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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...

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...

Montage video of some of the amazing films created over the years during the Disability Film Challenge

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Check out this video montage showcasing some of the amazing films that were created for the Disability Film Challenge!!! Sign up before the March 30th deadline for this years challenge taking place April 1-3. ...

"Through the Pane" has its South American premiere in Brazil!

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"Through the Pane" had its South American premiere at the Arraial Cine Fest in Porto Seguro, Brazil on February 29th, 2016. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, based on a memoir chapter by her father, Donald G. Westlake, the film was shot and edited by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. The original score is by Alvarez-featured guitarist GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs. For more info on Arraial Cine Fest: http://jornaldosol.com.br/index.php/cultura/1400-comeca-a-8-edicao-do-arrai...

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

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"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: http://www.festimatge.org/curts_torretes_llist...

"Through the Pane" accepted to Asterfest in Macedonia!

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Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. is happy to announce the acceptance of "Through the Pane" to the 12th annual Asterfest in Strumica, Macedonia for May 27-31, 2016. The film is based on a personal memoir written by director Dawn Westlake's father. It was shot and edited in Wheaton, IL, USA by Pol Carrizo-Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. A score was provided by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs. For more info on the festival: http://www.asterfest.mk/ For more info on "Through the Pane&qu...

Deadline Approaching - Feb 29th - We fund you to collaborate!

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Best Short Film Competition - EVER!   Writers judge filmmakers and filmmakers judge writers. It’s that simple! We fund you to collaborate. We let the community decide.   Up to $10,000 for the short script. Up to $25,000 for the filmmaker to shoot it.   Writers can't judge writers.  Filmmakers can't judge filmmakers. Everyone receives a massive amount of feedback.   The filmmaker owns 100% of the film. Writersandfilmmakers.com owns 0%.   Visi...

Best short film Competition - Ever! We fund you to collaborate!

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Best Short Film Competition - EVER!   Writers judge filmmakers and filmmakers judge writers. It’s that simple! We fund you to collaborate. We let the community decide.   Up to $10K for the short script. Up to $25K for the filmmaker to shoot it.   Writers can't judge writers.  Filmmakers can't judge filmmakers. Everyone receives a massive amount of feedback.     The filmmaker owns 100% of the film. Writersandfilmmakers.com owns 0%.   Visi...

Tara Mateik and Michelle Parkerson Attends Flaherty NYC

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By Maria Esteves – February 7, 2016 The Flaherty NYC Winter/Spring 2016 (FNYCWS16) Queer Transitions was held at Anthology Film Archives, New York, Tuesday, February 2, 7:00PM. In collaboration with The New School; co-presented by Women Make Movies; programmed by Lana Lin, associate professor, School of Media Studies, The New School; and Cauleen Smith, professor, Vermont College of Fine Arts; the six documentary shorts presentation included Michelle Parkerson’s Storme: Lady of t...

Breaking News! "Through the Pane" wins Best International Director at 38a Semana Internacional del Corto de San Roque!

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The closing ceremonies for the 38th annual Semana Internacional del Cortometraje de San Roque, Spain were held last evening in Teatro Juan Luis Galiardo. The Best International Director prize went to Dawn Westlake for her 2015 film, "Through the Pane". The film is based on a memoir chapter written by her father, Donald G. Westlake, about his acceptance of Dawn's mother's death. The couple was married for 62 years and dated for 6 years before that. Cinematography/Editing/VFX wer...

"Through the Pane" to play in NYC at Love Actually Film Festival on Valentine's Day!

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"Through the Pane" will play in the 9th annual Love Actually FIlm Festival in NYC on Valentine's Day, February 14, 2016. The film is based on the memoir chapter of the filmmaker's father, Donald G. Westlake, and exposes how he utilized a cosmic perspective on nature to deal with the loss of his wife of 62 years, Helen Gum Westlake. The film was shot and edited by Pol Carrizo-Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. "Through the Pane" was scored by Alvarez-featured guitarist GC...

"Through the Pane" to have World Premiere in Spain!

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Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. will have the world premiere of its latest film "Through the Pane" at the San Roque International Film Fest in San Roque, Spain, Feb. 1-6, 2016. The film is one of just 2 US films accepted in the international category. Directed and written by Dawn Westlake, based on a memoir written by her father, Donald G. Westlake, "Through the Pane" was edited and shot by Pol Carrizo-Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. For more info on the festival, please visit:...

Berlinale Shorts 2016 – a cinematic essay

Dang Tuan Anh, Vu Do Quang Minh, Khong Viet Bach, Hoang Ha, Nguyen Bui Khanh Trung, Vu Duc Hanh in Another City von Pham Ngoc Lan 25 films from 21 countries compete for the Golden and the Silver Bear, the Nominee for the European Film Awards and, for the second consecutive year, the Audi Short Film Award worth € 20,000. Los murmullos, from 1976, will be shown out of competition. The short film jury is comprised of the curator and director of the Sharjah Biennial in the United Arab Emi...
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