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Liev Schreiber to host Tropfest short film festival

Liev Schreiber is set to host Tropfest, the world’s largest short film festival, when it returns to New York City this summer. The event will be held June 22 at Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.

Tropfest began 21 years ago in Sydney, Australia, and now attracts more than 150,000 people annually. It has since expanded into a worldwide event with screenings held in Asia, Europe, and the U.S. Last year’s debut U.S. event brought more than 10,000 film fans to New York’s Bryant Park.

Liev Schreiber on 'Movie 43,' training for the ring, and the world's largest short-film festival

Liev Schreiber is calling from the gym. It’s clearly not a New York Sports Club, judging from the background noise. In fact, it’s a boxing gym. The actor was training to portray a boxer in a movie — more on that below — and he’s since adopted those sessions into his regular workout routine. On Friday, though, the Tony-winning actor and star of such films as The Manchurian Candidate and Defiance will be at New York’s Lincoln Center to participate in a film symposium called Roughcut, a special spin-off of TropFest, the Australian short-film festival that’s become the world’s largest of its kind. Filmmakers and journalists — including EW’s critic Lisa Schwarzbaum — will spend the day discussing and dissecting the art of storytelling, something Schreiber knows a little about.

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