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"Through the Pane" accepted to 30th film fest!

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"Through the Pane" has received its 30th film festival acceptance! It will play the Fano International Film Festival in Italy from October 18-22, 2016. Helmer Dawn Westlake has a long history with the Fano Film Festival, having one special jury awards for past films presented there. "Through the Pane" is based on her father's memoir chapter about his acceptance of her mother's death. They were very happily married for 62 years. The film was shot/edited by Pol Carrizo...

"Through the Pane" wins Best Documentary/Young Jury Award at A Corto di Donne!

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"Through the Pane" has won the Best Documentary/Young Jury Award at the A Corto di Donne Film Festival in Pozzuoli (Naples), Italy. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, the film is based on the memoir chapter by her father, Donald G. Westlake, about his acceptance of the death of her mother in 2012. The film was shot in Westlake's childhood home in Wheaton, Illinois, USA in September 2015. Pol Carrizo-Vilarroig of ImatgeBarcelona was DP/Editor and did visual effects. A guitarviol ...

"Through the Pane" selected to Inventaunfilm!

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"Through the Pane" will play the Inventaunfilm Festival in Lenola, Italy August 9-13, 2016. Ten years ago, a previous film ("A Life of Death") helmer Dawn Westlake made with her father, Donald G. Westlake, won two awards at the 2006 Inventaunfilm: Third Place Film and Best Score for composer GC Johnson. "Through the Pane" was also scored by GC Johnson. Editing/Cinematography and VFX were provided by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. For more information o...

"Through the Pane" to play A Corto di Donne in July!

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Out of 700 entries from 70 countries, "Through the Pane" will represent the USA and is one of only 6 documentaries in competition at A Corto di Donne Film Festival in Pozzuoli, Italy, July 14-17, 2016. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, the film is based on the personal memoir of her father, Donald G. Westlake. Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona filmed and edited in Westlake's hometown of Wheaton, Illinois, USA. A score was provided by Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs. (G...

X SHORTini Film Festival 2016

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  RULES  Each author can take part at the festival with maximum two films for each competition.  Both for  NATIONAL COMPETITION, INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION and for ANIMATION COMPETITION:  are accepted every kind and format of short film.  Each author can take part at the festival with film made after the 1° january 2013.  The film can’t be no longer than 35 minutes with  headlines and credits.  Italians short film can compete...

Corto e Fieno 2016 / Call for Entries - Rural Film Festival

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Corto e Fieno – Rural Film Festival is back! The 7th edition will be held in Ameno, Lake Orta (Italy), on 16th, 17th and 18th September. Corto e Fieno keeps looking for ways of telling and testifying the relationship between man, the rural world, the land and its fruits. The Festival looks for films that portray rurality as a resource, a perspective and a place for narrations. Here you can find the application form for the short films' section, “Frutteto” (Orchard) htt...

Festival #40 for "Games People Play" is L'Aquila!

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Dawn Westlake's "Games People Play" received its 40th festival acceptance today with L'Aquila Film Fest in L'Aquila, Italy for December 8-18, 2015. Shot on the C500 by Jon Carr, the film was scored by Alvarez-featured guitarist GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs in the style of Ennio Morricone. "Games People Play" stars David Razowsky, Mark Jacobson and Westlake, herself. For more info and to see a trailer, please visit: http://dawnwestlake.com/rondecana/films/gamespeop...

Visionaria Festival in Siena to project TWO Westlake films in October...

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Visionaria Film Festival in Siena, Italy has just accepted "Games People Play" (2014) and "The Martini Effect" (2013) from Ron de Cana Productions for their 22nd edition, October 8-17, 2015. Both films were written and helmed by Dawn Westlake. "Games People Play" was shot on the Canon C500 by Jon Carr. "The Martini Effect" was shot by Brandon Bondehagen on the C300. Both cameras were provided by Canon USA, Inc. because Westlake was named a Canon Platinum F...

TIFF 15: The Wait - Interview with Piero Messina

Interview by Martin I. Petrov    Piero Messina is born in Sicily and has worked as an assistant director alongside Paolo Sorrentino for This must be the night and The great beauty (La Grande Bellezza). The wait is his first feature film and premiered in competition at the 72nd Venice Film Festival. The film was selected for the Contemporary World Cinema section at the 40th Toronto International Film Festival, where we met the director for an interesting chat on his first directoria...

"Games People Play" accepted to another fest...in Italy!

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"Games People Play" will unspool in Rassegna di Cortometraggi SteNIK in Aprilia, Italy on August 24, 2015. Helmed and written by Dawn Westlake, the comedy film was shot on the CanonC500 by Jon Carr, who also edited and did visual effects. The Ennio Morricone-esque score was provided by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs. "Games People Play" stars David Razowsky, Mark Jacobson, and Westlake herself. For more info on this screening: http://stenik.altervista.org/cinema/rassegna2015/ra...

"Games People Play" at the San Gio Film Fest in Verona 7/23-27/2015!

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"Games People Play" has been accepted to the film competition in the San Gio Film Festival in Verona, Italy for July 23-27, 2015. This is the 22nd festival acceptance for the film written and directed by Dawn Westlake of Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. in Los Angeles. "Games People Play" was shot on the Canon C500 by Jon Carr. Carr also edited and provided visual effects. The film was scored by Alvarez-featured guitarist Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs. "Games People Play...

Hungry Hearts: Film Review

  Hungry hearts, dir. Saverio Costanzo, Italy 2014 Venezia71  An Italian girl and an American boy meet accidentally in a Chinese restaurant in New York. The amusement of the first conversation is a corny, lighthearted lead to their upcoming future as a couple. Giving you a plain dose of a typical love story, Hungry hearts tricks you with its misleading rom-com opening, giving an under the belt punch with what's about to follow.      Jude (Adam Driver) and Mina...

"The Martini Effect" to play Sardinia!

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"The Martini Effect", written/directed by Dawn Westlake, will play the Sardinia Film Festival in Sassari, Italy on the isle of Sardegna from June 23-28, 2014. This is especially exciting for the film's team since its star, Emanuele Secci, is a native son of that region. The film also features David Razowsky, Susan Messing and Dawn Westlake. It was shot on the Canon C300 by Brandon Bondehagen. The film was scored on the guitarviol by Alvarez featured guitarist Gregory Johnson of Aco...

SHORTini Film Festival

X SHORTini Film Festival 2015

COMPETITION ANNOUNCEMENT
Cultural association “QUATTROTERZI” presents:
IX SHORTini Film Festival 2015
The festival will take place in Augusta (SR) from 30 July 2015 to 2 August 2015.
 SHORTini Film Festival is an International short film competition that provides 4 sections:
 
International competition
National competition
Videoclip competition
“New Frontiers” competition
 
Prizes will be unquestionably awarded by a jury that will be appointed by the cultural association “QUATTROTERZI”
the prizes are so divided:
 
INTERNAZIONAL COMPETITION:
Best Film € 1000
Best Direction
Best photography
Audience Award
Special Mentions
 
NATIONAL COMPETITION:
Best Film € 800
Best Direction
Best photography
Audience Award
Special Mentions
 
“VIDEOCLIP” COMPETITION:
Best Film € 500
 
“NEW FRONTIERS” COMPETITION:
Best Film € 500

 

Rabbitfest - international animation festival

RabbitFest is an international animation film festival, created in 2010 by the cultural association SKUNK with the aim of fostering an interest in animation in Italy.

The festival has always remained faithful to the philosophy of free entry in order to facilitate the dissemination of its cultural message. It consists of three days of screenings, based on a conception of cinema not just as entertainment, but as a visual and educational experience enabling people to get to know the best international animation.

In fact, the first aim of the association is to promote feature and short films that have not been distributed in Italy and are therefore unknown to the general public.

During the past four years, RabbitFest has screened award-winning international works from all over the world, including of course Italian animation.

One of the characteristics of the previous editions has been the choice of a common theme to all the selected works. Until now, such themes have been: Lost and Found, New Beginnings, Disturbances and Perspectives.

Last year, SKUNK also organized its first international competition for animated shorts, with the participation of more than 300 works from around the world. The artistic direction of RabbitFest selected 25 short films from amongst the entries and awarded a 500 euro prize to the best animated short of 2013, as chosen both by the audience and the association.

We Weren't Given Anything for Free

Director: Eric Esser.

Annita Malavasi was just 22 when the Germans occupied Italy, their former allies, in 1943. As a partisan in the Italian resistance named “Laila”, she moved throughout the Apennines with and between fighting units, delivering information, transporting weapons, and taking part in battles. She spent over a year in the Apennines, fighting against the German occupation. At the same time, she had to assert herself against the men of the mountain villages. By the end of the war, Laila had risen among the ranks to become one of the few female commanders in the Italian resistance.

This film chronicles the story of a lifelong struggle for emancipation that began with the battle for Italy’s liberation from fascism. Laila and her two comrades, Gina “Sonia” Moncigoli and Pierina “Iva” Bonilauri talk about their time in the Resistenza and what it meant to them and many other women.

Queer Short 2014 - International Short Film Competition - Sicilia Queer filmfest

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SICILIA QUEER FILM FEST - QUEER SHORT 2014 International Short Films Competition (DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: FEBRUARY 28, 2014) REGULATIONS 2014 1. AIMS SICILIA QUEER filmfest - International LGBT Film Festival and New Visions is a project that aims, through film and audiovisuals, to go against any kind of social discrimination, to defend and support the culture of diversity (sexual orientation, ways of living and thinking, etc.) and to raise a greater awareness of the positive contributio...

Best Screenplay Award Arrives from Roma!

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The Best Screenplay Award from CinemAvvenire Film Festival for Ron de Cana Productions' 2012 film "Found Objects" was received by director/writer Dawn Westlake yesterday in Los Angeles. Posing with her here is actor Emanuele Secci who, with Claudia Praolini (Concorto Film Festival in Pontenure), oversaw the Italian subtitling of the film. For more info on "Found Objects", please visit: http://www.dawnwestlake.com ...

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...

JABAL: WINGS OF ICE

Director: Filippo Arlotta .

Two inseparable friends with a passion for adventure trips to esoteric places organize an expedition to Mount Etna to debunk the legend of the Cirneco albino, a rare animal, with extraordinary powers, who lives in the snowy peaks of the largest active volcano. Once up there, something mysterious happens that will change forever their fate to the point of forcing a police captain to reconstruct what happened afther the disapperance of  the two explorers on the mountain, and before discovering the truth about who they really are. Friendship, love and passion are the tracks that lead the investigator on the journey of secrets that may lead him on a trail to conspiracy and murder.


 

Fest #33 for Covariance is San Gio in Verona!

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"Covariance" will play the San Gio Film Festival in Verona, Italy July 23-27, 2013. This is the 33rd festival acceptance for the 2011 short film made with the generous support in the camera department from Canon USA, Inc. Directed by Dawn Westlake and starring David Razowsky, the film has been nominated for awards in Brazil, Rwanda, South Africa and Canada. For more information: http://www.dawnwestlake.com ...

Land of La Dolce Vita Awards "Found Objects"

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"Found Objects" screenwriter/director Dawn Westlake received a Special Jury Award for Best Screenplay at CinemAvvenire Film Festival in Rome, Italy on Sunday, June 23, 2013. Festival director Sergio Di Lino communicated with award winners ahead of time to ask for an acceptance message or video from those unable to attend the festivities. Dawn Westlake used 'found video' from a recent visit to Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas to craft her remarks. Check out her acceptance speech...

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...

EIFF Taurus: the new award of The Ecologico International Film Festival

  From this year, the beautiful italian City of Nardò and the EIFF materialize their ever closer union into the "Taurus", a bronze sculpture by the artist Alessandro Kokocinski, representing the bull, symbol of the City of Nardò and the representation of the strong work and tenacious determination that characterized in the years our commitment to independent cinema. The Taurus is the official EIFF trophy. The winners in the various sections will...

Fat Cat - Submission to ÉCU 2013

Italy - a night club's parking lot. We hear gunshots and screams coming from inside the club. Burro and Zeus, two goofy gangsters, come out running, jump on a car and speed away. What has happened? In the meantime their boss, a flamboyant psycho known as Mosca, is having a meeting with a gun trafficker in his magnificent castle. Mosca is a schizophrenic millionaire whose best friend is a bronze sculpture of a cat, n ...

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