Cinefest a big slice of paradise
PERTH filmmaker Antony Webb has attended every Cinefest Oz since it started and this year is no exception.
The eighth annual festival honours the best in Australian and French films in 68 events from August 26 to 30 in Busselton, Bunbury, Margaret River and surrounding areas.
Webb is one of a large contingent of local filmmakers making the roadtrip, including Emily Rose Brennan (This is Paradise writer and actor), Eva Di Blasio (Sucker associate producer) and Liam Graham (Love in a Disabled Toilet actor).
Webb, a Curtin University graduate and 2014 WA Screen Awards Best Director winner for The Fan, will travel to the event for screenings of his short film This is Paradise (director) and Murdoch University-funded feature Pinch (cinematographer).
He will host the Wednesday night screenings in Margaret River and take part in a Q&A with other filmmakers.
“It’s a nice, caring and nurturing festival to be a part of,” Webb said.
“On a local scene it gets your face out there and it’s also great for networking.
“It’s harder when you go to national and international festivals because you can network, which is great for your long-term career, but you’re not meeting people on your home turf, so you can’t just get a project up with them in the immediate future.”
Hugo Weaving will attend as this year’s Screen Legend and Webb said he was looking forward to seeing the feature finalists – Backtrack, Now Add Honey, Pawno, The Daughter and Putuparri and the Rainmakers – competing for the second annual $100,000 film prize awarded to an outstanding Australian film.
“I think there’s been a leap in quality since last year,” he said.
Filmmakers Eva Di Blasio, Emily Rose Brennan, Antony Webb and Liam Graham.