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CGU Steps in to save Tropfest

Posted on Thursday, 10 December 2015 by walter

Famous short film Tropfest has been saved by eleventh-hour sponsor CGU Insurance.

The 22 year old event was cancelled last month due to what founder John Polson called a "terrible and irresponsible mismanagement of funds".

The festival will now go ahead on Valentine's Day in Sydney's Centennial Park

Since it was first held in 1993, Tropfest has grown to become the world's largest short film festival, fostering Hollywood stars including Rebel Wilson and Sam Worthington and directors as The Black Balloon's Elissa Down and Two Hands' Gregor Jordan.

IAG General Insurance CEO Ben Bessell says he is delighted to support the event.

"Tropfest is a great festival' providing unique platforms for talented filmmakers through its events and initiatives, and we excited get it back on its feet," he said.

"supporting this fantastic cultural event is about creating a renewed opportunity for Tropfest and all those small businesses associated with the event to continue to thrive and get some business done."

Tropfest is expected to attract tens of thousands of filgoers, and will be broadcast live to cities across Australia.

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