Hollywood actor Kate Walsh is bringing her star power to CinefestOZ Albany. The inaugural CinefestOZ Albany is set to treat film lovers to three days of premieres, screenings and special events from April 29-May 1 at venues throughout the city. Albany’s recently refurbished Town Hall will serve as the festival hub. But the event is bringing more than just top-notch films, with Grey’s Anatomy star Walsh to headline the list of special guests. Walsh has genuine star power, with millions of followers on Instagram and a long list of credits including Grey’s Anatomy, 13 Reasons Why, and The Umbrella Academy. The 53-year-old has been living in Perth since March last year after visiting her beau, Moora farmer Andrew Nixon. She has seen out COVID-19 in WA, far from her New York home. She has proved a valuable asset to the State, sharing tourism attractions with her social media followers and calling for WA to become a film industry hub. On CinefestOZ Albany’s opening night at Orana Cinemas, Walsh will be joined by prominent industry figures including Australian actor Emily Rose Brenan, and writer and producer Bec Bignell. The evening wil feature a screening of June Again, a comedy directed by JJ Winlove and starring Noni Hazlehurst, Claudia Karvan and Stephen Curry. The Albany opening will include an introduction from the film’s producer Jamie Hilton, who will share some behind-the- scenes moments. Another of the festival’s special guests will be Esperance aerial photographer and cinematographer Jaimen Hudson. Hudson, who was a finalist for Young Australian of the Year in 2019, will present the documentary From Sky to Sea about his quest to become the world’s first underwater cinematographer with quadriplegia. He will also take part in the Cinesnaps Schools Program, alongside one of WA’s brightest rising stars Olivia Nardini, who will present screenings of her family-friendly flick Swimming for Gold. CinefestOZ Albany will also include free community screenings at the Albany Town Hall and an industry film tourism panel at Vancouver Arts Centre. Walsh will appear at an In Conversation Lunch at Monty’s Leap on the Saturday. That evening, she will walk the red carpet again at Albany Entertainment Centre for closing night screenings and an after-party to remember. For details, visit cinefestoz.com.