FESTIVAL AWARDS & PRIZES

MADE IN THE WEST FILM FESTIVAL PRIZES

Thanks to our AMAZING list of sponsors, we are awarding a total prize pool valued at over $8,000 to local filmmakers this year!

 

In 2021, festival finalists will compete for FOUR major awards:

BEST IN THE WEST

(open to INDIE filmmakers only) as voted by the judges.  Winner receives:
 

  • One day TV studio hire in the huge TV Studio 4 with adjacent green room & kitchen, thanks to Sydney Prop Specialists
     

  • An invitation to join us in early 2022 at the WSU TV Studio in Parramatta for our post-festival TV show, featuring Made in the West winners chatting with host Rachel Morley about the winning films, thanks to Western Sydney University

BEST STUDENT FILM

(open to STUDENT filmmakers only) as voted by the judges.  Winner receives:

  • One-year Screen Mentorship package with festival judge Peter Millynn, including online script consultation and 2-3 follow up sessions to guide you from concept to completion.
     

  • Foley package including sound effects and atmosphere for your next short film, thanks to Still Searchin' Productions.

  • An invitation to join us in early 2022 at the WSU TV Studio in Parramatta for our post-festival TV show, featuring Made in the West winners chatting with host Rachel Morley about the winning films, thanks to Western Sydney University

BEST  MUSIC VIDEO

(open to STUDENT and INDIE music videos only) as voted by the judges.  Winner receives:

AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD

(open to ALL filmmakers included in the Official Selection) as voted by YOU on the night.  Winner receives:

  • An invitation to join us in early 2022 at the WSU TV Studio in Parramatta for our post-festival TV show, featuring Made in the West winners chatting with host Rachel Morley about the winning films, thanks to Western Sydney University

Each major award winner will also take home one of our spectacular crystal trophies! These gorgeous pieces are the sexiest film trophies you’ve ever seen and they’ll make a fabulous addition to your collection.
 

In 2021, we also have NINE individual category awards, including:

BEST DIRECTOR

(open to ALL filmmakers including student and indie) as voted by our judges. Winner receives:

BEST SCREENPLAY

(open to ALL filmmakers including student and indie) as voted by our judges. Winner receives:

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHER

(open to ALL filmmakers including student and indie) as voted by our judges. Winner receives:

BEST EDITOR

(open to ALL filmmakers including student and indie) as voted by our judges. Winner receives:

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

(open to ALL filmmakers including student and indie) as voted by our judges. Winner receives:

BEST SOUND DESIGN

(open to ALL filmmakers including student and indie) as voted by our judges. Winner receives:

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

(open to ALL filmmakers including student and indie) as voted by our judges. Winner receives:

BEST ACTOR IN A LEAD ROLE

(open to ALL filmmakers including student and indie) as voted by our judges.  Winner receives:

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

(open to ALL filmmakers including student and indie) as voted by our judges.  Winner receives:

Watch the 2021 Online Film Festival from home and your vote will decide the final winner!

 

Tune in for a jam-packed three-hour movie marathon featuring all 21 finalist films plus highlights from the red carpet that you can enjoy from wherever you are.

ONLINE Friday 10 December to Sunday 12 December. Tickets $9 each / $15 for a household.

PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD

(open to ALL filmmakers included in the Online Festival) as voted by YOU.  Winner receives:​

 

We'd like to say a HUGE thank you to this year's list of sponsors for their generous contributions to the festival and for helping us highlight the amazing talent that Western Sydney's film scene has to offer!