Wonders of the West
See all the winning films here.
The winners have been revealed and now you can see the films. Thanks to everyone who came to the festival and to all the filmmakers who entered quality films. We had a great turnout. This little festival is growing. We will be back next year, with a new format. See you then!
There were 60 entries for this year’s event. While most categories are open to filmmakers from further afield, we’re pleased with the number of entries from the festival’s heartland, including local students. They are incredibly diverse – from sci-fi to a period drama, quality documentaries to animation. And of course, there’s plenty of the quirky comedy Setting Sun-goers expect from their festival. There will be films by experienced, well-known indie filmmakers as well as emerging talent. Several of the short-listed films have been commended at other prestigious festivals, while some are making their big-screen debut in Yarraville.
Highlights of this year’s festival include:
- The Golden Sunset Program, the Opening Night Gala, 7pm April 14th, which will be hosted by comedian and actor Matt Quartermaine and feature a selection of some of the festival’s films. Lucky ticket holders will receive a great show bag, free alcoholic drink, food, popcorn a program and access to the after party at the Sun Theatre. Well known westie, Dj oily shoes will be spinning some wicked tunes.
- The Rouge, a women’s program, with films from talented female filmmakers at a special 90-minute screening. Prestigious film producer Sue Maslin, a Sun Theatre fan, will open the program with a special televised recording. Female involvement in this year’s festival is up by 35 per cent, which is a strong validation of Screen Australia’s Gender Matters initiative to increase the participation of women in film.
- The Rising Sun program, a kids’ day, with two, free, alternating programs screening at the Footscray Town Hall, generously sponsored by the City of Maribyrnong. Kids from primary and secondary schools in the area and beyond made the films. Some even came from interstate! The sessions are almost fully booked by schools in the area. Program here
- the presentation of the Sunnies, the awards for the Festival’s best on Sunday April 17. The Sunnies conclude the festival. There’s $5000 worth of prizes up for grabs for this year’s top filmmaking talent. It’s always a fun night, with everyone winding down and enjoying a drink at one of the local bars in the village.
- The People’s Choice Award, sponsored by the Seddon Community Bank. Audiences can have their say and nominate the film that made them laugh, cry or think.