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BOTH "The Martini Effect" & "Games People Play" at Siliguri Int'l Film Fest in India!

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Both "The Martini Effect" (2013) and "Games People Play" (2014) from Ron de Cana Productions were presented at the 5th annual Siliguri International Film and Documentary Festival in Siliguri, West Bengal, India from November 15-17th, 2014. The films were written and helmed by Dawn Westlake. Music for both was composed by Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs. Canon USA, Inc. provided the C300 for the realization of "The Martini Effect". DP was Brandon Bondehagen. The C5...

PetDance Film Festival Call for Submissions

Whether you've been making films for years or have just gotten started, we invite you to submit your animal-themed films of 10 minutes or less that have been created in the last two years and fall into one of these four categories: Educational (Documentary) Funny (Comedy) Dramatic (Drama) Youth Produced (exacty that:17 years old and younger)   Three films in each category will be chosen as winners by a panel of animal- and film-loving judges. &...

PetDance Film Festival

PetDance is a one-day short film festival in Salt Lake City, Utah, dedicated to all things animal.

Submission deadlines:

   Early bird ($25/submission): Nov. 30
   Regular ($35/submission): Dec. 31.

Accepting online submissions at https://filmfreeway.com/festival/PetDanceFilmFestival

With categories ranging from educational to dramatic, these animal-centric films will touch on the different ways our lives intersect with animals and the joys they bring to our lives.  All species invited!

Coinciding with the Sundance Film Festival in neighboring Park City, the first annual PetDance will take place January 24, 2015. Prizes will be awarded to the top three films in each category: Educational, Dramatic, Funny, and Youth-Produced.  

Proceeds for the festival go to the world-renown Best Friends Animal Society to help companion animals find forever homes.

"The Martini Effect" plays Greece...again!

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"The Martini Effect" returns to play in Greece in December, after a successful run at the Thess Film Fest in Thessaloniki in October. The film was just selected to the Athens International Digital Film Festival which runs from 1-10 December 2014. This is the 21st film festival acceptance for "The Martini Effect". For more info on the film and to see a trailer: http://dawnwestlake.com/rondecana/films/themartinieffect/index.html ...

NCFA Open for Entry

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Folks;   It’s Autumn!  At Eno River Media Productions Fall ushers in our quarterly North Carolina Film Awards season and we need your help for it’s success!   What is the NCFA? The Mission of the North Carolina Film Awards is to strengthen the independent film, television and video industry.  The NCFA shall identify and recognize an array of talented filmmakers and their movies from across the state, region and nation. Features and shorts, are welcome at the ...

Superman Celebration Fan Film Festival

The Superman Celebration Fan Film Festival is a film festival and contest dedicated to showcasing fan-made films about superheroes, supervillains, and comic-book-related content. Sponsored and hosted by Superman Celebration, the world's largest festival dedicated to Superman, and the Metropolis Chamber of Commerce, the Superman Celebration Fan Film Festival screens films from around the world and celebrates the creativity and ingenuity of filmmakers as they bring to life their favorite characters from comics books, films, television, literature, and other media. 

The festival is open to short, family-friendly fan films of 18 minutes or less. A top prize of $300 each is awarded to the Best Dramatic Fan Film, the Best Comedic Fan Film, and The Best "Super Grab Bag" Fan Film. 

Introduced for the 2015 Festival, the "Super Grab Bag" category is a challenge for filmmakers to create a fan film with three off-the-wall required elements. This year's required elements are a mop, an avocado, and a dentist. 

Films will be screened during Superman Celebration in Metropolis, Illinois, June 11th-14th, 2015. Prizes will be awarded during a special ceremony. Date, time, and location will be announced on the Superman Celebration website at www.supermancelebration.net

The deadline for entry is May 8th, 2015 at 5:00 pm CST. Entry rules and forms can be found at http://fanfilmfestival.supermancelebration.net

Superman Celebration attracts around 40,000 fans from around the world every year. It is sponsored by the Metropolis Chamber of Commerce and the City of Metropolis, Illinois and is held annually during the second weekend in June.  The festival features celebrity appearances, comics artists and writers, musical acts, a costume contest, and a wide array of programming for superhero fans of all ages. 

Cortos Verdes interviews Dawn Westlake

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Dawn Westlake was recently interviewed by Cortos Verdes Internacional, an online cinema magazine out of Mexico. To read the full interview (in Spanish) click here: http://cortosverdes.blogspot.mx/2014/11/dawn-westlake-directora-productora.html   ...

Clean Shorts Film Festival

Clean Shorts Film Festival is an excellent opportunity for independent filmmakers to screen their films to a welcoming audience in a hospitable environment on the campus of Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center, nestled in the wooded rural area of Choctaw, Oklahoma.

Clean Shorts is established for filmmakers who are open to producing films that are appropriate for a wide array of audiences, and rewards those whose creativity excels in various categories.

Clean Shorts thrives to create a climate that nurtures filmmaker networking and camaraderie with the added excitement of competition. Our goal is to stimulate the passion of veteran and aspiring filmmakers bringing them together to expand the growth of the independent film industry.

The inaugural Clean Shorts Film Festival will take place April 3-4, 2015, in the beautiful Seminar Center of Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center in Choctaw, Oklahoma.

Of course short films are our specialty, but on Opening Night, we will screen one very special feature film (TBA soon!), including a filmmaker panel featuring cast & crew!

The Closing Night Festivities will conclude with an Awards Presentation, in which top films will receive accolades in several categories, including Student Films and Music Videos.

Don’t miss what is sure to be one of the coolest, filmmaker-oriented festivals on the circuit!

Early Bird Deadline: October 31, 2014

Entry Fee: $10

Submit Now!

 

 

 

"The Martini Effect" to play Thess Film Festival in Greece!

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"The Martini Effect" was selected to the 8th Thess International Film Festival for October 25-29, 2014 in Thessaloniki, Greece. Festival director Yiannis Zachopoulos received over 1,000 entries for this edition of the festival. "The Martini Effect" tells the story of a couple who is "underwater" on their home and unable to pay their mortgage due to some personal problems and bad choices. The film was made on land in Los Angeles and Malibu with the Canon C300 by DP/E...

"The Martini Effect" selected for Silver Wave!

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"The Martini Effect" will have its Canadian premiere at the Silver Wave Film Festival in Fredericton, NB, Canada on November 8, 2014. Directed/written/produced by Dawn Westlake, the film stars Emanuele Secci and Westlake, with narration by David Razowsky and Susan Messing. "The Martini Effect" was shot by Brandon Bondehagen on the C300, provided by Canon USA, Inc. A guitarviol played by Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs scored the picture. For more info and to see a trailer, ...

LAST CALL FOR ENTRIES | TORONTO INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL

Toronto stands as the largest media market in Canada, it boasts the world-renowned Royal Ontario Museum, the massive Art Gallery of Ontario, the Soulpepper Theatre Company, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and now a premiere international short film festival. The inaugural Toronto International Short Film Festival is going to be held at the Carlton Cinema Theatres in downtown Toronto.   Toronto Shorts Fest provides a showcase for the best short-form cinema and its creat...

"The Martini Effect" to have South American premiere in Colombia!

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"The Martini Effect" will have its South American premiere at the Festival Internacional de Cine de Santander in Colombia August 4-9, 2014. Directed/written/produced by Dawn Westlake, the film stars Emanuele Secci and Westlake, with voiceover narration by David Razowsky and Susan Messing. "The Martini Effect" is the story of a couple living large above the surface, while completely "underwater" on their house. The film was shot by Brandon Bondehagen on Canon's ...

Little Things

Director: Rati Tsiteladze.

After the marriage Sophie realizes that once loving relationship with her husband, suddenly turned distant and decides to take action.

Bad Seed

Director: DANIEL MARTIN NOVEL.

A teenage girl follows a path across an endless salt desert. She meets the quiet figure of a man standing by the path. Their chat slowly becomes a rambling monologue by the man, in which he compulsively expresses his obsessions: fatherhood, youth and young love affairs.
 

CALL FOR ENTRIES JUNE 20th for Austin International SHORT Film Festival

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Austin International SHORT Film Festival CALL FOR ENTRIES DEADLINE: Friday, June 20, 2014 Austin stands as one of the great cities for filmmakers and independent movie making in the U.S.. Adding to this reputation, Austin can now boast a premiere international short film festival. The Austin International Short Film Festival, will showcase the best short films and its filmmakers from around the world September 10 - 11, 2014 at the The Moviehouse and Eatery complex in ...

TFF 2014 Review: Gabriel

By Maria Esteves – April 19, 2014 Lou Howe’s directorial debut of GABRIEL premiered during the 13th Tribeca Film Festival at the SVA theatre, New York, Thursday, April 17, 2014. The post premiere Q&A session immediately followed with director Howe, lead actor Rory Culkin, cast and crew members moderated by artistic director Frederic Boyer, Tribeca Film Festival. Questions posed by Boyer and the audience to director Howe and cast included: “Describe the film style, th...

Dawn Westlake Cast in "Capsized"

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Dawn Westlake has been cast as Scottish actress Hayley McLaughlin's mother in Brandon Freer's "Capsized". The film goes into production in Southern California in May. http://www.capsizedthemovie.com/2014/04/02/dawn-westlake-as-mom/ ...

Amber - "Jag Är Min Egen"

Director: Johan Bergqvist.
In the far stretching forest landscape of Sweden, a cop killing drug dealer on the run from the law finds himself having to care for a baby girl. With the child's welfare in peril he pursues a deadline to deliver a batch of the new killer drug Grunt to a contact in Finland and during his escape he runs into old acquaintances and pays a visit his notorious boss Petri. An encounter that will force him to confront his own past and determine his future.

Clips from "The Martini Effect" Make Official Cluj Shorts Teaser!

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Clips from "The Martini Effect", a film by Dawn Westlake, starring Emanuele Secci, Dawn Westlake, David Razowsky and Susan Messing, made the Official Teaser for the 2014 Cluj Shorts International Film Fest: http://youtu.be/KBUfwbWnI3k (Dawn Westlake as WOMAN is at the :26 mark; Emanuele Secci & Dawn Westlake as MAN & WOMAN are kissing at the 1:28 mark.) Out of 605 entries, 52 films made the official competition. "The Martini Effect" is one of them. It unspools on Fri...

This Film Must Not Be Watched

Director: Ali Kalantari.

Short synopsis of the film 

This Film is About a Woman who has been betrayed by her own husband and she is now planning a revenge with a camcorder. This film carries a message for today’s Man-Dominating Societies

 

Distance

Director: Janno Jürgens.

A lonely boat wanders around aimlessly in the fog, which has unexpectedly rolled up. The engine has stopped working and the visibility is as clear as the relationship between the father and son, who sit in the boat. What happens when these two are faced with an inexplicable threat?

Yorkton Film Festival

The Yorkton Film Festival is pleased to be entering its 67th year, cementing it's status as North America's longest running film festival.

Kicking off on Thursday, May 22nd with it's Opening Night Screening; the Yorkton Film Festival remains one of Canada's premiere festivals for short Canadian film. Explore our world class workshops and panels, our unique mini-cinema screening atmosphere, and our programmed screenings during the day. On Friday, May 23rd, experience our unique Lobsterfest event; a world class East Coast dinner, with a side order of 'western' style skeet shooting!

Capped off on Saturday, May 24th with our Golden Sheaf Awards Gala. Enjoy a delicious gourmet dinner, and watch us celebrate the best in Canadian short cinema.

Crossroads

Director: faysal soysal.

When they were kids, Bunyamin and his brother Yusuf fall in love with the same girl – Zeliha – and a childish game leads to Zeliha’s death. Bunyamin can never forgive himself and face up to his brother, instead; he keeps running away from home with excuses. After his graduation, he drifts to Bosnia to help with the discovery of dead bodies from the mass graves. The emotional pressure of his job brings his past back to him in his dreams, instead of being himself in his dreams; he turns into his brother Yusuf who struggles to find his true love Zuleyha. Zrinka is a Serbian-Bosnian psychologist helps people with post-war suicide syndrome. They meet on the Mostar Bridge while she considers committing suicide. Mysterious nature of Bunyamin attracts her. Zrinka tries to help him to be released from his qualms of conscience, but despite of all her efforts, Bunyamin doesn’t share the terrific childhood incident with her. After completing his job in the ICMP, (International Commission on Missing Persons), he returns to Turkey to face his brother to deserve Zrinka’s love. While waiting for his return patiently, one day, Zrinka sees that something bad happens to him in her dream. She follows her instincts and begins a journey through Turkey to help him and find an answer to her love. In Hasankeyf, instead of what she expects, she finds another truth and the true love. This isn’t a straight-forward love story; it’s a tale of love, death and the healing of three lost hearts. It is pure reality drenched in dreams.

Bad Film Fest

Not bad meaning bad, but bad meaning good.

The Bad Film Fest aims to be the baddest film festival it can be.

Want to shoot something stupid or ridiculous? Go for it. Don't fear what the audience will think. 
Create for the sake of creating.

 

 

*There Will Be Technical Difficulties*

Play It

Director: Maikel Popic.

Billy is a shy young Barista with a peculiar affinity for dinosaurs. When a beautiful girl, Genny, enters the coffee shop he works at, Billy becomes infatuated. Upon seeing that Genny is possibly already involved with a man, Billy sits down for a domino match in the metaphorical game of life. Battling against various characters and his own shyness, Billy will try to win Genny's heart in both a metaphoric and real world game in which every tile played holds a crucial consequence in the path to victory.

 

Talent
Bianca Barrat
Claire Austin
Charlie Cussons
Christopher Laishley
Daniel Ahmadi
Kes Gill-Martin
Will Parrot

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