Rip Tide debuts in WA at CinefestOZ family event

With a special Q&A

Rip Tide debuts in WA at CinefestOZ family event

Australian film Rip Tide will make its West Australian debut during the 10th CinefestOZ Film Festival. The film, which will screen for one day only at Orana Cinemas Busselton on August 27, will be accompanied by a special Q&A with Rip Tide director Rhiannon Bannenberg, producer Steve Jaggi and actress Naomi Sequera, who will both be in attendance.

This coming-of-age romantic drama, about a young talented fashion designer and model, is part of CinefestOZ Film Festival’s Premiere Family Events program. Audiences will get to watch the film, take part in an interactive Q&A with the filmmakers, then enjoy a teen-friendly party with fun festival food in the Festival Hub.

About Rip Tide
After a humiliating modelling incident, Cora books a one-way ticket from New York to Australia. As time goes by, friendships bloom for Cora, and sparks fly between her and handsome Tom. Cora is enjoying life in Australia, using her talents as a fashion designer for an upcoming Surf festival, when her mum calls with news she’s secured a modeling contract. Cora now must decide between her previous life in New York and her new, homely community in Australia.

About Director Rhiannon Bannenberg
Rhiannon Bannenberg is an energetic and passionate emerging Australian filmmaker. Her first film, Ambrosia, sold out in theatres across Australia. Rhiannon directed Rip Tide, starring Disney star Debby Ryan, which screened at the 2017 Sydney Film Festival, and was the cinematographer on Stephen Sewell’s directorial debut, Embedded.

Rhiannon will join Cinesnaps Jury Chair Myles Pollard and Mark Coles Smith as a 2017 Cinesnaps Jury Member.

About Producer Steve Jaggi
Canadian-born and Australian educated, Steve Jaggi is a versatile and ambitious producer, whose credits span from Embedded and Skin Deep, to Spirit of the Game, Circle of Lies and Rough Stuff. Late 2016 saw Spirit of the Game released theatrically in the US and Canada by Samuel Goldwyn, while earlier in the year Embedded impressed audiences at the Sydney Film Festival and Skin Deep played to sold out audiences at the Austin Film Festival. The recently completed Rough Stuff is currently receiving a theatrical release in Australia.

About Actress Naomi Sequera
Naomi Sequeira is a two-time ASTRA Awards nominee best known for hosting Disney Channel’s Backstage Pass as well as her lead role of Tara in the Disney Channel original series Evermoor. In 2012, Naomi was also selected for a “Dance Around the World Tour” which saw her tour overseas, performing in Hollywood, Universal Studios and Disneyland.
Tickets to Rip Tide are now on sale and can be purchased from, the CinefestOZ iPhone app and local visitor centres.

CinefestOZ is supported by the State Government through Tourism WA’s Regional Events Program. Rio Tinto is a proud Premium Partner of CinefestOZ. The festival acknowledges its strong partnership with Screenwest, Lotterywest and Screen Australia.