CinefestOZ Film Festival announces 2017 lineup of special guests

Over the past 10 years, the CinefestOZ Film Festival has grown year on year and firmed up its reputation as a ‘must do’ for independent Australian filmmakers. It has also become one of the ‘must attend’ events for some of the nation’s most well-known film and television identities.

This year’s talent list is an added drawcard in the lead up to the full program release on July 28 and begins with internationally acclaimed and Academy Award nominated writer and director, Scott Hicks, who will attend in the role of this year’s Film Prize Jury Chair. Hicks will be joined by actor, playwright and screenwriter Reg Cribb (Last Train to Freo, Bran Nue Dae), leading costume designer Cappi Ireland (Lion), and actor Ewen Leslie (The Railway Man, Kokoda) as his fellow Jury members.

Also in attendance will be special guests Myles Pollard (Wolverine, Drift) and Kelton Pell (Red Dog: True Blue, Looking for Grace). WA’s very own Pollard will attend on behalf of the Cinesnaps Schools Program, for which he has been Cinesnaps Patron since 2014. This year the film and theatre actor will also chair the Cinesnaps Jury, and feature in The Gateway which will be having its Australian premiere at CinefestOZ.

Kelton Pell is one of our finest indigenous actors and will be attending the festival as IndigifestOZ Koorda. “Koorda” is a widely used Noongar word for “friend”. Together with the Cinesnaps, IndigifestOZ also offers school incursions and excursions, Feature Films, Short Films and Side Bar events including engagement with established and emerging Aboriginal filmmakers.

Also celebrating the 10-year festival milestone in person will be multi award winning writer, director, comedian, lyricist, occasional actor and director of Film Finalist, Three Summers, Ben Elton. This will be Elton’s second consecutive year at CinefestOZ.

On behalf of MIFF@CinefestOZ Jungle, author of the original novel, Yossi Ghinsberg will be joining the festivities along with director Greg McLean (Wolf Creek) and cast members Joel Jackson (Peter Allen, Deadline Gallipoli) and up-and-comer, Lily Sullivan (Sucker).

Kriv Stenders (Red Rog, Kill Me Three Times) will attend as director of Australia Day, as will Jeffrey Walker (Angry Boys) as director of Ali’s Wedding. Writer of Good Muslim Boy, the novel that Ali’s Wedding has been based, and lead actor Osamah Sami will also be in attendance.

Rounding out this year’s list of special guests include one of Australian actor, writer and director, Matt Day (Dance Academy, Love and Other Catastrophes, Rake), and a host of other successful writers, producers, directors and industry heads.

The festival kicks off on Wednesday August 23 and will be a great environment for filmmakers, talent, industry, community, families and guests to celebrate Australian film in the spectacular location of the South West.

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

Early Bird tickets on sale now. Full program out Friday July 28.

Tickets and Cinepasses available from, the CinefestOZ iPhone app and local Visitor Centres. Get in quick so you don’t miss out!