Made in the West film fest looking for Macarthur filmmakers

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Westie pride: "Half of Sydney is in the west, and those voices aren't given a platform in the film industry," festival director Ross Page said. Picture: Geoff Jones

Calling all Macarthur filmmakers - Made in the West film festival is on the hunt for the region's best talent.

The annual event aims to shine a spotlight on the western Sydney film industry.

Each year hundreds of films are submitted by independent and student filmmakers.

From horror and sci-fi to comedy and romance - the competition welcomes films of any genre.

Made in the West artistic director and Campbelltown-product Ross Page said he was looking forward to hosting this year's showcase event at Event Cinemas Liverpool next month.

"After such a challenging year, we're looking forward to rolling out the red carpet and celebrating the creative work of western Sydney filmmakers this November," he said.

"There are some great films being made here in western Sydney right now and Made in the West Film Festival is providing a platform for those local stories to be seen by a wider audience."

Emerging and established filmmakers, actors, animators, video and documentary producers are encouraged to submit films to win prizes and awards.

All films must feature at least one cast member, crew member or location from western Sydney with a maximum duration of 15 minutes.

The films will be judged by a panel of industry professionals with finalists chosen in range of categories.

Awards on the night will include: Best in the West, Best Student Film, Audience Choice Award, Best Actor/Actress, Best Screenplay and more.

All finalists will feature in a double-cinema screening with red carpet entry at Event Cinemas Liverpool on November 21.

This year Made in the West will also stream the event online.

"We're really excited about our plans to expand online this year," Mr Page said.

"We think western Sydney films deserve to be seen and Made in the West is the perfect way to deliver them to more people than ever before, locally and globally."

Made in the West has attracted over 500 short film entries made by filmmakers across the greater Sydney region since it first began in 2012.

This year Made in the West is encouraging more filmmakers from the Macarthur area to submit their films with just 5 per cent of the entrants from this region.

To enter, visit: madeinthewest.com.au. Entries close Friday, October 23, 2020.

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