CinefestOZ, in partnership with Australia’s leading film industry groups, will present an exciting industry development program in Busselton, Western Australia, as part of the CinefestOZ Film Festival 22-26 August.

A significant line-up of presenting Australian film professionals, led by Zareh Nalbandian, co-founder of Animal Logic, the team that created the The LEGO® movies, will congregate in Australia’s South West to drive new thinking, ideas and opportunities in the film world.

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Other participants in a broad-ranging slate of panel discussions, workshops and networking include Ben Young (Extinction, Hounds of Love), Daniel Nettheim (Dr Who, Dance Academy), Tony Nalbandian (The LEGO Movie) , Tania Chambers of Feisty Dame Productions (Kill me Three Times, Tango Underpants), Alex Young (Extinction, Wonder), Clare Masden (Little J & Big Cuz, Full Frontal) and Stuart Page (Neighbours, Secret Daughter).

CinefestOZ has brought together the nation’s leading industry groups and innovators to offer filmmakers advanced professional development and networking opportunities. 2018 participants are; Screenwest, Screen Producers Australia, Australian Directors’ Guild, Australian Writers Guild, AFTRS, Women in Film & Television Western Australia, SBS, Demand Film, Morrissey Management, made all the more compelling by the presentation of a predominantly Australian film festival showcasing the best new films.

CinefestOZ CEO Malinda Nixon acknowledges the industry program is an important part of the festival and a compelling reason for filmmakers to attend.

“As a direct result of previous programs and the festival, seven films have been made in the South West Region of WA in the past five years and at least a further seven are in development or pre-production at the present time. CinefestOZ is a platform and forum for the Australian film industry to find a creative space among peers to develop that next film project,” she said.

CinefestOZ Industry Program Highlights:

ADG Directors’ Intensive
Wed Aug 22 | 9am, 2 day course
Ten WA directors will be selected by an independent panel to participate in this two-day workshop guided by two of Australia’s most accomplished screen directors. Moderated by Australian Directors’ Guild CEO, Kingston Anderson and WA Chapter Head, Cathy Henkel. More info

CinefestOZ Industry Welcome 
Thurs Aug 23 | 10am – 10.45am | FREE
Celebrate the beginning of the Industry Program with what makes it special, you – the makers of Australian film! A welcome from CinefestOZ CEO Malinda Nixon is followed by Screenwest CEO Seph McKenna providing a snapshot on Film in WA – Where we are nowMore info

Factual Focus – Panel
Thurs Aug 23 | 10.45am-12.30pm | $15
Join us for a panel-led discussion around the factual space. Our expert team will pull apart the current appetite for real stories and what the future holds in and around this space. Panel moderated by Christian Horgan featuring WA filmmakers Julia Redwood – Prospero Productions, Celia Tait of Artemis Films and Ray Pedretti of Blizzard Road Productions. More info

Demand Film – International Distribution Lunch
Thurs Aug 23 | 12.30pm | $15
An Industry lunch sponsored by Australian company Demand Film. Lunch is followed by the session – Marketing your theatrical release in multiple territories (when you haven’t got a Hollywood budget). More info

Marketing your Theatrical Release in Multiple Territories (when you haven’t got a Hollywood budget) 
Thurs Aug 23 | 1.15pm | $10
In the past five years, new opportunities for theatrical distribution of independent films have emerged. But how do you make these new opportunities work for you? How do you find a global audience for your film? This workshop looks at how to build an audience and deliver a call to action that sells out cinemas. More info

Thurs | 2.30pm | $15
The SBS and NITV commissioning team will host a networking presentation where they will discuss their commissioning slate and ambitions for 2018-19. Before the presentation, the team will be available for one-on-one Pitch Sessions. Hear about future programming decisions and content trends. More info

ADG Director’s Chair
Thurs | 4.30pm | $15
The Director’s Chair provides Industry practitioners and festival audiences with the opportunity to meet and hear from a leading director attending CinefestOZ. ADG CEO Kingston Anderson will moderate the Q&A session. More info

Emerging Filmmakers’ Networking
Thurs | 5.30pm | $10
Emerging filmmakers are invited to an evening of networking to celebrate Day One of the Industry Program. With a welcome drink on arrival and nibbles, it’s a great opportunity to share your own industry stories and connect in the historic ambience of the Weld. A cash bar is available. More info

SPA Breakfast Briefing
Fri Aug 24 | 8.30am | $30 for SPA members, $45 for non-members.
Join Matthew Deaner, Screen Producers Australia CEO, and Zareh Nalbandian, CEO and Co-Founder of Animal Logic, in conversation at this CinefestOZ Breakfast Briefing. Having developed and produced projects including Peter Rabbit and The LEGO® Batman Movie, don’t miss Zareh discussing his work and where the industry is heading. More info

Global WA – Panel Discussion
Fri Aug 24 | 10.15am | $15
It’s a big world out there with WA emerging as a major player. Join us as we explore the current landscape and unpack our industry and our sector – how we see ourselves and how we are seen. More info

AFTRS: The Business of Screenwriting
Fri Aug 24 | 12pm | Free
Being a screenwriter is no longer just about what’s written on the page, it’s also about keeping track of your story and knowing how to target a market for your work. AFTRS Head of Screenwriting Pieter Aquilia leads a discussion on the Business of Storytelling. Networking light lunch to follow. More info

AWG & Scripted Ink present: The Craft of Writing Animation 
Sat Aug 25 | 9am | $50 AWG Members, $75 for Non-members.
Explore the craft of writing animation with three acclaimed animation writers/ script producers, Clare Madsen, John Armstrong and Stuart Page. Enjoy a seminar, followed by participation in a writers’ room developing an animation series concept – mentored by an experienced script producer. More info

Surviving Screen – WIFTWA 
Sat Aug 25 | 9.30am | $10 WIFTWA Members $20 for non-members.
Join Women in Film & Television Western Australia for this year’s CinefestOZ forum “Surviving Screen” where industry panelists will share their insights into riding the highs and lows of the professional rollercoaster. The forum will also address the short and long-term issues facing women working in the screen industry. More info

Market Update – China 
Sat Aug 25 | 10.30am | $15
Recently returning from a trip to China, Screenwest CEO Seph McKenna will lead a discussion on China’s local screen industry and the exciting developments on the horizon. Screenwest is proudly sponsoring this event, including a morning tea. More info

Mark Morrissey – International Artist Management – Morrissey Management
Sat Aug 25 | 10.30am – 11.30am | $10
This insightful forum provides Industry practitioners and festival audiences with the opportunity to meet and hear from a leading Manager in the International arena. Following this session will be an introduction to Lizzi Dayney Morrissey from MissusM Creative. An informal conversation about all things PR, Red Carpet, Branding and Events. More info

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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; Western Australia’s screen funding and development agency.