CinefestOZ 2019 Begins in WA
CinefestOZ is back again for 2019, and it’s bigger and better than ever.
The Western Australian film festival has been running for twelve years now and has established itself as one of the most distinguished festivals in the country. Over the duration of this year’s festival, CinefestOZ will be holding more than 150 film screenings. It also boasts 15 world and 11 Australian premieres across Busselton, Bunbury, Dunsborough, and the Margaret River wine region.
CinefestOZ CEO Malinda Nixon has said “After months of planning we are back for the 12th instalment [sic] of our festival and we couldn’t be more excited.”
The festival begins this week, and really kicks into gear with the premiere of GO!, an Australian coming of age film starring William Lodder, Anastasia Bampos, Darius Amarfio-Jefferson, and Cooper Van Grotel. GO! is also one of the five films in the running to win the festival’s $100,000 film prize, which will be judged by the festival’s star-studded jury.
This year’s jury is comprised of many famous and well-regarded figures including:
Marta Dusseldorp, AACTA and Helpmann award winner, who most recently starred alongside Guy Pearce in Jack Irish, Glenn Gainor, President of Sony Innovation Studios, head of physical production at Screen Gems, and this year’s CinefestOZ industry program keynote speaker, Alex Dimitriades, AACTA award winner most recently seen in the ABC’s The Cry and Netflix’s Tidelands, Ben Young, acclaimed writer and director, whose second feature film, Extinction, was released on Netflix last year, and Jury Chair Rachel Ward, multi-Golden Globe-nominated actor, as well as writer and director across both film and television, and who recently starred in the film Palm Beach.
The other films in the running are H is for Happiness, Hearts and Bones, Judy & Punch, and Measure for Measure, all of which will also make their debut at CinefestOZ over the next few days. In a recent press release, CinefestOZ Chair Helen Shervington said: “The quality of this year’s Film Prize finalists is exceptionally high and we are delighted to have a jury of equal calibre to decide on the winner”.
What: CinefestOZ Film Festival 2019
Where: Various venues, Western Australia