee School of Design-sponsored VFX award.
Tropfest has subbed on Peter Young’s Making it Better (pictured, top) to bring the finalist count back to 16.
Tropfest NZ will run 27 February at the TSB Bowl of Brooklands in New Plymouth.