The West End Film Festival (WEFF) is an Australian short film competition held in one of Australia’s most vibrant communities, Brisbane’s West End. Established in 2009, it was obvious that the Brisbane film community was crying out for a short film festival they could call their own. Now in its 5th year, West End Film Festival is back and will be held at the iconic Rumpus Cinema on Sunday March 23.
Located in a large warehouse space behind West End’s Rumpus Room bar, holding the festival in a space quite different from a traditional indoor cinema promotes a relaxed environment where filmmakers and audience can interact, and also makes the event more accessible to local punters looking to do something a bit different on a night out. In April 2013, the Rumpus Cinema accommodated over 800 people over 2 screening sessions on the same night.
WEFF is becoming a stronger identity within the Brisbane film community and has already become an event that local filmmakers look forward to each year. Short film festivals are essential in developing the next generation of filmmakers and provide a platform for established and emerging filmmakers to showcase their work and talent in front of their peers, community and industry professionals. WEFF 2014 will provide a platform for filmmakers nationwide to showcase their work in one of Australia’s most respected short film festivals and celebrating this in the most culturally vibrant, grass-roots place in Brissy, West End.
Films are selected by a panel of industry professionals as well as West End Community Representatives, giving the program a good balance of films chosen for their artistic and technical merit, and also for audience enjoyment. With more than 95 entries into this year’s festival, the panel has selected 14 finalists to be screened across to sessions at this year’s event. For more information on the event and finalists, see the WEFF 2014 website.