CinéfestOZ will soar to new heights with the Western Australian premiere of Paper Planes,produced by Robert Connolly, Maggie Miles and Liz Kearney.
The highly-anticipated family film will screen as part of MIFF@CinéfestOZ: a presentation of the Melbourne International Film Festival MIFF Premiere Fund at CinéfestOZ.
Paper Planes is a family film that tells the story of a young Australian boy’s passion for flight and his journey to compete in the world paper plane championships in Japan.
Twelve-year-old Dylan meets the junior Japanese champion Kimi in the national paper plane championships in Sydney, Australia. They develop a close bond, challenging each other to create a plane that has never been seen before.
Directed by one of Australia’s leading filmmakers in Connolly, Paper Planes is set in iconic locations, with engaging characters and is a powerful story of friendship between two countries.
It stars Sam Worthington (Avatar, Clash of the Titans), Ed Oxenbould (Disney’s Alexander andThe Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day) and David Wenham (The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Van Helsing, 300, 300: Rise of an Empire, Australia).
Paper Planes is one of six finalists in CinéfestOZ’s inaugural $100,000 Film Prize – awarded to the producer of an Australian feature film or feature-length documentary.
Connolly and producer Liz Kearney will walk the CinéfestOZ red carpet at the film’s official WA premiere on Saturday, 23rd August at Orana Cinemas, Busselton. Following the 1.15pmscreening, adults and children will be able to enjoy a high tea and enter a paper plane flying competition.
The winner of the Film Prize will be announced on Saturday night as part of CinéfestOZ’s Gala Night.
“It gives us great pleasure to host the WA premiere of the much-anticipated film Paper Planes,” said CinéfestOZ CEO Malinda Nixon. “Robert Connolly is a director of great repute and I know audiences in WA are very much looking forward to seeing this film.”
CinéfestOZ runs from 20th – 24th August in Busselton, Bunbury, Margaret River and Augusta, Western Australia. Feature films, along with an exciting program of short films, documentaries, industry workshops and related events occur throughout the South West of Western Australia as part of the festival.
CinéfestOZ is supported by the State Government through Tourism WA’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.
Paper Planes will have its official Western Australian premiere at 1.15pm on Saturday, 23rdAugust at Orana Cinemas, Busselton. Tickets priced $18 (adults) and $15 (children) are available online at cinefestoz.com Paper Planes will also screen at 10am on Sunday, 23rd August at Orana.