Submissions are OPEN for the 10th CinefestOZ Film Festival and Australia’s Greatest Film Prize.

Entries are now open for the nation’s richest film prize – the CinefestOZ Film Prize, to be awarded during the CinefestOZ Film Festival, held 23-27 August 2017 in the Margaret River region of Western Australia.

This $100,000 Film Prize is awarded to an Australian feature film for excellence in filmmaking.

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

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.

CinefestOZ is also calling for submissions for the Festival’s Short Film program. This short film submission process is 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.

Filmmakers wishing to submit a feature film that is ineligible for the Film Prize may submit in the General Features category, a category open to Australian and Australian co-production feature films.

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 close Friday, 2 June 2017.

Online Submissions Forms and Entry Rules and Regulations and can found under the Submissions tab on the website.