CinefestOZ : $100K Film Prize Finalists Revealed


CinefestOZ is a major film festival held annually in the Margaret River Region.

The finalists for Australia’s richest film festival prize have been revealed.

The Western Australian CinefestOz Film Festival tonight announced five films would compete for the $100,000 prize.

Festival patron and acclaimed actor David Wenham spoke to a crowd of about 120 film industry experts tonight in Sydney, ahead of the festival in the Margaret River region in August.

CinefestOZ : $100K Film Prize Finalists Revealed
CinefestOz Sydney Launch

The finalists, announced by CEO Malinda Nixon were – Go!, H is for Happiness, Hearts and Bones, Judy & Punch and Measure for Measure.

The awards recognise the best Aussie Feature film or feature-length documentary.

CinefestOZ is widely acknowledged as Australia’s premier destination festival and brings the Australian film industry together every year to the South West of Australia.

Each of the five CinefestOZ Film Prize finalists will screen during CinefestOZ, along with a program of other new Australian features, short films, documentaries, industry workshops and more than 150 related events.

CinefestOz kicks off in August in Busselton, Bunbury, Dunsborough and the Margaret River wine region.

About the Finalists:


CinefestOZ : $100K Film Prize Finalists Revealed
Go! Film

GO! is from director Owen Trevor (Top Gear) and writer Steve Worland (Paper Planes) and stars William Lodder, Anastasia Bampos, Darius Amarfio-Jefferson, Dan Wyllie, Cooper Van Grootel, Damian De Montemas with Richard Roxburgh and Frances O’Connor. The film is produced by Jamie Hilton and Sonia Borella.
When Jack (William Lodder) and his single mother (Frances O’Connor) move to a small town in Western Australia, he soon gets involved in the competitive world of go-kart racing. Jack’s got natural talent but must learn to control his recklessness.

To do that, he’ll need the help of aspiring engineer, Mandy (Anastasia Bampos), wise-cracking best mate Colin (Darius Amarfio-Jefferson) and mysterious mentor, Patrick (Richard Roxburgh). Together, the team will
endeavour to overcome all odds and defeat ruthless racer Dean (Cooper Van Grootel) to win
the National Go Kart Championship. GO! is a high-octane Australian family film with heart.


H is for Happiness

CinefestOZ : $100K Film Prize Finalists Revealed

Set in the Australian coastal town of Albany, [email protected] film H is for Happiness is supported by the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) Premiere Fund. It is a classic feel-good film based on the award-winning book My Life as an Alphabet by Barry Jonsberg, a heart-warming, unflinchingly honest story of one twelve- year-old’s determination to bring her family back from the brink and spark happiness in their lives. Using an entirely unique approach, Candice Phee is an unforgettable heroine whose exploits will inspire and delight anyone who has faced the trials of adolescence and the heartbreak of family tragedy.

Directed by MIFF Accelerator Lab alumnus John Sheedy and starring newcomers Daisy Axon and Wesley Patton, alongside Miriam Margolyes, Richard Roxburgh, Emma Booth, Joel Jackson, Deborah Mailman – and a miniature horse – H is For Happiness shows us a quintessentially Australian world through the eyes of a quirky outsider, and is a joyous celebration of all things a little bit different.

Hearts and Bones

CinefestOZ : $100K Film Prize Finalists Revealed

Hearts and Bones is internationally award-winning director and photographer Ben Lawrence’s beautifully acted debut feature about hope and the mysterious bonds of family, friendship and fatherhood.

The film stars Hugo Weaving as Daniel Fisher, a war photographer who has just returned home to prepare for his latest exhibition when a South Sudanese refugee Sebastian Aman (Andrew Luri) appears at his door with a request – that he not exhibit any photographs of the massacre in his village, taken 15 years earlier. What emerges is an unlikely friendship between the two men but it is severely put to the test when Daniel makes a shocking discovery.

Judy & Punch

CinefestOZ : $100K Film Prize Finalists Revealed

Judy & Punch is a visceral and dynamic live-action reinterpretation of the famous 17th century puppet show. Writer-director Mirrah Foulkes turns the traditional story of Punch and Judy on its head and brings to life a fierce, darkly comic and epic female-driven revenge story, starring Mia Wasikowska and Damon Herriman. Produced by Michele Bennett, Nash Edgerton and Danny Gabai, Judy and Punch is a dark, absurd fable treading a line between fairy-tale, fantasy and gritty realism, all of which work together to establish a unique tone while upsetting viewer expectations.


Measure for Measure 

CinefestOZ : $100K Film Prize Finalists Revealed

[email protected] drama Measure for Measure is a contemporary re-telling of Shakespeare’s play of the same name. An unlikely romance ignites between a young immigrant Muslim girl and a young musician, set against Melbourne’s notorious commission flats, where a world of crime, drugs and racial disharmony reign ….

Supported by the MIFF Premiere Fund, the film is directed by Paul Ireland (Pawno), co-written with the late actor Damian Hill and stars Hugo Weaving, Harrison Gilbertson, Megan Hajjar, Mark Leonard Winter, Daniel Henshall and Fayssal Bazzi.

Tickets to CinefestOz

Early Bird tickets for CinefestOZ will be available from July 5 through the CinefestOZ website 

The full film and event program and ticket sales goes live on 26 July.
CinefestOZ is supported by the State Government through Tourism WA’s Regional Events Program.

Early Bird ticket sales – 5 July
Full ticket sales – 26 July
Festival dates – 28 August – 1 September 2019




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