From May 15th, 8 films (seven short films and one feature film), will be released every Tuesday and Friday for 10 days only on Blacktown Arts Youtube channel. The Western Sydney Shorts program also includes two artist talks, where filmmakers from the program are invited to talk about their films, their artistic process, and the kind of support western Sydney filmmakers need to continue creating.
This festival, curated by Vonne Patiag and co-produced by Miranda Aguilar, showcases films from a range of different artists, suburbs and subjects. Some of these films have been seen at a range of international festivals, but many of these are making their online premiere at this festival. This includes CuriousWorks-produced films My Name is Mohamed and Raghad We Don’t Exist Here Anymore and Prone to the Drone.
Exploring themes of identity and place, the selected films capture the diverse experience of contemporary life in western Sydney, from intimate personal portraits to global issues. Above all, they reveal the enormous talent of filmmakers living and working here. In a time where there is more content being released online than ever before – and when Australian content quotas have been suspended – it seems more important now than ever before to support local artists.
You can read more about the full program here. Stay at home, pop some popcorn, and catch all the Western Sydney Shorts on Blacktown Arts website. We’ll see you at the movies!