South-West film festival CinefestOz boasts 117 films

Abbey Lee and Ryan Corr in 1%, which screens as part of CinefestOz.
Abbey Lee and Ryan Corr in 1%, which screens as part of CinefestOz.

THIS year’s south-west film festival CinefestOz boasts about 80 per cent more films and content than last year’s.

The program for the 11th festival, revealed last night at a launch in Yagan Square, features 117 films and more than 150 screening and event options in Busselton, Margaret River and Bunbury.

Film lovers will have the chance to be some of the first to see a selection of movies with 11 world and 18 Australian premieres scheduled.

In addition to award-winning actor Sigrid Thornton being present as Jury Chair for the films in competition for the $100,000 prize, guests include festival patron David Wenham, Logie winner Tasma Walton, stage star Lucy Durack and actors Kelton Pell, John Howard and Emma Booth.

Film prize finalists are 1%, Jirga, Ladies in Black and The Merger.

Festival chief executive Malinda Nixon said this year’s program was “a diverse and crowd-pleasing one”.

“There is an abundance of choice ensuring that everyone attending the festival will find something just for them,” she said.

“It’s wonderful to see the stories and diversity that our film-making community are sharing and bringing to life and for CinefestOZ to provide a platform for audiences to experience this first hand for the first time in Australia and in some cases, the world.”

CinefestOz is from August 22 to 26.

Go to www.cinefestoz.com