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MOONDANCE EARLY-BIRD CALL-FOR-ENTRIES & HOLIDAY NEWS!

 

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~~~~~~~ HAPPY HOLIDAYS! ~~~~~~~

 MOONDANCE 2015 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES!

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Time is fast running out for our EARLY-BIRD discount, so be sure to submit your work before the December 31, 2014 deadline discount goes away. Give yourself a special gift this holiday season, and it may just be the best gift you receive . . . one that makes your entertainment industry dreams come true! 

  • EARLY-BIRD: December 1 through December 31 ($50)
  • REGULAR: JANUARY 1 THROUGH MAY 30 ($75)
  • LATE: JUNE 1 THROUGH JUNE 30 ($100)

See our submission categories HERE!

Entry Form HERE!

Check out the website for more info:

WEBSITE: www.moondancefilmfestival.com

NEWS-BLOG: www.moondancefilmfestival.com/blog

EMAIL: director@moondancefilmfestival.com 

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NEED HELP WITH YOUR SCREENPLAY OR FILM?

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 AFFORDABLE FILM, SCRIPT & STORY CONSULTATION:

• 7seas Productions offers reading services, critiques, full coverage, consultation, script notes, and edits to all filmmakers, and screenwriters. Focusing on the elements crucial to creating a compelling and readable film or script synopsis, title & logline, our helpful comments will allow you to concentrate on solving the problems that will make your material move toward receiving a CONSIDER or a RECOMMENDED from studio and production buyers and readers, and will assist in advancing your film or script up toward WINNER in competitions & festivals, and for offers to agent, option or purchase your work. An advantage of this low-cost consultation service is that we will help you prepare your film and/or screenplay before you send it to producers, agents, managers, distributors and others who may have requested it. Contact Elizabeth at:

 http://mermaid7seas.wordpress.commermaid7seas@gmail.com

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 MOONDANCER NEWS:

D-2 Marian_ShinnMarian Shinn, was a finalist feature screenwriter at the 2002 Moondance, and is now an opposition member of Parliament with the Democratic Alliance in South Africa. Marian was active in the Five Freedoms Forum that aimed to promote dialogue between white and black South Africans, focused on human rights and social welfare issues, and is active in environmental issues in Africa.

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TWO MOVIE QUIZES!

  1. NAME 15 MOVIES WITH ONLY A ONE-WORD TITLE!
  2. NAME 15 MOVIES WITH FOREIGN PLACE-NAME TITLES!

(Suggested answers below)

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MOONDANCERS WRITE US:Moondance looks like an exceptional endeavor. I hope it grows and grows. Thanks for this opportunity to expand my network. ~ Barbe LaPierre, Master Screenwriter Program at Screenwriting U

 “It is really an honor for writers living across the world to participate in this distinguished competition of yours which values the principles of Mahatma Gandhi…” ~ Dhiraj Bakshi, India

This was absolutely the best Blog ever and they’re always excellent. You didn’t miss a thing: Beauty, Inspiration, Information, Helpful Hints and Tips,  Encouragement, Care of the Wild and of Humanity in General. From the Crocuses, Emily Dickinson, those Wonderful Characterization Tips, the wise and beautiful faces of the Mexican Wolves, and on and on. I am so impressed. But that is not all. I printed out the Blog and have put it in a loose-leaf binder I keep with me while I write.” ~ LK, a Moondancer from NJ

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

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 In a time when more than half of the world’s population lives in cities, surrounded on a daily basis by asphalt, cement, iron, and glass, it’s hard to conceive of a time when trees were of immense and tangible significance to our existence. But for thousands and thousands of years, trees have provided us not only with shelter, protection, and food, but also seemingly limitless resources for medicine, fire, energy, weaponry, tool building, and construction. It’s therefore only normal that human beings, observing their intricate branching schemas and the seasonal withering and revival of their foliage, would see trees as powerful images of growth, decay, and resurrection. ~ Manuel Lima, The Book of Trees: Visualizing Branches of Knowledge

 

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“In difficult or stressful moments, behave like a swan by keeping calm, beautiful, and unruffled on the surface, while paddling like mad under the water.” ~ Anonymous

 

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 “Pessimism is a sure game; you cannot lose at it. It is the only life view in life in which you can never be disappointed.” ~ Thomas Hardy

 

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“Meditation is not what you think.” ~ Celestial Seasonings tea-bog flag (1970’s)

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EDITOR’S NOTE: I apologize for not including the artist’s credits for the image (above) in our previous newsletter! The sculpture is titled “Freedom”, is in Philadelphia, PA, and the artist is Zenos Frudakis. You will enjoy reading the artist’s statements on freedom, creativity and more about this important sculpture at: http://zenosfrudakis.com/sculptures/public/freedom.HTML

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MOVIE QUIZ ANSWER SUGGESTIONS:

  1. MOVIES, IN A WORD!: Alien, Avatar, Beaches, Beetlejuice, Brazil, Carrie, Frozen, Ghostbusters, Hawaii, Nell, Psycho, Shane, Terminator, Titanic, Tron
  1. “FOREIGN” MOVIES!: African Queen; Brazil; Brighton Beach; Casablanca; Forget Paris; Chinatown; Hiroshima, Mon Amour; Mr. Holland’s Opus; Out of Africa; Quigly Down Under; Roman Holiday; The English Patient; The French Connection; The Italian Job; The Russians are Coming!

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 QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS?

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WEBSITE: www.moondancefilmfestival.com

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MOONDANCE INSIDER TIPS FOR WRITERS & FILMMAKERS

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“Many, perhaps, from so simple a flower,

This little lesson may borrow,

Patient today, through its gloomiest hour,

We come out into the brighter tomorrow.”

~ Emily Dickinson […]



MOONDANCE FILM FESTIVAL NEWS!

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For those of you who celebrate it,

Happy Thanksgiving!

Moondance is grateful to all Moondancers for your ongoing support,

your participation in the annual competitions & attendance at the film festivals! […]



MOONDANCE NOVEMBER BLOG & INSIDER TIP FOR WRITERS!

Colorado aspen trees, Photo by vitya_maly

Colorado aspen trees, Photo by vitya_maly

The shimmering leaves of the quaking aspen, the quintessential Colorado tree, turn to glowing shades of yellow and gold this time of year, here in the Rocky Mountains. The Native American myth told about the reason the leaves shake as they do in the wind is that the god Manito asked all trees to bow down before him, to show respect, but the aspen tree refused to do so, saying it was more beautiful than any of the other trees, and so Manito declared that whenever he blew through the forest on the slightest breeze, the aspen would forever quake in fear. […]



DON’T WALK! ACTION TIP FOR WRITERS

DON’T WALK! ACTION TIP FOR WRITERS:

By Elizabeth English

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Writers should try to avoid using the simple verb, “walk”, whenever possible! Why have your character just walk into a room or across the road? It tells the reader almost nothing about the character’s current mood, personality, intent, feelings, or how he or she presents him- or herself, or how anyone might react to the character. Here’s a chance to show the reader more about the character, and to set up a sense of who this person is, and what to expect! A super-confident person may saunter or swagger or stroll across a room; a person with a lack of purpose may amble, mosey, shuffle or shamble in; an angry person may march or clomp across the room; a person with ill-intent may sneak, stalk or stomp along the street, and so on. Use your options, and get out that Thesaurus to help characterize the actions and reactions in your story!

• Amble
• Clomp
• Hike
• Hobble
• Limp
• Lurch
• March
• Mosey
• Pace
• Parade
• Plod
• Prance
• Promenade
• Pussyfoot
• Ramble
• Sashay
• Saunter
• Schlep
• Scoot
• Shamble
• Shuffle
• Sidle
• Sneak
• Stagger
• Stalk
• Step
• Stomp
• Straggle
• Stroll
• Strut
• Stumble
• Swagger
• Tip-toe
• Traipse
• Tramp
• Travel
• Trek
• Tromp
• Trot
• Trudge
• Wander
• Wend


MOONDANCE 2014 PHOTO ALBUM IS HERE!

Photo by Clark Little

Photo by Clark Little

2014 MOONDANCERS MADE A BIG SPLASH!

>>>>>>>>> MOONDANCE 2014 PHOTOS ARE HERE: <<<<<<<<<

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Photos by Jessica Rose Studnick & Arden Tuncer

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Doria & Markus

Doria & Markus

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Joseph & Sandra Consentino

Joseph & Sandra Consentino

Rahman & Mahmoud

Rahman & Mahmoud

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David, Le Le & Sam

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2014 Moondance Winners Announced!

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Congratulations, 2014 Moondance Winners!

All of the exceptionally talented & creative 2014 Moondance winners are to be congratulated on their wonderful projects submitted to the film festival. Bravo & brava! Applause & big hugs all around! You will find that doors will open for you as a Moondance winner. Please let us know of your successes!

• TO SEE THE WINNERS LIST, GO HERE.

• TO SEE WHAT EACH OF THE AWARD CATEGORIES MEAN, GO HERE.

• TO SEE THE LIST OF AUDIENCE FAVORITE FILMS, GO HERE.

• If you were unable to attend the gala event, networking with people from the US & around the world, and want to receive your Moondance star award & official certificate, please GO HERE FOR THE ORDER FORM.The award & certificate are free, only the postage to mail it to you is needed. This offer expires on November 30, 2014. 

• THE 2014 MOONDANCE LAURELS for finalists, winners, selected films & audience favorite films are HERE. […]



Join Giancarlo Esposito at the Moondance this Coming Weekend!

2014 MOONDANCE’S VERY SPECIAL GUEST

GIANCARLO ESPOSITO

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Read the exclusive interview & article with the “Breaking Bad” co-star on the front page of the Boulder Daily Camera newspaper’s Entertainment section: http://www.dailycamera.com/Entertainment/ci_26569088/Breaking-Bad-villain-headlines-Boulders-Moondance-International-Film-Festival

Giancarlo Esposito, multi-award-winning actor, has graciously offered to conduct 3 private, one-on-one consultations, one each day at Moondance, to actors who are very serious about pursuing their craft in film, television & stage, and who will have work prepared to review, critique and finesse so that he would have the ability to give you some valuable direction and insider tips. Half-hour consultations are $500, and full one-hour consultations are $1000, available only at the box office during the festival. Please see festival director, Elizabeth English, to review your credits for potential selection of those 3 lucky actors who will be selected for this very exclusive consultation opportunity! […]



COME MAKE A SPLASH AT THE 2014 MOONDANCE FILM FESTIVAL!

 

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WELCOME TO THE 2014

MOONDANCE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL!

September 26, 27, 28

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2014 MOONDANCE SELECTED FILMS ANNOUNCED!

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Mermaid figurehead by Jan Reichard

THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST IN THE MOONDANCE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL!

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Congratulations to all our talented filmmakers!

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2014 LIST OF SELECTED FILM TITLES! […]