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Announcing the 2022 award nominees

Well, this is exciting, isn’t it? We’re about to drop the good news!! Today is a very big day for the cast and crew of the 2022 Official Selection.


Congratulations, Western Sydney filmmakers -- you’ve really brought your A-game this year and we’re super excited by all the nods you’ve got from the judges.


Before we get carried away by the buzz in the air - we should recap. As we are 11 years young, we know many of you already know the drill by now, but this year’s finalist line-up is FULL of fresh, new talent so please excuse us while we lay it down for those who haven’t been here before.

There are 19 fantastic films in the 2022 Official Selection, all of which are in the running to win one of two major trophies – the Best in the West Award (for indie filmmakers) or Best Student Film. So the two films that receive the top scores overall from our esteemed panel of judges will go home with a beautiful crystal trophy, PLUS some awesome DOP and Sound Mastering prizes (and plenty of swag!).


The next trophy on the line is ‘Best Music Video’ – a new award we introduced last year on our 10th birthday – and we are thrilled to once again be celebrating musicians and filmmakers collaborating on creative projects because it is something we’re really passionate about, and it’s something we’re seeing more and more of here in Western Sydney!


What’s the last trophy up for grabs? We’re so happy you asked, because we’re relying on you – yes, YOU – to decide who wins! The highly coveted Audience Choice Award earns bragging rights among your mates because no matter what the judges decided, it was YOUR film that was the audience favourite!

And how do we know it was the overall fave? Because we’re going to do a live vote with the entire audience in the cinema at the end of the night. We’ll tally the votes quickly in the final intermission, then return to announce the name of our Audience Choice Award winner!


How sweet is that?? So obviously you’ll want to bring your posse for support! Pester them to reserve their ticket NOW! But be warned … we’ve known plenty of friends who have been swayed in a different direction by other amazing films in the festival line-up!!


Of course, all four of these trophies also come with some serious loot for the winners too - check out our latest prize sponsors blog for to find out what prizes we have in store for you this year (wait, HOW MUCH cash?*)


But that’s not all folks! You see, this is where things get interesting....

Each year we also ask our wonderful festival judges to nominate the films that demonstrate excellence in the following categories: Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematographer, Best Editor, Best Sound Design, Best Production Design, Best Original Score, Best Lead Actor and Best Supporting Actor.


Thank goodness that the judges are the ones deciding this year’s winners, because there’s simply no way that we could ever decide!!


So many awards. So many talented filmmakers. We can’t wait. It's going to be HUGE for sure!


Is the suspense killing you yet? No? Well it’s killing US!! So we won’t keep this year’s nominees to ourselves any longer. Still Searchin' Productions is proud to announce the nominees for this year’s individual category awards: (Go, you good things!)


BEST DIRECTOR NOMINEES

Arco’s World - Kasey Medeiros

Baby Dole - Katrina Lay

Blame The Ovens - Ali Sayed

Bogan Moths - Tony Radevski

DO IT 4U: Dyan Tai feat. AnSo - Shaun Parker

Domesticated - Elle Harris

Hello My Name is Mother Nature - Darcy Carroll

I Don’t Get You: Particles - Vuk Micic

Leopard - Kamil Domaradzki and Ali Zoghi

My Gift - Michael Raso

Only One - Chloe de Brito

Seen - Sharon Mani

Springbound - Clarence Lin Thein

Tales from the Dark Web: Moira Hill - Ryan Cauchi

Yannis - James Elazzi


BEST SCREENPLAY NOMINEES

Baby Dole - Katrina Lay

Blame The Ovens - Jayant Sharma, Ali Sayed and Aniket Deshkar

Bogan Moths - Tony Radevski

Domesticated - Valentin Lang and Elle Harris

Hello My Name is Mother Nature - Darcy Carroll

Leopard - Kamil Domaradzki

Seen - Sharon Mani

Tales from the Dark Web: Moira Hill - Ryan Cauchi

Yannis - James Elazzi


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHER NOMINEES

An Orange and The Eye - Zachary Peel-McGregor

Baby Dole - Tyron Seeto

DO IT 4U: Dyan Tai feat. AnSo - Christopher Quyen

I Don’t Get You: Particles - Luke Walker

Leopard - Kamil Domaradzki

My Gift - Christopher J McHardy

Only One - Jack Saltmiras

Seen - Irisha Adanya

Tales from the Dark Web: Moira Hill - Rupan Poudel

Yannis - Nicolas Nalbandian


BEST EDITOR NOMINEES

Domesticated - Alex Dona

Leopard - Kamil Domaradzki

My Gift - JD Cohen

Only One - Brenton Cassidy

Seen - Sharon Mani

Suburban Witchcraft: Head in a Jar - Shaye Fox

Tales from the Dark Web: Moira Hill - Ryan Cauchi

Things That Go Bump: Machine on a Break - Luke Agius

Yannis - Alex Dona


BEST SOUND DESIGN NOMINEES

An Orange and The Eye - Andrew Bellity

Baby Dole - Siraj Qureshi and Angus Roche

Because of Ava - Mike Tilbrook

Blame The Ovens - Ali Sayed

Bogan Moths - Jarad Avnell

Domesticated - Shauna Doyle

Leopard - Piotr Domaradzki

Springbound - Clarence Lin Thein


BEST ORIGINAL SCORE NOMINEES

Blame The Ovens - Rajdeep Joshi

Leopard - Emma Greenhill and Ali Zoghi

My Gift - Nicole Katherine Brady

Seen - Caitlin Royston

Tales from the Dark Web: Moira Hill - Me-Lee Hay

Yannis - Paul Nicolaou


BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN NOMINEES

Baby Dole - Katrina Lay

DO IT 4U: Dyan Tai feat. AnSo - Dyan Tai, Shaun Parker and Christopher Quyen

Domesticated - Hamish Elliot

I Don’t Get You: Particles - Dan D’Arcy

Leopard - Diva Abrahamian

My Gift - Hayden Anderson

Only One: Ashli - Esther Rosenberg

Seen - Jesse Abcede

Springbound - Veronica Silver

Things That Go Bump: Machine on a Break - Jodie Feeney


BEST LEAD ACTOR NOMINEES

An Orange and The Eye - Harmanjeet Singh

Baby Dole - Emalia Burford

Because of Ava - Cerise Kellie

Blame The Ovens - Pranam Janney

Domesticated - James Sweeny

Hello My Name is Mother Nature - Alex Roberts

Leopard - Saro Lepejian

Seen - Brooke Lee Rayner

Springbound - Quinlan Deakin

Tales from the Dark Web: Moira Hill - Alex King

Yannis - Edward O’Leary


BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR NOMINEES

Baby Dole - Bailee Arndt

Because of Ava - Laura Daniella Bucci

Domesticated - Travis Jeffery

Leopard - Tyson Ibrahim

Springbound - Sabrina Salas

Yannis - Will Bartolo


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Congratulations to all of the amazing cast & crew involved in producing this year's top 19 films and best of luck to all our nominees in their individual prize category awards!


Have you snapped up your ticket to the festival yet? Made in the West will always be a FREE event, but bookings are necessary. Tickets are flying out the door (we’ve never seen them book out this quickly) so reserve yours now to avoid disappointment.


What are you waiting for? RESERVE YOUR TICKET NOW!


Not sure what you’re in for? Check out our website to learn more, read through our FAQs here and follow us on social media so you don’t miss a thing.


And of course, if there’s a date clash, or your work EOY party is on, or you’re just not one for large gatherings anymore (we don’t blame you), REMEMBER you can catch the exact same Official Selection films online from the start of December through to the end of January at our super sexy new on-demand Online Film Festival.



There’s even more awards up for grabs over the summer too, as we will be asking all the viewers at home to vote for their favourite film too, so we can crown our annual People’s Choice Award.


Congratulations again to this year’s nominees!! See you on the red carpet soon, Western Sydney.




*No actual cash on offer. But it’s certainly the dream, one day, to offer financial reward to winning filmmakers to support their future creative practice! For now, we’ll have to make do with over $10,000 in prizes thanks to our generous sponsors, including DOP and Sound mastering and Foley packages, Studio and Rehearsal room hire, Memberships and Mentorships, Artist headshots, Workshops and Podcast interviews on the Pagey Train. We can’t complain! Check out the full list of prizes and awards for all the deets.

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