The Unlikely Maestro – Australian’s win the 2013 Tropfest in New York Competition

Have a look at this lovely film.

Tristan Klein and Nick Baker are $20,000 richer today and are looking forward to a “week of meetings’ with notable executives and producers in Los Angeles, courtesy of the Motion Picture Association” – which is part of the prize. In front of a New York audience of more than 22,000 the film was judged the best short from fifteen hopefuls at last nights Tropfest in New York.

Carmine Famiglietti came in second and Max Damashek rounded out the top three for their films “Rooftop King” and “University Glimpse”, while Yuri Pleskun and Eve Danzeisen earned best actor and best actress honors for their starring turns in “The Snatcher” and “The Hardest Part” respectively. An all-star panel of judges including include Academy Award-winning producer Fisher Stevens (The Cove), actress, writer and director Lake Bell (Childrens Hospital, upcoming In A World), screenwriter and producer Charles Randolph (Love & Other Drugs), journalist and author Malcolm Gladwell (The New Yorker, The Tipping Point, Blink), and WNYC host Leonard Lopate engaged in a protracted and animated deliberation before rendering their verdict, which event host Liev Schreiber announced that evening.

The finalist films were each made specifically for Tropfest NY and followed the format guidelines, including incorporating the ‘Tropfest Signature Item’ (TSI). This year’s TSI was ‘Bridge’ which could be interpreted in any way the filmmaker chose.

It’s a lovely little film and if you have five minutes well worth the watch.