CinefestOZ Early Bird Tickets on sale now!!

CinefestOZ Early Bird Tickets on sale now!!

Taking place across the areas of Busselton, Bunbury, Dunsborough, and Margaret River, CinefestOZ premieres a number of films and events, including a lineup of new Australian and French films which makes a great excuse for a getaway to the south west of WA. Audiences can now secure their tickets to some of the events with early bird options now on sale. See all the details on the full page.


CinefestOZ, Australia’s premier destination film festival, has today opened the box office and is now taking bookings for a limited number of Festival events from 11 July. The highly anticipated full program will be revealed on 29 July. Running from 24-28 August, CinefestOZ is preparing to welcome stars, filmmakers and film enthusiasts alike to movie screenings and events fit for all tastes and budgets. Centres from Bunbury to Augusta are readying the red carpet in anticipation of the nation’s best arriving at the stunning South West region.

From today, audience members can secure their tickets to some of the Festival’s most popular events including:

Busselton Opening Night at Orana Cinema, Busselton 24 August

A glittering opening night celebration and premiere screening of the first Film Prize Finalist, vying for the $100,000 Film Prize. Be part of the buzz with high profile CinefestOZ Film Prize Jury members and festival Special Guests. Walk the Red Carpet, before the film viewing, then join us at the Festival Marquee for opening celebrations including live music, canapés and refreshments.

Full details of the film will become available 16 July.

Margaret River Premiere at the Augusta Margaret River Shire & Cultural Centre 25 August

Dress to the nines for this highly anticipated event on Margaret River’s event calendar. Enjoy a prescreening VIP reception and acoustic tunes by local musician Mitch Baker in the Augusta Margaret River Shire Foyer as a prelude to the premiere screening of a new Australian feature film. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.

Full details on the film are available 16 July.

CinefestOZ Directors’ Lunch at Willy Bay Resort 26 August

The CinefestOZ Directors’ Lunch at Willy Bay Resort is the premium daytime event of the festival, with limited tickets in high demand. Held for the first time at the spectacular Willy Bay Resort, the lunch attracts Australian film industry VIPs, sponsors and media, with a unique combination of hospitality and star interviews. Savour at your leisure.

Bunbury Premiere at BREC, The Cube theatre, Bunbury 26 August

The pinnacle film festival event in Bunbury is held in the stunning BREC Sky Bar with a pre-screening party, followed by an Australian film premiere screening. Filmmakers and VIPs connected to the film will attend and walk the red carpet.

Full details of the film are available 29 July.

Gala Night – Film Prize & Screen Legend Awards at Orana Cinemas Busselton 27 August

The Festival culminates in one glittering celebration of Australia’s best. Only one film will be chosen from the group of outstanding finalists and awarded Australia’s greatest film prize – $100,000. The Festival will also acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of one individual, recognising their contribution to the Australian film industry. The Screen Legend for 2016 is yet to be announced. Previous winners read like a who’s who of incredible Australian talent, with Hugo Weaving, Jack Thompson, Bryan Brown, CinefestOZ patron David Wenham and filmmaker Fred Schepisi all on the honour roll.

One of the best ways to experience the Festival is with a CinéfestOZ Cinepass. There are five alternatives, each offering a different festival experience, for all or part of the festival period. Explore the options online and choose your own CinefestOZ adventure – it’s your time to delight and feast on five days of film and entertainment.

For those looking to sample individual events including Red Carpet Premieres, cosy short film Side Bars and catch quality films at the cinemas, individual tickets can be purchased at leisure, however it’s best to get in quick before tickets sell out!
Set in one of Australia’s most beautiful holiday playgrounds, CinefestOZ is a feast for the senses and offers an unforgettable five-day getaway.

Ticketing information can be found at

CinefestOZ CEO Malinda Nixon said offering a limited number of early bird tickets allowed audiences to plan their festival experience and ensure they didn’t miss out on their favourite events.

“Over the years, key festival events have become the hottest tickets in town. They are highly anticipated and sought after, testament to the calibre of our film selection and the quality of our partners in presenting these events. They regularly sell out and this is one opportunity to give audiences the chance to get in and secure their tickets before it’s too late,” Ms Nixon said.

CinefestOZ is supported by the State Government through Tourism WA’s Regional Events Program, which is funded by Royalties for Regions. Rio Tinto is a proud Premium Partner of CinefestOZ. The festival acknowledges its strong partnership with ScreenWest; Western Australia’s screen funding and development agency.

Bookings for these events can be made from 11 July via

Film Prize Finalists to be announced 16 July and the full program of CinefestOZ events and tickets are available 29 July 2016.

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Leith spent most of his formative years growing up on the coastal fringes of Western Australia without a cinema in sight. There he grew up on the wonders of home rentals before relocating to Perth and gaining access to a proper cinematic experience just in time for the Star Wars Special Edition re-releases. From there Leith's love of movies expanded to volunteering on a Star Wars fan film, reviewing films, writing about film news, and attending film and pop-culture related conventions on the other side of the world. Leith's favourite films are too many to mention but all start with the Star Wars saga, Back to the Future, the Dark Knight trilogy, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings and all things Kevin Smith. With an insatiable appetite for all things pop-culture related Leith also has an unhealthy addiction to the world of comics and can often be found buried under a pile of unread back issues madly trying to catch up on a number of titles coming out from mostly DC and Darkhorse.