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Calling out to Australian filmmakers, Submissions to CinefestOZ 2017 are open!

Entries are now open for the CinefestOZ Film Prize, to be awarded during the August festival, in the Margaret River region of Western Australia.

This $100,000 Film Prize is awarded to an Australian feature film for excellence in filmmaking and is the largest film prize in Australia.

CinefestOZ Film Prize 2016 winner, Girl Asleep, had its cinematic release in September 2016 and went on to receive seven AACTA nominations and win the AACTA for Best Costume Design. It also screened at several international film festivals, securing award nominations along the way, winning the Futurewave Youth Jury Award and Grand Jury Prize for Best Film at the Seattle International Film Festival.

The 2015 CinefestOZ Film Prize was awarded to the remarkable documentary Putuparri and the Rainmakers, which had its cinematic release in November 2015.

In 2014, the inaugural CinefestOZ Film Prize was won by the family friendly, Robert Connolly-directed film, Paper Planes, which performed strongly at the Australian box office after its 15 January 2015 cinema release, raking in $9.65 million in the box office.

Shortlisted films vying for the Prize will premiere at CinefestOZ Film Festival that this year will be held from the 23 to 27 August.

CinefestOZ is also calling for submissions for the Short Film selection as a part of this year’s Film Program. This short film submission process is an exciting opportunity for Australian filmmakers to showcase their short form productions and offer further film diversity to the festival audience.

The final selection of Western Australian, Australian and French Short Films is screened at CinefestOZ as a part of its popular Side Bar program. Side Bar screenings showcase filmmaking talent through events with interactive filmmaker Q&As in Busselton, Dunsborough, Margaret River and Augusta.

Filmmakers wishing to submit a film that is ineligible for the Film Prize may submit in the General Features category, a category open to Australian and Australian co-production feature films.

“The unique thing about CinefestOZ is its strong focus on Australian content and Australian filmmaking talent,” said CinefestOZ CEO Malinda Nixon.

“Over the last nine years, incredible feature and short films have been screened. The tenth year of CinefestOZ will see this tradition endure as the Festival continues to reward excellence in Australian filmmaking and bringing the best in cinema to our audiences.”

CinefestOZ is supported by the State Government through Tourism WA’s Regional Events Program, which is funded by Royalties for Regions. Rio Tinto is also a proud Premium Partner. The festival acknowledges its strong partnership with Screenwest, Lotterywest and Screen Australia.

Feature Film and Short Film submissions close Friday, 2 June 2017.

To submit, click here.

Image: Court McAllister