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"terroir" wins Honorable Mention at its World Premiere

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"terroir" has won Honorable Mention at its world premiere with Festival Internacional de Cine de Villa de Leyva in Bogota, Colombia. Written/helmed/produced and sung by Dawn Westlake, "terroir" is a poem orchestrated musically by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs. It was shot on location in Westlake's childhood home in Wheaton, IL and at August Hill Winery in Peru, IL, USA by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. Pol also did 2nd unit photography in Font Romeu, France and ...

"Pooling" to compete for Audience Award at Athens Video Dance Project!

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"Pooling" has been accepted to the 10th Athens Video Dance Project for January 24-26, 2020 in Athens, Greece. It will compete there for the 500 Euro Audience Award. Conceived and helmed by Dawn Westlake of Ron de Cana Prods, Inc., "Pooling" was danced/choreographed by Marc Carrizo Vilarroig of Brodas Bros. Opening and closing animation was done in the Los Angeles-area by Dismas & GrissyG Lizarraga of GrisDismation, but the live-action portion was shot and edited by Pol Ca...

"Pooling" Wins the Art Award at RATMA Film Festival in the UK!

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"Pooling" has won the Art Award at the RATMA Film Festival in Keighley, UK! This is the second award for "Pooling" and the 70th award overall for director/producer Dawn Westlake and her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. "Pooling" was filmed and edited and visual effects were done in Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. An original score was composed by Joan Armand Forero of Praxiz in conjunction with dancer/choreographer Marc Carrizo Vila...

POOLING: one of 3 nominees for the Art Award at 2019 RATMA Film Festival

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"Pooling" has been nominated for the Art Award at the 2019 RATMA Film Festival in Keighley, UK. It will be screened October 12 for the public during the festival. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, and choreographed/danced by Marc Carrizo Vilarroig of Brodas Bros, "Pooling" was shot/edited by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. An original score was composed by Joan Armand Forero of Praxiz. The opening and closing animation was done by Dismas & GrissyG Lizarraga...

12th TIDF Calling for Entries!

The 12th TIDF is now calling for entries! TIDF is looking for documentaries that are most creative, closely connected to social and human interests, and have unique points of view! Films completed after December 1, 2017 are eligible for our three main competitions and eleven awards. Over US$71,000 total cash-prize awaits. Submit your film before December 5, 2019. All forms and lengths are welcome. A Taiwan Premiere is required except for Taiwanese productions. Shortlist will be announced in ...

Cinematographer Luca Bigazzi to receive the Campari Passion for Film award

His new work, the series The New Pope by Paolo Sorrentino, will have its world premiere screening Out of Competition (episodes 2 and 7). Campari Passion for Film La Biennale di Venezia and Campari are pleased to announce that cinematographer Luca Bigazzi (The Great Beauty, The Way We Laughed, Bread and Tulips) is the recipient of the Campari Passion for Film Award of the 76th Venice International Film Festival. The award, instituted last year at the 75th Venice Film Festival, seeks to ...

Joaquin Phoenix to receive TIFF Tribute Actor Award at inaugural tribute Gala

Photo by Diana Ringo   JOAQUIN PHOENIX TO RECEIVE TIFF TRIBUTE ACTOR AWARD ATINAUGURAL TRIBUTE GALA TORONTO​ — Joana Vicente and Cameron Bailey, Co-Heads of TIFF, today announced that three-time AcademyAward–nominated actor ​Joaquin Phoenix​ will be honoured with one of two ​TIFF Tribute Actor Awards​ at thisyear’s TIFF Tribute Gala awards event. Taking place on Monday, September 9 at Fairmont Royal York, during the 44th Toronto International Film Festival, ...

"Pooling" selected to San Gio Festival in Verona!

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"Pooling" has been accepted to the 25th annual San Gio Film Festival in Verona, Italy for July 23-27, 2019. Written, helmed and produced by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, "Pooling" features the dance and choreography of Marc Carrizo Vilarroig of Brodas Bros. It was shot/edited and visual effects were done by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. An original score was composed by Joan Armand Forero of Praxiz. The opening and closing animated sequ...

"Pooling" accepted to MoitaMostra !

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"Pooling" has been accepted to tour rural Portugal with MoitaMostra out of Moita, Portugal from July 29-Aug 3, 2019. Written, helmed and produced by Dawn Westlake, "Pooling" features dancer/choreographer Marc Carrizo Vilarroig of Brodas Bros. His older brother Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona shot, edited and did all visual effects. An original score was composed by Joan Armand Forero of Praxiz. The opening and closing animation was done in the Los Angeles area by Di...

"Pooling" accepted to Film Fest Weiterstadt!

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"Pooling" has been invited to screen at the 43rd annual Open Air Film Fest Weiterstadt in Germany, running August 8-12, 2019. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, and produced under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, "Pooling" features the dancing and choreography of Marc Carrizo Vilarroig of Brodas Bros fame. Marc also collaborated with Joan Armand Forero of Praxiz to create an original hip hop score. The animated opening and closing sequences were produced by Dismas &...

"Pooling" WINS the Audience Award at Xsection!

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"Pooling" won the Audience Award at the Xsection Festival, celebrating the cross-section of dance, science and film, at the Arts at the Armory complex in Somerville, Massachusetts, USA on June 30th, 2019. This is the first award for this hybrid film, and the 69th award for its director/producer, Dawn Westlake, under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle. "Pooling" features the breakdance and choreography of Marc "Markitus" Carrizo Vilarroig of the world-renowned Brod...

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 ...

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