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Lemonade Stand wins Tropfest

A comedy about a young man and his grandfather’s fight to save their lemonade stand has won the Tropfest short film festival.

Lemonade Stand, directed by Alethea Jones, produced by Julian Costanzo and written and starring Tim Potter took out the top prize from a shortlist of 16 films.

Jones told Encore: “We made it for a few thousand dollars. I was doing an attachment on Neighbours and the producers were gracious to offer Neighbours’ props, the show’s art director’s assistant was our production designer and we had pre-production meetings on set.”

The shoot went for two and a half days in late December.

Ahead for Jones, she said: “When we won the IF Award we had nothing to back that up with so I made sure for Tropfest I had some more work. I have a short film, Dave’s Dead and I also have five feature film scripts I’m working on, and one might get up. Tim Potter has created an amazing TV series and we’ve got a pilot script… And I’m getting married in March.”

Jones also teaches at Swinburne and directed an episode of Matchbox Pictures’ Anatomy and goes on ABC in March – “that was my meal ticket for all of last year.”

Judges for the film festival included Australian actors Geoffrey Rush, Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette, Nicole Kidman, and Jason Gann and directors Alex Proyas and Kieran Darcy-Smith, as well as Tropfest Arabia winner Jassem Jabbouri and American filmmaker Charles Randolph.

This was the first year the festival stretched to three days with a filmmaker symposium and other events over the weekend finishing with the screening of the films.

The outdoor festival, held in Sydney’s The Domain, and broadcast to other live sites around Australia and New Zealand was marred by an electrical storm, with many people leaving throughout the night.

Jones also won Most Popular Film for When the Wind Changes at 2011’s Flickerfest. The film also won the IF Award for best short film and best comedy at last year’s St Kilda Film Festival.

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