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ASH MORRIS : A BRITISH FILMMAKER TO WATCH

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2010 -  The world was introduced to the Crawleys and their personnel. “Downton Abbey” took viewers by storm. I’m bed-ridden. I’m fighting a letter that more often than not, carries a death sentence.  Years pass by, I travel extensively in-between treatement sessions, I co-produce a documentary, and I write a lot. I’m young but I feel a higher sense of urgency. I eventually conquered, the beast is down.  2017 -  R...

Gour Hari Dastaan/The Freedom File, Review: His-story

Gour Hari Dastaan/The Freedom File, Review: His-story Described in the press as a Kafkaesque black comedy when it was launched in 2011, Gour Hari Dastaan is based on a true story, of Gour Hari Das (now 85), with some Kafkaesque undertones, but very little or no black comedy. It cannot afford to be a comedy, let alone a black one, since it deals with the sensitive subject of the neglect and disregard suffered by those who participated in the struggle to rid India of British colonial rule. Brit...

First ever Channel 4 British Urban Film Festival awards to take place in September

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WATCH PROMO HERE: The first ever British Urban Film Festival awards (supported by Channel 4) will take place in London's West End on 17 September, to mark the start of its' annual film festival which this year celebrates 10 years of urban independent film coverage.   The ceremony, to be hosted by Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe & Metro film editor Larushka Ivan-Zadeh, will award prizes to filmmakers and scriptwriters whose films have...

SUBMISSIONS OPEN FOR BUFF 2015

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Submissions are now open for BUFF 2015.   The 10th British Urban Film Festival has started it's search for films and scripts in earnest with the countdown to the 2015 British Urban Film Festival already in full swing. Submission Guidelines: Scripts:  must be no less than 20 pages and no more than 60. Films must be no less than 3 minutes and no more than 120.   The early bird deadline for 2 submissions is 11.59pm, Friday 29th May 2015 (Fees are non-refu...

Seconds Out for the British Urban Film Festival Premiere of 'The Trials of Muhammad Ali'

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The British Urban Film Festival has scored a major coup in its coverage of the event after securing the UK festival rights to screen the premiere of critically-acclaimed documentary 'The Trials of Muhammad Ali' in the opening weekend of September. Outspoken and passionate in his beliefs, #TrialsOfAli examines how one of the most celebrated sports champions of the 20th century risked his fame and fortune to follow his faith and conscience as he found himself at the centre of America'...

#BUFFBLOG (December 2013)

BUFF Tidings! And what a great time of the year it is to be at the pictures. Christmas round the corner, Oscar-bait movies ten-a-penny, what’s not to like? Digital distribution perhaps? We’ll save that for next month’s blog. At the time of writing, yours truly will be in attendance at a pre-Christmas preview screening of ’12 Years A Slave’ – it’s one of the perks of running a film festival though one could say the same thing about this month’s gu...

Cinema Perpetuum Mobile Film Fest to screen 2 films from Ron de Cana Prods!

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Cinema Perpetuum Film Fest in Minsk, Belarus will screen two films by Ron de Cana Prods.' Dawn Westlake on September 29, 2013. They are "Found Objects" (2012) and the brand new "The Martini Effect" (just released in August 2013). Both films were shot on the Canon C300 and edited by Brandon Bondehagen. Both star Emanuele Secci, known in Italy for his fastweb spot with George Clooney and worldwide for his stand-out performance in the 2012 Sundance Producer's Award-winni...

"Found Objects" to play Peru!

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More good news from South America for Ron de Cana Productions' "Found Objects", directed by Dawn Westlake! The film will play El Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes (FENACO) in Cusco, Peru November 13-16, 2013. This is the 13th festival acceptance for "Found Objects". The film was shot by Brandon Bondehagen on Canon's C300. It was scored by Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs. For more info on the film and to see a trailer, please visit: http://www.dawnwestlake.com/...

"Found Objects" to play FESANCOR in Santiago, Chile!

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"Found Objects", written and directed by Dawn Westlake, will play the Festival Internacional Chileno de Cortometrajes (FESANCOR) in Santiago, Chile October 17-24, 2013. The festival received 2,026 submissions from 41 countries. "Found Objects" was one of only 4 films accepted from the USA. The film stars British actress Jo-Anne Krupa, 5x Emmy Award-winner Joey D'Auria, and Emanuele Secci, known for his ensemble work in the 2012 Sundance Producer's Award-winner "N...

"Found Objects" to play Portobello Film Fest LONDON!

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"Found Objects",written and directed by Dawn Westlake, will play the Portobello Film Festival at Westbourne Studios, London on Sat., 14th September, 2013. The film stars British actress Jo-Anne Krupa, 5x Emmy Award winner Joey D'Auria, and Emanuele Secci, known in Italy for his fastweb spot with George Clooney and in the US for his role in "Nobody Walks", the 2012 Sundance Film Fest Producer's Award winner. The film won the Best Screenplay Award at the 2013 CinemAvven...

"Found Objects" to have US premiere!

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"Found Objects" is set to have its US premiere at the Johnstown Film Festival in Johnstown, PA on September 6th, 2013. The film stars 5x Emmy Award winner Joey D'Auria, Emanuele Secci from George Clooney's popular Italian fastweb.it spot, and British actress Jo-Anne Krupa. It was shot on the Canon C300 by Brandon Bondehagen. For more info on the film, please visit: http://www.dawnwestlake.com For more info on the festival: http://www.jaha.org/FilmFestival/Friday2013.html ...

"Found Objects" to play Athens, Greece!

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"Found Objects" will have its Greek premiere in the Athens International Digital Film Festival, September 7-17th, 2013. The film will be projected in the L.A. (Life n' Art) Theater. "Found Objects" deals with art and fame and how life in art requires some balancing... The film was generously supported in the camera department by Canon USA, Inc. The C300 was provided for the July 2012 production. Cinematography is by Brandon Bondehagen. For more info on the festival: htt...

Best of Video Anthology of CinemAvvenire Plays a Roman Circus!

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"Found Objects", winner of the Best Screenplay award at the 2013 CinemAvvenire Film Fest in Rome, is being included in the Best of Video Anthology of CinemAvvenire with projections at Coffee Park-Circus di Largo Passamonti in Rome. The screening is July 14th, 2013 at 9:30p. Tickets are 5 Euros. For more info on the screenings: http://www.pixwork.it/download/locandina_cinema.zip For more info on the film: http://www.dawnwestlake.com/dawnwestlake/rondecana/films/foundobjects/index.html...

City of 7 Hills is 7th Fest Acceptance!

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The 7th festival acceptance for Ron de Cana Productions' "Found Objects" comes from the City of 7 Hills: Rome, Italy! "Found Objects" unspools in June of 2013 in CinemAvvenire Film Festival. The film features Sardinian actor Emanuele Secci, known in Italy for his popular fastweb.it commercial spot co-starring George Clooney. Emanuele can also be seen in the 2012 Sundance Producers Award-winning film "Nobody Walks", co-written by Lena Dunham. For more info on Ci...

"Found Objects" to have African premiere at Bush Fire Fest!

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"Found Objects" will have its African premiere at the popular Bush Fire Festival in Malkerns, Swaziland, taking place 31 May to 2 June 2013. The film stars 5x Emmy Award winner Joey D'Auria, Emanuele Secci (known in Italy for his fastweb.it spot with George Clooney), and British actress Jo-Anne Krupa. The film was made with the generous support of Canon USA, Inc. as director Dawn Westlake was named a Canon Platinum Filmmaker in Hollywood. It was shot by DP Brandon Bondehagen on Can...

The BUFF Blog (April 2013)

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Those of you joining us for the first time we thank you. We’d also like to welcome in a new audience to the 34th edition of the BUFF Blog. This month’s contribution is guest-written by Anthony Abuah, a previous winner of a Commonwealth Film award and the latest in a succession of British based playwrights who’ve made the transition from stage to screen with his debut feature 'Woolwich Boys' – the closing film of last year’s British Urban Film Festival. Regar...

The BUFF Blog (March 2013)

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  Happy Easter in advance. This month’s edition of the BUFF Blog is guest-written by actor Jay Brown who can be seen over the next 8 weeks on E4’s new drama ‘Youngers’. The series premiered on Wednesday March 20 with viewing figures of 450,000 viewers. It was also the 5th most tweeted about programme on TV that day beating ITV’s ‘Coronation Street’ with over 35,000 live tweets during transmission.  Follow @JayBrownActor and @buffenterprises on...

Found Objects to play Comfortable Shorts

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"Found Objects" will play the Comfortable Shorts screening series in Melbourne, Australia in May 2013. Shot by Brandon Bondehagen on the Canon C300, the film stars Emanuele Secci, a Sardinian-born actor known in Italy for his popular fastweb.it spot with George Clooney. The film also stars 5x Emmy Award winner Joey D'Auria and British actress Jo-Anne Krupa. For more info on the film and to see a trailer: http://www.dawnwestlake.com/dawnwestlake/rondecana/films/foundobjects/index.h...

The BUFF Blog (February 2013)

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    Happy February one and all. This month’s edition of the BUFF Blog is guest-written by award-winning writer/director Stephen Lloyd Jackson whose film ‘David is Dying’ premiered on the opening night of the 2011 British Urban Film Festival. The film continues to win awards in the UK and across the globe, most recently on February 17 when Lonyo Engele triumphed in the best male performance in film category at the 2013 Screen Nation film and television awards. Follow...

The BUFF Blog (January 2013)

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Happy new year (just about!) This month’s edition of the BUFF Blog is guest-written by actor/writer/director Femi Oyeniran whose first film as a director (‘Fresh Off Da Boat’) was screened at the 2009 British Urban Film Festival. Follow @femioyeniran and @buffenterprises on Twitter…     The Difference between making a Short and making a Feature Film I’ve had the question put to me a few times- what is the difference between making a feature film an...

The BUFF Blog (November 2012)

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With the exception of Kate Herron, Ugo Onwutalu & Nadia Denton, 6 board members have guest-written the BUFF Blog in the 3 or so years since its’ inception in April 2009 which, at the time, lauded the film ‘Adulthood’ as a watershed for urban independent cinema. A lot has happened since then...     @buffenterprises sent out its very first tweet in April 2009, 3 ½ years on @SpikeLee no less is retweeting BUFF NEWS ALERTS. Also back in 2009, @NoelClarke was ...

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