SouthWest Film Festival

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Screen Shot 2016-08-03 at 12.25.04 PMToday the CinefestOZ 2016 Program is revealed, continuing its proud tradition of showcasing the best of Australian film. You can get the Film Program online, or in the West Australian in Perth Metropolitan areas, the Busselton Dunsborough Times and the Augusta Margaret River Times.

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 Malinda Nixon said that CinefestOZ is a unique celebration that has well and truly cemented itself equally into the hearts and minds of cinephiles and those seeking a unique cultural experience alike.

“This year’s program is of an exceptionally high quality,” Ms Nixon said. “It’s a delight every year to hear the audience’s stories about the films they are discovering and sharing those discoveries with their friends. Exploring the program and the stunning South West region simultaneously ensures Festival-goers have a uniquely self-tailored journey and there really is something for everyone.”

Screen Shot 2016-08-03 at 12.25.47 PMThe events span from the heart of Busselton to event and screening spaces within and around Bunbury and Margaret River. An eclectic variety of wineries, craft breweries, theatres, libraries and galleries are also joining the Festival fun, hosting a variety of events over the five-day Festival.

Festival-goers can also expect a variety of community events and screenings for all to enjoy, including the IndigifestOZ Day, Cinesnaps Grand Finale and Free Community Screenings, with many filmmakers coming along for interactive audience discussion.

From a total of 82 films screening there will be 15 films with an Australian Premiere at the festival, showcasing some of the incredible home-grown cinematic tales which have been brought to life over the past 12 months. A blend of documentaries, feature films and short films will encourage audiences to ditch the downloads and come together to share a unique viewing experience.

Lose yourself in the glitz and glamour of the Film Prize Finalist red carpet premieres, where you can join the Film Jury to view The Death and Life of Otto Bloom MIFF@CinefestOZ, Girl Asleep, Jasper Jones and Spin Out and rub shoulders with the stars at the after-party in the Festival Marquee. Only one film will take out the coveted $100,000 film prize. Pair the premiere up with the corresponding In Conversation event to get a deeper insight into the film making team behind these wonderful stories and hear about their latest film projects and creative practice.

Western Australia’s South West region is a treasure trove of culinary delights, so why not attend one of the 19 Side Bar events, all housed in some of the region’s most popular wineries, craft breweries, galleries or restaurants and pair your cinematic and culinary passions together.

With such beautiful surrounds, audiences with insatiable film appetites and filmmakers and artists descending upon our doorstep from all over the country, it’s no wonder that CinefestOZ is Australia’s premiere destination film festival.


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