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Wu Xia - A Martial Arts Tango

'Wu Xia' means Martial Arts Knights, and it takes two to tango. Follow the two as they are readied to confront the 5 elements to see if they are worthy of the opponent. An all martial arts style extravaganza set in a distant future.

Wu Xia - A Martial Arts Tango

Director: Johnny K. Wu.

'Wu Xia' means Martial Arts Knights, and it takes two to tango. Follow the two as they are readied to confront the 5 elements to see if they are worthy of the opponent. An all martial arts style extravaganza set in a distant future international short film festival

Istanbul International Short Film Festival is the longest running and most experienced organization among the international short film festivals in Turkey.
Short film is a medium based on making best of limited time within the frame of cinema art and gives the directors the opportunity of expressing their talents in the most unique way. The In this perspective the Festival aims to support short film and to provide young filmmakers to present their work both on national and international platforms.
The Festival had been started by a group of young enthusiasts on national level and showcased only films produced in Turkey. In years it has attracted a big interest and became an international organization in 1988.
As an un-interrupted organization of 38 years, the Festival is a unique example of its kind.
The Festival is organized each November and through its one-week-course around 200 distinguished short films from Turkey and the world are screened to filmlovers. Experienced filmmakers, professionals share their experiences through Q&A's and workshops.
Until today, around 5400 short films have been screened, 1150 guests have attended the festival, 550 Q&A's and 33 workshops have been organized.
The international section consists of only film screenings; there is no competition within this section. Films are selected through a process of focused evaluation process from both the direct applications and also from the films provided by film centers of different countries. These films are being presented to the audience with Turkish subtitles in three different theaters where the directors are ready for an Q&A afterwards. 
Festival catalogues of each year provide an important reference for cinematic memory.
This organization is being run by an independent committee where Hilmi Etikan acts as the president and keeps it's respectable profile throughout the years.


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Baher, a short film by Hassan Akhondpour

  A stylish fairytale, Baher (Her mind) is an extravagant interpretation of how far human mind can go when logic departs and the heart takes the lead.    Iranian director Hassan Akhondpour creates a 25 minute eerie, yet sophisticated journey through a female mind, delving into his character’s deepest desires and emotions. Obsessed with the idea that her husband is seeing another woman, the character gradually enters a world of emotional paranoia where the lines between ...

Review: Iran's "Baher, Her Mind" going viral

REVIEW: Baher, Her Mind (short) Director: Hassan Akhondpour Prod co: Paya Film Toos Iran, 25 minutes Hassan Akhondpour’s debut short is already making waves across the Middle East, with over two million shares and scores of discussions generated since its May 19 premiere at the Cannes Short Film Corner. Told in 25 minutes and without dialogue, Baher: Her Mind is a journey into the psyche of our protagonist —whose name we never hear spoken out loud— convinced her husband ...

OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES Submissions for Films and Script Entries for SRFF2017 is now open!

The SR - Socially Relevant Film Festival New York launches its 4th annual edition with an open for call for entries May 11. Following the hugely successful three past annual editions with a combines 157 films screened from 35 countries, the fourth edition is scheduled to take place March 13-19, 2017 at the Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas and The School of Visual Arts Social Documentary Film Campus in New York City, with additional parallel venues for special events. Founded by Actor Filmmak...

"Through the Pane" selected to DocuTIFF!

"Through the Pane" has been selected to Tirana International Film Festival's DocuTIFF in Tirana, Albania for June 1-8, 2016. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, the film is based on the memoir chapter by her father, Donald G. Westlake, about his cosmic perspective when faced with the death of his wife of 62 years. The film has an original score by Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs, who just came off collaboration on the music for the Tom Hanks'-starrer "A Hologram for the...

Crown Heights Film Festival

Crown Heights Film Festival

October 29 – 30, 2016

The Crown Heights Film Festival (CHFF) brings exceptional local and international short film to Central Brooklyn audiences. The festival showcases a curated selection of short films: narratives, animation, documentaries, and cross-disciplinary/experimental films. Our mission is to provide a voice and opportunities for filmmakers in short form, to foster cross-arts collaboration, and to provide a social forum for filmmakers, Central Brooklyn residents, and the wider arts community.

To learn about the past issues of the festival, please go to

Crown Heights Film Festival is hosted by FiveMyles Gallery located in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. 

FiveMyles Gallery is a 501©3 not-for-profit exhibition and performance space where art and community connect. Featured works focus on giving emerging, merited, and well-established artists the opportunity to present their work in solo and group exhibitions. Place, personal vision, politics, identity and experimentation are an integral part of programming at FiveMyles.

Visit or contact for more information about the Crown Heights Film Festival and how to submit your work.

FiveMyles Gallery | 558 St Johns Place | Brooklyn, NY 11238 | 718.783.4438

"Through the Pane" to play Festimatge in Catalunya in April!

"Through the Pane" has been accepted out of 630 entries to the 22nd annual Festimatge in Calella, Spain (near Barcelona). The festival takes place April 2-24, 2016. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, based on a memoir chapter by her father, Donald G. Westlake, "Through the Pane" was shot and edited by Barcelona-native Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. For more info on the list of nominees for the Torrete Trophy visit:



DocuTIFF is excited to invite filmmakers to submit to the second edition of 2016 festival, which will take place in Tirana, this coming June, 1–8, 2016 in the open air theater of the University of Arts.

DocuTIFF aims to encouraging documentary film production in Albania and to give more chances to our filmmakers finding cooperation and enabling mutual contacts with their colleagues in our region, to build up a favorable climate creation in Albania and wider in region for development and cooperation of such productions.


Open to any filmmaker from around the world DocuTIFF showcases the very best in documentary cinema from around the world, special programs & screenings, workshops & master classes, retrospectives, homage & tributes, international guests together with Galá Awards and other special events.

DocuTIFF invites all documentaries from established and debut filmmakers alike to submit their films in those categories:

International Competition

In Albanian Competition


REFLECTING ALBANIA is a special program dedicated to the foreign filmmakers who have produced their films in Albania or in Albanian speaking territory.



On the occasion of this second edition of DocuTIFF, two international juries will evaluate and then select the best documentaries with awards presented on the closing ceremony.

Other juries are Media Jury and In Albanian Jury.


Awards will be presented in the following categories:

Best Feature

Best Middle Length

Best Short

Best Film in Albanian

Best European Feature

Best European Short

Best Debut Film

Media Award

Audience Award

Internet Vote


Official awards consist of a statue and a diploma. The cash prize in DocuTIFF is determined by the available budget.

Special awards can be given by organizers, Festival director, sponsors and partners, professional organizations, NGOs, media, etc.



DocuTIFF has the pleasure to announce four optional services available for applicants.

The applicants must apply clearly for each one of these new services. Fill the appropriate field in the entry form.


1. DocuTIFF.TV Competition

With our media partners we offer the possibility to directors screening their films (selected for the official competitive program or not) to the Albanian audience and win the TV audience awards in the same categories. 


2. DocuTIFF Online Library

With our partners altcine and altcineAction! TIFF offer the online presentation of each film, in a dedicated page, as a part of a film library, with all related information and with the possibility to receive comments from the international Internet audience and industry.  The screening of films is open to anyone without charges. The films will be available for viewing in the film library as long as director/producer wishes.


3. DocuTIFF Market Corner

DocuTIFF will create a market corner during the nine days, where potential buyers can watch all films and make their selection. DocuTIFF will also act as a festival promoter and distributor. In case of financial contract with a distributor, DocuTIFF will receive a fee of 5%.


4. DocuTIFF on Tour

DocuTIFF will act as ambassador for the submitted films and will travel with a selection to other Albanian cities during the year. DocuTIFF will also propose special screenings to other regional festivals in accordance to a specific subject or theme of each collaborative festival.

Little Big Shots: Australia's Film Festival For Kids - Call For Entries

Little Big Shots is Australia's largest and only annual touring film festival curated especially for kids. Featuring a selection of short and feature films, the festival lands in all major Australian capital cities. A kids jury awards the best international, local, and child-made films each year and the films play to an audience of over 20,000 across the country. Initial submissions close December 11, 2015. Submission Fees: Child-made $10 Adult-made $30. Late submissions to be negotiat...

"Games People Play" accepted to Moab Film Festival in Utah!

Dawn Westlake's "Games People Play" received its 38th film festival acceptance this week at the Moab International Film Festival in Moab, Utah, USA for November 20-23, 2015. According to a festival press release dated October 28th, 2015: "Highlights among the short film selections include Dawn Westlake's 'Games People Play',a darkly comic piece on the power of words that she says 'makes a plea for the return to sincerity...using irony.' Choosing from ...

Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Film Festival

A not-to-be missed annual juried festival showcasing animated and live-action science fiction, fantasy, and horror-tinged short films from around the globe. EMP Museum in partnership with SIFF presented the tenth annual Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival this year. This celebration of artistic excellence brings together cinema enthusiasts, filmmakers, and artists for a showcase of illuminating and unconventional films. Admitted films are judged by a nationally recognized jury comprised of luminaries in the fields of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. The festival brings together industry professionals and genre experts to encourage and support new, creative additions to science fiction, fantasy, and horror cinematic arts.

Submit for The 7th Annual NYC Independent Film Festival!

The NYC Independent Film Festival celebrates the true independent filmmaker and provides a showcase for the best in independent cinema, including documentaries, short and feature-length films, music videos, and animated works. Whether a submission is comedic, dramatic, or something in between, The NYC Indie film Fest is eager to embrace fresh ideas and storytelling. With panels, parties and a weekend long gathering of fellow indie filmmakers The NYC Indie Film Festival is the place to be Ap...

Website for "Through the Pane" is launched!

The official website for "Through the Pane", a new short film from Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. in Los Angeles, is now live! It was designed by director Dawn Westlake and programmed by Jason Luckett. The site features more info about the 6:21 film, media (trailer, behind-the-scenes reel, stills), comments, and cast-crew bios. A festival list will be kept updated as selections come in. "Through the Pane" was...

Caminhos film Festival

The Caminhos Film Festival was stated in the latest editions as the reference event in the Portuguese panorama, the only festival dedicated in its competition, to the Portuguese cinema in various aspects, from the final draft film school, through animation , documentary, short film to feature film. Since 1988 we were privileged as an organization to see and live within the best of Portuguese national productions over the past twenty editions, but also to follow the progress of all the Portuguese film industry. We opened the event from Juniors, to seniors, to Film Schools, publishers and booksellers, all Portuguese production turning it in true showcase of national cinema in Portugal. A showcase, which has focused on bringing the creators to the publics, focusing on interaction at all levels.
O festival Caminhos do Cinema Português afirmou-se nas últimas edições como o evento de referência do panorama português, sendo o único festival dedicado, na sua competição, ao cinema português em várias vertentes, desde os projectos finais de escola de cinema, passando pela animação, documentário, curta-metragem até à longa-metragem. Desde 1988 tivemos o privilégio, enquanto organização de ver e (con)viver com o melhor da produção nacional portuguesa ao longo das últimas XIX edições, mas igualmente de acompanhar a evolução de toda a indústria cinematográfica portuguesa. Abrimos o evento aos Juniores, aos Séniores, às Escolas de Cinema, às editoras e livreiros, a toda a produção portuguesa transformando-o na verdadeira montra do cinema nacional em Portugal. Uma montra, que tem apostado em aproximar os criadores dos seus públicos, apostando na interacção em todos os níveis.

Awards & Prizes

Prémios da Selecção Caminhos 
- Grande Prémio do Festival 
- Prémio para a Melhor Longa-metragem 
- Prémio para a Melhor Curta-metragem 
- Prémio para a Melhor Animação 
- Prémio para o Melhor Documentário 
- Prémio Revelação 
- Melhor Actor 
- Melhor Actor Secundário 
- Melhor Actriz 
- Melhor Actriz Secundária 
- Melhor Direcção Artística 
- Melhor Fotografia 
- Melhor Guarda Roupa 
- Melhor Realizador 
- Melhor Caracterização 
- Melhor Montagem 
- Melhor Som 
- Melhor Argumento Original 
- Melhor Argumento Adaptado 
- Melhor Música Original
Prémio do Público 
- Melhor Filme
Prémio D. Quijote - Prémio da Federação Internacional de Cineclubes 
- Melhor Filme
Prémio Imprensa 
- Melhor Filme
Prémios da Selecção Ensaios 
-Prémio do Júri Ensaios Nacional; 
-Prémio do Júri Ensaios Internacional;
Caminhos Selection Awards 
- Grand Festival Award 
- Award for Best Feature Film 
- Award for Best Short Film 
- Award for Best Animation 
- Award for Best Documentary 
- Breakthrough Awards 
- Best Actor 
- Best Supporting Actor 
- Best Actress 
- Best Supporting Actress 
- Best Art Direction 
- Best Cinematography 
- Best Wardrobe 
- Best Director 
- Best Characterization 
- Best Film Editing 
- Best Sound 
- Best Original Screenplay 
- Best Adapted Screenplay 
- Best Original Music
Audience Award 
- Best movie
D. Quijote Award - Award of the International Federation of Film Societies 
- Best movie
Awards Press 
- Best movie
Essays Selection Award 
- Best National Essay 
- Best International Essay






Rules & Terms

1.- Finalidades do Evento 
1.1.- Caminhos Film Festival têm como finalidade geral do projecto reforçar o acesso à cultura cinematográfica Portuguesa, promovendo a sua divulgação, os elementos para à sua comparação e compreensão. 
1.2.- Para além disso em cada edição o projecto deverá reforçar os laços de comunidade e identidade local existentes, promovendo a integração numa identidade e comunidade nacional.
2.- Objectivos Gerais e Definição Conceptual 
2.1.- O festival é idealizado por amantes e profissionais do mundo cinematográfico e visa dar visibilidade às diferentes produções nacionais. Os Caminhos Film Festival são um festival singular em Portugal dedicado exclusivamente ao cinema nacional, nos seus distintos registos técnicos e temáticos na secção competitiva Selecção Caminhos.
2.2.- Ao nível conceptual os Caminhos do Cinema Português caracterizam-se por uma amplitude de registos que são o fidedigno registo do panorama da produção cinematográfica nacional anual. A inovação do projecto está no facto de se proceder ao acolhimento num único espaço.
2.3.- Os Caminhos do Cinema Português pretendem ser aquilo que o nome transmite, a súmula dos diferentes caminhos que a cinematografia nacional percorre. Não existe um só caminho, disso mesmo nos damos conta quando os podemos enumerar, a saber: cinema de autor, cinema comercial, cinema para crianças e o vídeo arte. O cinema português enquadra-se nos mais variados escalões etários e registos estilísticos de que a história do cinema nos pode dar conta.
2.4.- A Selecção Ensaios, ao aceitar obras realizados em contexto de formação académica, nacionais e internacionais, pretende promover os elementos para a comparação e compreensão da cinematografia portuguesa no contexto global.
3.- Secções Competitivas, Júris e Prémios Oficiais 
3.1.- O festival Caminhos do Cinema Português é constituído por duas secções competitivas, nomeadamente a Selecção Caminhos e a Selecção Ensaios.
3.2.- As obras a apresentar em cada uma das secções competitivas serão o resultado de uma pré-selecção da responsabilidade da organização e de um júri expressamente convocado para o efeito, nos termos dos Regulamentos Anexos próprios de cada secção.
4.- Selecção Caminhos 
4.1.- Os filmes seleccionados para a Selecção Caminhos serão avaliados por um conjunto de júris e concorrem cumulativamente, quando reunidas as condições expressas nos Anexos ao Regulamentos de cada júri/selecção, aos seguintes prémios: 
-Prémios do Júri Caminhos; 
-Prémio do Júri de Imprensa; 
-Prémio Don Quijote / Júri IFSS – Federação Internacional de Cineclubes
5.- Selecção Ensaios 
5.1.- Os filmes seleccionados para a Selecção Ensaios serão avaliados por um júri e concorrem quando reunidas as condições expressas no regulamento desta secção, ao seguinte prémio: 
-Prémio do Júri Ensaios Nacional; 
-Prémio do Júri Ensaios Internacional;
6.- Outros Prémios 
Para dos prémios elencados, os filmes a concurso na Selecção Caminhos e Selecção Ensaios, concorrem igualmente ao Prémio do Público. Este prémio será entregue mediante o escrutínio e o cálculo da média aritmética ponderada expressa pelo espectadores, em boletim de voto próprio, no final de cada sessão na Selecção Caminhos e Selecção Ensaios.
6.- Casos Omissos 
6.1.- A Comissão Organizadora do festival reserva-se o direito de decidir sobre os casos não previstos nos diferentes Regulamentos, bem como proceder a necessárias alterações, dando conhecimento a todos os interessados.
7.- Disposição Final 
A inscrição para pré-selecção e participação nas diferentes secções competitivas (selecção Caminhos/ Selecção Ensaios) do festival Caminhos do Cinema Português XXI implica a leitura deste Regulamento OFicial bem como a aceitação dos Anexos específicos de cada secção.
Coimbra, 15 de Julho de 2015 
1.-Purpose of the event 
1.1.-Caminhos Film Festival have as general purpose of the project enhance access to Portuguese film culture, promoting their dissemination, the elements for the comparison and understanding.
1.2.-Plus in each issue the project should strengthen the bonds of community and local identity, promoting the integration in existing identity and national community.
2.-General objectives and Concept Definition 
2.1.-the festival is designed for lovers and professionals in the film world and seeks to give visibility to the different national productions. The paths are a unique festival Film Festival in Portugal devoted exclusively to national cinema, in its distinctive technical and thematic records in competitive Selection Paths section.
2.2.-Conceptual level the ways of the Portuguese Cinema is characterised by a range of records that are the trustworthy record of the annual national film production. The innovation of the project is that for the reception in a single space.
2.3.- Caminhos film Festival claims to be what the name conveys, summarising the different paths that the national cinematography traverses. There is no one way, that we realize when we can enumerate, namely: cinema, cinema, cinema commercial for children and video art. The Portuguese film fits in various age groups and stylistic records of the history of cinema in can handle.
2.4.-the selection Tests, by accepting works carried out in the context of academic, national and international training, aims to promote the elements for comparison and understanding of Portuguese cinematography in the global context.
3.-Competitive Sections, Juries and awards Officers 
3.1.-Caminhos Film Festival consists of two competitive sections, namely the selection Caminhos and the selection Essays.
3.2.-the works in each of the competitive sections will be the result of a pre-selection of the responsibility of the Organization and of a jury expressly convened for this purpose, in accordance with the regulations specific to each Attachments section.
4.-selecting Paths 
4.1.-The selected films for the selection paths will be evaluated by a set of judges and compete cumulatively when the conditions laid down in Annexes to the Regulations of each jury/selection, the following prizes: 
-Jury Awards paths; 
-Press jury prize; 
-Don Quijote Award/Jury IFSS-International Federation of film societies
5.-Selection Tests 
5.1.-The selected films for the selection tests will be evaluated by a jury and compete when the conditions expressed in the regulation of this section, the following prize: 
-Jury prize National Tests; 
-Jury prize International Trials;
For listed Awards, the films in competition Selection paths and Selection Tests, also compete for the prize of the audience. This prize will be delivered by the scrutiny and the calculation of the weighted arithmetic average expressed by viewers, in ballot itself, at the end of each session in selecting paths and Selection Tests.
6.- Missing cases 
6.1.-the Organizing Committee of the festival reserves the right to decide on the cases not provided for in the various regulations, as well as carry out necessary changes, giving knowledge to all interested parties.
7.-Final provisions 
Registration for pre-selection and participation in different competitive sections (path/selection Selection trials) of Caminhos do Cinema XXI Portuguese festival involves reading this official rules as well as the acceptance of the annexes specific to each section.


"Games People Play" back to Mexico for Post Mortem Fest!

"Games People Play" returns again to Mexico for the 2015 Post Mortem Festival in Aguascalientes, Mexico October 1-4, 2015. A dark comedy shot in the style of a Sergio Leone spaghetti western, this is the third festival acceptance in Mexico in a year's time. Helmed and written by Dawn Westlake, the film stars David Razowsky, Mark Jacobson and Westlake herself. The film was shot on the Canon C500 by Jon Carr. An Ennio Morricone-esque score was provided by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs...

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...

1 Day With Chinaski documentary by Ester Brym

Music documentary film 1 Day With Chinaski" is being shown as part of ACTION ON FILM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL on September 20, 2015 at 6:00 PM in Monrovia, CA This film was shot in collaboration with CHINASKI music production and co-directed by Ester Brym & Ondra Skoch. It will have its USA Premiere at this year’s AOF International Film Festival in Monrovia, California. One of the most popular Czech music bands Chinaski is profiled in this user generated documenta...

Mano a Mono

Director: saranne Bensusan.

A man has returned home and is unable to find his wife, he sets about solving the mystery of why he can't find her, during his moment of crisis he is offered help from a most unlikely source, but all is revealed when a familiar femme fatale enters the building.

Mano a Mono

Director: saranne Bensusan.

A man has returned home and is unable to find his wife, he sets about solving the mystery of why he can't find her, during his moment of crisis he is offered help from a most unlikely source, but all is revealed when a familiar femme fatale enters the building.

2016 submissions Now Open

The 4th annual Tally Shorts Film Festival is looking for top-notch short films! We strive to provide our audience with a wide collection of films, which is why we love shorts! There is no better way to experience a fantastic variety of film than with a great selection of shorts all brought together in one exciting event!   To submit simply go to   Do you have what it takes?   ENTRY FEES Earlybird Submission – $8 (Aug...


We're accepting films to our 3rd year!  We will boast 7 days of independent cinema from all over the world in a modern theater in the heart of the world-famous arts distrcit in North Hollywood, California!  All genres accepted.  Awards given in multiple categories.  Check us out at  We are on Withoutabox and Film Freeway! ...