West End Film Festival:

An iconic part of West End culture

Steph Vajda of Ferment Collaborate worked as the General Manager for the West End Film Festival from 2014 to 2016. 

The West End Film Festival (WEFF) is an Australian short film competition held in one of Australia’s most vibrant communities, Brisbane’sWest End.

With Sydney hosting the likes of TropFest, and Melbourne hosting the St Kilda Film Festival, it was obvious that the Brisbane film community was crying out for a short film festival they could call their own. So WEFF was established in 2009 by a group of Brisbane filmmakers lead by Mike Witt. They identified the need for an annual Brisbane-based film festival that concentrates purely on the medium of short film.


The event has always been held in the carpark space around Rumpus Room, a well known West End venue situated on the corner of Russell and Boundary Streets. Rumpus Room have provided great support to WEFF over the years, allowing the use of the carpark and undercover hanger for festival events and providing a bar and staffing to help make the event happen.

WEFF is a West End Community Association production. As a grass roots organisation focused on enabling community-based projects and events, they have always provided great support for WEFF throughout the formative years, and today help with overall production, promotion and auspice of funding the festival receives.

WEFF is primarily funded by Brisbane City Council and Screen Queensland, together with some earnings received through ticket sales.

The festival is fortunate enough to have great sponsors in place who provide our prizemonies and help with promotion generally. They include Grill’d West End, QUT Creative Industries, Clr Helen Abrahams, Griffith University Film School, Jackie Trad MP, Avid Reader, FATS Digital, 2Plikate, Taxi Films, Posterbill and our regular venue Rumpus Room West End.


For more information on WEFF go to the website. You can also sign up for the newsletter below or through the WEFF site.


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