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  • Writer's pictureMade in the West Film Festival

That's a wrap on Made in the West TV!

The SSP team was in the studio this week shooting a television show with our all-Western Sydney crew made up of students, graduates and alumni from WSU. It was great to be back at Parramatta campus, in our element and at the helm of the studio like good ol' times.

Made in the West TV was brought about thanks to the very generous support of Western Sydney University. The show features interviews with our three major award winners, snippets from our three trophy-winning films, plus highlights from this year’s festival.

We were thrilled to welcome our host Sunil Badami back to his old stomping ground to discuss all things filmmaking, diversity, short films and Western Sydney. He was a fantastic host for the show and definitely got some great conversation going with our special guests on stage.

Joining him were this year’s major trophy award winners - Andrew Lee of Pursekey Productions (winner of 'Best in the West' for Melon Grab), David Hoey of Granny Flat Pictures (winner of 'Best Student Film' for Milo) and Matt Vella of Vellamatt Films (winner of the Audience Choice Award for She’s Not Your Type).

Together, they spoke about their films, their highlights of the night at Made in the West and what it's like to be making films in Australia’s most culturally diverse region.

We’re pretty excited to be able to offer this kind of publicity opportunity to local filmmakers and we have to say a HUGE THANKS to the School of Humanities & Communication Arts at Western Sydney University for their generous donation. Special thanks must go to Professor Peter Hutchings and Christine Croser for their ongoing support.

Thanks must also go to David and Addy for hosting us in your studio - it was great to work with you.

And last but not least, we'd like to say a big thanks to Jason, Rachel, Adam, James, Temalisi, Annaliese and Laura for joining our crew for the day, and of course big love to our Still Searchin’ crew Dave, Casey, Jono, Misty and Ross.

To have access to state-of-the-art studio equipment at our fingertips and a twelve-strong crew of WSU Media Arts students and graduates was an awesome experience and we had so much fun!

We can’t wait to share the final result with you all soon. Stay tuned in 2019 for Made in the West TV!

Made in the West Film Festival was held on Saturday 24 November at Event Cinemas Liverpool. We’ll be back in 2019 for our eighth festival! Meanwhile, follow our adventures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and check out our photo gallery from the 2018 red-carpet event.

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