River Film Prize Premiere
River Film Prize Premiere

River Film Prize Premiere

Fri Aug 27 6:00 PM

Cinema 1 Orana Cinemas Busselton
General Admission
180 Mins
Fri Aug 27

Doors open: 5.30pm

CinefestOZ, a festival hosted amongst the unique landscapes of the South West region, proudly hosts the third 2021 Film Prize Finalist premiere, River, tonight.

Celebrate the film’s successes with delicious canapes and drinks with the rest of crew at the Esplanade Hotel later in the evening.

Pair this Premiere event with Saturday's In Conversation breakfast starting at 8.30am. Hear from filmmakers and attending talent during this hosted event at the Equinox Restaurant and Bar, whilst enjoying the ocean views across the Busselton Jetty. Buy your tickets here!

It's an early start, but we can guarantee the coffee and conversation will be excellent!


Rivers are the wondrous sculptors of the elaborate landscapes found on planet Earth. They wear away mighty mountains, scour rock faces, carve deep valleys, and create fertile plains and then decorate them with their meanderings. Rivers are seen as a source of great hope and something to be worshipped. In others they are where people are healed and blessed, where sins are washed away and the dead purified.

Rivers are the arteries of the planet. Wherever they travel life forms can emerge, survive, perhaps flourish, including human life. The will of rivers determined our early destiny. They were the transport routes that enabled and nourished human spread and the boundaries between regions and countries. Just as rivers shaped the landscape, they have also shaped human existence.

Rivers are fundamental to human existence but are indifferent to human plans and dreams. In flood they can wreak havoc and in drought they can disappear. And so, extraordinary means have been devised to control them and harness their force.

The cost is high in some cases. The grandest dams provide power and prosperity, slake the thirst of millions, and allow deserts to bloom all year, but trapped and static, the water stagnates, and its sediment falls to the dam floor where it’s inaccessible to those who depend on the fertility it would otherwise have delivered.

The use of poisons and plastics, and the sheer size of the human population, means many rivers are living precariously or even fighting for survival. With humanity sharing its fate with rivers, the wash up will determine the destinies of future generations.

Rivers are irrepressible and, given the chance, possess miraculous powers of recovery. Upon vanishing into oceans, the heat from the sun draws rivers up into the atmosphere ready to fall back to Earth reincarnated.

Please note: runtime includes screening and function; this film screens in multiple cinemas at the same time so please check your cinema number; the Film Prize Jury will view the screening in Cinema 1.

Why not plan a South West adventure at the same time as CinefestOZ? We recommend making accommodation, restaurant and tour bookings early to avoid disappointment. Plan your stay and 'wander out yonder' with Western Australia in Australia’s South West and Your Margaret River.

For information on how the COVID-19 pandemic may affect your festival experience, please visit our website. 

Fri Aug 27

Cinema 1 Orana Cinemas Busselton

27 Albert Street Busselton, Western Australia, 6280