Tropfest filmmakers: Back row - Carmine Famiglietti, Tom Lipinski, David Eisenberg, Max Damashek; Middle row - Lyndal Moody, Nick Petrie, Scott Holgate, Alexander Poe, Eve Danzeisen, Jessica M. Thompson, Christo Erasmus, Kaela Wohl, Maria Gordillo, Jonathan Emmerling; Front row - Timothy Blackburn, Tropfest winners in hiding Tristan Klein and Nick Baker Photo: Ed Bahlman
Tropfest New York host Liev Schreiber with Naomi Watts Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
The second Tropfest New York brought filmmakers from near and far to present their short films of seven minutes or less to an enthusiastic audience of thousands on a supermoon-lit night at the Nethermead Meadow of Brooklyn's Prospect Park, the adopted home to this year's celebration.
Right behind us was a lineup of food trucks, parked on the Center Drive, not the meadow, a wise and park friendly decision after last month's disastrous not so Great Googa Mooga wreaked havoc causing severe distress of the lawn that is still in evidence today. Schreiber said, "I like the lobster roll truck, it's very good" when asked to name his favourite, "I don't know if its here."
Here are three more of the finalists from very different backgrounds as they made their way across the "black carpet" on the green meadow earlier in the evening.
Anne-Katrin Titze: How did your film get selected? You sent it in for the New York edition of Tropfest specifically?
Charles Randolph, his wife actress Mili Avital, Tropfest founder John Polson, Fisher Stevens Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
AKT: Is this your first time here? What is your film about?
SH: I've been here as a tourist when I was a lot younger. It's great to come back now. My film is called Pocket Money about a young boy who mows his grandmother's lawn for pocket money.
Jessica M Thompson, who was here with her film Across The Pond, discovered Tropfest at home in Australia when she was 15. She now lives in Brooklyn and loves Prospect Park.
AKT: Are you enjoying this lovely evening?
Jessica Thompson: This is really exciting to me. I grew up in Australia going to this festival and now I get to be in it and show my film.
AKT: Where in Brooklyn do you live now?
JT: I live in Williamsburg. I do come to Prospect Park all the time. I'm a cyclist. I cycle around here a lot.
Christo Erasmus came all the way from South Africa to present his film The Pencil.
Christo Erasmus on the black carpet with Anne-Katrin Titze Photo: Ed Bahlman
Christo Erasmus: No, not really. I'm from South Africa. There's a Brooklyn in South Africa.
AKT: Is this your first time here?
CE: Yes, first time in New York. It's a bit surreal. I can't believe I'm here for one of my films.
AKT: How would you sum up your film The Pencil in two sentences?
CE: It's a guy who feels that he doesn't fit in the world because he isn't supposed to fit in the world.
Best Actor Award went to director Eve Danzeisen for her role in The Hardest Part (read our interview with her here).
Second and Third Prize for Best Film went to New York natives Carmine Famiglietti for Rooftop King and Max Damashek, for University Glimpse (The Musical Movie).
Read more of our coverage of Tropfest here.