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FROM ON HIGH is Grand Prize Finalist in its World Premiere with Festival del Cinema Corto Corrente!

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FROM ON HIGH, written & directed by Dawn Westlake, and produced by her shingle Ron de Cana Productions, Inc., is a Grand Prize finalist at its world premiere festival, Corto Corrente, in Fiumincino (Rome), Italy. FROM ON HIGH is about a Syrian refugee girl who finds new hope and a new life in Europe. It was shot and edited by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig in Collsuspina, La Sala de Sant Llogari, and Barcelona, Spain. The film was scored by 2016 Peer Raben Music Award nominee GC Johnson of Acoustic ...

"Through the Pane" to rep the USA at the Rome Observatory with Catone Film Fest!

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Dawn Westlake's "Through the Pane" will represent the USA in the documentary section of the Catone Film Festival held at L'Osservatorio di Roma in Rome, Italy July 14-15, 2017. Based on a memoir chapter by her father, Donald G. Westlake,"Through the Pane" is about his acceptance of Dawn's mother's death in 2012. Dawn's parents were happily married for 62 years. The film was shot in 2015 in Dawn's childhood home in a suburb of Chicago, IL, USA. Cinemat...

LEDIS | Comedy Short Film (2016)

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Eva and Berenice live in Rome and fight every day with the chaos of the city, the precarious works and loves. Berenice has finally met Cristiano and seems happily in love. Eva however is plagued by men but can never find the right one.  Today is Sunday, and the LEDIS are coming back from a brunch, where EVA met the usually play boy who wanted to impress her, obviously without success. Berenice is convinced that it's the fault of Eve because she seriusly influenced from physical a...

Les Nuits en Or

L’Académie des César présente le Panorama, un programme exceptionnel qui rassemble l'ensemble des films de courts métrages récompensés en 2015 par leur Académie Nationale de Cinéma (Oscar, Goya, Bafta…).

Un voyage extraordinaire autour de la planète cinéma, à la découverte des cultures du monde et des cinéastes de demain.

Qui n’a pas rêvé de rencontrer Jane Campion, Lars Von Trier ou encore David Lynch à leurs débuts quand personne ne soupçonnait encore tout à fait la carrière qui les attendait ?

Refléter l’excellence cinématographique et célébrer le meilleur du film court, remarquable moyen d’expression permettant de faire éclore chaque année tant de nouveaux talents, c’est l’ambition du Panorama.

Nouveauté cette année, le Panorama est accueilli par 9 Académies de Cinéma Européennes et sillonne autant de capitales : Madrid, Lisbonne, Athènes, Rome, Genève, Luxembourg, Bruxelles, Stockholm et Paris !

Une occasion unique pour les Académies de Cinéma Européennes d’engager une coopération novatrice de mise en valeur de la diversité cinématographique mondiale et de participer, à leur manière, à l’échange entre les cultures.

 

The Académie des César presents an exceptional program that brings together all the short films rewarded in 2015 by their National Film Academy (Oscar, Goya, Bafta ...).

An extraordinary journey around the world of Cinema, enabling the discovery of different cultures and tomorrow’s filmmakers.

Have you ever dreamt of meeting Jane Campion, Lars Von Trier or David Lynch in their early days when no one could entirely imagine the career ahead of them ?

Reflecting Cinema excellence and celebrating the best of the short film production, a remarkable means of expression that reveals new talents every year, these are the ambitions of the Nuits en Or’s Panorama.

New this year, the Panorama is hosted by 9 European Film Academies and travels through several capitals: Madrid, Lisbon, Athens, Rome, Geneva, Luxembourg, Brussels, Stockholm and Paris !

A unique opportunity for European Film Academies to initiate an innovative cooperation, shedding light on the diversity of worldwide films and participate, in their own way, in the exchange between cultures.

Best Screenplay Award Arrives from Roma!

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The Best Screenplay Award from CinemAvvenire Film Festival for Ron de Cana Productions' 2012 film "Found Objects" was received by director/writer Dawn Westlake yesterday in Los Angeles. Posing with her here is actor Emanuele Secci who, with Claudia Praolini (Concorto Film Festival in Pontenure), oversaw the Italian subtitling of the film. For more info on "Found Objects", please visit: http://www.dawnwestlake.com ...

Land of La Dolce Vita Awards "Found Objects"

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"Found Objects" screenwriter/director Dawn Westlake received a Special Jury Award for Best Screenplay at CinemAvvenire Film Festival in Rome, Italy on Sunday, June 23, 2013. Festival director Sergio Di Lino communicated with award winners ahead of time to ask for an acceptance message or video from those unable to attend the festivities. Dawn Westlake used 'found video' from a recent visit to Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas to craft her remarks. Check out her acceptance speech...

City of 7 Hills is 7th Fest Acceptance!

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The 7th festival acceptance for Ron de Cana Productions' "Found Objects" comes from the City of 7 Hills: Rome, Italy! "Found Objects" unspools in June of 2013 in CinemAvvenire Film Festival. The film features Sardinian actor Emanuele Secci, known in Italy for his popular fastweb.it commercial spot co-starring George Clooney. Emanuele can also be seen in the 2012 Sundance Producers Award-winning film "Nobody Walks", co-written by Lena Dunham. For more info on Ci...

Cortoons Festival 2013 - 10th International Festival of short animated movies

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  Cortoons Festival celebrates its first 10 years!   17/21 April 2013 Palladium Roma Tre University - Romaeuropa   free admission   Even this year, Cortoons - the International Festival of Short Animated Movies, now in its tenth edition, confirms its presence in the Italian offering, besides the wide variety of animated short films, including films in competition, masterclasses and live events and music animation. The festival - which will take place on April 17 to 2...

CinemAvvenire Official Selection

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Here we are in the Official Selection list for CinemAvvenire in Rome...and seemingly, we're the only American film accepted: http://www.cinemavvenire.it/attivita/3-cinemavvenire-video-festival-la-selezione-ufficiale For more info on "Covariance", and to see a trailer: http://www.dawnwestlake.com/dawnwestlake/rondecana/films/covariance/index.html ...

Skepto International and Roma Independent Film Festivals

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Skepto International Film Festival 2012: Submissions opened! We are pleased to announce that the Skepto International Film Festival has opened submissions for its third edition! Skepto International Film Festival has a competitive nature and it is open to short movies with no limits as to their subject, style or production budget. It admits documentary and short films of all kinds, including musical videoclips, videoart, experimental short movies, spots, fake trailers, new media...

Cinema and Young People – ÉCU Film Festival Presentation in Italy

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Saturday, June 18th, 2011, the evening event “Reality Bites” was held at the Sentieri Selvaggi School in Rome, Italy. The event is held annually, and features live music and opportunities for producers and directors to share stories about their production experiences. The event also serves as a chance to close and celebrate a didactic year, meanwhile introducing future projects to come. Useful meetings are offered for students who are curious and wish to know more about the production of i...

Sentieri Selvaggi "Reality Bites" Party

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If you will be in Rome Saturday, June 18th, consider attending the “Reality Bites” party for live music and stories of production experiences! Located at the Sentiere Selvaggi school. More details on our website! http://bit.ly/krXFOz Français Italian REALITY BITES NEW BUSINESS MODELS, CREATIVITY, COMMUNICATION AND YOUNG PEOPLE SHARING CINEMA Saturday June 18th 2011 @ 6.30 pm at Sentieri Selvaggi School: via Carlo Botta 19, Roma FREE ENTRY A pa...

"A.L.I.C.E." to have its Italian premiere in Rome!

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"A.L.I.C.E." will have its Italian premiere at CinemAvvenire Film Festival in Rome from June 24-July 2, 2011. This is the 17th festival acceptance for "A.L.I.C.E.". For more infomation on the film, please visit: http://www.dawnwestlake.com/dawnwestlake/rondecana/films/alice/index.html World sales of "A.L.I.C.E." are handled by Ouat Media of Toronto. Please contact Fred Joubaud: fred.joubaud@ouatmedia.com  ...

More thoughts on Cannes +

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SATURDAY, MAY 23, 2009More thoughts on CannesThe experience in Cannes was a crash course in European travel and learning how to navigate a high profile film festival with a lot of restricted access.  I feel that in a lot of respects I got to do a lot and had access to more than most first time Cannes Festival goers. For this I am grateful. Currently I am in Rome reflecting on my experiences, the festival, and the people I have met. I will be adding to the blog as ideas, memories, and thoughts c...

Asiaticafilmmediale, encounters with Asian Cinema

The largest event in Italy dedicated to Asian cinema with Italian and European premieres (features, documentaries, shorts), special events and homages to film directors.

ARCIPELAGO - International Festival of Short Films and New Images

Rome festival focused on shorts up to 30`. No distinction of genre/shooting standard. 2 international competitions - The Short Planet (film, video and digital shorts) and Corto.Web (online) - 2 national competitions - Retrospectives and Special Events.

call 4 entry

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PRESS RELEASE The 15th of december 2010 is deadline for submitting works to participate to the 10th Edition of the RIFF (Roma Independent Film Festival) that will take place in Rome at the Nuovo Cinema Aquila from the 17th to the 25th of March 2011 All the informations to apply and the official Call for Entry are available on the website: "http://www.riff.it   Also this year Filmmakers will have the possibility to propose their original works as a first-e...

Rome Business Street, second year wraps

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Just forty-eight hours after the second edition of The Business Street has come to a close, while film sales and acquisitions are being confirmed and deals finalized, it's the figures that best represent the success of this event:- 142 screenings (up from 130 in 2006)- 83 films available in the video libraries (Hotel Bernini, the Auditorium Cinema Village)- 25 market premieres, among them Piano, solo by Riccardo Milani (sold by Adriana Chiesa Enterprises), The Secret by Vincent Perez (EuropaCorp...

Ang Lee will take part to Rome tribute event to Sergio Leone

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The Oscar-winning director of "Brokeback Mountain" to take part in the evening tribute event the FilmFest is dedicating to Sergio Leone.   As a member of the Film Foundation, Ang Lee has been designated by Martin Scorsese to introduce the world premiere of the restored version of "Once Upon a Time in the West", a joint effort between the Fondazione Cinema per Roma, Scorsese’s Film Foundation, and Paramount Pictures. The project was announced in Rome a year ago by Scorsese...

Hollywood stars descending on Rome For Second Capitol Outing

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With the opening of the second Rome Film festival just two weeks away (October 18 - 27) the festival organization has released an astounding guest list of Hollytwood stars and star directors expected to attend -- among them, just for openers; Tom Cruise, Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford, Francis Ford Coppola, Sean Penn, Halle Berry, and will-o-the-wisp director Terence Malik. With ten Oscar bearers on hand, 167 pictures listed for projection, 11 World Premiers, and an expected attendance of 500...

Rome Award winners

9 days that shook the film world

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THE FIRST ROME FILM FIESTA, OCT. 13 – 21, 2OO6 The whole report day by day from day one. In less than a week, on the fateful FridayThe Thirteenth of the current month (October 13, 2OO6), the First International Film Festival ever held in Rome will open the gates of the Eternal City to a floodtide of media representatives, journalists, film professionals, actors, directors, film fans, and just plain curious stargazers of all stripes and colours. Whether this new festival turns out to be a blas...

Rome Means Business

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The first Rome International Film Festival didn't just draw out the film fans. In town for a long weekend of events were international film business delegates attending the market section of the festival. Players from far and wide had a mostly positive response to the number of initiatives at the festival, which included a popular buyers' terrace at the Bernini Hotel and a so-called business street at the Excelsior Hotel on the Via Veneto. "I had a meeting arranged with one producer and met fort...

Rome Film Fest: Starting At The Top

Logo of CINEMA: Rome Film Fest Most festivals, in their debut year, have a modest agenda and try to keep expectations at a low pitch. Not so CINEMA: Rome Film Fest, which is approaching its inaugural session with the velocity of an unstoppable train. It has always seemed curious to Americans why some of Europe’s largest cities have not had a major film festival attached to them. Why, we wonder, did it take decades for Paris, the most cinephile of cities, to launch its own film event? Why are...

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