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CinefestOZ 2021 Industry Program revealed

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American actor Kate Walsh attended the 2020 two-day Industry Program.

CinefestOZ will reach global audiences again in 2021 as it hosts its 8th year of the increasingly popular two-day Industry Program, set to go ahead online and in person on Thursday August 26 and Friday August 27.

It follows high demand and support from the Australian Film Industry, and the South West Development Commission, on the back of a wildly successful 2020 program that saw American Actor Kate Walsh join Local and National film representatives to discuss her career, as well as new film opportunities in WA.

This year’s program is set to address the contemporary challenges faced by the Global Film Industry in the midst of COVID-19, and is expected to come back strong with American Film Producer Alan Poul headlining the program as Industry Guest Speaker.

Presented by American Film Showcase, Poul has had a distinguished career as a director and producer of both features and television with a swag of accolades to add to his name including an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, two Producers Guild Awards, four GLAAD Awards, and three Peabody Awards.

Some of Poul’s best-known television producing and directing credits include Netflix’s The Eddy, and Tales of the City, BBC’s MotherFatherSon, as well as HBO’s Westworld, The Newsroom and Six Feet Under.

Poul has also directed episodes of HBO’s Rome, and Big Love, as well as Netflix’s Grace and Frankie, and the pilots for the TNT series Perception. The celebrated producer is now in the midst of executive producing the upcoming HBO Max series Tokyo Vice at Endeavour Content where his company Boku Films is based.

Local, National, and International guests with a variety of experience will join Poul to host 10 inspiring sessions over the two days.

CinefestOZ chief executive officer Malinda Nixon said she was thrilled to once again bring the Industry Program to the Film Festival and looked forward to welcoming local and national film representatives in person and online.

“With States across Australia facing such uncertainty due to COVID-19, it made sense to reintroduce an online component to our Industry sessions to ensure safety and compliance with travel restrictions,” she said.

“It’s very exciting to welcome Alan Poul as our Industry Guest Speaker, as well as the other film practitioners from as far as Los Angeles as we go full speed ahead with CinefestOZ in 2021.”

Engaging and inspiring sessions going ahead as part of the Industry Program include:

Day 1

Day 2

South West Development Commission chief executive officer Mellissa Teede said the State Government was committed to growing the film sector alongside other Industries in the region to promote the South West as being a place for fans to visit.

“From Drift to Jasper Jones and The Naked Wanderer and GO!, the South West has proven to be a quality filming destination for filmmakers,” she said.

“The SWDC recognises the value that the creative technology sector contributes to the South West region which is why we’re happy to once again support the longevity of the industry through CinefestOZ’s Industry Program.

The 2021 Industry Program will be held at the Esplanade Hotel Busselton with each day rounded out by Sundowner Drinks, exclusive to Industry Pass holders in the VIP lounge.

CinefestOZ Film Festival will run from August 25 to 29 in the South West, championing Australian stories and film, with its Industry Program slightly curated for these unprecedented times. The Full Festival Program is now live with tickets available via the CinefestOZ app and on the website.

CinefestOZ would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of this land we live and work on and pay our respect to the Elders past, present and future.

CinefestOZ thanks Presenting Partner Tourism WA, Premium Partners Screenwest and City of Busselton and Community Partner Rio Tinto. The festival acknowledges its strong support from Lotterywest and Screen Australia.

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