Legendary Australian director to head CinéfestOZ Film Prize Jury

CinefestOZ is delighted to welcome Bruce Beresford to the 2014 film festival as Jury Chair for Australia’s richest film prize, the CinéfestOZ Film Prize.

The CinéfestOZ Film Prize encourages excellence in Australian filmmaking by providing a $100,000 award to an Australian feature film or feature-length documentary. Bruce Beresford’s role as Chair is to head the five-person jury that will select the winning film, to be announced on 23 August at CinéfestOZ.

Bruce Beresford established his reputation as one of Australia’s best directors with a series of notable films in the 1970s, including Don’s Party, The Getting of Wisdom, The Club and Breaker Morant. Breaker Morant is widely regarded as a classic of Australian cinema. His first film made in the US, Tender Mercies, earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Director in 1984. He also directed Driving Miss Daisy, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1989. His 2009 film, Mao’s Last Dancer, broke records at the Australian box office and won numerous film- festival honours.

Bruce Beresford said he was honoured to be asked to chair the Jury at CinéfestOZ.

Director Bruce Beresford

Director Bruce Beresford

“This is an event which seems to me to be likely to greatly boost film and TV production in Australia. No doubt lured by the generous first prize I’m sure the entries are going to numerous and of a high standard. Finding finance for films is a difficult business these days and a large cash prize will enable the winning filmmaker to undertake a new production.

“Having someone of Bruce Beresford’s calibre playing a central role in this exciting film event assists CinéfestOZ in providing an outstanding showcase dedicated to Australian film. As one of Australia’s most popular and well-known directors, his experience and profile will help shine an international spotlight on this film prize and the vibrant Australian film industry it supports,” said CinéfestOZ film selector Helen Shervington.

“I’m also excited about visiting the Margaret River area once again. With my family I enjoyed a marvelous Christmas there some years ago,” he said.

CinefestOZ is supported by the State Government through Eventscorp’s Regional Events Program, which is funded by Royalties for Regions. The festival acknowledges its strong partnership with ScreenWest, Western Australia’s screen funding and development agency.

You can find out more about the festival at http://www.cinefestoz.com.

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