The best films from Melbourne’s west will light up the silver screen this March as part of the inaugural Setting Sun Short Film Festival.

The event is aimed at supporting film- makers lacking a suitable local outlet for their creativity.

Festival creator Anna Bourozikas (pictured with actor Stephen Brooks) says entries are open in a range of categories to recognise filmmakers from the western suburbs and beyond. The aspiring West Footscray filmmaker says there has been widespread support for the festival, to be held at Yarraville’s Sun Theatre from March 27-30.

Most of the awards will go to filmmakers living or shooting in the west, but Bourozikas is encouraging entries from far and wide.

Prizes will be awarded for ‘best’ in the categories of short feature, documentary, director, and screenplay, and films by tertiary and secondary students.