WA Made Film Festival’s smartphone filmmaking competition returns

DISCLAIMER: Cinema Australia founder and editor Matthew Eeles is also the festival director of the WA Made Film Festival.

 • Jessica Elson Reeves (with award) – the inaugural winner of the Get Smart! Presented by Buy West Eat Best $1000 Best Film Prize – with Smart Jury members screenwriter and performer Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa, An Ideal Host director Robert Woods and Batgirl Returns’ Chloe Brown.

Get Smart! Presented by Buy West Eat Best is back! 

The WA Made Film Festival has officially announced the return of its Get Smart! Presented by Buy West Eat Best smartphone filmmaking competition. 

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 March 11-13, 2022. 

“We were overwhelemed by the success of the first ever Get Smart! Presented by Buy West Eat Best competition this year,” said Festival Director Matthew Eeles. 

“We received 11 incredible submissions which all screened to a sold out audience in March this year, and we can’t wait to see what WA filmmakers come up with this time around. We are very passionate about creating new opportunities for WA filmmakers to show off their filmmaking skills without the need for expensive equipement and a big budget. Get Smart! Presented by Buy West Eat Best is about having fun. You only need to scroll through video sharing platforms like TikTok to see how creative people are getting with their phones.” 

The Get Smart! Presented by Buy West Eat Best event screening will include a before and after party, drinks and food, networking opportunities and an awards ceremony which will include a major cash prize for Best Film chosen by a jury of industry professionals. More prizes will be announced in the lead up to the event. 

This year’s top prize for Best Film was awarded to 18-year-old writer and director Jessica Elson Reeves for her one minute smartphone film, She, while the Audience Choice Award was won by 23-year-old filmmaker Jaron Herren for his moving short, Bereaved

Get Smart! Presented by Buy West Eat Best gave me the opportunity to take my very first step into the world of filmmaking just by carrying my little mobile,” said filmmaker Andressa Lemos, whose short comedy drama, Cold Coffee, screened at the festival. 

“Buy West Eat Best are pleased to support the Western Australian film industry. We were delighted to present the Get Smart! com-ponent of the festival, encouraging and providing a starting platform for many local creators to make fantastic content produced within the state,” says Sarah Gordon from Buy West Eat Best. 

With over 50 WA films, Perth premieres, multiple world premieres, and a heap of sold out sessions, passionate WA filmmakers and film enthusiasts helped make the 2021 WA Made Film Festival a huge success. Get Smart! Presented by Buy West Eat Best will again be an exciting addition to the 2022 festival. 

WA filmmakers will have until the end of the year to complete their films with submissions for Get Smart! Presented by Buy West Eat Best opening along with regualr feature film, short film and documentary submissions on August 31 and closing December 20, 2021

More details about the WA Made Film Festival and Get Smart! Presented by Buy West Eat Best can be found at wamadefilmfestival.com.au 

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