Preparations are well underway for the 2016 CinefestOz with the film and event program set for release on Friday July 29. Jasper Jones, Spin Out, Girl Asleep and The Death and Life of Otto Bloom are the four films recently announced as the finalists for the CinefestOz film prize – which is Australia’s richest film prize.
The finalists will be judged at the festival by a five-member jury, headed this year by award-winning Australian feature film and documentary director Gillian Armstrong. Now in its third year, the highly coveted $100,000 film prize was established with the aim of pursuing excellence in Australian filmmaking. It is awarded to the producer of an Australian feature film or feature-length documentary and is the only cash film prize focused solely on Australian feature film.
Finalist Jasper Jones has an extra special affinity with the South-West, having been shot in Pemberton and adapted from the book penned by Dwellingup local Craig Silvey, who drew on his own experiences growing up in a rural town.
Spin Out, which had its first script reading with Director Tim Ferguson at CinefestOZ back in 2013, has come full circle and it’s only fitting it makes it’s WA debut to eager audiences back at the festival.
Fresh from winning the Grand Jury Prize and Futurewave Youth Jury Award for Best Feature Film at the Seattle International Film Festival, Girl Asleep will be sure to delight family film-goers.
Rounding out the final four is the MIFF@CinefestOZ drama The Death and Life of Otto Bloom, which chronicles the life and great love of Otto Bloom, an extraordinary man who experiences time in reverse. It stars mother and daughter duo Rachel Ward, Matilda Brown as well as Twilight alumni Xavier Samuel.
Girl Asleep and MIFF@CinefestOZ film The Death and Life of Otto Bloom will make their WA Premieres at the Festival, whilst Jasper Jones and Spin Out will be debuting to the world.
Tickets on sale at the CinefestOZ website – www.cinefestoz.com