Helen Shervington OAM

Co-founder and chairwoman, CinefestOZ

2023 WA Local Hero Nominee

Helen Shervington OAM is a driving force behind the hugely successful CinefestOZ Film Festival, held annually in Busselton. The festival has grown from 2008 from being a small event attended by 1,800 people to one drawing over 26,000 in 2022. 

The $100,000 CinefestOZ Film Prize is the largest in the Australian film industry. The event also provides a boost to tourism and the arts to the State‚Äôs south-west region.  

Born and raised in Busselton, Helen has been an unwavering supporter of her local community since returning in 1996 from Perth. From 2002 to 2007 she was a Councillor for the Shire of Busselton. She spent 10 years as the chair of the Busselton Water Corporation and chaired the committee that designed and oversaw the redevelopment of the Busselton foreshore. 

Helen has received multiple awards including a Lifetime Achievement award at the 2018 Business Excellence Awards, and an honorary Doctor of Arts conferred by Edith Cowan University in 2022.