TAFT announced this morning that it would not be presenting a sixth Tropfest New Zealand festival in 2018.

TAFT CEO Suzanne Porter said in lieu of securing a major sponsor, the charitable trust’s Board of Trustees had made the decision not to continue to present the festival.

“To date TAFT has invested a significant amount in Tropfest NZ and after a strategic review the decision has been made to focus our efforts on TAFT’s own festivals (the Taranaki Arts Festival and Powerco Taranaki Garden Spectacular),” Porter said.

“It has been a great honour to support and showcase the work of New Zealand filmmakers. We have enjoyed working with the film industry and have been humbled by the support Tropfest NZ has received over the past five years.

 “We would like to thank our ambassadors, sponsors, festival attendees and all entrants who have made the last five presentations of Tropfest NZ possible.”

Tropfest Founder and Director John Polson said he hoped NZ filmmakers would not be deterred by the news.

“I’d like to thank the TAFT team for all of their hard work over the past five years. The concentration of talent we’ve seen come out of New Zealand has been beyond impressive and I urge all filmmakers to continue making films and sharing them wherever possible.”

Polson said he remained optimistic about the New Zealand festival. “I have great faith that we will be back in New Zealand in the future,” he said.

Tropfest Australia will be open to international entries, so New Zealand filmmakers planning on submitting a film to Tropfest NZ can submit their entries to Tropfest Australia. For more information on Tropfest Australia please see their website: www.tropfest.org.au

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