Winter is coming: Tropfest tackles antibiotic resistance

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a young man with a plaid shirt filming with a Super 8 camera outdoors

Tropfest, the world’s largest short film festival, has partnered with NPS MedicineWise to launch an industry-first short film competition to raise awareness and help fight antibiotic resistance this cold and flu season.

Filmmakers of all skill levels are encouraged to start story-boarding ideas. The brief: make an award-winning short film/community service announcement (CSA) of up to 45 seconds about the threat of antibiotic resistance and how awareness of #savethescript can help fight this global issue.

The World Health Organization has warned that antibiotic resistance is one of the greatest threats to human health today.

Australia has one of the highest prescription rates globally, with around 24 million prescriptions issued annually.

As well as delivering a vitally important health message to Australians, Tropfest and NPS MedicineWise are offering a prize pool of $10,000 in cash prizes as well as global exposure for the winning films via Tropfest’s platforms.

Tropfest Managing Director, Michael Laverty says this competition provides filmmakers with a new opportunity to further their skill and experience.

“Storytellers have a unique opportunity to use their craft to raise awareness about this global health threat,” he says.

“We at Tropfest know Australians to be incredibly creative and we’re excited about the unique challenge this competition presents. We’re looking forward to seeing what stories are shared.”

Tropfest Managing Director, Michael Laverty says, “The short film competition is an industry first—a creative and truly collaborative initiative addressing a global issue.”

Entries will be accepted every day in May. To find out more, to submit an entry, and for terms and conditions, visit


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