CinefestOZ will be able to further invest in their Indigenous and community days in this year’s film festival thanks to a cash injection from the State Government. Both the South West and Great Southern festival events this year will be able to expand thanks to a $75,000 Lotterywest grant. The cash boost will be funnelled into the festival’s IndigifestOZ and Community Days in Albany, Busselton and Bunbury which aim to unite the communities through arts and cultural experiences. CinefestOZ chief executive Malinda Nixon said the boost would assist both filmmakers and community members. “CinefestOZ has a proud history of working with the local community and ensuring festival events and screenings ae accessible to a range of audiences,” she said. “IndigifestOZ showcases our Indigenous filmmakers and their films. The opportunity for people to come along and meet the Indigenous filmmakers, learn more about our First Nations stories and enjoy the offerings from stallholders is an exciting one for our local communities.” During the 2021 festival, CinefestOZ held its first Community Day with IndigifestOZ to wide success in Busselton and will now be experiences in Bunbury and Albany. Great Southern’s week of films will start on April 28 and Bunbury’s festival of films joins the region on August 25.