A 90,000+ crowd braved the weather as long as they possibly could. The day’s blistering sun turned into as evening of epic lightning and pouring rain during the event's third film. Finalist Marie Patane experienced a case of deja vu weather-wise when this year's program showcased the sequel to her 2006 finalist film, a short that was unfortunately never screened curtesy of a torrential downpour just as Patane’s film was about play and saw the cancellation of the remainder of the event. Luckily the weather didn’t hinder the program at all this year, and all films were screened in spectacular (if only a little wet) fashion.
Tropfest director John Polson ended the night by announcing the addition of Tropfest Vegas to the impressive and growing list of international events including New York, Paris, China, Malaysia and Arabia. And of course no Tropfest would be complete without the announcement of next year’s signature item, without which no budding Tropfest hopeful could commence filmmaking. Ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, the 2013 TSI is BALLOON.