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"Scrappy" to rep the USA at Porto7 Film Festival!

"Scrappy" will have its Portuguese premiere and rep the USA in the Porto7 Film Festival in Porto, Portugal June 14-18, 2017. Porto is a special place for producer/director Dawn Westlake who made her very first film, "Mini Driver Project", in Porto in 2000. "Scrappy" is based on the Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem by the director's father, Donald G. Westlake. It recounts an anecdote from his childhood when he had to stand up to the gun culture in the ...

Open Call for 22th Caminhos Film Festival

            Está aberto o período de Inscrições para a 22.ª edição do Festival Caminhos Cinema Português via FilmFreeway! Inscrições Grátis até 11 de Agosto! — Open Call for entries on the 22th edition of Caminhos Film Festival trough FilmFreeway! Free Early Bird entries until 11th of August!  + info at:

"Through the Pane" to play Porto7 Film Fest!

"Through the Pane" will represent the USA in the documentary section of the Porto7 Film Festival in Porto, Portugal, June 8-12, 2016. The festival will be held at Forte de S. João Baptista da Foz – Teatro da Vilarinha. ADMISSION IS FREE! Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, the film is based on the personal memoir chapter of her father, Donald G. Westlake, winner of the Studs Terkel Humanities Award in 1999. The short film was made on location in Wheaton, Illinois, USA. ...

"Through the Pane" selected to Shorts@Fringe in the Azores!

"Through the Pane" has been selected to Shorts@Fringe in the 2016 Azores Fringe Festival for June 1-30, 2016. Helmed by Dawn Westlake, the film is based on a memoir chapter written by her father, Donald G. Westlake, about the acceptance of his wife's death four years ago. The film was shot/edited by Pol Carrizo-Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. "Through the Pane" was scored by Acoustic Labs' Gregory Johnson (whose music can be heard on the soundtrack for Tom Tykwer'...

FEST 2015: Opening Ceremony

Simple and classy, the 11th edition of FEST: New directors | new films festival opened last night at the Cento Multimeios de Espinho in Espinho, Portugal. With selected guests from Belgium, Greece, Germany and numerous more expected during the week, the festival promises another edition full of carefully selected films and workshops, masterclasses and talks as part of its Training Ground, kicking off today and featuring names like Fernando Trueba, Peter Webber, Guillermo Navarro and Peter Doyl...

Melissa Leo returns to FEST for Masterclass in Acting

  Only a few weeks away from FEST – Training Ground, FEST announced the return of one of the festival's all time star speakers: Academy Award Winning Actress MELISSA LEO! Melissa Leo is one of the most in demand actresses in the world right now, Winner of an Oscar for her performance on The Fighter Melissa is surely one of the great actresses of our time, and is step by step also becoming one of the most awarded actresses in activity. Melissa Leo starred as the mother of boxe...

FEST: New Directors, New Films Festival: Short Selection

In 2015 FEST is bringing to Portugal some of the most relevant short fiction films in the world. Thirty one films, from twenty one countries will be competing for the Best Short and Audience Awards. With a wide array of styles and tendencies, the program includes some truly obligtory works, such as the much talked about Leidi, from colombian filmmaker Simon Mesa Soto, winner of the Palme D’Or in Cannes among many other awards, a film that shows us the daily life in a Colombian slum...

"Games People Play" selected to the 2015 Azores Fringe Festival!

"Games People Play" has just been selected to the 2015 Azores Fringe Fest in Madalena do Pico, Acores, Portugal. The film stars David Razowsky, Mark Jacobson and Dawn Westlake, and was shot in the style of a Sergio Leone western by Jon Carr on Canon's C500. The original score was provided by Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs, an Alvarez-featured guitarist. For more info on the film and to see a trailer, please visit:

Black & White - International Audiovisual Festival

In May Porto opens its doors to the monochromatic aesthetics. The Black & White - International Audiovisual Festival, which receives video, audio and photographs in black and white, will take into competition works from all over the world.
With unique worldwide characteristics this initiative grew from the need to answer to the audience's growing sensitivity to black & white specificity, leaving behind the prejudice that relates this aesthetics with works of early cinema.
But the festival shows more than videos and photos in two colours, it also encourages the creation of sound environments referring to the black and white.
Over four days, several activities related to the audiovisual world will be carried out in addition to the competitions: artist talks, screenings and extensions from other international festivals. The nights will also be exciting with a broad cultural program.

Download Films from Ron de Cana Productions!

Just in time for holiday travel, Ron de Cana Productions is making a majority of their film library available for download! Make those plane, train and automobile rides just a little shorter...with film! Ron de Cana Productions has made 15 films since 2000 in the US, France, Portugal and Spain which have won 44 awards, including honors from Canon USA and JVC-Tokyo. For more info on the films offered in the download channel above, please visit http://www.dawnwestlak...


Director: Aitken Pearson.

A short, unclassifiable film without dialogue  except the voiceover intro yet with a compelling narrative dependent on music & visuals. Two souls find refuge in each other after being lured by the mythic  Greek God Pan into a mysterious tree and are reborn into nature. The Great God Pan’s archetypal power lies dormant within Esmeralda and Augusto until its irresistible force beckons.

Falha Do Sistema - Submission to ÉCU 2013

In a society controlled by the System, a Nazi variant of  Big Brother limiting citizens' privacy, Joao falls in love with Leonor, a persecuted Jew. The vigilant inspector who watched them, decided to let them be free, reconciling with his past: he was the grandfather of Leonor   <object width="560" height="315"><param name="movie" value=";version=3"> ...

Call For Entries 2013 - Porto7 - Oporto International Short Film Festival

The submissions are open at Porto7 Film Festival You will have the chance to submit your films and be able to join us from 12th to 16th June 2013 in Porto. A Festival filled with great short films, animation, documentary and music video from around the world! Submit your film now! Go to Entry Form page. Porto7 is a Festival dedicated to Short-Films. Its target is to promote the production and exhibition of short-films and to act as an intermediary among cultures and nationa...

Festival #20 Takes Producer 'Back to One'

"Covariance" will screen in the main competition of Porto7 International Short Film Festival of Oporto, Portugal from June 13-17, 2012. This is the 20th festival acceptance for the film. Ron de Cana Productions began its short film production career in Porto (and environs) in 2000 with "Mini Driver Project". For more information of Ron de Cana's films, please visit:  ...

Cold Water

Director: Pedro Neves.
Disillusionment helps the feet enter the cold water. It’s like a whisper indifferent to the distorted music that echoes round the beach. Disillusionment makes these people beg to heaven what they cannot achieve on earth. How many are the dreams they dare not dream?

Call for submission Entry deadline 15th March 2012

  Porto7 - Oporto International Short Film Festival: Call for submission Oporto International Short Film Festival - Porto7 Call for submission Entry deadline 15th March 2012 Free Submission “Porto7” – Oporto’s International Short-Film Festival, is an event that will take place from 13th to 17th June 2012 in Portugal. Porto7 is a Festival dedicated to Short-Films. Its target is to promote the production and exhibition o...

Call For Submission - Oporto International Short Film Festival

Call for submission Entry deadline 15th March 2012

Madeira Film Festival. Call For Entries

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Madeira Film Festival - Submissions Open. May 2 - 6 2012 Reid's Palace, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal.

Festival de Cinema de Avanca 2011

Français Since its debut in 1997, the “International Meetings in Cinema, Television, Vídeo and Multimédia – AVANCA ’11″ festival has steadily grown in audience turnout and its number of film submissions. Avanca has also succeeded in becoming the largest audiovisuals workshop space in Europe in the past 15 years. This year, Avanca invited ÉCU Festival Manager Kädi Lokk to the festival to serve on its jury board! Renowned for serving as an international meeting grou...

Avanca Film Festival 2011

Français Since its debut in 1997, the “International Meetings in Cinema, Television, Vídeo and Multimédia – AVANCA ’11″ festival has steadily grown in audience attendance and number of film submissions. Avanca has also succeeded in becoming the largest audiovisuals workshop space in Europe in the past 15 years. Every year, cinema enthusiasts and professionals from all over the world come to the small town of Avanca, Portugal, because the festival summons them to sh...

16th Festival Acceptance for "A.L.I.C.E."

"A.L.I.C.E." will screen at Porto 7 in Porto, Portugal in June 2011: This is the 16th festival acceptance for "A.L.I.C.E."  For more info on the film, please visit:  World sales for the film are handled by Fred Joubaud at Ouat Media. Contact:    ...

Madeira Film Festival 2012.

Submissions now open online for the 2012 Madeira Film Festival to be held at Reid's Palace, Funchal, Madeira. ...