Fes­ti­val cel­e­brates Aussie cin­ema

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Time Out - Chloe Fraser

Cine­festOZ came to a close on Sun­day af­ter the re­gion’s cin­e­mas, winer­ies, small bars and gal­leries came alive to show­case the best in Aus­tralian film­mak­ing.

The 10th an­nual fes­ti­val in­cluded pre­miere screen­ings, the Ci­nes­naps short film com­pe­ti­tion, IndigifestOZ Day, In Con­ver­sa­tion events and side bar and com­mu­nity screen­ings over five days.

Aus­tralian fea­ture film Ali’s Wed­ding was awarded the $100,000 film prize.

Di­rected by Jeffrey Walker, the com­edy fol­lows Ali — the son of a Mus­lim cleric — who finds him­self caught be­tween his duty to his fam­ily and fol­low­ing his heart. Ali’s way­ward quest to please his fa­ther spi­rals out of con­trol, lead­ing to cat­a­clysmic con­se­quences.

Film jury chair­man Scott Hicks said the de­ci­sion to award the com­edy the film prize was unan­i­mous.

“Given the strength of the com­pe­ti­tion and ro­bust de­lib­er­a­tion it was a great sur­prise that when we took our first toll around the ta­ble, the jury choice was unan­i­mous,” he said.

The next gen­er­a­tion of as­pir­ing young film­mak­ers was also en­cour­aged to ex­plore as­pects of film through­out the fes­ti­val, with South West stu­dents com­pet­ing in the an­nual Ci­nes­naps short film com­pe­ti­tion.

About 23 short films were submitted to this year’s com­pe­ti­tion with a va­ri­ety of in­ter­pre­ta­tions of the theme, The Birth­day Card. Seven short films were se­lected for screen­ing in the fi­nals, with Ge­or­giana Mol­loy Angli­can School and Cape Nat­u­ral­iste Col­lege among the fi­nal­ists vy­ing for the prize.

How­ever, Bun­bury Cathe­dral Gram­mar School stu­dent James Forster took the top prize with his short film, Salt Wa­ter.

Ci­nes­naps pa­tron Myles Pol­lard chaired the jury and was joined by di­rec­tor Rhi­an­non Ban­nen­berg and ac­tor Mark Coles Smith.

Satur­day’s Gala Night pre­sen­ta­tion saw Hicks and ac­tress Jacque­line McKen­zie named this year’s Screen Leg­ends.

Mar­garet River artist Tim Brown crafted the tro­phies for both the Film Prize and the Screen Leg­end award and said he hoped to em­u­late the beauty of the re­gion.

“I wanted to avoid a tro­phy-look­ing tro­phy,” he said.

“They wanted some­thing that was associated with the re­gion so I thought some­thing redo­lent of the ocean would be a good idea. I looked at the chance to do some­thing stand­alone and my hope was it’d look some­thing like na­ture rather than man-made.”

Cul­ture and the Arts Min­is­ter David Tem­ple­man pre­sented the awards and con­grat­u­lated Cine­festOZ on 10 years of cel­e­brat­ing Aus­tralian film.

“The fes­ti­val has gone from strength to strength and is now an in­te­gral part of West­ern Aus­tralia’s ex­tra­or­di­nary cul­tural tourism ex­pe­ri­ences,” he said.

The fes­ti­val has gone from strength to strength and is now an in­te­gral part of (WA’s) . . . tourism ex­pe­ri­ences.

David Tem­ple­man

Pic­ture: Tim Camp­bell

The Mar­garet River Cul­tural Cen­tre hosted the WA pre­miere of The But­ter­fly Tree last Wed­nes­day night.

Pic­tures: Court­ney McAl­lis­ter

The Foun­da­tion for Indige­nous Sus­tain­able Health dance troupe per­formed at IndigifestOZ.

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