A few hours south of Perth lies Busselton and the magical region of the Margaret River region. Crystal clear white sand beaches, awe-inspiring landscapes and one of the most incredible wine regions in the country with an epic food scene to match. It’s no wonder this little gem is on your bucket list.
Pair it all up with the next one CinefestOZ Film Festival — this is a party you need to be aware of. Held over five days in Busselton from August 25-29, CinefestOZ is a busy five-day program that celebrates a great movie, food and wine, with multiple parties and events including red carpet premieres and the glittering gala night. Safe to say this is a festival you don’t want to miss.
What to expect
The 14th Annual CinefestOZ Film Festival is a five-day festival celebrating everything there is to love about Australian cinema. Australia’s answer to the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, CinefestOZ is the country’s premier destination film festival showcasing an exciting lineup of new films and cultural events against the incredible backdrop of Western Australia’s Margaret River region, a region known for its price. – winning wines and ridiculously beautiful landscapes.
If you consider yourself a movie buff or enjoy getting into the arts and culture while still enjoying the best getaway you’ll have all year round, this is the one for you.
the Margaret River region is where Western Australians flock year round, and it’s a no-brainer why. The region is made up of six coastal towns, all with stunning sheltered bays, enviable surf spots, and hundreds of wineries responsible for producing some of the world’s finest wines.
It is also a paradise for nature lovers. If you can tear yourself away from gazing at secluded bays and rugged coastal scenery, there is a wide variety of hiking and biking trails, a thriving art scene, heartwarming cultural experiences, and, yes, absolutely amazing food.
The film festival is also pretty darn special. When you sit down and realize how awesome Australian film is and how much we have to offer, it’s clear why this festival has so much going on. Australia’s biggest film prize – $ 100,000, thank you very much, is an important part of the festival, attracting some of the country’s best filmmakers and actors. Think about the likes of Ladies in black, 1% and Three summers, Just to name a few. Oh, and make sure you keep an eye on the ‘Movie Crew’ – a group of volunteers wearing red berets who will greet you at each event to make sure the experience is smooth and even more enjoyable.
Movie, wine, food and views to match – there’s nothing not to love about this vacation.
Immerse yourself in the film festival program
The program is packed with unique and immersive cinematic experiences such as feature films on the red carpet, conversation lunches at world-class wineries and breweries, friendly short film-themed events, industry events. with guest filmmakers and free community screenings. You can check the website for ticket options which include a cinepass with a bunch of events across the festival, or individual tickets so you can choose what you want to experience. Secure your early bird tickets, here.
The festival’s community screenings cover the southwest region of Western Australia with venues in Augusta, Dunsborough, Bunbury, Busselton and Margaret River. It’s a fairly large area, but the good news is you can easily hop in a car or arrange transport to explore each of these amazing towns in and around the Margaret River region.
The 2021 Community Screenings program features free screenings of feature films and short films that reflect ‘Expect the Unexpected’: think of unexpected success, unexpected events and, of course, true to the Australian style, unexpected stories to tell.
Screenings include Happy Feet (you can’t help but feel good watching these penguins), New Zealand comedy-drama Boy, 1986 cult comedy Malcolm, winners Samson and Delilah, and Cinesnaps 2021 short finalists. .
Red carpet film award
The Film Prize is one of the most prestigious events of the festival. Each film entered for the award is screened for the first time in Western Australia and the film’s producer, director and key actors attend the screening. Exciting, CinefestOZ recently announced its finalists, Here Out West, the MIFF @ CinefestOZ movie Nitram, River and The Drover’s Wife The Legend of Molly Johnson. These films are in the running for Australia’s largest film award of AUD 100,000, awarded by a jury of distinguished guests from the industry. The award recognizes excellence in the art of directing an Australian feature film or documentary. The winner will be announced on the Saturday night of the festival at a red carpet event. There is also an after party like no other with music and great food. We suggest you block your log for this one.
The day after the red carpet screening, each finalist participates in a casual, question-and-answer style conversation event, where you can connect with the film crew and try out some of the local produce from the area to drool over.
The Indigenous Film Festival’s program is about connecting with the community to showcase the talent of Indigenous cinematographic works and a better understanding of Indigenous culture and appreciation.
A new Community Day event featuring IndigifestOZ and the Cinesnaps Schools Program with a bunch of forays and excursions featuring talented Indigenous filmmakers.
The Free Community Day will take place on Saturday August 28 at the Busselton Tennis Club and is expected to fully immerse the community in festival week through Indigenous films, local food stalls, Indigenous products and interactive film activities.
Things To Do In Busselton And Margaret River
You literally won’t run out of things to do while you’re in the area, so as good people that we are, we’ve narrowed it down to some of our favorites.
Walk or snorkel at Busselton Pier
the Busselton Pier is a tourist attraction in its own right. The 1.8-kilometer-long pier offers 180-degree views of the Indian Ocean and is home to one of the world’s six underwater observatories. Take a train ride (yes, that’s right) or sweat while walking the pier, or try your hand at an underwater ride in astronaut helmets or scuba diving.
Jump on a wine tour
We said it once, we will say it again. You cannot visit Margaret River without visiting some of the hundreds of cellar doors and phenomenal cellars. You can completely drive independently (responsibly of course), but to get the most out of your trip, we strongly recommend that you board a wine tour to discover the best of what’s on offer. Not in wine? There are some really great breweries, cider houses and distilleries as well as roasters and Local specialties like honey, wine and cheese. You will not be disappointed.
Treat yourself to an epic food scene
You can’t have wine without great food, can you? If you consider yourself a foodie, this is literally the place where you will want to spend the rest of your life. Treat yourself to a tasting or two at some of the region’s best wineries like Hay Shed Hill or Voyager Estate. There is no shortage of local cafes and loads of top quality produce to get around. A dot? Pack loose pants.
Become one with nature
If after all the fun you want some peace, get out there and be one with nature. The most famous track is Cap to Cap, where you will be spoiled with views of the coast and the landscape. The region is renowned for its surfing with over 135 kilometers of coastline and 75 breaks to choose from, if you’re ready to catch a wave, there is no better place. Do you try to whale watching, horse riding or take a walk in the imposing forests– the opportunities are endless.Relax and soak up it all
While we love to go out and explore it all, sometimes when you are on vacation there is nothing better than to sit back and admire what a great choice you have made. Obviously attending events, drinking lots of wine and tasting local delicacies can be exhausting, so we suggest you book a massage at none other than Spa Bodhi J Indijup Retreat where you can literally hear the waves crashing as their magical hands knead sore spots. A yoga class at Premalaya can also do the trick.
Image credit: Jarrad Seng