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Made in the West TV coming soon!

We hope you’re ready #WesternSydneyFilm fam because the latest episode of Made in the West TV is coming your way very soon!

The show features host Rachel Morley in conversation with three award-winning filmmakers from the festival, discussing their films, their experiences at Made in the West 2021 and what it's like to be part of the emerging film scene here in Western Sydney.

Joining her on the stage were this year’s major trophy award winners - Sereen Omran, winner of Best Student Film and the Audience Choice Award for Towel Head, Noel Vinson, winner of Best in the West for Jane, and Alex Dona, who won the People’s Choice Award for A Girl’s Best Friend, as voted by our online festival audience.

These three amazing filmmakers absolutely stole the show at Made in the West 2021 and share some great reflections with us about their individual filmmaking journeys.

It’s a bumper of a show and not to be missed! The episode will be dropping in two weeks but in the meantime you can check out the trailer below to whet your appetite.

The SSP team was hard at work in the studio earlier this year shooting the episode with our 2021 festival award winners. It was just like the good old days and so great to be back at the WSU Parramatta campus, in our element and enjoying a day in the TV studio!

Once again, Made in the West TV was made possible thanks to a new collaborative partnership between Western Sydney University and Made in the West Film Festival.

We’re passionate about sharing our knowledge about our creative practice with the next generation of student practitioners and we’re thankful for all of the effort and enthusiasm they brought to the recording of this episode. We were so impressed with your work!

Our gratitude must go to our WSU student crew – Lisa Plummer, Alana Dowling and Meg Bowyer on camera, Abraham Box on sound in the audio booth, Nataly Thomson on teleprompter, and Sam McIntyre on the switching desk. You all did a fantastic job working alongside our Still Searchin’ crew, Ross, Casey, Jay, Luke and Misty.

Our new host Dr Rachel Morley was welcomed with open arms, on stage to discuss all things filmmaking and short films. She did a wonderful job hosting the show and definitely got some great conversation going with our special guests.

As you will see, the conversation is thought-provoking and insightful.

Take a look behind-the-scenes as we take you on set with Still Searchin Productions and the WSU student crew working on Made in the West TV.

We’re always keen to offer more publicity opportunities to local filmmakers - but, let’s face it - making a TV show about filmmaking in Western Sydney truly takes the cake! We must say a huge thanks to the School of Humanities & Communication Arts at Western Sydney University for their sponsorship this year, and special thanks must go to Dean of SoHCA Professor Matt McGuire, Associate Dean (Engagement) Dr Rachel Morley, and the super helpful teachers from the Screen Media department.

Thanks also to Addy Fong for all your support and David Levy for hosting us in your studio - it is always great to work with you.

A special shout out must go to TV Intern Luke Hodge who joined us on the Associate Producer Internship and assisted with planning and producing the 2021 episode of Made in the West TV.

There’s not long to go now until Made in the West 2022 returns to the big screen – we’re looking forward to seeing what you’ve been up to this year!

If you have made a short film (under 15 minutes) featuring cast, crew or locations from Western Sydney, it’s time to submit your film to be in the running for awards and prizes at the 11th annual Made in the West Film Festival. Submissions are open now!

Do you want to work with us? We’re always on the lookout for more awesome peeps to join our team – if you like to use your creative skills in a fun and collaborative environment with a hard working team, then send us an email to tell us how you think you can be of help. Whether you’re a photographer, a videographer, a budding festival-maker or even a new TV host - or if you’re just looking to volunteer with us - we’d love to hear from you!


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