CinefestOZ Albany program launch

Local talent and stories will be a key focus of the CineFestOZ program in April.

Western Australia based CinefestOZ Albany has launched its 2022 screening program, which will place a particular importance on local talent.

The program is composed of 18 features and ten short films, the schools program Cinesnaps, IndigifestOZ and Industry Programs, with this year’s festival expanding from three days to four.

The festival opens on 28 April with WA-made How to Please a Woman, directed by Renée Webster and starring Cameron Daddo and Tasma Walton. Producers Tania Chambers and Judi Levine will also be there to discuss the film prior to the screening.

An In Conversation Breakfast at the Kalyenup Studio, Albany Entertainment Centre will follow the premiere with insights from internationally renowned producers.

CinefestOZ CEO Malinda Nixon said that ‘the program is exciting and compelling for filmmakers and audiences alike. CinefestOZ Albany attracts national filmmakers and their films, while shining a spotlight on the Great Southern’s film talent. The entire program contributes to the region’s vibrant filmmaking scene’.

Local highlights

After the premiere of How to Please a Woman, CinefestOz will also screen Karla Hart’s Tooly and Albany-made film Edward and Isabella .

Tooly. Image: Rush Films.

Tooly is a short Indigenous drama about a young girl struggling to engage with her culture who learns the sign of impending death in the family.

Edward and Isabella is a feature about a successful couple living in Perth, and although there’s nothing quite wrong with their relationship, there’s also nothing quite right. The two embark on a week away in the country to ruminate on whether they should end their relationship or stay together.

These two films will show at thee Kinjarling Koort -Noongar for Albany Heart– a live event celebrating the Menang community, on Saturday 30 April at the Albany Town Hall and Square.

‘It really is about Albany as the heart,’ said the festival’s Event Co-ordinator, Annette Davis. ‘One of CinefestOZ Albany’s longer term aims, in the lead up to Albany’s bicentenary, is to encourage local people to tell local stories through film. We hope that Kinjarling Koort and another event, the Industry Program, will help inspire and foster more local filmmakers.’

Festival attendees will also have the opportunity to watch a selection of Western Australian films such as I Met A Girl starring Albany’s own Joel Jackson for its first theatrical premiere in Australia, and Stage Changers with Q&A from Ella Wright.

CinefestOz wraps up with a screening of Deadly Indigenous Shorts on their closing Gala Night.

Don’t miss: Ithaka, a documentary about the father of Julian Assange embarking on a European odyssey to rally a global network of supporters for the WikiLeaks founder.

International highlights

The international selections include French films Waiting for Bojangles and The Kitchen Brigadand is joined by the touching New Zealand feature Juniper

Juniper. Image: New Zealand Film Commission.

Juniper is about a self destructive teenager who discovers his gin-soaked grandmother has moved in to his family home. A battle of wills ensues which enables him to embrace life again, and her to face her own mortality.

Documentary lovers can also catch the highly anticipated Carbon: An Unauthorised Biography – a spectacular and surprisingly unorthodox documentary that reveals the paradoxical story of the element that builds all life, and yet may end it all, narrated by Australian actor Sarah Snook.

The CinefestOZ Albany Program also offers: 

  • Spectacular Shorts – an evening of short films followed by Q&A from Award Winning filmmakers- where guests can get a glimpse of life in the screen industry. 
  • Industry Program – a day of panel discussions appealing to local and national industry, to keep inspiration flowing at the Hilton Garden Inn. 
  • Monty’s Leap Winery will host an In-Conversation Lunch where guests can enjoy food and wines while getting an insight into the mind of filmmakers. 

CinefestOZ Albany runs from 28 April–1 May 2022. For more information, visit the CinefestOz website.

Silvi Vann-Wall is a journalist, podcaster, and filmmaker. They joined ScreenHub as Film Content Lead in 2022. Twitter: @SilviReports