Coming to Prospect Park: Tropfest New York

Reserve your spot now for a free day of music and short films, featuring Chairlift and Liev Schreiber.

Tropfest New York 2012 in Bryant Park

Tropfest New York 2012 in Bryant Park

This Australian import, the largest short-film fest in the world, landed with a splash last year for its inaugural NYC edition in Bryant Park. For its sophomore outing on June 22, the fest is moving to Prospect Park’s Nethermead. The free event, hosted by Liev “Sabretooth” Schreiber, will need the extra space: In addition to a full day of screenings (which will be judged by a panel that includes author Malcolm Gladwell, WNYC’s Leonard Lopate and actor-producer Fisher Stevens), there’ll be live performances from a buzzy lineup that includes Chairlift, a DJ set by Neon Indian, Bear in Heaven, Ghost Beach and People Get Ready.

From humble beginnings in Sydney in 1993, the event has grown into a series spread across nine countries. In Australia, it helped jump-start the careers of now-big names like Sam Worthington and Joel Edgerton. Though Tropfest is free, reservations are recommended. Visit to save yourself a spot.

Stay tuned for this year’s film lineup. And in the meantime, scroll down to watch 2012’s winning short, Josh Leake’s “Emptys,” a documentary that looks into the lives of “canners”—people who make a living collecting and redeeming empty cans and bottles from the street.