WA shot bikie drama 1%, Benjamin Gilmour’s Jirga, the highly anticipated follow-up to Son of a Lion, Bruce Beresford’s period piece Ladies in Black, and the Damian Callinan written and starring topical comedy The Merger are the Film Prize finalists at this year’s CinefestOZ. Past winners of the lucrative cash prize have included Ali’s Wedding, Girl Asleep and documentary Putuparri and the Rainmakers.
CinefestOZ travelled to Sydney to make the announcement last night in front of the local film community.
“The number and quality of entries for the $100,000 film prize increases every year, making it more and more challenging to narrow it down to just a handful of finalists. It’s a wonderful testament to Australian filmmaking and story-telling. The industry continues to thrive and filmmakers are increasingly embracing the platform offered by CinefestOZ to showcase their works to appreciative audiences,” said CinefestOZ Festival Chair Helen Shervington.
The four finalists will screen during CinefestOZ, along with an eclectic program of new Australian and French feature films, shorts and documentaries. There will also be industry workshops and related events spread out over the 5 days of the festival.
The festival takes place August 22 – 26, set in the seaside centres of Busselton, Bunbury, Dunsborough and the Margaret River wine region in Western Australia.