The 2022 CinefestOZ program is an epic celebration of Australian cinema!

Seriously Red

CinefestOZ – Australia’s largest destination film festival – has announced the release of its 2022 program featuring an epic 270 film screenings and events as well as the appointment of award-winning actor, writer, producer and director Richard Roxburgh as Chair of the Jury that will award the prestigious $100,000 Film Prize.

Celebrating its 15th year, the six-day festival will be held from 23-28 August across 35 locations in Western Australia’s South West and will provide festival-goers with the opportunity to see some of Australia’s best new films first, and connect with filmmakers and visiting talent at the region’s cinemas, wineries, restaurants, boutique breweries, small bars and galleries in Augusta, Bunbury, Busselton and Margaret River.

“The CinefestOZ team together with the film industry and the local community has created an extraordinary program that talks to a diverse audience – from laugh-out-loud comedies and compelling dramas, to thought-provoking documentaries about current social and environmental issues, stories that showcase our First Nations people and films that tap into popular culture and music,” CinefestOZ Chair Margaret Buswell said.

“I am delighted to launch the 2022 program and announce that Richard Roxburgh will be joining us – fresh from his performance in Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis – at CinefestOZ. Richard’s experience in film, television and theatre in Australia and internationally, as well as his knowledge of CinefestOz and the South West region, is a wonderful coup for the Festival and Western Australia.”

“There’s something special about CinefestOZ and this corner of the world – the relaxed coastal environment, mixed with a vibrant arts community and of course its famous food and wine – makes it a truly unique experience,” Roxburgh said.

“I am excited and honoured to attend the Festival as Jury Chair and return to WA’s South West where I’ve previously filmed several movies including Breath, GO and H is for Happiness, which I’m proud to say won the Film Prize in 2019.”

Of An Age.

Festival Highlights

Film Prize Screenings and In Conversation Events
Ahead of each Film Prize premiere screening, filmmakers and attending talent will walk the red carpet.  Each Film Prize film is also paired with a unique In Conversation dining experience, which takes place the following day and is where the filmmakers share with guests how they brought their projects to life, while enjoying sensational food at some of the South West’s best restaurants.

Seriously Red Lunch at Rustico@Hay Shed Hill Thursday 25 August
Of An Age Lunch at Cullen Wines Friday 26 August
Transfusion Breakfast at Shelter Brewing Co Saturday 27 August
Sweet As Lunch at Yarri Bar & Restaurant Saturday 27 August

A special In Conversation Jury Lunch with all the members of the Film Prize Jury will be held at Aravina Estate on Saturday 27 August
In Conversation events also accompany music drama 6 Festivals from writer/director Macario de Souza and producer Michael Wrenn at RIO Margaret River, Wednesday 24 August; the powerful documentary Clean about Sandra Pankhurst with writer/director Lachlan McLeod and producer David Elliot-Jones at Mojos Restaurant Bunbury, Thursday 25 August; and visual masterpiece Blaze from artist, writer and director Del Kathryn Barton and producer Samantha Jennings on Friday 26 August at Market Eating House Bunbury.

Gala Night Saturday 27 August Orana Cinemas Busselton
Combining red carpet action, the cream of Australia’s filmmaking talent on stage, the best Australian film shorts, and the awarding of the high profile Screen Legend and coveted $100,000 CinefestOZ Film Prize. Celebrations continue after at Origins Market.

Western Australian made World Premieres
Avarice red carpet event, screening and Q&A with writer/director/producer John V. Soto on Thursday 25 August; Pieces red carpet event and post screening discussion with director Martin Wilson, writer Monique Wilson and producer Nicole Fererro on Saturday 27 August; and, Our Law (Episodes 1-3) with writer/producers Taryne Laffar and Sam Bohdi Field on Saturday 27 August.

Scripted highlights 
WE ARE STILL HERE is a unique Indigenous film that interweaves eight powerful tales by ten directors to tell a sweeping story of hope and survival from Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific spanning over 1000 years. Evicted! A Modern Romance – four spuriously employed housemates on the verge of eviction trawl Sydney’s fraught rental market in search of a new place to call home. Written and directed by Rowan Devereaux, produced by Sophie Saville and starring Amanda Maple-Brown, Will Suen, Rose Haining and Clare Cavanagh. Petrol MIFF@CinefestOZ  – the lonely existence of an impressionable film student is upended when she makes a mysterious new friend. Directed and written by Alena Lodkina, produced by Kate Laurie and starring Hannah Lynch and Nathalie Morris.

Sweet As.

Documentary highlights
Splice Here: A Projected Odyssey explores the single greatest change in the history of cinema – the digital shift from recording and projecting on film as told through the eyes of projectionist and writer/director Rob Murphy, and with appearances from Hollywood film legends Quentin Tarantino and Douglas Trumbull. Everybody’s Oma filmmaker Jason van Genderen is obsessed with making home videos about his family, and their Dutch matriarch, Oma. He and his wife Megan embrace caring for Oma, who has dementia, in increasingly whimsical ways, accidentally turning her into an online celebrity. Their unassuming home videos, shot during the pandemic, attract over 100,000,000 views globally. Under Cover MIFF@CinefestOZ  – through moving portraits and with narration from Margo Robbie, Under Cover shines a light on a devastating reality – women over 50 being the fastest growing cohort experiencing homelessness in Australia. Directed and written by Sue Thomson and produced by Adam Farrington-Williams and Sue Thomson.

Short Film Program
In addition to the Film Prize, many more films will also be in competition in the flourishing Short Films section of the Festival. The popular Deadly Indigenous Short Film Set shines a spotlight on the creativity and power of Indigenous filmmaking in Australian culture, while the 2022 Short Films take the audience on a journey with an entirely Queer Set, Vengabus with tales featuring the LGBTIQA+ community behind and infront of the camera; Rollercoaster – an array of strong stories which will bring audiences on a trip with highs and lows; and Party Bus – jump on the bus to laugh along at these fun flicks. CinefestOZ is also proud to once more bring the Delorean Filmmakers of the Future short film set, celebrating young WA filmmakers.

Industry Program
Three days of inspiring talks, unique workshops and fantastic networking opportunities. More information to come.

Cinesnaps
A showcase of the short films of middle school and high sch ool students from the South West and Great Southern Region.

Community Screenings
Wildly popular, this year’s program is based on Australians digging deep.  After a few years of hardship it’s important to remind ourselves to dig deep, stay positive and be the best person we can. This year’s films embodies this theme with stories about Australians pulling together and finding joy through tough times.

CinefestOZ Film Festival runs 23 – 28 August 2022. Get all the details here.

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