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"Scrappy" wins another Zebrino during Berlin leg of Zebra Fest!

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"Scrappy", based on the poem by Donald G. Westlake, has won another Zebrino Award at the Berlin leg of the Zebra Poetry Film Festival on December 7, 2018. "Scrappy" also won the Zebrino at the Munster-based Zebra Poetry Film Festival back on September 30, 2018. "Scrappy" was helmed and produced by Donald Westlake's daughter, Dawn, who also adapted the original poem for the screen. The film was shot on location in Pine Mountain, California, USA by Pol Carrizo Vil...

Earlybird deadline approaching! (Dec. 7)

  The earlybird deadline to submit your indie film to Mirror Mountain Film Festival is only a few days away! The festival welcomes original and independent short films, medium-length & feature films from creative minds around the world. All genres accepted, including drama, documentary, animation, horror, sci-fi, dance, experimental and more. Submit before December 7th and save!   More info: https://mirrormountainfilmfest.com/submissions/ ...

FROM ON HIGH to have Asian Premiere with 16th Kalpanirjhar International Short Fiction Film Festival!

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FROM ON HIGH will have its Asian premiere with 16th Kalpanirjhar International Short Fiction Film Festival in Kolkata, India December 4-8, 2018. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake and produced by her Ron de Cana Productions, Inc., FROM ON HIGH tells the story of a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. The film was shot and edited on location in Barcelona, Spain by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona in 2017. An original score was composed by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs. F...

CALL FOR ENTRIES Movies that Matter Festival 2019 - 22-30 March 2019 - The Hague, the Netherlands

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CALL FOR ENTRIES Movies that Matter Festival 2019 22 – 30 March 2019  ● The Hague, the Netherlands The Movies that Matter Festival is the annual film and debate festival on human rights and social justice in The Hague, the International city of Peace and Justice. It takes place each year in March and features a general film programme of over seventy feature films and documentaries, seminars and debates and a youth programme. The Movies that Matter Festival presents tw...

ShortsTV Distribution Deal - Super Short Film Winner!

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Happy Thanksgiving friends and fans of the NYC Independent Film Festival! We're here with another exciting announcement - A distribution deal with ShortsTv will also be offered to the winner of the “Best Super Short Film award! (Winner does not have to accept offer and in the result of a tie the distribution deal will be given to two winners) *Note for both short film and super short film distribution deal - The film must be TV appropriate in subject matter to qualify for the ...

POOLING invited to play Dunedin International Film Festival!

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POOLING, a brand new hybrid breakdance/animation/visual effects film from Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. has been accepted to the Dance Section of the 2019 Dunedin International Film Festival in Dunedin, Florida, USA for January. Choreographed and starring Marc Carrizo Vilarroig ("Markitus"), POOLING was shot in Castellnou, Spain in August by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. Carrizo-Vilarroig also edited and did visual effects. Joan Armand Forero of Praxiz composed an original...

Movies that Matter Festival

The Movies that Matter Festival is a film and debate festival on human rights and social justice in The Hague, the International City of Peace and Justice. This film and debate festival is the successor of the Amnesty International Film Festival. It features the best of recent filmmaking related to human rights and human dignity and serves as a platform for debate and discussion. Beside the festival Movies that Matter organises various other human rights film events and activities including: - educational programmes at schools and film theatres - International support and promotion of human rights film screenings - a human rights film programme within the annual International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). - Movies that Matter Tour: monthly human rights films programme in eight Dutch theatres.

POOLING invited to play in Providence Children's Film Festival

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"Pooling", a hybrid live-action/animation/visual effects breakdance film (whew!), has been invited to the 2019 Providence Children's Film Festival in Providence, Rhode Island for February 15-28. It will play in the Body in Motion section of the festival. Written/helmed and produced by Dawn Westlake through her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, "Pooling" was performed/choreographed by Marc Carrizo Vilarroig of Brodas Bros, an internationally-known breakdance troupe. "P...

Dublin Feminist Film Festival 2018

Dublin Feminist Film Festival has established firm roots on Dublin’s cultural calendar, shining a spotlight on women in film. DFFF promotes and celebrates female filmmakers, hoping to inspire and empower others to get involved in filmmaking.

This involves considering women on-screen, but also behind the camera, through the dual-aspect of celebrating and showcasing fantastic female filmmaking, as well as demonstrating that women make compelling and complex characters and subjects.  DFFF is a celebratory couple of days and our commitment to inclusive art is reflected in the programme each year, showcasing a range of work, from documentary to drama, short form to feature, films from different places and representing different perspectives, as well as work by women-of-colour.

ABOUT 2018'S FESTIVAL

The theme for #DFFF2018 is REFRAME/REFOCUS. Rather than foreground particular topics, our programme this year will feature films not only directed by women, but also shot by female cinematographers. In emphasising the role of the cinematographer, we aim to expand the notion of who 'makes' a film and what 'Films by Women' means, while also raising questions about whether and how films shot by women feature a different or other gaze.

WHY CINEMATOGRAPHY?

In 2018 something remarkable happened: Rachel Morrison garnered an Academy Award nomination for Cinematography for her work on the film Mudbound. At first glance, this might not seem so out of the ordinary. Over the last four decades, women have regularly and increasingly been nominated for and won international awards for production roles that had previously been male-only domains. Not so with cinematography, however. Morrison was the first woman ever to be nominated for her work behind the camera in ninety years of Oscars! Awards aren’t everything of course. But historically speaking, cinematography has been the most difficult filmmaking role for women to break into.

And yet for the past several years, some of the most visually exciting films in world cinema have been shot by women. Long-standing talents like Ellen Kuras, Agnés Godard, Caroline Champetier, and Mandy Walker have in recent years been joined by a huge influx of international cinematographers like Quyen Tran, Nanu Segal, Reed Morano, Morrison, and many more.

For the Fifth Dublin Feminist Film Festival, we have decided to highlight the role of the female cinematographer. In coming to this decision, we thought about it from several different angles. Does a woman’s camera “see” differently? If much of what makes film so compelling is the visual, can a film be “by” its cinematographer as much as its director? And institutionally and structurally speaking, why has the field of cinematography in particular been so reluctant to accept women into its ranks?

Thus we present REFRAME/REFOCUS, wherein we hope to reconsider, not simply the role of the cinematographer in general, but very specifically the role of the female cinematographer and how she lights, frames, and moves through the onscreen space that constitutes our visual filmic experience.

To that end, all the films we screen this year – features and shorts – were directed and shot by women. As part of the festival, we’re also featuring a talk by an esteemed academic on female cinematography, and a roundtable discussion with two Dublin-based female cinematographers.

It’s important to celebrate the work of Rachel Morrison, and we heartily congratulate her on her achievement. However, as we continue to reconsider the fantastic work that female cinematographers are doing around the world, we hope it will become increasingly clear that one nomination in ninety years simply isn’t good enough.

Dublin Feminist Film Festival 2018 - Celebrating 5 Years

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Dublin Feminist Film Festival 2018 REFRAME/REFOCUS 21st & 22nd November 2018 - Light House Cinema Smithfield Dublin 7 Launch & Special Events 20th November - The Generator Hostel Smithfield Dublin 7 Dublin Feminist Film Festival has established firm roots on Dublin’s cultural calendar, shining a spotlight on women in film. DFFF promotes and celebrates female filmmakers, hoping to inspire and empower others to get involved in filmmaking. This involves considering...

Nice International Film Festival

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Nice International Film Festival independent Film Market 2019 ...

Evolution! Mallorca Film Festival Turns 7 this week

    Evolution! Mallorca International Film Festival opens this week with its 7th edition full of great new additions to the festival, including exclusive guests from the world of indie cinema, stronger educational platform and extended programme across larger venues.    We spoke to festival director Sandra Seeling-Lipski, who grew up in Mallorca and now lives between the island and Los Angeles, gathering year-round the best festival contacts and films from global events...

OPEN CALL - SUBMIT - LOST WORLD FILM FESTIVAL

OPEN CALL for SHORT FILM submissions to: PALEOCHORA LOST WORLD SHORT FILM FESTIVAL Submit via Film Freeway Click this link to submit: https://filmfreeway.com/PaleochoraLostWorldShortFilmFestival   ...

SCRAPPY wins the Zebrino at the Zebra Poetry Film Festival!

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"Scrappy" has won the Zebrino Prize of 500 Euros, donated by Filmwerkstatt Münster, at the 2018 Zebra Poetry Film Festival in Germany last evening. Based on the Studs Terkel Award-winning poem of the same name by the director Dawn Westlake's father, Donald G. Westlake, "Scrappy" tells the story of a little girl's courage when confronted with an adult's momentary lapse in judgment. The story is based on a real-life anecdote from Donald's childhood. It was...

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...

Venezia 75: Days 3 & 4

The third day on the 75th Venice Film Festival, a.k.a. Gaga Day as it humorously got referred to by the thousands of festival attendees, was marked by the arrival off Lady Gaga, starring alongside Bradley Cooper in a remake of the original 1937 A star is born, also a directorial debut for Cooper.      Gaga’s arrival on the Lido posing on the Vaporetto made the headlines, while the first screening with its loud rock tunes put the pop star higher up in her fans adoration,...

Water Docs Film Festival

IS YOUR FILM ABOUT WATER?

Then you won't want to miss our film festival about all things WATER. The Water Docs Film Festival presents Canadian and International features and shorts about water, engaging discussions with filmmakers and special guests, and opportunities to take action to protect water.

The festival informs, educates and activates our audiences about water and water issues because the likelihood of having enough clean, fresh water is diminishing everywhere. This festival is primarily about film, however, we also have amazing exhibits, surprising interactive presentations, breathtaking musical performances, interesting workshops, family-friendly offerings, engaging speakers, water-related NGO displays, and so much more.

 

So, for the love of water, come join us!

The Japanese Film Festival in Australia (JFF) presents a FREE classic film program from 29 September – 2 December.

      From star-crossed lovers in the Meiji era to early feminists fighting societal norms, the Japanese Film Festival (JFF) presents a FREE classic film program from 29 September – 2 December. The Festival will present a curated program: Passion & Obsession in Sydney with an abridged version in Melbourne and Canberra. Featuring works adapted from novels by celebrated authors such as Junichiro Tanizaki and Kyoka Izumi, the program showcases influential works from c...

GC Johnson wins BEST SOUNDTRACK for FROM ON HIGH from Mediterranean Festival Corto!

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Mediterranean Festival Corto in Diamante, Italy has awarded their 2018 Best Soundtrack prize to GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs for his original score on FROM ON HIGH, a short film written and helmed by Dawn Westlake and produced by her Ron de Cana shingle. Johnson was a 2016 Peer Raben Music Award nominee for his score for Westlake's 2015 film THROUGH THE PANE, and he won Best Musical Score for Westlake's A LIFE OF DEATH in 2006 from the Inventaunfilm Festival in Lenola, Italy. FROM ON HIG...

Submissions Open for LIFF 2019

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LIFF 2019 Submission Guidelines (for screenplay submission information, see here) The London Independent Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing new emerging film talent. NOTE: all film submissions are preferred via Withoutabox or Film Freeway OR The alternative is to pay via PayPal and complete the submission form. Submission info: Preview format must be digital online screener.  Submit either through a festival submission platform’s in...

News for LIFF 2019

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Here at the London Independent Film Festival we are gearing up for LIFF 2019. We have just confirmed two exciting new sponsors: RODE and Kodak. Events next year will include workshops, panels and materclasses, and we also have some exciting industry guests lined up! Stay tuned for more information in the coming months, and remember to submit your films! ...

About LIFF 2019

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We at LIFF are preparing for another fantastic festival of independent filmmaking from April 13th-22nd, 2018 at Kino Bermondsey. The London Independent Film Festival is the premier event for first and second-time film-makers, micro-budget and no-budget films in the UK. LIFF offers a fantastic opportunity for indie filmmakers to showcase their achievements, with spaces reserved for first and second time filmmakers and for films that have been overlooked by other events. LIFF presents the b...

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...

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