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.

WEFF is entering its 9th year and is excited to launch the 2017 season! Accepting short films, music videos and animations under 15 minutes in duration, there are 9 award and cash prices to be won.

WEFF was established in 2009 by a group of local filmmakers who understood the need for an annual, Brisbane-based program concentrating purely on the medium of short film.

The festival continues to connect with the founding objectives of supporting grassroots Australian filmmakers. and delivering a quality event that reflects West End’s culture and its people.

Sponsors and funders

Our fabulous sponsors have been with us since the beginning, and have made our festival what it is today.

Sponsorship Opportunities

The West End Film Festival has become a significant event in the calendar of Australian filmmakers, the Brisbane arts loving community, and West End residents. This year is looking to be bigger than ever.

We are open to a range of sponsorship arrangements from cash to providing in-kind equipment or services.

Please get in touch with us to talk about how we can work together.

A West End Community Association production.


TheWest End Community Association (WECA) is a not-for-profit, incorporated association of residents and friends of Kurilpa (West End, Hill End, Highgate Hill and South Brisbane). Formed in 2004, WECA celebrates and promotes our values, events and the people that make Kurilpa a vibrant and diverse community. The Association is open to and welcomes residents (owners and renters alike), community organisations, and businesspeople to join with us in our initiatives.


  • Community
  • Diversity
  • Participation
  • Social Justice
  • Sustainability

WECA’s vision for Kurilpa is a community characterised by:

  • Cultural, social and economic diversity
  • Tolerance and social justice
  • Respect for our heritage and natural environment
  • Sustainable streets and businesses
  • Prosperity and innovation.

Visit the WECA website

Want to volunteer at this year’s festival?


WEFF relies on volunteers to assist with box office, catering, ushering and other important tasks at the festival.

Watch out for us on Facebook to find out how to get involved.



The festival has grown in recognition and support both from within the local community and afar. At the same time, the standard of works from established and emerging directors and artists has been exceptional. Many of the films still remain with me years later due to their strong emotional statement.

I funded the WEFF since its first year, when sponsorship was limited, and every year since. One or two additional awards were introduced in the second year as a result of increased sponsorship, which was a real boost.

This success was further rewarded by a three year funding commitment from the Brisbane City Council for the event which was critical for the event to become a reputable and unique short film festival.
Such an event is integral to the vibrant, diverse local film and multimedia scene in West End and inner south suburbs of our city.

I urge you to support this event in any way. It is what makes local communities and our city a great place for the arts, new ideas and explorative ventures. 

Helen Abrahams, former Councillor The Gabba Ward, 2008-16

The West End Film Festival is a landmark event in our community. It showcases the talent, creativity and wit that we have in abundance here in West End. I’m very pleased to be able to support the Festival again this year and hope to do so for many years to come.

Jackie Trad, Deputy Premier, Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Minister for Trade and Investment


The WEFF Team

Sam Weingott – Festival Director


Sascha Shipley – Festival Director


Casey Chamberlain – Producer


Allira Richardson – Designer


Dylan Ferenc Nyerges – Digital Media Manager