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CinefestOZ with support from the South West Development Commission, is proud to be presenting the 2021 Industry Program. Once again this year, the Industry Program will reach a global audience with the addition of an online component and will address contemporary issues in the Australian film industry.

Industry sessions will be held at the Esplanade Hotel, situated 50m from the iconic Busselton Jetty and stunning foreshore, making it the perfect central hub location during the festival. So join us- in person or online- for two days of inspiring talks, exciting discussions, intense debates, fantastic networking opportunities, and much more.

An Industry Cinepass allows filmmakers to attend an incredible array of Industry panels and workshops either In Person or Live Streaming.

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2021 Program Sneak Peek

American Film Showcase presents Showrunner Alan Poul as the 2021 CinefestOZ Key Note Speaker 

Alan Poul has had a distinguished career as a director and producer of both features and television. Over the past twenty years, he has received a swag of accolades to add flare to his name including an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, two Producers Guild Awards, four GLAAD Awards and three Peabody Awards. Poul recently executive produced and directed Aaron Sorkin’s Golden Globe-nominated series The Newsroom, which aired its final season in the fall of 2014. He served as executive producer on HBO’s Six Feet Under for the show’s entire five-season run. Alan joins the Industry via Zoom in LA.

Role of Film in Tourism

It’s a big film world out there and WA is emerging as a major player. Join special guest Ian Brodie – an award-winning photographer, internationally successful author, and film tourism expert known for The Lord of the Rings Location Guidebook and his work on Hobbiton Movie Set Tours –joined by Viv Smith via Zoom (Sydney) COO of Jet Setters International for this intriguing and thought-provoking session supported by the South West Development Commission. Our expert panel including producer Jamie Hilton GO! (2020, filmed in Busselton Western Australia) and Mat Lewis, Manager of Innovation & Creative Industries from the South West Development Commission will discuss an overview of film tourism worldwide, and its effects and how to work in production in a symbiotic way.

The Evolution of Physical Production

Head of Physical Production at Amazon, Glenn Gainor, is set to join us from his home in LA via zoom to discuss the evolution of physical production. Before joining Amazon Studios, Gainor was Head of Physical Production for Screen Gems, a label under the Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group umbrella, for 14 years and has been a catalyst to several #1 movies such as The Perfect Guy, No Good Deed, Think Like a Man, Friends with Benefits, and Obsessed. Since joining Screen Gems in 2007, Gainor has overseen the label’s physical production and has served as an executive producer and unit production manager on films such as 2015’s The Wedding Ringer, which held as America’s number one comedy for three weeks.

Panel session hosted by Chris Veerhuis of Veeruis Pictures.

Crafting the Music Documentary

Producer Cody Greenwood discusses the World Premiere of Under the Volcano (2021) and unveils the intriguing music licensing mysteries that went into producing and crafting the music documentary. Music licensing is a complicated process, and this session aims to highlight some of its most hidden secrets by creators who have been successful with it.

Panel session hosted by Noah Skilkin, Director of Lolly Box Music

Under the Volcano will screen at CinefestOZ. Visit for screening information.

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Planning Your Visit

Start planning and book your accommodation now, so you don’t miss out on the best film event all year!The City of Busselton has a range of accommodation options which we strongly encourage you book in advance. Our Industry Program Partners are Private Properties, where you can find a range of homes to stay during your visit to the festival, or when filming on location in the South West. Find your perfect property down south at