There is no person more dedicated and excited about Australian film than West Aussie bloke Matthew Eeles. When I started writing about Australian film, the one website that I’d look to for information and news would be Cinema Australia. Heck, if I’m being completely honest, I’ve always looked at the website as one of the most essential places to read about what’s going on in the Australian film industry. What’s being made, who’s making it, and where to find the films that are being made.
Part of the reason that The
Curb exists is because I saw what Matt was doing with Cinema Australia, and realised that I could help amplify the
conversation. I’ll be blunt: without Cinema
Australia, this website would not exist. And, to further that, without Cinema Australia, a lot of independent
Australian films wouldn’t have a platform to push their reach out on. It’s a
vital website, and Matt has consistently provided essential support for the
Australian film industry.
So, when Matt let me know about his new film festival that
will focus on WA Made films, well, I was beyond excited. Travis Akbar has literally
just written up a piece about the immense talent pool that exists in WA, so
to have a film festival that’s all about Western Australian films is brilliant.
There are so many great feature films, documentaries, and short films that are
made here in WA, so what better way to support and celebrate this talent than
to have a film festival that’s purely focused on WA made films.
The festival runs from March 13th through to
March 15th in 2020.
To help launch the festival, WA filmmakers have been invited to submit their films. Check out the press release below for more information.
And, as a personal note to filmmakers, jump on board this opportunity, submit your work, and if you don’t have a short film up your sleeve, then you’ve got just over a month to get one going. This is going to be a killer festival to be part of.
WA Made Film Festival is a brand-new film festival showcasing WA made shorts, documentaries and feature films at the stunning Palace Cinemas Raine Square on 13, 14 and 15 March 2020.
This festival has come to light to celebrate the talent
coming out of WA, to support up-and coming filmmakers and showcase our amazing
city and rural locations. The aim is to bring local audiences together in the
heart of the CBD to watch and enjoy some of the best and most interesting
shorts, features and documentaries WA has to offer.
WA Made Film Festival
is the brainchild of Cinema Australia
founder Matthew Eeles and producer Jasmine Leivers who both have a love of film
festivals and supporting WA film.
“WA produces some of the best short films in the world but a
lack of opportunity can result in real talent not getting the recognition it
deserves.” said Matthew Eeles, Festival Director.
This exciting festival offers a shorts program and a range
of feature film screenings + Q&As with key WA crew as well as the
opportunity to network after each screening.
“We are excited to be showcasing a range of works, from the
low-budget to high-budget, even student films – all made in WA and to offer the
audience a chance to ask questions and learn the ins and outs of filmmaking in
WA.” said Jasmine Leivers, Festival Coordinator.
Submissions for short films, feature films and documentaries are currently open and can be entered via wamadefilmfestival.com.au.
Filmmakers are encouraged to submit their film’s before
submissions close on December 20, 2019.
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