“2020 has been a challenging year for the film industry and continues to be so, particularly for our friends on the east coast and overseas,” said CinefestOZ CEO Malinda Nixon. “We do not take for granted the fact that we have been able to forge ahead with our festival this year, albeit in a modified format, and we are delighted to be able to share part of it with industry representatives who can’t be with us in person.”
Understandably, the 2020 festival will not feature the $100,000 Film Prize, last year awarded to H is for Happiness, however, this year sees the introduction of the CinefestOZ Short Film Awards.
The Australian film industry must attend event will naturally shift gears this year, focusing on the local community, attracting movie lovers from around Western Australia and a strong online component.
CinefestOZ will be screening 18 feature films, 4 short film programs, a Schools and an Indigenous initiative, and an Industry program. If you’re unable to make it South West Australia to enjoy the fest in cinema, there’s ‘Grounded’, Australian films available to view freely online along with the ability to participate online in many of the industry initiatives.
As previously reported, opening and closing the festival are two high profile WA-made features, Jeremy Sims’ Rams starring Sam Neill and Michael Caton and Gregor Jordan’s Tim Winton adaptation Dirt Music.
Other features screening include Michael Bentham’s Disclosure starring Geraldine Hakewill and Mark Leonard Winter, Jo-Anne Brechin’s comedy Paper Champions, which is also screening online at MIFF, Mardi Gras Film Festival hits Ellie and Abbie (and Ellie’s Dead Aunt) and Unsound, plus the world premiere of Kurt Martin’s Moon Rock for Monday.
Documentaries include Kriv Stenders’ Slim & I and Brock: Over the Top, Jeff Hann’s Coffee Heroes, Rosemary’s Way and Our Law, which both screened at the virtual Sydney Film Festival, Sally Ingleton’s environmental themed Wild Things, and Looky Looky Here Comes Cooky, from directors Steven McGregor and Danielle MacLean, featuring Steven Oliver, which is premiering at the upcoming virtual MIFF.
Family films screening include the animated 100% Wolf and Combat Wombat, plus Hayley MacFarlane’s Swimming for Gold starring Peyton List and Lauren Esposito, and Joanne Samuel’s fantasy adventure The Legend of the Five also starring Esposito.