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Alethea Jones wins Tropfest with Lemonade Stand

Alethea Jones won Tropfest.s 20th birthday competition last night, where heavy rain and intermittent lightning failed to dampen the spirits at the country.s biggest short film festival.

Jones' film Lemonade Stand was awarded first prize by a judging panel of Oscar Winners . Geoffrey Rush, Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett and acclaimed actresses Toni Collette and Asher Keddie.

Tropfest founder and director, John Polson said: .Lemonade Stand is an incredibly well made film and a favourite amongst the judges. There was intense discussion in the judging room, and some really interesting debates. Alethea should be very proud to have been selected by some of the industry.s greatest talent..

The winning film, a comedy about a man and his grandfather whose efforts to sell lemonade bring a clash with an officious neighbour, has changed everything for Jones, who revealed she had signed up to the dole only two weeks ago

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