CinefestOZ have unveiled an incredible Australian film program for this year’s festival

Reaching Distance.

CinefestOZ have revealed its 2018 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 22 to Sunday August 26. Venues and spaces spread across Western Australia’s iconic South West region will host audiences and VIP guests alike, offering something for everyone with over 150 screening and event options. 

From a total of 117 film screenings, the Festival will present 11 World and 18 Australian premieres, showcasing some of the incredible home-grown cinematic tales which have been brought to life over the past 12 months.

Now in its 11th year, CinefestOZ has cemented its reputation as one the nation’s most prestigious film festivals. Offering Australia’s richest film prize and building solid year-on-year annual growth in audience numbers, films and events, the festival has become a ‘must-do’ for Australian filmmakers and a ‘must attend’ for some of the nation’s most well-known film and television identities. 

Award-winning Australian feature film, television and theatre actor Sigrid Thornton has accepted the role of Jury Chair for the 2018 Festival. Joining her will be multiple award-winning actor and Festival Patron David Wenham, acclaimed actress and Logie Winner Tasma Walton, much loved writer, actor and singer Lucy Durack, arguably the small screen’s most recognisable talents and Logie Winner John Howard, one of Australia’s finest indigenous actors Kelton Pell and AACTA Award winning WA actress Emma Booth.

In Like Flynn.

Film Prize Finalist films are 1%, Jirga, Ladies in Black and The Merger. Only one film will take out the coveted $100,000 film prize. Pair the premiere screening and partner with the corresponding In Conversation event to get a deeper insight into the filmmaking teams’ creative process. 

In addition to the incredible films vying for the film prize, program highlights include the world premieres of an eclectic and diverse mix including Lift, a seven part series written by much-loved Australian actress Lucy Durack, Roll With It, a documentary following the Australian Men’s Wheelchair Basketball team and the mystery thriller Reaching Distance, starring WAAPA Graduate Sophia Forrest, Morgan Griffin (San Andreas, Unbroken, Spin Out) and Matt Day (Wolf Creek, A Place to Call Home and Love Child). 

Underpinning the incredible range of entertainment options for audiences is WA’s most significant industry program with high profile national and international panelists. The Industry Program looks to drive new thinking, ideas and opportunities. As a direct result of the program and festival networking opportunities, seven films have been made in the South West Region in the past five years and at least a further seven are in development or pre-production at the present time. 

Industry guests include head of Animal Logic’s Zareh Nalbandian, Alex Young, Senior Vice President of Feature Films at Mandeville and Paul Tom, a filmmaker specialising in animation and documentary films.

In the celebratory spirit, CinefestOZ will be offering 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. 

CinefestOZ kicks off on August 22 with an incredible program of free and ticketed events guaranteed to keep everyone entertained. The full program and tickets can be found at cinefestoz.com from July 27. Get in quick as some events and screenings will sell out fast. 

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