Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Worthington presents Oz film award

Sam Worthington is on the judging panel of the Tropfest event

An Australian film about a woman in need benefiting from the kindness of others has won top honours at the world's biggest short film festival.

We've All Been There director Nicholas Clifford received the Tropfest first-place award from judging panellist and Avatar actor Sam Worthington.

Sam said earlier about judging the festival: "It's not about budget, it's not about box office, it's about pure entertainment and that to me is what film should be about. Not all that other junk."

Nicholas joked later that he gets grief about resembling Sam, so their meeting "is going to give everyone a bit more ammunition to throw at me".

His film's star, Laura Wheelright, was named best actress while Nick Hamilton was named best actor for the time-travel tale, Time.

For his first-place win, Nicholas gets 10,000 dollars cash, a trip to Los Angeles to meet with film executives and other prizes.

The outdoor film festival held since 1993 has grown to a large-scale event attracting thousands to a park near Sydney's central business district.

The next Tropfest will be on December 8 in Centennial Park - an advanced date and new location to accommodate larger crowds and to attract fans and VIP attendees without having to compete for attention with the Oscars and other international film events in February.

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