City of Swan Mayor Mick Wainwright said the size of the crowd proved the popularity of Tropfest despite the well-publicised financial concerns.
The stop-motion animation Shiny claimed this year’s Tropfest crown.
In less than-four minutes of the seven allowed, the short film by Daniel ‘Cloud’ Campos and Spencer Susser won the hearts of judges with a challenging spin on materialism.
The film also won two craft awards.
Cr Wainwright said each of the 16 finalists demonstrated the talent and diversity of emerging filmmakers.
“Anyone can enter a film into Tropfest and it is known within the industry as a great opportunity for amateurs who make the finalist list to get a start,” he said.
“We are proud to be a part of this event and supporting and growing the film industry.”
“The last few months have been an incredible – at times very difficult – journey,” he said.
“Just a couple of months ago, I truly believed there would never be another Tropfest because of what happened.”