CinéfestOZ - seeding local creativity

CinéfestOZ film festival happens each August around Busselton, Western Australia, and brings the Australian film industry with it.

It also boasts the richest film prize in Australia, the $100,000 "Australian Film Prize" (won this year by quirky 70s' period coming of age comedy 'Girl Asleep').

I spoke with CinéfestOZ Chair, and one of its visionary founders, Helen Shervington, about what the festival offers the region in lasting benefits after the red carpet is rolled up for another year.

It is a great example of "capacity building" across the South West region, from seeding creativity amongst festival guests, filmmakers and stars, as well as local school kids and their teachers, to redefining the community's identity (and its capacity) through creativity. 

All this is a huge credit to the largely volunteer-based CinéfestOZ team and it is as much well loved festival for anyone who has discovered it (David Wenham comes most years). It was itself borne from the creative idea to combine a film fest with a food and wine region amongst one of the most stunning scenery Western Australia has to offer. It is building its audience and the local community - all through a clever combination of harnessing creative activity and spreading its light out to others.