The long-running short film festival previously partnered with the now-defunct Movie Network and Nine before it.
For the first time ever Tropfest will be broadcast on the same night as the festival, 8:30pm Sunday 17th February on SBS ONE.
Tony Iffland, SBS Director of TV and Online Content said: “Tropfest is one of the most prestigious film events in Australia, and the world. I’m delighted to have signed this deal to bring Tropfest to SBS and to support the Australian creative filmmaking industry. With SBS’s reputation and credentials for showing the best in Australian and world film, Tropfest is the perfect fit for our audiences.”
Tropfest creator John Polson said: “We’re incredibly excited to be welcoming SBS into the Tropfest family, with their eclectic mix of quality programs we feel it’s a great partnership with what Tropfest is all about. Over the years there have been many exceptional Tropfest finalists and winners, like Jason Gann and Paul Fenech, that have gone on to have successful series on SBS, so this is a really natural home for us.”
This year’s Tropfest Signature Item is “Balloon”. Finalists will be announced on February 5.