A system crash last year led to the loss of all of the Tropfest entries that had been submitted, The Australian has revealed.
The problem came after the short film contest moved to a new submission service, having previously used YouTube.
The piece in the Australian IT section quotes Tropfest film and entries manager Henry Kalaf as saying:”We lost 25 entries, which wasn’t a lot – thankfully we were able to get in contact with all of them and let them know that we would be reopening soon and we would get their entries again.”
As a result, Tropfest – which claims to be the world’s biggest film contest – ditched the unnamed supplier and switched to video company Brightcove.
The article also reveals that until the switch, pre-selection judges were only able to view films in low definition.
Entries for this year are due to open later this week.