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~ Got popcorn? Watch movies! Moondance Winners Online Now!

Have you watched any really good movies lately?

Now there’s no need to get dressed, drive to town, find parking, pay $12-15 for a movie ticket, buy expensive popcorn & a drink, sit in a theater to watch a movie, then drive home…maybe pay the babysitter…because at Moondance, you can enjoy watching all of our fabulous, award-winning indie films online, any time, anywhere, on any of your mobile devices, for only $1.99, and several of them are free! And these are the top indie films by super-talented filmmakers from around the world. You might never get to see these movies in a theatrical venue. Take a look at our 2017 film schedule HERE!

To quote the late film critic, Roger Ebert, “See you at the movies!”  

WATCH THIS WEEK’S FEATURED FILMS:

GAME: short film, director: Jeannie Donohoe (USA) 16 minutes. The director is also a former Moondance short film winner, for “Lambing Season”. She was selected from over 4,600 applicants to write and direct “Game” for Lexus Short Films. GAME is a story about going all the way, pursuing your dreams, and playing at the top of your game.  AJ doesn’t see herself as a girl basketball player. She sees herself as a basketball player. She asks the world to do the same. The relationship between Coach and AJ, over the course of this short film, speaks to the willingness to reward ambition, hard work, and equal talent with equal opportunities.

 

LEARNING TO DRIVE: short film, director: Roderick Stevens (USA) 19 minutes. Inspired by the true story of a feisty young man with Down syndrome, determined to become independent and to convince his scatterbrained brother to teach him how to drive.

 

KOSNIN: short film, director: Sara Seligman (USA) 12 minutes. 10-year old Héctor wants to ‘fly,’ like the voladores in his community. His single mother can’t afford the costs, but Héctor is determined to achieve his dream, and through hard work and a little help, sets out to do what others in his community have done for generations – FLY!

 

TOGETHER AS THE WIND BLOWS: music video, director: Jose Manalang (Japan) 6 minutes. This is a vibrant music video about the plight of talented Filipino workers searching for respect, equality and greener pastures abroad.

 

HANOOZ NA (NOT YET): short film, director: Arian Vazirdaftari (Iran) 15 minutes. It`s 21 year-old Hasti’s Birthday. She studies abroad and her parents in Iran want to congratulate her via Skype. But…well, you can imagine what happens, when the old world meets the new world.

2017 MOONDANCE AUDIENCE FAVORITE FILM ANNOUNCED:

 LE PASSÉ DEVANT NOUS (PAST IMPERFECT)

LE PASSÉ DEVANT NOUS (PAST IMPERFECT), feature film, director: Nathalie Teirlinck (Belgium) 110 minutes. When Alice’s ex-boyfriend dies in a car accident, she’s unexpectedly confronted with her six-year-old son, whom she had abandoned at birth. His presence not only threatens her routine existence as a high-priced escort but also exposes strongly suppressed emotions. Doubt strikes again. Will she be able to be a mother, this time?

A SPECIAL MOONDANCE SELECTION OF FILMS

ON MYSTERIOUS CHINA!

Directed & Produced by MONAREX HOLLYWOOD

Read more about these Mysterious China film selections HERE!

These unique, award-winning videos can be watched or purchased at http://www.monarex.com

Don’t miss these winning indie films from around the world, and more!

MOONDANCE 2017 WINNERS, FINALISTS & SEMI-FINALSTS:

  • You can find downloadable Moondance 2017 laurels HERE to add, if eligible, to your website, social media, promotions, and media releases. 
  • If you are a 2017 winner, finalist or semi-finalist, you are eligible to apply for an official Moondance certificate HERE:

 Missed entering your film, written work or music to the 2017 Moondance competition? 

Get ready to submit your work for the upcoming 2018 call-for-entries!

SEE ALL THE SUBMISSION CATEGORIES HERE!

WHY FILM FESTIVALS MATTER:

Excerpts from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA)

Film festivals are a vital piece of the film ecosystem, and their impact is evident across our culture. Film festivals highlight the worldwide passion of cinema and showcase the value of film, both creatively and economically. More than anything, film festivals deliver a new, unique way to experience the movies, always driven by the power of a good story.

A platform for new talent:
 Each year, filmmakers submit their creations to a range of film festivals in the hopes of getting their work premiered. If a film attracts the attention of festival curators, an independent creator could have their work showcased in front of an influential audience. Film festivals have helped open doors for many of today’s iconic filmmakers including Quentin Tarantino, Morgan Spurlock and Darren Aronofsky.

Attracting new audiences:
 When a new or independent filmmaker brings a film to a festival, the viewers have the opportunity to connect with the story through experiencing the film firsthand. This process can give the filmmaker insights and even unlock new avenues for the film with producers, distributors, and others who can bring it to a wider audience. READ MORE HERE!

INSIDER TIPS FOR SCREENWRITERS:

Discover how to: enhance the narrative momentum in your screenplay, stylize your script in a way that keeps the narrative moving, open your story in a way that generates instant momentum and audience investment, create a sense of inevitability in your screenplay, utilize the importance of cause and effect and conflict in narrative, and the importance of tailoring specific characters & dialog to the story, as well as structuring each scene so as to build or maintain a vital sense of story progression, and to keeping your story perpetually engaging.

 READ MORE IN THESE E-ZINE ARTICLES HERE:

Screenwriting: Insider Info

Creating Character & Characterization

The Field of Dreams: Conflict as a Metaphor

Subtleties of Subtext

Writers: Write What You Know!

Things You Should Do to Get Your Screenplay Rejected

How To Get An Agent: What Agents Want, (and Don’t Want), to See

 

MOONDANCERS WRITE US:

• “Thank you so much for everything…and for your talk with the producers. We all really appreciate your support of the film (and my previous film) and all of the exposure it will receive through Moondance and the award!  It’s a great honor. Thank you!!” ~ Jeannie Donohoe, director: (“GAME” won the 2017 Moondance, and her “LAMBING SEASON” is another previous Moondance Winner)

• “I want you to know that I have huge respect for your film festival and I’m so grateful for the selection of my film. I’m so supportive of your mission as a festival and want to contribute, if possible, even if in some small way.” ~ Jenna Cavelle, director, “OPEN SEASON” a Moondance 2017 winning short narrative film.

We are truly honored, especially given the reputation and prestige of the Moondance international film Festival and its wonderful mission of peaceful resolution and unity. Thank you again so much for your support and encouragement.” ~ Kemmy Moran, director, web series pilot 2017 winner, “Beverly Hills Ghost”

THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY:

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed individuals can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead

 

” “A quiet and modest life brings more joy than a pursuit of success bound with constant unrest.” ~ Albert Einstein

WEBSITE: www.moondancefilmfestival.com

NEWS-BLOG: www.moondancefilmfestival.com/blog

EMAIL: moondancefestival@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



~ See “The Film Festival Without Borders” Videos Online Now!

Now there’s no more need to get dressed, drive to town, find parking, pay $12-15 for a movie ticket, buy expensive popcorn & a drink, sit in a theater to watch a movie, then drive home…maybe pay the babysitter…because at Moondance, you can enjoy watching all of our fabulous, award-winning indie films online, any time, anywhere, on your desktop, laptop, or on any of your mobile devices! And these are the top indie films by super-talented filmmakers from around the world. You might never get to see these movies in a theatrical venue, otherwise!

GOT POPCORN?

COME TAKE A LOOK AT OUR 2017 FILM SCHEDULE HERE!

WATCH THIS WEEK’S FEATURED FILMS:

Award-winning stories from Luxembourg, Iran & Italy!

THE PAST WE LIVE IN, short film, director: Jérôme Weber (Luxembourg) 15 minutes. Félix celebrates his 92nd birthday in the company of his family, as his past catches up with him. “The Past We Live In” is the story of a former forcibly recruited WWII soldier, who now suffers from dementia and relives an emotional wartime friendship by confusing his 7-year old nephew with an old friend from the second World War.

 

WEAVERS OF IMAGINATION, short multi-award-winning documentary film, directors: Sadegh Jafari & Marziyeh Vaziri (Iran) 21 minutes. This is the story of a group of talented blind men and women who weave intricate Persian carpets by using Braille. Weaving carpets requires precision and sight and it is difficult even for the sighted people. These unsighted people wish that there was a place where the sighted people did not bother & ridicule them, they would have more respect for their work, and a better life.

PARSIEN (LIMIT) (RATED R), short film, director: Javad Daraei (Iran) 8 minutes. A lonely man in a quiet village neighborhood asks for help from people he sees passing by, until someone suddenly enters his home…

FEAR, LOVE & A LITTLE RED CAR, feature film, directors: Salvo Campisano, Filippo Arlotta (Italy) 93 minutes. This film (sub-titled 90BPM) also won the 2017 Moondance for Best Actor (Salvo Campisano), Best Film Score (Alexander Cimini) & Best Supporting Actor (Lucia Fossi). This is an intense, beautifully filmed dark comedy story that will surprise and thrill you until the last frame. Start the countdown! A tiny red car drives off with a screech of tires, and a man begins his run to catch it. During the chase, the man finds himself involved in a series of very strange encounters with a diverse cast of odd characters who will help him in his struggle to achieve self. Time passes, the red car is always farther away. What will happen at the end of the countdown ?

SPECIAL BONUS FILM!

(Out of competition)

THE UNRULY MYSTIC: SAINT HILDEGARD

Feature documentary film, directed by Michael M. Conti (USA)

Discover why Saint Hildegard is considered to be the patron saint of creativity, and about her continued impact today. This 12th-century abbess became famous as a Christian Mystic and visionary, as well as a musical composer and writer, and whose natural medicine is still practiced in Europe today. Saint Hildegard is venerated around the world for her widely recognized impact on today’s theologians, artists, musicians, the medical profession, and educators. The film is an homage to her, but is also a call to all of us, to listen, to still ourselves and to heed the call of our souls and whatever unruly messages exist within. The filmmaker traveled internationally to capture many of the stories you will see in this beautifully visual, memorable and inspiring film. The film evokes a calling: that sweet spot of creativity that we all yearn to discover and utilize, an inherent desire, which is also deeply spiritual in nature. (65 Minutes) Available in English, German, Spanish and Japanese

WATCH MORE 2017 WINNING FILMS HERE!

MOONDANCER NEWS:

TEHRAN, Nov. 05 (MNA) – Iranian documentary ‘Weavers of Imagination’, directed by veteran Iranian documentarian Seyyed Mohammad Sadegh Jafari grabbed the best foreign language doc. film award in Cardiff International Film Festival. Moreover being nominated at the second edition of Italian Social and Industrial Film Awards, Weavers of Imagination had earlier been announced as the winner of best documentary film at US Moondance Festival and India’s International Festival (Lifft India). Mehr News

MANY THANKS TO THE 2017 MOONDANCE

SCREENPLAY READERS, JUDGES & FEEDBACK WRITERS!

Phil Pritchard, Alexandria Billings & Olga Rojer 

And much appreciation to the rest of the 2017 Moondance Team:

Michael Conti, Chris Anastasiadis & Vittoria Colonna

WHAT IT’S REALLY LIKE TO BE A WOMAN IN HOLLYWOOD

What we see in movies matters: it affects our hobbies, our career choices, our emotions and even our identities. Right now, we don’t see enough women on screen or behind the camera — but waiting for Hollywood to grow a conscience isn’t going to fix the problem, says Naomi McDougall Jones. Join forces with her as she outlines her four-point plan for a total representation revolution in Hollywood. WATCH HERE: TED TALKS

GEENA DAVIS: THIS IS A WATERSHED MOMENT IN HOLLYWOOD

Sexism has been “entrenched” in Hollywood since its inception, but the industry has hit a turning point as men join women in their outrage over recent allegations of rampant sexual harassment and assault, says Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis. “I do think this is a watershed moment and what’s going to be different about it now is not just women supporting women. It’s that men needed to become involved…So that is what will make the difference. We can’t just talk amongst ourselves and fix it. We have to have partners,” Davis said.

SEXISM IN HOLLYWOOD

Where are all the women and girls in film? Social scientist Stacy Smith analyzes how the media under-represents and portrays women — and the potentially destructive effects those portrayals have on viewers. She shares hard data behind gender bias in Hollywood, where on-screen males outnumber females three to one (and behind-the-camera workers fare even worse.) WATCH HERE: TED TALKS

Brave Enough to Be Angry

NYT Opinion by Lindy West, Nov. 8, 2017

Not only are women expected to weather sexual violence, intimate partner violence, workplace discrimination, institutional subordination, the expectation of free domestic labor, the blame for our own victimization, and all the subtler, invisible cuts that undermine us daily, we are not even allowed to be angry about it. We are expected to keep quiet about the men who prey upon us, as though their predation was our choice, not theirs We are expected to not complain as we are diminished, degraded and discredited. Feminism is the collective manifestation of female anger. They suppress our anger for a reason. Let’s prove them right. (Excepts) READ MORE HERE

A MOONDANCER SPEAKS UP

THE DOLPHIN’S CALL

by Leotien Parlevliet, Netherlands

Behind their seeming smile, the dolphins call desperately: ¨Mother Earth is at stake¨. Once the forests are burning, the seas and oceans poisoned, most species wiped out, the bees gone, fertile soils changed into sandy plains and the birds stop singing. Once all these sounds die out and a dead silence falls, there’s no turning back, as a copy simply can’t be made. The dolphin’s call is loud and clear, and can no longer be denied. This cannot go on. Take action now and join our fight!

MOONDANCE 2017 WINNERS, FINALISTS & SEMI-FINALSTS:

  • You can find downloadable Moondance 2017 laurels HERE to add, if eligible, to your website, social media, promotions, and media releases. 
  • If you are a 2017 winner, finalist or semi-finalist, you are eligible to apply for an official Moondance certificate, until December 31, 2017 HERE:

Missed entering your film, written work or music to the 2017 Moondance competition? 

Get ready to submit your work for the upcoming 2018 call-for-entries!

SEE ALL THE SUBMISSION CATEGORIES HERE!

WEBSITE: www.moondancefilmfestival.com

NEWS-BLOG: www.moondancefilmfestival.com/blog

EMAIL: moondancefestival@gmail.com



~ Watch Moondance 2017 Winning Featured Films Online Now!

WATCH THESE WINNING FEATURED 2017 MOONDANCE FILMS NOW!

FEAR, LOVE & A TINY RED CAR

♥ An intense, beautifully filmed dark comedy story that will surprise and thrill you until the last frame. Start the countdown! A tiny red car drives off with a screech of tires in a rustic Italian village, and a desperate man begins his wild run to catch it. During the chase, the man finds himself involved in a series of very strange encounters with a diverse cast of odd characters who will help him in his struggle to achieve self. Time passes, the tiny red car is always farther away. What will happen at the end of the countdown? This film also won the 2017 Moondance for Best Actor, Best Film Score & Best Supporting Actor.

 

THE OLD MAN & THE SEA

♥ This beautiful & unique film is a paint-on-glass-animated short film directed by the famed Russian animator, Aleksandr Petrov, based on the classic novella of the same name by Ernest Hemingway, and tells the tale of Santiago, an ageing Cuban fisherman who struggles with a giant marlin out in the Gulf Stream, off the coast of Florida. This is a new, modern soundtrack to this Oscar®-winning animation film, and it has won the 2017 Moondance for Best Film Score.

 

JIMMORTAL

♥ Clever, tongue-in-cheek, wry comedy-adventure of a TV pilot,Silicon Valley” meets “Louie”. Jim and Lyle are a pair of typical millennials…just not from this millennium! They’re the youngest old guys, you’ve ever met. But a freak fire and a meeting, with potentially world-changing consequences, unwittingly puts the brothers on a crash course with the fate of all humanity, eternity and, if Jim can help it, the end of it all.

 

THE SERVANT

♥ A frustrated writer, on the verge of suicide, catches an insect in a glass, and instead of following his first impulse and killing it, he lets the bug grow. Over time, however, it earns a different and more gloomy function, and soon they fight a match for the roles to be reversed between them, in this fascinating and thought-provoking animation: Which one will be the champion?

  • ALL MOONDANCE 2017 WINNING FILMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE TO

WATCH ONLINE: HERE

The Moondance film screenings are all online, viewable via the Moondance website links. Moondance 2017 is the first major film festival to accomplish this. This is truly today’s preferred, state-of-the-art & most important global film viewing & promotional advantage! So get a bowl of organic popcorn, settle down & watch these great winning films on your TV or mobile device now! 

MOONDANCE 2017 WINNERS, FINALISTS & SEMI-FINALSTS:

  • You can find downloadable Moondance 2017 laurels HERE to add, if eligible, to your website, social media, promotions, and media releases. 
  • If you are a 2017 winner, finalist or semi-finalist, you are eligible to apply for an official Moondance certificate HERE:

Did you miss entering your film, written work or music to the 2017 Moondance competition? 

Get ready to submit your work for the upcoming 2018 call-for-entries!

SEE ALL THE SUBMISSION CATEGORIES HERE!

MOONDANCE MEDIA NEWS:

ROCK DOCUMENTARY FILM NAMED FINALIST

AT MOONDANCE INT’L FILM FESTIVAL

Rock Access Music Group

Congratulations to documentary filmmaker and longtime member of MICHIGAN’s radio community JIM BAADE, whose film adaptation of “Local DJ: The Story Of FLINT Rock N Roll” was recently awarded finalist status in the highly regarded MOONDANCE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL for 2017. The feature documentary was included in the honor among films from IRELAND, TURKEY, IRAN, SINGAPORE and AUSTRALIA.

 

“What happened in Vegas is not going to stay in Vegas, this time!”

THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY:

“Whatever you have wanted to accomplish, do it now; there are only so many tomorrows.” ~ Pope Paul VI

“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” ~ W.A. Ward

WEBSITE: www.moondancefilmfestival.com

NEWS-BLOG: www.moondancefilmfestival.com/blog

EMAIL: moondancefestival@gmail.com

 

 

 



~ Moondance 2017 Competition Selections Announced!

ANNOUNCING THE 2017 SELECTIONS! 

  • We thoroughly enjoyed previewing all the films, reading all the written works, and listening to all the music submitted! Please go now to see the listing of the Moondance 2017 winners, finalists and semi-finalists, in all competition categories HERE. Thank you and sincerest congratulations to all our fine filmmakers, writers and composers!
  • You can find downloadable Moondance 2017 laurels HERE to add, if eligible, to your website, social media, promotions, and media releases. 
  • The selected films to be screened online for 2017 are listed HERE.
  • And special thanks to our 2017 script readers: Phil Pritchard & Alexandra Billings, and our film jury. Here’s the link to meet our international Moondance Team.
  • Fine films, written works and music were submitted in 2017 to our truly international film festival without borders by talented artists from around the world, including: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Greece, Iceland, India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Nigeria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, UK, United Arab Republic, and, of course, from the US!

Moondance supports the gallant humanitarian efforts of the local first responders, all the volunteers, the Red Cross, the Humane Society, and all the heroes, in the US and elsewhere in the world, who are giving their time & efforts to rescuing and providing for the many victims of the recent storms, earthquakes, mudslides and wildfires.

A MOONDANCER WRITES US:

  • “Thank you so much for all the periodic updates and all the wonderful blog articles. I loved reading about how an 80 year-old screenwriter in Benghazi, Libya, gets up at 6:00 every morning to research and hone his craft. What an inspiration. Thank you so much for sharing!!” ~ Melissa L. White

INSIDER TIP:

SCREENWRITERS: HOW TO GET AN AGENT

What Literary Agents Want (and don’t want) to See:

By Elizabeth English

Story: This is the first thing agents look at, when considering whether to read your script or not. Unique story, well-told.

Write killer titles, loglines and one-sheet synopses for the all the scripts you want to submit to agents.

Write up a one-sheet document with titles and loglines of all your completed screenplays. You may be asked to send these before sending in a screenplay.

In your initial contact, try to find out what genre of story that agent is looking for, at the moment. Agents generally know exactly what the buyers want to see, and will usually only request those genres. But needs change all the time, and at a moment’s notice, so let them know what you have, even if they’re not looking for that at the time of your call.

You probably will be asked to submit your logline, synopsis and script digitally, via an email attachment. Be sure to have your name & contact info on the cover page!

Format and structure: in submitting your work to an agent, you should be sure the script is in proper format and structure. There are many books and online articles on these vital subjects. Edit every word of the script with a fine-toothed comb, and correct all spelling, punctuation and syntax errors. READ MORE HERE

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT:

WATCH THIS SHORT MUSIC VIDEO, TO BE INSPIRED!

“Stand by Me” Playing for Change

Click on image to watch the video:

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 Isaac Littlejohn Eddy for The New Yorker magazine

“Passion is energy. Keep the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

WEBSITE: www.moondancefilmfestival.com

NEWS-BLOG: www.moondancefilmfestival.com/blog

EMAIL: moondancefestival@gmail.com



~ Last Chance to Make a Big Splash at the 2017 Moondance!

C‘mon in; the water’s fine!

FINAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE: JULY 31st

www.moondancefilmfestival.com

The final deadline for submissions to the

2017 Moondance competition is July 31st

For your best chance to win,

send in your entry RIGHT NOW!

Thanks a million for all the very fine submissions by talented filmmakers, writers and composers we’ve received, so far, for the 2017 Moondance competition!

Scroll on down to read insider tips on the

SUBTLETIES OF SUBTEXT: The True Art Of The Writer!

MOONDANCE 2017

FINAL CALL-FOR-ENTRIES:

LINK TO SUBMISSION CATEGORIES LIST

  • Narrative feature, Short, Documentary, Drone & Animation Films • Feature & Short Screenplays •Film Scores • Short Stories, Stageplays & Audio Plays •TV Pilots, Episodics…and many more!LINK TO OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM

Moondance is also accepting submissions at:

Plan now to participate in this unique film festival, and help celebrate the 18th annual Moondance International Film Festival!

~ READ & SUBSCRIBE TO THE POPULAR MOONDANCE NEWS-BLOG HERE! ~

INSIDER TIPS:

SUBTLETIES OF SUBTEXT

The True Art Of The Writer

By Cheryl O’Brien


Buster Keaton

Movies combine multi-layered text with many messages sent and received. Subtext is “a subtle or coded message sent and received.” Subtext is the message under the message. Subtext when made obvious becomes text. Text is received through our eyes and ears. Sending and receiving text is a mental and physical process.

Subtext is received through our intuitions, thoughts, and feelings. Subtext is a mental, physical and emotional process. Subtext is filtered by our own experiences, knowledge, beliefs, and values. Subtext in screenplays can be, and should be, visual as well auditory.

Screenplays open up a whole range of subtext not available in other written texts. Images, manner of the characters, props used, dress and presentation of characters are all subtle forms of subtext. Screenwriters need to be aware of the subtleties within each scene, use them, manipulate them understand their uses and the concepts, ideas, and images created that are implied in, or can be inferred from the subtext. It is this careful manipulation of subtext that will make one screenplay stand out from another. A reader will sense something is different with a carefully crafted screenplay with consistent subtext.

Life itself is full of subtexts. Every day we use subtext to communicate to one another the messages we really want to communicate. Pay attention to it and use it in your screenplays! READ MORE HERE:

THE MOONDANCE E-ZINE IS HERE!

Don’t miss reading all the great filmmaking & writing articles

written by pros exclusively for Moondancers.

SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

“Success results from a relentless accumulation of small effects that grow into a critical mass that becomes invincible.” From “Mind Over Water”, by Craig Lambert

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Culture is the sum total of the experiences people choose to have in common, and it provides the context and structure that facilitates all our collaborations and communications.” ~ Tennyson E. Stead 

A MOONDANCER WRITES US:

From Stage32.com

“This is a fantastic concept, and when I read the words “Film Festival Without Borders”…. I just had to learn more. Its great to break and expand the barriers of territory and audience, bringing stories straight onto the world platform. Get the Art out there, without people in petty positions of power, gathering crowds to confined spaces of their own choosing. Let the world decide what films do it for them.” ~ Debbie Croysdale, Actor, screenwriter, director & filmmaker, London, England

WEBSITE: www.moondancefilmfestival.com

NEWS-BLOG: www.moondancefilmfestival.com/blog

EMAIL: director@moondancefilmfestival.com

“Big Wave” Photo credit: Clark Little

 

 



A Moondance Summertime Special Discount!

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

www.moondancefilmfestival.com 

By popular request, the final deadline for submissions to the 2017 Moondance competition has been extended to July 31st, AND the entry fee is still only $50!

For your best chance to win, send in your entry RIGHT NOW! Accepting submissions NOW, through July 31st, 2017

Thanks a million for all the very fine submissions by the many talented filmmakers, writers and composers from around the world that we’ve received, so far, for the 2017 Moondance competition!

<< SCROLL ON DOWN FOR INSIDER TIPS >>

WRITERS: WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW!

MOONDANCE 2017 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES:

LINK TO SUBMISSION CATEGORIES LIST

  • Narrative feature, Short, Documentary, Drone & Animation Films • Feature & Short Screenplays •Film Scores • Short Stories, Stageplays & Audio Plays •TV Pilots, Episodics…and many more!

    LINK TO OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM

Moondance is also accepting submissions at:

Plan now to participate in this unique film festival, and help celebrate the 18th annual Moondance International Film Festival!

“THE CROW AND THE WATER PITCHER”

A crow wanted a drink, but the level in the water pitcher was too low. So he cleverly dropped pebbles in, one-by-one, which slowly raised the water level until he could drink the water!

That’s what you, our generous financial supporters, sponsors and friends of the festival are to the Moondance! Individually, each one of you increases, dollar-by-dollar, our ability to continue our important mission. But all together, your support makes our mission and another festival year possible. You help continue a film festival that is admired and respected by filmmakers, writers, composers, agents, actors, producers, directors, distributors, indie film buffs, and by an international audience around the world!

RAISE THE LEVEL! PLEASE DONATE TO SUPPORT THE MOONDANCE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL TODAY!

THE MOONDANCE MISSION & GOALS

INSIDER TIP:

WRITERS: WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW!

BY Elizabeth English

“Write what you know” is the vital, traditional message for all fiction and non-fiction writers, screenwriters, playwrights and journalists. You need to know the details, the visuals, the emotions, the reactions to events, and the totality of the experience, in order to write coherently about a subject, and action, a character and his or her dialog, and for your reader, or audience to relate to the story, the character and the action.

If you don’t know anything, or very little, about a subject, do deep research, learn about it from others, ask an expert, read about it online or in books, go experience it yourself, pay attention as you go through your daily life, listen and look, remember what you’ve seen, heard, learned and experienced, then use it in your writing. It’s a vital element of your “job” as a writer.

You would never be hired by any company if you didn’t know anything about the job and had no experience in the work required! Expand your knowledge and your experiences beyond your desk, mobile devices, social media, and computer.

“The ability of writers to imagine what is not the self, to familiarize the strange and mystify the familiar, is the test of their power.” ~ Toni Morrison

Get on out there and see the world, watch how people act in various situations, and listen to & watch how people express themselves, experience other events than usual. Learn to tango, ride a horse, go to a circus, cook a foreign dish, go for a long hike in the woods, join a political group, plant an organic garden, build a snow sculpture or sand castle, surf the waves, swim with wild dolphins, visit with the elderly in a nursing home, chat with a military veteran, practice yoga, learn to meditate, shop at a farmer’s market, volunteer to work with an environmental group, attend a lecture, go to a museum or an art gallery, study improv acting, travel to a foreign country, volunteer at an animal shelter, visit the children’s ward in a hospital, play hide-and-seek with a child, listen to teenagers to learn their lingo, sit in on an Al-Anon meeting, pick apples from a tree, chat with some homeless folks, go on an archaeological expedition, and, above all, remember and use your experiences and your past, discover your roots. Don’t just rely on movies, TV, social media and the Internet for your writing ideas…that’s not necessarily real life! READ MORE:

A 2017 MOONDANCE FILM JUROR COMMENTS:

THE SERVANT, 2017 MOONDANCE WINNER, short animation, directed by Farnoosh Abedi, Iran

https://vimeo.com/153882080
“The Servant” – a trailer

“This film is very fascinating…and memorable…it’s very well done…I haven’t seen this kind of animation before…and the use of sound and other imagery is remarkable…very ‘Kafka-esque’. More to it than meets the eye.” ~ Phil Pritchard

PLEASE WATCH & LISTEN TO THIS BEAUTIFUL “DOLPHIN BLISS” VIDEO!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFht1vmwpFk

PHOTOGRAPHER: ATMOJI, BIMINI, BAHAMAS

MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

SAVE OUR GIANT SEQUOIAS!

Fight back against Trump’s “review” of Giant Sequoia National Monument — the home of 3,200-year-old trees towering 250 feet (more than 23 stories tall!) in the air. The trees in Giant Sequoia National Monument stand nearly as tall as the Statue of Liberty and represent 2/3 of the remaining Sequoia trees ON EARTH. Giant Sequoia and the related coast redwood forests store more climate-altering carbon per acre than any other forest type on the planet, but none of that matters to Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Opening up logging in Giant Sequoia forests is just unthinkable. It’s unbelievable that protecting them is even a question!

The Giant Sequoia relies on the greater forest ecosystem, and tree canopy of redwoods and other trees. They do not and cannot exist or survive in isolation. This ecosystem contains streams, as well as lush meadows and rare animals such as the California spotted owl and California condor. Opening this area to logging will place not only the Giant Sequoia at risk, but also the water and air quality for humans, flora and animals. Please join us and step up the pressure on your local, national & international lawmakers via emails now, to stop Trump and his wealthy cronies before they can completely destroy 3,200 years of the Earth’s precious natural history. These men appear to be willing to bend any law and decimate every natural treasure if it profits the major corporate interests who funneled almost $11 million into Trump’s inaugural coffers.  Thank you for all you can do to protect America’s national monuments and the wildlife, tribal communities and neighboring economies who depend on the Antiquities Act’s critical protections to endure. With your help, we will save the Sequoias and other iconic American treasures for our children and grandchildren — hopefully, even, for another 32 centuries.


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The Veterans Brotherhood is a 501c3. Our main purpose is to prevent veteran suicides. We have been in existence for roughly 3 years. We take veterans off the street who are homeless and have no money or no place to go. We put them up in a hotel for a few days and evaluate them to place them in the best place for their needs. In our first year we took 18 veterans off the street. We donated $500 to gift cards to 3 families who had no food in their house. We found an elderly veteran who was in danger of losing his home for back taxes. We took a collection and paid his taxes. We also set him up with an organization so that won’t happen again. Some of these veterans now have jobs and their own apartment. 

Our biggest project so far is a documentary film about PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and TBI (traumatic brain injury). The film will be called “The Journey Home”. This film follows a Vietnam Veteran who comes home with PTSD but doesn’t know it. Eventually he comes full circle and devotes his life to helping other veterans with PTSD. We feel this film will do more to help veterans than anything else we could possibly do. This is a big undertaking and will be about a year before it is finished. If we can save one life through this film it will be worth it. We are in the early stages of finances for the film. We believe this film will give everyone the biggest bang for the buck to help veterans. We want to educate the public on PTSD but more importantly we want to educate veterans’ family members on what their son or daughter may be going through. PLEASE  DONATE HERE

A NEW MOONDANCE WRITES US:

“Congratulations on Moondance’s success, while maintaining its commitment to important social issues.” ~ Raul Garza

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

“Obstacles are those things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” ~ Henry Ford

WEBSITE: www.moondancefilmfestival.com

NEWS-BLOG: www.moondancefilmfestival.com/blog

EMAIL: director@moondancefilmfestival.com



Moondance’s Entry Deadline Extended To July 31st!

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”  ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

www.moondancefilmfestival.com

By popular request, the final deadline for submissions to the 2017 Moondance competition
has been extended to July 31st

For your best chance to win, send in your entry RIGHT NOW!

Accepting submissions NOW, through July 31st, 2017

Thanks a million for all the very fine submissions by talented filmmakers, writers and composers we’ve received, so far,
for the 2017 Moondance competition!

For all our many talented American Moondancers:

HAPPY JULY 4TH INDEPENDENCE DAY!

Scroll on down for insider tips: MAKING A HOLLYWOOD MOVIE

MOONDANCE 2017 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES:

LINK TO SUBMISSION CATEGORIES LIST

  • Narrative feature, Short, Documentary, Drone & Animation Films • Feature & Short Screenplays • Film Scores • Short Stories, Stageplays & Audio Plays • TV Pilots, Episodics…and many more!LINK TO OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM

Moondance is also accepting submissions at:

Plan now to participate in this unique film festival, and help celebrate

the 18th annual Moondance International Film Festival!

~ READ & SUBSCRIBE TO THE POPULAR MOONDANCE NEWS-BLOG HERE! ~

To all our talented Canadian Moondancers:

HAPPY CANADA DAY 150!

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT:

Although more than 2500 years old, Aesop’s fables still have something vital to inform us, especially when it comes to funding the Moondance International Film Festival’s mission & goals. There’s something to think about in this fable of “The Crow and the Water Pitcher”.

A crow wanted a drink of water, but the level in the water pitcher was too low to reach. So she cleverly dropped pebbles in, one-by-one, which slowly raised the water level until she could drink the water!

That’s what you, our generous donors, financial supporters, sponsors and friends of the festival are to the Moondance! Individually, each one of you increases, dollar-by-dollar, our ability to continue our important mission. But all together, your support makes another festival year possible. You help continue a film festival’s indie film screenings, productive workshops, and amazing networking opportunities,  and mission, that is admired and respected by filmmakers, writers, composers, agents, actors, producers, directors, distributors, indie film buffs, and an international audience around the world!

Raise the level! Donate now to support the
Moondance International Film Festival today!

INSIDER TIPS:

MAKING A HOLLYWOOD MOVIE:

By Elizabeth English

See all those people out there? All that equipment? Each and every one of them cost money. You wrote a screenplay, didn’t you? It got the greenlight. We’re making a movie here. OK? Quiet on the set! Rolling! And…action!

Director, assistant directors or ADs, Cinematographer and/or DP, producer,  costumers, hair & makeup people, extras, focus-pullers, gaffers, best boy, key grips, script supervisor, body doubles, sound and light techs, still photographer, videographers, body-doubles, actors’ assistants, and actors!

Production assistants or PAs, studio execs, animal wranglers, props, art director, production designer, extras, location manager, assistant to the director, producer’s assistants, Foley, prop master, special effects, stunt coordinator, tech advisors, book-keeper/accountant, fire marshal, production designer, art director, story board artists, line producer, editor, catering, (and maybe even the screenwriter, if you’re lucky!). How many people are we talking about? 100+ below-the-line, maybe 25 above the line. Budget for this pic? Anywhere up to a hundred million dollars, give or take a million or so.

Now, the DIRECTOR’S GOALS here are two things: to get the best, most believable performances from the actors, and to get the best visual images on film.  The PRODUCER’S GOALS, however, are to solve problems, give the director everything he or she wants, to spend the available time and money properly, and report to the investors. Of which, 70% goes to above-the-line costs, and only 30% go to below-the-line expenses.

But what do the STUDIO EXECS want to see? They want to see their money up on that screen! A movie is the most expensive entertainment production ever devised (other than the US presidential campaigns)!

Directors strive for a certain “harmonics”, a balance between the story components in your screenplay and proper production values. They want the story to be authentic: believable even. And entertaining! READ MORE HERE!

  • Don’t miss reading all of the other great insider articles written by pros exclusively for Moondancers HERE!

A MOONDANCER WRITES US:

“In 2015, Moondance awarded my 4-part audio drama “5 Levels of Fear” a Spirit of Moondance award. It has been picked up by Aural Stage Studios in New York and will be recorded later this year. The folks there, Matthew and Monique Boudreau asked me to come on board as co-producer.” ~ Sable Jak

MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

SAVE OUR OCEAN WILDLIFE!

Following the president’s recent executive order setting the stage for oil and gas drilling to resume in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans, the Trump administration has released draft authorizations for seismic blasting in the Atlantic. But to proceed, these companies need approval from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), and that’s where you come in.

Seismic blasting poses a serious threat to ocean life. These blasts register 235 decibels – louder than a rocket launch – and travel for hundreds, if not thousands of miles through the ocean. Scientists tell us that at least 130,000 marine mammals, including the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale, will be injured by these blasts.

Don’t let the Trump administration continue to put the interests of the oil and gas industry above those of the American people, of precious marine wildlife populations and of a healthy and clean ocean environment!

And that’s where you come in – seismic testing companies still need approval from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) before they can begin their work to survey for oil and gas.

TELL NMFS TO DENY AUTHORIZATION FOR SEISMIC BLASTING IN THE ATLANTIC!

Scientists estimate that at least 130,000 marine mammals, including endangered species like the North Atlantic right whale, will be injured or killed by these blasts. Seismic blasting can drive whales, dolphins and other marine wildlife out of the vital habitat they depend on for feeding, reproducing and migrating. It can also deafen marine mammals outright – the sound levels are powerful enough to cause them to bleed from their ears!

  

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

WEBSITE: www.moondancefilmfestival.com

NEWS-BLOG: www.moondancefilmfestival.com/blog

EMAIL: director@moondancefilmfestival.com

 



Moondance 2017: June Entry Deadline Coming up!

~ THE FILM FESTIVAL WITHOUT BORDERS! ~

www.moondancefilmfestival.com

“Whatever you want to do, do it now. There are only so many tomorrows.” ~ Pope Paul VI

For your best chance to win, send in your entry RIGHT NOW!

Accepting submissions NOW, through June 30, 2017

Thanks a million for all the very fine submissions we’ve received, so far, for the 2017 Moondance competition! 

In our continuing success of promoting 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 annual festival competitions have brought in great submissions, in all genres and categories, from Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Curaçao, Cyprus, Dubai, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Poland, Russia, Serbia/Montenegro, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Tasmania, Turkey, UAR, Ukraine, the UK, the US, Venezuela, and more! Please do join us!

Scroll down for insider tips: How TO GET YOUR SCREENPLAY REJECTED

MOONDANCE 2017 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES:

OUR REGULAR $50 ENTRY FEE IS EXTENDED TO JUNE 30th!

LINK TO SUBMISSION CATEGORIES LIST

  • Narrative feature, Short, Documentary, Drone & Animation Films • Feature & Short Screenplays •Film Scores • Short Stories, Stageplays & Audio Plays •TV Pilots, Episodics…and many more!

    LINK TO OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM

Moondance is also accepting submissions at:

Plan now to participate in this unique film festival, and help celebrate the 18th annual Moondance International Film Festival!


~ READ & SUBSCRIBE TO THE POPULAR MOONDANCE NEWS-BLOG HERE! ~

INSIDER TIP:

THINGS YOU SHOULD DO TO GET YOUR SCREENPLAY REJECTED

By Elizabeth English & Pinaki Ghosh

Writing a movie script? Want to know the secrets to getting your screenplay rejected, for sure? Read on:

  1. Offer detailed camera directions in your screenplay. Don’t trust the intelligence of the director of photography or cinematographer and offer camera directions in your script like, ‘pan’, ‘zoom’, ‘dolly’, ‘trolley shot’ or ‘low angle shot’. That will make your script look like one from history and is a definite way of getting it rejected.
  2. Insist on adding editing directions in your screenplay. Similarly, go ahead… show a complete disregard to the editor’s intelligence and write editing instructions like ‘cut to’, ‘dissolve to’, etc. and your screenplay will look like a thing of the past. In modern-day screenplays, editing directions are no longer acceptable. Only FADE IN and FADE TO BLACK are used in an entire screenplay.
 By the way, FADE IN and FADE TO BLACK are transitions, not scene descriptions, or sluglines, and they belong on the right-hand side of the first & last pages.
  3. Do not not capitalize the character names in the beginning, the first time the character is seen. Leave them in lowercase text or, even worse, have them in UPPER CASE throughout the entire script, and your screenplay will be rejected for sure.
  4. Type most or all of the elements the props person will need to know about, such as DOOR, LAMP, CAR, HOUSE, TREE, in all caps, too. Similarly, have words that denote sound, like WHOOSH, SCREAM, WOOF, BANG, or CLANG in upper case, to show that you know all about sounds for the Foley editors, and, incidentally, to make your script virtually unreadable and distracting. READ MORE HERE

THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY:

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

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“It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants and the bees. The question is: What are we busy about?” ~ Henry David Thoreau

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“Freedom” by Zenos Frudakis

“I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to be.” ~ Carl Jung

 

WEBSITE: www.moondancefilmfestival.com

NEWS-BLOG: www.moondancefilmfestival.com/blog

EMAIL: director@moondancefilmfestival.com



Moondance Summer 2017: Insider Tips for Writers, Filmmakers & actors!

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” ~ Lao Tzu

Thanks a million for all the fine submissions we’ve received, so far, for the 2017 Moondance International Film Festival!

  • Scroll on down for insider tips for writers, filmmakers & actors

MOONDANCE 2017 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES:

 OUR REGULAR $50 ENTRY FEE IS

EXTENDED TO JUNE 30th!

For your best chance to win, send in your entry RIGHT NOW!

Accepting submissions NOW, through June 30, 2017

LINK TO SUBMISSION CATEGORIES LIST

  • Narrative feature, Short, Documentary, Drone & Animation Films • Feature & Short Screenplays •Film Scores • Short Stories, Stageplays & Audio Plays •TV Pilots, Episodics…and many more!LINK TO OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM

Moondance is also accepting submissions at:

Plan now to participate in this unique film festival, and help celebrate the 18th annual Moondance International Film Festival!

 READ & SUBSCRIBE TO THE POPULAR MOONDANCE NEWS-BLOG HERE! 

INSIDER TIPS:

CREATING CHARACTER & CHARACTERIZATIONS

Tips for Writers, Filmmakers & Actors

By Elizabeth English

Interesting flaws humanize a character who is challenged to overcome inner doubts, errors in thinking, guilt or trauma from the past, or fear of and hopes for the future. Weaknesses, imperfections, quirks, and vices make a character more real & appealing. The audience can identify with the character.

Flaws and imperfections give a character somewhere to go – the character arc – in which a character develops and grows, overcoming obstacles and gaining knowledge and wisdom, and is recreated and restored to wholeness. A real character is not just a single obvious trait, but a unique combination of many qualities and drives, some of them conflicting.

Character development is essential to a good story. Characters should enter the story as dimensional, non-stereotypical characters, and become more dimensional as the story and other characters act upon them. They should be big as life; capable of developing and being transformed. We should see different sides of them, understand how they think and act, learn about their philosophies and attitudes. We should be aware of their emotional make-up through their responses to their surroundings, to others with whom they interact, and to events which occur.

If your characters don’t come alive in the script, they won’t come alive on the screen. Answer these questions, as you characterize the protagonist, antagonist, and other characters within your storyline: what is this character’s goal or motivation, why does he or she want to achieve this goal, who or what is trying to stop this character from reaching this goal and why, what strengths or weaknesses of this character will help or hinder in the pursuit of this goal? READ MORE:

THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY:

“Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. “ ~ Bradley Whitford

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“If you can dream it, you can do it.” ~ Walt Disney

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Clark Little shooting a wave in Hawaii, www.clarklittlephotography.com

“Never, never, never give up.” ~ Sir Winston Churchill

WEBSITE: www.moondancefilmfestival.com

NEWS-BLOG: www.moondancefilmfestival.com/blog

EMAIL: director@moondancefilmfestival.com



Moondance $50 Entry Fee Extended to End of June!

www.moondancefilmfestival.com

Thanks a million for all the fine submissions we’ve received for the 2017 Moondance International Film Festival, so far!

MOONDANCE 2017 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES:

Due to popular request,

OUR REGULAR $50 ENTRY FEE IS EXTENDED TO JUNE 30th!

For your best chance to win, send in your entry RIGHT NOW!

Accepting submissions NOW, through June 30, 2017

LINK TO SUBMISSION CATEGORIES LIST

  • Narrative feature, short, documentary, drone & animation films •  Feature & short screenplays  •Film scores • Short stories, stageplays & radio plays •TV pilots, episodics…and many more!

    LINK TO OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM

Moondance is also accepting submissions at:

Plan now to participate in this unique film festival, and help celebrate the 18th annual Moondance International Film Festival!

INSIDER TIP:

A FILMMAKERS TOOLBOX:

MAKING A GREAT PROMOTIONAL TRAILER

By Elizabeth English

 

Do you want to have a really good 2-3-minute trailer to send to producers, studios, agents, actors, film festival competitions, for your website & in social media ? Haven’t quite finished post on your film yet, but want to promote it now?

Great trailers are in a special class of their own; little polished gems that showcase your film, and make people want to see more! But film trailers can be more difficult to make really well than the entire film, itself. It can be more time-consuming, judicious editing must be a main concern, you have to tell the main story, theme & concept quickly, harder scene decisions need to be made, and you need to sell your film in less than three minutes.

Can you tell the main story, introduce the lead characters, show the main conflict, and give the viewer a visual, memorable impression in under three minutes? And, remember, you need to hook the viewer in the first few seconds! FIND OUT HOW, HERE:

Sophia Coppola

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

“A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results.” ~ Wade Boggs

WEBSITE: www.moondancefilmfestival.com

NEWS-BLOG: www.moondancefilmfestival.com/blog

EMAIL: director@moondancefilmfestival.com

 



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