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"terroir" to play EQUIS Film Festival in Ecuador!

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"terroir" has been accepted to EQUIS Festival de Cine Feminista de Ecuador for November 11-22, 2020. Due to the Covid19 pandemic, it will be presented online, sponsored by the US Embassy and Consulate there. To access the portal and watch: https://equisvirtual.eventive.org/films/terru%C3%B1o-5f779086a41be9012e7966d9 "terroir" is a musical documentary about the mother-child relationship and how it can influence our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of ...

"terroir" a finalist for Best Music Video at RATMA Film Festival!

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"terroir" is a finalist for Best Music Video in the 2020 RATMA Film Festival out of Keighley, UK. Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the festival is running online October 10-24, 2020, and the public will determine the winners. To watch "terroir" and vote: https://www.ratmafilmfestival.com/music "terroir" is a musical documentary about the mother-child relationship and how it can sometimes influence our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of...

"terroir" to open for "Blu" at Scrivere Per Amore!

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"terroir" will open for "Blu", starring Juliette Binoche, at Scrivere Per Amore in Verona, Italy on October 23rd, 2020. The film was chosen for this prestigious screening after winning the San Gio Film Festival in Verona this past summer and also receiving the festival's Social Jury Award. "terroir" is a musical documentary about the mother-child relationship and how it can sometimes influence our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of soc...

"terroir" to play Porto Femme Film Festival in Portugal!

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"terroir" has been accepted to Porto Femme International Film Festival in Porto, Portugal for October 6-10, 2020. This is particularly exciting since Dawn Westlake's very first film ("Mini Driver Project") was made in Porto twenty years ago! "terroir" is a musical documentary about the mother-child relationship and how it can sometimes influence our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. Helmed/written and produced by Dawn Westlak...

"terroir" accepted to MOST Festival Internacional de Cinema del Vi!

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"terroir" has been accepted to MOST Festival Internacional de Cinema del Vi in Vilafranca del Penedes and Priorat, Catalunya, Spain for November 5-29, 2020. This will be a bit of a homecoming for the film as its definitive opening sequence was filmed by drone at a vineyard in the region. "terroir" is a musical documentary about the mother-child relationship and how it can sometimes influence our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. Helmed/wri...

2020 Global Peace Film Festival Film Guide is loive; PASSES NOW ON SALE

The film lineup and guide for the 2020 virtual Global Peace Film Festival is now live and can be seen here. The festival will screen all films online from Sept. 21 to Oct. 4.  Passes for the festival are now available for purchase.   ...

Global Peace Film Festival

This year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are working with our partners to ensure a safe experience for our guests. Our partnering venues are all requiring the use of face masks and are practicing social distancing guidelines set forth by the CDC.

We are doubling down on our values of access, equity, inclusivity, and independence by reimagining the Global Peace Film Festival during these extraordinary times. In addition to limited public screenings, we have expanded the Festival by providing access to those unable or unwilling to travel by offering a series of “Stay-At-Home Docs” and digital Q & A Sessions that can be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home. While the COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenge, we’ve also seen it as an opportunity for creative and expansive thinking.

The Global Peace Film Festival is now a single festival expressed locally, globally, in-person and online.

"terroir" selected to Invicines in Argentina!

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"terroir" has been selected to the 2020 Invicines Film Festival out of Cordoba, Argentina for September 2-5, 2020. Due to the pandemic, the festival will be held online for four consecutive days. "terroir" is a musical documentary about the mother-child relationship and how it can sometimes influence our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. Helmed/written and produced by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, the film was sh...

"terroir" to have Portuguese premiere with Arouca Film Festival!

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"terroir" will have its Portuguese premiere with the 18th annual Arouca Film Festival in Arouca, Portugal from September 10-19, 2020. "terroir" is a musical documentary about the mother-child relationship and how it can sometimes influence our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. Helmed/written and produced by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, the film was shot by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona in Wheaton &...

Call For Entries: TRICKY WOMEN/TRICKY REALITIES 2021

We promised we will return with glitter and glory - and we will. From March 10th till 14th, 2021 we celebrate 20 years of Tricky Women/Tricky Realities - 20 years of passionate commitment to the visibility of female* animation artists in the world. The call for the anniversary edition is open. We are looking forward to your animated films.  The submission is free of charge and will close on October 1, 2020. We are looking forward to your entries in the following categories: Int...

Call For Entries: TRICKY WOMEN/TRICKY REALITIES 2021

We promised we will return with glitter and glory - and we will. From March 10th till 14th, 2021 we celebrate 20 years of Tricky Women/Tricky Realities - 20 years of passionate commitment to the visibility of female* animation artists in the world. The call for the anniversary edition is open. We are looking forward to your animated films.  The submission is free of charge and will close on October 1, 2020. We are looking forward to your entries in the following categories: Int...

"terroir" to have German premiere with International Short Film Festival - Detmold!

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"terroir" will have its German premiere with International Short Film Festival - Detmold, in Detmold, Germany, October 23-25, 2020. "terroir" is a musical documentary about the mother-child relationship and how it can sometimes influence our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. Helmed/written and produced by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, the film was shot by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona in Wheaton & ...

"terroir" is accepted to the Pune Short Film Festival in India!

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"terroir" has been accepted to the Pune Short Film Festival in Pune, India for later this fall (exact date to be determined due to the pandemic). "terroir" is a musical documentary about the mother-child relationship and how it can sometimes influence our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. Helmed/written and produced by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, the film was shot by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona in ...

"terroir" featured on TGVerona!

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"terroir" has been selected to the San Gio Film Festival in Verona, Italy, running July 23-27, 2020. It was just featured in a piece from TGVerona, including an interview with festival director Ugo Brusaporco. https://www.tgverona.it/pages/899020/cultura/torna_il_san_gio_verona_video_festival.html Written/helmed/produced by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, "terroir" is about how the mother-child relationship can sometimes influence our perceptions of...

"terroir" to play the Mosaic Film Festival!

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"terroir" has been accepted to the Mosaic Film Festival in Rockford, IL USA for September 18-20, 2020. Written/helmed/produced by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, "terroir" was shot by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig at Westlake's childhood home in Wheaton, IL USA, at the August Hill Winery in Peru, IL, at another vineyard in Vilafranca del Penedes, Catalunya, and in the snowy mountains of Font Romeu, France. Pol also edited and did the significant visual ef...

"terroir" to rep the US in the Lucania Film Festival

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"terroir" will represent the US in the 21st annual Lucania Film Festival in Pisticci, Italy, August 7-9, 2020. Written, helmed and performed by Dawn Westlake, and produced under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, "terroir" is a musical documentary about how the mother-child relationship can influence our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. The film was shot on location by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona in Wheaton & Peru, IL U...

"terroir" is a finalist at Halicarnassus Film Festival in Turkey!

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"terroir" is a finalist for Best Documentary in the Halicarnassus Film Festival in Bodrum, Turkey...scheduled for August 8, 2020. (The festival may be postponed to 2021, due to the global pandemic.) Written, helmed and performed by Dawn Westlake, and produced under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, "terroir" is a musical documentary about how the mother-child relationship can influence our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. The film was s...

"terroir" to play Venice with Festival Pasinetti!

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"terroir" has been selected to Festival Pasinetti in Venice, Italy for July 23, 2020 at Casa del Cinema. Written, helmed and performed by Dawn Westlake, and produced under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, "terroir" is a musical documentary about how the mother-child relationship can influence our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. The film was shot on location by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona in Wheaton & Peru, IL USA, Fo...

"terroir" selected to Cinefantasy International Fantastic Film Fest in Brazil!

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"terroir" has been selected to the 10th Cinefantasy International Fantastic Film Festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil for September 8-20, 2020. Written, helmed and sung by Dawn Westlake and produced under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, "terroir" is about the mother-child relationship and how it can unfortunately sometimes affect our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. The film recently won the Audience Award at the UNCG Sustainability Film Fes...

"terroir" wins the Audience Award at UNCG Sustainability Film Festival!

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"terroir" has won the Audience Award at the 2020 UNCG Sustainability Film Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake and produced under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, "terroir" explores the mother-child relationship and how it can sometimes unfortunately influence our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. The film was shot on location in Westlake's childhood home in Wheaton, IL USA and in a vineya...

"terroir" on the Filmin Channel with Mostra de Films de Dones

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"terroir" has been selected to the Mostra Internacional de Films de Dones in Barcelona, Spain for June 1-14, 2020. Due to the global COVID19 pandemic, the festival has had to move online to the prestigious Filmin Channel, available in Spain. You can access the viewing window, starting June 1st, through either of these links: https://www.mostrafilmsdones.cat/project/terroir/ https://www.filmin.es/corto/terroir   For more info on "terroir", including the synopsis, cas...

"terroir" on Short List for Best Music Video Award in Estonia!

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"terroir" has made the short list of Best Music Video nominees for the 2020 Unprecedented Cinema International Festival of Short Films in Tallinn, Estonia. Originally scheduled for April, the festival has now been postponed to September 4-6, 2020 due to the COVID19 pandemic. Written/helmed and sung by Dawn Westlake, "terroir" explores the mother-child relationship and how it can sometimes cloud our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. The fil...

"terroir" selected to Cortos en Corto in Mexico!

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"terroir" has been selected to the 7th annual Cortos en Corto Film Festival in Anahuac, Xalapa, Mexico for August 20-21, 2020. Written, helmed and produced by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc shingle, "terroir" is about the mother-child relationship and how it can sometimes cloud our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. The film was shot in Wheaton & Peru, IL, USA, Font Romeu, France and Vilafranca del Penedes, Spain by Pol C...

"terroir" selected to Newlyn PZ International Film Festival & nom for Best Female Director!

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"terroir" has been accepted to the 2021 Newlyn PZ International Film Festival, based in Penzance, Cornwall, England. The film's director, Dawn Westlake, has been nominated for the BEST FEMALE DIRECTOR award. Originally scheduled for the end of April 2020, the festival has been postponed one year. "terroir" is about how the mother-child relationship may unfortunately cloud our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. The piece is based on a po...

"terroir" accepted to Filmets 2020!

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"terroir" has been accepted to the prestigious Filmets Film Festival in Badalona (Barcelona), Spain for October 16-25, 2020. Written/helmed and sung by Dawn Westlake, "terroir" was shot in Wheaton & Peru, IL, USA, Vilafranca del Penedes, Spain and Font Romeu, France by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. An original score was composed and Westlake's voice coached by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs. "terroir" marks the professional acting debut of 4-yr-old...
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