CinefestOZ Film Festival has named seven finalists from six South West schools in its annual Cinesnaps Short Film Competition.

The students, representing schools from all corners of the region, will showcase their films and walk the red carpet at the Cinesnaps Grand Finale next month.

Tickets are now on sale for the Grand Finale, which takes place on 27 August at The Esplanade, Busselton.

The finalists are:

  • Bella Montgomery, of Busselton Senior High School, with Non-entity
  • Poppy Treloar, of Georgiana Molloy Anglican School, with Sandbox
  • Josh Clark, of Great Southern Grammar, with Suitcase Story
  • Timothy Coleman of Manea Senior College, with A Suitcase Story
  • James Kenworthyand Cooper Warrick, ofCape Naturalist College, withThe Decoy
  • Julia Spencer, Olivia Teede, Ashton Thompson and Joe Van Nierop, of Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School, with Lost and Found
  • Luka Coulson, of Manea Senior College, with In Case

Cinesnaps is an annual competition inviting young, aspiring filmmakers aged 15-18 from South West schools to create a 3-5 minute film exploring a chosen theme. This year, the chosen theme was ‘Suitcase’.

This year students from Albany were invited to take part in the competition, with a student from Great Southern Grammar, Josh Clark, being named among the finalists.

For filmmakers of The Decoy, James Kenworthy and Cooper Warrick, this is the third foray into finalist territory. The boys previously won the competition in 2018 and 2019.

All finalists will come together for the Cinesnaps Finale, where they will receive valuable feedback from a panel of industry professionals, including Cinesnaps Patron Myles Pollard.

CinefestOZ CEO Malinda Nixon said the level of entries for this year’s competition was impressive, particularly considering the challenges students have faced during COVID-19.

“Each year we never cease to be amazed by the talent shown by our students,” she said. “This year in particular, we applaud all our entrants on what they have achieved during such a tumultuous time.

“We are very much looking forward to the Cinesnaps Grand Finale which is always a wonderful community celebration of up and coming filmmaking talent in the regions.”

The full CinefestOZ program, featuring at least 40 live events and screenings, including a range of feature films, along with a selection of online screenings, goes on sale on 31 July.

EarlyBird tickets for the festival are also now on sale for 10 events, including the Opening Night screening of RAMS, and the CinefestOZ Short Film Showcase, which will shine a spotlight on the depth of talent within Australia’s film family.

CinefestOZ will be the first Australian film festival to host screenings for live cinema audiences since the easing of restrictions following the COVID-19 pandemic.

CinefestOZ is supported by Screenwest and Lotterywest, the City of Busselton and Rio Tinto, which is also the festival’s Community Partner. 

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