• Made in the West Film Festival

THANK YOU to our Prize Sponsors!


We can’t wait to tell you about the awesome local organisations getting behind our cause!


From all of us here at SSP, we'd like to say a HUGE thank you to the 2020 prize sponsors for showing their support for Western Sydney filmmakers this year, in one of the most challenging years in our festival's history.


We think it’s a good sign of things to come for Western Sydney filmmakers!


Having our sponsors see and support our vision makes us even thirstier for our goal: to build a thriving, productive and welcoming Western Sydney film scene. We want to see more films being made here, more film jobs going to Western Sydney filmmakers, more arts venues and studios, and more audiences eager to watch locally produced films.


This year 20 films in our Official Selection competing for awards & prizes and this year we've got a great list of prizes up for grabs!


THANK YOU to the following organisations for giving us your support:

Luke Walker Productions

Luke Walker has worked as DOP / Aerial DOP for some of the country’s biggest brands, including Sony and ANZ Bank, as well as on the set of blockbusters like Pacific Rim and Peter Rabbit. Luke has a huge collection of lighting and equipment and he loves shooting films with up-and-coming directors. Thanks to Luke Walker Productions, the 2020 Best in the West Award winner will be awarded a 4-day DOP package (valued at $5000) with equipment, lighting and expertise included, so you can work with Luke on set of your next short film! Thanks Luke for this amazing prize!!

Sydney Prop Specialists

If you’re a filmmaker and you haven’t been to check out Sydney Props yet, you’re missing out! With the largest collection of props in Australia and an extensive collection of backdrops, furniture and staging equipment, Sydney Props has all the props you need for your next film shoot. In 2020, Sydney Props is offering one full day hire (8am-6pm) in Studio 4 which is a soundproof, air-conditioned 12m x 9m TV studio for the winner of Best in the West award! You will have everything you need on set with a change room, makeup area and toilets, plus a well-equipped kitchen and prep room immediately adjacent - it’s the perfect studio for your next TV commercial or music video shoot. Thanks so much Sydney Props for supporting local filmmakers!

Creative Plus Business

Creative Plus Business provides training, coaching, resources and events to help you find self-employed success in your creative field. In 2020, Creative Plus Business have donated two free spots in their popular business workshops for every single one of the award winners. Amazing! Plus, for the first time this year we’re super stoked to announce that the winners of our top prizes for Best in the West, Audience Choice Award and Best Director will win a one-hour chat session with one their professional advisors or even Monica herself, so you can get help on whatever it is your filmmaking business needs, from strategic marketing to management and finance, or start-up help. Thanks so much Monica and the team at Creative Plus Business!

Green Key Studio

Green Key Studio is a fully equipped green screen studio based in Arndell Park with Chroma key or black / white backdrops, lighting and equipment included. In 2020, Green Key Studio is donating one full day in the studio for the winner of our inaugural People’s Choice Award! The studio has loud speaker playback, which makes it great for bands and music videos. You can even drive a vehicle right onto the set, with the reinforced stage making it perfect for your next green screen driving scene! Thanks so much to Green Key Studio for your support!

Irierootsini Photographer

Blacktown based photographer Irierootsini specialises in artist portraits and product photography. In 2020, Irierootsini Photography is offering the winners of the Best Actress and Best Actor awards a Deluxe Actors & Models Profile package, which includes a 2-3 hour photoshoot with a professional photographer in the studio or at a location of your choice! Included in each package is up to 15 retouched images - what a great prize for our acting category award winners! Thanks so much to Irierootsini Photography!

Information & Cultural Exchange (I.C.E), Parramatta

I.C.E has worked with Western Sydney communities, artists and creative producers to deliver professional development pathways for emerging cultural entrepreneurs for over 30 years. In 2020, I.C.E is pitching in two great prizes for our Best Student Film winner - one week in the I.C.E Sound Studio and one additional week in the I.C.E Editing Suite! The Sound Studio is a 20 sqm sound-proof booth with isolated control booth and dual screen MacPro and Dual 6 Core Intel Xeon set-up, Pro Tools 10-11, Logic Pro X, Ableton Live 9, Scarlett 18i20 plus more. The Editing Suite has dual screen Mac Pro with Eizo monitor for accurate colours, Final Cut Pro, Adobe CC full suite including Premiere Pro and After Effects, PluralEyes and ColorCoder. Thanks so much to Parramatta I.C.E!

Western Sydney University

WSU offers a Bachelor of Communication in Media Arts Production with strong links to the screen industry and opportunities for project-based work with employers. Thanks to WSU, this year’s trophy winners will be invited on set at their state-of-the-art TV studio at Parramatta Campus for our 2020 TV Show! Take a seat with our TV host Sunil Badami to chat about the festival, your winning film, and what it’s like to be a filmmaker in Western Sydney. We are so thankful to have the support of WSU this year!

Still Searchin’ Productions

Still Searchin' Productions are the team that plans and produces Made in the West each year, sponsoring the event and all major awards. We are strong advocates for Western Sydney filmmakers and the emerging talent in our local film scene. In addition to producing the 2020 TV Show, the winners of each major trophy will receive an invitation to join Roscoe on the Pagey Train Podcast to chat about their film work PLUS the winner of Best Student Film will receive a Foley package including sound effects, atmosphere and ADR for your next film. How sweet is that!?




THANK YOU to the eight wonderful organisations making a real contribution to the ongoing growth of Made in the West Film Festival and the Western Sydney film community. We salute you!


If you are a local or small business owner and would like to support Made in the West this year (or next year for our 10th anniversary festival!), please contact us!



In the meantime, stay tuned for our nominee announcements later this week!


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See you at the festival!