Hugh Jackman will host Tropfest New York, a competition celebrating the 20th anniversary of the world’s largest short-film festival. “Knowing that Tropfest has opened doors for brilliant filmmakers, actors, and others for the past 20 years, I’m proud to be a part of the festival as it expands its reach to the U.S. and brings its competition to New York,” said Jackman in a statement. “As a mecca of the arts, New York is a perfect host for a festival that empowers creative minds to try their hand at filmmaking.”
Jackman’s free event, on June 23 in Bryant Park, in which finalists will be screened and judged, will cap three days of festivities that include musical performances, film screenings, and a filmmaker symposium. “Hugh has been a great supporter of Tropfest and we could not be more delighted to have him on board,” said Tropfest director John Polson (Hide and Seek). “He embodies the type of creativity and passion we hope the competition will inspire.”
In recent years, the Australia-based festival has featured the work of Sam Worthington, Joel Edgerton, director Alister Grierson (Sanctum), and Tony Rogers, whose Tropfest short, Wilfred, was adapted for American television in the series starring Elijah Wood. This year, Jackman cameos almost as himself in the entry Uncle Jonny, which you can view below:
Lemonade Stand, the winner of the most recent Australian Tropfest festival, is entered against Uncle Jonny for the inaugural All-Star competition taking place in Las Vegas in early June. Both shorts can be viewed below.
The deadline for the competition, which offers a $20,000 first prize to the best seven-minute-or-less short, is May 17.