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Made in the West meets SXSW Sydney!

Hold onto your hats because Made in the West is bringing #WesternSydneyFilm to SXSW Sydney!

SXSW (South by Southwest) is a globally renowned festival that brings together music, film, interactive media, and technology. Originally founded in Austin Texas, it’s an annual extravaganza that has been at the forefront of innovation and creativity for decades.

And this year, they’re coming to Sydney!

Next week, from 15-22 October, you'll find a program jam-packed full of sessions, showcases, screenings, exhibitions, and networking opportunities that cater to all the creative industries. From groundbreaking tech innovations to cutting-edge films, it's a festival that celebrates the fusion of art, culture, and innovation.

We're thrilled to announce that the team from Made in the West will be hosting an Indie Filmmaker Meetup at SXSW Sydney!

Are you ready to light up the indie film scene and make some epic connections? We've got the ultimate networking event coming your way, and you won't want to miss it.

You know we love shining a spotlight on our thriving community and showcasing the incredible talent that resides right here in our own backyard.

We want you to come along to SXSW Sydney's Indie Filmmaker Meetup, where we're about to make some noise, forge connections and set the city abuzz with our creative #westie energy.

Join us for a one-of-a-kind networking event that's tailor-made for indie filmmakers like you!


Date: Tuesday 17 October

Time: 1pm - 2pm

Location: JMC Academy (Student Lounge) at 561 Harris Street, Ultimo (directions here)

Whether you're a director, writer, actor, producer, or any other role in the indie film world, this event is your chance to find your tribe, swap ideas, and hatch plans for your next big project.

Indie filmmaking isn't just a job; it's a calling, a passion, and a way of life. It's about pushing boundaries, telling unique stories, and leaving your mark on the world. That's exactly what this event is all about – bringing together indie film artists from across our region to ignite sparks of creativity, forge lasting connections, and amplify our voices in the world of cinema.

Hear from seasoned indie filmmakers who've been there, done that, and got the t-shirt and/or trophy to prove it! Get tips, tricks, and first-hand knowledge about climbing the local indie film production ladder.

Connect with fellow filmmakers, writers, actors, and creatives who are as dedicated to the craft as you are. Share your experiences, swap stories, and find inspiration.

Have you spotted any other Western Sydney creatives also in the program? We have!

How about this one on How New Technology is Powering New Stories in Film featuring Western Sydney writer Alexandria Burnham?

Or this event discussing the Future of Diaspora Storytelling featuring past festival winner Undi Lee in conversation with three local creative heavyweights Sheila Jayedev, Randa Sayed and Sheila Ngoc Pham?

Our region is brimming with diverse cultures and storytelling potential. Western Sydney filmmakers are harnessing that energy and creating something extraordinary. From Silverwater to Sydney, Parramatta to Penrith, the Western Sydney indie film community is where Australia’s next cinematic revolution begins.

Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to introduce our amazing Western Sydney film scene with some of the biggest names in film here in Australia.

Western Sydney has a wealth of untapped creative potential, and we're here to prove it. Let's show the city that we're not just on the map, but we're a force to be reckoned with. Together, we'll showcase the power of Western Sydney's filmmaking community and make a statement at SXSW Sydney.

Plus, you never know who you'll meet and what incredible projects may come of it!

The world of indie filmmaking is all about seizing opportunities – whether it's getting your next film funded, finding the perfect actor for your project, or connecting with experts who can take your craft to the next level – this is your chance to bask in the creative glow of Western Sydney.

Let's celebrate the stories, the diversity, and the unique perspectives that make our community so special. Bring your passion and your work to the table, and let's shout it from the rooftops!!

If you haven't already, grab your wristband or badge for SXSW Sydney. It's your golden ticket to a world of creativity and innovation.

We'll be sharing updates, sneak peeks, and behind-the-scenes moments leading up to the event. The countdown has officially begun for Made in the West's event at SXSW Sydney 2023!! We’ll see you there in TEN DAYS!!

So, secure your pass and get ready for an unforgettable experience that's bound to leave you inspired and passionate about the world of film. We can't wait to see you there as we bring the Western Sydney #FilmFam to center stage at SXSW Sydney!


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