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CinéfestOZ launches Australia’s richest film prize

CinéfestOZ announced today that it will present Australia’s richest film prize during the 2014 festival as part of a new three year sponsorship arrangement with Eventscorp.

The CinéfestOZ Film Prize is a $100,000 award open to Australian feature films that meet the eligibility criteria. CinefestOZ is supported by the State Government through Eventscorp’s Regional Events Program, which is funded by Royalties for Regions.

Australian actor, director and CinéfestOZ Patron David Wenham says there is tangible incentive for Australian filmmakers to enter the film prize, as funding for projects remains the film industry’s greatest challenge.

“This prize goes a long way to encourage excellence in Australian filmmaking and support the nation’s vibrant industry. It is a significant inducement for any hardworking filmmaker to seriously consider coming to Western Australia in August,” Mr Wenham said.

CinéfestOZ Chairman David Barton said the prize was secured after years of work by a volunteer Board and an excellent working relationship with Western Australian government sponsors who recognised the importance of culture and the arts and regional development through events.

“The Prize is about recognizing great Australian film and people who work to bring these films to our screens. For the CinéfestOZ film festival, it is equally about continuing to build the integrity of the festival and being an internationally influential film festival,” Mr Barton said.

Shortlisted films vying for the “Oz” will premiere for the first time at the CinéfestOZ film festival, 20 – 24 August 2014.

A Call for Entries phase will open 28 February, when the Guidelines will be made available, and close on 30th June 2014. The Festival Program of films and events in Busselton, Bunbury, Margaret River and surrounding areas is released early August.

CinéfestOZ acknowledges its strong partnership with ScreenWest, Western Australia’s screen funding and development agency.

Pictured: CinefestOZ Patron David Wenham with CinefestOZ Board members David Barton, Margaret Buswell and Helen Shervington.