2019 CinefestOZ Film Festival program unveiled

Directors chair and Bunkers Bay. Photo Elements Margaret River.
Directors chair and Bunkers Bay. Photo Elements Margaret River.

CinefestOZ Film Festival has unveiled its 2019 program, lifting the lid on an epic line-up of Australian features, short films, documentaries, industry workshops and more than 150 related events.

Now in its 12th year, CinefestOZ has cemented its reputation as Australia's premier destination film festival and from August 28 to September 1 will offer audiences the chance to explore a diverse program at some of the finest venues in the region.

This year's festival continues CinefestOZ's proud tradition of showcasing the best of Australian film, boasting more than 150 film screening events, including 15 world, 11 Australian and 53 WA premieres.

CinefestOZ chief executive officer Malinda Nixon said the quality and diversity of the 2019 program underlined the enormous growth the festival had experienced in its 12 years and promised audiences another memorable five days in the South-West.

"Anyone who picks up a program for this year's CinefestOZ is going to be blown away by what's on offer," she said.

"We have an absolutely incredible selection of features, short films, documentaries, industry workshops and special events and audiences really will be spoilt for choice.

"We are so proud that each year, CinefestOZ continues to grow and provide not only a platform for audiences to experience premiere film screenings but for WA and Australian filmmakers to come together to champion the industry.

"This is another outstanding year for homegrown cinema and we can't wait for audiences to enjoy our fabulous celebration of Australian film next month."

CinefestOZ chair Helen Shervington, actor David Wenham and board member Margaret Buswell on the red carpet at last year's event. Image by Court McAllister.

CinefestOZ chair Helen Shervington, actor David Wenham and board member Margaret Buswell on the red carpet at last year's event. Image by Court McAllister.

Leading the program will be the Film Prize finalists, H is for Happiness, Hearts and Bones, Judy & Punch and drama Measure for Measure competing for the coveted CinefestOZ $100,000 Film Prize.

Filmmakers and attending talent from all Film Prize finalist films will walk the red carpet at Orana Cinemas ahead of each premiere.

The following day special In Conversation events, allow audiences a deeper insight into the filmmaking teams' creative process.

Award-winning Australian director Rachel Ward has accepted the role of Film Prize Jury Chair for the 2019 Festival.

The CinefestOZ 2019 program is for film lovers, filmmakers and stars who are drawn to Busselton, Bunbury and Margaret River to share in five days of immersive film experiences.

In addition to the stellar line up of features vying for the Film Prize, 2019 program highlights include world premieres of a diverse range of films and documentaries.

The full festival program and tickets are now available online. Please visit cinefestoz.com for further information about the event.