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"Scrappy" in the running for the People's Choice Award at RATMA Film Fest in the UK!

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"Scrappy", a 4-minute film by Dawn Westlake, based on the poem by her father, Donald G. Westlake, is up for the People's Choice Award in the RATMA Film Fest. The film is playing online (for FREE!) until November 19th. The winner will be announced on November 20th. The global public can watch and vote for "Scrappy" in the drama category here: http://ratmaff.weebly.com/drama.html The poem "Scrappy" is included in Donald G. Westlake's Studs Terkel Humanitie...

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. &...

LOWLIFE - World premiere at Montreal's Fantasia Film Festival 2017

LOWLIFE (USA, 2017, 96 min) directed by: Ryan Prows; written by: Ryan Prows, Tim Cairo, Jake Gibson, Shaye Ogbonna, Maxwell Michael Towson; cast: Mark Burnham, Nicki Micheaux, Jon Oswald, Ricardo Adam Zarate, Santana Dempsey, Shaye Ogbonna, Jose Rosete… Despite a currently pretty much tedious so called independent scene of the United States, stellar Montreal international film festival FanTasia, like every year, managed to find a few worthy pieces. The best of all was a highly energet...

"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...

2017 San Diego International Film Festival

 

IT’S TIME TO SHINE!
The 16th annual San Diego International Film Festival invites you to submit today for a chance to shine a spotlight on your film! With the belief that cinematic storytelling can make a difference in our world, the San Diego International Film Festival is dedicated to shining a spotlight on films that make a difference. Riveting Film Screenings and networking events are accompanied by great parties, great people and stunning views of sunny San Diego - Chosen the #1 Best Travel Destination in the US by Money Magazine.

SDiFF is a competitive five-day festival for U.S. and international independent films and filmmakers with two “film village” locations including the vibrant Downtown San Diego/Gaslamp district and the iconic beach community of La Jolla. SDiFF offers filmmakers and audiences, industry insights, educational panels, exciting discussions at intimate gatherings and opportunities to learn and grow as you explore the art of cinema.

Notable features of the festival include:
- 100+ Independent and Studio films
- 100's of visiting filmmakers and entertainment industry leaders
- Sneak preview premieres of Oscar-worthy studio releases
- A spotlight on Independent films/ filmmaking
- A Celebrity Tribute evening & program hosted by VARIETY magazine.
- Jury and Audience Awards in multiple categories
- Walkable villages at different screening venues in San Diego
- Industry Panels
- Social Impact Panel and Film Track
- Signature events including: Opening Night Film and Party, Friday Party with a Purpose, Filmmaker Awards and Culinary Cinema.

Just 120 miles south of Los Angeles/Hollywood, the San Diego Intl Film Festival (SDiFF) has quickly become a favorite of industry insiders and celebrities. Past filmmakers/ celebrities attending have include: Annette Bening, Adrian Brody, Kate Beckinsale, Simon Heldberg, Beau Bridges, Judd Apatow, Mariel Hemingway, Alan Arkin, Michelle Monaghan, Josh Duhamel, Denise Haysbert, and many more.

Awards & Prizes

The slate of films that are selected at the festival offers a wide range of programming from creative narrative features to thought-provoking documentaries to engaging and enlightening short films. Topics in film we specifically cultivate include Women in film, Native American, film exploring the role of veterans and the Armed Forces, Student Film projects, Sports, Horror, Animation and World Cinema.

Gala Premieres which have been nominated for or won major awards from the festival include: LION, DENIAL, HELL OR HIGH WATER, CAPTAIN FANTASTIC, ROOM, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE, THE IMITATION GAME, WILD, ST. VINCENT, WHIPLASH, MR. TURNER, SEPTEMBERS OF SHIRAZ, I SMILE BACK, HE NAMED ME MALALA, ROOM and many more.

Filmmaker Hospitality & Benefits:
- 2 Filmmaker Badges with full access to all screenings and events
- 5 Complimentary Tickets for the filmmaker's screening
- Filmmaker Brunch including networking with industry professionals
- Discounted accommodations for filmmakers
- Industry-oriented seminars and workshops
- Potential for one-on-one meetings with prominent entertainment industry professionals
- Complimentary admission for some of the leading tourist and cultural attractions in and around San Diego.

Rules & Terms

SUBMISSIONS
The nonrefundable entry fee must be payable in US dollars to SAN DIEGO FILM FOUNDATION. Entries must be POSTMARKED by the deadline. Submission costs vary depending on category and discounts. When submitting to the festival you are agreeing that, if selected and the invitation accepted, to screen the submitted film during the dates of the festival. SDiFF will not pay any screening fees for presentation of the film during the festival. The only exception would be if there is a negotiated agreement preceding the submission of the film to SDiFF.

ENTRY REGULATIONS
The SDiFF is a competitive showcase for domestic and international feature films, documentaries and shorts. The SDiFF reserves the right to determine the eligibility of any project submitted. All films must be a minimum of a San Diego Premiere and NO theatrical, cable, television, satellite, DVD, VHS, VOD, internet screenings or availability of any kind in the San Diego region prior to the SDFF dates. Only works completed in 2016 and 2017 are eligible for selection. There is no limit to the number of entries.

FILM/VIDEO ENTRIES
All foreign language entries must have English subtitles. Projects must be submitted for consideration on DVD, BluRay or as an online screener. PAL format will not be accepted. Works in progress will be considered for the SDiFF. Works in progress will not be screened in the festival. Screening material, press and any application materials sent to SDiFF will NOT be returned. If you did not receive a confirmation of submission, please email programming@sdfilmfest.com. All features and documentaries submitted must be available in BluRay and DCP for festival presentation.

COMPETITION
The San Diego Intl Film Festival is a competitive event and unless notified otherwise, all films officially selected are eligible for competition. For a list of competitive categories, please see our Awards page. All films are nominated and voted upon by an impartial jury of filmmakers, industry professionals, festival programmers and film aficionados.

PRESS MATERIALS
If selected, the SDiFF will require an Electronic Press Kit (EPK) to include high-resolution production stills, key art, bio and filmography of the director, production notes and full cast and crew credits.

LIABILITY
Although every possible care will be taken with tapes, films, drives and files while in our possession, we cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage. Do not send original or master prints, tapes, files or drives. Please keep the SDiFF notified of any address/phone number changes.

SHIPPING
The cost of shipping all entries and films to the festival must be paid by the entrant. The SDiFF will not pay the cost of shipping the print back to the filmmaker. SDiFF will not be responsible for expedited or overnight shipping charges to other organizations. Also, SDiFF cannot guarantee shipment of prints to other festivals during the days of the festival. All international entries must be sent 'free domicile' to the SDiFF office with all transportation charges, duties, and taxes prepaid by the shipper.

REPRODUCTION AGREEMENT
Submission of an entry gives the SDiFF permission to have excerpts of accepted work, including film trailers, shown in all promotional activities related to the festival.

NOTIFICATION
Films selected for the SDiFF will be notified no later than September 1, 2017.

 

11th Annual Red Rock Film Festival — Utah

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
To encourage the production of media in both the independent and professional market that portray the human race in a positive light, and to applaud original works that redefine media through innovation, creativity and sensitivity that both enlightens and educates audiences from around the world.

INTRODUCTION
The festival considers entries of ALL GENRES from shorts to full-length features, and is held in Southern Utah, nearby Zion National Park and Cedar Breaks National Monument. The location is ideal for the vacation-seeking filmmaker. It is an artist's retreat for film, cuisine, parties, and workshops with approachable professional people. This emerging festival is held each November in Festival City.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The International Red Rock Film Festival. The Red Rock Film Festival was formed in 2007 in Southern Utah, and quickly became a internationally recognized festival with 6,000 attendees in 2008. It made MovieMaker Magazine's list of "Top Festivals Worth the Entry Fee" in both 2009 and 2013.

 

About the Red Rock Film Festival

MISSION & OBJECTIVE To encourage the production of media in both the independent and professional market that portray the human race in a positive light, and to applaud original works that redefine media through innovation, creativity and sensitivity that both enlightens and educates audiences from around the world. INTRODUCTION The festival considers entries of ALL GENRES from shorts to full-length features, and is held in Southern Utah, nearby Zion National Park and ...

"Through the Pane" to play Detroit in Purgatory!

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"Through the Pane" will play the Purgatory Film Exhibition in Detroit, Michigan, USA on March 12, 2017. Helmed by Dawn Westlake, the short film is based on the memoir chapter by her father, Donald G. Westlake, which deals with his acceptance of her mother's death. They were very happily married for 62 years. GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs scored the film. (He was nominated for the Peer Raben Music Award at SoundTrack_Cologne in Germany in August 2016.) "Through the Pane" ...

SCRAPPY to have Spanish premiere in Burgos!

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Ron de Cana Productions' latest film, "Scrappy", helmed by Dawn Westlake, will have its Spanish premiere in the Certamen de Cine Corto de Salas de los Infantes in the Grand Casino of Burgos, Spain from December 26-29, 2016. The film is based on the Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem by Donald G. Westlake. Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona shot on the Canon C300 and edited/color graded. Music was provided by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs. The film stars animators Dis...

Scrappy to rep the USA in the Vittoria Peace Film Fest!

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"Scrappy" will represent the USA in the Vittoria Peace Film Festival in Vittoria, Italy, from December 12 to 15, 2016. Based on the Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem by Donald G. Westlake, "Scrappy" recounts a real-life incident from Dr. Westlake's childhood when he stood up to the gun culture in the US. The film was helmed by Dawn Westlake and shot by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona on a C300 provided by Canon USA, Inc. Carrizo-Vilarroig also edited a...

"Scrappy" to have World Premiere in the UK!

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"Scrappy", a new film from Ron de Cana Productions, Inc., will have its world premiere on November 10th, 2016 at the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse in Cambridge, England with Reel Women UK. The night of films will focus on USA election issues. "Scrappy" was selected by Reel Women UK because of its treatment of the issue of gun violence in the United States. Helmed by Dawn Westlake, "Scrappy" is based on a real-life incident from her father, Donald G. Westlake's chi...

Two More Fests for "Through the Pane"!

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"Through the Pane" has been accepted to two festivals for the month of November, bringing the total to 39. The film will play the Davis Film Festival in Davis, CA, USA on November 6th, 2016. It was also chosen from over 3000 entries from 46 nations to play the Festival de Cinemistica in Granada, Spain from November 16-December 17, 2016. "Through the Pane" is based on the memoir chapter by Donald G. Westlake about his acceptance of his wife's death. They were very happil...

The 11th Annual CaribbeanTales International Film Festival

The CaribbeanTales International Film Festival (CTFF) returns to Downtown Toronto, at The Royal Cinema, 608 College Street, with its 11th edition. This year's Festival includes nine feature-length and 17 short films in Official Competition for the CTFF Jury and Audience Awards, to be announced on Closing Night - September 17. 

For more information about the Festival, please call The CaribbeanTales International Film Festival Office Line on: 416-534-8308 or our mobile line: 647-739-4294 or visit our website http://www.caribbeantales.ca and through our email caribbeantales@gmail.com.

New York: Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2016

Of all global non-governmental organizations focusing on the protection of human rights the New York based Human Rights Watch ranks among the largest and most influential.   In five geographic divisions encompassing Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Central Asia, The Middle East and North Africa, and a United States program more than 80 researchers carry out their work in virtually all countries; executing systematic data analysis, generating information through fieldw...

"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 ...

"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...

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...

"Through the Pane" to play Porto7 Film Fest!

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"Through the Pane" will represent the USA in the documentary section of the Porto7 Film Festival in Porto, Portugal, June 8-12, 2016. The festival will be held at Forte de S. João Baptista da Foz – Teatro da Vilarinha. ADMISSION IS FREE! Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, the film is based on the personal memoir chapter of her father, Donald G. Westlake, winner of the Studs Terkel Humanities Award in 1999. The short film was made on location in Wheaton, Illinois, USA. ...

"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" 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...

Little Men by Ira Sachs: Review and Q&A

  by Martin I. Petrov    Original Title: Little Men (2016)  Director: Ira Sachs With: Greg Kinnear, Theo Taplitz, Michael Barbieri, Paulina Garcia    New York based director Ira Sachs returns to Berlin two years after Love is Strange with a coming of age story about friendship and the struggle of embracing adulthood.    Little Men is an everyday story about two fourteen year old boys, Jake and Toni, who meet when the first m...

Through the Pane

Director: Dawn Westlake.

 The filmmaker's 87-year-old father shares reflections on life through panes of glass while facing the pain of losing his wife of 62 years. With 'cosmic perspective', he takes comfort in the rhythms of nature to cope with the unpredictable, non-linear qualities of grief.

"Through the Pane" is born!

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"Through the Pane" is the latest short film from Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. Shot on the Canon 6D and edited in Adobe Premiere Pro by Barcelona-based DP/Editor Pol Carrizo-Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona, the film was made in Wheaton, IL, USA in the childhood home of director/producer Dawn Westlake. Based on a memoir chapter by Dawn's father Donald G. Westlake, "Through the Pane" features the 87-year-old sharing his cosmic perspective on the death of his beloved wife of 6...

"Games People Play" at Johnstown Film Fest on 9/11!

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"Games People Play" was accepted to another US festival this week. It will play the Johnstown Film Festival in Johnstown, Pennsylvania on September 11th, 2015. Helmed and written by Dawn Westlake, the film stars David Razowsky, Mark Jacobson and Westlake herself. The film features an Ennio Morricone-esque score by Pennsylvania native GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs. For more info on the film and to see a trailer, please visit: http://dawnwestlake.com/rondecana/films/gamespeopleplay/index....

"Games People Play" to rep the USA in Kosovo at FerFilm Fest!

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Out of 400 submissions, "Games People Play", a noir comedy written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, will represent the USA in Ferizaj, Kosovo in the FerFilm Fest September 2-6, 2015. The film was shot on the CanonC500 by Jon Carr who also did the editing and vfx. "Games People Play" stars David Razowsky, Mark Jacobson and Westlake herself and features an original score by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs. For more info on the film and to see a trailer, please visit: http://dawnwestla...
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