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"Touch" wins BEST DOCUMENTARY at Diogenes 2020: Stay Home & Make Movie Festival

 "Touch" has won the BEST DOCUMENTARY AWARD at the Diogenes 2020: Stay Home & Make Movie Festival out of Tbilisi, Georgia on July 3, 2020. Written and presented by 91-yr-old retired metallurgist and poet Donald G. Westlake, the film was directed/edited by his daughter Dawn Westlake, as they were both self-isolating during the COVID19 pandemic, 2001 miles apart. Westlake used family films going back to the early 1900s to illustrate her father's story about the importance of...

Hot from the trades - Unabomb

  Unabomb is a thriller starring Viggo Mortensen and has been sold to multiple countries, especially in Europe. IM Global was able to make deals all across Europe, selling to Germany (Tobis), France (Metropolitan), Italy (Eagle), Spain (TriPictures), Greece (Odeon), Benelux (Splendid), Scandinavia (Scanbox), and the Middle East (Salim Ramia). The film is directed by Robert Lorenz.    - Manette Asta SaveSave ...

Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA)

SIMA's global documentary competition and traveling series honors eye-opening impact films from around the world that inspire activism, compassion and social transformation.

Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA)

SIMA (Social Impact Media Awards) is an annual global documentary competition, traveling series and collection, catalyzing creative works of visual storytelling that inspire activism, compassion and social transformation. 


SIMA 2015 is OPEN FOR ENTRIES: Sep 8 - October 27, 2014

Filmmakers & Changmakers submit your films to the 3rd annual Social Impact Media Awards. FINALISTS receive entry in the SIMA Collection and Traveling Series | WINNERS receive prizes worth $500 - $1000. The SIMA 2015 WINNERS SCREENING takes place in Los Angeles in March 2015.



















Films must be completed between Jan 2013 and October 2014 to be eligible for entry. Each title is permitted to enter once to the SIMA Awards. Titles that have entered in the past are not permitted to enter into the competition in subsequent years. Each entry may be submitted by only one individual or organization. If the film is a co-production, the entrant assumes full responsibility for notifying the other co-production partners of the entry. In the event of multiple entries for the same film, copyright ownership will determine which entry is accepted. The entrant is responsible for securing and clearing all rights.


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Filmmakers LOVE our festival!!

Listen to what filmmakers have to say about our festival.. The Taos Shortz Film Fest continues screen global world class cinema  and to provide filmmakers with a venue to showcase their work, participate in workshops, panels, and network with fellow filmmakers, media companies, producers and distributors.

Taos Shortz Film Fest 2016 calling for entries now!

NEXT DEADLINE: 22 November 2015 The Taos Shortz Film Fest is again searching the globe for outstanding short films. The festival is looking for compelling stories, exemplary production, cinematography and 100% awesome films. Voted one of "the 50 film festivals worth the entry fee" by Movie Maker's Magazine this spring, Taos Shortz boasts being the stellar shorts film fest in the country. Do you have a tale to tell? A secret to reveal? A truth that screams to be heard? If you ...

Taos Shortz Film Fest

The Taos Shortz Film Fest (TSFF) is a forum that unites short films and filmmakers with the community, with the belief that films have the ability to change people’s lives.  TSFF strives in its leadership of presenting world class independent cinema, to keep the cinematic arts thriving in New Mexico and to keep Taos on the map as a cinematic destination.

The Taos Shortz Film Fest continues to be a quality cinematic gateway for screening global indie short films.  Being the only juried film fest in Taos, and the only Short Film Festival in a state where filming and filmmaking has an astonishing economic impact to the Industry. The Taos Shortz Film Fest continues to bring innovative program ideas that inspire and educate. Our films comprise cutting edge provocative themes that create responses and awareness to our community that can change social views and consciousness.

Dawn Westlake Featured in Berlinale Edition of WORLD OF SHORTS Magazine!

Daazo - European Film Centre of Budapest, Hungary released the 2014 Berlinale edition of their WORLD OF SHORTS Magazine this week. Featured along with BAFTA-shortlisted filmmaker Toby Fell-Holden of the UK, Sorayos Prapapan of Thailand, Christina Grosan of Romania/Hungary, Joonas Makkonen of Finland, and Toma Waszarow of Bulgaria, Dawn Westlake of the USA answered the question "Why Make Short Films?" To read all the responses, pick up the magazine at the Berlinale Film Festival and tur...

Taos Shortz Film Fest MARCH 20 - 23RD 2014

Submissions Have CLOSED and we have piles and piles of shorts to screen for the holidays. So we are making popcorn and screening shorts from at least 30 countries. Stay tuned here when we make our Official Selections Annoucement  January 22nd     The 7th annual Taos Shortz Film Fest is March 20 to 23rd, 2014 at the Taos Center for the Arts in beautiful Taos, New Mexico. Over 90 short global and regional fi...

Stunning Opening Night at Festival de Cine Global Dominicano: The entire show is on

Watch the entire show, you will not miss a piece of the action in Santo Domingo. Yvette Marichal Elis Perez and Omar de la Cruz   ...

Festival de Cine Global Dominicano: The Festival's mission

The Dominican Republic Global Film Festival presents a selection of the best international, dramatic and documentary film culture enriches the country and bring the seventh art into all areas of Dominican society . The Festival contributes to greater awareness and understanding of global issues through stories about events and people who have left their mark on our lives. Promote and encourage discussion of social, political and economical through cinematography. About the Global Fil...

Taos Shortz Film Fest. Call for Entries is Open

Call for Entries OPEN for the 2014 Taos Shortz Film Fest Come join the hottest shorts film fest in the country.   Taos Shortz is dedicated to featuring quality juried short films from around the globe and provide filmmakers with a venue to showcase their work, participate in workshops, panels, and network with fellow filmmakers, media companies, producers and distributors.   This year we are excited to join in the Film Festival Life Community for our online submission service...

Taos Shortz Film Fest CALL FOR ENTRIES 2014

Come join the hottest shorts film fest in the SouthWest. Taos Shortz Film Festival is rapidly becoming an internationally known film festival. We are dedicated to featuring quality, juried short films from around the globe and we invite you to bring your adventure of creativity to our film fest.  Take the opportunity to strut your stuff amidst the mountains and mesas of Taos, NM.  Do you have a tale to tell?


A secret to reveal?

A truth that screams to be heard?

We are a forum that unites short films and filmmakers with the community, with the belief that films have the ability to change peoples lives.

The Taos Shortz Film Fest continues to bring world class cinema to our community and beyond and to provide filmmakers with a venue to showcase their work, participate in workshops, panels, and network with fellow filmmakers, media companies, producers and distributors.        

The Taos Shortz Film fest will be held March 7th to 10th 2013 at the Taos Center for the Arts.

We will screen global short films, focus on New Mexico filmmakers and a local Taos filmmaker night on Thursday, March 7th.  Free panel discussions and networking possibilities are being planned plus a few more creative events to make our 2013 festival better than ever!

Our 2012 festival was an enormous success and put Taos back on the map as a cinematic destination. We screened over 70 global and regional short films, offered free panel discussions in experimental film, chalkboard animation and Web Episodes. Taos was hopping as we hosted 200 International filmmakers and partied every night till the wee networking hours…

If you think you have what it takes for this year....



Social Change Film Festival & Institute

The Social Change Film Festival & Institute (SCFFI) is a global community with a local presence, promoting transformative filmmaking & fostering social change. SCFFI features four days of films, panels, workshops, selected shorts and special events to inspire and build a global community focused on expanding the reach of conscious social change film and media. 

The DARING DOCCIES Documentary Film Festival

A collection of daring documentaries from around the world, screened in Cape Town, South Africa

Taos Shortz Film Fest

TAOS, NM — Taos will play host again to the 4th annual Taos Shortz Film Fest dubbed as one of the most up and coming shorts film festivals in Northern New  Mexico. The festival will showcase more than 60 juried short films from 15 countries. The Festival is scheduled from Friday, March 4 through Sunday, March 6, 2011.  Several juried short films were the brainchild of Taosenos and other New Mexicans, including writer/producer Allegra Huston (sister of actress, Angelica H...

Taos Shortz Film Fest

The 4th annual Taos Shortz Film Fest will be held at the Harwood Museum in Taos, NM from March 4th -6th 2011. There will be over 60 juried short films from around the globe, panel discussions, parties and visiting filmmakers. The festival begins Friday night March 4th at 7 pm with short films from 7 countries. On Saturday March 5th, there will be more short film programs, panel discussions, and a family friendly program. More short films and panel discussions are on the line-up Sunday March 6...


THE CALL FOR ENTRIES IS NOW OPEN for the 4th Annual Taos Shortz Film Fest. We are rapidly gaining placement with the highest rated short film fests in the USA. Dedicated to featuring quality, juried short films from around the globe; we invite you to bring your adventure of creativity to our film fest! Accepting animation, comedy, fiction, dramatic fiction, documentary and experimental-. Take the opportunity to strut your stuff amidst the mountains and mesas of Taos, NM. Do yo...

Solstice Universal Film Festival and Market

For 4 years we have successfully produced one of the top competitive film festivals in the country. We champion the art of independent filmmaking and the dedicated, passionate and creative individuals who produce it. Over the years we have worked with Warner Bros., HBO, Picturehouse and IFC to name a few. We have built a great brand that has continued to gain equity and identity on the festival circuit. We have continued to honor our mission of becoming a top film festival based on innovation and the ability to adapt to the ever changing film industry. It is for this reason that we have decided to reposition Solstice Film Festival to better differentiate ourselves from other traditional film festivals and events. SFF has now become Solstice Universal Film Festival & Market. Our brand and programming will now, literally, be marketed and available to a Universal audience. SUFFM showcases our program through alternative and innovative forms of distribution and exhibition while championing alternative and innovative forms of production. Our primary priority was to transform our website from simply a location to find information about the live event into a hub of entertainment and interaction. We will be holding two Official film competitions throughout the year with a bi-annual presentation of The Awards, as well as many National Brand-based film competitions. Over the years our programming has earned accolades and global attention. We are excited to be able to offer our programming year round, and we have now implemented a bi-annual presentation of awards for the various competitive categories. Our call for entries is perpetual, though we do have deadline dates for inclusion in each bi-annual competition. Competition 1 Announced on June 21 Deadline for inclusion into Competition 1 is May 21 Competition 2 Announced on December 21 Deadline for inclusion into Competiton 2 is November 21 All movies received (physically or digitally) after deadline dates will automatically be eligible for the following Competition. We have partnered with FilmXibitor to provide our filmmakers a platform to showcase, promote and sell their movies to a global audience. FilmXibitor is a forward-thinking company that was built by individuals from every area of the filmmaking industry. We worked with them to design and implement a SUFFM specific platform that will allow us to give our filmmakers the opportunity to not only exhibit their films to a global audience but also make money in the process. We designed our Market to make it easy for acquisition and distribution professionals to directly view any available IP and directly contact the filmmaker to discuss options and/or negotiate terms. Until now, a filmmaker's hopes of being discovered relied heavily on getting accepted to film festivals and simply being in the right place at the right time with the right people watching your movie. FilmXibitor not only assists and consults filmmakers on marketing their film, but they have also actively built an impressive database of film professionals who have the authority to make acquisition descisions. Please take a tour of our new company. The various sections and sub-sections of the site will provide you with further information regarding the new SUFFM, as well as new programming additions, new strategic partnerships and new ways that SUFFM keeps you involved the entire year with short film competitions and innovative exhibition and distribution opportunities. Thank you, and enjoy the ride! -Devin Halden, Founder/Executive Director

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                                            Caffe Kimbo, cold, sweet and absolutely fantastic   ...

Ischia Global Film & Music Fest 2009 delivers another stellar line up

(Within the project Italy Worldwide, the most popular SummerFilm & Music Event in the World) July 12th - 19th: These are the dates of the Summer rendez vous for the Italian film & music community, populated by the leaders of the entertainment and communications businesses, and the most celebrated luminaries on the global stage. Since 2003, this has been a popular event with Movie and TV personalities. The event is sponsored in part by the Italian Ministry of Culture and by the Campa...

Global Peace Film Festival

Seventh annual festival of films & videos from around the world on issues of peace, environmental sustainability and more...

Firstglance Film Festival Philadelphia

New categories, new awards and named one of the 40 indie friendliest companies in the US and one of the 25 BEST FILM FESTIVAL INVESTMENTS by Moviemaker Magazine.Open to all filmmakers from around the world from student films to professional. Categories range from Features to shorts in Narrative and Documentary, Animated Shorts, Music Videos, WebSeries Pilots, Student Shorts and Studio and Indie 3D films.  All Official Selections receive an award package. Over $60,000 in prizes awarded in 2011, New sliding scale Grand Prize, with 5,000 cash prize for each 1000 entries and 500 cash prize to categories receiving over 200 entries. All Features are eligible for a RED CARPET premiere screening in Las Vegas calued at over $25,000 USD and allows filmmakers the possiblity of theatrical distribution in the states for a revenue sharing distribution deal and keep all your rights.

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