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Submit a screenplay to Manhattan Short

MANHATTAN SHORT Screenplay Competition is for screenplays for Short Films only. The competition is NOT just for established screenwriters it's for everyone. We encourage everyone and anyone to have a go at writing a short story and entering this competition, you may discover you are a screenwriter at heart. Everyone has a story...just keep em short! The focus of this competition is not only designed to discover and promote the best short screenplays out there, but to connect gre...

"Through the Pane" wins Best Documentary/Young Jury Award at A Corto di Donne!

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"Through the Pane" has won the Best Documentary/Young Jury Award at the A Corto di Donne Film Festival in Pozzuoli (Naples), Italy. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, the film is based on the memoir chapter by her father, Donald G. Westlake, about his acceptance of the death of her mother in 2012. The film was shot in Westlake's childhood home in Wheaton, Illinois, USA in September 2015. Pol Carrizo-Vilarroig of ImatgeBarcelona was DP/Editor and did visual effects. A guitarviol ...

"Through the Pane" to tour Iraq with Samawa Cinema!

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"Through the Pane" will tour Iraq with Samawa Cinema July 18-22, 2016. Director Dawn Westlake is particularly honored by this opportunity to participate in one of Iraq's four film festivals because it is her belief that culture promotes empathy...which in turn curbs violence. "Through the Pane" is based on Donald G. Westlake's memoir about his acceptance of his wife's death. They were very happily married for 62 years. Cinematography/Editing/VFX were executed b...

Celebrate Diversity in Film! 6th Annual Winter Film Awards 2017 CALL FOR ENTRIES

Winter Film Awards Independent Film Festival Announces 2016 CALL FOR ENTRIES Winter Film Awards showcases emerging filmmakers from all genres from around the world, with a special emphasis on highlighting the work of women and minority filmmakers. New York, NY (July 1, 2016): The Winter Film Awards Independent Film Festival (WFA) announces a Call for Entries for its 6th Annual celebration of independent film, to be held February 23 - March 4, 2017 in New York City. Filmmakers from arou...

"Through the Pane" to have African Premiere!

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"Through the Pane" will have its African premiere at the Rwanda Film Festival in Kigali, Rwanda July 22-29, 2016. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, the film is based on the memoir chapter of Donald G. Westlake, the director's father. A guitarviol scored was performed by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs. Johnson's music was recently featured in Tom Tykwer's "A Hologram for the King", starring Tom Hanks. Cinematography/Editing & Special Effects on "Through t...

"Through the Pane" selected to RATMA Film Fest in the UK!

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"Through the Pane" has been accepted to the documentary section of the 2016 RATMA Film Festival in Keighley, UK for July 16th, 2016. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, "Through the Pane" is based on the memoir chapter of the director's father about his acceptance of her mother's death. Cinematography and editing/visual effects were provided by Imatge Barcelona's Pol Carrizo Vilarroig. An original score was composed by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs. For more info ...

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.

PUFF Presents a FREE Night of Short Horror Films

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The Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival and Dark Comedy Productions presents a FREE night of local, short horror films at CineMug. The screening will take place at 8PM at 1607 S. Broad St.. Local filmmakers are encouraged to come out and meet Dark Comedy Productions and the PUFF staff. We will be screening four films by director Andy Stewart. The event is $2 BYOB. Facebook Event Listing: https://www.facebook.com/events/197489503980755 ...

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DAWN at the Henry Miller Library!

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NIGHT OF THE LIVING DAWN is a night of short film curated by director/writer/producer/actress Dawn Westlake for the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur, CA. Westlake will be showing her films "Dottie: The Little Girl with the Big Voice" (animated/2002) & "Through the Pane" (doc/2015), along with films by Adnan Zandi (Iran), Phil Lepherd (UK), Ruben Sainz (Spain) and others... When: Thursday, June 23rd, 2016 8p-10:30p Tickets by donation...$0 - $20 suggested For more info...

Golden Knight Malta International Film Festival

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  We are excited to inform you that we are also accepting entries for the International Golden Knight Film Festival 2016 via FilmFreeway.com. Click on the link below to submit and upload your HD or SD production reel via FilmFreeway. https://filmfreeway.com/…/GoldenKnightMaltainterntionalFilm… Closing date for submission entries is 30th September 2016.   ...

"Through the Pane" to play A Corto di Donne in July!

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Out of 700 entries from 70 countries, "Through the Pane" will represent the USA and is one of only 6 documentaries in competition at A Corto di Donne Film Festival in Pozzuoli, Italy, July 14-17, 2016. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, the film is based on the personal memoir of her father, Donald G. Westlake. Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona filmed and edited in Westlake's hometown of Wheaton, Illinois, USA. A score was provided by Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs. (G...

"Through the Pane" to play Porto7 Film Fest!

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"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. ...

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

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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 ...

Call for submissions: London Feminist Film Festival 2016

  After our great summer at the Rio Cinema in Dalston, we have decided to return there this summer for LFFF 2016. Submissions are now open for women directors from around the globe and films from all genres, of all length and from any year are accepted. Submissions close 12 June 2016. Full submission information and guidelines are available on our website: https://londonfeministfilmfestival.com/2016-submissions/ The festival will take place from 18-21 August...

LA Film Festival 2016: Volunteer Orientations FINALLY Posted!

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Welcome to the 2016 LA Film Festival   The LA Film Festival will take place June 1 - 9, 2016.   In order for you to qualify to volunteer for the 2016 LA Film Festival, you must meet all of the following criteria:   1. Attend one MANDATORY Volunteer Orientation: Wednesday, MAY 18 - 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm Friday, MAY 20 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm Location: ArcLight Culver City (9500 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232) Parking: The Arc...

The 2016 NYC Independent Film Festival Awards Winners!

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Congratulations to all the winners at the 7th Annual NYC Indie Film Festival! Thank you to all the talented filmmakers who participated in the 2016 edition. A special thank you to SONY, iActing Studios, International Screenwriters' Association, Final Draft, and GetFilming.com for providing prizes to our award winners! See below for the full list of awarded categories and winners.   Best Director Joey Lawrence, People of the Delta  Won Sony Vegas Pro 13 (599.95 USD val...

"Through the Pane" selected to DocuTIFF!

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"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...

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

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"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'...

"Through the Pane" to have LA premiere on Hollywood Blvd!

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"Through the Pane" will have its Los Angeles premiere at Hollywood Shorts, hosted at the Genesis Cinema Lounge, at 6356 Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, May 1st, 2016 at 7:30p. There is a cocktail reception beforehand from 6-7:30p. ADMISSION is FREE! (Cash bar) The film's director, Dawn Westlake, will be in attendance. "Through the Pane" features an original score by Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs. Gregory's music can also be heard in the Tom Hanks-starr...

"Through the Pane" to play InCINEracion in Granada!

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"Through the Pane" has been selected to play InCINEracion in Granada, Spain on April 20th, 2016. This is the 10th festival acceptance for "Through the Pane". The film was helmed by Dawn Westlake, based on a memoir chapter by her father Donald G. Westlake about the acceptance of her mother's death. Pol Carrizo-Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona was the cinematographer/editor. The film was scored by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs who recently collaborated on the score for the Tom H...

"Through the Pane" to have Asian Premiere in Beijing!

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"Through the Pane" will have its Asian premiere in the documentary section of the Beijing International Film Festival in Beijing, China April 16-23, 2016. The film is based on the memoir chapter written by director Dawn Westlake's father about the acceptance of his wife's death. Donald and Helen Gum Westlake were happily married for 62 years. "Through the Pane" won the Best International Director prize for Westlake in February at the film's premiere in the 38th an...

Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF) collaborates with Cannes Festival (France) and Short Shorts (Japan)

Scriptwriter Sayed Fouad, LAFF's President, has announced that the festival, in its 5th edition and for the first time, will collaborate with internationally renowned film festivals to screen acclaimed short films. The selection will include short films from the 68th edition of Cannes Festival and the 10th edition of Short Shorts as part of the first aspects of collaboration with these two renowned festivals. In addition to these two presentations, the festival hosts French produce...
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