ONE of the hottest free events in Sydney’s yearly calendar, Movie Extra Tropfest, kicked-off over the weekend, showcasing the best 16 short films produced by film makers especially for the festival. Adding star-power to the main event in Sydney’s Domain were Australian Hollywood Royalty including Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman, Toni Collette and Geoffrey Rush, not to mention home-grown heroes including Chris Lilley, Joel Edgerton and Michael Creighton. Attracting whopping crowds of around 150,000 at free public events across Australia and NZ, and broadcasting live to a television audience in excess of 200,000, Tropfest is the largest short film festival in the world. Hosted in Sydney’s Domain in the Royal Botanic Gardens (with live satellite links to outdoor locations in Melbourne, Canberra, Perth, Brisbane, Hobart, Adelaide and Surfers Paradise), attendees enjoyed a day full of entertainment before the evening’s screening and awards ceremony including live music and entertainment, public catering and bars, red carpet arrivals, rides, competitions and much more. “Tropfest is part of a line-up of world class summer events on the NSW Events Calendar where our harbour, city streets, beaches and parks become the stage for free major outdoor events,” said the NSW Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Arts, George Souris. “Destination NSW is proud to support Movie Extra Tropfest in its 20th anniversiary year,” he added. Pictured above arriving on the Tropfest “Black Carpet” is a radiant Nicole Kidman.