Margaret River region prepares to roll out the red carpet (and red wine) for the 15th CinefestOZ festival.

15th CinefestOZ Festival 2022
? 15th CinefestOZ Festival 2022

Australia’s largest destination film festival – CinefestOZ – has pre-released a selection of tickets including Opening and Closing night screenings, film industry passes and free community events.

This August (23-28) Busselton and the magnificent Margaret River region will play host to the 15th instalment of CinefestOZ with 270 film screenings and events to be held across 35 picturesque venues in Western Australia’s South West.

Margaret River and the surrounding region provides an incredible holiday destination at any time of year, but when you add the best of Australian film and glittering red carpet events to the awe-inspiring landscape and enviable food and wine scene – it makes for a very compelling invitation this August.

Getting to the Festival just got a whole lot easier for those on the East Coast with the launch of Jetstar direct flight services between Melbourne and Margaret River, an alternative route to the three-hour drive south from Perth.

Early Bird Tickets are on sale July 1, ahead of the full program release on July 22.

Pre- Release Tickets & Information

6 Festivals- Margaret River Opening night, Tuesday 23: Margaret River HEART, Margaret River

We are thrilled to hold the WA premiere of the incredibly anticipated 6 Festivals, a film linking a story of friendship with real Australian musicians at 6 festivals around the country.
Maxie, Summer and James share a deep bond and love for music. James is the entrepreneur of the trio, his sights set on a career as a promoter. Summer has an incredible singing voice. Maxie is the maestro of mischief. When James receives a devastating diagnosis, the friends – each with burdens to bear – throw themselves into a whirlwind of festivals in an attempt to escape reality. Featuring top acts Dune Rats, G Flip, Bliss n Eso, B Wise, Peking Duk, Ruby Fields, Jerome Farah, Kobie Dee and more – and fantastic footage shot at actual festivals – 6 Festivals is a moving love letter to young friendship and the life-altering power of live music.


Busselton Shorts: Party Bus: Tuesday 23 August: Esplanade Hotel 

Get ready for a fun ride on the party bus as we showcase an exceptional line-up of quality short films which are sure to have you laughing and loving your evening.

Join filmmakers after the screening for a Q&A on their creative processes. Here is your chance to ask about the film industry and learn about the journey that goes into some of the short films nominated for categories in our own CinefestOZ Short Film Awards.


Deadly Indigenous Shorts: Tuesday August 23: Dolphin Discovery Centre

Experience Deadly Indigenous storytelling at its finest in this showcase of short films by some of Australia’s Deadliest Filmmakers. The films reinforce the importance of storytelling through film and what we can learn from stories all cultures having a voice on screen. Enjoy the full film experience by enjoying a Q&A session with the filmmakers.


Gravel Road – Margaret River Closing Night, Saturday 27th August: Margaret River Heart
Join us for a special premiere event of Gravel Road followed by performance by proud Spinifex Country fellas from the Great Victoria Desert in WA; The Desert Stars.

In Australia’s remotest community of Tjuntjuntjara, lives Jay Minning – a singer-songwriter and frontman of the rock band the Desert Stars. As the band hit the road to head out on their first tour we see the trials and tribulations that beset them. From van trouble, to smashed windows, to navigating the infamous Gravel Road. On the journey Jay shares with us his passion for music, his inspiration and a rare glimpse into his Indigenous way of life.


Industry Pass: Thursday 25th – Friday 26th August: Esplanade Hotel Busselton 

Come join us for live Industry events as part of our program at CinefestOZ Film Festival 2022. Two days of inspiring talks, exciting discussions, live webinars, intense debates, National & International speakers, fantastic networking opportunities, and much more.

Tickets are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.


Free Community Days: 

CinefestOZ and community come together for these FREE events in 2022 to celebrate our local communities and filmmakers. Engage with important works created by Indigenous filmmakers and the wider community. Immerse yourself in culture and the creative world of film.

Community Screenings:

We are very proud to bring back free Community Screenings at an array of Southwest towns. With this year’s theme drawing on the strength of Australians during these tough years. After a few years of hardship, it’s important to remind ourselves to dig deep, stay positive and be the best person we can. This year’s array of films embodies the theme with a variety of stories about Australians pulling together and finding joy through tough times. These free events are held in accessible venues for locals. Be sure to check back on our website on the 1st of July for the full schedule!