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SCRAPPY selected to screen in Dunedin International Film Festival in Florida!

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SCRAPPY has been chosen for the Cats & Dogs Section of the 2019 Dunedin International Film Festival in Dunedin, Florida, USA. The anti-gun violence film was praised by the festival director as a film "...about love conquering violence. I appreciated the theme that the pure heart of a child can warm the hardened heart of an adult." The Dunedin International Film Festival runs January 12-13, 2019. Written for the screen, produced and helmed by Dawn Westlake, "Scrappy" is e...

2017 San Diego International Film Festival

 

IT’S TIME TO SHINE!
The 16th annual San Diego International Film Festival invites you to submit today for a chance to shine a spotlight on your film! With the belief that cinematic storytelling can make a difference in our world, the San Diego International Film Festival is dedicated to shining a spotlight on films that make a difference. Riveting Film Screenings and networking events are accompanied by great parties, great people and stunning views of sunny San Diego - Chosen the #1 Best Travel Destination in the US by Money Magazine.

SDiFF is a competitive five-day festival for U.S. and international independent films and filmmakers with two “film village” locations including the vibrant Downtown San Diego/Gaslamp district and the iconic beach community of La Jolla. SDiFF offers filmmakers and audiences, industry insights, educational panels, exciting discussions at intimate gatherings and opportunities to learn and grow as you explore the art of cinema.

Notable features of the festival include:
- 100+ Independent and Studio films
- 100's of visiting filmmakers and entertainment industry leaders
- Sneak preview premieres of Oscar-worthy studio releases
- A spotlight on Independent films/ filmmaking
- A Celebrity Tribute evening & program hosted by VARIETY magazine.
- Jury and Audience Awards in multiple categories
- Walkable villages at different screening venues in San Diego
- Industry Panels
- Social Impact Panel and Film Track
- Signature events including: Opening Night Film and Party, Friday Party with a Purpose, Filmmaker Awards and Culinary Cinema.

Just 120 miles south of Los Angeles/Hollywood, the San Diego Intl Film Festival (SDiFF) has quickly become a favorite of industry insiders and celebrities. Past filmmakers/ celebrities attending have include: Annette Bening, Adrian Brody, Kate Beckinsale, Simon Heldberg, Beau Bridges, Judd Apatow, Mariel Hemingway, Alan Arkin, Michelle Monaghan, Josh Duhamel, Denise Haysbert, and many more.

Awards & Prizes

The slate of films that are selected at the festival offers a wide range of programming from creative narrative features to thought-provoking documentaries to engaging and enlightening short films. Topics in film we specifically cultivate include Women in film, Native American, film exploring the role of veterans and the Armed Forces, Student Film projects, Sports, Horror, Animation and World Cinema.

Gala Premieres which have been nominated for or won major awards from the festival include: LION, DENIAL, HELL OR HIGH WATER, CAPTAIN FANTASTIC, ROOM, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE, THE IMITATION GAME, WILD, ST. VINCENT, WHIPLASH, MR. TURNER, SEPTEMBERS OF SHIRAZ, I SMILE BACK, HE NAMED ME MALALA, ROOM and many more.

Filmmaker Hospitality & Benefits:
- 2 Filmmaker Badges with full access to all screenings and events
- 5 Complimentary Tickets for the filmmaker's screening
- Filmmaker Brunch including networking with industry professionals
- Discounted accommodations for filmmakers
- Industry-oriented seminars and workshops
- Potential for one-on-one meetings with prominent entertainment industry professionals
- Complimentary admission for some of the leading tourist and cultural attractions in and around San Diego.

Rules & Terms

SUBMISSIONS
The nonrefundable entry fee must be payable in US dollars to SAN DIEGO FILM FOUNDATION. Entries must be POSTMARKED by the deadline. Submission costs vary depending on category and discounts. When submitting to the festival you are agreeing that, if selected and the invitation accepted, to screen the submitted film during the dates of the festival. SDiFF will not pay any screening fees for presentation of the film during the festival. The only exception would be if there is a negotiated agreement preceding the submission of the film to SDiFF.

ENTRY REGULATIONS
The SDiFF is a competitive showcase for domestic and international feature films, documentaries and shorts. The SDiFF reserves the right to determine the eligibility of any project submitted. All films must be a minimum of a San Diego Premiere and NO theatrical, cable, television, satellite, DVD, VHS, VOD, internet screenings or availability of any kind in the San Diego region prior to the SDFF dates. Only works completed in 2016 and 2017 are eligible for selection. There is no limit to the number of entries.

FILM/VIDEO ENTRIES
All foreign language entries must have English subtitles. Projects must be submitted for consideration on DVD, BluRay or as an online screener. PAL format will not be accepted. Works in progress will be considered for the SDiFF. Works in progress will not be screened in the festival. Screening material, press and any application materials sent to SDiFF will NOT be returned. If you did not receive a confirmation of submission, please email programming@sdfilmfest.com. All features and documentaries submitted must be available in BluRay and DCP for festival presentation.

COMPETITION
The San Diego Intl Film Festival is a competitive event and unless notified otherwise, all films officially selected are eligible for competition. For a list of competitive categories, please see our Awards page. All films are nominated and voted upon by an impartial jury of filmmakers, industry professionals, festival programmers and film aficionados.

PRESS MATERIALS
If selected, the SDiFF will require an Electronic Press Kit (EPK) to include high-resolution production stills, key art, bio and filmography of the director, production notes and full cast and crew credits.

LIABILITY
Although every possible care will be taken with tapes, films, drives and files while in our possession, we cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage. Do not send original or master prints, tapes, files or drives. Please keep the SDiFF notified of any address/phone number changes.

SHIPPING
The cost of shipping all entries and films to the festival must be paid by the entrant. The SDiFF will not pay the cost of shipping the print back to the filmmaker. SDiFF will not be responsible for expedited or overnight shipping charges to other organizations. Also, SDiFF cannot guarantee shipment of prints to other festivals during the days of the festival. All international entries must be sent 'free domicile' to the SDiFF office with all transportation charges, duties, and taxes prepaid by the shipper.

REPRODUCTION AGREEMENT
Submission of an entry gives the SDiFF permission to have excerpts of accepted work, including film trailers, shown in all promotional activities related to the festival.

NOTIFICATION
Films selected for the SDiFF will be notified no later than September 1, 2017.

 

"Through the Pane" accepted to Asterfest in Macedonia!

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Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. is happy to announce the acceptance of "Through the Pane" to the 12th annual Asterfest in Strumica, Macedonia for May 27-31, 2016. The film is based on a personal memoir written by director Dawn Westlake's father. It was shot and edited in Wheaton, IL, USA by Pol Carrizo-Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. A score was provided by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs. For more info on the festival: http://www.asterfest.mk/ For more info on "Through the Pane&qu...

Denton Black Film Festival

Films that...Entertain...Educate...InspireThe  2016 Denton Black Film Festival (DBFF) will showcase films that entertain, educate, inspire, and communicate Black American cultural themes to the broader community as expressed through movies and art that reflect cultural mindset and changes through several generations of film-making.  The 2016 Denton Black Film Festival (DBFF) is a month long expo of engaging and entertaining films and events, culminating in a major screening of over 25 award-winning and/or though provoking films January 29-31. The Festival offers programming for the family inspired by the African-American experience.  DBFF seeks to offer the works of local, national and international filmmakers, that often are not seen by a broad audience and may not be recognized through major theatrical release.

Dawn Westlake featured in the World of Shorts CANNES Edition!

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FEATURED in the 2015 Cannes Edition of World of Shorts Magazine is Dawn Westlake...precisely because she doesn't make FEATURES. Read the two-page spread here, available online and in hard copy at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival: http://issuu.com/daazo/docs/cannes2015/55?e=0 (There's also a quick Q&A with Westlake on the contributors' page: http://issuu.com/daazo/docs/cannes2015/5?e=0 )   ...

Leah Meyerhoff: Interview for I believe in Unicorns

Leah Meyerhoff whose first debut I believe in Unicorns received its International premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival this June. is a New York based filmmaker. Her short films have won plenty awards and at various film festivals around the world. Her first feature film is a teenage love story between Divina, a girl who lives with her disabled single mother and Sterling, an older boy who takes her on an exciting and passionate journey to discover love and personal liberation.&nb...

Nas: Time Is Illmatic in Theaters October 2014

By Maria Esteves – August 17, 2014 The North American theatrical release of NAS: TIME IS ILLMATIC music documentary, about the life of prophetic American hip hop recording artist Nas (Nasir Jones), directed by multimedia artist One9 followed by Nas Fall 2014 Tour of Illmatic’s (1994) 20th Anniversary begins Wednesday, October 1, in New York. NAS: TIME IS ILLMATIC, a Tribeca Film, premiered at 13th Tribeca Film Festival opening night is available on Video on Demand and iTunes, Frid...

8th Sydney Latin American Film Festival Audience Awards Announced

We’re proud to announce this year’s Audience Award winners: Best feature: Rock, Paper, Scissors -Venezuela. Directed by Hernán Jabes Best Documentary: Mercedes Sosa, The Voice of Latin America -Argentina. Directed by Rodrigo Vila Best Short: Portraits -Colombia. Directed by Iván D. Gaona. Best Local film: Corcovado’s Dark Secret -Sydney. Directed by Danielle Ryan and James Sherwood http://www.sydneylatinofilmfestival....

The Martini Effect

Director: Dawn Westlake.

On this final afternoon of living the high life, a Man and a Woman struggle silently to clear the air in a house that’s completely underwater.

"The Martini Effect" is born!

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Ron de Cana Productions in Los Angeles is proud to announce the birth of their 15th film, "The Martini Effect", starring Emanuele Secci, Dawn Westlake, David Razowsky and Susan Messing. The film was shot on location in Los Angeles, Malibu, Barbados and Puerto Rico and features the underwater cinematography of Secci Films. Brandon Bondehagen shot the film on the Canon C300 and edited with Final Cut Pro. The music was scored by Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs. "The Martini Effect&...

Morgan Page Keynote Speaker at 2013 DJ Expo

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By Maria Esteves – August 22, 2013 The DJ Expo 2013 (DJExpo13) Keynote Q&A session with Morgan Page home moderated by editor-in-chief Jim Tremayne, DJ Times magazine, commenced Tuesday, August 13, 3:30 PM at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, NJ. Page America’s top DJ in the genre of Electronic Dance Music (EDM) discussed the use of Pro Tools and Ableton systems for remixing production, working with artists in the recording studio, his move to Los Angeles to make music for...

"Found Objects" scores South American premiere!

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"Found Objects" (2012) will have its South American premiere in the Art Deco Film Festival playing in Sao Paulo, Belem, Brasilia, and Florianopolis, Brazil between May 13-21, 2013. The film was shot in HD on the Canon C300 by Brandon Bondehagen and stars British actress Jo-Anne Krupa, 5x Emmy Award winner Joey D'Auria, and Italian actor Emanuele Secci, known in Italy for his fastweb spot with George Clooney and popular with Sundance audiences for his role in the Lena Dunham-scripte...

CinemAvvenire Official Selection

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Here we are in the Official Selection list for CinemAvvenire in Rome...and seemingly, we're the only American film accepted: http://www.cinemavvenire.it/attivita/3-cinemavvenire-video-festival-la-selezione-ufficiale For more info on "Covariance", and to see a trailer: http://www.dawnwestlake.com/dawnwestlake/rondecana/films/covariance/index.html ...

"Over A Cheever" Available at Filmbaby

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"Over A Cheever", a dvd compilation of four films made between 2008-2011 inspired by the life and work of celebrated American writer John Cheever, is now available for purchase at filmbaby: http://www.filmbaby.com/films/6009 The films included in the 53-min. compilation have played in over 70 international festivals and won awards in the U.S. and Canada. The titles are: "Project Ion" (2008/11 mins.) "The Catalyst" (2009/13.5 mins.) "A...

"Over A Cheever" compilation DVD released by Ron de Cana Productions

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New from Ron de Cana Productions is "Over a Cheever", a compilation DVD featuring four short films made between 2008-2011, inspired by the life and work of celebrated American author John Cheever. The 53-min. collection features the films "Project Ion" (2008), "The Catalyst" (2009), "A.L.I.C.E." (2010) and "Covariance" (2011). The DVD will be available for purchase within the next month at: http://www.filmbaby.com View the trai...

Covariance to screen in NYC in January and February!

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SCENEPR in NYC will present "Covariance" in their Love Actually Film Festival on Valentine's Day (February 14, 2012) and will give it a sneak preview at the ShowBiz Cafe in NYC at 19 West 21st Street on January 26th. Click here for more info: http://scenepr.com/events/lovefest2012/ "Covariance" has now been invited to screen in 9 festivals on 5 continents. The film was made with the generous support in the camera dept. by Canon USA, Inc. For more info, please vis...

Best Int'l Short Film award for "A.L.I.C.E." arrives from Silver Wave FF in Canada!

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Best Int'l Film Award for "A.L.I.C.E." SWFF2011: Dawn Westlake in Los Angeles with the trophy for "A.L.I.C.E." ...

Say my name! Say my name! (It's simplest to pronounce.)

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Very fun awards ceremony and "acceptance speech by blackberry" (as interpreted by Dan Thebeau) at the Silver Wave Film Festival in Fredericton, NB, Canada where "A.L.I.C.E." won Best International Short Film on November 5th, 2011 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C01XRoLur-Q&feature=share "A.L.I.C.E." is represented by Fred Joubaud at Ouat Media. Please contact him at fred.joubaud@ouatmedia.com ...

Diablo Cody and Pam Dixon, CSA President Honored at Lady Filmmakers Film Festival

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Lady Filmmakers Honors Diablo Cody and Pam Dixon, CSA President this past weekend at the 3rd Annual Lady Filmmakers Film Festival! Diablo Cody, Trailblazer! The Trailblazer Award goes to a female filmmaker who has an exemplary career in a leadership role as Writer, Director, Producer, Cinematographer, Editor or Production Designer. Their achievements serve as an inspiration to not only Lady Filmmakers but to all members of the entertainment community. The Trailblazer is a Sta...

CULTURES COLLIDE Community Film Festival Opens March 3

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7th Annual Cultures Collide Film Festival CULTURES COLLIDE Community Film Festival celebrates the efforts of multi-cultural films and local filmmakers, screening short and full length films and an industry panel. CULTURES COLLIDE kicks off on Thursday, March 3 with a Free Community Night screening of For the Next 7 Generations.  This award winning documentary by Carole Hart tells the story of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers from all around the world who come together to help us create a new way of...

New Media Film Festival - Los Angeles May 2011

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New Media Film Festival Announces New Categories for 2011 Digital Comics, Music Videos & LGBT The New Media Film Festival has opened the categories for their 2011 Festival to include Music Videos, Digital Comics and LGBT. The Festival is also expanding the call for sponsorships to include technology and entertainment organizations. New Media Film Festival Los Angeles May 2011FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPRLog (Press Release) – Jan 04, 2011 – The New Media Film Festival announced to...

Democracy Is ...

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The film "Democracy is ..." by Tino Schwanemann is a controversy on democracy. Is our society really democratic? Can everyone be part of it? Or is the act of being part in democracy dependent to the access on technology, progression or any resources of information, as philosophers like Paul Virilio or Jean Baudrillard already claimed? The film is an inventory of our surrounding reality and its goal is to initiate discussions on democracy. This is the winner film of Gesellschafte...

Imagining Love

Director: Nick Gillespie.
Born off the back of the "credit crunch" Imagining Love is an ambient short film which works as a puzzle between 4 very different characters, each of them offering up ideas of imagination, false reality, escape from modern day pressures, and love.

Leith Short Film Festival

Leith Short Film Festival - June 2011

 

The sixth Leith short film festival is running again this year as part of the Leith Festival 2011.  Once again, the event will feature short films made by Scottish, UK & International short film-makers and entries are requested via our website:

 www.leithshortfilms.co.uk

The event is scheduled for the first week in June during the Leith Festival.

Films of all genres and budgets will be considered. Please note the following points:

 

  • Fees £10 for films under 25 minutes
  • The deadline for film submissions is May 16th 2011, and details of the film program will be posted on our website shortly after this date.
  • Please don't submit your only copy! Discs cannot be returned!
  • Entrants may submit more than one film.
  • All successful entrants will be informed in May.
  • For application guidelines and entry form, please see the website:

      www.leithshortfilms.co.uk

Introduction to Avid editing

 

In addition, we are also running a workshop for budding film editors taking you through the basics of editing with Avid

£10 per person, session will last approx. 3 hours

For application guidelines and entry form, please see the website:

www.leithshortfilms.co.uk

 

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