Watch the Brilliant Short Film That Won Tropfest 2016

Lauren Powell
by Lauren Powell

Last night, the world’s largest short film festival, Tropfest, was held in Sydney’s Centennial Parklands, screening 16 shortlisted films to over 100,000 film aficionados. After the popular festival was controversially cancelled last year, and then (thankfully) rescheduled, the evening was one to be remembered.

The impressive star-studded judging panel—which included Mel Gibson, as well as Aussie actors Simon Baker and Rebecca Gibney—awarded Los Angeles filmmakers Spencer Susser and Daniel ‘Cloud’ Campos the winners of the festival for their clever animated work titled Shiny. Shiny was made using life-sized clothing laid out as the people, with an overheard camera capturing the movement of the characters in a stop-motion animation. “It’s basically all of my wardrobe, all of Cloud’s wardrobe and all of everyone else’s wardrobe that we knew,” Susser said.

The duo explained the message behind the film was that people were obsessed with material things like money and often it "blurs their vision and they do not see the important things in life, like love".

Watch Shiny above and the other 15 shortlisted films here—be ready to be impressed.

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