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SAVE THE DATE for Made in the West 2023!

Hey there, fellow movie buffs and fans of all things film! It’s time to get excited because the much-anticipated annual movie marathon you know and love is returning soon!

We’ll be rolling out the red carpet to celebrate the incredible film talent from Western Sydney so prepare yourselves for another fantastic selection of locally made short films!

SAVE THE DATE for Made in the West on Saturday 25 November IN CINEMA and then on-demand online over the summer.

Tickets are free to attend, as always, because we’re committed to building bigger audiences for local films and besides, we know you will want to bring all your friends and family with you for a great night out.

We’re also pleased to tell you that after the resounding success of last year's event, our venue partner and major sponsor are back on board for 2023!

Our Gold+ Screen Sponsor Western Sydney University have pledged support to Made in the West for another year because they see the amazing things happening here in Western Sydney and as iconic Western Sydney loyalists and huge contributors themselves to the cultural and art scene, they want to be part of this history-making event.

We’re proud to be working alongside the world’s #1 ranked university for their commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, working towards a strong and equitable creative community here in Western Sydney.

Did we mention the BIG SCREEN? Our amazing V-max cinema is second to none when it comes to shining a light on local films!

With our three-storey Vmax screen, state-of-the-art surround sound, private cocktail bar and comfy leather chairs, we have absolutely loved hosting the festival at Event Cinemas Liverpool for the last six years and we’re looking forward to rolling out the red carpet with them again this November!

We thank them generously for their hospitality and for backing this great community of filmmakers from Western Sydney.

Speaking of which, have YOU made a film featuring cast, crew or locations from Western Sydney? Submissions are open now!

Building on the momentum of previous years, Made in the West 2023 promises to be even bigger and better, bringing you thought-provoking dramas to side-splitting comedies and gut-punching action, the diversity of films each year is truly remarkable.

Whether you're a film aficionado, a supporter of local arts, or simply looking for a fun and inspiring way to spend a Saturday night out, this festival is for you!!

Here's some of what you can expect at Made in the West:

Homegrown Talent: Made in the West Film Festival is all about shining a spotlight on the extraordinary talent that calls Western Sydney home. From fresh faces to seasoned pros, this festival is where local artists get to show off their craft to a crowd that's hungry for awesomeness. Whether you're a fan of drama, comedy, documentary, or experimental films, you're sure to find something that resonates with you.

Diversity on Screen: One thing that sets this festival apart is its commitment to diversity. Get ready to dive into a smorgasbord of stories that reflect different cultures, backgrounds, and perspectives. It's a testament to the rich tapestry of Western Sydney's vibrant community.

Networking Galore: Whether you're an aspiring filmmaker or just someone who's got a keen interest in the biz, Made in the West is where it's at. You'll have the chance to rub shoulders with filmmakers, actors, producers, and industry insiders. Who knows, you might just stumble upon your next big project!

Awards and Recognition: Just like in previous years, Made in the West 2023 will recognise the outstanding achievements of local filmmakers with awards in various categories. Celebrate the incredible talent that Western Sydney has to offer and witness the next generation of cinematic storytellers in action.

You’ll Be Part of the Action: This isn't a spectator sport! At the festival, your voice counts. You get to cast your vote for your fave films, and your choice might just make all the difference for the filmmakers who are gunning to make their mark.

Support the Local Scene: By showing up at Made in the West, you're not just having a blast, you're also doing your part to support local culture and the arts. Your presence helps fuel the creative fire burning bright in Western Sydney.

To stay up-to-date with all the latest festival news, film announcements, and event details, keep an eye on this news blog and/or follow us on FB, Insta, Twitter or TikTok. We'll be sharing exclusive sneak peeks, behind-the-scenes content, and more in the coming months, so keep your eyes peeled!

We can't wait to see you there as we celebrate another year of films with Western Sydney's inspiring and talented filmmaking community.


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