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European Shooting Stars: Jonas Smulders

Jonas Smulders - The Netherlands - European Shooting Stars 2018    Interview / editing: Martin I. Petrov      Have you been to Berlin before, how is your experience before your country’s shooting star?    I was here once before with a short film and once as a visitor at the festival, it is a great experience to meet all these people. Also, I have great support from my country and the Dutch Film institute, really feel empowered and it’s n...

European Shooting Stars: Luna Wedler

Luna Wedler - Switzerland - European Shooting Stars 2018    Interview / Editing: Martin I. Petrov      Congratulations on being a shooting star. How does it feel to be representing your country and to have this sudden extra exposure?    It is very exciting, really great to be meeting the rest nine stars, they are all beautiful humans. I feel very connected to all of them and look forward to exciting times ahead.    You did ballet before g...

European Shooting Stars: Matteo Simoni

Matteo Simoni - Belgium - European Shooting Stars 2018    Interview / editing: Martin I. Petrov      What’s the greatest thing about being in Berlin as a shooting star?   It’s great to meet people with the same goals. I believe in luck and coincidence and that always the coin will fall on the right side in the right moment. I’m really proud to be representing Belgium and I am open to see where this journey is going to take me. I am fort...

TWO Greek premieres for Ron de Cana films!

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Both "Scrappy" (2016) & "From On High" (2017) from Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. will have their Greek premieres at the Athens International Digital Film Festival, running from March 29-April 4, 2018. The films mark the professional acting debuts of child actors Nefertina Lizarraga ("Scrappy") and Zoe Pinell Lopez & Esteve Serra Coll ("From On High"). The films deal with gun violence against children in the US, and the constant fear in which Syria...

Critical Documentary Filmmaking is Becoming a Risky Business

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The EAST DOC PLATFORM, the largest event for documentary professionals in Central and Eastern Europe, takes place March 3-9, 2018. During the week-long event, Prague will host leading documentary professionals, distributors, TV and festival selectors from around the world. Filmmakers will pitch their documentary projects and compete for several prizes in the total amount of EUR 35,000. General audiences can attend a number of interesting talks by international professionals. Most events take pla...

East Doc Platform to Focus on “New Resistance”

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The largest industry event dedicated to documentary filmmaking in Central and Eastern Europe reflects on the rise of populist regimes in the region and examines the options available for fighting efforts to suppress critical voices. “In the course of the year, we see dozens of Polish and Hungarian producers who, under various pretexts, suddenly lose funding for their projects. Yet in fact, it’s in reaction to their public expression of anti-regime opinions,” says Tereza &S...

13th Haapsalu Horror & Fantasy Film Festival announces first film

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The 13th Haapsalu Horror & Fantasy Film Festival has announced their first film GHOST STORIES (2017) which has already been hailed as the best British horror in recent years.     In GHOST STORIES, a skeptical professor Philip Goodman investigates three strange cases of ghost sightings that take him on a bone-chilling journey. Based on a popular play, the film was directed by Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson. Starring Andy Newman with a memorable role from Martin Freeman&n...

FROM ON HIGH will be closing film at La Lanterna Film Festival!

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FROM ON HIGH will be the closing film at the 2018 La Lanterna Film Festival in Genova, Italy, running March 1, 2018 to May 17, 2018. Written/directed by Dawn Westlake and produced via her Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. shingle, FROM ON HIGH tells the story of a young Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. The film was scored by 2016 Peer Raben Music Award nominee GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs. It was shot/edited in Catalunya by Imatge Barcelona's Pol Carrizo Vilarroig. FROM ON...

FROM ON HIGH wins BEST EUROPEAN SHORT at Muestra Internacional de Cortometraje Solidario y Sensibilizacion de Ciudad Real, Spain

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FROM ON HIGH ("Desde el cielo") has won the Best European Short film award at Muestra Internacional de Cortometraje Solidario y Sensibilizacion de Ciudad Real, Spain! The award will be presented on February 22, 2018 at the Casino Antiguo. This is the second nomination and first win for "From On High". Written and directed by Dawn Westlake, the film was shot and edited in Catalunya by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. An original score was provided by 2016 Peer Raben...

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SCRAPPY selected to Festival Un Film Per La Pace!

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SCRAPPY has been selected to Festival Un Film Per La Pace in Gorizia, Italy for March 8th, 2018. Based on the Studs Terkel Award-winning poem by Donald G. Westlake, "Scrappy" was adapted for the screen and helmed by his daughter, Dawn Westlake. The film was shot on location in Pine Mountain, CA and Les Quingles near Barcelona, Spain in 2016 by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona who also edited. An original score was provided by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs, the 2016 Peer Raben Mu...

Screening Of Living Among Us With Director And Cast Q&A

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We’re a month away from the 3rd Annual Silver Scream Film Fest this February 16th-18th. We’re proud to be kicking off the weekend with the feature film LIVING AMONG US followed by a Q&A with writer/director Brian Metcalf (THE LOST TREE) and cast members Thomas Ian Nicholas (AMERICAN PIE, HALLOWEEN: RESURRECTION), Chad Todhunter (TRUE BLOOD), Jessica Morris (AMERICAN EXORCISM), and Andrew Keegan (O, 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU). This film with a new take on vampire lore also boast...

Last Two Weeks To Enter The Silver Scream Film Fest

With all the last minute request from filmmakers to enter the Silver Scream Film Fest we’ve decided to give everyone two more weeks to get their films in. This will be your last chance to enter after January 23rd submissions will be closed. For those of you just finding out about this (or those of who already knew) here’s a code for $15 off your entry fee.   Code: 15OFF   Enter here: https://www.withoutabox.com/03film/03t_fin/03t_fin_fest_01over....

Call For Entries: Tomorrow Is The Last Day To Enter

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Tomorrow is the last day to enter your feature, short, animation, screenplay, or graphic novel to the Silver Scream Film Fest.    The Silver Scream Fest is this February 16-18 at the Roxy Stadium 14 Theater in Santa Rosa. This year we're celebrating The Heroines Of Horror - Kelli Maroney, Barbara Crampton, and Dee Wallace. Meet the original Creature From The Black Lagoon Ricou Browning. There's even a special screening of the 4K Criterion Edition of Night Of The Livi...

"Barn Dance" (working title) - animated musical short

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Hello, all! I am currently developing a short animated musical film with a lot of Cow-reography, tentatively titled "Barn Dance". If the story stands (and dances!) on its own, maybe even makes some headway in festivals, I am hoping to milk that for all it is worth--to get permission to use a specific piece of music.  If that doesn't work, I can come up with some music on my own or enlist help, but it was written with one song in mind. Please check out the attached script.&n...

Last Chance To Save $10 On Your Entry Fee

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The $10 off promo code to enter the 3rd Annual Silver Scream Film Fest ends in 5 days. With our final deadline, January 9th, creeping up you don't want to miss your chance to be a part of this growing event.   Enter at withoutabox.com   https://www.withoutabox.com/03film/0...stival_id=8369   Enter code: MERRYSAVINGS18   The 3rd Annual Silver Scream Film Fest is proud to be bringing together young filmmakers with not only people working i...

FROM ON HIGH schedule confirmed at Northwest Film Forum in Seattle!

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FROM ON HIGH will have its USA premiere in Seattle in early 2018 at the prestigious Children's Film Fest at the Northwest Film Forum in the NO WALLS program. I love the description of our block of films: "This program makes it clear: youth all over the world long for the same things: to laugh, to live, to learn, to live in peace and to be respected for who they are. Many people, both powerful and weak, will try to build walls, but the dreams of the next generation cannot be denied."...

Scrappy rep'd the USA in San Rafael en Corto Film Festival

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"Scrappy", a film about standing up to gun violence, based on the Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem by Donald G. Westlake, represented the USA in the San Rafael en Corto Film Fest in Vecindario, Spain (The Canary Islands) on November 4th, 2017. "Scrappy" is a Ron de Cana Productions' presentation, directed and adapted for the screen by Dawn Westlake. Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona shot and edited on location in Pine Mountain and Los Angeles, CA, USA. ...

ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL RETURNS! FILMMAKERS TAKE PART IN A 21st CENTURY COMPETITION & FESTIVAL W/ NO 2 YEAR EXPIRATION REQUIREMENT

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CHICAGO, IL (October, November  2017)  The creative team behind VariousArtistsTV.com, an online network where independent filmmakers can showcase their work, is proud to announce they will be accepting submissions for their new online film festival competition, the Various Artists Independent Film Festival, {VAiFF}. This unique festival was created to provide artists the opportunity to showcase their creativity and engage in healthy competition w...

"Scrappy" in the running for the People's Choice Award at RATMA Film Fest in the UK!

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"Scrappy", a 4-minute film by Dawn Westlake, based on the poem by her father, Donald G. Westlake, is up for the People's Choice Award in the RATMA Film Fest. The film is playing online (for FREE!) until November 19th. The winner will be announced on November 20th. The global public can watch and vote for "Scrappy" in the drama category here: http://ratmaff.weebly.com/drama.html The poem "Scrappy" is included in Donald G. Westlake's Studs Terkel Humanitie...

"From On High" selected to prestigious Children's Film Festival with Northwest Film Forum/Seattle

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"From On High", the latest film from Dawn Westlake's Ron de Cana Productions, Inc., has been selected to the 2018 Children's Film Forum sponsored by Boeing at the Northwest Film Forum in Seattle, WA, USA for January 25-February 10. The film is about a young Syrian refugee who finds a home and hope for the future in Europe. It was shot/edited by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona in Collsuspina, La Sala de Sant Llogari and Barcelona, Spain. The original score was compose...

THE URANIUM FILM FESTIVAL 2017 AWARD WINNERS

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The winners of the International Uranium Film Festival Berlin 2017(link is external). The International Uranium Film Festival Berlin was for the 6th time in Berlin. Between Oktober 10 and 15 the in the world unique atomic age film festival screened 28 nuclear films. More than a dozen filmmakers participated in the event with a fantastic audience of hundreds of people from Berlin and around the globe. "The sixth Uranium Film Festival in Berlin was a blast", co...

Scrappy to tour 5 cities in Spain with CineMistica!

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"Scrappy" has been selected to the CineMistica Film Festival and will tour five cities in Spain with them from November 2-December 2, 2017. Helmed and adapted for the screen by Dawn Westlake, "Scrappy" is based on the Studs Terkel Humanities Award-winning poem by her father, Donald G. Westlake. It deals with a young girl's courage in standing up to the gun culture in the USA. Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona shot and edited in Pine Mountain and Los Angeles, CA,...

BFI London Film Festival 2017: Awards

LOVELESS (Best Film), THE WOUND (Best First Feature), KINGDOM OF US (Best Documentary) and THE RABBIT HUNT (Best Short Film) receive the Star of London The 61st BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express® announced this year’s Festival Award-winners at its high profile Awards dinner, at Banqueting House, Whitehall, this evening. Hosted by James Nesbitt and with an address from BFI Chair Josh Berger, guests includedAndrea Arnold, Hayley Atwel...

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