The CinefestOZ 2018 program dropped today, bringing with it the promise of an incredible festival full of great Australian cinema.
Now in its 11th year, the festival, located in Western Australia’s South West Region, runs from Wednesday, August 22, to Sunday, August 26, featuring 117 film screenings, including 11 world and 18 Australian premieres, encompassing documentaries, feature films and short films.
Iconic Australian actor Sigrid Thornton has taken on the role of Jury Chair for the 2018 Festival, and will be joined by actor and Festival Patron David Wenham; Logie winning actress Tasma Walton; writer, actor and singer Lucy Durack; veteran Australian actor John Howard; indigenous actor Kelton Pell; and AACTA Award winning WA actress Emma Booth.
They’re tasked with deciding which of the four finalists will receive the $100,000 CinefestOZ Film Prize – Australia’s richest. Competing this year are bikie melodrama 1%, Afghan war drama Jirga, Bruce Beresford’s literary adaptation Ladies in Black, and refugee football comedy The Merger.
Screening outside of competition, highlights include Lucy Durack’s seven part series Lift; Roll With It, a documentary following the Australian Men’s Wheelchair Basketball team, the Rollers, on their two year journey to the 2014 World Championships; and the mystery thriller Reaching Distance, starring Sophia Forrest, Morgan Griffin (San Andreas, Unbroken, Spin Out) and Matt Day (Wolf Creek, A Place to Call Home, Love Child).
This year’s French program screen has also expanded, now including French Canadian content through a partnership with Montreal-based Ciné Tapis Rouge. CinefestOZ will host three Australian Premieres of French Quebecan films: Bagages, Les Rois Mongols and Tadoussac.
Festival CEO Malinda Nixon said that CinefestOZ is a proud to present such a unique and diverse program to audiences from across the country.
“The program this year is a diverse and crowd-pleasing one. There is an abundance of choice ensuring that everyone attending the festival will find something just for them. It’s wonderful to see the stories and diversity that our filmmaking community are sharing and bringing to life and for CinefestOZ to provide a platform for audiences to experience this first hand for the first time in Australia and in some cases, the world.”
For information on the full festival, including industry events, side bars, free public screenings, the youth-focused CineSnaps short film competition, IndigefestOZ day, and more, head to the official site. Early Bird tickets are on sale now.