The WA Made Film Festival has ofﬁ cially announced the return of its highly-regarded smartphone ﬁlmmaking competition, Get Smart! Presented by Buy West Eat Best.
Get Smart! Presented by Buy West Eat Best invites established ﬁlmmakers, independent ﬁlmmakers, students, and the general public to submit a mini-masterpiece to be considered for a special event screening during the next WA Made Film Festival which will run February 17-26, 2023.
“This year’s Get Smart! Presented by Buy West Eat Best competition was an overwhelming success. Not only did we screen nine incredible locally-made smartphone ﬁlms, but we also introduced a brand new smartphone ﬁlmmaking workshop conducted by esteemed WA ﬁlmmakers Kerreen Ely-Harper, David Vincent Smith and Brian Hennings,” says Festival Director Matthew Eeles.
“We are very passionate about creating new opportunities for WA ﬁlmmakers to show off their ﬁlmmaking skills without the need for expensive equipment and a big budget.”
To challenge ﬁ lmmakers even further, this year’s competition includes the exciting theme, ‘Ghost’. Short ﬁ lms submitted to must contain the theme ‘Ghost’ giving ﬁlmmakers the option to explore a range of genres. This doesn’t mean that the ﬁlm has to be a horror ﬁlm. The ﬁlm can be a ghost comedy, a documentary about ghosts, the word ghost is mentioned in the ﬁlm, someone being ghosted on a date, a picture of a ghost in the background. The possibilities are endless and theme ‘Ghost’ can be as subtle or as direct as the ﬁlmmaker likes.
The 2023 Get Smart! Presented by Buy West Eat Best event screening will include a before and after party, drinks, locally-sourced food, networking opportunities and an awards ceremony which will include a major cash prize of $1000 for Best Film chosen by a jury of industry professionals.
This year’s top prize for Best Film was awarded to Alexa Prinno for her short ﬁlm, Couple Goals – a raw and honest glimpse into the sometimes suffocating isolation of motherhood.
“I’m originally from Melbourne and now living in Perth. I didn’t know what to expect from Get Smart! Presented by Buy West Eat Best. I thought it was going to be a small screening – like something you’d ﬁnd on the indie ﬁlmmaking scene in Melbourne. But I found Get Smart! Presented by Buy West Eat Best to be an incredibly well-run and professional event,” says Alexa.
“I had a really fun time with my friends who came along to support me. Normally I act, but I really enjoyed the challenge of shooting and editing while acting at the same time, and I’m so grateful for the opportunity to expand my skill set. It was so much fun. I learned so much about the ﬁ lmmaking process and it was humbling to win the top prize on the day.”
The ever-expanding WA Made Film Festival featured 63 WA ﬁlms over two weekends in 2022 ﬁrmly establishing itself as Western Australia’s largest celebration of locally-made screen content. Get Smart! Presented by Buy West Eat Best will again be an exciting addition to the 2023 festival.
WA ﬁlmmakers will have until the end of the year to complete their flms with submissions for Get Smart! Presented by Buy West Eat Best opening along with regular feature ﬁlm, short ﬁlm, web series, television and documentary submissions on August 31 and closing December 9, 2022.
More details about the WA Made Film Festival and Get Smart! Presented by Buy West Eat Best, including terms and conditions and can be found at http://www.wamadeﬁlmfestival.com.au