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  • Writer's pictureMade in the West Film Festival

Thank you to our 2021 prize sponsors!

From all of us here at SSP, we'd like to say a HUGE thank you to the 2021 prize sponsors for showing their support for Western Sydney filmmakers this year.

Having sponsors and local organisations see and support our vision makes us even thirstier for our goal to build a thriving, productive and welcoming Western Sydney film scene.

We want to see more films being made here, more film jobs going to Western Sydney filmmakers, more arts venues and studios, and more audiences eager to watch locally produced films.

This year 21 films in our Official Selection are competing for awards and we've got a great list of prizes up for grabs!

THANK YOU to the following organisations for giving us your support:

Sydney Prop Specialists

If you’re a filmmaker and you haven’t been to check out Sydney Props yet you’re missing out! With the largest collection of props in Australia and an extensive collection of backdrops, furniture and staging equipment, Sydney Props has all the props you need for your next film shoot. In 2021, Sydney Props is offering one day hire of Studio 4 which is a soundproof, air-conditioned 12m x 9m TV studio to this year’s Best in the West award winner! You will have everything you need on set with a change room, makeup area and toilets, plus a well-equipped kitchen and prep room immediately adjacent - it’s the perfect studio for your next TV commercial or music video shoot. Amazing! Thanks so much Sydney Props for supporting local filmmakers over the last five years!

Creative Plus Business

Creative Plus Business is a social enterprise that provides training, coaching, resources and advice to help you find self-employed success in your creative field. As artists, it’s so great to know there’s someone out there who can help us with the business side of creative life. In 2021, Creative Plus Business is donating two free spots in their popular business workshops for every. single. one. of the individual category award winners. We’ve been working with Monica throughout the year too, thinking through our big plans for Made in the West and the future of creative industries in Western Sydney - we can’t recommend her and her team of advisors highly enough! Thanks so much Monica and Creative Plus Business for your support!

Irierootsini Photography

Irierootsini Photography specialises in artist portraits and product photography and has been a loyal sponsor of the festival for FIVE years! In 2021, Irierootsini Photography is offering the winners of our two Acting awards for Best Lead and Supporting Actor a Premium Actors & Models Profile package, which includes a 2-3 hour photoshoot with a professional photographer in the Irierootsini studio! Included in each package is up to 15 retouched images - what a great prize for our acting award winners! Thanks so much to Irierootsini Photography!

Information & Cultural Exchange (I.C.E), Parramatta

I.C.E (soon to be A.C.E!) has worked with Western Sydney communities, artists and creative producers to deliver professional development pathways for emerging cultural entrepreneurs for over 30 years. This year, I.C.E is pitching in a prize for the inaugural Best Music Video winner: four days in the Sound Suite to record their next single! The Delta 88 Sound Studio is a 20 sqm sound-proof booth with isolated control booth and dual screen MacPro and Dual 6 Core Intel Xeon set-up, Pro Tools 10-11, Logic Pro X, Ableton Live 9, Scarlett 18i20 plus more. In addition, they’re also donating access to the Board Room for our Best Screenplay winner, so you can take two half-days to do your next table read. How great! Thanks so much to Parramatta I.C.E!


The Australian Production Design Guild was established in 2009 as a non-profit organisation that aims to represent designers and their associates in screen, live performance, events and digital production across Australia. For the first time this year, APDG are offering the winner of our inaugural Best Production Design award a two-year ‘Emerging’ membership, which includes advertising in the member directory, eligibility to enter the ‘Emerging Designer’ category at APDG Awards, access to events, discounts and members-only resources. Big thanks to APDG for this great prize - we’re so pleased to have you on board!


The Australian Guild of Screen Composers is a community of professional screen composers, dedicated to supporting both emerging and established Australian screen composers in film, television, gaming or related industries. We’ve been working with AGSC during the year to increase connections between screen composers and filmmakers from the west and the results have been great. For the first time this year, AGSC are offering the Best Original Score award winner a one-year membership (Full, Student or Associate), which can include advertising in the members directory, access to professional development opportunities and members-only resources. Big thanks to the AGSC for this great prize - we’re so pleased to have you on board!

Western Sydney University

Western Sydney Uni offers a Bachelor of Screen Media with strong links to the screen industry and opportunities for project-based work with employers. Thanks to WSU, this year’s trophy winners will be invited on set at their state-of-the-art TV studio at Parramatta Campus for the recording of our 2021 TV Show to chat about the festival, your winning film, and what it’s like to be a filmmaker in Western Sydney. We are so thankful to have the support of WSU this year!

Still Searchin’ Productions

Still Searchin' Productions are the team that plans and produces Made in the West each year, sponsoring the event and all major awards. We are strong advocates for Western Sydney filmmakers and the emerging talent in our local film scene. In addition to producing the 2021 TV Show, the winners of each major trophy will receive an invitation to join Roscoe on the Pagey Train Podcast to chat about their film work PLUS the winner of Best Student Film will receive a Foley package including sound effects and atmosphere for your next film. How sweet is that!?

THANK YOU to these eight wonderful organisations making a real contribution to the ongoing growth of Made in the West Film Festival and the Western Sydney film community. We salute you!

If you are a local or small business owner and would like to support Made in the West or work with us in the coming year, please contact us!

We can’t wait to celebrate Western Sydney filmmakers on the big screen at the festival this Saturday 4 December.

Tickets are booking fast!! Have you got yours yet? BOOK NOW to avoid disappointment!

Can’t join us at the festival in person? Grab a ticket for the online screening and watch this year’s movie marathon at your leisure, one week later. Online Festival tickets are only $9!

See you there film lovers!


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