Premiere of latest WA-produced feature Jasper Jones
Australia's richest annual film prize now in third year
Liberal National Government backs WA movie production and jobs
Made possible by Royalties for Regions program
The premiere of 2016 film prize finalist Jasper Jones at CinefestOZ highlights the value of the Liberal National Government's strong support for the Western Australian film industry.
Launching the latest WA-produced feature in Busselton tonight, Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the film festival was fundamental to fostering local movie production and jobs.
"The growing success of CinefestOZ is playing a key role in our vision for a world-class film sector in the State," Mr Day said.
"Creative industries are built on the sort of strong community support on show in Busselton, a critical mass of skills and progressive Government policies. That's why this is such an exciting time for Western Australian filmmaking.
"Now in its ninth year, CinefestOZ is an international event, attracting screen industry professionals, an inspiring line-up of productions and thousands of film lovers. For the third year, the festival will offer Australia's richest film prize, with Jasper Jones joined by The Death and Life of Otto Bloom, Girl Asleep and Spin Out vying for the $100,000 award."
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the recently announced $16 million Regional Film Fund was giving WA a competitive advantage.
"The new fund complements and bolsters the showcase that is CinefestOZ and is already attracting Australian and international interest," Mr Redman said.
"Backed by Royalties for Regions, it is designed to maximise regional job creation and the use of local talent, with WA's stunning scenery set to be the backdrop for even more productions."
CinefestOZ is supported by the State Government through Screenwest and Tourism WA's Regional Events Program, funded by Royalties for Regions.
Premier Colin Barnett will announce the winner at CinefestOZ on Saturday.
CinefestOZ Festival Week runs from August 24-28, including 14 Australian premieres
Jasper Jones was shot around Pemberton and is one of seven features made in WA in 2015-16 with funding support from Screenwest. Visit http://www.screenwest.wa.gov.au
The judging panel for the 2016 CinefestOZ film prize includes Gillian Armstrong, Sue Taylor, Garry Phillips, Damien Walshe-Howling and Emma Booth
Culture and the Arts Minister's office - 6552 6200
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700