Festival CEO, Malinda Nixon, remembers its inception in 2008. “We’ve grown from a community event in Busselton attracting 1800 attendances to almost 29,000 guests last year. In August 2019, CinefestOZ will feature over 200 exciting screenings and film related event options spread across more than 30 venues. We always have an incredible line up of films and this year should be very strong, based on the number of Australian films produced recently.”
Cinephiles and gourmet travellers are both satiated with the format of this festival because organisers have successfully placed a dual focus on destination experiences and film-related activities. At CinefestOZ 2019, you can glam up for a red carpet premier screening of a much anticipated Australian film – complete with real film stars – then bus out the following day to a degustation lunch in one of Margaret River’s finest wineries. Here, the festival’s In Conversation format gives you the most delicious behind-the-scenes experience with contributions by a panel of the film’s director/producer/actors matched with the ambience of world class wine and cuisine.
One astounding feat is how the festival manages to embrace the entire Margaret River Region. “CinefestOZ happens in 35 venues across Busselton, Dunsborough, Eagle Bay, Yallingup and Augusta. We know the key to the festival’s success is the belief and acceptance of it by the South West region, its people, volunteers, businesses and venues. It’s quite unique! And importantly, the choice of place and venues matches the diversity of our audience. We attract people of differing age, gender and interests. Some like to immerse themselves in general screenings, some like the cosy short film Side Bar events in bars and restaurants and others love the premiere events and parties.”