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THE FIRST PRIZE

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THE FIRST PRIZE SAVE THE DATE! 21, 22, 23 June: the first competitive (and entertaining!) appointment of The Village Doc Festival 2019. In Rugbiolandia (Cusago Sport Center, on the outskirts of Milan) there will be a full weekend of projections and meeting and – finally – awards for the movie in competition. Prize for the winner: €500,00!   To be part of the International Documentary Film Competition, please complete the entry form on or before May 31st and fo...

Miracle in East Texas wins Platinum Remi Award for best romantic comedy

Kevin and Sam Sorbo received their Platinum Remi Award for best romantic comedy from Festival director Hunter Todd. The filmmakers were flying to Europe and could not stsay for the closing awards ceremony. ...

"From On High" wins PRIX DES LYCEENS at Festival Le Temps Presse!

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"From On High" has won the PRIX DES LYCEENS at the 2019 Festival Le Temps Presse held at the Cinema Publicis on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, France, January 29-February 1, 2019. The President of the Jury was Juliette Binoche. Other jurors were actresses Virginie Ledoyen and Melanie Thierry, astronaut Patrick Baudry, director Safy Nebbou, chef Thierry Marx, and explorer Jean-Michel Costeau. This is the 12th prize and 14th nomination for "From On High". The film is about a Syri...

ShortsTV Distribution Deal - Short Film Winner!

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We are excited to announce that we have a new prize for the 10th Annual NYC Indie Film festival! A distribution deal with ShortsTv will be offered to the winner of the “Best Short Film” Award!    Important to note: winner does not have to accept offer and in the result of a tie the distribution deal will be given to two winners.    Interested in submitting your short? Please visit: https://www.nycindieff.com/submissions/submit ...

FROM ON HIGH wins 9th Award at Religion Today Festival!

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FROM ON HIGH has won the Prayer Award for Excellence in Intercultural Exchange from the Children's Jury of the Religion Today Film Festival in Trento, Italy, October 4-11, 2018. Children from Italy, France, Germany and Israel participated on the festival jury. This is the 9th prize for FROM ON HIGH. Other awards have come in to director/producer Dawn Westlake and her DP/Editor, Pol Carrizo Vilarroig, and her composer, GC Johnson, from the USA, Spain and Italy since the film was made in Catal...

FROM ON HIGH needs your vote!

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FROM ON HIGH is up for the People's Choice Award at the 2018 RATMA Film Festival in the UK. YOU can watch the film and vote for a limited time! Please give us a look (just 8 mins!) and a thumbs up here BEFORE October 13th! https://youtu.be/nc-w6bvKbxQ For more info on the film, please visit: http://dawnwestlake.com/rondecana/films/fromonhigh/index.html ...

FROM ON HIGH in Top 3 of Drama Category at RATMA Film Festival!

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FROM ON HIGH will be projected in the 2018 RATMA Film Festival in Keighley, UK on October 13, 2018 as one of the Top 3 films in the Drama Category out of more than 300 entries. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake and produced by her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, the film is about a young Syrian girl who finds a better life in Europe. It marks the professional acting debut of 11-year-old actors Zoe Pinell Lopez and Esteve Serra Coll. FROM ON HIGH has now been accepted to 43 festivals worldwi...

SCRAPPY selected to Muestra Otros Cines in Argentina!

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SCRAPPY has been accepted to Muestra Otros Cines in San Nicolas, Argentina for September 19-23, 2018. Based on the Studs Terkel Award-winning poem by Donald G. Westlake, SCRAPPY was adapted for the screen and directed by Westlake's daughter, Dawn. It tells the story of a child's ability to stand up to an adult who has a momentary lapse in judgment. The film was shot on location in Pine Mountain, CA, USA by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. An original score was provided by compo...

GC Johnson wins BEST SOUNDTRACK for FROM ON HIGH from Mediterranean Festival Corto!

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Mediterranean Festival Corto in Diamante, Italy has awarded their 2018 Best Soundtrack prize to GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs for his original score on FROM ON HIGH, a short film written and helmed by Dawn Westlake and produced by her Ron de Cana shingle. Johnson was a 2016 Peer Raben Music Award nominee for his score for Westlake's 2015 film THROUGH THE PANE, and he won Best Musical Score for Westlake's A LIFE OF DEATH in 2006 from the Inventaunfilm Festival in Lenola, Italy. FROM ON HIG...

SCRAPPY to play Charlie Chaplin Film Festival in Ireland!

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"Scrappy", a social issue film helmed by Dawn Westlake, based on the Studs Terkel Award-winning poem of the same name by her father, Donald G. Westlake, has been selected to the Charlie Chaplin Film Festival in Waterville, Ireland for August 23-26, 2018. "Scrappy" will play in the Social Commentary section of the festival which unspools on Friday, August 24th at 6pm. "Scrappy" was shot on location in Pine Mountain, CA, USA by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelo...

FROM ON HIGH to play 21st Religion Today Festival in October!

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FROM ON HIGH has been selected to the 21st annual Religion Today Festival in Trento, Italy for October 4-11, 2018. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake and produced under her Ron de Cana Productions shingle, the film is about a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. FROM ON HIGH was filmed on location in Barcelona, Collsuspina and La Sala de Sant Llogari, Catalunya, Spain by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. He is the winner of the 2018 Carpine d'Argento Award for BES...

"Scrappy" accepted to Zebra Poetry Film Festival

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Out of more than 1,200 entries from 87 countries the program commission has selected "Scrappy" by Dawn Westlake to be part of the ZEBRINO competition of the ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival Münster|Berlin. "Scrappy" is based on the Studs Terkel Award-winning poem of the same name by Dawn's father, Donald G. Westlake. It recounts the real-life anecdote from Westlake's life when as a 6-year-old he had to stand up to the gun culture in the USA in his small town of Elburn...

FROM ON HIGH to play San Gio Film Festival in Italy and Moita Mostra in Portugal!

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FROM ON HIGH has been selected to the San Gio Film Festival in Verona, Italy for July 23rd and the Moita Mostra in Moita, Portugal for August 4th, 2018. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. banner, FROM ON HIGH tells the story of a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. It was shot on location in Barcelona, Collsuspina, and La Sala de Sant Llogari, Spain by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. Pol recently won the BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY p...

FROM ON HIGH wins SPIRITUAL AWARD!

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FROM ON HIGH has won the SPIRITUAL AWARD at the 18th annual Corto Fiction Festival in Chianciano Terme, Italy. This is the 6th award for the film and the 60th award for filmmaker Dawn Westlake of Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. in Los Angeles. FROM ON HIGH was shot on location by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona in Collsuspina, La Sala de Sant Llogari and Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain in September 2017. In early July 2018, Pol won the BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY award at Carpine d'Argento Film ...

FROM ON HIGH on the Isle of Corsica with Festival du Film de Lama!

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FROM ON HIGH was selected to the Festival du Film de Lama on the Isle of Corsica for July 28-August 3, 2018. Directed and written by Dawn Westlake, the film is about a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. The film marks the professional acting debut of 11-year-olds Zoe Pinell Lopez and Esteve Serra Coll. Shot on location in Barcelona, Collsuspina and La Sala de Sant Llogari, Catalunya, Spain by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona, FROM ON HIGH just won a Best Cinematograp...

FROM ON HIGH to play Porto7!

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"From On High" has been selected to Porto7 Film Festival in Porto, Portugal for June 13-17, 2018. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake (who made her first film in Porto 18 years ago), "From On High" tells the story of a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. The film was made on location in Catalunya with DP/Editor Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. GC Johnson, a 2016 Peer Raben Music Award nominee, provided an original score. "From On High" ...

FROM ON HIGH wins the SOLIDARITY PRIZE at Festival Pasinetti in Venice!

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"From On High" was awarded the PREMIO SOLIDARIETA', Vetrina del Volontariato (Solidarity Prize) at the 15th annual Festival Pasinetti in Venice, Italy on June 2nd, 2018. The film deals with a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. Filmed on location in Catalunya by Imatge Barcelona's Pol Carrizo Vilarroig, the piece marks the professional acting debut of 11-year-olds Zoe Pinell Lopez and Esteve Serra Coll. GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs, a 2016 Peer Raben Music Aw...

"From On High" to play Venice with Festival Pasinetti!

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"From On High" has been selected to the 15th annual Festival Pasinetti in Venice, Italy, named for honored Italian documentarian Francesco Pasinetti. Helmed and written by Dawn Westlake and produced by her shingle Ron de Cana Productions, "From On High" tells the story of a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. The film was made on location in Barcelona, Collsuspina, and La Sala de Sant Llogari in Catalunya, Spain. Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona s...

"From On High" wins FIRST PLACE in UNCG Sustainability Shorts Film Festival in the US!

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"From On High" has won First Place in the 9th annual UNCG Sustainability Shorts Film Festival at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro which was held April 19, 2018. This is the 4th nomination and 2nd win for the short film made in the Catalunya province of Spain in September of 2017. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, "From On High" tells the story of a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. It marks the professional acting debut of 11-year-olds Zoe ...

SCRAPPY wins 3rd place at Athens International Digital Film Festival!

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"Scrappy" has won 3rd place in the international fiction film contest at the Athens International Digital Film Fest in Athens, Greece on April 4, 2018. Produced by Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. and helmed by Dawn Westlake, the film is based on the Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem by her father, Donald G. Westlake. It recounts a real-life anecdote from Donald's childhood in rural Elburn, Illinois, USA when he had to stand up to the American gun culture. Canon USA, Inc. su...

From On High selected to play opening night of Festival de Cortos La Fila!

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"From On High" will represent the USA on the opening night of the 22nd annual Festival de Cortos La Fila in Valladolid, Spain, April 16-20, 2018. The film is about a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. It marks the professional acting debut of 11-year-olds Zoe Pinell Lopez and Esteve Serra Coll. The film was helmed/written/produced by Dawn Westlake and shot/edited by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. An original score was written/recorded by 2016 Peer Raben...

From On High to compete for the Golden Beggar Award

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"From On High" is competing for the Golden Beggar Award at the 2018 International Festival of Local Televisions in Kosice, Slovakia from June 6-9, 2018. This year's theme of the festival honors works that illustrate the bad effects of populism on Europe. For more info on "From On High" and the festival: http://www.festival.sk/site/2017/archiv/5879 ...

From On High to have South American premiere with Censurados Film Festival!

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"From On High" will have its South American premiere with Censurados Film Festival in Lima, Peru from April 21-May 27, 2018. It plays the University of Lima on April 25th and Ciudad Hidalgo, Chiapas on May 9th. "From On High" is about a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. It just won MEJOR CORTO/CATEGORIA EUROPEA at the Muestra International de Cortos de Solidario y Sensibilizacion, put on by ONG Mision Humanitaria in Ciudad Real, Spain. The film was shot...

TWO Greek premieres for Ron de Cana films!

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Both "Scrappy" (2016) & "From On High" (2017) from Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. will have their Greek premieres at the Athens International Digital Film Festival, running from March 29-April 4, 2018. The films mark the professional acting debuts of child actors Nefertina Lizarraga ("Scrappy") and Zoe Pinell Lopez & Esteve Serra Coll ("From On High"). The films deal with gun violence against children in the US, and the constant fear in which Syria...

SCRAPPY wins the People's Choice Award at RATMA!

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"Scrappy", helmed by Dawn Westlake, based on her father Donald G. Westlake's Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem of the same name, has won the People's Choice Award at the RATMA Film Festival in Keighley, UK. The film is based on a real-life anecdote from Donald's childhood when he had to stand up to the culture of gun violence in the USA. "Scrappy" was shot on location in Pine Mountain, CA, USA and edited in Los Angeles by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig. An origin...
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