Submissions are OPEN for the 11th CinefestOZ Film Festival and Australia’s Greatest Film Prize.

The $100,000 Film Prize will be awarded to an Australian feature film for excellence in filmmaking, during the CinefestOZ Film Festival, held 22-26 August 2018 in the Margaret River region of Western Australia.

The 10th celebration of CinefestOZ in 2017 saw the Film Prize awarded to Ali’s Wedding, which went on to receive a nomination for the Best Picture at the 2017 AACTAs and a successful theatrical release in September 2017.

CinefestOZ Film Prize 2016 winner, Girl Asleep, had its cinematic release in September 2016.  It went on to receive seven AACTA nominations including Best Film, and won the AACTA for Best Costume Design. It also screened at several international film festivals, securing award nominations along the way. At the Seattle International Film Festival, Girl Asleep won the Futurewave Youth Jury Award and Grand Jury Prize for Best Film.

The 2015 CinefestOZ Film Prize was awarded to the remarkable documentary Putuparri and the Rainmakers, which had its cinematic release in November 2015.

In 2014, the inaugural CinefestOZ Film Prize was won by the family friendly, Robert Connolly-directed film, Paper Planes, which performed strongly after its 15 January 2015 cinema release –raking in $9.65 million at the Australian box office.

Shortlisted films vying for the Film Prize will premiere in Western Australia at CinefestOZ Film Festival.

Submissions for the Festival’s Short Film program has also closed. The program offers an exciting opportunity for Australian filmmakers to showcase their short form productions and offer further diversity to the festival audience.

The final selection of Western Australian, Australian and French Short films will be screened at CinefestOZ as a part of its popular Side Bar program. Side Bar screenings showcase filmmaking talent through events with interactive filmmaker Q&As in Busselton, Dunsborough, Bunbury Margaret River and Augusta.

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

Feature Film and Short Film submissions were closed Friday, 1 June 2018.