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Review: I AM HERE - Fugitives escape to paradise but desire stays just out of reach

by Tom Llewellin A woman who has just murdered her husband walks into a parking garage, where she gives a strange man a couple of cigarettes. Now she’s on the ferry to a secluded Southeast Asian island, bundles of cash strapped to her body. The man straps the bills off, and they cast uneasy glances at each other. They sit on a white beach as waves lap the secluded shoreline, trying to to negotiate and renegotiate some level of intimacy. But it’s plain to see they are shaken by ...

Extremism, family conflict and betrayal collide in Meryam Joobeur's new film

Meryam Joobeur is a young Montreal-based filmmaker who has worked with Sasha Lane of American Honey fame, among others. Her new short film Brotherhood explores issues of cultural dislocation, family tension and sacrifice. It won the award for best Canadian short film at TIFF in September.  In Brotherhood, a family’s eldest son returns home from Syria to his Tunisian shepherd family, accompanied by his new wife - a young woman wearing a niqab, a garment in which only the eyes are vi...

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...

Part two of Festival happening this week! (Plus after party!)

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Hey filmmakers and movie fans! Don't forget there will be a WRAP UP PARTY on Friday night in Paris! ???????? After the last screening we will announce the winners of the festival and then all celebrate until the bar closes, around 2AM. It will be a good time for you to meet other filmmakers, movie geeks and have your picture taken by our official photographer! ???? Of course for those who can only make it on Thursday, we will also have a small celebration after the screenings...

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,...

FROM ON HIGH wins BEST SHORT FILM at Vilammare Film Festival

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FROM ON HIGH has won BEST SHORT FILM at Vilammare Film Festival in Campania, Italy. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, FROM ON HIGH is about a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. This is prize #8 for the film which has also won awards in the USA, Spain and 5 other awards in Italy, including Best Cinematography for DP/Editor Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona at Carpine d'Argento Film Fest in Visciano, and Best Soundtrack for GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs at Mediterr...

Tomorrow is the Earlybird Deadline for the 10th Annual NYC Indie Film Festival!

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Submit by August 31, 2018 to be a part of our 10th Annual festival, happening May 5 through May 12 2019!   To submit visit: https://filmfreeway.com/nycindieff ...

Earlybird Deadline: THIS FRIDAY!!!!

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Submit to the 10th Annual NYC Indie Film Festival this week to meet our Earlybird Deadline- August 31st!! To submit and for more information, please visit: https://filmfreeway.com/nycindieff       ...

Submit ASAP! Earlybird Deadline - August 31st!

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THE EARLYBIRD DEADLINE FOR THE 10TH ANNUAL NYC INDEPENDENT FILM FEST IS AUGUST 31, 2018! Yes, August 31, 2018!!! Mark your calenders! SUBMIT ASAP!  To submit and to view full rules and guidelines you can visit: https://filmfreeway.com/nycindieff or https://www.nycindieff.com/submissions/submit ...

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...

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...

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