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Box for Life

Director: Uri Borreda.

Three officers walk into the barrack: "Which one of you can box?" Sally and Sam immediately raises their hands. And me, a 16-year-old boy without a clue about boxing, also raise my hand; to this day I’m not sure why. One of the officers: "Tomorrow you’ll be taken for tests; you'd better not being lying!" On the next morning, they took us to a different barrack. Stepping inside, we found ourselves in a hall full of perfect boxing practice gear: a boxing ring, sand bags and practice balls hanging from springs. A dozen men was practicing there; jumping rope, punching the bags and the balls. This seemingly normal scene would have appeared quite ordinary - except that these barracks were located in the Auschwitz Death Camp; the officers were S.S. members; and the three of us - Jews, having arrived from Belgium on last night’s transport. This is the story of Noah Klieger, who was a French Jewish teenager during WWII. He smuggled Jewish children from Belgium to Switzerland. He was captured by the Germans and was sent to the Auschwitz death camp. When he arrived at the camp, he claimed himself as a boxer which saved his life. Noah returns for the first time to the places that marked his life before immigrating to Israel as a crew member on board the famous boat "Exodus - 1947”. He was the last remnant of the boxing team of Auschwitz death camp, the oldest active journalist in the world, A crew member of the "Exodus - 1947”. He lay on the beach in Dunkirk when hundreds of thousands of British soldiers were evacuated to Britain. Noah Klieger is an example of courage, optimism and resilience. He is the Jewish "Forrest Gump".

History Film Festival 2020 - Call for Submissions

4th ANNUAL HISTORY FILM FESTIVAL®, PRESENTED BY Istra Film, ANNOUNCES 2020 DATES, September 8 - 12, AND CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS RIJEKA, Croatia – January 20, 2020 For the 4th year, the History Film Festival presented by Istra Film, will bring creators, diverse audiences, and the industry together in Rijeka, Croatia during the annual storytelling festival running September 8-12, 2020. History Film Festival is a unique international festival of historical documentary films which will tak...

Shouters and the "Control Freak" Empire - A Century Beyond Prohibition

Shouters and the ‘control freak’ Empire questions power and social control through exposing the central conflict between Euro-centric and Afro-centric religions. Through the emergence and Prohibition of the Shouter Baptist religion in Trinidad & Tobago, this 28-minute documentary reveals how power, disguised as Prohibition laws instituted by the colonial government, attempted to legislate against a belief system. Yet despite prosecution, the letter of the law could not legislate ...



In the shadow of anonymous rooms, somewhere in Tunis and tripoli, five men whisper an unspeakable wound. Through their words,  the extend of a massive crime – rape as a war weapon, targetin men - gradually resurfaces.


Did you know that in 2017, after marijuana was legalized in California, an artist/prankster climbed up to the sign, at night, in the rain and altered the world famous sign from Hollywood to Hollyweed, thus causing an international news story and creating a psychological disruption for the business as usual residents of Los Angeles. We aim to disrupt business as usual with the Hollyweed Film Festival. You know the drill, submit your film, pay the fee and never hear back from whatever festiva...

The Hollyweed Film Festival New Low $10US Entry Fee

The Hollyweed Film Festival is proud to announce a a limited time low entry fee off of $10 US for short and longform films All Genres including: Action, Adventure, Alternative, Animation, Art, Avantgarde, Biography, Classics, Comedy, Comedy Drama, Crime, Culture, Dance, Dark Comedy, Documentary, Family, Fantastic, Fantasy, Film Noir, Flash, Health, History, Horror, Human Rights, Independent, Kids, LGBTI, Live Action, Medical, Melodrama, Mockumentary, Music Video’s, Mystery, Nature, News...

Scrappy to have California premiere in historic venue!

"Scrappy" will have its California premiere in the state's capitol of Sacramento with the city's Film and Music Festival, September 22-24, 2017. The festival will be held in the historic Jean Runyon Theater. Helmed and adapted for the screen by Dawn Westlake, "Scrappy" is based on the Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem by her father, Donald G. Westlake. The poem recounts Westlake's real-life anecdote about standing up to the gun culture in the USA at the ...


History Film Festival is a unique international festival which brings together and appraises the production of historical documentary films, a genre which lately attracts more and more followers. The first edition of History Film Festival will take place in Rijeka (Croatia, Europe) from September 6 to 9, 2017. History Film Festival aims at offering viewers and film experts an insight into contemporary film and TV production of historical documentary films, at the same time providing a place wher...

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.

Through the Pane

Director: Dawn Westlake.

 The filmmaker's 87-year-old father shares reflections on life through panes of glass while facing the pain of losing his wife of 62 years. With 'cosmic perspective', he takes comfort in the rhythms of nature to cope with the unpredictable, non-linear qualities of grief.

"Through the Pane" is born!

"Through the Pane" is the latest short film from Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. Shot on the Canon 6D and edited in Adobe Premiere Pro by Barcelona-based DP/Editor Pol Carrizo-Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona, the film was made in Wheaton, IL, USA in the childhood home of director/producer Dawn Westlake. Based on a memoir chapter by Dawn's father Donald G. Westlake, "Through the Pane" features the 87-year-old sharing his cosmic perspective on the death of his beloved wife of 6...

Photographic Memories: My Many Days and Nights at the Toronto International Film Festival

It's hard to believe, but this month the Toronto International Film Festival will celebrate its 40th anniversary. Milestones like this always make for a good excuse to pause and reflect, especially for Torontonians of my generation who grew up in the 1970s and 80s. The great thing about being a film fanatic living in Toronto back then was the sheer selection of movies you could see on any day of the week. The city had a huge number of cinema screens relative to its population, equal to, if...

A+E Networks and the NYTVF Offer Guaranteed Development Deals for Unscripted Producers: Submit Sizzle Reels and Character Tapes!

A+E Networks (A&E, History, Lifetime) has teamed with the NYTVF for the 360° Unscripted Pipeline, which is seeking original unscripted series concepts from independent artists and production companies. This year, A&E, History, and Lifetime each guarantee at least one $5,000 development deal to a winning project. If you have an eye for talent and a passion for unscripted TV, submit your 2-4 minute casting/teaser tape for the chance to win $5k and the opportunity to further develop you...

HISTORY UNSCRIPTED DEVELOPMENT PIPELINE: Channel Seeks Exciting Characters ($25K Production Budget)

History and the NYTVF are seeking original unscripted television treatments from independent artists and production companies. One winner, selected by HISTORY, will be awarded the opportunity to produce a pilot presentation with a minimum $25,000 budget in conjunction with NYTVF Productions. Submit your short treatment and 2-4 minute sizzle reel or casting tape by Feb. 23. Concepts should focus on charismatic male characters living in surprising worlds or with fresh points of view. Fre...

REVISTA CLIQUISH in Sao Paulo profiles Dawn Westlake!

Roberto Christo of REVISTA CLIQUISH interviewed LA-based filmmaker Dawn Westlake from his office in Sao Paulo last week. (If you'd prefer to read it in Portuguese, click here:     ...


Director: Gabriel Szollozy.

On November 19, 1970 a bomb exploded in my hands. What is the mathematical probability of surviving to tell the tale?" Asks Mr. Juan José Cabezas. In 1973, Pepe Vázquez was rehearsing a ballet of Victor Jara when brought arrested to the Estadio Nacional de Chile. "We were put a gun to our head and made ​​us sing. They didn't know that  I was free with music". "I always behaved well, I was the pastor's son, until I realized and I said: I must do something", says the Evangelical Pastor Ruben Arthur.

Does it make sense to plan your life? Can you plan a society?

An artist, a philosopher and a scientist revive the Southern Cone's recent history, from the intimacy of absolute freedom seekers.

Oma Randa

   Modern society has a daunting problem with preserving traditions and languages of small cultures. Many of these cultures fall and become lost in history. In our film we show how Tverskie Karelians preserve their culture and their lifestyle, how they dream to save what is left and how this oppressive desire unites them. These people live in a hidden from extraneous eyes half-abandoned village far away from every ...

Oma Randa (Native Land)

Director: Silukova Natalia .

The film represents the life of a hidden from extraneous eyes karelian-tverskaya village where people share one desire – preserve their culture. They are gathering for a feast in this half-abandoned village.


Director: AYDIN EREL.

The golden age of aviation coincided with the Great Depression. Although the depression had tremendously negative effect on global economy, two fearless American aviators emerged to take back the long distance record from France. The pilot Russell Norton Boardman was once a cowboy, motorcyclist and a stunt pilot for Hollywood movies and his companion co-pilot John Lewis Polando was an aircraft mechanic with more than 10 years of aeronautical experience; together they found a way to fulfil a lifelong dream. Their Bellanca brand monoplane called ”Cape Cod” was literally a flying bomb with the take-off weight consumed two-thirds fuel it trundled down Floyd Bennett, NY airfield in the early morning of July 28, 1931. Boardman and Polando loaded 16 copies of the New York Times on board. These were to be parachuted over various cities as a mean of communicating with the world. They had never flown outside the United States before. Their objective was to fly from New York to Istanbul. It was to be the longest distance ever flown in history. They were unreported from land or sea for two nights and a day. What they lacked in equipment such as battery, radio, parachutes or navigation lights was compensated with plenty of determination and steely courage.

Director looking for stills of Route 66

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Call For Entries! History Channel and NY TV Festival offer $10K

History and the NYTVF awarding development deals for original unscripted, reality and doc TV programming.   Submit your casting tape and series concept for the opportunity to receive funding, win $10k and participate in pilot production with History.   The History Unscripted Development Pipeline History, home of factual entertainment hits including PAWN STARS and AMERICAN PICKERS, is collaborating with the NYTVF on a new initiative to give independent artists and production compan...

London’s Barbican Celebrates Bond With Style and Design Exhibition

  This October will mark 50 years since Dr. No, the first James Bond novel adapted for the screen, made its debut. The film’s mixture of espionage, intrigue, action, exotic locales and a bit of sex, all set the standard for what audiences would expect from subsequent films in the series.   But the Bond movies, aside from just being movies, almost immediately carved out a niche and established themselves as a cornerstone of cold war pop culture, with each new i...

Reservation, Russian film, Documentary 3 minutes English Subtitles

Please check our film   Reservation 2012 3 minutes English Subtitles         Thousands of people from all over the country gathered in the centre of Moscow to attend the celebrations of the 66th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War on the Red Square.        But most of them had managed to see very little of celebrations ...


Director: Maria Tsvetkova, Ekaterina Melnik.

Reservation = Thousands of people from all over the country gathered in the centre of Moscow to attend the celebrations of the 66th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War on the Red Square. But most of them had managed to see very little of celebrations: the entire city center cordoned off by police, preventing the ingress of people to the Red Square. While the military parade was marching across the Red Square, low-key Russians with no special permits wandered from one barrier to another hoping to catch at least some part of celebrations