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San Francisco Green Film Festival seeks Executive Director, Founder Rachel Caplan stepping down

SF Green Film Festival Seeks Executive Director to Lead the Organization into its Second Decade. Founder Rachel Caplan to Step Down After 10 Years of Leadership. SF Green Film Festival, the West Coast’s leading event for films and conversations about people and the planet, is seeking its first Executive Director. This decision follows the announcement of the departure of Founder Rachel Caplan who will be leaving the organization this year. ...

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...

"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...

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...

A Girl From Beacon Ridge

Director: Kirk Demorest.

Phoebe and Blaze, two middle school best friends, suddenly find their lives upside down when Phoebe's homophobic parents decide the girls shouldn't play together any longer.

Scrappy to have California premiere in historic venue!

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"Scrappy" will have its California premiere in the state's capitol of Sacramento with the city's Film and Music Festival, September 22-24, 2017. The festival will be held in the historic Jean Runyon Theater. Helmed and adapted for the screen by Dawn Westlake, "Scrappy" is based on the Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem by her father, Donald G. Westlake. The poem recounts Westlake's real-life anecdote about standing up to the gun culture in the USA at the ...

Scrappy to play 21st Festival La Fila de Cortometrajes in Valladolid!

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"Scrappy" has been selected to play the 21st Festival La Fila de Cortometrajes, taking place May 8-11, 2017, in Valladolid, Spain. Festival director Isabel Blanco wrote that the film was chosen because of its "high educational value in turbulent times". Based on the Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem by Donald G. Westlake, "Scrappy" was adapted for the screen and helmed by his daughter, Dawn Westlake. Pol Carrizo Vilarroig shot the film on location in Pine ...

Glendale International Film Festival

10 Days! October 12 - October 22, 2017. This is the fourth year of the exciting national and international film festival in the beautiful City of Glendale, California. Our wonderful venues are the PACIFIC THEATRES GLENDALE at the AMERICANA as well as many other locations!

The OPENING NIGHT RED CARPET GALA will screen the beautifully restored version of THE GODFATHER.  The CENTERPIECE GALA will screen the fabulous restored version of LA DOLCE VITA.

This year's festival is once again dedicated to All Creatures Great and Small in the Animal Kingdom (especially cats, dogs and horses!) as well as Women Film Makers and Screenwriters! We are also dedicated to creating film making classes and screenwriting classes in the Glendale schools. We are now a non-profit 501(3)(c) and 20% of our proceeds will go to the Glendale schools as an endowment to create film making classes and screenwriting classes for all.

We seek the highest quality films and screenplays. No matter what the story is, it should be told with original words and characters to express the point of the story. It is the stories we want to see and hear about in an original and fresh format with truly unique characters and plots.

Four Screenplay Reading Contests! One for short screenplays (20 pages and under), one for full length feature screenplays (under 200 pages), one for television scripts and one for stage plays. The screenplays are read by professional actors and the selected readings and winners are decided by our judges prior to the readings. A scene from your screenplay (up to 10 pages) will be read in front of a live audience.

Films have the power to transform perspectives. They have been the staple of our cultural identity on both a national and international level. However, many people do not recognize the arduous labor that is involved throughout all departments within film. Our local community of Glendale harbors some of the greatest talented minds that have strayed from conventional systems to create their works. Their passions can be felt through the screened, and it something that should be shared among an audience. Apart from watching the films countless times within an editing room or an office, nothing topples the majesty of watching works projected on a gigantic silverscreen within the solitude of a cinema. The reactions spawned from audience viewers takes the experience even further.

Our mission is to give the opportunity for the filmmakers and screenwriters to showcase their works as well as giving the audience unique experience in watching films that are not of the normal venue. In essence, films you might not see anywhere else.

We have witnessed how our event has benefited the local theatre businesses and restaurants of Glendale. We were met with praise for our delivery, and we plan to do it again for the love of film making.

Panel discussions, networking parties and breakfasts, dinners and good times (lots of parties and fun!) This is where you can meet with your film making friends from around the world, expand your contacts and have great screenings of your work in very elegant surroundings during this 10 day festival.

We have many special awards categories. A spotlight category for Women Film Makers and Screenwriters as well as our special awards for film makers residing in the Glendale/Burbank/Los Angeles/Pasadena areas. International, national and local films are invited as well as web series, short shorts, animation and student films. We are especially looking for films with a scientific bent, environmental and action films with a message! Comedy, drama, sci-fi are all welcome, especially any film, short or screenplay with an unusual idea that has to do with science, research, technology or any other unusual avant garde idea.

Each film/screenplay that is submitted is watched and read from beginning to end by our programmers and judges, so you know you will receive proper consideration of your creative work.

Submit today via online screener for films and pdf for screenplays! Please do not mail or drop off anything as you will not be considered. PLEASE DO NOT REQUEST FEE WAIVERS, WE CANNOT GRANT THOSE AT THIS TIME. DEADLINE WAIVERS ONLY.

 

Glendale International Film Festival Call for Entries

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October 12 - October 22, 2017 10 Days! This is the fourth year of the exciting national and international film festival in the beautiful City of Glendale, California. Our wonderful venues are the PACIFIC THEATRES GLENDALE at the AMERICANA as well as many other locations! This year's festival is once again dedicated to All Creatures Great and Small in the Animal Kingdom (especially cats, dogs and horses!) as well as Women Film Makers and Screenwriters! We are also dedicated to creating film ...

"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...

Horrible Imaginings Film Festival

The Horrible Imaginings Film Festival is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that showcases art and film that explores the darker or more macabre sides of the human condition. We promote and spotlight exemplary new artistic voices in what is commonly known as the horror genre. It is our mission to encourage an elevation of the genre through film discussion, question and answer sessions, panels, and other presentations. 

 

Games People Play accepted to Rwanda Film Fest for July!

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"Games People Play" has been accepted to the Rwanda Film Fest in Kigali, Rwanda for July 19-31, 2015. The film was shot on the Canon C500 thanks to the generosity of Canon USA, Inc. "Games People Play" stars David Razowsky and Mark Jacobson, along with helmer Dawn Westlake who also wrote the screenplay. Filmed in the style of a Sergio Leone spaghetti western, the film has a Morricone-esque score by Alvarez-featured guitarist Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs. For more info on...

Games People Play selected to the Big Sur International Film Series at the Henry Miller Library!

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"Games People Play" has been selected from over 1,000 submissions to play amongst the redwoods in the prestigious Big Sur International Film Series at the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur, CA, USA on June 25th, 2015 at 8pm. This is the 10th season for the Big Sur Film Series. The jury includes such luminaries as Kirsten Dunst, Laurie Anderson and Philip Glass. "Games People Play" was written and directed by Dawn Westlake and stars David Razowsky, Mark Jacobson, and Westlake ...

Antelope Valley Fil Festival

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Nevada City Film Festival

The 15th annual NCFF kicks off September 10-13, 2015. Since 2001, NCFF has brought top independent film, music and comedy, along with attracting thousands of attendees, international filmmakers, and industry guests to the historic Gold Rush era town of Nevada City, California.

NCFF is often referred to as the “Sundance of the Sierra” for its emphasis on fiercely independent cinema that showcases innovative, progressive and exciting new voices in film.  Independent films offer a necessary alternative to mainstream movies.  Independent film focus on creative and inspiring storytelling rather than box office sales
and are driven by people with a pure artistic vision versus a film studio.

Independent film festivals can be a lot of fun, but they are also a living forum for new voices to be heard and new visions to be shared. NCFF brings together a likeminded community of film lovers and filmmakers where their voices and visions connect and resonate with welcoming and adventurous audiences.

NCFF is known for recognizing and supporting new talent including up and coming filmmakers such as Jonathan Krisel (Portlandia), Patrick Brice (CREEP, The Overnight), Academy Award-Winning director Lucy Walker (Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom, The Crash Reel), Academy Award-nominee director and animator Daisy Jacobs (The Bigger Picture), director Kat Candler (Hellion), director Rick Alverson (Entertainment), animator and performance artist Miwa Matryek,
director David Zellner (Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter), animator Galen Pehrson, and directors Mark and Jay Duplass, among others.

In previous years NCFF has hosted filmmakers such as Mike Mills, Miranda July, Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim (Cartoon Networks Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!), and comedians including Nick Kroll (FX’s The League, and Comedy Central’s Nick Kroll Show), Natasha Leggero (Chelsea Lately), and Marc Maron (WTF Podcast). Past NCFF judges have included award-winning producers and directors, plus writers from The Huffington Post, New York Times, McSweeneys, San Francisco Chronicle, Rolling Stone Magazine, and Pop-Up Magazine.

Professional, student, and amateur filmmakers are invited to submit short and feature length films including documentaries, animation, narrative, and comedy.  Last year, NCFF featured over 70 shorts and 10 feature lengths from across the globe.  

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...

Ron de Cana Productions Wraps 16th Film!

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Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. wrapped their 16th film on June 3rd, 2014 in Los Angeles. "Games People Play" was directed, written and produced by Dawn Westlake. DP Jon Carr shot on the CanonC500 and was assisted by gaffer Nathan Fetzer. Cary Daniels provided on-set sound mixing. "Games People Play" stars Second City legend David Razowsky and Mark Jacobson of the Samsung Mobile "Keep on Pushing" series featuring the Jamaican Bobsled teams. The film will be scored by ...

Dawn Westlake Cast in "Capsized"

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Dawn Westlake has been cast as Scottish actress Hayley McLaughlin's mother in Brandon Freer's "Capsized". The film goes into production in Southern California in May. http://www.capsizedthemovie.com/2014/04/02/dawn-westlake-as-mom/ ...

Clips from "The Martini Effect" Make Official Cluj Shorts Teaser!

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Clips from "The Martini Effect", a film by Dawn Westlake, starring Emanuele Secci, Dawn Westlake, David Razowsky and Susan Messing, made the Official Teaser for the 2014 Cluj Shorts International Film Fest: http://youtu.be/KBUfwbWnI3k (Dawn Westlake as WOMAN is at the :26 mark; Emanuele Secci & Dawn Westlake as MAN & WOMAN are kissing at the 1:28 mark.) Out of 605 entries, 52 films made the official competition. "The Martini Effect" is one of them. It unspools on Fri...

"Covariance" in Ted Hope's VIEWSTER! Sign in and vote!

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I don't like popularity contests, but who doesn't love a good horse race? I made a film about one, called "Covariance", which has been chosen for legendary indie producer Ted Hope's* online VIEWSTER Film Fest. You just go to this link: http://www.viewster.com/festival-details/1251-17110-000 , register, hit us with 5 stars from the big orange VOTE button, and then, you can view the film as much as you want for free for two weeks. Pretty neat!   ...

Cluj Shorts, Mersi! from "The Martini Effect"

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It never rains in California? It pours. Man, it pours!! Here is a hello-thankyou ("Mersi!" is thank-you in Romanian) video I did at Cluj Shorts' invitation since I can't attend the fest personally later this month in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. ;-) Original music from the film is "Discovered in Darkness" by Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs.  https://vimeo.com/88020694    For more info on "The Martini Effect" and to see a trailer, please visit: ...

Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival

The CJC offers a wide variety of programs that explore cultural identities and perspectives, promote cross cultural understanding, foster ideas of cultural appreciation and respect, and highlight human themes of family, tolerance, compassion and hope. Approximately 40,000 tickets are sold or provided annually to residents, visitors, and students for San Diego Center for Jewish Culture events.

"The Martini Effect" at Cluj International Short Film Fest!

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"The Martini Effect" will play the Cluj International Film Festival in Cluj-Napoca, Romania March 27-30, 2014. This is the fifth film fest acceptance for the new film from Ron de Cana Productions, Inc and director Dawn Westlake. The film stars Emanuele Secci, known in Italy for his fastweb spot with George Clooney and in the US for his ensemble work in the 2012 Sundance Producers' Award-winning film "Nobody Walks". Music for "The Martini Effect" is by Gregory Jo...

CALL FOR ENTRIES: 4th San Francisco Green Film Festival

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CALL FOR ENTRIES 4th San Francisco Green Film Festival May 29 - June 4, 2014 Be part of San Francisco’s leading festival for films and discussions about people and the planet. The festival is open to new or established filmmakers from anywhere in the world. There are no restrictions on length or genre. Youth filmmakers submit for free! DEADLINES Early: December 13, 2013 Regular: January 10, 2014 Final: January 17, 2014 Submit online or download an entry form at sfgr...

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