Hugh Jackman has announced that he will be launching a short film festival, entitled Tropfest, in New York.

The actor will host the inaugural Tropfest in Bryant Park on Saturday (June 23) in an effort to provide a platform for aspiring filmmakers.

Eight short film entries will be screened at the event, and will be judged by a panel made up of Damages actress Rose Byrne, Jennifer Westfeldt and Judah Friedlander.

Prizes will be awarded for best film, actor and actress, with the winner of the best film category getting a $20,000 prize from The Motion Picture Association, as wekk as meetings with agents and studio bosses.

Jackman told The AP: "When I first graduated from drama school, I knew the statistics that 98% of actors were unemployed. I vowed to myself that every day I would do something for my career.

"I wasn't going to sit back. I was going to actively get out there and participate. Here is a way that anyone can contribute. There's no whining, 'But I'm a filmmaker it's so difficult, I can't get an agent'."