CinefestOZ Board of community volunteers are dedicated to producing Australia’s Premiere Film Festival, celebrating Australian Film awarding a 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.

Patrons

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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.

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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.

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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

Kelton Pell
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.

Ambassadors

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Alex Williams
Ambassador

Alex is a very good looking and humble actor/ writer from Perth WA. He played the lead role of Romeo in the Bell Shakespeare Company’s 2016 production of Romeo and Juliet and Damis in the BSSTC/QTC production of Tartuffe. His television credits include his Logie nominated performance in the title role of Julian Assange in the movie UNDERGROUND. He also featured in NEVER TEAR US APART: THE UNTOLD STORY OF INXS, CATCHING MILAT, BROCK, FRIDAY ON MY MIND and THE UNDERBELLY FILES: CHOPPER. Alex appeared on 2 seasons of THE HEIGHTS and PLAYING FOR KEEPS. Alex’s film credits include THE RECKONING and PAPER PLANES. . 

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Sophia Forrest
Ambassador

Sophia Forrest is one of Australia’s most exciting new performers. Sophia trained at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) graduating in 2016. There she performed in various productions including Les Liaisons Dangereuses which toured to Hong Kong and Coriolanus which toured to Hydra Festival in Greece. After graduating from WAAPA, Sophia made her television debut on the hit Nine Network Series Love Child as ‘Debbie Hampshire’. Sophia’s feature film credits include Reaching Distance, Warner Bros Aquaman and Ride Like A Girl, opposite Teresa Palmer. 

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Travis Jeffrey
Ambassador

Travis is best known for his roles on acclaimed miniseries Gallipolli, Universal Pictures’ Unbroken, directed by Angelina Jolie and Sony’s Spin Out- which premiered at CinefestOZ. Some of his recent works include Top End Wedding which had its world premiere at Sundance Film Festival, Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan, Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and AMC series The Preacher season 4. Travis had his stage debut in 2017 when he performed in Sport Jove’s One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, playing Billy Bibbit, followed by the highly acclaimed Tonsils and Tweezers which he received a Broadway World ‘Best Actor’ nomination. Released in 2020, Travis played Finnish twins Gael and Gideon in horror comedy Bloody Hell, which is set to become a trilogy. Travis starred in 2021 war epic Before Dawn. 

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Karla Hart
Albany Ambassador

A proud Noongar woman , Karla was raised on Goreng country in the Great Southern taking her determination in telling First Nations stories to our screens. Hart has a great deal of experience in the industry producing Yokayi Footy once more this 
season in collaboration with the AFL. In 2021 being recognised as Aboriginal West Australian of the Year for her connection to country and the arts. Her project Virtual Whadjuk came to CinefestOZ in 2021 and will return this year. 

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Joel Jackson
Albany Ambassador

Joel Jackson was Chair of the Cinesnaps Competition Jury in 2021. He currently stars in Miss Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries and has previously adorned our screens with CinefestOZ Film Prize Winner H is For Happiness, CinefestOZ Film Prize Finalist Jungle and WA series Mystery Road. 

Board

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Margaret Buswell
Chair

After growing up in Busselton, Margaret completed a Commerce Degree in Accounting and Finance from UWA, she went on to work for one of the Big 8 Accounting firms in Perth and was then seconded to its UK office.  In 1992,  Margaret returned to Busselton to start her own tourism business.  She has overseen its growth as it has evolved in to a major tourism company. She has a proven background in fundraising with various not for profit organisations and has a keen interest in Australian film.  Margaret joined the Board in 2009 and has served as the Deputy Chair since 2016, she is dedicated to advancing CinefestOZ and tourism in the South West region. 

 

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Gary Evershed
DEPUTY CHAIR and treasurer

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.

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Emma Scotney
Deputy chair

Emma has worked as a board advisor and corporate lawyer and has more than 25 years combined experience in agriculture and mining industries. Emma also has a strong background in preparing corporate and commercial legal advice, and an extensive array of international connections through her work in these areas. Boasting a wealth of background in leadership and legal positions, experienced board advisor and corporate lawyer, Emma begun her journey with the Board in 2021. 

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Pauline Vukelic
secretary

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.

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Helen Shervington
BOARD

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. She has been the festival’s Film Director since it started in 2008. She served as the Festival Chair since 2016 but stepped down this year. 

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Jub Clerc
Board

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.

 

Jub Clerc has been on a leave of absence from the CinefestOZboard since 15 September 2021. Since that time, Jub has abstained from being involved in any discussions on matters related to film. Her involvement has been limited to advising on matters related to the CinefestOZ Indigenous film festival in Broome, which is being held in partnership with Goolarri Media Enterprises. 

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Duncan ord
board

The newest member, Duncan has experience in working at senior levels of government and communities in the spaces of culture, arts, education, training, planning and Aboriginal affairs.  His previous roles include being the Dean of WAAPA, as well as the General manager of the WA Theatre Company and Black Swan Theatre. He was also a chair of the arts, sport and recreation industry training council, member of Australia Council boards and commitees along with being a consultant to government on arts infrastructure projects.He recently retired from the public service where he acted as a Director General, receiving in 2013, an Order of Australia Medal. In addition to this Mr Ord was awarded a Churchill fellowship and a Canadian arts fellowship. 

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Diana Wearing Smith
Board

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.

Staff

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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.

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Chanel Bowen
Film Manager

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Gabrielle Whirledge
Communities Manager

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Jodie Bell
IndigifestOZ Film Manager

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Sara Warren
Events Manager

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Susie Opie
Ticketing Manager

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Amy Penrose
Guest Liaison

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Michelle Kosonen
Publicity Manager

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Brooke Thomas
Marketing Manager and; Industry Manager

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Annette Davis
Albany Manager

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Megan Hemsley
Administration