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The 2011 submission deadline for Moondance has passed. Thanks a million for all the very fine entries in all categories & genres! We will make the announcements when all submissions for the 2011 competition have arrived, and have been read, previewed and judged. Announcements will be on the Moondance website, and in this news blog.  Sign up for it now, at:

The Moondance Award Star, Fabricated by Zink Metal Art

In our continuing effort to promote 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 2011 festival competition has brought in great submissions, in all categories, from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Malta, Marshall Islands, Netherlands, New Zealand, Panama, Russia, Serbia/Montenegro, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tasmania,  Turkey,  the UK and the US!

  • The annual competition and film festival event furthers our long-term mission of entertaining and inspiring audiences, as well as actively contributing to the professional development and success of local, national and international writers, composers, and filmmakers whose work exhibits artistic excellence, authentic self-expression and accomplished storytelling.
  • We make a concentrated effort to place winning scripts in front of production companies, literary managers and agents; to screen the winning films to producers and distributors; and to promote the winning music to buyers and agents.
  • Moondance strongly believes in supporting, awarding, encouraging and inspiring narrative storytelling traditions, via stories, scripts, features and short films, original music, animation and documentary films from around the world, as well as locally and from around the US.
  • Moondance films, writings and music all promote cross-cultural understanding through the language of cinema, while offering our audiences a wide variety of entertaining cultural perspectives. This special initiative is our ongoing priority.
  • Together, we can make the world a better place; one entertaining indie film, one inspiring script, one fascinating story, one beautiful tune at a time!

The 12th annual Moondance International Film Festival is scheduled to take place in beautiful Boulder, Colorado on September 16, 17, & 18, 2011. There will be original indie film screenings, industry workshops, pitch panels, networking parties, private consultations with the pros, and a gala awards reception. Festival events info and ticket sales will be posted on the Moondance website soon. Plan now to attend this most important event!


“It will be such a privilege to have our music video as part of Moondance, not least because of the Festival’s (and your) ethical outlook and compassionate mission…it will mean so much to the cause.” ~ Lou Hamilton (UK) Director/producer: “Can You See Me?” music video to help stop child sex trafficking.

“I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Elizabeth – she is a consummate professional, whose passion and unique vision inspires others to excel.” ~ Marina Albert, Freelance screenwriter, Melbourne, Australia ( recommendation)

“I have never met anyone so encouraging as you! I will never forget all of your help. You have been so incredibly giving of your time and talent to me! Okay, okay, I will get to work on it. Forget my day job, right?” ~ Deborah Lehman, screenwriter: “The Art of Horsemanship”


I am very sorry to learn that an esteemed Moondance Columbine Award winner for his animated film, “Stabat”, talented film director/animator, Luciano De Fraia, of Naples, Italy, has passed away suddenly, just after finishing his documentary film about his beloved city of Naples. His film, “Stabat’ remains one of my favorite Moondance anti-war films of all, a cinematic message of peace and brotherhood. I plan to screen the film again at Moondance 2011, as a tribute to him. The narrative journey of Stabat is dedicated to the memory of all pacifists who have fought to change the world. The incredibly beautiful and haunting music score by Christof Unterberger, of Vienna, made it all the more special and memorable.


Luciano De Fraia


“The US Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government.”~ Patrick Henry One of the most influential promoters of the American Revolution and Independence, and remembered for his “Give me Liberty, or give me Death!” speech.

Photo by Hahn Nature Photography

“My desire to commune with the universe…opens heights unknown to my feet… (and) is perennial and constant.” ~ Henry David Thoreau, American author, poet, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, historian, philosopher, and leading transcendentalist. He is best known for his book Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings.

“A slave is one who waits for someone else to free him.” ~ Ezra Pound, poet

“Create the intention to have the strength, intuition and courage to remember, recognize and embrace all the challenges that you came into this world to conquer.  Ask to receive an awareness of your mission in life.” ~ Yehuda Berg (Kaballah Centre)

Photo by Mary Deal, Kauai, HI

“Success seems to be a matter of hanging on after others have let go.” ~ William Feather, American publisher & author

“Success is to be measured not so much by the position one has reached in life, but by the obstacles which one has overcome.” ~ Booker T. Washington, American educator, author, orator, and political leader. He was the dominant figure in the African American community in the United States from 1890 to 1915. Representative of the last generation of black leaders born in slavery

Ancient Greek silver coin

“Hold on to what is individual about you; don’t allow your ambition for success make you try to imitate the success of others. You’ve got to find it on your own terms.” ~ Harrison Ford, actor

“There are many causes that I am prepared to die for, but no causes that I am prepared to kill for.” ~ Mohandas Gandhi, pioneered resistance to tyranny through peaceful, non-violent, mass civil resistance & social protest. He led nationwide campaigns to ease poverty, expand women’s rights, build religious and ethnic amity, end untouchability, and increase economic self-reliance

“The condition of women affords, in all countries, the best criterion by which to judge the character of (that country).” ~ Frances Wright, Scottish lecturer, writer, freethinker, early feminist, abolitionist, and social reformer (1795-1852)

“To dream of the person you would like to be is to waste the person you are.” ~ Source Unknown


Or anything chocolate; it’s what keeps us going, here at Moondance!


Seek beauty, truth, harmony…the promise of the future and the blessings of today. Live well, laugh often, love much, gain the respect & the love of children; fill your niche, accomplish your tasks; leave the world better than you found it. Appreciate Earth’s beauties & express it. Look for the best in others and give the best you have.

Lunar Eclipse photographer Akira Fujii

NOTE: The Moondance website stats for May 2011: Pages on this site were viewed a total of 5,734 times, 4,947 unique views & site visits came from 80 countries & territories!

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