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More PRIZES and sponsors!

If you’ve been following us for a while, you’d know by now that we LOVE seeing local legends from around Western Sydney get behind the local creative scene. Well, we’ve got a few more to share with you all!

This year’s festival is fast approaching and we’re pinching ourselves over the great wins that we’ve all had in recent months, and what lies ahead for the Western Sydney film scene.

We’ve got some final additions to our sponsor list and we're SUPER excited about this year's $10K prize haul – did you see our first prizes announcement? We’ve got the full list of awards & prizes up on our website too, for those of you who are curious about the LOOT this year’s filmmakers will be taking home!

It’s always great to have the support of our community and the organisations that throw their impact behind Made in the West are so important to us – they fuel us and keep us going.

Better yet, they recognise the value of stories that are being told right here in Western Sydney – some of the gutsiest, ball busting, hilarious and heart breaking stories being told by short film makers in Australia today.

From all of us here at SSP, we'd like to say a HUGE thank you to our 2022 sponsors for showing their support for Western Sydney filmmakers!

And these final two are particularly close to our heart…

Creative Plus Business Creative + Business provides training, coaching, resources, and ever-so-helpful guiding words to help you find self-employed success in your creative field. No matter who you are, or where in your creative practice and profession, you'll find what you need – the right information from the right people, a bit of support, and the encouragement to inspire you to pursue your creative and business dreams.

Creative+Business are donating $99 vouchers for their popular online business workshops for every single one of the individual award winners and $49 for all our runners up! Winners will be able to take their pick from the selection of courses available and you’ll have one year to complete, which is just fabulous!

We’ve been working with Monica and the team at Creative + Business for a little over a year now, getting professional coaching and advice for our team here at Made in the West. We value that one on one time so much and we have learned so much – about ourselves AND our creative goals!

If you need help or advice for your filmmaking business, check out their coaching with one of their professional advisors so you can get help on whatever aspect of the work your filmmaking business needs, from strategic marketing and management, to finance or start-up help. BIG THANKS to Monica and the team at Creative Plus Business!


Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) aims to find and empower Australian talent, and to shape and share their stories with the world by delivering industry-relevant and future-focused education, research and training. Their courses are informed and taught by top industry practitioners and combine theory and practice to develop industry ready graduates.

They offer great opportunities for all kinds of skill development in their highly respected postgraduate Masters for Arts Screen courses and also a wide range of short courses including Introduction to Assistant Directing, Screenwriting, or Premiere Pro and Voice Over Fundamentals.

The school finds, develops and supports Australian storytelling talent all the way from early inspiration to the highest levels of professional practice, helping build the stories that connect, surprise and move us all. AFTRS are major industry supporters, and huge supporters of Indigenous artists, artists with disability, and artists from Western Sydney.

AFTRS are brand new sponsors to Made in the West Festival this year and we are so happy to have them on board. It means a lot that they can see the benefit in what we’re up to here, elevating stories from the Western Sydney film scene, and we warmly welcome their contribution to our event costs.

HUGE THANKS to Ellen, Marissa, Wendy, Ashleigh and the team at AFTRS for their support!!

If you are part of a local business or organisation with affiliations to the film industry and you would like to support Made in the West Film Festival too, please contact us!

It’s never too late to say that you’re keen to get involved and we welcome all people who want to pledge their support and take part in our growing film community.

THANK YOU to all of our 2022 sponsors and partners for making a real contribution to the ongoing growth of Made in the West Film Festival and the Western Sydney film community.

We love your work!

In the meantime, have you got your ticket to the festival yet? What are you waiting for??!

We have a big night in store for you this year, featuring a bumper line-up of 19 short films made by Western Sydney filmmakers. EVERY film screened on the night has at least one cast member, crew member or location from Western Sydney – we can’t wait to see it!

Because #representation matters! And we love seeing local stories, local faces, and local places upon the big screen for all to enjoy.

Check out the Official Selection here and get ready for a great night!

Are you wondering when nominations will be announced? What time do doors open? What should you wear?? Well look no further than our Countdown to the Festival for all you need to know right now, and as we get closer to the big night we’ll share more information with you right here on the festival blog.

So stay tuned for more festival announcements still to come!

You can follow us on socials FB, Insta, Twitter & now TikTok too for regular updates, behind the scenes content and all the glamour and fun from the red carpet on festival night.

We’re looking forward to seeing you there!


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