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Independent Film Institute is the New Home for Indie Filmmakers and Movie Fans alike

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Independent Film Institute showcases exemplary independent films that have been selected by professional filmmakers. IFI provides top indie filmmakers with a venue to present their work and to gain worldwide viewership and promotion. IFI fulfills a vital need by providing professional feedback and detailed evaluations to indie filmmakers. IFI selectees are then invited to their fellowship where they can network with other creative and talented people. Their work is added to IFI’s selectio...

"terroir" to play EQUIS Film Festival in Ecuador!

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"terroir" has been accepted to EQUIS Festival de Cine Feminista de Ecuador for November 11-22, 2020. Due to the Covid19 pandemic, it will be presented online, sponsored by the US Embassy and Consulate there. To access the portal and watch: https://equisvirtual.eventive.org/films/terru%C3%B1o-5f779086a41be9012e7966d9 "terroir" is a musical documentary about the mother-child relationship and how it can influence our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of ...

"terroir" up for a Weimar Poetry Award!

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"terroir" is competing for a Weimar Poetry Award in the Women in Resistance category at the International Poetry Film Festival of Thuringia in Germany, October 22-25, 2020. Due to the COVID19 pandemic, the festival will be held online. "terroir" is a musical documentary about the mother-child relationship and how it can sometimes influence our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. Helmed/written and produced by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de C...

Post Show Report of "Focus on India" Forum Organised at Venice Film Festival, 2020

“The Venice Film festival has stood as a symbol of recognition of cinematic excellence at an international platform,” said Prakash Javadekar, Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, in his address at Venice Film Festival 2020, where India is the focus country this year. “It is with great pleasure that I am announcing that India and Italy have agreed on the rules of procedure for co-production treaty and it is hoped that it will take our joint collab...

2020 Global Peace Film Festival Film Guide is loive; PASSES NOW ON SALE

The film lineup and guide for the 2020 virtual Global Peace Film Festival is now live and can be seen here. The festival will screen all films online from Sept. 21 to Oct. 4.  Passes for the festival are now available for purchase.   ...

Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival & Symposium 2020

DX2020 SNEAK PEAK With just eight weeks until Double Exposure, we’re excited to share a preview of the sessions and speakers who will shape our sixth edition. More workshops, master classes, new investigative films and one-on-one meetings are just the beginning of this...

Burgas International Film Festival 2020 AWARDS

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Eight festival evenings, over 30 film titles, a rich accompanying program. In short, that’s how the fifth edition of the Burgas International Film Festival took place. The jury consisting of Rushen Vidinliev, Alexander Stanishev, Ferenz Török, Stefan Bohun awarded the prize “Danny Lerner” in the amount of 10, 000 euros in studio services from Nu Boyana Film Studios to the film “Los Lobos”/ Los Lobos movie, directed by Samuel Kishi. A special men...

"terroir" is accepted to the Pune Short Film Festival in India!

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"terroir" has been accepted to the Pune Short Film Festival in Pune, India for later this fall (exact date to be determined due to the pandemic). "terroir" is a musical documentary about the mother-child relationship and how it can sometimes influence our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. Helmed/written and produced by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, the film was shot by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona in ...

"terroir" featured on TGVerona!

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"terroir" has been selected to the San Gio Film Festival in Verona, Italy, running July 23-27, 2020. It was just featured in a piece from TGVerona, including an interview with festival director Ugo Brusaporco. https://www.tgverona.it/pages/899020/cultura/torna_il_san_gio_verona_video_festival.html Written/helmed/produced by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, "terroir" is about how the mother-child relationship can sometimes influence our perceptions of...

"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" wins the Audience Award at UNCG Sustainability Film Festival!

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"terroir" has won the Audience Award at the 2020 UNCG Sustainability Film Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake and produced under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, "terroir" explores the mother-child relationship and how it can sometimes unfortunately influence our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. The film was shot on location in Westlake's childhood home in Wheaton, IL USA and in a vineya...

International Thai Film Festival 2020

International Thai Film Festival 2020 (ITFF2020) is open for submissions! (short film, feature film, animation and music video) Submit your production via FilmFreeway: https://filmfreeway.com/thaifilmfest or via FestHome: https://festhome.com/en/festival/international-thai-film-festival Website: https://www.thaifilmfestival.com/ Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thaifilmfest  

Call For Entries Festival Film Dokumenter 2020 - Yogyakarta Documentary Film Festival

Festival Film Dokumenter (FFD) is an annual event held by Forum Film Dokumenter, a non-profit organization based in Yogyakarta, focusing on documentary film research and archiving, as well as film appreciation for educational purposes. In 2020, Festival Film Dokumenter’s Call For Entries opens for Competition Program. There are four categories open for the Competition Program. First, Feature-Length Documentary, which opens for Indonesian and foreign filmmak...

ÉCU 2021 is now open for submissions!

Submissions for the 16th edition of ÉCU- The European Independent Film Festival, are now open! The festival will take place on the 9th, 10th, and 11th April 2021. Every year we screen thought-provoking, unique, and exciting independent films, and your film could be part of our 2021 programme. ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival is dedicated to the discovery and advancement of the very best independent filmmakers from around the world. The festival pro...

"Touch" featured in WE ARE MOVING STORIES

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"Touch", the film made in self-isolation between a 91-yr-old father and his daughter while in self-isolation 2001 miles apart, has been featured in WE ARE MOVING STORIES in an interview between publisher Carmela Baranowska and Dawn Westlake, the director/producer/editor of "Touch". http://www.wearemovingstories.com/we-are-moving-stories-films/2019/1/17/touch   ...

"terroir" selected to Cortos en Corto in Mexico!

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"terroir" has been selected to the 7th annual Cortos en Corto Film Festival in Anahuac, Xalapa, Mexico for August 20-21, 2020. Written, helmed and produced by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc shingle, "terroir" is about the mother-child relationship and how it can sometimes cloud our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. The film was shot in Wheaton & Peru, IL, USA, Font Romeu, France and Vilafranca del Penedes, Spain by Pol C...

"terroir" selected to Newlyn PZ International Film Festival & nom for Best Female Director!

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"terroir" has been accepted to the 2021 Newlyn PZ International Film Festival, based in Penzance, Cornwall, England. The film's director, Dawn Westlake, has been nominated for the BEST FEMALE DIRECTOR award. Originally scheduled for the end of April 2020, the festival has been postponed one year. "terroir" is about how the mother-child relationship may unfortunately cloud our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. The piece is based on a po...

Punto y Raya Festival

PUNTO Y RAYA FESTIVAL seeks to recapture the spirit of Cinéma Pure and Absolute Film formulated by the European avant-garde in the 1920s, consolidating this unique artform laying at the intersection between Fine Arts and Media.

Consolidated since 2007 as the world event for Abstract Art in Motion, the festival invites artists to explore audiovisual arts in their purest state: Form, Colour, Motion and Sound. No representation!

The event takes place every two years in a different country, co-produced and hosted by major art centres and museums across Europe, including Reina Sofia Museum (Madrid), CCCB Centre for Contemporary Culture (Barcelona), HARPA Concert Hall (Reykjavík), ZKM (Karlsruhe), CeTA Audiovisual Technology Center (Wroclaw), and Austrian FilmMuseum (Vienna), amongst others.

The programme features:

- International Short Film Competition
- National Panoramas
- Guest Screenings & Retrospectives
- PyRformances (live audiovisual performances)
- Academy Programme (Masterclasses, Round Tables, Workshops...)
- Junior Programme (for family audiences)
- Installations

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www.puntoyrayafestival.com

 

"terroir" accepted to Filmets 2020!

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"terroir" has been accepted to the prestigious Filmets Film Festival in Badalona (Barcelona), Spain for October 16-25, 2020. Written/helmed and sung by Dawn Westlake, "terroir" was shot in Wheaton & Peru, IL, USA, Vilafranca del Penedes, Spain and Font Romeu, France by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. An original score was composed and Westlake's voice coached by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs. "terroir" marks the professional acting debut of 4-yr-old...

"terroir" to play the UNCG Sustainability Film Festival!

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"terroir" has been accepted to the UNCG Sustainability Film Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina for March 26th, 2020. Written/helmed and sung by Dawn Westlake, "terroir" is a musical doc exploring how the mother-child relationship may cloud our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. An original score was composed and mixed by award-winning composer GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs. "terroir" was shot, edited and its considerable visual e...

Report from the TEDDY Awards 2020 at Volksbühne

(Annie Heger, Eidin Jalali, Edson Cordeiro, Banafshe Hourmazdi, Faraz Shariat, TEDDY winners © Lindsay R. Bellinger)   by LINDSAY R. BELLINGER  German singer/actress/moderator Annie Heger as host of the TEDDY Awards was an inspired choice! On the evening of February 28, 2020 she brought the right amount of energy to the Volksbühne, maybe even more than some members of the audience. I was a little surprised that the older male German couple...

We are open for submissions

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Jury Team: DYTIATKO Festival is an absolute miracle

The jury members of the XI DYTIATKO International Children’s Media Festival and honored guests during the closing ceremony expressed their impressions of the festival.   Miomir Rajcevic, director, screenwriter, president of the Media Education Center, Serbian Coordinator of the UNESCO-EU project “Building trust in media in South-Eastern Europe and Turkey”, Coordinator of the EU All Digital: “It is a great pleasure for me to be here and see how young p...

Save Kino Moviemento: Germany's Oldest Cinema

by LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   Kino Moviemento, Germany's oldest still-running cinema, needs your help to keep their doors open. They are an independently-run cinema that first began screening films in 1907 as Topps Kino and over the course of the past 113 years has been a safe haven for Berliner film culture. The Moviemento team continues to showcase numerous film festivals and unique cinematic experiences each and every year. The 4th annual Weihnachtsfilmfestival was the latest film fe...

"terroir" to play the National Film Archive of India with Chhatrapati Shivaji International Film Festival!

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"terroir" has been accepted to the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Film Festival for December 28, 2019. The festival venue is the National Film Archive of India, located in the city of Pune. Written, helmed, produced and protagonized by Dawn Westlake, "terroir" was shot on location in Wheaton & Peru, Illinois, USA, Font Romeu, France and Vilafranca del Penedes, Catalunya, Spain by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. Pol also did the editing and considerable visua...

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