The finalists for this year’s Tropfest SEA is finally revealed. The list sees filmmakers representing their respective countries with their short films that feature the Tropfest Signature Item (TSI): The wheel. This year, Cambodia and The Philippines lead the contest with five entries each, Malaysia follow closely behind with four entries, while Singapore and Vietnam both have one film selected for the running in attaining the festival trophy and the grand prize of USD12,000 from Yayasan Sime Darby. The final live judging will take place on festival day Sunday 1 February and the director of the winning seven-minute short film will additionally win a trip to the festival’s motherland, Los Angeles, for an industry immersion trip. Besides having their films selected for screening at Tropfest SEA, the lucky finalists will also be awarded a USD500 cash prize as well as have their flight and some of their festival costs sponsored.
Wanna have a world premiere of the 16 shortlisted films? Then take a trip to The Esplanade in Penang for the festival.
Tropfest SEA 2015 Top 16 Finalists
Colourful Knots by Polen Ly
The Ride by Sok You Chea
The Scavenger by Sothea Chhin
Bubble by Hang Sokharo
A Fistful Of Pebbles by Somchanrith Chap
Emma’s Birthday by Nicole Goh
Tank by Shu Kar Ken
All That Could Have Been by Caston Chua
Wheel Rolling Home by Tan Yong Lin
To Someplace by Jennifer Romano
Kat’s Diary by Vanessa Amante
Commune by Sher Bautista
The Steel Child by Jake Soriano
The Little Reader by Inshallah P. Montero
Bond by Pek Hong Kun
Lily by Phan Nha Trang
For more information on the finalists and a synopsis of the short films here.