The South West will resemble Hollywood from Wednesday with CinefestOz kicking off.

Now in its 11th year, CinefestOz has grown in leaps and bounds to become the biggest film festival in Australia.

Award winning actress Sigrid Thornton is the festival’s Jury Chair, with other top actors and actresses Michael Caton, John Howard, Tasma Walton and Emma Booth also attending the event.

Over 150 film screenings and associated events will feature in the festival.

There is something for everyone with 18 Australian premieres and 11 international premieres to be shown, including three French Quebecan films, illustrating the festival’s rich diversity on display.

The largest film prize in Australia, the $100,000 CinefestOz Film Prize will again be awarded for the fifth year.

The event invests in future artists, launching Cinesnaps a program run in schools, offering workshops for young South West students.

One of the unique elements about the festival is that feature films are shown in wineries, small bars and galleries, giving it a true South West feel.

The festival showcases not just the region’s natural landscapes, but the region’s fine local food and wine to people from across the country.

I commend the work by the CinefestOz Board to the house, and that done by founders David Barton and Helen Shervington.