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The 5th CinefestOZ (Aug. 22- 26) held in the Margaret River region of Western Australia brings together filmmakers (and winemakers) with a rich program of premieres and special events, including workshops, with more than 20 directors and producers, and high profile guests including Bryan Brown and Brendan Cowell.

Of the 19 feature films screening at CinefestOZ this year, two will be world premieres, two Australian premieres and seven WA premieres. Seven of the films are French and two are Chinese/Australian co-productions. This unique film profile differentiates CinefestOZ from other Australian festivals – indeed, just about all film festivals.

Pauline Chan’s 33 Postcards will share opening night with French box office hit, The Intouchables; Chan will take part in a Q&A after the screening. Another high profile French film in the program is Monsieur Lazhar, winner of the Audience Awards at the Sydney, Rotterdam and Lorcano Film Festivals.

Festival Patron David Wenham is expected to attend, as are Bryan Brown, Brendan Cowell, Matilda Brown, Sean Keenan, Tim Ferguson, Pauline Chan, Mario Andreacchio, Robyn Kershaw, Nick Batzias, Antony I. Ginnane, Carmelo Musca, Martyn Park, Colin and Cameron Cairnes, Veronica Fury and Alan Lindsay.

The Saturday Night Gala will present the new Australian comedy, Save Your Legs, while on Thursday and Friday nights it’s down to Clancy’s Pub in Dunsborough. 

Friday’s Directors Lunch will bring together all the film directors, stars and VIPs attending the fest, at the spectacular Aravina Estate.

A schools session, claymation workshop (including Pierce Davison who worked on the Oscar winning Mary and Max), industry forum (with industry leaders Greg Coote, Joel Pearlman, Nick Batzias) and a script reading are among some of the other events scheduled.

Published August 9, 2012

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Bryan Brown (photo by Alina Gozin'a)

The Intouchables

33 Postcards

More info - www.cinefestoz.com

Andrew L. Urban will be a guest of CinefestOZ 2012; his report on the event will be published in our August 30, 2012 edition.

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