Film submissions for the 2024 festival are now open!
Lights, camera, action! The anticipation is building as CinefestOZ Film Festival invites filmmakers from across Australia to submit their creations for the 2024 festival, set to captivate audiences from August 31st to September 8th.
This year, CinefestOZ welcomes an array of content submissions, embracing the rich tapestry of Australian storytelling. The official selection categories with some new additions include:
- Film Prize
- General submissions for narrative and documentary feature-length films
- Short films
- VR/AR experiences
- Music videos
- Web and online series
- TV pilots
This expansive selection ensures a dynamic and inclusive platform for filmmakers to showcase their craft across various formats.
At the heart of CinefestOZ is the prestigious Film Prize, Australia’s richest film award of $100,000, recognizing excellence in filmmaking for an Australian feature length film or documentary. The Film Prize selection premieres with West Australian screenings, leading to intimate In-Conversation events at iconic locations in the South West. The climax of this cinematic journey culminates in an unforgettable gala evening on September 7th, where the winner is revealed, marking a pinnacle moment in Australian cinema.
CEO Cassandra Jordan on the additional categories’ states “CinefestOZ embraces the ever-evolving landscape of storytelling, opening its submissions to new horizons. Beyond the reel, we invite the rhythm of creativity with music videos to the anticipation of episodic tales through mini-series and TV pilots. Join us in celebrating the diverse tapestry of visual narratives at CinefestOZ, where we connect Australian storytellers with our community.”
The Short Film Program will continue to offer a thrilling opportunity for Australian filmmakers to present their short-form productions. An awards night dedicated to the art of Short Films, don’t miss out on the opportunity to showcase your amazing stories. Prizes and accolades await, including:
- CinefestOZ Short Film Prize with a prize of $5,000
- Best Indigenous Short Film awarding $2,500
- CineWest Best WA Short Film with a prize of $2,500
- Audience Choice
- Best Director
- Best Lead Actor
- Best Screenwriter
The allure of CinefestOZ lies not only in its commitment to fostering homegrown talent but also in the prestige associated with its film prize lineup. A successful submission is not merely an entry; it is an opportunity to be part of a cinematic excellence that echoes with the success stories of acclaimed films. CinefestOZ beckons filmmakers to step into the limelight, encouraging them to share their vision with a broader audience and potentially carve their names alongside the cinematic gems that have graced this illustrious festival.
For those aspiring to share their creations with a discerning audience, submitting films to CinefestOZ opens the door to a unique and enriching experience. Aspiring filmmakers are invited to jump on the film prize journey, enticed by the potential of joining the ranks of celebrated films like Sweet As, RAMS, Shayda, Paper Planes, and H is for Happiness.
Be sure to check out festival highlights here!
In the spirit of fostering a vibrant cinematic culture, CinefestOZ 2024 is guaranteed to be a celebration of creativity, diversity, and the undeniable magic of Australian storytelling. Filmmakers, enthusiasts, and culture connoisseurs, mark your calendars for a cinematic journey like no other. Submit your masterpiece and be part of CinefestOZ 2024!
To submit your flick, head to the Submissions menu tab and select your desired category.
We are proudly supported by our Presenting Partner Tourism WA, Premium Partners City of Busselton and Screenwest. We also acknowledge the strong support from Screen Australia and Lotterywest.