CinefestOZ Board of community volunteers are dedicated to producing Australia’s Premiere Film Festival, celebrating Australian Film and (in a normal year) awarding Australia’s Greatest Film Prize of $100,000.
CinefestOZ attracts Australian filmmakers and actors of international repute to the beautiful Margaret River region and surrounds.
With over 150 exciting screenings and film related events spread across more than 30 venues (in a normal year), film lovers and stars converge to share the excitement and enjoy the highly anticipated film program.
A team of professional staff and the generosity and dedication of over 350 volunteers help the festival deliver its outstanding program each year.
CinefestOZ is a not-for-profit organisation and thanks all its volunteers. Without them there simply would be no CinefestOZ.
The Hon. Barry House – Patron
B.Econ. MLC, JP, Member for the South West Region.
Barry is the sitting Liberal Member for the South West Region in the Legislative Council and continues to-date. Born in Busselton and raised on a farm in Yallingup, Barry is the South West’s greatest supporter. Barry has fulfilled many roles in parliament, government and the community and he is a wonderful advocate of CinefestOZ.
Emma Booth – Patron
Emma Booth has been a long-time guest and supporter of CinefestOZ. The West Australian-born actress, best known for the TV series Glitch and The Gloaming, became an international success after starring in Clubland, which was screened at the Sundance Film Festival and introduced her to global audiences. Her acting credits include Once Upon a Time, Cloudstreet, Underbelly and Hounds of Love, for which she won the 2017 AACTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. She also starred in the WA-made feature film H Is For Happiness, which won the $100,000 CinefestOZ Film Prize in 2019.
David Wenham – Patron
Actor David Wenham is a household name in Australia, due to his depiction of an eclectic range of characters in feature film, television and stage productions. His international film credits include roles in Lord of the Rings, Cosi, Moulin Rouge, Van Helsing and Public Enemies. His directorial debut was one of the 17 interconnected stories filmed as The Turning, which premiered in WA at CinefestOZ in 2013. David’s involvement with CinefestOZ since 2011 and role as Patron since 2012, has been pivotal to the Festival’s success.
Myles Pollard – Patron Cinesnaps Schools Program
Myles has a Bachelor of Arts in Education (Secondary) from Edith Cowan University and a Bachelor of Dramatic Art in Acting degree from NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art). He has appeared in many Australian television series including McLeod’s Daughters, Packed to the Rafters, Underbelly and Rescue Special Ops. His feature film credits include Wolverine, Drift (which he also produced), The Turning, The War That Changed Us and has just completed a role in the feature film Looking for Grace starring Richard Roxburgh and Radha Mitchell.
Myles has worked as an actor with respected Australian theatre companies including Ensemble, Black Swan and Bell Shakespeare, a company he also teaches for Australia wide. Myles is currently directing short films for the Creative Arts Initiative, a Murdoch University program that aims to develop positive aspirations for WA high school students.
Myles has been a great supporter of the Festival over many years and became involved as the Schools Program Patron in 2014.
Kelton Pell – IndigifestOZ Koorda
Kelton Pell has built a reputation for being one of our finest indigenous actors. He has enjoyed an illustrious theatre career over the last twenty years performing all around Australia. On the big screen, Kelton has appeared numerous feature films including Red Dog: True Blue, Looking For Grace, Bran Nue Dae, Blackfellas and Australian Rules. This year he will be seen in Three Summers, directed by Ben Elton, a CinefestOZ 2017 Film Prize Finalist. Kelton’s work in television includes Redfern Now, The Gods of Wheat Street, Cloudstreet and The Circuit.
Helen Shervington – Chair
Originally from Busselton, Helen has Honours degrees in History and Art History and a Masters in Industrial Relations. She spent 20 years in senior positions in the public service before setting up a business consultancy operation and her much loved olive grove. Helen’s involvement with the community includes five years’ service on the Busselton Shire Council, Chairing the Committee responsible for designing the refurbishment of the Busselton Foreshore and Chairing the Busselton Wetlands Committee. She is also currently the Chair of Busselton Water Corporation. In 2012 Helen was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in recognition of her services to the Busselton community. Helen is a co-founder of CinefestOZ and has been the festival’s Film Director since it started in 2008.
Margaret Buswell – Deputy Chair
Margaret Buswell is an accountant with a Bachelor of Commerce from UWA. From 1992 until today she has successfully managed and grown a regional tourism venture into a major tourism company. She has a proven background in fundraising and charity events and a keen interest in film and is dedicated to advancing CinefestOZ and tourism in the South West region.
David Barton is Director of Renascent Health Care and Busselton Physiotherapy and Allied Centre. He has an MBA in addition to his health profession qualifications. His vast community, governance and development experience includes time as a Shire Councillor, local and state government board roles and roles with a variety of community, health, economic development and arts groups. David co-founded CinefestOZ in 2008.
Jen brings a wealth of experience and skills to the Board from a range of industries. She returned to Busselton as a resident in 2002 with a Bachelor of Business in Marketing. Jen’s knowledge in the fields of marketing, event co-ordination, hospitality management, and business administration assists in Board matters. Jen is passionate about enhancing Busselton’s cultural potential.
Jub is a Nyul Nyul/Yawuru woman from the Kimberley regions of WA. A graduate of WAAPA’s acting course, Jub spent many years performing for numerous theatre companies before moving to film and TV, working on The Circuit 1 & 2, Bran Nue Dae, Jasper Jones and many more. Jub has also written/directed short films and documentaries, including Music Men and Abbreviation, from Tim Winton’s feature – The Turning and directed over 15 Indigenous Community Stories. Jub performed in the world’s first Aboriginal Opera, Pecan Summer, and won the Kate Challis Award in 2017 for her play The Fever and the Fret. Jub is set to direct in 2020, her first feature film Rumurra which she co-wrote, and is also currently developing a supernatural thriller with Truant Pictures.
Gary was the Shire of Augusta Margaret River’s long-serving Chief Executive Officer and previously the Town of Bassendean’s Chief Executive Officer. He has a background in town planning, educational administration, community services management and executive management in local government. Previously he held a variety of key leadership roles as a Planning Officer in the State Government, School Principal and other educational leadership roles, bringing a passion for education and community to CinefestOZ.
Warren has owned and driven a nationally recognised and award winning graphic design and marketing business. His expertise in the areas of marketing, public relations, graphic design, web design, sponsorship, web direction and ticketing is highly valued by the CinefestOZ team. He can mostly be found writing books and riding his Harley.
Pauline has been extensively involved in leadership and community roles in both Bunbury and Busselton over more than two decades, in the fields of higher education, health, tourism, sister city relationships and chambers of commerce. Her family are philanthropic supporters of the arts, events and capital infrastructure in the region, which contribute to the rich tapestry of life in the South West.
Diana Wearing Smith
Diana has a Bachelor of Business and a Master of Commerce from Curtin University. Diana’s has more than 25 years of business experience and a strong background in branding, marketing and communications. During her career, Diana has applied her marketing skills across a broad range of industries, including Mining, Energy, Education, Equestrian and Technology. Perth born and bred, Diana has a passion for Western Australia and regional tourism.
Malinda Nixon – Chief Executive Officer
Malinda Nixon commenced her role as Festival Manager in 2009 and has been instrumental in the success of CinefestOZ. With a Bachelor of Business and broad experience in public sector management and as general manager and CEO of the public and private sector, she brings a depth of knowledge and understanding to the role. Her business development and tourism marketing skills have helped propel CinefestOZ to the fastest-growing film festival in Australia.