Get ready for Premiers, Parties & Stars of the Silver Screen

Ali’s Wedding, Australia Day, MIFF@CinefestOZ film Jungle and Three Summers have been selected as the four Film Prize Finalists at this year’s CinefestOZ and will each go into the running to win Australia’s greatest film prize.

All four finalists will celebrate their WA premieres at this year’s CinefestOZ.

CinefestOZ Film Festival celebrates it’s 10th Anniversary this August with a jam-packed program of Australian and international cinema, sidebar events and spectacular galas. Bunbury, Busselton and Margaret River will be filled with stylish stars, seemingly endless red carpets and, of course, some of the most powerful new Australian films to hit theatres.


Directheatreseffrey Walker, and produced for Matchbox Pictures by Sheila Jayadev and Helen Panckhurst, finalist Ali’s Wedding is an entertaining and moving comedy, based on the almost unbelievable true story of Osamah Sami. Written by Sami and Andrew Knight (Hacksaw Ridge, The Water Diviner), Sami stars alongside Don Hany (Offspring), playing himself in this affectionate and sure-fire crowd pleaser about family, duty and love in multi-cultural Australia. The award-winning screenplay attracted the talents of cinematographer Don McAlpine (The Dressmaker) and composer Nigel Westlake (Babe).

A Hoodlum Production for Foxtel, Australia Day is directed by Kriv Stenders (Red Dog), written by Stephen M. Irwin and stars beloved Australian actor Bryan Brown and local Busselton export Sean Keenan (Drift). Through the lives of three Australians, the film takes a look at contemporary issues of racial tension and national identity that simmer beneath the surface of modern Australia.

From director Greg McLean (Wolf Creek) comes the MIFF@CinefestOZ film Jungle, a harrowing adventure drama that takes us into the Bolivian jungle, starring Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Alex Russell (Goldstone), Joel Jackson and Thomas Kretschmann. Jungle is based on the international bestselling memoir of the same name by Yossi Ghinsberg.

Three time BAFTA and double Olivier Award winning WA writer and director Ben Elton returns to CinefestOZ for his second consecutive year bringing us Western Australian production, Three Summers which was filmed just outside of Pinjarra. An ensemble romantic comedy, the film stars Australian favourites Magda Szubanski, Michael Caton, and Western Australian Kelton Pell.


Early Bird tickets and festival passes go on sale today from 9am AWST at


An exciting full CinefestOZ film and event program and ticket sales go live on 28 July 2017. Below is a teaser to get you started:

Side Bar – Café 140, 24 August

Side Bar - Café 140

Start CinefestOZ’s 10th anniversary celebrations right, with an unforgettable evening watching a mix of excellent Australian and French short film. This year Café 140 will open its doors to host the first of the Bunbury Side Bars, a blend of films considered ‘Top Notch’. Café 140’s full kitchen and bar will be open to guests on arrival, so indulge in some food, grab a glass of locally produced wine and beer, and mingle with guests before taking your seats in this quaint foodie-meets-film playground.

Post-screening, enjoy a Q&A with some of the stars, movie crew and producers intimately involved in the development of each of the screened films. Café 140’s Side Bar event makes for great hump day fun, and is the perfect way to initiate Bunbury’s Side Bar series!


Bunbury Premiere – The Gateway, 25 August

Bunbury Premiere - The Gateway

Filmmakers, talent and red carpet photo opportunities will transform BREC’s foyer for the Australian Premiere of John V. Soto’s The GatewayThe Gateway, directed by John V. Soto and starring Jacqueline McKenzie, Myles Pollard and Hayley McElhinney, tells the tale of a particle physicist who, after losing her husband in a car crash, decides to use a revolutionary machine to bring him back to life. Enjoy a drink on arrival and delicious canapés in the Sky Bar overlooking views of the City’s inlet, before watching this gripping Sci-Fi film and hearing from the filmmakers in an engaging Q&A. A full bar is available for drink purchases pre-screening.


 Side Bar – Rose Hotel, 26 August

Side Bar - Rose Hotel

Get off YouTube and laugh out loud with a venue full of comedy lovers when Australia’s Funniest Shorts’ 2017 program launches at CinefestOZ. Grab some local fare at the Rose Hotel then stay for side-splitting laughter, thanks to a one-hour screening of Australia’s best comedy shorts.


Side Bar – Unwind Bar, Lord Forrest Hotel, 27 August

Side Bar - Unwind Bar, Lord Forrest Hotel

An exceptional lineup of quality Australian short films will screen during the last Bunbury Side Bar for 2017. Found on the ground floor of Lord Forrest Hotel, this recently renovated bar provides amble space to mingle with film lovers and movie talent alike. Be entertained with a lively Q&A and screenings of some of the best short films CinefestOZ has to offer. The bar will be open before, during and after this intimate Side Bar event and will feature a menu specially designed for the day. So get in early, grab some lunch and settle into a Sunday afternoon of film – a perfect way to spend a winter’s day!


CinefestOZ 2017 Community Screening @ Bunbury Regional Art Galleries

The 2017 Community Screening lineup includes Cinesnaps Short film finalists plus familiar local stories and works from talented West Australian creatives including Paper Planes, Satellite Boy, Last Cab to Darwin, Red Dog True Blue, The Boys are Back, and Looking for Grace.