CinefestOZ guaranteed under a McGowan Labor Government

Posted on March 4, 2021
  • Re-elected McGowan Labor Government to lock in support for CinefestOZ for another two years
  • Australia’s premier destination film festival attracts tens of thousands of visitors to the South West
  • Festival supports local film industry

A re-elected McGowan Labor Government will guarantee support for CinefestOZ for at least a further two years, ensuring the major tourist drawcard continues in the South West.

State Government support has facilitated the $100,000 CinefestOZ Film Prize – the largest film prize in Australia – which attracts renowned film-makers, actors and critics from around the country to the festival.

CinefestOZ was established in 2008 and has become Australia’s premier destination film festival, attracting tens of thousands of attendances at events across Busselton, Margaret River, Bunbury, Augusta and Albany.

The festival plays a crucial role in supporting Western Australia’s film industry.

The CinefestOZ Industry Program brings together leading film industry professionals to develop local knowledge and skills, and chart the course for future film development in WA.

Through the Cinesnaps program, CinefestOZ offers opportunities for primary and secondary school students through the South West to become involved in the film industry.

The festival includes IndigifestOZ, showcasing Indigenous film works and providing new audiences for local Indigenous film-makers.

A re-elected McGowan Labor Government will invest a further $16 million in the WA Screen Fund (previously the Regional Film Fund), which encourages production in the State’s regions – and has supported a range of films showcased at CinefestOZ, including The Naked Wanderer, RAMS and H is for Happiness.

WA Labor has also pledged $120 million to build a state-of-the-art film studio and screen production facility in Fremantle and deliver a Screen Production Attraction Fund, to develop WA’s film industry.

Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:

“CinefestOZ is the highlight of Australia’s film festival circuit, bringing the nation’s leading film-makers to the South West – and delivering a tourist boom for Busselton and Margaret River every year.

“My government will invest in WA’s film industry to diversify the economy and create local jobs, with our commitments to CinefestOZ and the WA Screen Fund to put our regions front and centre in this rapidly growing industry.”

Comments attributed to WA Labor candidate for Vasse Chris Hossen:

“Busselton has a thriving arts and cultural scene, with CinefestOZ a key event for our community.

“A re-elected McGowan Labor Government will continue to deliver for tourism, arts and culture in the South West.”