• Made in the West Film Festival

Made in the West TV screens online!

Still Searchin’ Productions and Western Sydney University are pleased to be able to share the latest episode of Made in the West TV! You can check it out on the SSP YouTube channel now, or head over to our video gallery to watch the show!

Made in the West TV is a talk show featuring award-winning Western Sydney filmmakers Matias Bolla, Emily Bui and Vonne Patiag in conversation with host Sunil Badami. Together, they discuss their 2019 Made in the West finalist films, their experiences on the red carpet and what it’s like to be a filmmaker in Western Sydney.


Matias took home some major glassware last year with his stellar documentary Campesinos collecting the ‘Best in the West’ Award from the judges, as well as the highly coveted ‘Audience Choice Award’, voted for by the audience on the night of the festival. Emily won the ‘Best Student Film’ award for her short film Ankara Pride, while Vonne’s film Tomgirl took home Best Actor. Tomgirl was Vonne’s fifth short film to screen at the festival in five years, which saw him honoured with a rare Spirit of the West Award.


We’re really stoked to be able to produce a TV show with local filmmakers and we have to say a HUGE THANKS to the School of Humanities & Communication Arts at Western Sydney University for sharing their state-of-the-art TV studio in Parramatta with us.

As WSU alumni, Ross, Misty & Jay were pretty chuffed to be able to work with our WSU student crew. This year we had James on the switching desk, Emily, Regina and Amarullah on cameras, Ashley on the teleprompter and Oliver on the sound desk. Casey was awesome as floor manager of course, and we were very happy to have WSU guru Addy there to help out and Laura Dhir on Hair & Makeup. Everyone did such a great job!


The first episode of Made in the West TV aired this time last year, featuring the 2018 winners Andrew Lee, David Hoey and Matthew C. Vella. Producing a television show is a great way for SSP to bring the big screen to the small screen each year, so we can promote Western Sydney filmmakers to a wider audience!


We can’t wait to see who wins the 2020 awards!! This year’s winners will be invited to join us on stage for the 2020 episode of Made in the West TV.


Could it be you?? If you are a filmmaker from Western Sydney, or you’ve made a film featuring cast, crew or locations from Western Sydney, then SUBMIT YOUR FILM to the festival!


Meanwhile, we hope you enjoy MADE IN THE WEST TV!