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Both "From On High" & "Pooling" accepted to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Film Festival!

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Both "From On High" (2017) and "Pooling" (2018) have been accepted to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Film Festival in Surat, Gujarat, India for October 31, 2020. Written/helmed/produced by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, "From On High" and "Pooling" were shot and edited and visual effects were done by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. "From On High" was scored by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs. "Poolin...

"From On High" wins SPECIAL JURY AWARD at Sacrae Scenae Film Festival!

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"From On High" has won the Special Jury Award at the 2020 Sacrae Scenae Film Festival in Ardesio, Italy on August 30, 2020. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, FROM ON HIGH tells the story of a Syrian girl who finds a better life in Europe. This is the 13th award for FROM ON HIGH and the 82nd award for films produced by Westlake's Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. shingle since 2000. The jury's reasoning behind the award: "From On High/Dawn Westlake/8"/USA: This extreme...

FROM ON HIGH selected to FIC ESMI!

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FROM ON HIGH has been selected to the Festival Internacional de Corto ESMI in Buenos Aires, Argentina, sponsored by the Alianza Francesa de Bella Vista. The film plays March 28-April 16, 2019. FROM ON HIGH is about a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. It has been accepted to over 50 festivals and won 12 awards, in Italy (8), the US, the UK, France and Brazil. Written/helmed and produced by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. shingle, FROM ON HIGH was shot/...

FROM ON HIGH to play Macedonia with Asterfest!

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FROM ON HIGH has been selected to Asterfest in Strumica, Macedonia for July 26-28, 2019. FROM ON HIGH has now been accepted to 50 festivals and has won 12 awards, in Italy (8), Brazil, the UK, France and the USA. The film tells the story of a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. It was written/helmed and produced by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. shingle. Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona shot and edited on location in the province of Catalunya, S...

FROM ON HIGH to screen in Medellin with BiciCine!

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FROM ON HIGH has been invited to screen in the "Resistencia y Memoria" program of BiciCine in Medellin, Colombia starting in January 2019. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake of Ron de Cana Prods, Inc., FROM ON HIGH tells the story of a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona shot the film on location in Barcelona, Collsuspina and La Sala de Sant Llogari, Spain. An original score was composed by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs. Both ...

FROM ON HIGH & POOLING to have Los Angeles premieres!

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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...

FROM ON HIGH wins BEST DRAMA at RATMA Film Festival!

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FROM ON HIGH won the Best Drama Award at the RATMA Film Festival in Keighley, UK this evening. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, FROM ON HIGH tells the story of a Syrian girl who finds a better life in Europe. This is the 10th award for FROM ON HIGH and the 65th award for films produced by Westlake's Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. shingle since 2000. DP/Editor Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona won a Best Cinematography Award for FROM ON HIGH during the summer from Festival Carpine...

FROM ON HIGH to play the Champs Elysées in Paris!

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FROM ON HIGH has been selected to play Le Temps Presse Festival in Paris, France from January 29-February 1, 2019. The film has also been nominated there for a Student Prize with 4 other films. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, FROM ON HIGH tells the story of a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. It has been accepted to 45 festivals and won 8 awards, in the US, Spain and Italy (6). It was shot and edited on location in Catalunya, Spain by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Bar...

FROM ON HIGH selected to Caminhos Film Festival in Portugal!

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FROM ON HIGH has been selected to Caminhos Film Festival in Coimbra, Portugal for November 23-December 1, 2018. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, and produced by her Ron de Cana Productions shingle, the film is about a little Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. It was shot and edited on location in Catalunya, Spain by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. An original score was composed by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs. FROM ON HIGH marks the professional acting debut of ...

FROM ON HIGH in Top 3 of Drama Category at RATMA Film Festival!

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FROM ON HIGH will be projected in the 2018 RATMA Film Festival in Keighley, UK on October 13, 2018 as one of the Top 3 films in the Drama Category out of more than 300 entries. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake and produced by her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, the film is about a young Syrian girl who finds a better life in Europe. It marks the professional acting debut of 11-year-old actors Zoe Pinell Lopez and Esteve Serra Coll. FROM ON HIGH has now been accepted to 43 festivals worldwi...

Two MORE acceptances for FROM ON HIGH (in the US & Spain)!

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FROM ON HIGH has been accepted to two more festivals, Sandpoint Film Festival in Sandpoint, Idaho, USA & DiversimaCine in A Coruna, Galicia, Spain, both for November. FROM ON HIGH was filmed in Barcelona, Collsuspina, and La Sala de Sant Llogari, Catalunya, Spain in September 2017 by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. It tells the story of a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. Since its completion in the fall of 2017, FROM ON HIGH has been accepted to 41 film festi...

FROM ON HIGH to play Chile & Brazil this fall!

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"From On High" has been accepted to the 26th annual Fesancor Film Festival in Santiago, Chile for October 22-29, 2018 and to Festival de Cine de Tres Passos in Tres Passos, Brazil for November 6-10, 2018. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, "From On High" tells the story of a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. The film has been accepted to 40 festivals and other venues since it was made in Barcelona, Spain in September 2017. It's won 8 awards in the U...

FROM ON HIGH wins BEST SHORT FILM at Vilammare Film Festival

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FROM ON HIGH has won BEST SHORT FILM at Vilammare Film Festival in Campania, Italy. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, FROM ON HIGH is about a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. This is prize #8 for the film which has also won awards in the USA, Spain and 5 other awards in Italy, including Best Cinematography for DP/Editor Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona at Carpine d'Argento Film Fest in Visciano, and Best Soundtrack for GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs at Mediterr...

FROM ON HIGH to play Kosovo with FerFilm!

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FROM ON HIGH has been accepted to the FerFilm Festival in Ferizaj, Kosovo for September 2-6, 2018. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, FROM ON HIGH tells the story of a young Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. The film has won 7 awards, in the USA, Spain and Italy, including a BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY award for Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona and a BEST SOUNDTRACK award for the film's composer, GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs. FROM ON HIGH marks the professional acting...

GC Johnson wins BEST SOUNDTRACK for FROM ON HIGH from Mediterranean Festival Corto!

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Mediterranean Festival Corto in Diamante, Italy has awarded their 2018 Best Soundtrack prize to GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs for his original score on FROM ON HIGH, a short film written and helmed by Dawn Westlake and produced by her Ron de Cana shingle. Johnson was a 2016 Peer Raben Music Award nominee for his score for Westlake's 2015 film THROUGH THE PANE, and he won Best Musical Score for Westlake's A LIFE OF DEATH in 2006 from the Inventaunfilm Festival in Lenola, Italy. FROM ON HIG...

FROM ON HIGH to play Vilammare Film Festival!

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FROM ON HIGH has been selected to Vilammare Film Festival in Campania, Italy for August 26-30, 2018. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, FROM ON HIGH tells the story of a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. It was filmed on location in Barcelona, Collsuspina, and La Sala de Sant Llogari, Catalunya, Spain in September 2017 by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. It's since won 6 awards, in the USA, Spain and Italy (4). An original score was composed for the film by G...

FROM ON HIGH to play 21st Religion Today Festival in October!

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FROM ON HIGH has been selected to the 21st annual Religion Today Festival in Trento, Italy for October 4-11, 2018. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake and produced under her Ron de Cana Productions shingle, the film is about a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. FROM ON HIGH was filmed on location in Barcelona, Collsuspina and La Sala de Sant Llogari, Catalunya, Spain by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. He is the winner of the 2018 Carpine d'Argento Award for BES...

FROM ON HIGH to play Inventaunfilm in Lenola, Italy

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FROM ON HIGH has been selected with just 15 other films out of an international pool of 802 fiction entries to play Inventaunfilm in Lenola, Italy from August 7-11, 2018. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake of Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. in Los Angeles, the film tells the story of a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. It was shot on location in Barcelona, Collsuspina and La Sala de St. Llogari, Catalunya, Spain by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. An original scor...

FROM ON HIGH to play San Gio Film Festival in Italy and Moita Mostra in Portugal!

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FROM ON HIGH has been selected to the San Gio Film Festival in Verona, Italy for July 23rd and the Moita Mostra in Moita, Portugal for August 4th, 2018. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. banner, FROM ON HIGH tells the story of a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. It was shot on location in Barcelona, Collsuspina, and La Sala de Sant Llogari, Spain by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. Pol recently won the BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY p...

FROM ON HIGH on the Isle of Corsica with Festival du Film de Lama!

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FROM ON HIGH was selected to the Festival du Film de Lama on the Isle of Corsica for July 28-August 3, 2018. Directed and written by Dawn Westlake, the film is about a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. The film marks the professional acting debut of 11-year-olds Zoe Pinell Lopez and Esteve Serra Coll. Shot on location in Barcelona, Collsuspina and La Sala de Sant Llogari, Catalunya, Spain by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona, FROM ON HIGH just won a Best Cinematograp...

"From On High" to have Austrian premiere with Zeitimpuls Festival in Vienna!

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"From On High" has been accepted to Zeitimpuls Festival in Vienna, Austria, running June 18-24, 2018. The theme of the festival is Open Mindedness. "From On High" tells the story of a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. It's won two awards, MEJOR CORTO/CATEGORIA EUROPEA at Muestra Internacional de Cortos de Solidario y Sensibilizacion in Ciudad Real, Spain; and, FIRST PLACE at UNCG Sustainability Film Festival, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA. "Fr...

"From On High" selected to International Festival for Children and Youth!

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"From On High" was selected to the International Festival for Children and Youth in Yerevan, Armenia for November 6-10, 2018. The cinema and TV festival has been hosted annually for 14 years by the Rolan Foundation. "From On High" tells the story of a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. It's won two awards, in Spain and the USA, with the Muestra Internacional de Cortos de Solidario y Sensibilizacion in Ciudad Real, and with the UNCG Sustainability Film...

Melting Pot Germany ?

A Cineastic Statement - Immigration is All Right - Integration is Important Hamm is a small town in the Ruhr area, the former industrial heart of Germany, heavily struck by the shut down of its coal mines and steel factories. But today, Hamm is also the secret capital of Tamil migrants. Most of them were refugees from the civil war in Sri Lanka. Now, they are enriching society, life and culture. Even if the big fe ...

CREATE FILM FESTIVAL

When communities are caught in the depths of conflict and oppression, and survival becomes part of everyday life, why do people continue to create? When arms and air raids, ceasefires and aid fail to bring an end to such situations, what can art offer and what can it change?

CREATE Film Festival seeks to examine and explore the issue of creativity in sites of conflict; to offer a unique opportunity to see not only the different ways in which creativity can fuel change, but the truly exceptional talent that exists in some of the world’s most challenging contexts, where people have to think creatively about everything in order to survive.

Creativity as resistance; as understanding; as peace building; as voice; as messenger; as an alternative. Film In Place of War.

The Bridge at the End of the World

Director: Branko Istvancic.

When the Croatian War of Independence ended, some villages of Bosnian Croats have been destroyed, and the refugees were re-housed in the homes of Croatian Serbs who had left Croatia. Now however, the Serbian owners are returning, and the Croatian residents face an uncertain future. Anger and hostility arise. Intolerance towards the returning Serbs lurks around every corner and they are welcomed with gunfire from AK-47s. Somewhere in this atmosphere of terror, an old man called Jozo, a Bosnian Croat, disappears without a trace. The police officer Filip, who also lives in a Serbian house, is entrusted with the case. Everyone believes that a returning Serb has murdered Jozo, but Filip launches a detailed investigation, determined to be unbiased and fair, even though he has his own ghosts from the past to deal with. 

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