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"terroir" wins BEST MUSIC VIDEO at Madras International Film Festival

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"terroir" has won the BEST MUSIC VIDEO award at the monthly Madras International Film Festival in Chennai, India in July 2020. This win secures a berth for the film at the festival to be held in Chennai in person in 2021. (In person screenings have been postponed for 2020 due to the global COVID19 pandemic.) Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake and produced under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, "terroir" is about how the mother-child relationship can influence our percept...

"terroir" selected to Cinefantasy International Fantastic Film Fest in Brazil!

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"terroir" has been selected to the 10th Cinefantasy International Fantastic Film Festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil for September 8-20, 2020. Written, helmed and sung by Dawn Westlake and produced under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, "terroir" is about the mother-child relationship and how it can unfortunately sometimes affect our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. The film recently won the Audience Award at the UNCG Sustainability Film Fes...

"terroir" selected for the Fem Tour Truck!

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"terroir" has been selected by Fem Tour Truck out of Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain to tour that country, as well as Portugal, France, the UK, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Mexico from June 2020 onward. Written/helmed and sung by Dawn Westlake, and produced under her Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. shingle, "terroir" explores the mother-child relationship and how it can influence our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. The film was made in Wheaton &...

Hollywood International Diversity Film Festival

With each season culminating in events with screenings in the heart of Hollywood, the HIDFF embraces diversity of gender and cultural perspectives around the world, and celebrates our differences to promote understanding and empathy through independent film.

 

Call for entries: Hollywood International Diversity Film Festival

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The Hollywood International Diversity Film Festival is an inclusive event celebrating diversity in independent film, spotlighting stories of women and the many different cultures around the world. The values of Southern California reflect the diversity of gender, gender identity, and the many different cultures that reside within our region. And independent film has been the driver of change in the Hollywood mainstream, at times influencing and re-shaping the norms of studio and network content...

Ester Brym's new film Not Your Skin; Trans Documentary World Premiere is in LA on 11/3

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Not Your Skin explores the lives of 4 transgender families across USA and across generations. The will wil Premiere on November 3rd, 2018 as part of The Valley Film Festival in Los Angeles.   Synopsis: 10-year-old Kylee is only starting her journey and her family is considering hormone blockers. Her parents changed her name and gender on her birth certificate and struggle with transitioning what they though was their son into a little girl that Kylee wants to be. They are preparin...

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 at the Parco Archeologico di Kaukana!

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"Scrappy" represented the USA in the "best of" screening from the 2016 Vittoria Peace Film Festival at the Parco archeologico di Kaukana, Italy on 7/31/2017. Helmed by Dawn Westlake, "Scrappy" is based on the Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem by Donald G. Westlake. It recounts Westlake's real-life anecdote of standing up to the gun culture in the USA at the age of 6. The film was shot on a C300 provided by Canon USA, Inc. by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of I...

World of Film Festival Glasgow 2017: Submissions Open

The submissions for the 4th edition of the World of Film International Festival in Glasgow, Scotland are now open. The very earlybird submitters can send their short and feature films across the three main sections of the festival - First Features & Shorts Competition, Female Perspective & Focus on Balkan Cinema.  Films can be exclusively submitted via Film Freeway by clicking on the link below.    ...

Not Your Skin Transgender Documentary Explores Lives Across Generations

Ester Brym's new documentary film NOT YOUR SKIN profiling the lives of 4 families that have been dealing with transgender issues throughout their entire life is set to be released in 2017. The film uniquely looks at transgender people of different ages ranging from 10 years old all the way to 70 years old. The issues explored are parenting, education, health insurance, sex reassigment surgery, coming out, dysphoria, relationships and everyday life of the main characters.  Brym prev...

WoFF 2016: The Awards

WoFF: World of Film International Film Festival has just wrapped up this year’s edition at Glasgow’s Britannia Panopticon Music Hall. The 2016 members of the jury Colin Kennedy, Bruno Chatelin and Laurie Gordon, who unanimously confirmed their excitement about this year’s official selection of the festival are announcing the following awards: - Best Feature Film: Tierra Caliente by Laura Plancarte | with a special mention to Get Happy by M...

1 Day With Chinaski documentary by Ester Brym

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Music documentary film 1 Day With Chinaski" is being shown as part of ACTION ON FILM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL on September 20, 2015 at 6:00 PM in Monrovia, CA This film was shot in collaboration with CHINASKI music production and co-directed by Ester Brym & Ondra Skoch. It will have its USA Premiere at this year’s AOF International Film Festival in Monrovia, California. One of the most popular Czech music bands Chinaski is profiled in this user generated documenta...

CHUCKS

Director: Sabine Hiebler & Gerhard Ertl.

Live. Love. Dance. Now! Mae (Anna Posch) roams the streets of Vienna as a punk in her dead brother's Converse shoes. She lives on canned beer, sprays walls, tries her hand at poetry slams. She’s not interested in bourgeois life but in stronger experiences. When she is sent to an AIDS center to work off a punishment, she meets and falls in love with Paul (Markus Subramaniam). CHUCKS, the new film by Sabine Hiebler and Gerhard Ertl ("Anfang 80 /Coming of Age"), tells the featherlight story of growing up between life and death. Full of humor, at times rebelliously loud, then extremely tender – completely in the spirit of the literary version it is based on, the successful novel by Cornelia Travnicek about which Clemens J. Setz once wrote: “If I were to get stuck in a lift with a character of contemporary literature, I would want it to be Mae. I don’t know whether I would come out safe and sound, but it would be worth it.”

Seen & Heard Film Festival

See another side of the picture, hear the rest of the tale.

Seen & Heard was launched in Sydney in 2009 as a non-profit film festival by Lucy Randall with the view to promote women’s filmmaking and bring to light industry prejudices that may not be so clear to the consumer.

At that time, a woman had never won an Academy Award for Best Director (and only three females had ever been nominated in the entire history of The Oscars). Nobody talked about the absence of women in production roles in mainstream media. 

Female filmmakers, particularly in Australia, have long campaigned for their place in film as activists and as film collectives. Over the course of the festival's lifetime, both industry and media are slowly sitting up and taking more notice of these issues too. It is clear, though, that wider cultural change remains a distant goal.

According to the Center for the Study of Women in Television & Film,

"Women comprised 16% of all directors, executive producers, producers, writers, cinematographers, and editors working on the top 250 (U.S.) grossing films of 2013. This figure represents a decrease of two percentage points from 2012.

In 2013, women accounted for 6% of (U.S.) directors. If foreign films in the top 250 are included, this figure increases to 8%. In other roles, women comprised 10% of writers, 15% of executive producers, 25% of producers, 17% of editors, and 3% of cinematographers."

The dramatic under-representation of female filmmakers inevitably leads to a dearth in solid female characterisation as well. Female characters remained dramatically under-represented as protagonists, major characters, and speaking (major and minor) characters in the top grossing films of 2013. Again, the Center for the Study of Women in Television & Film reveals in their most recent report:

"On-screen female presence remains abysmal. In 2013, females accounted for 15% of protagonists, 29% of major characters, and 30% of all speaking characters. Female characters were younger than their male counterparts and were more likely than males to have an identifiable marital status. Further, female characters were less likely than males to have clearly identifiable goals or be portrayed as leaders of any kind."

Further disadvantages in the film industry exist for women of colour, non-cis women, queer women, women from low-income backgrounds, and women with disabilities.

It is not hard to see that the lack of any type of women in the film industry is an impoverishment to our culture, one that can only be rectified once we recognise that the dramatic under-representation of women amongst both cast & crew is a problem.

For the first time this year, Melbourne audiences are invited to join us in taking that small, but necessary, step towards female filmmakers being both Seen & Heard. We promote the message that films made by women are not just for women: they are wonderfully rich films that should be seen by everyoneTrust us, you're in for an exciting program of films that are as diverse as they are visually stunning.

We look forward to seeing you at ACMI from November 13 - 16.

Review: Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley

By Maria Esteves – November 11, 2013 WHOOPI GOLDBERG PRESENTS MOMS MABLEY is a fascinating documentary that depicts the life of legendary icon Jackie "Moms" Mabley (Loretta Mary Aiken, 1894-1975), the first African-American female comedian in entertainment referred to as "the funniest woman in the world." Winner of the Emmy, Golden Globe, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Awards, Whoopi Goldberg directorial debut includes historical archival footage of Mabley’s performance...

Autumn Of Route 66 documentary in California

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Czech director Ester Brym is ready to showcase her 2nd feature film called Autumn of Route 66. The World Premiere with take place Monday, August 19th, 2013 at 8PM at Action on Film International Film Festival in Monrovia, California. Ester's first film have received multiple awards and have been broadcasted all over the world via UK based distributor Journeyman Pictures. This time around, the filmmaker takes us on a journey of a lifetime: Visually stunning experience that will leave you ...

Route 66 Documentary

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  Czech director based in Los Angeles, Ester Brym, has a new film in the works. After her multi-Award winning feature Butterflies that profiled the Internet celebrity, her 2nd feature is much more personal and visually stunning. Autumn of Route 66  documents ones journey through the history, the incredible experience of driving the first American highway, Mother of all roads, the Route 66. Brym is currently in late post-production stage and raising finishing funds to complete the ...

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Teaser for new feature documentary by director Ester Brym, the Autumn of Route 66

Director Ester Brym introduces new Czech music documentary about Chinaski band

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New project from Ester Brym's factory is Czech music documentary called Netoč Nás, Natoč Sebe (Film Yourself, Not Us) featuring the band Chinaski and its fans. Each day during their 2011 World Tour, the fans were told to film whatever happens to them right before the concert and submit the footage for this unusual film inspired by Ridley Scott's Life in a Day. Not only fans, but also all members of the band shot sometimes funny, sometimes sad and sometimes very usual progress of ...

Feb 1st Is Last Day for Entries in Palm Beach Women's International Film Festival

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Be sure to enter your film in the Inaugural year of the Palm Beach Women's Film Festival. Films may be entered into 6 categories: Documentary, Short, Feature Film, Young Women's High School, Young Women's College and Young Women's College -Animation. Submissions can be made at the website, www.pbwiff.com, through Withoutabox. Student films will be accepted until February 28th. Taking place April 7- 10, 2011, in Palm Beach County, Florida, the festival includes screenings at four venu...

The Award Winning Film about YouTube, Butterflies has a Facebook Page

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Join Butterflies here and get invited to the next screening !   Butterflies Promote Your Page Too ...

Butterflies is nominated by AOF for Best Social Commentary Award 2009

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Press Release For Immediate Release    Lives of YouTube “Weblebrities” Chronicled in Upcoming Documentary The increasingly popular world of new media has introduced online viewers across the world to a diverse group of individuals in cyberspace.  YouTube.com has emerged as one of the leaders to catapult an Average Joe into an instant “Weblebrity” with the stroke of a computer key.  Meet six folks in the feature documentary “Butterflies” who share the common goal of b...

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