Western Sydney film festival rolls out the red carpet
The 7th annual Made in the West film festival is on Saturday 24 November at Event Cinemas in Liverpool. It will showcase short films made by local filmmakers from across the greater western Sydney region, from Strathfield to Penrith and Kellyville to Campbelltown – and remains the only celebration of its kind, dedicated entirely to promoting Western Sydney-made films on the big screen.
Sponsored by Western Sydney University, Made in the West is a dedicated space for Sydney’s suburban filmmakers to screen their work, network with other artists, and be rewarded and recognised for their efforts. The growth of the festival in recent years highlights the rising participation of young creatives in the western Sydney filmmaking scene.
The 2018 festival line-up includes comedy, documentaries, dramatic web series, crime dramas, thrillers and even post-apocalyptic action films. While the films may differ in genre, they all share one thing in common: they each feature a cast member, crew member or location from Western Sydney.
“The quality of films we’re screening this year is amazing. It’s really exciting to be able to put these short films that were made by Western Sydney Filmmakers up on the big screen in front a live audience” says artistic director of the festival, Ross Page.
In 2018, there are over $15,000 in prizes to be won, including DOP cinematographer packages, studio and equipment hire vouchers, workshops and industry consultations. Major trophy winners will be invited to appear on the festival’s first-ever TV show following the event to promote their film and speak about filmmaking in western Sydney.
“There are hundreds of young people working and collaborating on films in western Sydney right now and the filmmaker community is really supportive,” says festival manager, Misty McPhail.
Since its inception in 2012, Made in the West has showcased over 200 independently produced films, attracted thousands of viewers for local films, and awarded over $35,000 dollars in prizes to local filmmakers.
This year a panel of seven industry professionals will determine who takes home the two major awards: Best Student Film and Best in the West (for independent filmmakers). As well as individual category winners for: Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematographer, Best Editor, Best Sound Design, Best Original Score, Best Actress and Best Actor.
Entry is FREE, though ticket reservations are required via Eventbrite. See the festival website www.madeinthewest.com.au for more details.
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