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About Us

Made in the West Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing short films featuring cast members, crew and locations from the greater Western Sydney region. All films are judged by a panel of industry professionals, with finalists selected to compete for trophies and awards at our annual red-carpet event. Made in the West provides the opportunity for Western Sydney filmmakers to screen their films to a live audience, be rewarded and recognised for their skills, and walk the red carpet with other local film artists.

Since 2012, Made in the West has screened hundreds of Western Sydney films, launched numerous feature film projects and awarded thousands of dollars in prizes to local filmmakers. Hosted by Still Searchin' Productions, the festival remains the only celebration of its kind, dedicated entirely to screening Western Sydney films on the big screen.

Key Dates

Made in the West Film Festival is held in November at Event Cinemas, Liverpool. Follow us on Facebook or Instagram or read our news blog to keep up with program announcements and event details.

Submissions are open throughout the year. To read the entry criteria and submit your film, please go to: www.madeinthewest.com.au.

MADE IN THE WEST HIGHLIGHTS

2018 Award Winners

Best in the West Award // Andrew Lee (Pursekey Productions) – Melon Grab
Runner Up: Best in the West // L-FRESH the LION (Entropico) – Culture Strong
Best Student Film // David Hoey – Milo
Runner Up: Best Student Film // Cat Sole – How to Write a Screenplay
Audience Choice Award // Matthew C. Vella (Vellamatt Films) – She’s Not Your Type
Best Director // Hawanatu Bangura – AfroSistahs
Best Screenplay // Bina Bhattacharya – Musings
Best Cinematographer // Dane Howell – Melon Grab
Best Editor // Joey Hunter – Culture Strong
Best Sound Design // Peter PJ Johnson – After Nightfall
Best Original Score // Anisha Thomas – Three Feet Deep
Best Actor // Nicholas Burton – Milo
Best Actress // Megan Kennedy – How to Write a Screenplay

2017 Award Winners

Best in the West Award // Rachael Belle Myers (Jaded Belle Productions) – Curated Illusions
Runner Up: Best in the West // Vonne Patiag (VIP Films) – Window
Best Student Film // Liam Campbell – Bring It
Runner Up: Best Student Film // David Hoey – A Year Without Play
Audience Choice Award // Bina Bhattacharya (Gemme de la Femme Pictures) – Wild Dances
Best Director // Liam Campbell – Bring It
Best Cinematographer // Robert C. Morton – Wild Dances
Best Editor // David Hoey – A Year Without Play
Best Sound Design // Jake Kennedy – Navigate
Best Actor // Jerome Velinsky – Where Is Damien Stafford?
Best Actress // Emily Whalen – Panopticon

2016 Award Winners

Best In The West Award // Rachael Belle Myers (Jaded Belle Productions) – First World Problems
Runner Up: Best In The West // Vonne Patiag (VIP Films) – Yang
Best Student Film // Matthew C. Vella – Bleeding Backs
Runner Up: Best Student Film // Timothy Cheeseman – Friend or Faux?
Audience Choice Award // Scott Sowter (Problem Child Productions) – Pillow Talk
Best Director // Scott Connor – An Audience To Behold
Best Cinematographer // Rah Sharma – The Briefcase
Best Editor // Rachael White – Friend or Faux?
Best Sound Design // Helmut Uhlmann – Bleeding Backs
Best Actor // Franco Flammia – Bleeding Backs
Best Actress // Chelsea Ingram – An Audience To Behold

2015 Award Winners

Best in the West Award // Vonne Patiag (VIP Films) – The Dead Man’s Face Was My Own
Runner Up: Best in the West // Nawal Abdi – Sidetrack Theatre: The Path Unwinding
Best Student Film // Emma Elias - Clarté De L’âme
Runner Up: Best Student Film // Alex Maclean – Midnight Animals
Audience Choice Award // Toby Loveday – The Goat
Best Director // Andrew Lee – Eric
Best Cinematographer // Andrew Lin – The Dead Man’s Face Was My Own
Best Editor // Vonne Patiag – The Dead Man’s Face Was My Own
Best Sound Design // Anthony Aston – The Little Things
Best Actor // Daniel Webber – Eric
Best Actress // Genevieve Fricker – The Dead Man’s Face Was My Own

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