All aboard the Monday morning feelbarrow with this short zombie film Cargo
If you haven’t heard of it, Tropfest is the world’s largest short film festival. It began in Sydney, Australia, but has expanded into many more territories since its inception in 1993, including ones London, Berlin, Toronto, Bangkok, New York, and most recently Tropfest Arabia in Abu Dhabi.
It’s known for having one of the richest prize pools in short film, but it also distinguishes itself by requiring entrants to include a TSI – “Tropfest Signature Item” – which naturally changes every year.
At this year’s flagship Australian edition back in February, the TSI was a balloon; a very simple item that could have been used in a lot of ways.
Now, I haven’t looked into the other entrants yet, but this one surfaced on Reddit over the weekend called Cargo, and damn those onions does it lay on the feels. Directed by New South Wales pair Ben Howling – a Tropfest 2012 shortlister – & Yolanda Ramke – the Metro Screen’s $15 000 Breakout Fund winner last year – it’s simple, really well shot, and makes good use of its attributes as an entirely wordless film. Here’s the synopsis:
Now, mention the words “zombie” and “apocalypse” and you’ve at least got my attention – the amount of times we’ve mentioned The Walking Dead is evidence enough – but this seven minute short is definitely worth a watch.
Let us know what you think in the comments, and if you know of the festival and have any recommendations from other contestants, give them a shout out! If this is the quality of the finalists, then we’re sure there are some other gems.