Ward to head up film festival prize team

Callum HunterSouth Western Times
Rachel Ward will chair the CinefestOZ film prize jury in 2019.
Camera IconRachel Ward will chair the CinefestOZ film prize jury in 2019. Credit: supplied

Legendary Australian writer, director and actor Rachel Ward has been announced as the chairwoman of this year’s Film Prize Jury for the CinefestOZ film festival later this year.

“Rachel is an absolute leading light in the Australian film and television industry and, as a previous guest of CinefestOZ, understands what the festival is all about,” CinefestOZ chairwoman Helen Shervington said.

“We are delighted to have been able to secure someone of Rachel’s calibre for this important role and look forward to welcoming her back to the South West in August.”

Ward said she was honoured to have been asked to head-up the jury and was looking forward to returning to the region.

“I have been to CinefestOZ twice, once with my daughter who was a guest and once showing a ScreenWest/ABC film Accidental Soldier,” she said.

“I loved the hospitality there both times.”

The finalists for this year’s festival were set to be revealed today in Sydney.

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