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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 our prizes announcement for details of the amazing loot up for grabs this year! Made in the West 2017 is giving away over $12,000 in prizes to Western Sydney filmmakers, thanks to our wonderful sponsors!

The third and final trophy – our highly coveted ‘Audience Choice Award’ – is voted for by our audience on the night. We'll screen a three-hour marathon of short films and then we'll ask YOU to VOTE for your favourite film! And before you can say 'What time does the bar close?', we'll tally them up and announce the winner, sending one lucky finalist home with a trophy.

RSVP now and join us on Saturday 25 November at the Paddo RSL (upstairs) and BE THERE when we announce the winners – entry is FREE!

Is the suspense killing you??

Well, we won’t keep you waiting any longer!

Here are your nominees for 2017:


A Note To Self

¡Act Now!

Curated Illusions

Happy Guy

I’m Here Too

Streets of Sydney: Western Suburbs

Where Is Damien Stafford?

Wild Dances


Windscreens: The Australian Dream


A Year Without Play

Actual Size

Bring It

I Found You

Mounty County: Stories From Dawson Mall



The Bag


A Year Without Play – David Hoey

¡Act Now! – Roxie Vuong

Bring It – Liam Campbell

Curated Illusions – Rachael Belle Myers

Happy Guy – Rebecca Greensill

Mounty County: Stories from Dawson Mall – Timothy Malin

Navigate – Nilendra Fonseka

Panopticon – Emily O’Brien

Where is Damien Stafford? – Alex Dona

Wild Dances – Bina Bhattacharya

Window – Vonne Patiag


A Note to Self – Clay Fisher

A Year Without Play – Julian Pertout

¡Act Now! – Rudge Hollis

Actual Size – Carina Burke

Bring It – Viktor Jonsson

Curated Illusions – Rah Sharma

I’m Here Too – Luke Walker

Navigate – Tommy Lin

Wild Dances – Robert C Morton

Window – Dimitri Zaunders


A Note to Self – Clay Fisher, Gonzalo Capielli

A Year Without Play – David Hoey

¡Act Now! – Roxie Vuong

Bring It – Jakob Karlsson

Curated Illusions – Rob Harper

Happy Guy – Johnnie Tsakonas

Navigate – Nilendra Fonseka, Tommy Lin

Panopticon – Oscar Talauta

Where is Damien Stafford? – Alex Dona

Wild Dances – Alexander McGhee


A Note to Self – Clay Fisher

A Year Without Play – Alfred Faber

Bring It – Liam Campbell

Curated Illusions – Nathan Bell

Happy Guy – Renee Endycott

Navigate – Jake Kennedy

Panopticon – Julian Nassour

The Bag – Melvin Tsui

Where is Damien Stafford? – Alanna La Cioppa

Window – Blake Guy


A Note to Self – Emily Gruhl

Curated Illusions – Ali Woodall

I Found You – Cassie Smith

I’m Here Too – Carol Elsden

Panopticon – Emily Whalen

The Bag – Shalvi Singh

Wild Dances – Olga Zhyla


A Note to Self – Alastair Osment

A Year Without Play – Ross Perkins

Curated Illusions – Nadim Accari

Happy Guy – Jake Speer

I’m Here Too – Brendan Byrne

Navigate – Nilendra Fonseka

Streets of Sydney: Western Suburbs – Sam Parsonson

Where is Damien Stafford? – Jerome Velinsky

Window – Vonne Patiag

Windscreens: The Australian Dream – Alex Dona

Congratulations to all of the great filmmakers and finalists involved in producing this year's top 18 films and best of luck to all our nominees in their individual prize category awards!

PS. For those of you we've left wondering... the bar closes at 11.30pm :)

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