We are so excited to announce the pre-release of tickets today to celebrate its 15th year showcasing some of Australia’s greatest films in WA’s beautiful South West.

The 2022 festival, which is being held from 23- 28 August 2022, is set to be another incredible year with 270 film screenings and events to be held at over 35 venues in Busselton, Margaret River and Bunbury. 

Our pre-release tickets include special film screenings on the opening and closing nights of the festival, film industry passes and free community events.

CEO, Malinda Nixon, said that this homegrown event has now become one of the great film festivals in Australia and its growth and success has paralleled that of the Western Australian film industry.

“It has been a pleasure to be part of the festival and see it continue to grow, while retaining its grassroots nature and connection with local communities who volunteer every year to make the event a success,” Ms Nixon said.

“We’re looking forward to celebrating our 15th year with a huge range of films and events that appeal to locals and visitors from across WA, as well as interstate travellers on the new Melbourne to Busselton Jetstar flights.”

CinefestOZ would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land we live and work on, and pay our respect to the Elders past, present and future.

We thank our Presenting Partner Tourism WA, Premium Partners Screenwest and Lotterywest , City of Busselton and Community Partner Rio Tinto. The festival acknowledges its strong support from Screen Australia.

Pre- Release Tickets & Information

Screen Events: 

6 Festivals- Margaret River Opening night, Tuesday 23: Margaret River HEART, Margaret River

We are thrilled to hold the WA premiere of the incredibly anticipated 6 Festivals, a film linking a story of friendship with real Australian musicians at 6 festivals around the country.

Maxie, Summer and James share a deep bond and love for music. James is the entrepreneur of the trio, his sights set on a career as a promoter. Summer has an incredible singing voice. Maxie is the maestro of mischief. When James receives a devastating diagnosis, the friends – each with burdens to bear – throw themselves into a whirlwind of festivals in an attempt to escape reality. Featuring top acts Dune Rats, G Flip, Bliss n Eso, B Wise, Peking Duk, Ruby Fields, Jerome Farah, Kobie Dee and more – and fantastic footage shot at actual festivals – 6 Festivals is a moving love letter to young friendship and the life-altering power of live music.

Ticket Link: https://tix.cinefestoz.com/Events/6-Festivals-Margaret-River-Opening-Night

Busselton Shorts: Party Bus: Tuesday 23 August: Esplanade Hotel 

Get ready for a fun ride on the party bus as we showcase an exceptional line-up of quality short films which are sure to have you laughing and loving your evening.

Join filmmakers after the screening for a Q&A on their creative processes. Here is your chance to ask about the film industry and learn about the journey that goes into some of the short films nominated for categories in our own CinefestOZ Short Film Awards.

Ticket link: https://tix.cinefestoz.com/Events/Party-Bus

Deadly Indigenous Shorts: Tuesday August 23: Dolphin Discovery Centre

Experience Deadly Indigenous storytelling at its finest in this showcase of short films by some of Australia’s Deadliest Filmmakers. The films reinforce the importance of storytelling through film and what we can learn from stories all cultures having a voice on screen. Enjoy the full film experience by enjoying a Q&A session with the filmmakers.

Ticket link: https://tix.cinefestoz.com/Events/Deadly-Indigenous-Shorts

Gravel Road – Margaret River Closing Night, Saturday 27th August: Margaret River Heart
Join us for a special premiere event of Gravel Road followed by performance by proud Spinifex Country fellas from the Great Victoria Desert in WA; The Desert Stars.

In Australia’s remotest community of Tjuntjuntjara, lives Jay Minning – a singer-songwriter and frontman of the rock band the Desert Stars. As the band hit the road to head out on their first tour we see the trials and tribulations that beset them. From van trouble, to smashed windows, to navigating the infamous Gravel Road. On the journey Jay shares with us his passion for music, his inspiration and a rare glimpse into his Indigenous way of life.

Ticket Link: https://tix.cinefestoz.com/Events/Gravel-Road-Margaret-River-Closing-Night 

Industry Pass: Thursday 25th – Friday 26th August: Esplanade Hotel Busselton 

Come join us for live Industry events as part of our program at CinefestOZ Film Festival 2022. Two days of inspiring talks, exciting discussions, live webinars, intense debates, National & International speakers, fantastic networking opportunities, and much more.

Tickets are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

Ticket Link: https://tix.cinefestoz.com/Passes/Industry-Cinepass

Free Community Days: 

CinefestOZ and community come together for these FREE events in 2022 to celebrate our local communities and filmmakers. Engage with important works created by Indigenous filmmakers and the wider community. Immerse yourself in culture and the creative world of film.

Supported by Lotterywest

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Community Screenings:

We are very proud to bring back free Community Screenings at an array of Southwest towns. With this year’s theme drawing on the strength of Australians during these tough years. After a few years of hardship, it’s important to remind ourselves to dig deep, stay positive and be the best person we can. This year’s array of films embodies the theme with a variety of stories about Australians pulling together and finding joy through tough times. These free events are held in accessible venues for locals. Be sure to check back on our website on the 1st of July for the full schedule!