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"Games People Play" to have World Premiere at Chaplin Comedy Fest!

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"Games People Play", the latest film from Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. and writer/director Dawn Westlake, will have its world premiere at the Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Fest in Waterville (County Kerry), Ireland on August 22, 2014. Starring Westlake, David Razowsky, and Mark Jacobson, the film was shot on the Canon C500 by Jon Carr. Editing, visual effects and color correction was also performed by Carr who did the night sky and stars time-lapse seen globally on the current Coldplay ...

"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 ...

Austin International SHORT Film Festival | FINAL Call For Entries July 23

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Austin International SHORT Film Festival FINAL CALL FOR ENTRIES FINAL DEADLINE: Friday, July 23, 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 Short Film Fest 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 Austin, Texas. Submit online www...

Filming Shakespeare

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Filming Shakespeare is an annual film festival that Misfit produces in partnership with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. The King of Shakespeare himself, Sir Kenneth Branagh, is the patron of this film festival which is now in its second year. If you’re a filmmaker and you are making, or have made, a short film that in some way relates to William Shakespeare and his works or his life, please submit through the form over at Filming Shakespeare before August 1...

"La Orquidea” - Cuenca International Film Festival

"La Orquidea” - Cuenca International Film Festival is focused essentially on fiction features; it takes place every November in the city of Cuenca in Ecuador.
The Festival comprises six sections, four of which are competitive: Long feature International Competition, First Feature Ibero-American Competition, an Ecuadorian Short Film Competition and production in progress.
After three successful editions, which gathered more than 64.000 spectators, the Festival is positioning itself as one of the main cultural events in Ecuador and aspires to further increase its presence in the region.
Several prominent international film professionals have given workshops and master classes during the Festival. In past editions we have welcomed speakers from Spain, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, the United States, among others.
This year, we will also be hosting a Screenplay Laboratory to improve the quality of projects from Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia and Venezuela. Several leading screenwriters from the United States and Latin America will be tutoring the projects.
The admission to all the events at “La Orquidea” Cuenca Film Festival is free.

Two California Screenings in August for "The Martini Effect"!

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"The Martini Effect" will have two screenings in California in August. The film's first stop is the Davis Film Festival in Davis, CA on August 10th, 2014. The next weekend, it has its Los Angeles premiere at the California African American Museum in the CAAM Screenings, August 16-17, 2014. The film was shot on the CanonC300 by Brandon Bondehagen. It features Emanuele Secci, Dawn Westlake, David Razowsky and Susan Messing. "The Martini Effect" has a breathtaking musical s...

Phoenix FearCON VI

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The Phoenix FearCON VI
November 1st and 2nd 2014
at the Fear Farm
99th Avenue and McDowell
Phoenix Arizona
Contact: Chris McLennan Festival Director
602-399-9500
director@phoenixfearcon.com
 


FearCON is Arizona's largest independent horror event - feeding the fear since 2006
Taking place in November, it's a mashup of a independent horror film festival, mixed in with sideline entertainment, celebrity guests signing autographs and taking pics with fans, panel discussions with film makers, film distribution companies,flashmobs, Department of Zombie Defense military exercises, Caskets and Hearses on display, workshops with Special FX artists, Zombie choreographers, Zombie Runway Fashion shows, live musical entertainers, freak show artists, vendors of every kind of horror themed item on the planet.

The Phoenix FearCON has announced that FearCON is partnering with two of the largest Haunted Attractions in Arizona: The Fear Farm and 13th Floor Haunted House
What this means is that on the last weekend in October - Starting on October 31st through November 2nd 2014, the grounds where Fear Farm is located (99th Avenue & McDowell), will be home to the largest haunted event/festival/convention/film festival ever.

 This year we have two new events premiering:
The Ms FearCON Beauty Pageant - sponsored by Beautiful Monstrosity Magazine
The Monster Soccer Championships - sponsored by Advision Media

FearCON originally started out in 2006 as the Phoenix Fear Film Festival, showcasing local and international independent horror films from a small art gallery. We have since grown to a large theater and have been a vanguard event, dedicated to strengthening the general understanding of the Horror genre film culture by providing audiences independent, cutting‐edge, original films - and authentic representations of Horror.

Through time the festival has evolved to include a wider variety of horror genres for audiences to enjoy, all of which portray a different aspect of terror along with an atmosphere dedicated to the horror movie fan, including special musical presentations, special effects demonstrations, panel discussions, Q&A with cast and crew, fashion shows and more. To reflect these changes and highlight the festival’s evolution, the name of the festival has been changed to “Phoenix FearCON”

The 2014 Phoenix FearCON VI Film Festival will provide a significant opportunity for audiences to come and see what independent Horror is all about from different perspectives and reflect.
Cinema is a bridge that connects us all. The committee members and volunteers have a passion and energy dedicated to this event. Although the festival is still young, it is supported by its members with
unlimited potential. We hope to continue this event, not only for 2014, but for the coming years as well.

We hope to uncover new talent in the Horror film industry through this festival, and to develop and grow together.

Seconds Out for the British Urban Film Festival Premiere of 'The Trials of Muhammad Ali'

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The British Urban Film Festival has scored a major coup in its coverage of the event after securing the UK festival rights to screen the premiere of critically-acclaimed documentary 'The Trials of Muhammad Ali' in the opening weekend of September. Outspoken and passionate in his beliefs, #TrialsOfAli examines how one of the most celebrated sports champions of the 20th century risked his fame and fortune to follow his faith and conscience as he found himself at the centre of America'...

"Games People Play"

Director: Dawn Westlake.

A married couple vow never to speak another cross word, but playing some is not off the table.

Cucalorus Film Festival

The 20th annual Cucalorus Film Festival takes place November 12-16, 2014 in downtown Wilmington, North Carolina. The non-competitive festival showcases more than 200 films from all over the world and attracts an accumulated audience of 14,800 cultural travelers who come to celebrate the art-form and connect with peers. The festival's spirited celebration has been recognized as a breeding ground for young artists, new ideas and lifelong friendships. Festival programs focus on dance, music videos, emerging artists, social justice, works-in-progress, and international cinema. Cucalorus creates an opportunity for intimate engagement between audience and artist through the festival’s retreat-like atmosphere, resulting in friendships that extend far beyond the festival’s 5-day celebration.

"The Martini Effect" to have African premiere in Hillywood!

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"The Martini Effect" will have its African premiere in the Rwanda Film Fest in Kigali July 12-18, 2014. The festival's theme this year is Reflection. Special kudos to the film's DP/Editor Brandon Bondehagen who effectively pulled off 'reflective' shots in the piece involving mirrors, glass and water. "The Martini Effect" was shot on the C300 provided by Canon USA, Inc. To see the complete list of RFF selected films: http://rwandafilmfestival.net/RFF_2014_offi...

"The Martini Effect" to play India!

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"The Martini Effect" will screen in the Jagran Film Festival in New Delhi in July and in Mumbai in September, 2014. The festival is organized by Jagran Prakashan Limited, a media company. This is the South Asian premiere for "The Martini Effect". The film was helmed by Dawn Westlake and shot on the Canon C300 by Brandon Bondehagen. The film stars Emanuele Secci, Dawn Westlake, David Razowsky and Susan Messing. For more info and to see a trailer, please visit: http://dawnwest...

RiFF - CALL FOR ENTRIES

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Reel Indie Film Fest Deadline Fast Approaching DEADLINE: JUNE 30 RiFF is looking for submissions for the 2014 edition of the festival. The companion festival to Indie Week, celebrates independent music and movies. Filmmakers and music makers are invited to submit their films (documentary, feature and short length) and music videos at http://www.reelindiefilmfest.com/apply. RiFF offers filmmakers and musicians a one of a kind place to screen their films and network with industry profe...

East Nashville Film Festival

Deadline extended! We are filling the final slots for the first annual East Nashville Film Festival. 2 Days, 2 Nights, 6 Venues. Nashville DSLR Filmmakers, please share this link to show your support for indie film and Independent Filmmakers and Screenwriters everywhere. Festival proceeds go to benefit east Nashville community kids.

"The Martini Effect" to play Sardinia!

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"The Martini Effect", written/directed by Dawn Westlake, will play the Sardinia Film Festival in Sassari, Italy on the isle of Sardegna from June 23-28, 2014. This is especially exciting for the film's team since its star, Emanuele Secci, is a native son of that region. The film also features David Razowsky, Susan Messing and Dawn Westlake. It was shot on the Canon C300 by Brandon Bondehagen. The film was scored on the guitarviol by Alvarez featured guitarist Gregory Johnson of Aco...

Nozstock The Hidden Valley

A 5000 capacity music and arts festival set in rural Herefordshire, West Midlands UK. Nine-stages of music and performance art with dedicated 3-day cinema. Cinema currently curated by MASH Cinema. Previous programmes provided by: Encounters Festival in Bristol, London-based innovators onedotzero, Manchester-based northern Exposures, quality stalwarts BBC Film Network and by Nozstock The Hidden Valley. And live performances from: The Light Surgeons, Max Hattler, Scanone and Modulate.

This is a non-competitive, free to submit festival.

 

The second edition of the International Festival of Short Fiction Films from the Islands of the World: Courts des îles

The APICA, an association for the promotion of images, creation, and the arts, based in French Polynesia organizes from November 8th to 16th, 2014 the second edition of the International Festival of Short Fiction Films from the Islands of the World: Courts des îles, in Papeete, Tahiti (French Polynesia). Entering the “Courts des îles” Festival Only a film whose director was born on an island may be in competition at the Courts des îles Festival. Registrations f...

Want your film played in HOLLYWOOD, CA? Submit a Film

 

The Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival ( HBRFEST ) is a young, rapidly growing festival dedicated to promoting independent filmmaking. The Festival separates itself from other film festivals by embracing the Brazilian flavor through screenings of Brazilian feature films, promoting renowned Brazilian stars and its dedication. The 2014 HBRFEST will include a variety of screenings of some of the year's top indie films, panels and workshops that feature award-winning actors, writers and directors, VIP parties and Film business industry. This year the HBRFEST will also recognize two award recipients in the following categories: The 2014 Rising Star Award and 2014 HBRFEST Award.
The 6th ANNUAL HOLLYWOOD BRAZILIAN FILM FESTIVAL will wrap up four days of fun, happiness and film. Guests, filmmakers, film lovers and celebrities will travel from all over the world to be a part of this unique Hollywood Brazilian film festival held at the luxurious, all-inclusive Egyptian theatre in Hollywood, California.

"The Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival (HBRFEST), is a non-profit 501c (3) Tax ID Number: 26-2563364 organization whose mission is to support and promote diverse visions by Brazilian filmmakers, and also promoting the diversity of our Brazilian culture".

Open submissions:: TORREMOLINOS INTERNATIONAL FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL

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Submissions open from now on until 31th July 2014     Awards & Prizes Best short film: 500 $ + award  Audience award: 300 $ + award  The feature films haven't competition Rules & Terms SHORT FILMS:  -Maximum length: 15 minutes.  -Filmed in 2013 or 2014.  -IMPORTANT: With spanish or english subtitles (preferably spanish). FEATURE FILMS:  -Length be...

Puchon International Student Animation Festival

The 16th Puchon International Student Animation Festival 

http://www.pisaf.or.kr/
https://www.facebook.com/pisaf.ani.3

Date: Oct 22, 2014 - Oct 26, 2014

 About the event:
In 1999, the Puchon International Student Animation Festival (PISAF) embarked on its journey as the sole animation festival in Asia dedicated solely to students and has since earned high marks for the quality of its selections. PISAF has also committed itself to becoming a venue in which to introduce animations created by animators from home and abroad and nurture new talents in the digital content industry. The festival’s central program is its International Student Competition, which is designed to discover young and promising new talent in animation and showcase their work. There are two categories: Short Animated Films (less than 30 minutes) and New Media Content, which can include many different formats such as Internet/web, Mobile-based, stopmotion graphics, interactive animations and etc. In 2011 over 1,200 films from all over the world were submitted to PISAF.

Along with the competition, PISAF offers many opportunities for young animated filmmakers to meet masters of the cartoon and animation world. In 2011, Disney animator John Musker, director of The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules and The Princess and the Frog have been featured. PISAF has played a major role in creating a network linking animation festivals worldwide through its collaborations with film fests in Annecy, Ottawa, Hiroshima, Zagreb, and the Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film. The festival also offers a cartoon and animation experience program to attract interested audience members. The program is also aimed at exposing the ways that cartoons and animation can help develop creativity across a variety of fields. PISAF hopes to see more people enjoying cartoon and animation in the future.

PISAF 2014, the festival’s 16th edition, will be held on October 22-26 with screenings, an animation fair, an educational convention and a variety of other special events.


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REVISTA CLIQUISH in Sao Paulo profiles Dawn Westlake!

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Roberto Christo of REVISTA CLIQUISH interviewed LA-based filmmaker Dawn Westlake from his office in Sao Paulo last week. http://www.revistacliquish.com/2014/05/an-interview-with-dawn-westlake.html (If you'd prefer to read it in Portuguese, click here: http://www.revistacliquish.com/2014/05/entrevista-com-dawn-westlake.html)     ...

Submissions open for the Good Dog! International Film Festival 2014

  In its third year the Good Dog! International Film Festival returns in 2014 with a new television writing category. The annual festival runs from 4th – 7th September and is held on beautiful Sydney Harbour, nestled in the historic suburb of Balmain. The festival is a unique film festival, requiring all film and written submissions to feature or include a dog. In past years the festival has screened BAFTA and Oscar winning films from all over the world and the judging panel are in...

8th Annual NY Dance Parade Festival Photos

By Maria Esteves – May 18, 2014 The Eighth Annual 2014 New York Dance Parade and Festival with Grand Marshals Tony Award winning tap dancer and choreographer Savion Glover, artistic director Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Urban Bush Women, Queen of House Music Barbara Tucker and DJ Hex Hector commenced Saturday, May 17, 1:00pm - 7:00pm down on Broadway and Tompkins Square Park. Presented by executive director Greg Miller, Dance Parade, Inc,, this year’s theme Be The Momentum, a ...
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