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ShortsTV Distribution Deal - Super Short Film Winner!

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Happy Thanksgiving friends and fans of the NYC Independent Film Festival! We're here with another exciting announcement - A distribution deal with ShortsTv will also be offered to the winner of the “Best Super Short Film award! (Winner does not have to accept offer and in the result of a tie the distribution deal will be given to two winners) *Note for both short film and super short film distribution deal - The film must be TV appropriate in subject matter to qualify for the ...

NEWLYN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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Newlyn and Penzance have a unique location at the extreme southwest of the British Isles, with a long tradition of Fishing and Visual Arts. The Newlyn International Film Festival was founded in 2017 by Redcliffe Films, Bristol (Diana Taylor and Anthea Page) and the inaugural event was held in April 6-8th 2018 at the Centre, Chywoone Hill, Newlyn, Penzance, Cornwall. TR18 5AR. It showed a selection from 126 submitted films in a across the course of the weekend and 4 awards were presented during t...

NEWLYN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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Newlyn and Penzance have a unique location at the extreme southwest of the British Isles, with a long tradition of Fishing and Visual Arts. The Newlyn International Film Festival was founded in 2017 by Redcliffe Films, Bristol (Diana Taylor and Anthea Page) and the inaugural event was held in April 6-8th 2018 at the Centre, Chywoone Hill, Newlyn, Penzance, Cornwall. TR18 5AR. It showed a selection from 126 submitted films in a across the course of the weekend and 4 awards were presented during t...

ShortsTV Distribution Deal - Short Film Winner!

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We are excited to announce that we have a new prize for the 10th Annual NYC Indie Film festival! A distribution deal with ShortsTv will be offered to the winner of the “Best Short Film” Award!    Important to note: winner does not have to accept offer and in the result of a tie the distribution deal will be given to two winners.    Interested in submitting your short? Please visit: https://www.nycindieff.com/submissions/submit ...

POOLING invited to play Dunedin International Film Festival!

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POOLING, a brand new hybrid breakdance/animation/visual effects film from Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. has been accepted to the Dance Section of the 2019 Dunedin International Film Festival in Dunedin, Florida, USA for January. Choreographed and starring Marc Carrizo Vilarroig ("Markitus"), POOLING was shot in Castellnou, Spain in August by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. Carrizo-Vilarroig also edited and did visual effects. Joan Armand Forero of Praxiz composed an original...

SCRAPPY selected to screen in Dunedin International Film Festival in Florida!

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SCRAPPY has been chosen for the Cats & Dogs Section of the 2019 Dunedin International Film Festival in Dunedin, Florida, USA. The anti-gun violence film was praised by the festival director as a film "...about love conquering violence. I appreciated the theme that the pure heart of a child can warm the hardened heart of an adult." The Dunedin International Film Festival runs January 12-13, 2019. Written for the screen, produced and helmed by Dawn Westlake, "Scrappy" is e...

FROM ON HIGH to screen in Medellin with BiciCine!

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FROM ON HIGH has been invited to screen in the "Resistencia y Memoria" program of BiciCine in Medellin, Colombia starting in January 2019. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake of Ron de Cana Prods, Inc., FROM ON HIGH tells the story of a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona shot the film on location in Barcelona, Collsuspina and La Sala de Sant Llogari, Spain. An original score was composed by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs. Both ...

POOLING invited to play in Providence Children's Film Festival

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"Pooling", a hybrid live-action/animation/visual effects breakdance film (whew!), has been invited to the 2019 Providence Children's Film Festival in Providence, Rhode Island for February 15-28. It will play in the Body in Motion section of the festival. Written/helmed and produced by Dawn Westlake through her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, "Pooling" was performed/choreographed by Marc Carrizo Vilarroig of Brodas Bros, an internationally-known breakdance troupe. "P...

FROM ON HIGH & POOLING to have Los Angeles premieres!

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Both FROM ON HIGH (2017) & POOLING (2018), films from Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. and directed by Dawn Westlake, have been accepted to the 14th annual LA International Children's Film Festival at Plaza de la Raza. The films will screen in a block starting at 4p on Saturday, December 1st, 2018. Admission is free. Both films were shot and edited in Barcelona, Spain by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. "Pooling" is a hybrid live-action breakdance/animation/visual effec...

NYC 2 Paris - Celebrating Horror!

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Happy Halloween! Our first annual NYC 2 Paris Film Festival featured some perfect shorts to celebrate the spooky season! For pure horror and witchcraft: Just After Midnight by Jean-Raymond Garcia and Anne-Marie Puga. The story of a young blind school teacher who uses witchcraft and Satan's erotology to gain back her sight.  For a cool costume idea: Cruello: J'adore J'adore by Maxime Ginolin. The story of MagicJack, an alien shape-shifter coming to earth to save humanity from ...

POOLING to have World Premiere at Children's Film Festival Seattle

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POOLING, a brand new breakdance/animation/visual effects hybrid film will have its world premiere at the 2019 Children's Film Festival at the Northwest Film Forum in Seattle, WA, USA from January 24-February 3. The film features dancing and choreography by Marc Carrizo Vilarroig ("Markitus") of the internationally recognized troupe Brodas Bros. POOLING was shot on location in Castellnou, Catalunya, Spain with editing and visual effects by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona....

The short film Con te o senza di te by Angela Prudenzi wins the “Cuori al buio” competition

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    The short film Con te o senza di te is the winner of “Cuori al buio”, a competition organized by Fondazione Cinema per Roma as part of the project promoted by the Presidency of the Council of Ministers' Department for Equal Opportunities aimed at preventing and halting violence against women. The video art and computer generated images by Gianluca Abbate and Virginia Eleuteri Serpieri, the voiceover by Pino Calabrese, and the text taken from news stories are ...

FROM ON HIGH to have Canadian premiere at Silver Wave!

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FROM ON HIGH will have its Canadian premiere at the 2018 Silver Wave Film Festival in Fredericton, New Brunswick on November 10th, 2018. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake and produced by her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, the film is about a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. The film has won 10 awards, in the US, UK, Spain and Italy. It was shot and edited on location in Catalunya by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. An original score was provided by GC Johnson ...

POOLING, a new breakdance/animation hybrid, is released!

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POOLING the new hybrid breakdance/animation/vfx film from Ron de Cana Productions, Inc., Imatge Barcelona and GrisDismation is now finished and being released to the festival circuit worldwide! The film stars international breakdance star and member of Brodas Bros, Marc Carrizo Vilarroig "Markitus". The film was shot on location in Castellnou, Spain by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig & Andrea Perez Maldonado of Imatge Barcelona in August and animated by Dismas Lizarraga & GrissyG Lizarra...

FROM ON HIGH wins BEST DRAMA at RATMA Film Festival!

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FROM ON HIGH won the Best Drama Award at the RATMA Film Festival in Keighley, UK this evening. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, FROM ON HIGH tells the story of a Syrian girl who finds a better life in Europe. This is the 10th award for FROM ON HIGH and the 65th award for films produced by Westlake's Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. shingle since 2000. DP/Editor Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona won a Best Cinematography Award for FROM ON HIGH during the summer from Festival Carpine...

FROM ON HIGH wins 9th Award at Religion Today Festival!

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FROM ON HIGH has won the Prayer Award for Excellence in Intercultural Exchange from the Children's Jury of the Religion Today Film Festival in Trento, Italy, October 4-11, 2018. Children from Italy, France, Germany and Israel participated on the festival jury. This is the 9th prize for FROM ON HIGH. Other awards have come in to director/producer Dawn Westlake and her DP/Editor, Pol Carrizo Vilarroig, and her composer, GC Johnson, from the USA, Spain and Italy since the film was made in Catal...

15 Short Films Nominated for The EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS

    The European Film Academy and EFA Productions are proud to present this year's short film nominations. At each of the 15 participating film festivals, an independent jury presented one European short film in competition with a nomination in the short film category of the European Film Awards. Vila do Conde Short Film Nominee AQUAPARQUE by Ana Moreira Portugal, fiction, 16 min ...

FROM ON HIGH to play the Champs Elysées in Paris!

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FROM ON HIGH has been selected to play Le Temps Presse Festival in Paris, France from January 29-February 1, 2019. The film has also been nominated there for a Student Prize with 4 other films. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, FROM ON HIGH tells the story of a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. It has been accepted to 45 festivals and won 8 awards, in the US, Spain and Italy (6). It was shot and edited on location in Catalunya, Spain by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Bar...

NYC 2 Paris - Paris Photos!

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Didn't make it to the Paris portion of our festival? Curious what went down?  Check out our gorgeous photos taken by photographer India Lange! You can view them on our Facebook or website. There's so many awesome shots of our brilliant filmmakers as well as our audience members having a great time!   To submit to the second annual festival visit: FilmFreeway ...

FROM ON HIGH needs your vote!

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FROM ON HIGH is up for the People's Choice Award at the 2018 RATMA Film Festival in the UK. YOU can watch the film and vote for a limited time! Please give us a look (just 8 mins!) and a thumbs up here BEFORE October 13th! https://youtu.be/nc-w6bvKbxQ For more info on the film, please visit: http://dawnwestlake.com/rondecana/films/fromonhigh/index.html ...

FROM ON HIGH selected to Caminhos Film Festival in Portugal!

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FROM ON HIGH has been selected to Caminhos Film Festival in Coimbra, Portugal for November 23-December 1, 2018. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, and produced by her Ron de Cana Productions shingle, the film is about a little Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. It was shot and edited on location in Catalunya, Spain by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. An original score was composed by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs. FROM ON HIGH marks the professional acting debut of ...

Accepting Submissions: 2nd Annual NYC 2 Paris International Film Festival!

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We are now accepting submissions for the 2nd Annual NYC 2 Paris International Film Festival!  Join us in this new exciting tradition! All happening October 11 - 20, 2019! What could be better than fall in NYC and Paris, watching your film along with other new and exciting films while meeting fans and filmmakers from around the world! CERTIFICATES FOR THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES, THE CERTIFICATES WILL BE GIVEN OUT AT THE AWARDS CEREMONY IN PARIS THIS YEAR. Best Narrative Feature...

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...

FROM ON HIGH in Top 3 of Drama Category at RATMA Film Festival!

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FROM ON HIGH will be projected in the 2018 RATMA Film Festival in Keighley, UK on October 13, 2018 as one of the Top 3 films in the Drama Category out of more than 300 entries. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake and produced by her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, the film is about a young Syrian girl who finds a better life in Europe. It marks the professional acting debut of 11-year-old actors Zoe Pinell Lopez and Esteve Serra Coll. FROM ON HIGH has now been accepted to 43 festivals worldwi...

Two MORE acceptances for FROM ON HIGH (in the US & Spain)!

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FROM ON HIGH has been accepted to two more festivals, Sandpoint Film Festival in Sandpoint, Idaho, USA & DiversimaCine in A Coruna, Galicia, Spain, both for November. FROM ON HIGH was filmed in Barcelona, Collsuspina, and La Sala de Sant Llogari, Catalunya, Spain in September 2017 by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. It tells the story of a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. Since its completion in the fall of 2017, FROM ON HIGH has been accepted to 41 film festi...
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