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After 10 days, 60,000 views and 40, 000 votes, Sydney-based filmmaker, Matt Levett, and his quirky comedy ‘Unwanted Friend’, has snared the 16th finalist position in the 2012 Movie Extra Tropfest, beating out nine other hopefuls.


Winning the YouTube based vote, the film joins 15 other hopefuls this Sunday 19 February 2012, to be screened at The Domain in Sydney, as well as live sites across the country, and on Movie Extra’s national broadcast.


The seven minute short is Levett’s first foray into the Tropfest competition, but he is a recognizable face on Australian TV, having starred in Home and Away and Winners and Losers.


‘Unwanted Friend’ tackles the difficult topic of sexually transmitted infections through a comedic lens. The film follows Max as he struggles with a new companion who has an infectious personality. However, the race is on to get rid of his new mate before it’s too late.


This is the second year that voting has been opened to the public to decide on the 16th finalist, following a highly successful Founder and director of Tropfest, John Polson, admits the competition was tight, with votes streaming in until closing time at midnight Wednesday night.


“It was just spellbinding watching the votes just grow and grow and when we hit the 40,000 votes mark it was so exciting to see how much people care about who was going to get that last spot in the finals. It’s great to see that the public are certainly enjoying getting involved in the selection process, and it is an element of Tropfest we are going to continue in the future.” says Polson.


Tropfest is one of the world’s premiere launch pads for young and emerging filmmakers, and there are some great prizes up for grabs, along with the kudos of winning the undisputed world’s largest short film festival. The 16 finalists compete for a massive prize pool of cash, equipment and international travel valued at approximately $100,000, along with an unprecedented level of industry interest and attention.


Continuing with tradition, Movie Extra Tropfest is a free, public event screened live on Sunday 19 February to an anticipated audience of 150,000 at free outdoor public events across Australia and New Zealand, where it takes place for the first time this year in New Plymouth. It is also televised live to hundreds of thousands more on Subscription TV channel Movie Extra.


Visit for festival details, screening venues and regular updates on all things Trop!


Feeling social? Movie Extra Tropfest talent, filmmakers, judges and audience members have been invited to share their thoughts on twitter via #tropfest or #happy20tropfest.  Fans can also stay in the loop with an aggregate Twitter feed on the MOVIE EXTRA website here: or follow all the action LIVE via


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