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~ THE 2018 MOONDANCE FILM FESTIVAL COMPETITION!

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

2018 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES!

FEATURE, SHORT, DOCUMENTARY, ANIMATION & DRONE FILMS, FEATURE & SHORT SCREENPLAYS, FILM SCORES & ORIGINAL MUSIC, SHORT STORIES, TV PILOTS, AND MORE!

WEBSITE: moondancefilmfestival.com

2018 ENTRY FORM

2018 FILMFREEWAY SUBMISSIONS

 

We look forward to previewing your submissions!

INSIDER INFO:

FIRST IMPRESSIONS: TITLES & LOGLINES

by Elizabeth English

Have a fabulous, unique idea for a movie? That’s wonderful, but you need to know how to turn your great story into a great logline. There is and always has been only one real secret to success in the entertainment industry: Tell a great story. Period. And you need to figure out how to tell that fabulous story in only 25 words or less! You need to learn how to get your script idea enthusiastically read by an agent and then a producer, director and actors. Learn what they look for in a title and logline. Your first impression to these movers and shakers is all about the fine art of pitching your film or screenplay, your TV series concept, your film, or story idea, via your eye-catching and memorable title and logline.

“SELL THE SIZZLE; NOT JUST THE STEAK!”

 A great title for your film or screenplay is the first (and maybe only) introduction to an agent, a producer, director or studio. “You’ve got 3 minutes; pitch me what you’ve got,” is what you’ll hear from the entertainment industry movers & shakers who might buy your project. But you probably wouldn’t even get that meeting or a reply to your query letter, if you didn’t have an interesting title and logline that caught their eye. READ MORE HERE:

PLEASE WATCH ALL OUR 2017 WINNING FILMS HERE!

“90BPM” A surreal comedy

THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

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

 

“Choose to live by choice, not by chance. Make changes, not excuses. Be motivated, not manipulated. Be useful, not used. Choose self-esteem and listen to your inner voice.”

 

IN MEMORIAM:

  

MARTY CUNY, MOONDANCER

MARTY CUNY was known for his stunt & crew work on the films Thunderheart (1992) and Crazy Horse (1996). Marty, an enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota Tribe was born on the Pine Ridge Reservation where he was delivered by his grandmother. Among his many accomplishments, Marty excelled in screenwriting. Focusing on both fiction and non-fiction, his screenplays have been featured at the Moondance International Film Festival, Boulder, Colorado. Marty also attended the film festival annually and always gave a traditional Lakota Blessing Ceremony, and one year, as he was finishing the blessing, a double rainbow suddenly appeared overhead, to the amazement of the festival-goers gathered there.

For the past 45 years Marty Cuny has been making dolls and other traditional styled craftwork. With awards from the Red Cloud Indian Art Show and pieces in collections coast-to-coast – including the Smithsonian – Marty continued to use his art to tell the story that might otherwise be lost. He learned the craft from watching and learning the techniques of beading from his grandparents. They  taught him the basics of  how to use the leather, beads, feathers, rawhide and horsehair. His inspiration  in creating his work is drawn from dreams and a desire to incorporate what  had occurred in history, and  the knowledge that he could share with the people who have come to appreciate the culture  and  history of the Lakota people. Marty Cuny, National award-winning artist, writer and actor. made his journey to the Spirit World on March 24, 2017.

 

 

 



Moondance Welcomes the Merry Month of May!

 

The Film Festival Without Borders!

“You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry. Don’t worry. And be sure to stop and smell the flowers along the way.” ~ Walter Hagen

2018 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES!

FEATURE, SHORT, DOCUMENTARY, ANIMATION & DRONE FILMS, FEATURE & SHORT SCREENPLAYS, STAGE PLAYS, FILM SCORES & ORIGINAL MUSIC, SHORT STORIES, TV PILOTS, AND MORE!

2018 FILMFREEWAY SUBMISSIONS: https://filmfreeway.com/MoondanceInternationalFilmFestival

We look forward to previewing your submissions!

A FEW THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

“When you reach for the stars, you may not quite get one, but you won’t come up with a handful of mud, ether.” ~ Leo Burnett

 

Vincent Van Gogh “Wheatfield With Crows” “Creativity is allowing oneself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” ~ Scott Adams

Please be sure to check out our very popular Moondance magazine articles HERE!  Don’t miss reading all the great filmmaking & writing articles written by the pros exclusively for Moondance. Read about: how to win a screenplay competition; how to win a film festival competition; winning titles & loglines for films & scripts; screenplay submissions; movie script writing; writing character, dialog & action; composing winning film scores; how to get an agent; what Hollywood wants to see; directing indie films…and more!

PLEASE WATCH ALL OUR 2017 WINNING FILMS HERE!

Thank you for watching our winning films & supporting the Moondance!



~ Moondance Extends Early-bird Discount!

~~~ The Film Festival Without Borders! ~~~

The early bird gets the worm!

2018 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES!

The early-bird discounted entry fee has been extended through April

MOONDANCE INFO

2018 MOONDANCE ENTRY FORM

2018 FILMFREEWAY ENTRY FORM

PLEASE WATCH ALL OUR 2017 WINNING FILMS HERE!

Thank you for watching our winning films & supporting the Moondance!

A FEW THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

“Freedom” by Zenos Frudakis

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

 

“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” ~ Audrey Hepburn

 

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls, and looks like work.” ~ Thomas Edison

 



Moondance Celebrates Spring: EARLY-BIRD Call-for-entries!

The Film Festival Without Borders!

C’mon in!

2018 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES!

Submit your work right now to take advantage of the $25 early-bird entry fee! And, due to popular request, we have extended the early-bird discounted entry fee through April 30!

The Moondance selected film screenings are online-only! All winning & selected films will screen on our own Vimeo Pro site. Now our best films will have the opportunity for not only a one-time local theater screening but also an international audience of many thousands of viewers, on a computer or any mobile device, for a long time to come, instead of maybe an audience of 50-100 or so, screened only once at a local film festival’s theatrical venue. This is truly today’s preferred, state-of-the-art & most important global networking, promotional & networking advantage!

Please watch this inspiring Moondance winning music video directed by Moondance award-winner Lou Hamilton: flash mob in London’s Trafalgar Square to bring public awareness of child sex trafficking and exploitation.

 

If of thy worldly goods thou art bereft

And from thy slender store

Two loaves alone to thee are left,

Sell one, and with the dole,

Buy hyacinths to feed thy soul.

~ Saadi (1184-1283), Persian poet

MOONDANCERS WRITE US:

• “I am glad to know that MOONDANCE continues to be a bright star on the international film festival circuit.” ~ Chris Nebe, Moondance award-winning documentary filmmaker

• “You still have one of the most respected film and creative venues for aspiring whomever who actually do real work,  and the global response seems to know it.” ~ Gino Mateo, Canada, Moondance award-winning writer

PLEASE WATCH ALL OUR 2017 WINNING FILMS HERE!

Thank you for watching our winning films

& supporting the Moondance!

 

 



~ Moondance Film Festival 2018 Call-for-entries opens!

Our Moondance Mermaid has returned from her hiatus, and is ready to once again make a big splash with you at the 2018 film festival!

2018 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES!

PLEASE WATCH ALL OUR 2017 WINNING FILMS HERE!

E-mail from Vimeo on February 17th about our online film program:

In the past 24 hours, your videos received 108 plays!”

Thank you for watching our winning films & supporting the Moondance!

A FEW THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

“Sometimes, all you need is for somebody to believe in you, in order to be able to accomplish what you may never have thought you could do!” ~ Drew Brees

 

“Do not go only where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path, and leave a trail for others to follow.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“Wind from the Sea” Andrew Wyeth

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

 

Buster Keaton

“It is not only for what we do that we are responsible, but for what we do not do.” Moliere

 



Moondance’s February Hello!

PLEASE WATCH ALL OUR 2017 WINNING FILMS HERE!

E-mail from Vimeo on February 17th about our online films:

In the past 24 hours, your videos received 108 plays!”

Thank you for watching our winning films

& supporting the Moondance!

IN MEMORIAM:

JOSEPH CONSENTINO

Moondance Award-winning documentary filmmaker & workshop presenter

Longtime Moondance award-winning filmmaker, workshop presenter, friend and mentor, Joseph Consentino, passed from this journey to another on Friday, January 19, 2018.

After graduating from St. John’s and Columbia Universities with degrees in journalism, Joe became a photojournalist for Saturday Evening Post, Look Magazine and Sports illustrated. His photographs have been celebrated in numerous books, collections and exhibits including a portrait of Edward Steichen, which resides at the Museum of Modern Art. Joe endeavored to add greater dimension to his lens by telling stories through documentary film making, and a new chapter began.

Together with Sandra (film editor and producer) Joe created Consentino Films Inc. and Big Bear Films, LLC. They honed their craft with respectful dignity, winning several Emmy Awards, and were nominated for an Academy Award.

Through the Ridgefield Playhouse Film Society, which Joe founded, evenings were spent enjoying films and interesting Q&As with actors and directors. Their respect for Joe made them want to participate and educate us as an audience. These events provided a window into the work and tenacity necessary to bring movie magic to life.

Another “major” passion of Joe’s was baseball. Upon graduating from St. John’s University, he was drafted by the Boston Red Sox organization and played for several seasons before an injury ended his career. After moving to Ridgefield and starting a family, Joseph applied his baseball acumen to the small diamond – coaching hundreds of young children in the Ridgefield Little League. As his players progressed through high school he started the town’s first travel baseball team – the Ridgefield Nighthawks American Legion team.

In 2003, Joe, along with George Foster (former Cincinnati Reds and NY Mets All-Star), took his love for the sport one “diamond” further by founding the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL). Joe’s goal was to give student athletes a better chance to have their talents recognized by Major League scouts. Since its inception, over 135 NECBL alumni have played in the Major Leagues.

Joe’s family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to: www.gofundme.com/joseph-consentino-memorial-fund All funds received will be used to sponsor a major improvement for an existing Ridgefield Little League ball-field in Joseph’s honor.

SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

“The most fearless hearts, the audacious dreamers, have always maintained a sense of optimism that often flies in the face of the available evidence.” ~ Martin O’Malley

 

“Life isn’t about finding yourself, life is about creating yourself.” ~ George Bernard Shaw

 

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“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

LET’S KEEP THE MOONDANCE CAMPFIRE BURNING!



Are You Making a Splash?

Our Moondance Mermaid has taken a very well-deserved break and a hiatus from the festival, after 18+ years! She’ll be relaxing on some sunny shores, swimming with wild dolphins, and helping to save our precious coral reefs and marine environments. See you again, next time! Splash!

WATCH ALL THE 2017 WINNING FILMS HERE!

ADVICE FROM A TREE

By Ilan Shamir

Stand tall and proud


Sink your roots deeply into the Earth 


Reflect the light of a greater source


Think long-term , Go out on a limb


Remember your place among all living beings 


Embrace with joy the changing seasons


For each yields its own abundance:


The Energy and Birth of Spring


The Growth and Contentment of Summer 


The Wisdom to let go of leaves in the Fall


The Rest and Quiet Renewal of Winter

Feel the wind and the sun 
, And delight in their presence 


Look up at the moon that shines down upon you 


And the mystery of the stars at night.


Seek nourishment from the good things in life 


Simple pleasures: Earth, fresh air, light

Be content with your natural beauty


Drink plenty of water 


Let your limbs sway and dance in the breezes


Be flexible 


Remember your roots

Enjoy the view!

• The news/blog will continue to go out to subscribers!

• The Moondance magazine continues to be available, will all its insider tips and suggestions for filmmakers, writers and composers!        

• Info from the 2017 festival remains available on the website.    

• Many thanks to all the talented Moondancers, staff, readers, audiences, and volunteers! 

WEBSITE: www.moondancefilmfestival.com

NEWS-BLOG: www.moondancefilmfestival.com/blog

*Dolphin photo by Atmo, Bimini, Wildquest.com



Moondance Happy New Year & News for 2018!

New beginnings, fresh starts, reaffirmations and promises for a brighter future all come to mind as we ring in the New Year around the world. Out with the old, in with the new: may you be happy, the whole year through. Let this New Year be the one where all your dreams come true. Wishing you a happy, peaceful, successful and prosperous New Year!

*PLEASE NOTE: Our Moondance Mermaid has taken a well-deserved break and a hiatus from the festival after 18 years! She’ll be relaxing on some sunny shores, swimming with wild dolphins, and helping to save our precious coral reefs and marine environments. See you again, next time! Splash!

>> The news/blog will continue to go out to subscribers!

>> The Moondance magazine continues to be available, will all its insider tips and suggestions!

>> Info from the 2017 festival remains available on the website.

>> Many thanks to all the talented Moondancers, staff, readers and volunteers!

WEBSITE: www.moondancefilmfestival.com

 



~ Moondance Holiday Gifts for You!

The Film Festival Without Borders!

Moondance wishes you happy holidays,

and our very best wishes for the new year!

All the 2017 Moondance winning films are available for viewing now!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~$1.00 FILMS: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

FEAR, LOVE & A TINY RED CAR (90BPM)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JIMMORTAL

ORIGIN

 

THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~FREE FILMS: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

A SKYTRIBE CHRONICLE

 

COOKING THE EARTH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME

 

HANOOZ NA (NOT YET)

 

 

KARMA

 

 

KOSNIN

 

LEARNING TO DRIVE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MOODY WINTER

 

 

NIOFAR

 

PARSIEN (LIMIT)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE PAST WE LIVE IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE SERVANT

 

 

THE SLEEPING BEAUTY

 

THINK FAST

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOGETHER AS THE WIND BLOWS

 

WEAVERS OF IMAGINATION

 

ARE YOU READY FOR THE 2018 MOONDANCE CALL-FOR-ENTRIES?

OPENING JANUARY 1, 2018

SUBMISSION CATEGORIES

GUIDELINES

• MOONDANCE MISSION

We look forward to previewing all your films, writings and original music!

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, only until December 31, 2017 HERE:

WEBSITE: www.moondancefilmfestival.com

NEWS-BLOG: www.moondancefilmfestival.com/blog

EMAIL: moondancefestival@gmail.com

 



~ Watch Moondance 2017 Winning Movies Now for $1 or Free!

NEWS FLASH:

All of the 2017 Moondance winning films are even more available now!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~$1.00 FILMS: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

LOVE, FEAR, AND A LITTLE RED CAR

JIMMORTAL


ORIGIN

THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~FREE FILMS: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

  

A SKYTRIBE CHRONICLE

 
THINK FAST  

COOKING THE EARTH

 


GAME

 


HANOOZ NA (NOT YET)

 


KARMA

 


LEARNING TO DRIVE

 

 

MOODY WINTER

 
KOSNIN

  

NIOFAR

 


PARSIEN (LIMIT)

 
THE PAST WE LIVE IN  

 


THE SERVANT  

 


THE SLEEPING BEAUTY

 


TOGETHER AS THE WIND BLOWS  

 


WEAVERS OF IMAGINATION

CLICK ON ANY FILM IMAGE, OR HERE,

TO SEE FILM DESCRIPTIONS & WATCH THE FILMS!

These are the top indie films by super-talented filmmakers from around the world!

ATTENTION 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: 

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



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