CinefestOZ announces film prize nominees

Magda Szubanski in the WA- made film Three Summers.
Magda Szubanski in the WA- made film Three Summers.

WA-made Three Summers, Ali’s Wedding, Australia Day and Jungle and will compete for the $100,000 film prize at this year’s CinefestOZ in WA’s South-West.

The prize was established to reward excellence in Australian filmmaking and is awarded by a five-member industry jury.

CinefestOZ Festival Chair Helen Shervington said the five person jury chaired by acclaimed film maker Scott Hicks had a tough task picking one winner.

“We are delighted with the variety and number of entries in this year’s film prize and the finalists are representative of the strength and quality of the Australian film industry today,” she said.

Minister for Culture and the Arts David Templeman said this year’s finalists showcased strong directors, many with ties to WA.

Ali’s Wedding is a comedy based on a true story, Australia Day explores racial tension and national identity, and Jungle is a harrowing adventure drama starring Daniel Radcliffe.

The program and ticket sales go live on July 28 at www.cinefestoz.com.

The festival runs from August 23-27.