FESTIVAL AWARDS & PRIZES

MADE IN THE WEST FILM FESTIVAL PRIZES

Thanks to our AMAZING list of 2020 sponsors, we are awarding a total prize pool valued at over $10,000 to local filmmakers this year!

In 2020, festival finalists will compete for THREE major awards:

BEST IN THE WEST

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

  • Four day DOP package (value $5000) with equipment and lighting included, working with awesome cinematographer / set designer / gaffer, Luke Walker on your next short film, thanks to Luke Walker Productions
     

  • One day TV studio hire in the huge TV Studio 4 (value $1100) with adjacent green room & kitchen, thanks to Sydney Prop Specialists
     

  • A one-on-one business or strategy advisory session with a Monica Davidson, Director & Doyenne at Creative + Business

  • An invitation to join us in early 2021 at the WSU TV Studio in Parramatta for our post-festival TV show, featuring Made in the West winners chatting with host Sunil Badami about the winning films, thanks to Western Sydney University

BEST STUDENT FILM

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

  • An invitation to join us in early 2021 at the WSU TV Studio in Parramatta for our post-festival TV show, featuring Made in the West winners chatting with host Sunil Badami about the winning films, thanks to Western Sydney University

AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD

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

  • A one-on-one advisory session with a business, marketing or strategy specialist of your choice from Creative + Business
     

  • Access to two workshops of your choice from the Creative + Business 2021 program

  • An invitation to join us in early 2021 at the WSU TV Studio in Parramatta for our post-festival TV show, featuring Made in the West winners chatting with host Sunil Badami about the winning films, thanks to Western Sydney University

Each major award winners 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 2020, we also have EIGHT individual category awards, including:

BEST DIRECTOR

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

  • A one-on-one advisory session with a business, marketing or strategy specialist from Creative + Business

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 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 ACTRESS

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

BEST ACTOR

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

And finally, for those of you watching the 2020 Online Film Festival from home, your vote could decide the final award winner!

 

Tune in for a jam-packed three-hour movie marathon featuring all 28 finalist films plus highlights from the red carpet that you can enjoy from wherever you are. Tickets are $5 + booking fee.

 

Cast your vote for the inaugural People's Choice Award!

PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD

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


 

  • 1-day green screen studio hire at Green Key Studio (value $850) with Chroma key or black / white backdrops, lighting and equipment included, with adjacent kitchen, lounge and dressing room, thanks to Green Key Studio.
     

  • Access to two workshops of your choice from the Creative + Business 2021 program

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!