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2017 Film Festival WINNERS Announced!

Still Searchin’ Productions would like to congratulate everyone who entered their films in this year’s event and particularly, the 18 finalists whose films were screened – you each contributed to a fabulous evening and we applaud you for making such engaging and heartfelt films! We had a BRILLIANT time last night – 2017 was definitely our best festival yet, with records broken all round. We received 53 submissions this year from filmmakers across Western Sydney and the quality and variety of content has been the best we’ve ever seen. Our 270 enthusiastic attendees helped us reach (and maybe even breach!) capacity, and our social media presence was off the hook as our awesome community showed

Introducing your HOSTS: Made in the West Film Festival

Only TWO days until the 2017 Made in the West Film Festival! The excitement is certainly building here in the Still Searchin' camp as last week we announced the festival judges, finalists, prizes and sponsors -- what a rush! Then earlier this week, as the judges' scores came in, we announced the nominations for this year's individual category awards - congratulations to all of our nominees! We can't wait to see you at the festival on Saturday. Please remember to RSVP to the event! And here's a word to the wise... use the #madeinthewest hashtag on your way to the festival (on any of our social platforms) and you'll go in the running to win a $50 bar card courtesy of the Paddo RSL! We'll draw

NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED: 2017 Made in the West award nominees!

Still Searchin' Productions is proud to announce the nominees for this year’s individual category awards! Congratulations to all of this year's finalists - the judges were very impressed! Every film we screen at Made in the West is in the running to win one of two major prizes – the ‘Best in the West’ Award (for independent films) or the ‘Best Student Film’ – awarded to those films that receive the top score overall from our panel of judges. To make it even more interesting, each year we also ask our judges to nominate the films that demonstrate excellence in the following categories: Best Director, Best Cinematographer, Best Editor, Best Sound Design, Best Actress and Best Actor. Check out

What to expect: Made in the West Film Festival

We’re ten days away from this year’s event, so we thought you might be wanting a few tips on what to expect at this year’s Made in the West Film Festival! Made in the West is on Saturday 25 November 2017. Join us for the biggest night on the Western Sydney calendar – RSVP here! GETTING THERE IS EASY Find us upstairs at the Paddo RSL at 220 – 232 Oxford Street, Paddington. There are buses from Central, Museum and Bondi Junction, or you can catch a taxi for around $10. For public transport suggestions head to our FAQ page. Looking for a landmark? The Paddo is opposite the Paddington Town Hall. WALK THE RED CARPET Join us from 6pm in the private foyer upstairs to meet everyone and grab a drink

PRIZES!! Thanks to the 2017 SPONSORS!

Made in the West Film Festival is excited to announce the prize packages for this year's festival awards! With over $12,000 in prizes this year, we just can't wait to see who WINS these amazing prizes! To our 2017 FESTIVAL SPONSORS -- we are so impressed by the contributions you are making to this year's event and on behalf of all Western Sydney filmmakers, we thank you!! Each year Still Searchin’ Productions puts on an evening of films for everyone to enjoy. SSP is an independent film group from Western Sydney and we love showing off our work once we've finished it -- and where better than on a big screen in front of a live audience?? We love planning and hosting Made in the West each year,

FINALISTS ANNOUNCED! 2017 Made in the West Finalists

Made In The West Film Festival is pleased to announce the finalists for 2017! Congratulations to all Western Sydney filmmakers on another outstanding year producing films! We received a record number of submissions this year and truly wish we could include you all in the final line-up! From finding your crew to screening your finished product, we know exactly how much work goes into making a short film (even if the result is only a few minutes long) and we congratulate you all for putting in the days, weeks (months!) of effort that is needed to pull together a successful short film project. Bravo! In 2017, Made in the West Film Festival will feature 18 short films by local filmmakers in our

MEET THE 2017 FESTIVAL JUDGES!

Submissions have now closed for Made in the West 2017 and with more entries this year than ever before, we have to say, you’ve really stepped up to the plate Western Sydney! Congratulations to all of you on such a productive year – we’re proud to be working alongside so many awesome local filmmakers and we are really looking forward to watching all of your films. But how on earth are we going to pick a winner??! The standard of entries this year is through the roof, so we’ve really got our work cut out for us! All we can say is, thank goodness we have the help of our festival judges!! These wonderful individuals are going to combine their wealth of knowledge and experience to decide who wins

Countdown to the Festival!

We’re 48 hours away from submissions closing and we couldn’t be any more excited! You'd best prepare yourselves, because this year’s festival is going to be our best ever! If you haven’t entered your short film yet, this Friday 10 November at midnight is your deadline – SUBMIT YOUR FILM NOW! We don't want tell you what type of films you should be making, we just want you to make your films with Western Sydney filmmakers! That’s why the number one CRITERIA FOR ENTRY is that your film needs to include at least one cast member, crew member or set location from Western Sydney. So we’re accepting short film submissions for TWO MORE DAYS ONLY. SUBMIT YOUR FILM and you could be going home with some

INTERVIEW: 2015 Best Student Film winner EMMA ELIAS

Made In The West Film Festival is now less than a month away! What better way to celebrate the final week of submissions (and the influx of student films undoubtedly coming our way) than to chat to Emma Elias, who walked away with Best Student Film Award in 2015 for her beautiful film Clarté de Lâme. If you haven’t seen the film yet (shame on you), you can watch it here. Note: Late entries are still being accepted THIS WEEK ONLY for Made in the West 2017! If you’re a film student and you have produced a short film as part of your course work this year, you have until Friday 10 November to SUBMIT YOUR FILM! Indie films are welcome too – this is your last chance! --- Made in the West Film Fest

INTERVIEW: 2015 Audience Choice Award winner TOBY LOVEDAY

Made in the West 2017 is just around the corner! Today, in the last edition of our winners’ interview series for 2017, we chat to Toby Loveday - the winner of the Audience Choice Award in 2015. His film The Goat was certainly well-loved by the crowd and we still remember the roar of applause as he was announced as the winner of the final trophy. This year it could be you walking out the door with the mightiest of crystal awards for Western Sydney filmmakers – all you need to do is impress our audience enough to vote for your film! So if you haven’t yet entered a film then you’d best get cracking because time is running out! The submission deadline is THIS FRIDAY 10 November! --- Made in the