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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...

Must Watch: Panels and Presentations!

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Let's be real: we are filmmakers not business people! The artsitic side of filmmaking may come easy to you but how about getting your film out there? Raising money? Aqcurining the rights to the perfect score? Don't worry we have you covered! Visit our YouTube Channel for videos from our 2018 panels and presentations, including, 'Creating Your Own Work Panel', 'Music Licensing Panel' and 'Seed&Spark Presentation on Crowdfunding'! Enjoy and good luck on your n...

Earlybird Deadline: August 31st

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Quick reminder that the Earlybird Deadline for the 10th Annual NYC Independent Film festival is August 31st, 2018!    To submit, visit: https://filmfreeway.com/nycindieff or https://www.nycindieff.com/submissions/submit ...

10th Annual NYC Indie Film Fest Announcement and 2018 Interviews!

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As we gear up for the 10th Annual NYC Independent Film Festival, we are thrilled to announce that in celebration of a decade of ‘never boring’ cinema, we will be screening all past ‘Best in Music Video’ winners from 2012-2018!  We thank all past winners for allowing us to screen their music videos again as a special treat for all of you. Get ready to jam! In other exciting news, all of our 2018 interviews are now available to watch on our website. Intereste...

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 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...

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...

Last chance to submit to the NYC 2 Paris Film Festival!

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Tomorrow (June 20th, 2018) is the LAST day to submit your film to the NYC 2 Paris Film Festival!!    Visit the link to submit and for more information: https://filmfreeway.com/NewYork2ParisInternationalFilmFestival   Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.  ...

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" ...

Extended Deadline for NYC 2 Paris Film Fest: June 20th!

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The Extended Deadline to submit your film to the NYC 2 Paris Film Festival is June 20th, 2018!  NYC 2 Paris International Film Festival honors the Best in Category which includes Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary, Best Short Documentary, Best Short Narrative, Best Super Short, Best Music Video, as well as Best Director.  The NYC 2 Paris International Film Festival provides a showcase for the best in independent cinema, including short films, feature films and music vi...

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...

Big Cats - lions, cheetahs, snow leopards and tigers, great films put on by United Nations, CITES, New Media Film Festival & JHW

Saturday, June 16, 2018 Free with RSVP https://newmediafilmfestival.com/schedule.php New Media 1: Big Cats - lions, cheetahs, snow leopards and tigers, great films put on by United Nations, CITES, Susan Johnston Casting, New Media Film Festival and Jackson Hole Wild  - Screening 12:30PM - 2PM Screening L.A. Premiere! Description: New Media Film Festival is honored to be hosting Big Cats screening in conjunction with United Nations, Jackson Hole Wild and CITES. There is no charg...

Big Cats - lions, cheetahs, snow leopards and tigers, great films put on by United Nations, CITES, New Media Film Festival & JHW

Saturday, June 16, 2018 Free with RSVP https://newmediafilmfestival.com/schedule.php New Media 1: Big Cats - lions, cheetahs, snow leopards and tigers, great films put on by United Nations, CITES, Susan Johnston Casting, New Media Film Festival and Jackson Hole Wild  - Screening 12:30PM - 2PM Screening L.A. Premiere! Description: New Media Film Festival is honored to be hosting Big Cats screening in conjunction with United Nations, Jackson Hole Wild and CITES. There is no charg...

2018 BJTS Animation Festival

Animation Festival BJTS 2018 new poster is just released. Thank you for all interest for our festival. #bjtsfestival #animation #festival

Late Deadline for NYC 2 Paris International Film Fest: JUNE 4

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The Late Deadline to submit your film to the NYC 2 Paris Film Festival is June 4th, 2018!    NYC 2 Paris International Film Festival honors the Best in Category which includes Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary, Best Short Documentary, Best Short Narrative, Best Super Short, Best Music Video, as well as Best Director and Best Screenplay. The NYC 2 Paris International Film Festival provides a showcase for the best in independent cinema, including short films, fea...

"From On High" to have Armenian premiere with FRESCO in Yerevan!

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"From On High" has been selected to the 5th annual FRESCO Festival of Modern Art and Spiritual Films in Yerevan, Armenia for June 22-July 1, 2018. Helmed and written by Dawn Westlake, "From On High" tells the story of a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. The film was shot on location in Collsuspina, La Sala de Sant Llogari, and Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. He also edited and did special effects. An original scor...
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