Caton joins CinefestOZ prize jury

South Western Times
Michael Caton will visit the South West for CinefestOZ
Camera IconMichael Caton will visit the South West for CinefestOZ

Australian screen icon Michael Caton (The Castle, Packed to the Rafters) will join the star-studded CinefestOZ Film Prize Jury, tasked with deciding the recipient of Australia’s richest film prize.

It was announced on Friday that Caton will sit beside Jury Chairwoman Sigrid Thornton and fellow jury members Animal Logic CEO and film producer Zareh Nalbandian (Peter Rabbit, The Lego Batman Movie), Logie award-winning West Australian actress Tasma Walton, (Cleverman, Looking for Grace) and West Australian producer Tania Chambers OAM (Kill Me Three Times, A Few Best Men).

CinefestOZ chairwoman Helen Shervington said the depth of experience and Australian filmmaking talent on this year's film prize jury was extraordinary.

“The jury is a wonderfully diverse and talented collective. We look forward to welcoming them to the festival and their ultimate verdict,” she said.

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The Film Prize encourages excellence in Australian filmmaking by providing $100,000 to an Australian feature film or feature-length documentary.

Four finalists were announced last month: 1%, Jirga, Ladies in Black and The Merger will contend for the prize, with the winner to be announced at the Festival’s Gala Night on August 25.

Grand Cinemas Bunbury will host a screening of The Merger at 3.30pm and 1% at 6pm on August 26.

Tickets and information is available from cinefestoz.com.

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