Academy Award-winner and five-time Emmy-nominated actor Susan Sarandon will head the jury for this year’s Tropfest. Sarandon, who will take part in a week of festivities (including talks and awards) leading up to the main event on Saturday February 17, when the final 16 short films will be shown, is fresh off a Golden Globe nomination for Feud (2017).

The American actor is known for performances in classic films such as Thelma & Louise and Dead Man Walking and joins a list of past jurors that includes Julianne Moore, Nicole Kidman, Liev Schreiber, Cate Blanchett, Naomi Watts, Billy Crudup and director George Miller.

This year’s festival will take place in Parramatta Park, where it was held for the first time in 2017, the event’s 25th year. The festival was created by actor and director John Polson and held for the first time in 1993 in Darlinghurst’s Tropicana Café. Today Tropfest is Australia’s most prestigious short-film competition and the largest short-film festival in the world.

Tropfest has also announced that, for the first time, the ABC will be the festival’s exclusive broadcast partner. The broadcast will be on ABC Comedy and will include black-carpet arrivals, interviews and the 16 finalist films.

Tropfest 2018 happens on Saturday February 17 at Parramattta Park from 12pm. tropfest.org.au.

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