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Moondance Announces 2011 Winners & Film Schedule!

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WINNERS, FINALISTS & SEMI-FINALISTS ANNOUNCED!

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE LIST ONLINE!

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

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

Congratulations,

2011 Moondance winners, finalists & semi-finalists!

And thanks a million to all those many filmmakers, writers & composers

who submitted such fine entries to the competition!

MOONDANCE 2011 LAURELS IMAGES

The Moondance International Film Festival, also known as “The American Cannes”, and one of the world’s most important international film festivals, is open to the public, filmmakers, writers, composers, producers, distributors, and actors, for 3 fabulous days and nights! We feature film premieres, indie features and shorts, documentaries, animation, local, experimental, multi-media, music videos, foreign & art films, screened each evening at the historic Old Main Theater and inside the dome of the Fiske Planetarium, both on the lovely University of Colorado campus. We also offer professional writing and filmmaking workshops, private consultations with the pros, pitch panels, celebrity Q & A sessions, networking cocktail parties, and a gala awards ceremony & reception. September 16, 17, 18, 2011, in beautiful Boulder, Colorado, USA!  WEBSITE: www.moondancefilmfestival.com

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Click on the following links for more info on the

Moondance Film Festival event 2011:

MOONDANCE 2011 ADVANCE TICKET SALES & FESTIVAL INFO

Buy tickets online early to guarantee your seats!

MOONDANCE FESTIVAL EVENTS SCHEDULE

2011 MOONDANCE FILM SCREENING SCHEDULE

2011 TRAVEL & LODGING INFO

2011 SELECTED MOONDANCE FILMS DESCRIPTIONS (coming soon!)

2011 WORKSHOPS DESCRIPTIONS (coming soon!)

* Note to selected filmmakers:

You will shortly receive an email from

Mark, our 2011 Screenings Coordinator

Moondancefest.mark@gmail.com

with more info and instructions.

Please look for it, read it, and respond!

CALLING ALL MEDIA REPS, AGENTS,  ACTORS,

FILM DIRECTORS, PRODUCERS, & DISTRIBUTORS!

Plan to attend the world-famous Moondance 2011, to network with the best of US and international filmmakers, writers and composers, and to see all the top films screened, in two fabulous venues, and for 3 great days and nights, in beautiful Boulder, Colorado, September 16-18, 2011.

MOONDANCE FILM FESTIVAL EVENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

We always welcome dedicated volunteers to help make the film festival happen! Let us know if you’d like to be a:

  • VOLUNTEERS COORDINATOR
  • ASSISTANT TO THE SCREENINGS COORDINATOR
  • ASSISTANT TO THE EVENTS COORDINATOR
  • GENERAL EVENTS VOLUNTEER, AS NEEDED
  • EMCEE AT THE FILM SCREENINGS
  • EMCEE AT THE Q & A SESSIONS WITH FILMMAKERS
  • EMCEE AT THE WORKSHOPS
  • SIGNAGE COORDINATOR
  • ASSISTANT TO THE TICKET SELLERS
  • TICKET-TAKER AT THE VENUE DOORS
  • HOSPITALITY LIAISON
  • AWARDS CEREMONY VOLUNTEER
  • OR…MAKE A SUGGESTION!

Volunteers can earn free film screening or workshop tickets!

Moondance takes place on September 16, 17 & 18, 2011

On the University of Colorado (CU) campus, Boulder, CO

Please check out the festival events schedule online!

Contact Elizabeth at: moondancefestival@gmail.com

With VOLUNTEER in the subject line, today!

CALLING ALL SPONSORS, DONORS & FRIENDS OF MOONDANCE!

Special promotional opportunities available
 for Partners, Donors, Sponsors & Friends of Moondance! Moondance International Film Festival is proud to acknowledge the cooperation and generous financial sponsors, whose enthusiastic partnerships make this popular film festival possible. Each of the sponsorship levels in which a corporation or individual participates will include their name and/or logo promoted through the end of the year following the current festival. Moondance International Film Festival provides its sponsoring partners with a full spectrum of marketing visibility. Since your company’s sponsorship is promoted for a full year, your marketing dollar receives maximum return and exposure. We love local Boulder sponsors, too!

Some suggested important elements of the event you may wish to sponsor or co-sponsor:

• 2011 FESTIVAL PRINT PROGRAM: $2500

• 2011 AWARDS CEREMONY & RECEPTION: $2000

• 2011 NETWORKING PARTY (FRIDAY AND/OR SATURDAY): $1500 EACH

• 2011 MOONDANCE STAR AWARDS: $1000

• 2011 SPECIAL INVITED FEATURE FILM SCREENING, “THE TREE”: $1000

• 2011 AD IN THE PRINT PROGRAM: $100, $250, $500 (depending on size & placement)

• 2011 FILMS BY & FOR KIDS PROGRAMS: $500

• 2011 “GREEN” ENVIRONMENTAL FILMS PROGRAMS: $500

• A DONATION TOWARD THE FESTIVAL’S 2011 EVENTS & PROGRAM

SPONSOR INFO: http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com/04_sponsors.info.html

LIST OF SPONSORS, DONORS & FRIENDS OF MOONDANCE: http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com/04_sponsors.list.html

Photo by C. Anastasiadis

Charlie says, “Thanks a million! Arf! Arf!”

MOONDANCERS WRITE US:

“Moondance seems truly wonderful…given the life-affirming feeling emanating from the festival (and from you!). Jennifer and I are glad to have made your acquaintance and look forward to crossing paths with you soon.” ~ Dana Packard, director/producer

“I hope to join you at this powerful gathering of creative people in the film industry this year, either as a workshop facilitator and/or participant.” ~ Candace Kearns Read, story analyst, screenwriter and screenwriting instructor

“Moondance is very special to me because of its goal to strengthen ties between International audiences and the mission to inspire, encourage, etc., overall gives a very positive vibe. We look forward for your support in bringing this South Asian anti war-narrative film to broader attention to promote world-peace and love, and against war & violence.” ~ Ashique Mostafa, Film Producer, Bangladesh

“I was so pleased to receive that beautiful MOONDANCE news blog you sent out the other day. My painting looked beautiful and was in such good company. The sayings and the artwork, photos, and illustrations were very inspiring. Thank you so very much for making me a part of it.” ~ Lorna Kanter, artist, writer

I follow religiously the doings of Moondance and am happy to see you’re still in there, making waves.” ~ Fran Handman, Moondance writing winner

MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

MAGIC LAMP RELEASING: Filmmakers: if you want the best in international film marketing, publicity and releasing for your indie film, and the best, most effective PR on the film festival circuit, you can’t go wrong by choosing Magic Lamp Releasing. Marc Halperin has worked at Miramax, Fineline, Universal, Warner Bros, as an executive for over 30 years with films as sex, lies, videotape; Cinema Paradiso, My Left Foot, Shine, Dancer in the Dark, Scratch, Sex and Lucia, the Hitchock rereleases, Repo Man and over 250 films you have seen or heard of. Marla has worked for Palm Pictures, Regent Entertainment, and for many directors and producers, authors; Donna Cross won two awards at Moondance last year; Nick Lyon won the DGA special award at Moondance and went on to direct a film for Frank Capra Jr.  Marc Rosenbush won at Moondance for Zen Noir, and Magic Lamp released that film in theatres.

Most recently Magic Lamp Releasing has done PR & marketing for Moondance and several Moondance filmmakers, “Pope Joan” (author and movie), Golden Globe/academy award campaign for Little Rose, and other films at Cannes, and other film festivals. In the past we have offered workshops on distribution, marketing and pitching.  We are also available as consultants to filmmakers. Anyone can send a DVD screener for consideration to:

MAGIC LAMP RELEASING

9530 Haines Canyon Avenue,

Tujunga, California, 91042

EMAIL: Marla Halperin: marla_magiclamp@me.com

WEBSITE: www.magiclampreleasing.com

PHONE: 818-951-7914

http://www.uffo.camp7.org/

The Universal Film & Festival Organisation was founded to support and implement

an ethical code of conduct for film festivals throughout the world.

First Place: The Possible Futures Award

2011 WINNER: SUPERHERO By Nitin Das (India)

Can a 7 year old girl from the Himalayas save our planet?

http://possiblefuturesfilmcontest.org/watch-vote/film-detail/?film_id=22032032

http://www.lnt.org/

The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, based in Boulder, Colorado, is an educational, nonprofit organization dedicated to the responsible enjoyment and active stewardship of the outdoors by all people, worldwide. Founded on outdoor ethics whereby a sense of stewardship is gained through understanding and connecting with the natural world; believes that practicing the Leave No Trace principles is the most relevant and effective long-term solution to maintaining the beauty, health of, and access to natural lands. http://www.lnt.org/

Bodhi Tree Leaf

THE AURORA

YouTube video by Tesophotography

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBWPCvdv8Bk

THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY:

Peace be with you

A paz seja com você

Мир с вами

La pace è con voi

Η ειρηνη ειναι με σασ

Frieden ist mit ihnen

La paz esté con usted

La paix soit avec vous

평화는 당신과 있다

平和はあなたとある

和平是与您

وعليكم السلام

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center • “Blue Marble” Image by Reto Stöckli

“Use what talents you possess; the forest would be very silent if no birds sang except for those that sang the best.” ~ Henry Van Dyke, professor of English literature at Princeton and an American lecturer at the University of Paris

Photo by N. Anastasiadis

“You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” ~ Kahlil Gibran

National Geographic photo

“It all boils down to scratching your name in the bark of a tree…’I was here’”. ~ Mel Brooks

“Reality is a mirror. Smile into a mirror and the image smiles back. Curse into the mirror – the image curses back. It’s your own actions that rebound into your life, as reflections bouncing back from the cosmic mirror.” ~ Yehuda Berg kabbalah.com

“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put some foundations under them.” ~ Henry David Thoreau, Walden

“Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through trying to save.”  Will Rogers, American humorist

“Instead of always looking outside yourself to see what the world can give you, look inside yourself to see what is there.” ~ Source Unknown

YOUR ASSIGNMENT FOR TODAY:

The Three C’s: Actively connect to an inner energy of Confidence, Certainty and Courage that will empower you to meet any challenges. Every time you push through your self-imposed barriers (laziness, doubt, insecurity, anger, fear, apathy, & etc.) you will gain power. This is a truly wonderful gift, and a great opportunity!




Moondance Film Festival’s August News

MOONDANCE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALThanks for subscribing to our newsletter blog!

Scroll on down for lots more inspiring good stuff to discover!

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

Plan now to attend this most important event!

Boulder's mountains & meadows

View of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains from Boulder, Colorado






2011 MOONDANCE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL INFO

Boulder’s very best international film festival is open to the public for 3 fabulous days and nights! You’ll have the unique opportunity to see the absolute best of indie features and shorts, documentaries, animation, local, foreign & art films screened each evening at the historic Old Main Theater and inside the dome of the Fiske Planetarium, on the CU campus. We also offer professional writing and filmmaking workshops, private consultations & pitch sessions with the pros, celebrity Q & A sessions, VERY popular networking cocktail parties, and a gala awards ceremony & reception. Come join us!

DATES, TIMES AND LOCATION:

September 16, 17, 18, 2011
11:AM – Midnight (& beyond)

CU campus: Old Main Theater & Fiske Planetarium, Boulder, CO.

TICKET SALES & BOX OFFICE:

Rapid Refill Ink, 2525 Arapahoe, The Village Center,
south of McGuckin’s Hardware, north of Great Harvest Bread

Ticket sale dates: September 1st-17th, 10:AM-6:PM

Online will-call ticket sales:

http://www.acteva.com/go/moondance2011

Now, through September 15th

Tickets also available at the Old Main Theater & Fiske Planetarium doors:
September 16-18, 11:AM-11:PM

The Historic Old Main Theater

• In our continuing successful promotion of absolutely top-quality original filmmaking, writing and music composition by talented artists from around the world, the Moondance International Film Festival, also known as “The American Cannes”, is very pleased to announce that our 2011 festival competition has brought in great submissions, in all genres and categories, from Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Malta, Marshall Island, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia/Montenegro, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Tasmania, Turkey, the UK, the US, and Venezuela!

2011 SEMI-FINALISTS, FINALISTS & WINNERS
ANNOUNCEMENTS COMING VERY SOON!






MOONDANCERS WRITE US:

“This newsletter is loaded with inspiring quotes, messages and photos. I’m going to re-read it. Thank you for creating it and sending it!” ~ Donna Lisa, Moondance winning screenwriter, short story writer, composer and lyricist,  for kids

“I’m always happy to connect with people in the film business, like you, who are out there working to make the world better through showing more great films.” ~ Terri Marie, CEO, White Wing Entertainment, Media Production Specialist, Author, Composer

“As a screenwriter, I feel it’s very important to support film festivals! Moondance is the one to watch and participate in. It’s events like this that allow true talent to shine through.” ~ Stacey Arcangel, LinkedIn.com recommendation

“I very much care about Moondance, which I believe is a great opportunity for writers, and I truly admire your work.” ~ Rita Charbonnier, Rome, Italy, author of the historical novel,  “Mozart’s Sister

“This festival was always the first festival I wanted to submit to, since I attended your festival a few years back as a spectator, before I started making films, and knew I wanted to go back with a film. So far, my film has been accepted in several major festivals, (but) I really have my heart set on this specific festival!” ~ Dalia Schlesinger, Israel






MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

info@makeaflmfoundation.org

Tamika Lamison, Founder/Producer

Make A Film Foundation is a non-proft organization that teams children who have serious or life-threatening medical conditions with film industry professionals, who help them create short film legacies. We grant children their wishes of writing and starring in their own movies.

Some of the Hollywood celebrities who have enthusiastically participated include: Sean Astin (“Lord of the Rings”), Elijah Wood (“Lord of the Rings”), Miguel Sandoval (“Medium”), Natasha Gregson Wagner (“High Fidelity”, Natalie Wood’s daughter), Ernie Hudson (“GhostBusters” 1, 2 and upcoming 3), and Neil LaBute (playwright, director). Sponsors include: SONY Studios, HBO, Warner Bros., and the Annenberg Foundation.

In our unique ‘Vidz 4 Kidz’ Program, we go to hospitals where children are teamed with hand-held video cameras and with film industry mentors, who help them create short documentaries about their lives and illnesses. These films not only impact the children who make them, but all those involved, including their families, student mentors, the Hollywood community, inner-city filmmakers, cast, crew and volunteers.

These children have touched all our lives in ways they’ll never know. Their films empower them by giving them a voice and the opportunity for self-expression and creativity, which, in turn, is cathartic and therapeutic. It also helps fulfill their dreams, gives them hope, and makes them feel special and loved.

Watch a YouTube video about Make a Film Foundation

http://possiblefuturesfilmcontest.org/

Storytellers of the world
 share their inspiring visions of a possible future. Watch the many short indie films on peace & freedom, fair societies, sustainability & beyond, and human fulfillment.

* MOONDANCE VOTED FOR: “My Country is the World” film, directed by Arthur Kanegis, a favorite Moondance winner!

Wild dolphin family, Bimini, photo by Atmo: www.wildquest.com

Oceanic Preservation Society

http://www.opsociety.org/

Experts contend that captive dolphins offer little information about their true behaviors in the wild.
 Dr Lori Marino, Ph.D, a neuroscientist and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology and faculty affiliate of the Center for Ethics at Emory University says, 
“What we have learned about who these dolphins are tells us unequivocally that they do not belong in captivity.
 I think that field studies are and can be a replacement for some captive studies. In the past few years, almost nothing has been learned about dolphins from captive studies.

Likewise, some of the most exciting things we’re learning about dolphins and whales are coming from studies of wild individuals. In other words, field studies. For instance, we now know that dolphins and whales have complex cultural traditions. This was learned from field studies, field observations, and actually could never be ascertained in captivity where they’re deprived of their normal social relations. So all of the cutting edge research on dolphin and whale lives and behavior and psychology is coming from the wild, not from captive labs.” Excerpted from the July 2011 newsletter of the Oceanic Preservation Society, Boulder, Colorado, creators of the Academy Award-winning film “The Cove”.

Enough is dedicated to ending genocide and crimes against humanity, and preventing them from occurring in the future http://www.enoughproject.org/

John Prendergast

John Prendergast is a human rights activist and best-selling author who has worked for peace in Africa for over 25 years. He is the co-founder of the Enough Project, an initiative to end genocide and crimes against humanity. John is the author of The Enough Moment: Fighting to End Africa’s Worst Human Rights Crimes. Under the Enough Project umbrella, John has helped create a number of initiatives and campaigns.  With George Clooney, he helped launch the Satellite Sentinel Project, which aims to prevent conflict and human rights abuses through satellite imagery. John has helped create African characters and stories for two episodes of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, one focusing on the recruitment of child soldiers and the other on rape as a war strategy. He serves as Strategic Advisor to Not On Our Watch, the organization founded by George Clooney, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, and Brad Pitt.






THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY:

Painting by American artist Lorna Kanter

“Lamed Vav Zaddikim”

Derived from the Yiddish, a theory that the fate of the world rests, at any given time, in the hands of 36 righteous people. They are put on Earth to perform the healing of the world. They do not know they are one of the 36, nor does anyone else. They will always be among us.

Photo by Allison Carras

“Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” ~ Lou Holtz, retired American football coach, active sportscaster, author, and motivational speaker

Marble bas-relief

By plucking her petals, you do not gather the beauty of the flower.” ~ Rabindranath Tagore, Indian writer, artist, poet & philosopher, Nobel prize for literature, 1913


Mermaid metal art by Charlotte Zink WEBSITE: www.zinkmetalart.com

“Women will never be equal to men until they can swagger down the street with a shiny bald head, reeking of cigar smoke, with a big beer gut, and yet still think they’re attractive and desirable.” ~ Source Unknown

“The machines that once gave money veto power over originality are becoming obsolete, and (creative) freedom grows.” ~ Michael Parfit, documentary filmmaker, on the current film business, cited from an article in the Smithsonian magazine, July-August 2011

“If you would have a faithful servant, and one whom you like, you must serve yourself.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

Diaghilev mini-stage macquette

“We do not see things as they are; we see them as we are.” ~ the Talmud

There are five things you cannot recover in life: a stone, after it’s thrown; a word, after it’s said; an occasion, after it’s missed; time, after it’s passed; and a person, after he or she dies.” ~ Anonymous

Lighthouse, Wales

It takes great courage to stand up for something, because the moment you decide you want to do good in this world…(you need to) be brave in the face of criticism and opposition. Follow your heart, you’ll never get lost, and you will prevail.” ~ Yehuda Berg, Kabbalah






OF INTEREST:

Lakshmi, by Raja Ravi Varma

ANNAPURNA, The Divine Mother who is worshipped as the manifestation of all material things, is the Hindu Goddess of nourishment. Also described as She Who is the Grantor of Knowledge, She Who Takes Away All Fear, She Who Gives  Wealth and Nourishment, She Who Represents Learning and Arts/Cultural Fulfillment, and She Who Manifests Truth and Efficiency. Also known as Lakshmi, she is said to bring good luck, and is believed to protect her devotees from all kinds of misery and money-related sorrows.

GANESHA is one of the deities best-known and most widely worshipped in the Hindu pantheon. Ganesha is widely revered as the Remover of Obstacles (though traditionally he also places obstacles in the path of those who need to be checked), and more generally as Lord of Beginnings and as a patron of arts and sciences, as the deva of intellect and wisdom, and invoked as patron of letters, learning and writing. Ganesha is identified with the Hindu mantra, Om, and refers to the notion that he personifies the primal sound. The written manifestation of this divine Om symbol when inverted gives the perfect profile of the god with the elephant head:

The image of Ganesha represents man’s eternal striving towards integration with nature. Ganesha, is almost always depicted dancing, signifying his ability to rise above Earthly concerns and sorrows; has the head of an elephant, symbolic of auspiciousness, strength and intellectual prowess. He holds a goad, to prod man to the path of righteousness and truth, and a noose, to convey that worldly attachments and desires are a noose. Ganesha is often shown riding on a mouse, which symbolizes those who wish to overcome or subdue destructive desires and be less selfish, a most important quality necessary for spiritual progress.






FAVORITE PHOTO OF THE MONTH WINNER:

“I noticed the way a spider had knitted two chairs together. So much social networking goes on in nature, the original Twitter kingdom.” ~ Text & photo by Dominique Browning, Slow Love Life blog






YOUR ASSIGNMENT FOR TODAY:

Drivers: When sharing the road with someone riding on a bicycle, please be kind to those chicks on their bikes, for that duck might be somebody’s mother…or kid!

Bike Photo by William C. Raco

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