2012 MOONDANCE FILM FESTIVAL RESULTS ANNOUNCEMENTS!


MOONDANCE 2012 COMPETITION ANNOUNCEMENTS

ARE HERE:

http://moondancefilmfestival.com/02_festival.finalistindex.html

Congratulations, winners, finalists & semi-finalists!

And thanks a million for all the fine 2012 entries!

The Moondance Award Star

FILMMAKERS & INDIE FILM BUFFS:

See the 2012 film selections and the film screening schedule here:

http://moondancefilmfestival.com/02_festival.screen_sched_list.html

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MOONDANCE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

ADVANCE TICKET SALES:

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2012 WINNING SCREENWRITERS: Our long-time sponsor, InkTip.com,

annually offers a free listing of all 2012 Moondance winning feature screenplays!

Please wait for the email inviting you to post your screenplay

on the InkTip.com website, where producers, agents & directors look

for screenplays to option, purchase and produce into films.

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SEPTEMBER 13, 14, 15, 16, 2012

~ TRIBECA CINEMAS ~

54 Varick Street

NEW YORK CITY

Come join us!

AWARD-WINNING INDIE FILM SCREENINGS

NETWORKING COCKTAIL PARTIES

WORKSHOPS & PANELS

PRIVATE CONSULTATIONS WITH THE PROS

AWARDS CEREMONY & RECEPTION

GALA AFTER-PARTIES

We are happy to have secured one of the best venues for screening Moondance films in New York City! The world-famous Tribeca Cinemas is one of New York’s most prestigious screening venues and stands at the forefront of special event spaces in NYC.  Standing at the northern tip of New York City’s famed Tribeca neighborhood, just minutes from Midtown, Tribeca Cinemas is a landmark location.

Film Festival information, details, programs, & more

will be announced on the website very soon!

Wait for it!

www.moondancefilmfestival.com

THE OFFICIAL NEW YORK CITY TRAVEL GUIDE ONLINE:

http://www.nycgo.com/official-nyc-guides

The Brooklyn Bridge

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MOONDANCE THANKS!

I want to express my sincerest thanks and great appreciation for all of the fine films, written works and music submitted to the 2012 Moondance competition!  What a super-talented world of artists, from all over the planet, actively striving to have their unique stories told, and their work brought out to be seen by enthusiastic audiences, directors, producers, distributors, and talent agents! You’re the best! I look forward to meeting you at the 2012 event in New York City, and to seeing your submissions for Moondance 2013!

~~A million thanks and big hugs to Cynthia Butler, of San Antonio, Texas, who has been Moondance’s very popular, professional reader and critique writer for many years. 2012 has been Cynthia’s final season with Moondance, and she’s moving on to other exciting ventures, and we wish her well in these new endeavors.

~~Another million thanks & big hugs to Stephanie Vidergar, of Longmont, Colorado, the dedicated, professional webster who has designed, built, updated and maintained the beautiful, informative and user-friendly Moondance website, faithfully, all these many years.

~~Elizabeth English

Founder & Executive Director

Artistic Director

Moondance International Film Festival

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MOONDANCE’S SUBMISSIONS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

In our continuing efforts to promote & provide top-quality original filmmaking, writing and music composition by talented artists from around the world, the Moondance International Film Festival is very pleased to announce that our festival competitions have brought in great submissions, in all categories, from these countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Curaçao, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Korea, Lebanon, Macao, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Senegal, Serbia/Montenegro, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tasmania, Thailand, Turkey, UK, United Arab Emirates, United Arab Republic, USA, Venezuela, Viet Nam and Zambia!

Moondance is always truly international, & in 2012 we will be screening foreign indie films from:

Argentina: Luminaris

Australia:  Finding Manjushri

Austria/Ukraine: Little Dancer

Belgium:  Carrière

France: The Human Factor

Germany: Spaghetti Für Zwei (Spaghetti For Two)

Greece: Dust

Kenya: Pumzi

Marshall Islands: The Sound Of Crickets At Night

Norway: The Afghan Nightmare

Romania: Eva

South Africa: Dirty Laundry

Spain: Ella (She)

Turkey: Grandpa Knows Best

UK: Can You See Me?

Venezuela: Ngutu

Zambia: The Adventures Of Mwansa The Great

…and more!

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MOONDANCERS WRITE US!

I suppose, in some places, news like this doesn’t matter much, but out here in the middle of the Pacific, for such a tiny place to have something (anything) happen in NY City is huge. As the word has gotten around town, my phone has been ringing off the hook (a lot of people and businesses have been involved in our films over the years, so we have a pretty good following).  I had a Council meeting with the Bikinians today about other matters, and when I told them our film is showing in NYC, they all applauded. Money can’t buy this kind of feeling. At any rate, I just wanted to say thanks from all of us.”

Out here (in the Marshall Islands), we have a very popular once-a-week newspaper yokwe.net,  We (“Crickets” and Moondance/NYC) take up the entire front page with the article taking another half-page within the paper. I am sure there aren’t many countries in the world where an award in a film festival becomes a source of national pride! I just got a call from Radio New Zealand interviewing me about going to Moondance.  The woman was referring to Moondance as “one of the greatest film festivals in the world…” Tomorrow I am doing an interview with Radio Australia.  The entire Pacific is going nuts over this!” ~ Jack Niedenthal, Marshall Islands, director: “The Sound of Crickets at Night” 2012 short film winner

“I wanted to thank you again for being so friendly and helpful. As I’m sure you know, this business can be alienating and difficult to pursue. I have committed myself to filmmaking, no matter what…but, that being said, a friendly voice on the other end of the phone has meant the world to me. So, thank you for your support.” ~ Connor McLean

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

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What if you had a team of WORLD-CLASS DISTRIBUTION & MARKETING PROFESSIONALS working to bring your film to  wide market?

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Ms. Halperin has very successfully promoted film directors and their films at Moondance, Cannes, and other major film festivals, as well as to US and foreign distributors.

The Make A Film Foundation provides an opportunity for young people diagnosed with critical or terminal illness to use the media as a powerful tool for self-expression and communication by creating five-minute film legacies. Pairing participants with noted directors, writers, actors and producer mentors, Make A Film Foundation provides them with the tools, resources and guidance to reclaim the media and give them a voice. Moondance 2012 will be screening “Put it in a Book”, a short film produced by MAFF, and directed by Rodrigo Garcia.

Young people facing illness and long-term hospitalization naturally feel marginalized from the world. Many spend vast amounts of time watching television, experiencing realities they may never share. Make a Film Foundation provides these young people an opportunity to reclaim the media as a tool for creative expression and personal empowerment. At Make a Film Foundation we believe that creativity and self-expression are innately therapeutic.

For a critically ill child or teen, in all reality the best we can do is help them discover a sense of meaning or purpose. Make a Film Foundation will help young people facing illness use their dreams and imagination to explore and give voice to answers that no one else can offer. Make a Film Foundation demonstrates that within every young person, no matter how ill, there is power; power to create beauty and meaning out of seemingly senseless situations, to speak with a strong voice, and most importantly to grasp the dream of a bright future and always keep it in sight as their journey unfolds. http://www.makeafilmfoundation.org/index.html

The Japanese Peace Bell is a United Nations peace symbol. It was presented to the United Nations in June 1954 by the United Nations Association of Japan, at a time when Japan had not yet been officially admitted to the United Nations. The metal in the bell itself was obtained from coins collected by children from the delegates of 60 nations who were attending the 13th General Conference of United Nations Associations held in Paris, France in 1951.

~~ A BLOOM IN THE SIDEWALK ~~

Help change lives, help us share our stories of turning tragedy into triumph. We are strong women sharing our journeys and helping others heal through art. We are a group of passionate filmmakers who are making a film close to our hearts. We all have a story to tell and a journey to share and our focus is a small group of women who are sharing their tragedies from sexual abuse, physical abuse, trafficking, loss and how they have turned that tragedy into helping others heal. A story of grace, redemption and powerful women. These influential women have endured unspeakable tragedy and want to share their story through their own very personal way and art to help change lives and help others heal. These are stories of deep grief & pain, they are authentic, genuine and their voices need to be heard, through film. TO DONATE NOW: http://www.indiegogo.com/bloominthesidewalk

WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD!

with David Attenborough, BBC One

http://www.youtube.com/embed/auSo1MyWf8g?rel=0

It’s a Wonderful World for my Fishing Buddies! I really did enjoy that video! Those whistling swans get me every time.  The wild geese here know me and walk into my camps at every lake where I fish. I toss leftover  bread that I roll into little balls. The gander will stand there on guard until the little ones and mother goose have fed, before he takes his turn.  When a stranger comes around, they will honk at me to let me know.  Once, when I was working on a screenplay inside my truck parked in the shade, with my back to the water, they started honking.  Looking down the trail I didn’t see anyone. One goose flew over my rod and reel. The fishing rod bounced really hard. The honking got louder, “Oh, no,” I thought. “A goose has gotten entangled in my line.”  I closed my laptop and ran to my bouncing rod.  It wasn’t a goose, but I fought and caught a 7 lb. blue catfish.  Later when I cooked it in the skillet, the geese stood around waiting for scraps.  My fishin’ buddies.” ~ Michael L. Edwards, Oklahoma Roughneck, award-winning screenwriter & composer/lyricist/singer

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2012 MIFF APRIL, MAY & JUNE  PRIZE-WINNERS

Three (3) lucky people, selected from the June Moondance submissions, who submit their project to Moondance during the month of June will receive either a Moondance logo T-shirt or logo tote-bag (your choice)! Your T-shirt or tote-bag will be at the festival reception desk, where you can pick it up.

JUNE WINNERS:

  • Vicky Hart, composer
  • Susan Rockefeller, filmmaker
  • Nicole L. Siddiqi, TV pilot writer

One (1) lucky winner, selected from the 2012 competition, who submitted during May, receives a free V.I.P. All-festival pass to the 2012 Moondance Film Festival event! Your V.I.P. All-festival pass will be at the festival box office, where you can pick it up.

MAY WINNER:

  • Vicki Bartholomew, screenwriter

Three (3) lucky April entrants, selected from the 2012 competition, will each receive one V.I.P. All-films pass to the 2012 Moondance Film Festival event! Your V.I.P. All-films pass will be at the festival box office, where you can pick it up.

APRIL WINNERS:

  • Sable Jak, radio playwright
  • Mohammad Alkazemi, filmmaker
  • Margie Walker, screenwriter

All submissions entered & received during Moondance’s March Madness Days, selected from the 2012 competition, will receive 2 free movie tickets at the 2012 film festival! The official list of all March 2012 entrants will be at the festival box office, where you can each pick up your 2 free movie tickets.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

Photo by Dominique Browning

“Everything is a gift. The degree to which we are awake to this truth is a measure of our gratefulness, and gratefulness is a measure of our aliveness.” ~ Devid Siendal-Rast

Sculptor: Bruno Catalano, France

“Money itself is one of the most useful contrivances ever invented, but it is not its fault that some people are foolish or miserly enough to be fonder of it than of their own souls.” ~ George Bernard Shaw

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

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Phyllis Diller

IN MEMORY OF PHYLLIS DILLER: Miss Diller was gracious enough to attend the Moondance International Film Festival in Hollywood, in 2007, where she was presented with the Moondance Living Legacy Award, and where she entertained the enthusiastic audience with her usual wit and unique brand of humor. She not only motivated and inspired a generation of women, such as Ellen DeGeneres, Kathy Griffin, Roseanne Barr, and Whoopi Goldberg, she blazed the way for them.

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SEPTEMBER 13, 14, 15, 16, 2012

~ TRIBECA CINEMAS ~

54 Varick Street

NEW YORK CITY

Come join us!

www.moondancefilmfestival.com

AWARD-WINNING INDIE FILM SCREENINGS

NETWORKING COCKTAIL PARTIES

WORKSHOPS & PANELS

PRIVATE CONSULTATIONS WITH THE PROS

AWARDS CEREMONY & RECEPTION

GALA AFTER-PARTIES

We are happy to have secured one of the best venues for screening Moondance films in New York City! The world-famous Tribeca Cinemas is one of New York’s most prestigious screening venues and stands at the forefront of special event spaces in NYC.  Standing at the northern tip of New York City’s famed Tribeca neighborhood, just minutes from Midtown, Tribeca Cinemas is a landmark location.

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The Field of Dreams: Conflict as Metaphor COME TO THE MOONDANCE 2012 IN NYC!
The Field of Dreams: Conflict as Metaphor
COME TO THE MOONDANCE 2012 IN NYC!
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