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LA Crime and Horror Film Festival

The 6th season of the Los Angeles Crime & Horror Film Festivals, scheduled to take place in the heart of Hollywood in May 2021, is now accepting submissions of feature films and short films in the many crime and horror subgenres. From zombies and demons to mobsters and murderers, the crime and horror genres have captured the cinematic experience since the invention of film. Today, they remain some of the most memorable stories in independent film. The LA Crime and Horror Film Festival has ...

Exclusive: 35% Off Submissions to LA Crime & Horror Film Festival

The final deadline for the 4th Los Angeles Crime & Horror Film Festival is coming up. If you've completed a feature film, short film, or screenplay in any horror or crime subgenre, from zombies and vampires to mobsters and heists, this is the event to showcase your content in the heart of Hollywood, California. The festival's award winners are given official recognition with verified awards listings on IMDb. The top films and short films are considered by reps and production compani...

Technology Meets Creativity – 11th Annual New Media Film Festival®

  11th Annual New Media Film Festival®       NEW DATES - FEBRUARY 3 - 4 2021 11th NEW MEDIA FILM FESTIVAL  at The Landmark 10850 W. Pico Blvd LA CA  90064 ...

Pooling accepted to Shorts@Fringe in the Azores!

"Pooling" has been accepted into the Around the World section of Shorts@Fringe at the Azores Fringe Festival for June 2019. It will be projected on June 11th in Pico, June 15th in Ponta Delgada and in Faial on June 25th. Conceived and helmed by Dawn Westlake and produced by her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, "Pooling" was filmed and edited in Barcelona by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. Choreography and dance ...

Festival Lineup Announced & Tickets on Sale for 14th South East European Film Festival

14th South East European Film Festival: May 1-8, 2019 in West Hollywood & Beverly Hills   The 14th edition of SEEfest, running May 1-8, 2019, features 56 films from 18 countries, including 13 narrative features, 7 documentary features, 6 shorts programs, a Sci-Fi side-bar with 2 features and a shorts program, and a Business of Film Conference about data in the film industry. This year the festival will explore theme of cinematic audacity by drawing attention to South East European ...

"Pooling" to play Cuba!!

"Pooling" is playing in a terrority new to Dawn Westlake & Ron de Cana Productions, Inc.! The hybrid breakdance/animation/visual effects film has been accepted into the 14th annual Festival Internacional de Videodanza in Havana, Cuba. This marks the first time work by Westlake will be shown in Cuba. "Pooling" was shot and edited in Barcelona, Spain by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. The film features his brother, Marc Carrizo Vilarroig of the world-renowned bre...

"Pooling" to play FerFilm Festival in Kosovo!

"Pooling", a breakdance/animation/visual effects hybrid film by Dawn Westlake, was accepted to the FerFilm Festival in Ferizaj, Kosovo for April 2-6, 2019. "Pooling" features the dancing/choreography of Marc "Markitus" Carrizo Vilarroig of Brodas Bros. An original score was composed for the film by Joan Armand Forero of Praxis. While the film was shot/edited in Barcelona by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona, the opening and closing animation was done by Gris...

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Hurry! Offer ends December 21!   Whether you’re an investor, creator, producer, distributor, innovator, strategy executive or advisor in the entertainment industry -- join this unique platform to help you connect, evolve and thrive in this rapidly-changing market.   ENTERTAINMENT FINANCE FORUM (EFF) is a comprehensive program unlike any finance conference being offered today. ...

FROM ON HIGH & POOLING to have Los Angeles premieres!

Both FROM ON HIGH (2017) & POOLING (2018), films from Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. and directed by Dawn Westlake, have been accepted to the 14th annual LA International Children's Film Festival at Plaza de la Raza. The films will screen in a block starting at 4p on Saturday, December 1st, 2018. Admission is free. Both films were shot and edited in Barcelona, Spain by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. "Pooling" is a hybrid live-action breakdance/animation/visual effec...

Film Review: Restoring Tomorrow

By Maria Esteves – October 10, 2018 RESTORING TOMORROW is an awe-inspiring documentary that captures the history and the restoration of the WILSHIRE BOULEVARD TEMPLE, the first Jewish temple in Los Angeles, CA, founded in 1860s. Known for celebrities who frequented attended temple from Warner Bros. Jack, Henry, and Albert to Ricardo Montalbán to Diana Ross, it’s breathtaking 100 feet high dome ceiling with Hebrew inscription leads me to imagine what will the reconstruction...


Watch the One Hour Discussion that took place during the  Happy Hour Talk at COLCOA with Mélanie Laurent.  Moderated by Wade Major Mélanie Laurent is a multi-talented artist, who began her career as an actress at the tender age of 16 years old. She quickly went on to become a familiar face in mainstream French cinema. In 2008, she made her film directorial debut with a short entitled "De Moins en Moins". A first attempt that lands her a nominati...

When French “Touch” turns into French “Blows”

The ColCoa film festival is known to showcase la crème de la crème of French cinema in Los Angeles. Their edition of 2018 didn’t disappoint. French filmmaker Xavier Legrand came to present Custody. We met at the Sunset Marquis hotel by the pool, quite a significant gap between his social reality drama and that charming setting. Let’s be honest, unless you’re into short-films or theater, the name of Xavier Legrand didn’t really ring a bell – until r...

COLCOA edition of 2018 is officially open!

                                      ColCoa, the French Film festival in Los Angeles kicked off last night with a screening of Eric Barbier’s film : "Promise at Dawn" based on Romain Gary’s autobiography starring Pierre Niney  as Gary and Charlotte Gainsbourg as his mother.   The festival premieres a wide gamut of French films in America, ranging...

Not Your Skin; Trans in America is coming out soon

Official trailer for Brym's new documentary film, Not Your Skin is here. The film profiles 4 different families that deal with transgender issues. The film is set to hit film festivals later this year. For more info, photos, other videos and screening dates, LIKE on Facebook     ...

"Games People Play" to play Cinemistica!

"Games People Play" was chosen out of 3000 entries from 46 nations to play Festival de Cinemistica in Granada, Spain from November 16-December 17, 2016. This is the 42nd festival acceptance for this dark comedy, filmed in the style of a Sergio Leone spaghetti western. Helmed/written/produced by Dawn Westlake, the film was shot on the CanonC500 and edited by Jon Carr. GC Johnson, nominated for the Peer Raben Music Award at SoundTrack_Cologne for Westlake's 2015 film "THROUGH T...

LA Film Festival 2016: Volunteer Orientations FINALLY Posted!

Welcome to the 2016 LA Film Festival   The LA Film Festival will take place June 1 - 9, 2016.   In order for you to qualify to volunteer for the 2016 LA Film Festival, you must meet all of the following criteria:   1. Attend one MANDATORY Volunteer Orientation: Wednesday, MAY 18 - 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm Friday, MAY 20 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm Location: ArcLight Culver City (9500 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232) Parking: The Arc...

"Through the Pane" to have LA premiere on Hollywood Blvd!

"Through the Pane" will have its Los Angeles premiere at Hollywood Shorts, hosted at the Genesis Cinema Lounge, at 6356 Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, May 1st, 2016 at 7:30p. There is a cocktail reception beforehand from 6-7:30p. ADMISSION is FREE! (Cash bar) The film's director, Dawn Westlake, will be in attendance. "Through the Pane" features an original score by Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs. Gregory's music can also be heard in the Tom Hanks-starr...

Seeking Volunteers and Interns for the 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival June 1-9, 2016

VOLUNTEERS Volunteers are undoubtedly the foundation of the LA Film Festival. With over 200 screenings and events held over 9 days, the Festival would not be able to function without Volunteers holding a variety of pivotal roles. Not only do Volunteers work behind the scenes, they are also at the forefront of the Festival, ensuring that our filmmakers and guests have a truly enjoyable experience. Whether it’s working in theater operations, answering ticketing questions or setting up Q&am...

Not Your Skin Trans Documentary Is Brym's New Film Project

Brym's new documentary takes on a touchy subject We are all by now somewhat familiar with some of the more visible transgender personalities in our society. Who are they really and what does it mean to be transgender? Since her first feature film Butterflies (2009), director Ester Brym have not stopped and this will be her 4th documentary film. She is currently in production and raising money to finish the project by the end of this year. The film follows ordinary men and women wh...

1st Annual L.A. Post Fest

The Los Angeles Post Production Group is pleased to announce the 1st Annual L.A. Post Fest. This is a unique editing competition that will challenge entrants to use their post production skills, their creative vision and their storytelling abilities. 

Each entrant will receive footage from the short sci-fi film "Protocol", which was shot on 4K with the URSA camera on a green-screen stage, as well as music from Sony Creative Software and images from the European Southern Observatory. They will be offered Blackmagic Design's DaVinci Resolve 12 if they would like or they can use any system of their choice to create the best version of this film. 

Our esteemed panel of industry judges will choose the 5 winning films to be mastered and sound mixed in 5.1 and screened at our Festival in May 2016 in Los Angeles. These films will also receive approximately $20,000 worth of prizes. 

Please visit for more information and details. 

Early Bird Entry - November 15, 2015 - December 20, 2015 
Regular Entry - December 21, 2015 – January 31, 2016 
Late Entry - February 1, 2015 - February 7, 2016 

***A reduced student rate is also available with valid school ID. 

We look forward to seeing your version of the film! 


Five years Fukushima, 30 years Chernobyl, 37 years Three Mile Island. In 2016 the International Uranium Film Festival will be held in Los Angeles in March, in Rio de Janeiro in May and in Berlin in September.   The festival is interested in any film about nuclear energy, nuclear accidents and use and risks of radioactivity in general. From the Three Mile Island nuclear accident to Chernobyl, from the radioactive accident in Goiânia (Brazil) to Fukushima. The deadline f...

Call for entry: URANIUM FILM FESTIVAL 2016

December 03, 2015 / Press Release   2016 URANIUM FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES CALL FOR ENTRIES - THE FESTIVAL TAKES PLACE MARCH 24 TO 28 IN LOS ANGELES, MAY 20 TO 28 IN RIO DE JANEIRO AND IN SEPTEMBER IN BERLIN   Rio de Janeiro (December 03, 2015) — The International Uranium Film Festival announced the last call for entries for the 2016 festival screenings.  The Regular Deadline is December 31, 2015 and the Final Deadline is January 31, 2016. The annual fe...

Californian Premiere

URANIUM FILM FESTIVAL COMES TO LOS ANGELES IN 2016   The International Uranium Film Festival team is excited to be coming to Los Angeles in March 2016 with a selection of powerful documentaries and movies about nuclear accidents. From Three Mile Island to Chernobyl and Fukushima: The in the world unique atomic age film festival will mark in 2016 the 5th anniversary of the ongoing Fukushima nuclear disaster, the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster as well as the 38th annive...

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

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:

"Games People Play" selected to Athens International Digital Film Festival!

"Games People Play" has been selected to the 5th annual Athens International Digital Film Fest in Greece for December 17-23, 2015. This is the 39th festival acceptance for the 2014 comedy noir helmed and written by Dawn Westlake. The film was shot on the CanonC500 and edited with Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects by Jon Carr. An Ennio Morricone-esque score was composed by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs. "Games People Play" stars David Razowsky, Mark Jacobson and Westlake, he...