FAQ: Made in the West
What are the entry criteria for Made in the West films?
We don't put restrictions on what type of films you should be making, we just want you to make them with Western Sydney filmmakers! So our main criteria is that all films need to include at least one cast member, crew member or set location from Western Sydney.
We want to see what you're working on currently, so we don't set any rules about special items or tag lines to include in your work. We want to see whatever Western Sydney filmmakers WANT to produce. So that means your film can be ANY genre - every year we have a range of entries, from documentaries and mockumentaries, to horror, action, comedy and drama shorts, plus animated films, music videos, web series episodes... pretty much everything and anything!
Your final duration must be under fifteen minutes - this is just so that we can screen plenty of local films on the night (usually about 20). We know it's hard to keep some stories short, but it does mean a more interesting viewing experience for our live audience. If your work is longer, you can cut a shorter version just for the festival or ask us about submitting a trailer. See our Entry Criteria page for more information about the film specifications required.
How do I submit my film to Made in the West?
Wondering how to enter a film in the festival? It's very easy!
Use our online entry form to submit your film details to Made in the West Film Festival.
HOW TO SUBMIT A FILM:
Step 1. Click on the PayPal link to make the required payment for Independent OR Student filmmaker – your selection determines which of the major awards you will go in the running to win. Save the Paypal reference number.
Step 2. Fill out your film details, synopsis and contributor names on the entry form - these details are used in our program line-up and award certificates, so be sure you have them spelled correctly! Enter your Paypal reference number and a link to your film which has been uploaded to an external website (YouTube or Vimeo). All films should be 1920 x 1080 HD.
Note: If you don't want to make your film public online, upload it as an 'unlisted' video and share the link / password with us.
Step 3. Tick the box giving us permission to screen / promote your film and click submit.
How do I get to Made in the West?
Are you planning how to get to the festival? Here are your public transport and parking options:
Event Cinemas is located on the top floor of Westfield Shopping Centre, on Elizabeth Drive in Liverpool.
TRAINS do not run to Liverpool Station due to scheduled trackwork. See below for travel tips.
#T80 BUS: From Parramatta (every 15 mins)
#M90 BUS: From Bankstown (every 20 mins)
#802 BUS: From Fairfield (every 30 mins)
#872 BUS: From Campbelltown (every 30 mins)
Pedestrian access to the cinema is via the front entrance of Westfield Shopping Centre then take the first escalator to the roof.
PARKING: Access the Westfield carpark via George Street and go to the roof. Parking at Westfields is free for 3 hours if you arrive during the day, or entirely free if you arrive after 6pm.
ACCESSIBILITY: The cinema is wheelchair accessible
Do you screen feature length films at Made in the West Film Festival?
No, we don't currently include feature length films in the program at Made in the West. We know that many Western Sydney filmmakers are just starting out in the industry so short films, doco's, music videos and web series are the main projects people are working on - understandably too, it's how we'll all get our names out there!
Of course, we're all aiming to build our repertoires and get working on larger projects, so hopefully as the sort of work we do gets bigger and better over time, so too will our program. We'd love to eventually include a feature film category in the festival.
In the meantime, we are happy to screen trailers for feature films that have been produced in Western Sydney (usually one or two at the start of each segment) and we encourage you to get in contact with us if you're interested in having your film trailer shown on the night.
Note: The Made in the West team is also available to plan, promote and screen your feature film in a separate live screening event specifically for Western Sydney filmmakers. We have a large audience of local artists and film lovers that can help us roll out a great night. If this is something you are interested in, please contact us and tell us what you're looking for.
How many films are screened at Made in the West?
We try to screen as many films as we can in the time frame that we have! Usually that means we have time for about 16-18 films, but it really depends on the total duration of our final films.
We also screen trailers for feature films made in Western Sydney.
Our total screening time sits at about 2.5 hours, which we screen in two segments then finish with an award ceremony. There are two half-hour intermissions during the night so you will have plenty of time to mingle too (see details about the event format below).
How much are tickets to Made in the West / how can I book tickets?
Are you wondering how to book tickets to attend Made in the West?
All tickets are FREE, though we need to to register your attendance so that we don't run over our 330 seat capacity.
Made in the West Film Festival has always been a FREE event for audiences to attend and we want to keep it that way. Finding an audience for our films is one of the hardest aspects of filmmaking and we know that having a few hundred people to watch, laugh and consider your film as they see it on the big screen is such a valuable experience.
We want all local filmmakers to enjoy the buzz that comes with seeing their work on the big screen and for that reason we are willing to provide that experience for free. We encourage you to bring as many friends, family, cast & crew with you to share the love for local films and vote for their favourite.
I've entered the festival. How do I know if my short film will be screened?
If you have entered your film in Made in the West Film Festival, you'll be notified by email after submissions close with information about whether you have been selected as a finalist.
What's the format of the night / when does the event finish?
Doors open at 6pm to all guests. Finalists and VIPs will be invited to join us early for a glass of champagne!
We kick off the proceedings at 6.30pm. There will be two segments (each about 60 minutes in duration), then the final awards ceremony. Individual category awards are announced throughout the night. Major trophies are awarded at the end.
We break for a 25-30 minute intermission at 8pm and 10pm, so you will have enough time to chat to the other filmmakers, get your cast & crew photos on the red carpet, mingle in our VIP area, and refresh your drink to take into the next session. Note: Finalists will have their interviews on the red carpet during intermissions.
Once all the films have screened, you will vote for your top three films! We know the judging panel is pretty awesome and they have their own ideas on who should take home a trophy, but we also want YOU to vote for your favourite so we can send someone home with our Audience Choice Award. Your votes will be counted in the final intermission and the film with the highest number of votes will win.
The festival finishes with a trophy presentation ceremony for the winners of the Best in the West, Best Student Film and the Audience Choice awards.
Expected finish 11pm.
My question wasn't answered. Help me!
Get in contact with us - we're happy to help! Find our contact details on the Contact Us page or fill out the email form to ask a question :)
Is Made in the West an all-ages event?
No, Made in the West is an 18+ event.
Will Made in the West hold the rights to my film if I submit?
When is Made in the West Film Festival?
Are you wondering what date the festival is?
When do submissions open / close this year?
Are you wondering when entries open so you can submit a film to the festival?
How is COVID-19 impacting festival plans for 2020?
Made in the West Film Festival is scheduled for Saturday 21 November 2020, with our first ever online screening event planned for Saturday 28 November.