The call for entries goes out to the general public – anyone can enter the festival regardless of their age, background or level of filmmaking experience. The only stipulation is that your entry meets the festival guidelines:
1. Your film must be made specifically for Sony Tropfest
2. Sony Tropfest must be your film’s first public screening
3. Your film must be no longer than seven minutes
4. Your film must contain the Tropfest Signature Item (TSI) – which is ‘8’ for 2008
The TSI is announced in the months leading up to the festival. It must be included in order to demonstrate that your film was made specifically for Sony Tropfest. The TSI can be interpreted any way you choose – for example, it can be incorporated as part of the background, as a piece of dialogue, or as the central theme of the film.