Made In The West FILM FESTIVAL presents....

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 locally produced 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 Western Sydney film talent and promoting locally made films on the big screen.

MADE IN THE WEST HIGHLIGHTS

2017 Made in the West Red Carpet Highlights video

Watch the 2017 highlights from the red carpet at Made in the West Film Festival, featuring interviews with filmmakers and highlights from the year’s top films! Video produced by Still Searchin’ Productions, hosted by James Preston and edited by Geline Garcia.

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 PlayAudience
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 Made in the West Red Carpet Highlights video

Watch the 2016 highlights from the red carpet at Made in the West Film Festival, featuring interviews with filmmakers and highlights from the year’s top films! Video produced by Still Searchin’ Productions, hosted by Holly Kaye-Smith and edited by Geline Garcia.

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

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