Tropfest, which claims to be the world’s largest short film festival, has cancelled its upcoming edition in Sydney. Financial issues appear to be the cause.
The event, which attracts rock concert-like crowds to Sydney’s Centennial Park, was due to have kicked off on Dec. 6.
The cancellation was announced by founder and festival director John Polson in a Twitter posting. He later issued an angry statement on Facebook, blaming the management company for the financial problems.
“Despite a challenging sponsorship climate, Tropfest has done reasonably well in attracting support this year; however, to my great surprise, the management company has informed us that it is unable to proceed,” Polson wrote.
“It is too early to tell what has actually happened here, although it is hard to avoid concluding there has been a terrible and irresponsible mismanagement of Tropfest funds. I and others will be spending the coming weeks and months investigating what has transpired.”
Having been started in Darlinghurst’s Tropicana Café (hence the Tropfest name), the festival has grown into a large and influential event, capable of attracting a live audience of 150,000. It has also created Tropfest-branded spin-off events in other countries.
Australian media has reported that Polson has begun legal action against the management company.