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CinefestOZ Film Festival

Headquartered in Busselton, CinefestOZ extends to Margaret River and Bunbury for extension premieres, additional screenings and a unique Schools Program.

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CinefestOZ 2016 Film Prize Finalist and Screen Legend Announced

CinefestOZ, Australia’s premier destination film festival, was delighted to make two special announcements at tonight’s Gala Night presentations. Girl Asleep was announced the winner of the CinefestOZ $100,000 Film Prize and the 2016 Screen Legend was awarded to Gillian Armstrong. Girl Asleep, directed by Rosemary Myers, written by Matthew Whittet and produced by Jo Dyer, has been named the winner of the 2016 CinefestOZ $100,000 Film Prize, Australia’s greatest film ...

CinefestOZ Film Festival Reveals Official 2016 Program

  CinefestOZ today revealed its 2016 program and continues its proud tradition of showcasing the best of Australian film. CinefestOZ is an immersive film and destination experience where audiences are invited to explore a diverse program of quality film from Wednesday August 24 to Sunday August 28. Over 68 venues and spaces will welcomingly open their doors to audiences and VIP guests alike, offering something for everyone with over 110 film and event options. Festival CEO M...

CinefestOZ 2016 Film Prize Jury Chair announced

  CinefestOZ, Australia’s premier destination film festival, is delighted to announce that award-winning Australian feature film and documentary director Gillian Armstrong has accepted the role of Jury Chair for the 2016 Festival. Armstrong is one of Australia’s most successful and respected filmmakers. Her feature film directorial debut, My Brilliant Career, adapted from the breakthrough Miles Franklin feminist novel, was a huge success both here and abroad, launching the...

"Backtrack" (2015); Interview With George Shetsov

  Writer/Director Michael Petroni's film “Backtrack” was sold to international territories at this year's EFM in Berlin by sales agent Bankside Films. The film tells the story of psychologist Peter Bower (Adrien Brody) who is himself troubled by a forgotten past that has come back to haunt him. Visited by ghosts of his childhood, Peter seeks to uncover his unconsciously buried memories. But the more he seeks the truth, the more his life and the lives of his family ...

Putuparri and the Rainmakers (2015); Interview with Director Nicole Ma

PUTUPARRI AND THE RAINMAKERS (2015) directed and produced by Nicole Ma, and produced by John Moore, held its world premiere at Melbourne International Film Festival and its Western Australian premiere at CinefestOZ in Busselton, Australia where the film won a first place film prize of $100,000 AUD. Starring Tom Lawford and Sylvester Rangie, the film is set in the Kimberly region of northwest Australia and tackles the issue of the nation's historical controversial conflict between colonial...

Six Two Three Zero @ CinefestOZ 2015

During this year's CinefestOZ (26-30 August 2015), an interesting sidebar to the film festival was a walk through an outdoor graffiti art museum in the seaside town of Bunbury in southwest Australia. Six Two Three Zero was created by local artist Andrew Frazer ( to provide an outdoor display for gifted Australian graffiti artists. What began as an experimental platform, Six Two Three Zero is quickly becoming a nationally recognized outdoor museum wi...

CinéfestOZ, "Australia's Answer to Cannes Film Festival"

In the words of actor George Shevtsov, lead actor opposite Adrien Brody in competition film BACKTRACK (2015), “CinéfestOZ is my favorite film festival. I've been to Cannes and many festivals around the world but this is the best of all!” What makes CinéfestOZ so unique? It's a boutique festival tucked away in the gem wine region of Margaret River, Western Australia where some of Australia's most stunning beaches kiss the land of the nation's most lusci...

Dane Hansen's 'A NEW YOU' (2015) @ CinefestOZ

Synopsis: "‘A New You’ is a short romantic comedy that calls in question the line between loyalty and love when the wingman, Jay, falls for the girl he is trying to pick up for his introverted friend." The film most recently screened at the 8th annual CinefestOZ Film Festival in Southwest Australia.    In a recent interview with Dane about his film, here is what he had to say: Were your characters inspired by real ones or are they each a part of yo...

China Australia Film Collaboration launched in Perth

The China Australia Film Collaboration (CAFC) was launched on August 26th during CinefestOZ 2015 at Parliament House, Perth, Western Australia, with the signing of Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs) by event partners the China Film Producers’ Association, Australia China Business Council (WA), ScreenWest and CinefestOZ. A business-to-business event, the CAFC brought together representatives of China and Australia’s production and film financing companies. The inaugural two-day e...

China Australia Film Collaboration Event 2015

China Australia Film Collaboration Event 2015 Background: CinéfestOZ is a not-for-profit incorporated organisation that has established strong partnerships with government, sponsors and the community who recognize the value of the event to the cultural fabric of the South West and its contribution to state and national economic growth, tourism and the film industry. Over the past three years CinéfestOZ programming has included formal and informal China Australia co-productions an...


The 8th annual CinéfestOZ showcased extraordinary Australian and French films over five days from 26 to 30 August 2015. CinéfestOZ is the product of an enormous community effort to celebrate great film and the best of the Australian and French film industry. The festival attracts a diverse audience of film lovers and filmmakers from across Australia, through feature film premieres and a highly anticipated film selection, as well as the second annual $100,000 Film Prize awarded t...


  CinéfestOZ 2015 marked the first year for a new addition to the program known as "Indigi-fest-OZ". With a focus on indigenous film and arts, this section of the festival celebrates the richness and vitality of Australian aboriginal culture. Events included: -Smoking Ceremony & Sweeping Dance. -Rio Tinto Colours: From Country to Coast exhibition with Pilbara artists. -Interactive Indigenous activities, including: traditional dance, ochre body & face paintin...

Hugo Weaving Deemed Screen Legend @ CinéfestOZ 2015

  This year's CinéfestOZ hosted a number of star studded Australian talents including internationally beloved Hugo Weaving, recognized by the festival as Screen Legend. While his motley career boasts many credits in theater and film, he is recognized globally for his roles in The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Matrix, Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, The Interview, Men In Black, Cloud Atlas, Strangerland, The Turning and most recently The Dressmaker. He graduated...

Putuparri and the Rainmakers wins CinéfestOZ Film Prize

PUTUPARRI AND THE RAINMAKERS directed and produced by Nicole Ma, and produced by John Moore, has been named the winner of the 2015 CinéfestOZ $100,000 Film Prize. Ma and Moore were presented with the film prize tonight as part of CinéfestOZ’s Gala Night celebrations in Busselton, in the south west of Western Australia. Starring Tom Lawford and Sylvestor Rangie and set against the backdrop of Australia’s tangled colonial and Indigenous history, documentary PUTUPARRI ...

Festival Guests @ CinefestOZ 2015

Hugo Weaving - CinéfestOZ Screen Legend Critically acclaimed film, TV and theatre performer, Hugo is one of our most celebrated actors.  His performances include sell out seasons of Uncle Vanya, Waiting for Godot, Macbeth, Endgame and Les Liasons Dangereuses. He has been praised for his many diverse film roles in The Adventures of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, The Matrix, The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Oranges and Suns...

Finalists for the 2015 CinéfestOZ Film Prize of $100,000 Were:

Backtrack Director: Michael Petroni Producer: Michael Petroni, Jamie Hilton, Antonia Barnard Starring: Adrien Brody, Sam Neill, George Shevtsov, Robin McLeavy, Chloe Bayliss, Bruce Spence Synopsis: Psychologist Peter Bower’s life is thrown into turmoil when he discovers that the patients he has been seeing are ghosts. Risking his own sanity, Peter delves into his past to uncover a terrifying secret which only he can put right. Backtrack is a spine-chilling...

China’s RED OBSESSION (2013) @ CinefestOZ

  RED OBSESSION   Written and directed by David Roach and Warwick Ross, RED OBSESSION (2013) is the timely and delectable documentary about the Chinese obsession with the color red. For China, red symbolizes many things- the earthly element of fire, great happiness, good fortune and it is the bold color of communism. Most recently, a blood-red hue has become China’s latest passion via its obsession with fine Bordeaux wine. In Europe, fine wine (especially Bordeaux) has exis...

24th August 2013. CinefestOZ Gala Night wraps up star event with record growth: New vision opportunity

Producer/Director Bob Connolly (The Turning, 2013)   -OFFICIAL CINEFESTOZ MEDIA RELEASE- 24th August 2013. CinefestOZ Gala Night wraps up star event with record growth: New vision opportunity   CinéfestOZ has exceeded expectations with over 39 film events extended from Bunbury to Augusta and a total of 81 feature films, documentaries and short films over the 5 days of the West Australian Premiere Destination Film Festival. Festival Director Malinda Nixon says this year&r...

David Wenham, Rachel Ward and other star guests arrive for Directors Lunch and World Premiere, CinefestOZ

-OFFICIAL CINEFESTOZ MEDIA RELEASE- David Wenham, Rachel Ward and other star guests arrive for Directors Lunch and World Premiere   Rachel Ward, David Wenham (The Turning Oranges and Sunshine, Lord of the Rings), and some of Australia’s newest stars including Jackson Gallagher (Patrick, Home and Away) Dan Spielman (An Accidental Soldier, One Day) and Alex Williams (Underground: The Julian Assange Story) will arrive in Busselton today for CinefestOZ Film Festival. Australian acto...

22nd August 2013. CinéfestOZ red carpet rolls to Bunbury and Perth film Premieres in Busselton

    22nd August 2013. CinéfestOZ red carpet rolls to Bunbury and Perth film Premieres in Busselton   Day two of CinefestOZ will kick off with some punch with major red carpet and Premiere events in both of the regions cities. One of Australia’s fastest growing film festivals CinéfestOZ will extend its red carpet into Bunbury tonight for the first time, with the WA Premiere of the Mystery Road supported by cast and crew. The WA Premiere of MIFF@CINEFES...

21st August 2013 CinèfestOZ Opening Night Kick-Off!

    CINEFEST OZ OFFICIAL MEDIA RELEASE. 21st August 2013 CinèfestOZ Opening Night Kick-Off!!   CinèfestOZ, the rapidly expanding Busselton-based Film Festival will present its strongest line-up of Australian film over five days, beginning today with the acclaimed Opening Night Australian film The Rocket. The film is one of 12 premiere screenings at the festival, created to showcase the best of new Australian and French film against the stunning bac...

Young luminaries add to star-studded line up at CinèfestOZ

-OFFICIAL CINEFESTOZ MEDIA RELEASE-   Young luminaries add to star-studded line up at CinèfestOZ   CinèfestOZ 2013 is thrilled to announce an exciting line-up of Festival Guests for this year’s events, which include some of Australia’s best known actors, young rising stars and talented filmmakers. Some of Australia’s greatest new talents including West Australia’s rising star Alex Williams (Underground: The Julian Assange story) and the star...

Stars line up for CinèfestOZ this week

-OFFICIAL CINEFESTOZ MEDIA RELEASE- Stars line up for CinèfestOZ this week   Some of Australia’s greatest actors and filmmakers will be heading to Busselton in the South West Region of Western Australia this week for CinèfestOZ Film Festival 2013. David Wenham returns to CinèfestOZ 2013 as Festival Patron along with other international film stars including CinéfestOZ Screen Legend Jack Thompson, Myles Pollard (The Turning, Drift, Wolverine X Men, MacL...

CinéfestOZ Schools Programme, Cine-Snaps Grand Finale attracts some of Australia’s best actors and filmmakers

-OFFICIAL CINEFESTOZ MEDIA RELEASE- CinéfestOZ Schools Programme, Cine-Snaps Grand Finale attracts some of Australia’s best actors and filmmakers   Some of Australia’s best Actors and Filmmakers will come together to judge the expertise of the regions budding filmmakers as part of the Grand Finale of the CinéfestOZ Schools Programme. Feature Film Actors David Wenham and Myles Pollard will join Directors Claire McCarthy, Denson Baker and Jub Clerc as well as Pro...

MIFF@CinefestOZ Festival presents WA Premiere: Aim High in Creation!

-OFFICIAL CINEFESTOZ MEDIA RELEASE- MIFF@CinefestOZ Festival presents WA Premiere: Aim High in Creation! CinefestOZ audiences are offered rare insight into the mechanics of North Korean propaganda film with the hilarious West Australian Premiere of Aim High in Creation! Aim High in Creation! is a presentation of the Melbourne International Film Festival, MIFF Premiere Fund at CinèfestOZ. “We're thrilled to announce the filmmakers responsible for this unique and colourful com...


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