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"From On High" selected to Cinema en Liberte!

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"From On High" has been selected as the sole representative of the United States in the 7th annual Cinema en Liberte Festival in Toulon, France. The film will be screened on June 17, 2018. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, "From On High" is about a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. It was shot/edited in Catalunya by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. An original score was provided by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs. Johnson was the 2016 Peer Raben ...

Earlybird Deadline: August 25, 2018

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You know what's not funny? Missing the deadline to submit your film to the NYC Short Comedy Film Festival! Earlybirds make sure to mark August 25, 2018 on your calender!  But remember!!! Films MUST be 20 minutes or less! Keep it brief, people. To submit, visit: https://filmfreeway.com/NYCSCFF Visit our website to check out photos and learn more about us: http://nycscff.com/ Follow us on Twitter for fun comedy news and other important updates/reminders: https://tw...

Earlybird Deadline: August 17, 2018

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With warmer days just around the corner, you don't want time to escape you! The Earlybird Deadline for the New York Short Documentary Film Festival is August 17, 2018.  Submit your short Documentary film but remember- it MUST be 20 min or less! To submit visit: https://filmfreeway.com/NYCSDFF Visit our website for photos and information: http://nycsdff.com/ Follow us on Twitter for fun documentary news and other important updates/reminders: https://twitter.com/NY...

Young Belgian Filmmaker Ivana Noa’s “Fictional Characters” To Have Its World Premiere At CineYouth Festival 2018

    Fifteen-year-old Belgian filmmaker/actress Ivana Noa will present her new short horror film “Fictional Character” as an official selection of the CineYouth Festival. The festival showcases short films by directors ages 6-22 from around the world. CineYouth is held in Chicago from April 20-22, 2018 and is part of the Chicago International Film Festival. https://www.chicagofilmfestival.com/cineyouth/   An established named in the youth film world, ...

"From On High" selected to the International Sustainability Film Fest at UNC-Greensboro!

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Ron de Cana Productions' latest film "From On High" is one of just 14 international shorts selected to be screened on April 19th, 2018 at the UNCG International Sustainability Film Festival at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, the film deals with the story of a young Syrian refugee girl who finds a new life in Europe. It was shot and edited by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig in the province of Catalunya in Spain with the support of Imatge Barce...

Freshflix Short Film Festival - Call for submissions

                              This season of FRESHFLIX will be held on the top floor of the Museum of Contemporary Art with insane views overlooking Sydney's Circular Quay on the first Saturday night of Vivid! It's going to be an absolute ripper!! Freshflix is once again teaming up with Vivid Sydney to present the 2018 season of stunning short films in conjunction with the Freshflix Emerging Film...

SCRAPPY wins 3rd place at Athens International Digital Film Festival!

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"Scrappy" has won 3rd place in the international fiction film contest at the Athens International Digital Film Fest in Athens, Greece on April 4, 2018. Produced by Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. and helmed by Dawn Westlake, the film is based on the Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem by her father, Donald G. Westlake. It recounts a real-life anecdote from Donald's childhood in rural Elburn, Illinois, USA when he had to stand up to the American gun culture. Canon USA, Inc. su...

SCRAPPY to play Nudo, Festival de Poesia Visual, Barcelona!

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"Scrappy" will play Nudo, Festival de Poesia Visual, in Barcelona, Spain on April 21, 2018 at 7:30pm, along with other grand prize finalists from the 2017 Maldito Festival in Albacete. The evening of films will be offered at Miscelanea BCN, c/Guardia 10, in the Raval neighborhood of Barcelona. "Scrappy" was shot in Pine Mountain, CA and edited in Los Angeles by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. A score was provided by 2016 Peer Raben Music Award nominee GC Johnson o...

Submissions now open for 2019 NYC Short Comedy Film Festival!

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We are now accepting submissions for the 2019 NYC Short Comedy Film Festival! Held on March 24, 2019 at the Producer's Club.  Earlybird Deadline is August 25, 2018. Please be sure to review ALL submission guidelines before you mail the entry. We have limited time and resources to correct application mistakes. Please try and be as accurate as possible. We will contact you by e-mail if there are any problems, so please be sure to watch for e-mails from info@nycscff.com. We ...

From On High selected to play opening night of Festival de Cortos La Fila!

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"From On High" will represent the USA on the opening night of the 22nd annual Festival de Cortos La Fila in Valladolid, Spain, April 16-20, 2018. The film is about a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. It marks the professional acting debut of 11-year-olds Zoe Pinell Lopez and Esteve Serra Coll. The film was helmed/written/produced by Dawn Westlake and shot/edited by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. An original score was written/recorded by 2016 Peer Raben...

From On High to compete for the Golden Beggar Award

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"From On High" is competing for the Golden Beggar Award at the 2018 International Festival of Local Televisions in Kosice, Slovakia from June 6-9, 2018. This year's theme of the festival honors works that illustrate the bad effects of populism on Europe. For more info on "From On High" and the festival: http://www.festival.sk/site/2017/archiv/5879 ...

From On High to have South American premiere with Censurados Film Festival!

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"From On High" will have its South American premiere with Censurados Film Festival in Lima, Peru from April 21-May 27, 2018. It plays the University of Lima on April 25th and Ciudad Hidalgo, Chiapas on May 9th. "From On High" is about a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. It just won MEJOR CORTO/CATEGORIA EUROPEA at the Muestra International de Cortos de Solidario y Sensibilizacion, put on by ONG Mision Humanitaria in Ciudad Real, Spain. The film was shot...

Just Announced: the 2018 Official Selections of the 9th Annual NYC Independent Film Festival!

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Congratulations to all the filmmakers participating this year - tickets are NOW available! https://www.nycindieff.com/year/2018 NEW YORK, NY – March 6, 2018 – The 9th Annual NYC Independent Film Festival will take place this year from May 7th to May 13th in the heart of New York City. The Festival will screen over 250 films from over 30 countries, as well as hosting networking events and educational panels. For more information, please visit: www.nycindieff.com Watch Festival ...

"From On High" to have French premiere with Festival Retours du Monde!

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"From On High" will have its French premiere with Festival Retours du Monde in St. Jean-St. Nicolas, France May 23-26, 2018. The film, shot and edited in the Barcelona area of Catalunya by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona, is about a young Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. An original score was provided by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs. "From On High" was written, helmed and produced by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Productions shingle out o...

TWO Greek premieres for Ron de Cana films!

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Both "Scrappy" (2016) & "From On High" (2017) from Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. will have their Greek premieres at the Athens International Digital Film Festival, running from March 29-April 4, 2018. The films mark the professional acting debuts of child actors Nefertina Lizarraga ("Scrappy") and Zoe Pinell Lopez & Esteve Serra Coll ("From On High"). The films deal with gun violence against children in the US, and the constant fear in which Syria...

NEW EXPERIMENTAL TIME-LAPSE SHORT FILM

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I just posted an experimental time-lapse film, WINTER SHADOWS ON NEW SNOW AND WIND IN THE OLD OAK TREE. It compresses 12 hrs into 3 min and uses special effects to enhance your viewing experience. It can be viewed on Metacafe at: http://www.metacafe.com/watch/11641575/winter-shadows-on-new-snow-and-wind-in-the-old-oak-tree-20180209-mp4/   ...

FROM ON HIGH will be closing film at La Lanterna Film Festival!

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FROM ON HIGH will be the closing film at the 2018 La Lanterna Film Festival in Genova, Italy, running March 1, 2018 to May 17, 2018. Written/directed by Dawn Westlake and produced via her Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. shingle, FROM ON HIGH tells the story of a young Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. The film was scored by 2016 Peer Raben Music Award nominee GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs. It was shot/edited in Catalunya by Imatge Barcelona's Pol Carrizo Vilarroig. FROM ON...

FROM ON HIGH wins BEST EUROPEAN SHORT at Muestra Internacional de Cortometraje Solidario y Sensibilizacion de Ciudad Real, Spain

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FROM ON HIGH ("Desde el cielo") has won the Best European Short film award at Muestra Internacional de Cortometraje Solidario y Sensibilizacion de Ciudad Real, Spain! The award will be presented on February 22, 2018 at the Casino Antiguo. This is the second nomination and first win for "From On High". Written and directed by Dawn Westlake, the film was shot and edited in Catalunya by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. An original score was provided by 2016 Peer Raben...

SCRAPPY selected to Festival Un Film Per La Pace!

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SCRAPPY has been selected to Festival Un Film Per La Pace in Gorizia, Italy for March 8th, 2018. Based on the Studs Terkel Award-winning poem by Donald G. Westlake, "Scrappy" was adapted for the screen and helmed by his daughter, Dawn Westlake. The film was shot on location in Pine Mountain, CA and Les Quingles near Barcelona, Spain in 2016 by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona who also edited. An original score was provided by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs, the 2016 Peer Raben Mu...

Berlinale Shorts 2018: International Competition and the Special Programme “1968 – Red Flags for Everyone”

Farbtest Rote Fahne. Regie/director: Gerd Conradt Foto: © Deutsche Kinemathek   22 films from 18 countries will be competing for the Golden and the Silver Bear, as well as the Audi Short Film Award, worth € 20,000, and a nomination for the European Film Awards. The Nigerian film Besida by Chuko Esiri and the Austrian film The Shadow of Utopia by Antoinette Zwirchmayr will be screened out of competition. This year’s Berlinale Shorts competition includes films by Jo&atild...

FROM ON HIGH schedule confirmed at Northwest Film Forum in Seattle!

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FROM ON HIGH will have its USA premiere in Seattle in early 2018 at the prestigious Children's Film Fest at the Northwest Film Forum in the NO WALLS program. I love the description of our block of films: "This program makes it clear: youth all over the world long for the same things: to laugh, to live, to learn, to live in peace and to be respected for who they are. Many people, both powerful and weak, will try to build walls, but the dreams of the next generation cannot be denied."...

SCRAPPY wins the People's Choice Award at RATMA!

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"Scrappy", helmed by Dawn Westlake, based on her father Donald G. Westlake's Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem of the same name, has won the People's Choice Award at the RATMA Film Festival in Keighley, UK. The film is based on a real-life anecdote from Donald's childhood when he had to stand up to the culture of gun violence in the USA. "Scrappy" was shot on location in Pine Mountain, CA, USA and edited in Los Angeles by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig. An origin...

"From On High" to have Spanish premiere in Ciudad Real!

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Ron de Cana Productions' "From On High" has been selected to MUESTRA INTERNACIONAL DE CORTOMETRAJE SOLIDARIO Y SENSIBIIZACION DE CIUDAD REAL-ESPAÑA running from November 20-30, 2017. The film was written and directed by Dawn Westlake. This will be the Spanish premiere of "From On High", which was shot and edited on location in Collsuspina, La Sala de Sant Llogari and Barcelona, Spain. Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona was DP/Editor, and the film was scored...

Scrappy rep'd the USA in San Rafael en Corto Film Festival

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"Scrappy", a film about standing up to gun violence, based on the Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem by Donald G. Westlake, represented the USA in the San Rafael en Corto Film Fest in Vecindario, Spain (The Canary Islands) on November 4th, 2017. "Scrappy" is a Ron de Cana Productions' presentation, directed and adapted for the screen by Dawn Westlake. Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona shot and edited on location in Pine Mountain and Los Angeles, CA, USA. ...

FROM ON HIGH is Grand Prize Finalist in its World Premiere with Festival del Cinema Corto Corrente!

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FROM ON HIGH, written & directed by Dawn Westlake, and produced by her shingle Ron de Cana Productions, Inc., is a Grand Prize finalist at its world premiere festival, Corto Corrente, in Fiumincino (Rome), Italy. FROM ON HIGH is about a Syrian refugee girl who finds new hope and a new life in Europe. It was shot and edited by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig in Collsuspina, La Sala de Sant Llogari, and Barcelona, Spain. The film was scored by 2016 Peer Raben Music Award nominee GC Johnson of Acoustic ...
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