The deadline is fast approaching for submissions for the 2019 CinefestOZ Film Festival, including entries into the $100,000 CinefestOZ Film Prize.

Filmmakers have until Monday June 3 to submit their films for official selection at CinefestOZ Film Festival (28 August – 1 September).

Official selection categories for Australian films and Australian co-productions are:

● Film Prize ($100,000 award)

● General submissions for narrative and documentary feature length films

● Short films

● Virtual reality

At $100,000, the CinefestOZ Film Prize is the richest award bestowed on the producer of new Australian film. It is an incentive to Australia’s film community as great as ‘The Archibald’ is to the nation’s art world.  Previous winners include Paper PlanesAli’s Wedding and Jirga.

Celebratory Western Australian premiere screenings of films vying for the Film Prize, followed by In-Conversation events at exceptional South West locations, are festival highlights, with the winner announced at a gala evening on 31 August. 

The short film program is an exciting opportunity for Australian filmmakers to showcase their short form productions and offer further diversity to the festival audience. Short film categories are Australian Open and WA Filmmakers of the Future (open to those 18 – 25 years of age).

Short films are screened at CinefestOZ as a part of its popular Side Bar program held in wineries, restaurants and bars throughout the South West, offering opportunities for filmmakers to interact with their audience.

CinefestOZ film festival will be held in the iconic Margaret River tourism region and throughout Western Australia’s South West.  It provides the ultimate integrated film culture experience by showcasing an exciting curation of new Australian films, paired with the region’s celebrated local produce, beverages and hospitality. 

In 2018, CinefestOZ presented more than 200 film and film related events at cinemas, wineries, beachside cafes, cosy small bars, restaurants, theatres, and community buildings; even a cave, making it a truly diverse and very Australian destination film festival.

Submissions in all categories close on Monday 3 June 2019. Indigenous filmmakers are encouraged to submit in all film categories.

Online submissions forms and entry rules and regulations can be found at

Enquiries are welcomed for submissions of new film mediums, including augmented and virtual reality. Contact [email protected]

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

Early Bird ticket sales – 4 July

Full ticket sales – 26 July

Festival dates – 28 August – 1 September 2019