From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. John Polson (born 6 September 1965) is an Australian actor, director and founder of Tropfest. In February 2001, Polson attended the 12th Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival in Hokkaidō, Japan where his film Siam Sunset won the Minami Toshiko Award. In 2005 he directed the film Hide and Seek which achieved number one box-office status in America. Polson was born in Sydney. An award winning actor and filmmaker in his native Australia, he is the creative founder of Tropfest, the worlds largest short film festival. In 2007, Tropfest partnered with the Tribeca Film Festival to present [email protected] in Battery Park. He is also a talented saxophone player. He directed the feature film Tenderness starring Russell Crowe and Laura Dern, which was released in 2009.