Australia, like France is a country that loves film. Both cultures also enjoy good company, fine wine and food and the pleasure of living in a place of great beauty.
When the second CinefestOZ festival was opened in 2009 by Jerome Paillard, Executive Director Marche du Film, Cannes Film Festival, the links between the South-West of Western Australia and seaside towns such as St Topez and Cannes came into full focus.
The natural similarities and beachside beauty, plus the strong links forged by CinefestOZ’s founders within the Australian and French filmmaking communities, makes the South-West of Western Australia the perfect place to stage its own film festival.
Just as St Tropez hosts the Cinema of the Antipodes, a celebration of Australian and New Zealand Film, so to does CinefestOZ acknowledge this connection. In fact, the President of this Festival, Bernard Bories, was integral in helping stage the first CinefestOZ film festival in 2008.
All films shown at CinefestOZ have either an Australian or French link, either by way of the filmmaker, production and direction involvement or scriptwriting.
Historically, Western Australia and French explorers will always be remembered, with adventurers like Baudin, Mentelle and Freycinet giving name to coastal areas of note.