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Jasper Jones, Spin Out, Girl Asleep and the MIFF@CinefestOZ film The Death and Life of Otto Bloom are the four finalists vying for Australia’s richest film prize at CinefestOZ, with the films to be judged at the Festival (August 24 – 28, 2016) by a jury of five, led by award-winning director Gillian Armstrong.

Now in its third year, the highly coveted $100,000 film prize was established with the aim of pursuing excellence in Australian filmmaking and is the only cash prize devoted to Australian feature films.

Girl Asleep
Producer: Jo Dyer
Director: Rosemary Meyers (feature film debut)
Cast: Bethany Whitmore, Harrison Feldman, Matthew Whittet, Eamon Farren The world is closing in on Greta Driscoll. On the cusp of turning fifteen she can't bear to leave her childhood, it contains all the things that give her comfort in this incomprehensible new world.

Jasper Jones
Producer: Vincent Sheehan, David Jowsey
Director: Rachel Perkins (Bran Nue Dae)
Cast: Levi Miller, Angourie Rice, Toni Collette, Hugo Weaving, Dan Wyllie, Myles Pollard, Aaron McGrath
Based on the best-selling novel, JASPER JONES is the story of Charlie Bucktin, a young bookish boy living in a small town. One night, local mixed-race outcast Jasper Jones appears at Charlie’s window and the pair embark on a journey to solve a mystery that will consume the entire community.

Spin Out
Producer: Marc Gracie, David Redman
Director: Tim Ferguson (DAAS – Actor), Marc Gracie (The Tumbler, Take Away) Cast: Xavier Samuel, Morgan Griffin, Travis Jeffrey, Melissa Bergland, Lincoln Lewis, Brooke McClymont.
Billy and Lucy have grown up together in a small, close-knit country town, where they form one of the town’s most formidable Ute driving teams.
When Billy takes one risky car stunt too far, Lucy declares she is moving to the city – sending Billy into a spin. Amid the mayhem of the town’s annual “Bachelors and Spinsters” party, Billy only has one night to wake up to his true feelings for his best friend – or lose her forever. Spin Out is a fresh, feel-good comedy romance for the young and the young at heart.

The Death and Life of Otto Bloom
Producer: Melanie Coombs, Alicia Brown, Mish Armstrong Director: Cris Jones (The Funk)
Cast: Xavier Samuel, Rachel Ward, Matilda Brown, Terry Camilleri, Amber Clayton The Death and Life of Otto Bloom chronicles the life and great love of an extraordinary man who experiences time in reverse - wandering blindly into the past, while remembering the future.
The Film charts Bloom's rise from scientific oddity to international superstar as he searches for love and meaning in this strange, backwards world.
Over the years, he has a string of romances while challenging our preconceived notions about life, death and the nature of time. When the world proves to be not yet ready for Bloom's radical ideas, his fall from grace is as swift as it is tragic. But for Bloom, the end is only the beginning...

Published July 21, 2016

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