Jun 20, 2012
By Jane Brown
He was a big hit on the Toronto stage last year in his one man show. Now, Hugh Jackman is hosting New York City’s first installment of Tropfest …billed as the world’s largest short film festival. Its a free event, and takes place at Manhattan’s Bryant Park this weekend.
Tropfest is the brainchild of director John Polson. It started 20 years ago in Australia and is now an annual event that draws more than 150-thousand people. It’s since expanded to India, China, Paris and Las Vegas. In a recent interview Jackman said one of his favourite things about the festival is its accessibility. Entries can be filmed on a mobile phone.
Toronto was recently the centre of the short film scene as the 18th annual “Worldwide Short Film Festival” was held at venues all over the city.