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New Categories Added for 2018!

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You asked us, and we heard you! We've added the following categories for the 2018 Festival: TV Pilots. This category is for pilots (first episodes) only of any genre. You may submit either a half-hour (21-28 minutes) or hour long (42-50 minutes) pilot. Web Series. This category is for web series episode(s) of any genre. The maximum length for submission in 10 minutes, you may submit multiple episodes as long as the total runtime is 10 minutes or less. If your show is serialized in its stor...

Scrappy chosen for Maldito Festival de Videopoesia in Argentina!

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"Scrappy" has been chosen along with just 14 other films to screen in the Maldito Festival de Videopoesia within the Abycine Festival from October 20-28, 2017 in Albacete, Argentina. Adapted for the screen by director/producer Dawn Westlake, "Scrappy" is based on the Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem by her father, Donald G. Westlake, which recounts a real-life anecdote from his childhood about standing up to the gun culture in the USA. Pol Carrizo-Vilarroig of Ima...

"Scrappy" nominated to FeSanCor in Chile!

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"Scrappy" is one of the international films nominated for an award in the 25th annual Festival Chileno de Cortometrajes (FeSanCor) in Santiago, Chile, September 25-October 2, 2017. Based on the Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem by Donald G. Westlake, "Scrappy" tells the story of a child's courage in standing up to an adult who's having a momentary lapse in judgment. The poem was adapted to the screen by director/producer/writer Dawn Westlake of Ron de Cana P...

2017 ANNY Best of Fest, Sept 29-30!

Mark your calendars! The ANNY Best of Fest is a TWO DAY symposium (Fri & Sat, Sept 29-30, 2017, 12pm-10pm) featuring animation screenings, fine art installations, virtual reality animation experiences, professional panels, and industry events at 180 Maiden Lane in the Seaport District of NYC. Enthusiast Packages (FREE) and Industry Packages ($30) are available now! Reserve your tickets, today! FESTIVAL SCHEDULE ANIMATION SCREENING EVENTS (Saturday, Sept ...

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. &...

Scrappy selected to FerFilm Kosovo!

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"Scrappy" was selected to the 5th annual FerFilm Festival in Ferizaj, Kosovo for September 2-6, 2017. Helmed and adapted for the screen by Dawn Westlake, "Scrappy" is based on her father Donald G. Westlake's poem of the same name which won the Studs Terkel Humanities Award in 1999. It recounts a real-life anecdote from Westlake's childhood when he had to stand up to the gun culture in rural Illinois, during the 1930s. "Scrappy" introduces 5-yr-old actress N...

Scrappy to have California premiere in historic venue!

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"Scrappy" will have its California premiere in the state's capitol of Sacramento with the city's Film and Music Festival, September 22-24, 2017. The festival will be held in the historic Jean Runyon Theater. Helmed and adapted for the screen by Dawn Westlake, "Scrappy" is based on the Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem by her father, Donald G. Westlake. The poem recounts Westlake's real-life anecdote about standing up to the gun culture in the USA at the ...

Scrappy to play London in Portobello Fim Festival!

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"Scrappy" has been selected to play the Portobello Film Festival in London on September 8th in the 6-11p block in the Muse Gallery, 269 Portobello Road. Admission is FREE! "Scrappy" is based on the Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem by Donald G. Westlake. His daughter Dawn Westlake adapted the poem to the screen and directed/produced under her Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. banner. Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona filmed on location in Pine Mountain and Los A...

Brianza Film Corto Festival 2017

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The italian 'Cultural Association Bmovies' is the organizer of Brianza Film Corto Festival (Brianza Short Film Festival alias BFC) from the year 2008. Participation in the Festival is 10 €. The pre-registration form will be available up to 30 September 2017. Allowed works of fiction, animation and documentary manufactured after October 1st, 2015. Film industry, advertising and propaganda will not be admitted to the competition. Participation in the competition may be refused t...

Brianza Film Corto Festival 2017

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The italian 'Cultural Association Bmovies' is the organizer of Brianza Film Corto Festival (Brianza Short Film Festival alias BFC) from the year 2008. Participation in the Festival is 10 €. The pre-registration form will be available up to 30 September 2017. Allowed works of fiction, animation and documentary manufactured after October 1st, 2015. Film industry, advertising and propaganda will not be admitted to the competition. Participation in the competition may be refused t...

Scrappy to have South American premiere in Argentina!

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"Scrappy" has been selected to Invicines Film Festival in Cordoba, Argentina for September 6th, 2017. This is the South American premiere for "Scrappy". The film was helmed and produced by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. shingle. It is based on the Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem by her father, Donald G. Westlake. Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona shot the film on a C300 provided by Canon USA, Inc. He also edited and did VFX. The film...

Scrappy at the Parco Archeologico di Kaukana!

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"Scrappy" represented the USA in the "best of" screening from the 2016 Vittoria Peace Film Festival at the Parco archeologico di Kaukana, Italy on 7/31/2017. Helmed by Dawn Westlake, "Scrappy" is based on the Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem by Donald G. Westlake. It recounts Westlake's real-life anecdote of standing up to the gun culture in the USA at the age of 6. The film was shot on a C300 provided by Canon USA, Inc. by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of I...

"Scrappy" to play San Gio Film Fest in Verona!

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"Scrappy" has been selected to the San Gio Film Festival in Verona, Italy for July 23-27, 2017. Produced by Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. and helmed by its founder, Dawn Westlake, "Scrappy" is based on a Studs Terkel Award-winning poem by Donald G. Westlake. It recounts the real-life childhood experience of Dr. Westlake when he had to stand up to the gun culture in the USA to save his dog's life. The film was scored by 2016 Peer Raben Music Award nominee GC Johnson of Ac...

"Scrappy" nominated for the Golden Urartu in Armenia!

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"Scrappy" has been selected to the Golden Urartu Festival in Ararat, Armenia for September 15th, 2017. Helmed by Dawn Westlake, "Scrappy" is based on the Studs Terkel Award-winning poem by her father, Donald G. Westlake. It recounts a real-life anecdote from his childhood when he had to stand up to the gun culture in the USA. "Scrappy" was filmed on location in Pine Mountain, CA, USA and at Masia Les Quingles in the mountains just to the north of Barcelona, Spain. ...

"Scrappy" a finalist in the Ariano International Film Festival in Italy!

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"Scrappy" is a finalist in the Ariano International Film Festival with screenings July 29-August 5, 2017 in Ariano, Italy. This is the 11th festival acceptance for "Scrappy", a film produced by Ron de Cana Prods., Inc. in Los Angeles and helmed by the company's founder, Dawn Westlake. Based on the Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem by her father, Donald G. Westlake, "Scrappy" is a real-life anecdote from Donald's childhood recounting the time he had...

"Scrappy" to have German premiere!

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"Scrappy" will have its German premiere at the 41st Open Air Filmfest Weiterstadt in Weiterstadt, Germany on August 11th, 2017. Based on a Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem by Donald G. Westlake, the film is helmed by his daughter, Dawn Westlake. "Scrappy" recounts a real-life anecdote from Don Westlake's childhood in which he had to stand up to the gun culture of the USA. Filmed and edited by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona, "Scrappy" was sc...

"Through the Pane" to rep the USA at the Rome Observatory with Catone Film Fest!

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Dawn Westlake's "Through the Pane" will represent the USA in the documentary section of the Catone Film Festival held at L'Osservatorio di Roma in Rome, Italy July 14-15, 2017. Based on a memoir chapter by her father, Donald G. Westlake,"Through the Pane" is about his acceptance of Dawn's mother's death in 2012. Dawn's parents were happily married for 62 years. The film was shot in 2015 in Dawn's childhood home in a suburb of Chicago, IL, USA. Cinemat...

"Scrappy" to rep the USA at Porto7 Film Festival!

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"Scrappy" will have its Portuguese premiere and rep the USA in the Porto7 Film Festival in Porto, Portugal June 14-18, 2017. Porto is a special place for producer/director Dawn Westlake who made her very first film, "Mini Driver Project", in Porto in 2000. "Scrappy" is based on the Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem by the director's father, Donald G. Westlake. It recounts an anecdote from his childhood when he had to stand up to the gun culture in the ...

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June Indie Night: #NYCIndieFF Celebrates Pride!

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#NYCIndieFF Celebrates Pride is a screening event that highlights some of the best storytelling by LGBTQ+ filmmakers and highlights complex characters in the community. Round out Pride Month with great indie films and your first drink included in the admission! Lineup includes: A Song for Your Mixtape Guao The Owls Chosen Family & more to be announced! Friday, June 30 at 8PM @ Producers Club 358 West 44th Street New York, NY 10036 Price: $15.00, Buy your ti...

"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...
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