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"terroir" selected for the Fem Tour Truck!

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"terroir" has been selected by Fem Tour Truck out of Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain to tour that country, as well as Portugal, France, the UK, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Mexico from June 2020 onward. Written/helmed and sung by Dawn Westlake, and produced under her Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. shingle, "terroir" explores the mother-child relationship and how it can influence our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. The film was made in Wheaton &...

"terroir" on Short List for Best Music Video Award in Estonia!

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"terroir" has made the short list of Best Music Video nominees for the 2020 Unprecedented Cinema International Festival of Short Films in Tallinn, Estonia. Originally scheduled for April, the festival has now been postponed to September 4-6, 2020 due to the COVID19 pandemic. Written/helmed and sung by Dawn Westlake, "terroir" explores the mother-child relationship and how it can sometimes cloud our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. The fil...

"terroir" selected to Cortos en Corto in Mexico!

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"terroir" has been selected to the 7th annual Cortos en Corto Film Festival in Anahuac, Xalapa, Mexico for August 20-21, 2020. Written, helmed and produced by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc shingle, "terroir" is about the mother-child relationship and how it can sometimes cloud our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. The film was shot in Wheaton & Peru, IL, USA, Font Romeu, France and Vilafranca del Penedes, Spain by Pol C...

"terroir" selected to Newlyn PZ International Film Festival & nom for Best Female Director!

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"terroir" has been accepted to the 2021 Newlyn PZ International Film Festival, based in Penzance, Cornwall, England. The film's director, Dawn Westlake, has been nominated for the BEST FEMALE DIRECTOR award. Originally scheduled for the end of April 2020, the festival has been postponed one year. "terroir" is about how the mother-child relationship may unfortunately cloud our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. The piece is based on a po...

"terroir" to play the UNCG Sustainability Film Festival!

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"terroir" has been accepted to the UNCG Sustainability Film Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina for March 26th, 2020. Written/helmed and sung by Dawn Westlake, "terroir" is a musical doc exploring how the mother-child relationship may cloud our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. An original score was composed and mixed by award-winning composer GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs. "terroir" was shot, edited and its considerable visual e...

"terroir" & "Pooling" win awards on last day of 2019!

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"terroir" and "Pooling", the two latest musical films by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, have won awards on the final day of 2019. "terroir" is the story of how unfortunately the mother-child relationship can cloud our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. It won the BEST MUSIC VIDEO AWARD at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Film Festival held at the National Film Archive of India in Pune. "Pooling...

"terroir" to play the National Film Archive of India with Chhatrapati Shivaji International Film Festival!

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"terroir" has been accepted to the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Film Festival for December 28, 2019. The festival venue is the National Film Archive of India, located in the city of Pune. Written, helmed, produced and protagonized by Dawn Westlake, "terroir" was shot on location in Wheaton & Peru, Illinois, USA, Font Romeu, France and Vilafranca del Penedes, Catalunya, Spain by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. Pol also did the editing and considerable visua...

THREE Ron de Cana Films Selected to Ateneo Ferrolan in Spain for December!

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Three of Dawn Westlake's films made between 2017 and 2019 under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle have been chosen to play at this year's Ateneo Ferrolan, Muestra de Cortometrajes. "From On High", "Pooling" and her latest, "terroir", will be presented on December 11th, 2019 in Ferrol, Galicia, Spain. The three films have played on 6 continents and won a total of 15 awards. All were made with Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona behind the camera and ...

"terroir" is born!

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"terroir", a new musical film from Dawn Westlake of Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. was finished on 9.9.2019! Written as a poem by Westlake, "terroir" was orchestrated by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs, and then sung by Westlake who also plays herself (in the present day) and her mother (in 1969 and the 1990s) in the film. Lilly Johnson, her cousin's granddaughter, plays Westlake as a four-year-old and her mother as a three-year-old, in 1969 and 1930, respectively. Pol Carriz...

"Pooling" to play London with Portobello Film Festival!

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"Pooling" will play with 2019 Oscar-winner "Skin" at the Portobello Film Festival in London, UK on September 2nd from 6-10:30p, at Muse, 269 Portobello Road. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake of Ron de Cana Prods, Inc., "Pooling" features the breakdancing/choreography of Marc Carrizo Vilarroig of Brodas Bros, the animation of Dismas & GrissyG Lizarraga of GrisDismation and the cinematography/editing/vfx of Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. An original...

Pooling accepted to Shorts@Fringe in the Azores!

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"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. http://mirateca.com/fringe/shortsfringe/default.aspx 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 ...

Pooling to play Zeitimpuls in Vienna!

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"Pooling" will be projected at Klimt Villa in Vienna, Austria with Zeitimpuls Short Film Festival June 17-22, 2019. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake and produced through her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, "Pooling" features the choreography and dance of Marc Carrizo Vilarroig of the internationally-reknowned troupe Brodas Bros. It was shot/edited and visual effects were done in Barcelona, Spain by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. An original score was composed ...

"Pooling" accepted to FAD Festival: Film-Art-Dance in North Carolina!

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"Pooling" has been accepted to FAD Festival: Film-Art-Dance in Cary, North Carolina, USA for May 19, 2019. The film may also tour with their FAD Collections series to K-12 schools in other cities of North Carolina, states in the US, and provinces in Canada. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, "Pooling" features dancer/choreographer Marc Carrizo Vilarroig of Brodas Bros. The film was shot/edited and special effects done by Pol Carrizo...

"Pooling" to play Golden Sneakers Int'l Hip Hop Festival!

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"Pooling" has been accepted to the 2019 Golden Sneakers International Hip Hop Film Festival in Hamburg, Germany for June 21-22, 2019. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake and produced under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. banner, "Pooling" features the breakdancing and choreography of Marc Carrizo Vilarroig of Brodas Bros. Joan Armand Forero of Praxiz composed an original score under Marc's supervision. Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona shot and edited and did special ...

"Pooling" to have European premiere in Spain with Incineracion!

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"Pooling" will have its European premiere in the country where it was shot and edited: Spain! The Incineracion Festival of Granada, Spain, running March 26-28, 2019, is an event held within the Festival Internacional de Jóvenes Realizadores, Film Fest Granada. "Pooling" is a concept developed by Dawn Westlake of Ron de Cana Productions for dancer/choreographer Marc "Markitus" Carrizo Vilarroig of Brodas Bros. It was shot and edited in Barcelona, Spain by Pol ...

"Pooling" to play Cuba!!

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"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!

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"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...

"Pooling" selected to Athens International Digital Film Festival!

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"Pooling" has been selected to the Athens International Digital Film Festival in Athens, Greece for April. This is the 8th film festival acceptance for the hybrid dance/animation/visual effects film starring internationally-renowned breakdancer Marc "Markitus" Carrizo Vilarroig of Brodas Bros. Written/produced and helmed by Dawn Westlake of Ron de Cana Prods, Inc., "Pooling" was shot and edited in Barcelona, Spain by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. The an...

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 accepted to fifth festival...Kinetoscope International Screendance Festival!

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POOLING (2018/USA-Spain/4:05) has been invited to the Kinetoscope International Screendance Festival in Missoula, Montana, USA for January 2019. The film will play 4 times over two days. Written, helmed and produced by Dawn Westlake through her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, POOLING features Marc Carrizo Vilarroig ("Markitus"), a Barcelona-based breakdancer who works all over the world with the internationally-renowned troupe Brodas Bros. The film was shot, edited and visual effects ...

POOLING invited to play Dunedin International Film Festival!

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POOLING, a brand new hybrid breakdance/animation/visual effects film from Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. has been accepted to the Dance Section of the 2019 Dunedin International Film Festival in Dunedin, Florida, USA for January. Choreographed and starring Marc Carrizo Vilarroig ("Markitus"), POOLING was shot in Castellnou, Spain in August by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. Carrizo-Vilarroig also edited and did visual effects. Joan Armand Forero of Praxiz composed an original...

POOLING invited to play in Providence Children's Film Festival

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"Pooling", a hybrid live-action/animation/visual effects breakdance film (whew!), has been invited to the 2019 Providence Children's Film Festival in Providence, Rhode Island for February 15-28. It will play in the Body in Motion section of the festival. Written/helmed and produced by Dawn Westlake through her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, "Pooling" was performed/choreographed by Marc Carrizo Vilarroig of Brodas Bros, an internationally-known breakdance troupe. "P...

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...

Animex Awards 2016 - Animex International Festival of Animation and Computer Games

Animex Awards 2016 - Call for Entries!

Animex Awards once again invites you to enter work into this years' event.

The submission deadline is 19th October 2015.

Animex Awards is an international competition for student animations, which is part of the 'Animex International Festival of Animation and Computer Games' held in February 2016, the largest festival dedicated to animation and computer games in the UK.

From visual effects to stop-motion to animation for computer games, from drawing to CGI, Animex Awards aims to celebrate and reward the talent and achievements of students worldwide. In 2015 we received over 700 entries from more than 60 countries and selected 143 short student animations, which screened in eleven programmes during the festival.

As well as some new categories for the international student competition, for 2016 Animex Awards is also launching a professional category ‘Best First Animation’. This new category aims to recognise emerging new talent and animations, open to any animation director who has just completed their first film as a professional production.

Judging panels from previous awards have included representatives from LAIKA, ToonBoom Animation, Beryl Productions International, Atomhawk Design, Pixar, ILM, Disney, Aardman Animation, Sony Image Works, DreamWorks and Electronic Arts, to name a few. 

http://animex.tees.ac.uk/student_awards.cfm

"Games People Play" selected for 2014 MultiFest in Mexico!

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"Games People Play" has just been selected to MultiFest in Jalisco, Mexico for October 1-4, 2014. The dark comedy shot in the style of a Sergio Leone spaghetti western was written/directed by Dawn Westlake and shot/edited by Jon Carr. Canon USA, Inc. provided their C500. The score was composed by Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs. "Games People Play" features LA-based comedic actors David Razowsky & Mark Jacobson, along with Westlake. For more info on MultiFest: http://mi...
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