Entries are now open for the nation’s richest film prize – the CinefestOZ Film Prize, to be awarded during the 10th CinefestOZ Film Festival, held 23-27 August 2017 in the Margaret River region of Western Australia.
The $100,000 Film Prize is awarded to an Australian feature film for excellence in filmmaking. Shortlisted films vying for the Film Prize will premiere in Western Australia at the CinefestOZ Film Festival.
CinefestOZ is also calling for submissions for the Festival’s Short Film program which is an exciting opportunity for Australian filmmakers to showcase their short form productions and offer further diversity to the festival audience.
The final selection of Western Australian, Australian and French short films will be screened at CinefestOZ as a part of its popular Side Bar program. Side Bar screenings showcase filmmaking talent through events with interactive filmmaker Q&As in Busselton, Dunsborough, Bunbury Margaret River and Augusta.
Filmmakers wishing to submit a feature film that is ineligible for the Film Prize may submit in the General Features category, a category open to Australian and Australian co-production feature films.
CinefestOZ Film Prize 2016 winner, Girl Asleep, went on to receive seven AACTA nominations including Best Film, winning the AACTA for Best Costume Design.
The 2015 CinefestOZ Film Prize was awarded to the remarkable documentary Putuparri and the Rainmakers and the inaugural CinefestOZ Film Prize in 2014 was won by the family friendly Western Australian production, Paper Planes which performed strongly after its cinema release, raking in $9.65 million at the Australian box office. Paper Planes has gone on to screen across the globe, most notably at the Berlin International Film Festival, Busan International Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival.
“The unique thing about CinefestOZ is its strong focus on Australian content and Australian filmmaking talent,” said CinefestOZ CEO Malinda Nixon.
“Over the last nine years, incredible feature and short films have been screened. The tenth year of CinefestOZ will see this tradition endure as the Festival continues to reward excellence in Australian filmmaking and bringing the best in cinema to our audiences.”
Submissions close Friday, 2 June 2017.
Online Submissions Forms and Entry Rules and Regulations and can found at www.cinefestoz.com.