About the Festival


Moondance International Film Festival’s primary goal is to present films and scripts which have the power to raise awareness about vital social issues, educating writers and filmmakers, as well as our film festival audiences, and inspiring them to take positive action. Through meaningful films, we begin to realize that our routine perspectives can give way to new ways of seeing the world, ourselves and others. Moondance believes in the unique power of the world entertainment media to create great social and environmental change. Our goal is to deliver compelling entertainment that will inspire and encourage people to actively get involved in the issues that affect all of us.


The Moondance International Film Festival, popularly known as the “American Cannes”, is one of the premier venues for the exhibition and promotion of feature and short films in the US, and one of the leading indie film festivals in the world. Dedicated to celebrating and sharing with international audiences the absolute best in the world of films and screenplays, film scores, and some 25 other genres, the festival features special presentations, retrospectives, workshops, pitch panels, a gala awards reception and ceremony, and many of the world’s top indie film screenings.


Here’s what you can get by participating in the Moondance: promotion and exposure of your work on an international level; a forum in which to share your knowledge, experience and talents with your peers; an opportunity to network with professional movers and shakers from Hollywood; learn something new and valuable; and get some great pointers on advancing your own entertainment industry career, in this professional, world-class forum. Moondancers are part of an amazing community; a unique collaboration of multi-talented writers and filmmakers.


for this competition and film festival is to promote and encourage independent filmmakers, screenwriters and playwrights, and the best work in films, screenplays, stageplays, TV scripts, radioplays, film scores, lyrics, librettos, musical videos, & short stories.


Moondance provides a forum in which those creative, talented & dedicated artists can have the opportunity for their work to be viewed and accepted by the powers that be, within the international film and entertainment community. The Moondance film festival offers everyone a unique opportunity to come together with other writers, directors and producers to create new opportunities, develop tools for success and forge new alliances within the international film and entertainment industry.


Attendees and competition entrants at Moondance film festivals have come from Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Curaçao, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Iran, Ireland, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Korea, Kuwait, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Northern Ireland, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, St. Kitts/Nevis, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tibet, Tunisia, Turkey, UK (including from Ireland, Scotland & Wales), Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Venezuela, Viet Nam, and other countries.


Moondance promotes, encourages, educates and rewards non-violent conflict resolution in writing, the theatre arts & film. Moondance also promises to raise awareness of the invaluable contributions of women to the entertainment community.


We are eager to continue to be one of the most important film festivals in the world by being innovative, risk-taking, and open to new thinking, new concepts, new talent, and new ways of telling stories.


The long-term vision of the Moondance International Film Festival is to preserve and revitalize our intangible heritage, cultivate creative diversity, develop an intercultural dialogue, and stimulate this creative resource in screenwriting and film. Our mission is to present a vibrant and growing collection of films, screenplays, short stories, stageplays and other writings, which are an ideal means for communication across perceived boundaries of race, culture, age and gender.


Writers, filmmakers, and composers, as well as the international entertainment industry, have the unique power to transcend social and cultural barriers, and to move the world community to action. The long-term vision of the Moondance International Film Festival is to preserve and revitalize this intangible heritage, cultivate creative diversity, develop an intercultural dialogue, and stimulate this creative resource. The age-old concept of storytelling has always been an ideal means for communication across perceived boundaries of race, culture, age and gender. 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 and express it. Look for the best in others, and give the best you have.


Many top-of-the-line film and television production companies, based in L.A. and internationally, ask to be notified of the Moondance winners and finalists each year, before the winners are publicly announced, to guarantee their companies get a first look at the scripts & films. Moondance gets calls from other important production companies throughout the year, and we make sure the winners’ and finalists’ work and contact information is available to all legitimate, interested parties.


If you would like to submit your screenplay in Dutch, German, Spanish, Africaans, or French to the Moondance competition, please contact Elizabeth English at: director@moondancefilmfestival.com, with MIFF FOREIGN LANGUAGE in the subject line, and you will receive special instructions for sending your Moondance screenplay submission to our professional readers. Foreign-language scripts are judged equally with English-language scripts and there is no extra charge for this service.