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"Through the Pane" to play Video Festival VIDEOMEDEJA!

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"Through the Pane" has been selected to the 20th International Video Festival VIDEOMEDEJA that takes place in the Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina, in Novi Sad, Serbia from October 21st - 23rd, 2016. Based on the memoir chapter by Donald G. Westlake about his acceptance of his wife's death, the film was helmed by his daughter, Dawn Westlake. Pol Carrizo-Vilarroig of ImatgeBarcelona filmed/edited and provided visual effects. GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs provided an original g...

Brexit & Visionary Women to headline TIFF industry conference

TIFF® unveiled today an early glimpse of the 2016 TIFF Industry Conference. The seven-day conference is setting its sights on what impact Brexit will have on the industry, as well as exploring the question of equity for women in the film business. Guest speakers announced to date include Roberto Olla (Executive Director, Eurimages), Isabel Davis (Head Of International, British Film Institute), Ilann Girard (CEO, Arsam International), Anna Serner ...

"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 ...

Open Call for 22th Caminhos Film Festival

            Está aberto o período de Inscrições para a 22.ª edição do Festival Caminhos Cinema Português via FilmFreeway! Inscrições Grátis até 11 de Agosto! — Open Call for entries on the 22th edition of Caminhos Film Festival trough FilmFreeway! Free Early Bird entries until 11th of August!  + info at: http://www.filmfreeway.com/festival/cam...

"Through the Pane" selected to Inventaunfilm!

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"Through the Pane" will play the Inventaunfilm Festival in Lenola, Italy August 9-13, 2016. Ten years ago, a previous film ("A Life of Death") helmer Dawn Westlake made with her father, Donald G. Westlake, won two awards at the 2006 Inventaunfilm: Third Place Film and Best Score for composer GC Johnson. "Through the Pane" was also scored by GC Johnson. Editing/Cinematography and VFX were provided by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. For more information o...

"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...

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"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.

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...

NO PASARAN - The Book About the Film - Das Buch zum Film.

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NO PASARAN - Das Buch zum Film - The Book About the Film Published by EDITION ROADSIDE - English version available in November -  German version available now at: https://vimeo.com/164720678     ...

Local Sugar

LOCAL SUGAR--Look at all the laurels! It's been a whirlwind trip through all of these festivals--some enough I was lucky enough to go to in person, some only live online, and others are on my bucket list.  If you want to see what all the fuss is about, please go check out the script at http://www.animation-writer.com .

Interview: Kleber Mendonça Filho on Aquarius

Brazilian Director Kleber Mendonça Filho directs his second feature film Aquarius after successfully entering the film festival circuit in 2012 with his debut Neighbouring Sounds. Starring Sonia Braga as a 65 year old retired music critic who, although remaining the last resident of the Aquarius complex in Recife, decides to give a battle and keep her property which unexpectedly takes on a journey back in time. Old memories and her life adventures are brought up to the surface of her co...

SFF 2016: Kleber Mendonça Filho on Aquarius

Brazilian Director Kleber Mendonça Filho directs his second feature film Aquarius after successfully entering the film festival circuit in 2012 with his debut Neighbouring Sounds. Starring Sonia Braga as a 65 year old retired music critic who, although remaining the last resident of the Aquarius complex in Recife, decides to give a battle and keep her property which unexpectedly takes on a journey back in time. Old memories and her life adventures are brought up to the surface of her co...

Sydney Film Festival: Hub launch at Town Hall

The 63d Sydney Film Festival launched few days ago and already counts numerous sold out screenings and exclusive premieres as part of this year’s Australian and International selection.  Last Friday, the official festival hub opened its doors to all festival attendees and the public who have the opportunity to swing by and have a closer look at excerpts from this year’s programme, along with some exciting projects, installations and VR short film presentations.  The Hub i...

"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...

istanbul international short film festival

Istanbul International Short Film Festival is the longest running and most experienced organization among the international short film festivals in Turkey.
 
Short film is a medium based on making best of limited time within the frame of cinema art and gives the directors the opportunity of expressing their talents in the most unique way. The In this perspective the Festival aims to support short film and to provide young filmmakers to present their work both on national and international platforms.
 
The Festival had been started by a group of young enthusiasts on national level and showcased only films produced in Turkey. In years it has attracted a big interest and became an international organization in 1988.
 
As an un-interrupted organization of 38 years, the Festival is a unique example of its kind.
 
The Festival is organized each November and through its one-week-course around 200 distinguished short films from Turkey and the world are screened to filmlovers. Experienced filmmakers, professionals share their experiences through Q&A's and workshops.
 
Until today, around 5400 short films have been screened, 1150 guests have attended the festival, 550 Q&A's and 33 workshops have been organized.
 
The international section consists of only film screenings; there is no competition within this section. Films are selected through a process of focused evaluation process from both the direct applications and also from the films provided by film centers of different countries. These films are being presented to the audience with Turkish subtitles in three different theaters where the directors are ready for an Q&A afterwards. 
 
Festival catalogues of each year provide an important reference for cinematic memory.
 
This organization is being run by an independent committee where Hilmi Etikan acts as the president and keeps it's respectable profile throughout the years.

 


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Giant: A VR film presented by HP

Giant, an innovative Virtual Reality film presented by HP in collaboration with the NEXT pavilion in Cannes this year, is the first film utilising the latest technology in fully immersive film experiences.  The 6 minute short is about two parents, who, trapped in an active war-zone, struggle to distract their young daughter by inventing a fantastical tale. Inspired by real events, this cinematic virtual-reality experience, transports the viewer into the family's makeshift b...

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 ...

The Awards of the 69th Festival De Cannes

The Jury of the 69th Festival de Cannes, presided by George Miller, has revealed the names of the 2016 prize-winners during the Awards Ceremony. Laurent Lafitte welcomed the prize-givers and winners onto the stage of the Grand Théâtre Lumière, to the sound of music playing. The American actor, Mel Gibson, had the honour of awarding the Palme d’or to the best of the 21 films in Competition. The French actor, Jean-Pierre Léaud, received...

Animation Day in Cannes: Wrap-up

  The second Animation Day in Cannes took place on May 18th at the Salon La Renaissance, the Palais des Festivals and the UAE pavilion at the Marche du film, putting for a second year animation on the map of Cannes screenings and events and generating audiences from the animation industry and beyond, along with animation cinephiles and festival professionals.    The two panel discussions, one on Virtual Reality and the impact that it has in the animation world of filmmaking a...

Alain Guiraudie talks about Staying Vertical (Interview)

For the first time in Competition, Alain Guiraudie comes back to Cannes with Staying Vertical (Rester Vertical), an exploration of contemporary relationships in the jungle of the modern world that are tangled with symbols connected to tradition, religion and of course a serious dose of romantic and simultaneously raw eroticism.   Rester Vertical - Alain Guiraudie / Cannes Competition 2016    Your previous film Stranger by the lake was much more intimate and personal whereas h...

European Film Forum creates buzz with public conference and showcases

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Financing films in the European Union is more of a complicated issue than ever.  The European Film Forum recognizes this and is hosting meetings in Cannes with professionals.  The goal is to exchange views and debate with professionals and stakeholders for inspiration.   The main public conference on Monday May 16th was a huge success and covered many topics under financing European works in the digital age.  Dimitri Rassam, a French film producer, spoke with the p...
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