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Boulder International Film Festival - $10,000 Grand Prize, Call for Entries now Open

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https://biff1.com/filmmakers/ The Boulder International Film Festival (Feb 28-March 3) is excited to announce two new monetary awards for BIFF 2019: The $10,000 "Grand Jury Prize: Best Feature Length Film" (Narrative or Documentary) and the $3,000 "Grand Jury Prize: Best Short Film” (Narrative, Doc, or Animated).  Filmmakers enjoy luxurious accommodations and an exclusive VIP pass to the legendary parties, where interaction with Oscar-winning celebrities, A-...

FROM ON HIGH to play Vilammare Film Festival!

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FROM ON HIGH has been selected to Vilammare Film Festival in Campania, Italy for August 26-30, 2018. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, FROM ON HIGH tells the story of a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. It was filmed on location in Barcelona, Collsuspina, and La Sala de Sant Llogari, Catalunya, Spain in September 2017 by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. It's since won 6 awards, in the USA, Spain and Italy (4). An original score was composed for the film by G...

SCRAPPY to play Charlie Chaplin Film Festival in Ireland!

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"Scrappy", a social issue film helmed by Dawn Westlake, based on the Studs Terkel Award-winning poem of the same name by her father, Donald G. Westlake, has been selected to the Charlie Chaplin Film Festival in Waterville, Ireland for August 23-26, 2018. "Scrappy" will play in the Social Commentary section of the festival which unspools on Friday, August 24th at 6pm. "Scrappy" was shot on location in Pine Mountain, CA, USA by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelo...

Submit ASAP! Earlybird Deadline - August 31st!

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THE EARLYBIRD DEADLINE FOR THE 10TH ANNUAL NYC INDEPENDENT FILM FEST IS AUGUST 31, 2018! Yes, August 31, 2018!!! Mark your calenders! SUBMIT ASAP!  To submit and to view full rules and guidelines you can visit: https://filmfreeway.com/nycindieff or https://www.nycindieff.com/submissions/submit ...

FROM ON HIGH to play 21st Religion Today Festival in October!

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FROM ON HIGH has been selected to the 21st annual Religion Today Festival in Trento, Italy for October 4-11, 2018. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake and produced under her Ron de Cana Productions shingle, the film is about a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. FROM ON HIGH was filmed on location in Barcelona, Collsuspina and La Sala de Sant Llogari, Catalunya, Spain by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. He is the winner of the 2018 Carpine d'Argento Award for BES...

FROM ON HIGH to play Invicines Social Film Festival in Cordoba, Argentina!

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FROM ON HIGH has been selected to play Invicines Film Festival in Cordoba, Argentina from September 1-8, 2018. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, FROM ON HIGH is about a Syrian girl who finds a better life in Europe. It was filmed on location in Barcelona, Collsuspina and La Sala de Sant Llogari, Catalunya, Spain by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. An original score was composed by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs. The film marked the professional acting debut of 11-year-olds Zoe Pinell ...

SCRAPPY reps the USA at Divercine in Montevideo, Uruguay

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"Scrappy" represented the USA at Divercine, a film festival for children in Montevideo, Uruguay, taking place July 23-27, 2018. Based on the Studs Terkel Award-winning poem by Donald G. Westlake, the film was adapted for the screen and directed by Westlake's daughter, Dawn. "Scrappy" was filmed on location in Pine Mountain, California by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona who also edited and did special effects. An original score was composed by GC Johnson of Acou...

Moving Words: Films Selected

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As many of you may know, we have teamed up with Arts by the People for our first annual festival to present a special screening of Moving Words!  "Moving Words is an annual project that makes possible transnational collaboration amongst artists of prose, poetry, voice acting, and animation. Moving Words will intersect voices of all ages through writers whose submitted works will be transformed into short films by animation students at various international animation sch...

SCRAPPY & FROM ON HIGH selected to IX Festival de Cine: Infancia y Adolescencia in Colombia

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Ron de Cana Productions' films SCRAPPY (2016/USA) and FROM ON HIGH (2017/USA) have both been accepted to IX Festival de Cine: Infancia y Adolescencia playing in Bogota & Medellin, Colombia from September 3-21, 2018. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, both films were shot/edited by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. They both feature young actors making their professional debuts in stories about children taking a stand for peace in worlds where the adults' morals and ethics ...

"Scrappy" accepted to Zebra Poetry Film Festival

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Out of more than 1,200 entries from 87 countries the program commission has selected "Scrappy" by Dawn Westlake to be part of the ZEBRINO competition of the ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival Münster|Berlin. "Scrappy" is based on the Studs Terkel Award-winning poem of the same name by Dawn's father, Donald G. Westlake. It recounts the real-life anecdote from Westlake's life when as a 6-year-old he had to stand up to the gun culture in the USA in his small town of Elburn...

FROM ON HIGH to play Inventaunfilm in Lenola, Italy

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FROM ON HIGH has been selected with just 15 other films out of an international pool of 802 fiction entries to play Inventaunfilm in Lenola, Italy from August 7-11, 2018. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake of Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. in Los Angeles, the film tells the story of a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. It was shot on location in Barcelona, Collsuspina and La Sala de St. Llogari, Catalunya, Spain by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. An original scor...

FROM ON HIGH to play San Gio Film Festival in Italy and Moita Mostra in Portugal!

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FROM ON HIGH has been selected to the San Gio Film Festival in Verona, Italy for July 23rd and the Moita Mostra in Moita, Portugal for August 4th, 2018. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. banner, FROM ON HIGH tells the story of a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. It was shot on location in Barcelona, Collsuspina, and La Sala de Sant Llogari, Spain by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. Pol recently won the BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY p...

Tickets now available on Eventbrite!

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Tickets to our festival are now available to purchase on Eventbrite!  Important to keep in mind when getting your tickets:  -Each session is listed as a separate event on Eventbrite.  -There are 6 sessions for the NYC festival and 4 sessions for Paris.  -ALL 6 sessions for NYC take place on Sunday, September 9th, 2018.  -The first two sessions for Paris take place on Thursday, September 20th, 2018 and the last two will take place Friday, September 21st, 2018.  ...

FROM ON HIGH wins SPIRITUAL AWARD!

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FROM ON HIGH has won the SPIRITUAL AWARD at the 18th annual Corto Fiction Festival in Chianciano Terme, Italy. This is the 6th award for the film and the 60th award for filmmaker Dawn Westlake of Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. in Los Angeles. FROM ON HIGH was shot on location by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona in Collsuspina, La Sala de Sant Llogari and Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain in September 2017. In early July 2018, Pol won the BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY award at Carpine d'Argento Film ...

TromaDance Film Festival Scheduled for Fall 2018

19th Annual All Free TromaDance Film Festival Scheduled for Fall 2018 due to filming of "Shakespeare's Shitstorm"       "Due to the filming of our next feature film, 'Shakespeare's Shitstorm' the 19th Annual TromaDance Film Festival will be held this Fall. A little later than usual, but rest assured, TromaDance 19 is happening! Please continue to submit your feature films and shorts! The tentative submissions dea...

Baltic Preview set to become a Shorts Market

Launched in 2017 during Black Nights FF's sub-festival for shorts and animations PÖFF Shorts as a short film project showcase, Baltic Preview is set to become the first short film market in Northern Europe. The next edition, taking place from the 26th until 28th of November will see a co-operation with Torino Short Film Market that is taking place in a similar time frame. The two events are co-inviting representatives of several key short festivals and platforms. And ...

FROM ON HIGH to play Festival de Cine Espiritual Contracorriente in Bogota!

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FROM ON HIGH has been selected to Festival de Cine Espiritual Contracorriente in Bogota, Colombia for July 23-28, 2018. Written and directed by Dawn Westlake, the film is about a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. FROM ON HIGH was shot on location in Barcelona, Collsuspina and La Sala de Sant Llogari, Catalunya, Spain. Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona was DP and editor. This evening, he won a Premio Carpine d'Argento for BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY for the film in Viscia...

FROM ON HIGH on the Isle of Corsica with Festival du Film de Lama!

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FROM ON HIGH was selected to the Festival du Film de Lama on the Isle of Corsica for July 28-August 3, 2018. Directed and written by Dawn Westlake, the film is about a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. The film marks the professional acting debut of 11-year-olds Zoe Pinell Lopez and Esteve Serra Coll. Shot on location in Barcelona, Collsuspina and La Sala de Sant Llogari, Catalunya, Spain by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona, FROM ON HIGH just won a Best Cinematograp...

Exciting Announcement: Moving Words

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We have teamed up with Arts by the People to present works from their new project, Moving Words.    Moving Words will intersect voices of all ages through writers whose submitted works will be transformed into short films by animation students at various international animation schools. These writers, under the guidance of ARTS By The People’s writing scholar, will have their works voice acted and subsequently animated by college students.    We will prese...

FROM ON HIGH to play Mexico in August!

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"From On High" has been selected to the 23° Festival Internacional de Cine para Niños in Mexico City (and touring), Mexico from August 7-12, 2018. The film is the story of a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. Written, helmed and produced by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. shingle, "From On High" marks the professional acting debut of 11-year-olds Zoe Pinell Lopez and Esteve Serra Coll. The piece was shot on location in Barc...

FROM ON HIGH wins TWO awards at Carpine d'Argento Cortifestival!

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FROM ON HIGH has won two honors at the 2018 Carpine d'Argento Cortifestival in Visciano, Italy. Ahead of the fest, which runs June 29-July 1, 2018, director/producer Dawn Westlake was contacted that her DP/Editor, Pol Carrizo Vilarroig, had won the BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY award. The film itself also won a Third Place prize. FROM ON HIGH tells the story of 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 S...

FROM ON HIGH to play Porto7!

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"From On High" has been selected to Porto7 Film Festival in Porto, Portugal for June 13-17, 2018. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake (who made her first film in Porto 18 years ago), "From On High" tells the story of a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. The film was made on location in Catalunya with DP/Editor Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. GC Johnson, a 2016 Peer Raben Music Award nominee, provided an original score. "From On High" ...

FROM ON HIGH wins the SOLIDARITY PRIZE at Festival Pasinetti in Venice!

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"From On High" was awarded the PREMIO SOLIDARIETA', Vetrina del Volontariato (Solidarity Prize) at the 15th annual Festival Pasinetti in Venice, Italy on June 2nd, 2018. The film deals with a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. Filmed on location in Catalunya by Imatge Barcelona's Pol Carrizo Vilarroig, the piece marks the professional acting debut of 11-year-olds Zoe Pinell Lopez and Esteve Serra Coll. GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs, a 2016 Peer Raben Music Aw...

"From On High" to have Austrian premiere with Zeitimpuls Festival in Vienna!

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"From On High" has been accepted to Zeitimpuls Festival in Vienna, Austria, running June 18-24, 2018. The theme of the festival is Open Mindedness. "From On High" tells the story of a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. It's won two awards, MEJOR CORTO/CATEGORIA EUROPEA at Muestra Internacional de Cortos de Solidario y Sensibilizacion in Ciudad Real, Spain; and, FIRST PLACE at UNCG Sustainability Film Festival, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA. "Fr...

"From On High" selected to International Festival for Children and Youth!

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"From On High" was selected to the International Festival for Children and Youth in Yerevan, Armenia for November 6-10, 2018. The cinema and TV festival has been hosted annually for 14 years by the Rolan Foundation. "From On High" tells the story of a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. It's won two awards, in Spain and the USA, with the Muestra Internacional de Cortos de Solidario y Sensibilizacion in Ciudad Real, and with the UNCG Sustainability Film...

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