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"Pooling" to play Canaltown Moving Movie Festival!

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"Pooling", written and helmed by Dawn Westlake and produced under her Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. shingle, has been accepted to Canaltown's Moving Movie Festival in Honesdale, PA, USA for June 22nd, 2019. The films selected will play in several different venues around town between 4p-10p. "Pooling" features the breakdancing and choreography of Marc Carrizo Vilarroig of Brodas Bros. It was shot and edited in Barcelona by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. An ori...

"Pooling" selected to Xsection Film Festival!

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"Pooling" has been accepted to Xsection Film Festival of science and dance in Watertown, MA, USA for June 30, 2019. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake and produced under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, "Pooling" features the dancing and choreography of Marc Carrizo Vilarroig of Brodas Bros. The opening and closing animation was done by Dismas and GrissyG Lizarraga of GrisDismation. An original score was composed by Joan Armand Forero of Praxiz. "Pooling" was f...

Winners of the 2019 Tiburon International Film Festival 'Golden Reel Awards'

The winners of the 2019 Tiburon International Film Vestival 'Golden Reel Awards' were announced on Friday, April 19, 2019, in Tiburon, California. Best Film: Eternal Winter [Hungary] Best Director: Attila Szasz, for: Eternal Winter [Hungary] Best Actor: Dragos Bucur, for: Hawaii [Romania] Best Actress: Marina Gera, for Eternal Winter [Hungary] Best Documentary: As Time Goes By, directed by: Simone Aleandri [Italy] Best Sc...

The Bellwether

Director: Christopher Morrison.

In The Bellwether, to the outside world Joanne (Reid) is just a bookstore owner, but The Conspiracy knows different. She is dangerous. She is a bellwether: a quiet leader who is well on her way to being her whole self. When they kidnap her to break her, to make her conform, they discover that Joanne is something so much more than even she ever knew. The Conspiracy locks Joanne in a 13th century chapel and she communicates with her 'operator' only through text and images shown a television. In order to break her, they work on her hidden pain, the fact that she had an abortion four years ago. After standing up to the mental torture, the Conspiracy goes even farther; impregnating her and trying to force her to have the baby. At the moment when she is about to give in she will either break, or everything will change, for herself and for the Conspiracy.

POOLING to compete for Trofeo La Lanterna!

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"Pooling", a breakdance/animation/visual effects film from Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. is the ONLY American film competing for the Trofeo La Lanterna in Genoa, Italy. It will play there with Cineclub FotoVideo Genova on April 4th, 2019. Filmed and edited on location in Castellnou and Barcelona, Spain by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona, the animation for "Pooling" was done in Los Angeles by Dismas & GrissyG Lizarraga of GrisDismation. An original score was prep...

POOLING to have World Premiere at Children's Film Festival Seattle

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POOLING, a brand new breakdance/animation/visual effects hybrid film will have its world premiere at the 2019 Children's Film Festival at the Northwest Film Forum in Seattle, WA, USA from January 24-February 3. The film features dancing and choreography by Marc Carrizo Vilarroig ("Markitus") of the internationally recognized troupe Brodas Bros. POOLING was shot on location in Castellnou, Catalunya, Spain with editing and visual effects by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona....

SCRAPPY & FROM ON HIGH selected to IX Festival de Cine: Infancia y Adolescencia in Colombia

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Ron de Cana Productions' films SCRAPPY (2016/USA) and FROM ON HIGH (2017/USA) have both been accepted to IX Festival de Cine: Infancia y Adolescencia playing in Bogota & Medellin, Colombia from September 3-21, 2018. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, both films were shot/edited by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. They both feature young actors making their professional debuts in stories about children taking a stand for peace in worlds where the adults' morals and ethics ...

BZN International Film Festival: An Overview

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Bozeman Film Celebration is dedicated to understanding diverse points of view and is in the vanguard in restoring media literacy among our youth. The BZN vision is to highlight movies that make a positive impact on audiences—stories that showcase the best of the human spirit while inviting a call to action. We champion films that educate and enrich while they entertain: documentaries, indies, comedies, features and shorts that make our cut must be intelligent and thought-provok...

BZN International Film Festival

BZN International Film Festival is dedicated to understanding diverse points of view and is in the vanguard in restoring media literacy among our youth. The BZN vision is to highlight movies that make a positive impact on audiences—stories that showcase the best of the human spirit while inviting a call to action. We champion films that educate and enrich while they entertain: documentaries, indies, comedies, features and shorts that make our cut must be intelligent and thought-provoking, inspire curiosity, and encourage community and global awareness. Above all, they should stimulate conversation—a lost art we’re determined to help restore.

The inaugural BZN International Film Festival will run June 7-10, 2018, and spotlights women filmmakers, directors, actors and producers who are ready to take the helm, pioneering projects to change current statistics and elevate women’s visions and voices. We are seeking submissions that define strong women who respect themselves and know their worth. These characters - fictional and real - may choose to be intrepid adventurers as well as strong partners, mothers, friends and businesswomen and along the way they inspire, energize and embolden people of all ages regardless of their sex or ethnicity.

About Bozeman Film Celebration

We are thrilled to launch the inaugural event this June, and look forward to welcoming filmmakers, speakers and leaders in the film industry to Bozeman, ranked as one of the 20 most beautiful towns in America by Conde Nast Traveller!

BZN is dedicated to supporting and promoting women’s voices in film and the film industry, and as such will present a series of events and conversations that will focus on various challenges and elements of filmmaking as a woman.

FROM ON HIGH schedule confirmed at Northwest Film Forum in Seattle!

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FROM ON HIGH will have its USA premiere in Seattle in early 2018 at the prestigious Children's Film Fest at the Northwest Film Forum in the NO WALLS program. I love the description of our block of films: "This program makes it clear: youth all over the world long for the same things: to laugh, to live, to learn, to live in peace and to be respected for who they are. Many people, both powerful and weak, will try to build walls, but the dreams of the next generation cannot be denied."...

Scrappy rep'd the USA in San Rafael en Corto Film Festival

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"Scrappy", a film about standing up to gun violence, based on the Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem by Donald G. Westlake, represented the USA in the San Rafael en Corto Film Fest in Vecindario, Spain (The Canary Islands) on November 4th, 2017. "Scrappy" is a Ron de Cana Productions' presentation, directed and adapted for the screen by Dawn Westlake. Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona shot and edited on location in Pine Mountain and Los Angeles, CA, USA. ...

"Scrappy" in the running for the People's Choice Award at RATMA Film Fest in the UK!

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"Scrappy", a 4-minute film by Dawn Westlake, based on the poem by her father, Donald G. Westlake, is up for the People's Choice Award in the RATMA Film Fest. The film is playing online (for FREE!) until November 19th. The winner will be announced on November 20th. The global public can watch and vote for "Scrappy" in the drama category here: http://ratmaff.weebly.com/drama.html The poem "Scrappy" is included in Donald G. Westlake's Studs Terkel Humanitie...

Scrappy is a finalist in Corti in Cortile!

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"Scrappy" is one of only 2 US films selected as finalists in the 9th edition of Corti in Cortile in Catania, Italy for September 22-24, 2017. Adapted for the screen by director Dawn Westlake, "Scrappy" is based on the Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem by Donald G. Westlake. It recounts a real-life anecdote from Donald's childhood in rural Elburn, Illinois during the 1930s when he had to stand up to the gun culture in the USA to save the life of his little dog. &...

LOWLIFE - World premiere at Montreal's Fantasia Film Festival 2017

LOWLIFE (USA, 2017, 96 min) directed by: Ryan Prows; written by: Ryan Prows, Tim Cairo, Jake Gibson, Shaye Ogbonna, Maxwell Michael Towson; cast: Mark Burnham, Nicki Micheaux, Jon Oswald, Ricardo Adam Zarate, Santana Dempsey, Shaye Ogbonna, Jose Rosete… Despite a currently pretty much tedious so called independent scene of the United States, stellar Montreal international film festival FanTasia, like every year, managed to find a few worthy pieces. The best of all was a highly energet...

"Scrappy" to play Forte Sangallo in Tracce Filmografiche Film Festival!

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"Scrappy" has been selected to play the Tracce Filmografiche Film Festival held at Forte Sangallo in Nettuno (Rome), Italy from June 21-25, 2017. http://www.traccecinematografichefilmfest.it/traccecinematografichefilmfest/Home.html Helmed by Dawn Westlake, the film is based on the Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem by her father, Donald G. Westlake. It was shot in Pine Mountain, CA and Masia Les Quingles in Catalunya by Imatge Barcelona's Pol Carrizo Vilarroig. "Scra...

2017 San Diego International Film Festival

 

IT’S TIME TO SHINE!
The 16th annual San Diego International Film Festival invites you to submit today for a chance to shine a spotlight on your film! With the belief that cinematic storytelling can make a difference in our world, the San Diego International Film Festival is dedicated to shining a spotlight on films that make a difference. Riveting Film Screenings and networking events are accompanied by great parties, great people and stunning views of sunny San Diego - Chosen the #1 Best Travel Destination in the US by Money Magazine.

SDiFF is a competitive five-day festival for U.S. and international independent films and filmmakers with two “film village” locations including the vibrant Downtown San Diego/Gaslamp district and the iconic beach community of La Jolla. SDiFF offers filmmakers and audiences, industry insights, educational panels, exciting discussions at intimate gatherings and opportunities to learn and grow as you explore the art of cinema.

Notable features of the festival include:
- 100+ Independent and Studio films
- 100's of visiting filmmakers and entertainment industry leaders
- Sneak preview premieres of Oscar-worthy studio releases
- A spotlight on Independent films/ filmmaking
- A Celebrity Tribute evening & program hosted by VARIETY magazine.
- Jury and Audience Awards in multiple categories
- Walkable villages at different screening venues in San Diego
- Industry Panels
- Social Impact Panel and Film Track
- Signature events including: Opening Night Film and Party, Friday Party with a Purpose, Filmmaker Awards and Culinary Cinema.

Just 120 miles south of Los Angeles/Hollywood, the San Diego Intl Film Festival (SDiFF) has quickly become a favorite of industry insiders and celebrities. Past filmmakers/ celebrities attending have include: Annette Bening, Adrian Brody, Kate Beckinsale, Simon Heldberg, Beau Bridges, Judd Apatow, Mariel Hemingway, Alan Arkin, Michelle Monaghan, Josh Duhamel, Denise Haysbert, and many more.

Awards & Prizes

The slate of films that are selected at the festival offers a wide range of programming from creative narrative features to thought-provoking documentaries to engaging and enlightening short films. Topics in film we specifically cultivate include Women in film, Native American, film exploring the role of veterans and the Armed Forces, Student Film projects, Sports, Horror, Animation and World Cinema.

Gala Premieres which have been nominated for or won major awards from the festival include: LION, DENIAL, HELL OR HIGH WATER, CAPTAIN FANTASTIC, ROOM, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE, THE IMITATION GAME, WILD, ST. VINCENT, WHIPLASH, MR. TURNER, SEPTEMBERS OF SHIRAZ, I SMILE BACK, HE NAMED ME MALALA, ROOM and many more.

Filmmaker Hospitality & Benefits:
- 2 Filmmaker Badges with full access to all screenings and events
- 5 Complimentary Tickets for the filmmaker's screening
- Filmmaker Brunch including networking with industry professionals
- Discounted accommodations for filmmakers
- Industry-oriented seminars and workshops
- Potential for one-on-one meetings with prominent entertainment industry professionals
- Complimentary admission for some of the leading tourist and cultural attractions in and around San Diego.

Rules & Terms

SUBMISSIONS
The nonrefundable entry fee must be payable in US dollars to SAN DIEGO FILM FOUNDATION. Entries must be POSTMARKED by the deadline. Submission costs vary depending on category and discounts. When submitting to the festival you are agreeing that, if selected and the invitation accepted, to screen the submitted film during the dates of the festival. SDiFF will not pay any screening fees for presentation of the film during the festival. The only exception would be if there is a negotiated agreement preceding the submission of the film to SDiFF.

ENTRY REGULATIONS
The SDiFF is a competitive showcase for domestic and international feature films, documentaries and shorts. The SDiFF reserves the right to determine the eligibility of any project submitted. All films must be a minimum of a San Diego Premiere and NO theatrical, cable, television, satellite, DVD, VHS, VOD, internet screenings or availability of any kind in the San Diego region prior to the SDFF dates. Only works completed in 2016 and 2017 are eligible for selection. There is no limit to the number of entries.

FILM/VIDEO ENTRIES
All foreign language entries must have English subtitles. Projects must be submitted for consideration on DVD, BluRay or as an online screener. PAL format will not be accepted. Works in progress will be considered for the SDiFF. Works in progress will not be screened in the festival. Screening material, press and any application materials sent to SDiFF will NOT be returned. If you did not receive a confirmation of submission, please email programming@sdfilmfest.com. All features and documentaries submitted must be available in BluRay and DCP for festival presentation.

COMPETITION
The San Diego Intl Film Festival is a competitive event and unless notified otherwise, all films officially selected are eligible for competition. For a list of competitive categories, please see our Awards page. All films are nominated and voted upon by an impartial jury of filmmakers, industry professionals, festival programmers and film aficionados.

PRESS MATERIALS
If selected, the SDiFF will require an Electronic Press Kit (EPK) to include high-resolution production stills, key art, bio and filmography of the director, production notes and full cast and crew credits.

LIABILITY
Although every possible care will be taken with tapes, films, drives and files while in our possession, we cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage. Do not send original or master prints, tapes, files or drives. Please keep the SDiFF notified of any address/phone number changes.

SHIPPING
The cost of shipping all entries and films to the festival must be paid by the entrant. The SDiFF will not pay the cost of shipping the print back to the filmmaker. SDiFF will not be responsible for expedited or overnight shipping charges to other organizations. Also, SDiFF cannot guarantee shipment of prints to other festivals during the days of the festival. All international entries must be sent 'free domicile' to the SDiFF office with all transportation charges, duties, and taxes prepaid by the shipper.

REPRODUCTION AGREEMENT
Submission of an entry gives the SDiFF permission to have excerpts of accepted work, including film trailers, shown in all promotional activities related to the festival.

NOTIFICATION
Films selected for the SDiFF will be notified no later than September 1, 2017.

 

11th Annual Red Rock Film Festival — Utah

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
To encourage the production of media in both the independent and professional market that portray the human race in a positive light, and to applaud original works that redefine media through innovation, creativity and sensitivity that both enlightens and educates audiences from around the world.

INTRODUCTION
The festival considers entries of ALL GENRES from shorts to full-length features, and is held in Southern Utah, nearby Zion National Park and Cedar Breaks National Monument. The location is ideal for the vacation-seeking filmmaker. It is an artist's retreat for film, cuisine, parties, and workshops with approachable professional people. This emerging festival is held each November in Festival City.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The International Red Rock Film Festival. The Red Rock Film Festival was formed in 2007 in Southern Utah, and quickly became a internationally recognized festival with 6,000 attendees in 2008. It made MovieMaker Magazine's list of "Top Festivals Worth the Entry Fee" in both 2009 and 2013.

 

About the Red Rock Film Festival

MISSION & OBJECTIVE To encourage the production of media in both the independent and professional market that portray the human race in a positive light, and to applaud original works that redefine media through innovation, creativity and sensitivity that both enlightens and educates audiences from around the world. INTRODUCTION The festival considers entries of ALL GENRES from shorts to full-length features, and is held in Southern Utah, nearby Zion National Park and ...

"Through the Pane" to play Detroit in Purgatory!

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"Through the Pane" will play the Purgatory Film Exhibition in Detroit, Michigan, USA on March 12, 2017. Helmed by Dawn Westlake, the short film is based on the memoir chapter by her father, Donald G. Westlake, which deals with his acceptance of her mother's death. They were very happily married for 62 years. GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs scored the film. (He was nominated for the Peer Raben Music Award at SoundTrack_Cologne in Germany in August 2016.) "Through the Pane" ...

SCRAPPY to have Spanish premiere in Burgos!

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Ron de Cana Productions' latest film, "Scrappy", helmed by Dawn Westlake, will have its Spanish premiere in the Certamen de Cine Corto de Salas de los Infantes in the Grand Casino of Burgos, Spain from December 26-29, 2016. The film is based on the Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem by Donald G. Westlake. Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona shot on the Canon C300 and edited/color graded. Music was provided by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs. The film stars animators Dis...

Scrappy to rep the USA in the Vittoria Peace Film Fest!

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"Scrappy" will represent the USA in the Vittoria Peace Film Festival in Vittoria, Italy, from December 12 to 15, 2016. Based on the Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem by Donald G. Westlake, "Scrappy" recounts a real-life incident from Dr. Westlake's childhood when he stood up to the gun culture in the US. The film was helmed by Dawn Westlake and shot by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona on a C300 provided by Canon USA, Inc. Carrizo-Vilarroig also edited a...

"Scrappy" to have World Premiere in the UK!

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"Scrappy", a new film from Ron de Cana Productions, Inc., will have its world premiere on November 10th, 2016 at the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse in Cambridge, England with Reel Women UK. The night of films will focus on USA election issues. "Scrappy" was selected by Reel Women UK because of its treatment of the issue of gun violence in the United States. Helmed by Dawn Westlake, "Scrappy" is based on a real-life incident from her father, Donald G. Westlake's chi...

Two More Fests for "Through the Pane"!

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"Through the Pane" has been accepted to two festivals for the month of November, bringing the total to 39. The film will play the Davis Film Festival in Davis, CA, USA on November 6th, 2016. It was also chosen from over 3000 entries from 46 nations to play the Festival de Cinemistica in Granada, Spain from November 16-December 17, 2016. "Through the Pane" is based on the memoir chapter by Donald G. Westlake about his acceptance of his wife's death. They were very happil...

The 11th Annual CaribbeanTales International Film Festival

The CaribbeanTales International Film Festival (CTFF) returns to Downtown Toronto, at The Royal Cinema, 608 College Street, with its 11th edition. This year's Festival includes nine feature-length and 17 short films in Official Competition for the CTFF Jury and Audience Awards, to be announced on Closing Night - September 17. 

For more information about the Festival, please call The CaribbeanTales International Film Festival Office Line on: 416-534-8308 or our mobile line: 647-739-4294 or visit our website http://www.caribbeantales.ca and through our email caribbeantales@gmail.com.

New York: Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2016

Of all global non-governmental organizations focusing on the protection of human rights the New York based Human Rights Watch ranks among the largest and most influential.   In five geographic divisions encompassing Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Central Asia, The Middle East and North Africa, and a United States program more than 80 researchers carry out their work in virtually all countries; executing systematic data analysis, generating information through fieldw...
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