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Hugh Jackman brings Australian short film festival Tropfest to New York City this weekend

FILE - This June 10, 2012 file photo shows actor Hugh Jackman arriving at the 66th Annual Tony Awards in New York. Jackman will host the world's largest short film festival called Tropfest when it comes to New York for the first time. The festival originated in Sydney where it's attended by more than 150,000 people annually. (Photo by Evan Agostini /Invision/AP, file)

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Hugh Jackman is sharing his plans for the upcoming weekend. He's hosting New York City's first installment of Tropfest, billed as the world's largest short film festival. It's taking place at Bryant Park, is free and open to the public.

Tropfest is the brainchild of director John Polson. It started 20 years ago in Australia and is now an annual event that draws more than 150,000 people. It's since expanded to India, China, Paris and Las Vegas.

In a recent interview Jackman said one of his favourite things about the festival is its accessibility. Entries can be filmed on a mobile phone.

The entries for New York's inaugural Tropfest have been narrowed down to eight finalists. Winners for Best Film, Best Actor and Best Actress will be chosen on Saturday.

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