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Submissions Open for Made in the West 2023

Attention all filmmakers near and far - submissions for the 12th 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 June 2023. Submissions close Friday 27 October 2023.

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

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

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

This year we are celebrating our 12th 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.

Made in the West Film Festival will be making a return to the big screen at EVENT Cinemas, Liverpool on Saturday 25 November 2023.

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 to celebrate!

In 2022, Made in the West Film Festival awarded more than $10,000 worth of prizes, including coaching and mentoring sessions, a DOP package, studio and edit suite hire, professional photo shoots and business workshops. Check out the highlights reel from last year’s event!

The 2023 festival is set to be huge as we celebrate the latest and greatest short films from Western Sydney.

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? That’s up to you.

Good luck!


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