Feast of films on show

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Film -

THE CinefestOZ 2016 Film Fes­ti­val will fea­ture as the premier event this month, draw­ing crowds from across the west­ern sub­urbs.

The five-day event, which is in its third year, will show­case 82 films and 65 events across 35 venues in the South-West.

The film fes­ti­val has quickly ce­mented it­self as one of the most prestigious events, with its di­verse qual­ity of films, ac­tors and the highly cov­eted $100,000 film prize.

This year’s four fi­nal­ists vy­ing for Aus­tralia’s rich­est film prize are Jasper Jones, Spin Out, Girl Asleep and The Death and Life of Otto Bloom.

Fes­ti­val chief ex­ec­u­tive Malinda Nixon said this year’s pro­gram was of an ex­cep­tion­ally high qual­ity.

“It’s a de­light every year to hear the au­di­ence’s sto­ries about the films they are dis­cov­er­ing and shar­ing those dis­cov­er­ies with their friends,” she said.

“Ex­plor­ing the pro­gram and the stun­ning South­West si­mul­ta­ne­ously en­sures fes­ti­val-go­ers have a uniquely self-tai­lored jour­ney and there re­ally is some­thing for ev­ery­one.”

The fes­ti­val brings ac­tors, writ­ers and di­rec­tors from around Aus­tralia and the world to WA for the fes­ti­val.

Os­car-win­ning di­rec­tor Gil­lian Arm­strong will fea­ture as this year’s film prize jury chair­woman.

Also tak­ing part in the fes­ti­val and walk­ing the red car­pet will be ac­tor and co­me­dian Magda Szuban­ski, nov­el­ist and screen­writer Ben El­ton, ac­tor Lincoln Lewis and ac­tor and di­rec­tor Matilda Brown, with more spe­cial guests still to be an­nounced.

The CinefestOZ Film Fes­ti­val is from Au­gust 24 to 28. To book, visit www.cinefestoz.com.

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