CinéfestOZ Film Prize jury announced including Sarah Snook and Wayne Blair

CinéfestOZ is delighted to announce the CinéfestOZ Film Prize jury who will decide on the winner of the Festival’s second annual $100,000 Film Prize.

Jury Chair, Festival Patron and acclaimed Australian actor, David Wenham will be joined on the jury by actress Sarah Snook (Predestination, These Final Hours), writer/actor/director Wayne Blair (Redfern Now, The Sapphires), actor/casting director Annie Murtagh-Monks (Director of Skills & Engagement at WA’s Film & Television Institute) and award-winning producer Liz Kearney (Paper Planes, These Final Hours).

“To have this group of esteemed film industry professionals on board to help select the winner of Australia’s richest film prize is a wonderful boost to CinéfestOZ,” said deputy chair of the festival, Helen Shervington. “They bring integrity and a great deal of standing in the industry and we look forward to hearing their final verdict on who will walk away with this prestigious 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. In 2014, the inaugural CinéfestOZ Film Prize was won by the family friendly, Robert Connolly-directed film, Paper Planes, which has enjoyed massive success at the Australian box office since its 15 January 2015 cinema release.  The film has gone on to screen at the Toronto and Berlin International Film Festivals and will be released by distribution companies Lionsgate in the UK and in North America by Eone.

The festival received more than 30 submissions for the Prize and five finalists were announced last week. Backtrack, Now Add Honey, Pawno, The Daughter and Putuparri and the Rainmakers MIFF@CinefestOZ will contend for the Prize, with the winner being announced at the Festival’s Gala Night on Saturday 29 August.

Each of the five finalists will screen during CinéfestOZ, along with an exciting program of other new Australian and French features, short films, documentaries, industry workshops and related events. Backtrack and Now Add Honey will be Australian premieres at CinéfestOZ while the Festival will also host the Western Australian premieres of The Daughter, Pawno and the MIFF@CinéfestOZ, Putuparri and the Rainmakers.

CinéfestOZ is supported by the State Government through Tourism WA’s Regional Events Program, which is funded by Royalties for Regions. Rio Tinto is a proud Premium Partner of CinéfestOZ. The festival acknowledges its strong partnership with ScreenWest, Western Australia’s screen funding and development agency.

The full CinéfestOZ film and event program and ticket sales go live on 31 July 2015. Early bird tickets are on sale now from www.cinefestoz.com

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