Farmers, shearers and regional WA locals have made a film festival debut to remember, when the miniseries they starred in took out a prestigious award in Paris in May. The Great Southern was well and truly put on the map when Kojonup-born producer Bec Bignell’s Homespun took out the best web series — pilot script award at the Beyond the Curve International Film Festival in Paris. A fictional seven-episode bush narrative, filmed in the Great Southern in 2019, the miniseries showcases regional WA and the people in it, with the judges praising its genuine art and creativity. Along with a certificate, Ms Bignell received feedback that the judges were honoured for her esteemed film journey to democratise art and “never surrendering to the norm”. The award follows a web series win at the San Francisco Indie Short Festival in May. Ms Bignell, a Curtin University graduate in media who grew up on her family’s sheep and cropping farm in Kojonup, said it was very exciting for Homespun to be recognised internationally, especially in Paris. “They (Paris) are champions of innovation, creativity and pushing the boundaries, which is exactly what Homespun is about,” she said. “I am thrilled that Homespun has been recognised for its innovation, and fresh ideas. “The global support is a reminder that hyperlocal Australian stories are relevant and celebrated on the world stage.” Homespun debuted as a feature-length film in Ms Bignell’s hometown of Kojonup on November 5 and will screen at the Paris awards from June 20 to 23 before screening at the Vision Splendid Film Festival in Winton, Queensland on June 28.