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CinefestOZ Industry Program Reimagined

CinefestOZ has responded to demand from the Australian film industry and, with support from the South West Development Commission, is proud to be presenting the Industry Program from 27-28 August 2020.

This year, the Industry Program will reach a global audience with the addition of an online component and will address contemporary issues in today’s challenging environment.

The CinefestOZ Industry Program encourages attendees to take part with peers in conversations important to the Australian film industry. With connections made either in person in Busselton with the added bonus of industry networking, or online across Australia and internationally via live sessions. In a festival first, online sessions are accessible by visiting the CinefestOZ website and purchasing a pass.

The program puts a spotlight on the WA Screen Industry as well as key voices, current themes and different perspectives.

“It’s exciting to see such a diverse Industry Program that celebrates our hard-working and talented Western Australian practitioners,” said Screenwest Head of Screen Investment and Strategic Projects Matthew Horrocks. “We are looking forward to seeing how these sessions drives conversation, collaboration and creativity among local, national and international filmmakers, whether they’re attending the festival in person or participating remotely.”


Industry Program Highlights

  • Kate Walsh on Hollywood and opportunities in WA
  • Screen Australia – Update from CEO Graeme Mason
  • WIFTWA networking session
  • Our Voices on Screen – CinefestOZ’s leading voices Jodie Bell and Jub Clerc join Dot West, and Screen Australia’s Head of Indigenous Department Penny Smallacombe will discuss the importance of Indigenous key creatives taking the helm of telling “our stories, our way”
  • Film Attraction and Locations in Western Australia – Creative & Industries Manager of the South West Development Commission Mat Lewis and representatives from the Pilbara & Great Southern will discuss our stunning WA landscapes and how filmmakers can capitalise on them
  • Discover what has changed in International Distribution & Sales – Screenwest Head of Screen Investment and Strategic Projects Matthew Horrocks, Co-Founder of Madman Entertainment Paul Weigard, Managing Director of Universal Pictures International Australasia Mike Baard and Roadshow Films CEO Joel Pearlman will look at the Australian distribution model in the current climate, what it means from an international perspective and pitching projects to distributors
  • The Streaming Revolution – Chief Content Officer for Stan Entertainment Nick Forward and Screen Producers Australia CEO Matt Deaner will chat about upcoming opportunities, changes to the Australian landscape and what the streaming revolution means for Australian films and producers
  • Producing Covid – Julia Redwood (Outback Truckers, Outback Opal Hunters, Star Dreaming) hosts a panel session providing insights into managing through COVID and producing new content, with producers Jamie Hilton (GO!, Standing up for Sunny, Breath), Steve Jaggi (Swimming for Gold, Back of the Net, Rip Tide) and Anne Robinson (The Merger, Backyard Ashes)
  • Director’s Spotlight – Featuring WA writer/director Zak Hilditch (Rattlesnake, 1922, These Final Hours, Transmission), hosted by director/producer Sam Lara, WA representative of the Australian Directors’ Guild
  • Book to Screen Adaptations – Screenwest’s Drama Development Manager Barbara Connell will talk about what it takes to, not only find the right book for a screen adaptation, but how to do it and do it well along with director John Sheedy and screenwriter Lisa Hoppe (H is for Happiness)
  • Western Australian Screen Funding Successes and Future– Screenwest discusses the success of the Western Australia Regional Film Fund and the new Western Australia Screen Fund, what’s to come and exciting new developments for the benefit of the Western Australian Screen Industry with hosts Screenwest Production Attraction and Services Manager Gabrielle Cole and Matthew Horrocks

CinefestOZ Film Festival runs from 25 to 30 August 2020 in the South West. The festival may look and feel a little different in 2020 but will continue to champion Australian stories and film through a modified program of live and online screenings and special events, curated for these unprecedented times.

For more information visit the CinefestOZ Film Festival website

*Ticket and pass sales are limited to venue capacity under Phase 4 COVID-19 restrictions.


Event Details

When: Wednesday, 26 August – Sunday, 30 August 2020
Where: Festival events span the South West region
Price: Various
Registration: Tickets and registration are available on the CinefestOZ website.


About CinefestOZ

Set in the seaside centres of Busselton, Bunbury, Dunsborough and the Margaret River wine region, CinefestOZ premieres feature films and events in the region’s cinemas, wineries, small bars and galleries, making it a feast for the senses and an unforgettable five-day getaway.


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Posted 18 August 2020

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