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Submissions OPEN for 2021 Festival

Calling all filmmakers!

Submissions for the 10th annual Made in the West Film Festival are now OPEN!

If you have made a short film (under 15 minutes) that features cast, crew or locations from Western Sydney, you are eligible to submit your film.

All genres and types of content are welcome, from documentaries and music videos, to animation, drama series, web series episodes, sci-fi and horror.

Made in the West is a celebration of Western Sydney cast, crew and locations on the big screen. Enter your film and join Western Sydney filmmakers on the red carpet!

EARLYBIRD prices apply until Friday 30 July.

As always, films will be judged by a panel of industry professionals (to be announced when submissions close). Finalists will compete for trophies including the Best in the West Award (for best indie film of the year), Best Student Film and the highly coveted Audience Choice Award.

Individual category prizes for Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Cinematographer, Best Editor, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Sound Design and Best Original Score will be announced on the night, PLUS ...

NEW THIS YEAR: Awards for Best Music Video and Best Production Design will join the prize list for the first time!

We’ve seen you do some amazing things in these categories already, Western Sydney, so here’s your chance to get the recognition you deserve!

Enter your film and nominate your crew for one of TEN individual category awards!!

This year we are celebrating our 10th year and we’re prouder than ever to showcase filmmakers from across Western Sydney and the original and authentic stories being told in our local region.

Did you see our SAVE THE DATE?

Made in the West Film Festival will be making a return to the big screen at EVENT Cinemas, Liverpool on Saturday 4 December 2021.

We’re thrilled to have the support of such a fantastic cinema venue in the West and we can’t wait to screen Western Sydney films ​on their HUGE Vmax cinema screen once again this yaer. With full DCP and surround sound, comfy armchairs and theatre-style seating for 330 people, it's surely going to be fun!

SUBMIT YOUR FILM and join us on the red carpet.

In 2020, Made in the West Film Festival awarded more than $10,000 worth of prizes, including coaching and mentoring sessions, DOP packages, studio hire, professional actor photo shoots and business workshops.

The 2021 festival is going to be bigger and better than ever, not least of all because we’re celebrating our 10th birthday! It’s going to be huuuuuuge!!!

We can't wait to see what Western Sydney filmmakers have in store for us this year. Made in the West is always a mixed bag - some years are all about genre films, others are all about doco’s or music videos, no two years are ever the same.

What films will this year bring?

It’s up to you.

Good luck!


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