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PITCH & NETWORKING SUMMIT: sign up now!

MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS THIS UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY :

The upcoming InkTip.com Pitch & Networking Summit!

Complimentary Pitch & Networking Summit Passes!
The top-three writers who pitch the most companies will receive a full refund of their pass purchase!

To Enter:

1)     Register at http://www.inktippitchsummit.com/?page_id=5

2)     Email us with a list of the companies you pitched after the Summit.

3)     The top-three writers who pitch the most companies will be refunded their pass purchase price!  It’s that easy!

InkTip also guarantees a 100% refund if you’re not completely satisfied with the experience.*

Dear Screenwriter,

The more producers who see you and your scripts, the better the odds of selling your screenplays – and achieving your dreams.

It is a number game, period. There is no escaping this fact.

At other pitch events, you are able to pitch an average of 8-12 in a day, and that is absolutely not enough.

Only at InkTip’s Pitch & Networking Summit, will you have the opportunity to personally meet and pitch an average of 30 companies (producers, agents and managers) – all in a single day.

The first two Summits broke all the records: already resulting in three films in production, and more than double the number of options, sales, writer hires and reps than ANY other pitching event (more than 50+ deals confirmed).

If you miss out on Pitch & Networking Summit III, you’ll have to wait months before the next one; so take advantage of this opportunity, before it is too late, to jump start your career.

Go here to register: http://www.inktippitchsummit.com/?page_id=5

Some of the most recent companies among the 340+ to confirm include:

  • ABC Studios
  • Fremantle Media North America’s Bogner Entertainment | Soccer Mom, Trailer Park of Terror
  • Broken Toy | House M.D. (TV), CSI: NY (TV), The Cape (TV)
  • Comedy Central
  • Conundrum Entertainment  |  Hall Pass, Shallow Hal
  • Dallago Films  |  Turistas, Crazy/Beautiful
  • Deep River  |  Meet Dave, Little Miss Sunshine
  • Eclectic Pictures  |  The Death and Life of Bobby Z, Homeland Security
  • Fedora Films  |  The Client List (TV)
  • Fortune Films  |  Punisher: War Zone, The Wendell Baker Story
  • GMI  |  Death Race, Open Water
  • Indomina Media  |  Devil’s Playground, Bodyguards and Assassins
  • Infinity Media  |  Just Friends, Capote
  • Informant Media  |  Crazy Heart, Hysteria
  • ABC/Disney’s Junction Entertainment |  National Treasure
  • Kopelson Entertainment  |  Twisted, Joe Somebody
  • Mad Hatter Entertainment  |  How to Train Your Dragon, The Strangers
  • Sony Pictures’ Mike Wittlin Productions  |  The Chief, On the Inside
  • Mosaic  |  Step Brothers, The Other Guys
  • Muse Entertainment  |  Catch Me If You Can, The Kennedys (TV)
  • NBC Studios
  • Nu Image  |  The Expendables, Brooklyn’s Finest
  • Panoptica Productions  |  staff credits include: Law & Order: SVU (TV), First Blood, The Shooter
  • Paradigm Agency | major agency
  • Robert Cort Productions  |  Save the Last Dance, Runaway Bride
  • Roundhouse Entertainment  |  staff credits include The Bucket List, Hairspray
  • Southpaw Entertainment  |  August Rush, Brooklyn Rules
  • Tower Hill Entertainment  |  staff credits include Lucky Number Slevin, The Butterfly Effect
  • Winkler Films  |  Trespass, Home of the Brave
  • Yari Film Group (YFG)  |  Crash (TV), Street Kings
  • Zenescope Entertainment  |  The Island
  • Zero Gravity Management  |  Management/Production Co – Running Scared, The Canyon

New studios, production companies, agents, managers and professionals are signing on every day!

Register here: http://www.inktippitchsummit.com/?page_id=5

Moondance and InkTip.com have been partners for many years, and InkTip.com donates free promotions for all of Moondance’s winning feature screenwriters each season!

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Don’t forget to take advantage of Moondance’s March Madness entry fee discount days, good only for submissions postmarked by March 31!

Scroll down here to see more info on this!

And be on the lookout for the upcoming

~ ~ MOONDANCE SPRING SPECIAL ~ ~

in the April news blog!



MOONDANCE MARCHES ON!

GREAT ENTRY FEE DISCOUNTS IN MARCH!

Spring is in the air!

MOONDANCE NEWS:

1. Special discounted entry fees are available only via the Moondance official entry form and Acteva. All submissions postmarked during the month of March, are eligible! More info below…

2. All entries submitted during Moondance’s March Madness days will receive 5 free movie tickets at the 2012 film festival!

3. WRITERS: Moondance is the only US film festival competition that accepts written works in several languages other than English! The following foreign languages are accepted: German, French, Africaans, Dutch, Spanish! These works will be read & judged by professional writers who are native speakers of those languages!

4. Moondance has added a new competition category to our extensive list! You may now submit screenplay treatments. See the note below for details.

5. Host the very best of Moondance films, professional workshops & popular networking parties in your community, anywhere in the US and in the world! You really can bring Moondance to your area. Contact Elizabeth English now at director@moondancefilmfestival.com to discuss the details and fabulous benefits of this special opportunity.

6. 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 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 Islands, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia, Serbia/Montenegro, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Tasmania, Turkey, the UK, the US, and Venezuela! SEND IN YOUR ENTRY NOW, TO REPRESENT YOUR COUNTRY!

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  • SCROLL ON DOWN FOR MORE ITEMS OF INTEREST:
  • 1. CALL FOR ENTRIES INFO
  • 2. COMPETITION CATEGORIES
  • 3. CRITIQUES
  • 4. MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS
  • 5. THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY
  • 6. HOW TO SUPPORT MOONDANCE

MOONDANCE 2012 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES GOING ON NOW!

Don’t miss out!

SEND IN YOUR 2012 MOONDANCE SUBMISSION NOW

AND GET IN ON THE

MOONDANCE “MARCH MADNESS”

DISCOUNTED ENTRY FEES

Only via the Moondance official entry form and Acteva. All submissions postmarked during the month of March, are eligible for these special low-cost entry fees:

  • FEATURE FILMS & FEATURE SCREENPLAYS:  $50 (save $25!)
  • SHORT FILMS & SHORT SCREENPLAYS: $25  (save $50!)
  • ANIMATION FILMS & SHORT STORIES: $25 (save $50!)
  • MUSIC VIDEOS, FILM SCORES & 1/2 HR. TV EPISODICS: $25 (save $50!)
  • ALL OTHER CATEGORIES: $50  (save $25!)
  • OPTIONAL FEATURE SCREENPLAY CRITIQUES: $50  (save $25!)

PLUS: All submissions entered during Moondance’s March Madness days will receive 5 free movie tickets at the 2012 film festival! That’s a $50 value!

3 Easy Ways to Submit Your Entry:

1. MIFF Entry Form

<http://moondancefilmfestival.com/pdfs/MIFF_FESTENTRYFORM.pdf>

2. Acteva Online Entry

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

3. Withoutabox.com

<https://www.withoutabox.com/login/1240>

(no discount)

Check out the Moondance website for more info!

http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com

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COMPETITION CATEGORIES:

  • ANIMATION FILMS
  • DOCUMENTARY FILMS
  • FEATURE FILMS
  • FEATURE SCREENPLAYS*
  • FILMED TV PILOTS
  • LIBRETTI*
  • MUSIC VIDEOS
  • ORIGINAL MUSIC & FILM SCORES
  • RADIO PLAYS
  • SHORT FILMS
  • SHORT SCREENPLAYS*
  • SHORT STORIES*
  • STAGEPLAYS*
  • TREATMENTS** (new!)
  • TV EPISODICS*
  • TV PILOT SCRIPTS*
  • & more…

*Written works in the following foreign languages are also accepted: French, Spanish, German, Dutch & Africaans. These works will be read & judged by native speakers.

**Screenplay treatments: No more than 10 pages, double-spaced, or 5 pages, single-spaced. Please include title,  logline & short  synopsis.

MOVIEBYTES.COM  Lists Moondance as

“one of the top ten film festival competitions worth the entry fee!”

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BE SURE YOU ARE SUBSCRIBED TO OUR NEWS BLOG POSTS by email in order to be kept up-to-date about all of the Moondance deadlines and happenings! Announcements will be on the Moondance website, and in the news blog. Sign up for it now, at: www.moondancefilmfestival.com/blog

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PROFESSIONAL CRITIQUES:

Cynthia Butler, Moondance’s very popular reader will write a one-page critique and assessment of your submitted screenplay, stageplay, teleplay or up to 3 short stories. Check off the box for critiques on the Moondance entry form. The fee is a nominal $50 for each critique requested during Moondance March Madness days!

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

THE INCREDIBLE EDIBLE FOREST!

Excerpts from an article by Utne Associate editor Margret Aldrich

This spring, in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Seattle, seven acres of underused land will be transformed into the nation’s largest urban “food forest”—a community park planted with a cornucopia of produce that visitors are encouraged to harvest and eat, for free. It will be an urban oasis offering a variety of edibles: apples and blueberries, herbs and vegetables, chestnuts and walnuts, persimmons and Asian pears. Built around the concept of permaculture, it will be a perennial, self-sustaining landscape, much like a woodland ecosystem in the wild, creating a system on public land that combines the concepts of urban farms, orchards, and natural forestTo read more, click here: http://www.utne.com/The-Sweet-Pursuit/The-Incredible-Edible-Forest-Beacon-Food-Forest-Seattle.aspx#ixzz1odtdZO3I

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LITTLE PHONE BOOTH LIBRARIES

Excerpts from an article by Utne Associate editor Margret Aldrich

Obsolete phone booths are turned into mini-libraries, and passersby are encouraged to take a book or leave a book from the improvised bibliothecas which are reminiscent of the Little Free Libraries born in Wisconsin or the Phoneboox found in the UK. (This) project, will encourage an increased sense of local camaraderie, (with) more people in the neighborhood sharing, talking, and just having a heightened awareness and sense of engagement with their surroundings. The little phone booth libraries marry whimsy and practicality in every way. Nestled between used copies of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and Middlesex, the existing payphone remains fully functional—just in case one of those 17 million cell phones runs out of juice. To read more, click here: http://www.utne.com/The-Sweet-Pursuit/Little-Phone-Booth-Libraries.aspx#ixzz1odwHg3CI

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A MOONDANCER WRITES:

“Great job with the March Madness MIFF newsletter. Looks good! The discounts are very attractive and I really like the inspirational quotes.” ~ Cynthia Butler, Moondance reader & critiques maven

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY:

Walt Whitman birthplace, Huntington, NY

The flux of the soul is happiness,

here is happiness,

I think it pervades the open air,

waiting at all times,

Now it flows unto us,

and we are rightly charged.

~ Walt Whitman, American poet, essayist & journalist (1819-1892)

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“If you have a library and a garden, you have everything you need.” ~ Cicero

Garden shed photo, Melissa J. Will

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If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” ~ Anne Bradstreet (1612 – 1672)

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Diogenes, by Gerome

On creativity: When Alexander the Great visited Diogenes and asked whether he could do anything for the famed teacher, Diogenes replied: ‘Only stand out of my light.’ Perhaps some day we shall know how to heighten creativity. Until then, one of the best things we can do for creative men and women is to stand out of their light.”~John W. Gardner (1912 – 2002)

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Painting by Vladimir Kush

Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money. It lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of the creative effort.” ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882 – 1945)

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Cornwall Path photo by Michael Wiese

“The tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no worthy goal to reach.” ~ Benjamin Mays

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“…and those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane, by those who could not hear the music.” ~ Friederich Nietzsche

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MOONDANCE FRIENDS, SUPPORTERS & SPONSORS:

Right now, Moondance really needs your help to keep this vital mission moving forward. We need to meet our financial goals before we can produce the 13th annual film festival.

Send in your entry now, and/or sponsor or donate whatever amount you can. Please let other colleagues and friends know about Moondance, via your FaceBook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other social media accounts. Everything will help!

DONATE HERE

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

OTHER OPTIONS & MOONDANCE SPONSOR INFO: http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com/04_sponsors.info.html

Moondance Mermaid, by Elizabeth English

Please forward this news blog to your friends and colleagues!





MOONDANCE “MARCH MADNESS” CALL-FOR-ENTRIES!

2012 MIFF “MARCH MADNESS”!

Boulder, Colorado, winter scene

SEND IN YOUR 2012 MOONDANCE SUBMISSION NOW

AND GET IN ON THE

MOONDANCE “MARCH MADNESS”

DISCOUNTED ENTRY FEES

Only via the Moondance official entry form and Acteva. All submissions postmarked during the month of March, are eligible for these special low-cost entry fees:

  • FEATURE FILMS & FEATURE SCREENPLAYS:  $50 (save $25!)
  • SHORT FILMS & SHORT SCREENPLAYS: $25  (save $50!)
  • ANIMATION FILMS & SHORT STORIES: $25 (save $50!)
  • MUSIC VIDEOS, FILM SCORES & 1/2 HR. TV EPISODICS: $25 (save $50!)
  • ALL OTHER CATEGORIES: $50  (save $25!)
  • OPTIONAL FEATURE SCREENPLAY CRITIQUES: $50  (save $25!)

PLUS: All submissions entered during Moondance’s March Madness days will receive 5 free movie tickets at the 2012 film festival! That’s a $50 value!

3 Easy Ways to Submit Your Entry:

1. MIFF Entry Form

2. Acteva Online Entry

3. Withoutabox.com

Check out the Moondance website for more info!

http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com

COMPETITION CATEGORIES:

  • FEATURE FILMS
  • SHORT FILMS
  • DOCUMENTARY FILMS
  • ANIMATION FILMS
  • MUSIC VIDEOS
  • FEATURE SCREENPLAYS*
  • SHORT SCREENPLAYS*
  • ORIGINAL MUSIC & FILM SCORES
  • STAGEPLAYS*
  • TV PILOT SCRIPTS*
  • FILMED TV PILOTS
  • TV EPISODICS*
  • SHORT STORIES*
  • LIBRETTI*
  • RADIO PLAYS
  • & more…

* Written works in the following foreign languages are also accepted: French, Spanish, German, Dutch & Africaans. These works will be read & judged by native speakers.

MOVIEBYTES.COM  Lists Moondance as

“one of the top ten film festival competitions worth the entry fee!”

BE SURE YOU ARE SUBSCRIBED TO OUR NEWS BLOG POSTS by email in order to be kept up-to-date about all of the Moondance deadlines and happenings! Announcements will be on the Moondance website, and in the news blog.

Wallace & Gromit, Aardman Animation

Sign up for it now, at: www.moondancefilmfestival.com/blog

PROFESSIONAL CRITIQUES: Cynthia Butler, Moondance’s very popular reader will write a one-page critique and assessment of your submitted screenplay, stageplay, teleplay or up to 3 short stories. Check off the box for critiques on the Moondance entry form. The fee is only $50 for each critique requested during Moondance “March Madness” days!

* SCROLL ON DOWN FOR MORE ITEMS OF INTEREST:

MOONDANCE MISSION:

To enhance the quality of life within the world community by providing important and meaningful cultural events, with innovation, professionalism and an absolute commitment to excellence.

THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY:

Angelina & Alison, photo by Nick Anastasiadis

“What the world needs now is love, sweet love. It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of.” ~ Hal David, lyricist

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“Borea” Painting by Waterhouse

“The Universe constantly gives us feedback through synchronicity of
 events and through subtle signs, symbols, and messages throughout
 our everyday life. Such messages mirror to us where we are on the
 path of alignment, our consciousness journey, and help us see
 where we may be obstructing our own progress. Although sometimes we may feel like we are taking a detour, or
 we’re getting side-tracked by life’s circumstances, we may actually 
be right where we need to be, and life will find a way tell us. Through the messages we receive, we are being nudged towards reality and peace.”~ Lynne Forrest

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Photo by Mustafa Ozer / AFP / Getty Images

“LET US SHAPE OUR FUTURE, NOT WAIT FOR IT!” ~ A sign posted outside the Discovery Center for children, in Damascus, Syria 2012

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“Light gives of itself freely, filling all available space. It does not need anything in return. It asks not whether you are friend or foe. It gives of itself and is not thereby diminished.” ~ Rabbi Michael Strassfeld

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"Window Box" painting by Lorna Kanter

“There’s a new type of alarm clock on the market! It makes no noise. It just uses lights, and gets brighter and brighter until you wake up. I already have one of these. It’s called a “window”. ~ Jay Leno

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Still photo from Walt Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland”

“The world is not just in the center of the frame.” ~ booklet of advice for the filmmaker & guides to life, by Roger Sherman

MOONDANCE FRIENDS, SUPPORTERS & SPONSORS:

Right now, Moondance really needs your help to keep this vital mission moving forward. We need to meet our financial goals before we can produce the 13th annual film festival.

Send in your entry now, and/or sponsor or donate whatever amount you can. Please let other colleagues and friends know about Moondance, via your FaceBook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other social media accounts. Everything will help.

DONATE HERE!

OTHER OPTIONS & MOONDANCE SPONSOR INFO: http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com/04_sponsors.info.html

~~~ EXTRAORDINARY OPPORTUNITY: ~~~

Would you like to host the very best of Moondance films & workshops in your community, anywhere in the US and the world? Bring the Moondance Roadshow to your area! Contact Elizabeth English now at director@moondancefilmfestival.com to discuss the details and fabulous benefits!

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

Watch these amazing underwater videos!

Go full-screen & enjoy the music, too!

FIJI & BALI

http://bubblevision.com

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change.org

Mahatma Gandhi

START A PETITION – MOBILIZE SUPPORT – WIN CHANGE

Change.org is a non-partisan organization that empowers anyone, anywhere to start and win campaigns for social change. Every day, people who start petitions on Change.org win meaningful change using the most easy-to-use & powerful grassroots organizing tools on the web. A few examples of successful campaigns at change.org:

  • The “Saudi Women for Driving” Coalition petitions U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton to support women’s driving rights. 22,000 people join after Clinton declines public support, gaining media attention. In the light of media coverage, Clinton reverses her stance and becomes highest-ranking official to publicly support women driving.

  • Molly Katchpole, a 22 year old nanny working two jobs, starts a petition asking Bank of America to drop an unexpected new $5/month banking fee. 300,000 people join, gaining national media exposure and driving customers to leave Bank of America. In less than 1 month, Bank of America announces it will drop its new banking fee, as do all other major national banks.
  • After international outcry from over 100,000 people across the world, the beginning of the end is here.  The end of women suffering physical and emotional abuse including sexual assault and torture in Ecuadorian clinics trying to “cure” them of being lesbian.
  • After hearing from more than 82,000 people, Chase Bank called off foreclosing on 78-year-old grandmother and civil rights activist Helen Bailey.

  • McDonald’s finally responded to the 100,000 people (and groups like the Humane Society of the United States) who told the fast food giant to stop sourcing pork from factory farms using inhumane “gestation crates,” (cages so small that pigs can’t move or turn around). McDonald’s told all of its suppliers yesterday to start phasing out the cages — an earthquake for the food industry.

Have something you want to change?

Click here to start your own petition

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El Sistema: Fighting Poverty, Armed With Violins

Venezuela’s program of social uplift through classical music.

NY Times photo

El Sistema’s aim is to address a depressingly universal problem: how to remove children from poverty’s snares, like drugs, crime, gangs and desperation, and to instill values that can come from playing in ensembles: a sense of community, commitment and self-worth. All instruction and instruments are free. No child is turned away, teaching is done in groups, and many of the instructors have passed through El Sistema themselves (and are thus committed to the movement). El Sistema also has choirs and programs to teach instrument-making and repair. (Excerpt from a February 16, 2012 New York Times article, by Daniel J. Wakin)

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DON’T FORGET: SEND IN YOUR 2012 MOONDANCE SUBMISSION NOW AND GET IN ON THE MOONDANCE “MARCH MADNESS” DISCOUNTED ENTRY FEES, only via the Moondance official entry form and Acteva.

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Please forward this news blog to friends & colleagues,

and check out the Moondance website for more info!

http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com




MOONDANCE MARCH MADNESS!

MOONDANCE’S MARCH MADNESS!

We can't stop this dancing until we meet our goal of 1000+ submissions!

SEND IN YOUR 2012 MOONDANCE SUBMISSION NOW AND GET IN ON THE MOONDANCE MARCH MADNESS DISCOUNTED ENTRY FEES, only via the Moondance official entry form or Acteva. All submissions postmarked from February 15, and all of March, are eligible for these special low-cost entry fees:

  • FEATURE FILMS & FEATURE SCREENPLAYS:  $50 (save $30!)
  • SHORT FILMS & SHORT SCREENPLAYS: $25  (save $55!)
  • ANIMATION FILMS & SHORT STORIES: $25 (save $55!)
  • MUSIC VIDEOS, FILM SCORES & 1/2 HR. TV EPISODICS: $25 (save $55!)
  • ALL OTHER CATEGORIES: $50  (save $30!)
  • OPTIONAL FEATURE SCREENPLAY CRITIQUES: $50  (save $25!)

PLUS: All submissions entered during Moondance’s March Madness days will receive 5 free movie tickets at the 2012 film festival! That’s a $50 value!

3 Easy Ways to Submit Your Entry:

1. MIFF Entry Form

2. Acteva Online Entry

3. Withoutabox.com

Check out the Moondance website for more info!

http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com

COMPETITION CATEGORIES:

  • FEATURE FILMS
  • SHORT FILMS
  • DOCUMENTARY FILMS
  • ANIMATION FILMS
  • MUSIC VIDEOS
  • FEATURE SCREENPLAYS
  • SHORT SCREENPLAYS
  • ORIGINAL MUSIC & FILM SCORES
  • STAGEPLAYS
  • TV PILOT SCRIPTS
  • FILMED TV PILOTS
  • TV EPISODICS
  • SHORT STORIES
  • LIBRETTI
  • RADIO PLAYS
  • & more…

Written works in the following foreign  languages are also accepted: French, Spanish, German, Dutch & Africaans. These works will be read & judged by native speakers.

MOVIEBYTES.COM  Lists Moondance as

“one of the top ten film festival competitions worth the entry fee!”

Be sure you are subscribed to our news blog posts by email in order to be kept up-to-date about all of the Moondance deadlines and happenings! Announcements will be on the Moondance website, and in the news blog.

Wallace & Gromit, Aardman Animation

Sign up for it now, at: www.moondancefilmfestival.com/blog

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SCROLL ON DOWN FOR MORE ITEMS OF INTEREST:

1. MOONDANCE 2012: WHEN & WHERE?

2. MOONDANCE DONATION REQUEST

3. EXTRAORDINARY OPPORTUNITY!

4. PROFESSIONAL CRITIQUES

5. MY FAVORITE MOVIES

6. MOONDANCERS WRITE US

7. THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

8. MOONDANCE CALL FOR ACTION

9. MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS

MOONDANCE 2012: WHEN & WHERE?

The date & venue info is not posted on the MIFF website (yet), because, while it may be in Boulder, Colorado in mid-September, as usual, we’re considering doing the film festival at sea this year, on an ocean liner, from Miami to the Bahamas, in early December (past the hurricane season there), if we can get enough people to join up. Or, we could do both dates & venues!  We’ll keep everyone posted!

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MIFF DONATION REQUEST 2012

Dear Friends of Moondance,

In an time when the entertainment industry, international politics and public policy, environmental issues, the poor economy, social justice, and equality for all, has become less and less about serious debate and deliberation — Moondance provides a substantive and transformative alternative. The films, written works and music we receive reinforce our belief that for those artists, and for many of you, Moondance International Film Festival, with our mandate for integrity, the highest quality, and our mission, is an essential part of our progressive future.

We would like to say thanks a million to all of you Moondancers who have contributed in the past! Without your support, we wouldn’t be here.

With your support, we are getting stronger every day. And as our progressive voice reaches more people – via the art of film, writing and music, and providing reliable information, entertainment, critical thought and creative ideas — more audiences, artists and activists are informed, encouraged and inspired.

Today, Moondance really needs your help to keep this vital mission moving forward. We need to meet our financial goals before we can produce the 13th annual film festival.

Send in your entry now, sponsor us, and/or donate whatever amount you can afford. Let other colleagues and friends know about Moondance, via your FaceBook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other social media accounts. Everything will helpDONATE HERE

“Charlie” photograph by Chris Anastasiadis

Charlie says, “We can’t do it without you!”

OTHER OPTIONS & MOONDANCE SPONSOR INFO: http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com/04_sponsors.info.html

EXTRAORDINARY OPPORTUNITY:

Would you like to host the very best of Moondance films & workshops in your community, anywhere in the US and the world? Bring Moondance to your area! Contact Elizabeth English now at director@moondancefilmfestival.com to discuss the details and all the fabulous benefits!

________________________________________________________

PROFESSIONAL CRITIQUES:

Cynthia Butler, Moondance’s very popular reader will write a one-page critique and assessment of your submitted screenplay, stageplay, teleplay or up to 3 short stories. Check off the box for critiques on the Moondance entry form. The fee is a nominal $50 for each critique requested during Moondance March Madness days!

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MY FAVORITE MOVIES:

Sophie’s Choice, The Piano, Raising Arizona, The Last Emperor, Dersu Uzala, M*A*S*H*, Night of the Iguana, Quigley Down Under, Like Water For Chocolate, Whale Rider, Moby Dick, Brazil, Chocolat, Rashomon, Kagemusha: the Shadow Warrior, Never on Sunday, East of Eden, Spirited Away, Casablanca, Magnificent 7, The Virgin Spring, The Lion in Winter, Lawrence of Arabia, The World According to Garp, Monsters, Inc, Jules et Jim, Amelie. 2001: A Space Odyssey, The African Queen, Cabaret, Cool Hand Luke, Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Citizen Kane, The Graduate, Being There, Koyaanisqatsi, Phantom (Slovenia), Rabbit-proof Fence, Midnight Cowboy, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, A Streetcar Named Desire, Fiddler on the Roof, To Kill a Mockingbird, Siberia Monamour, and The Wind That Shakes the Barley…and all the wonderful Moondance winning films! What are your favorites movies? Email me at: moondancefestival@gmail.com

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MOONDANCERS WRITE US:

“I was a finalist in your Moondance 2006 contest and I thought you might want to know that I have now moved to L.A., quit my day-job and am now a full-time screenwriter! I’ve completed three scripts on contract in the last six months and now I’m looking for my next assignment!”  ~ Zack Van Eyck

“In researching Moondance I came across a couple of the interviews you’ve done online and having read about your mandate, I couldn’t be happier to have found your festival. I’ve always felt that honest depictions of women have been in short supply in the film industry; this pains and embarrasses me as a man. Thanks for creating Moondance, all the best with it. I’m looking forward to my opportunity to get involved.” ~ Tyler Gibb

“I greatly appreciate your critique. It is very insightful and I agree with everything you said about my screenplay. It really validates the process thus far and encourages me for the next project. With sincere gratitude,” ~ Meg Weidner

I finally have the time to reflect on what was one of the most wonderful experiences in my life.  To have been chosen as a Gaia award winner for my screenplay, ‘A Fish Story’ in your film festival was an honor I will cherish for so many reasons.  Your festival was an incredible experience!  I met wonderful people who make and write movies about things in this world that are important and meaningful.  People who want to make a difference and do it through their art.  What a concept!

My Moondance experience was even more special because I was able to share it with my family.  As a father, I was able to show my kids that movies can be good and at the same time be about something important.  All of the people that we met during those 3 days were so wonderful and interesting and talented! I suppose the highlight of it all was to see my children’s faces as you presented me with my award.  They were truly proud of me and I am so grateful to you for this. Thank you!” ~~ Sam Roberts, 2008 Moondance winner

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY:

“When you take a bite of an apple that’s not ripe, perhaps even bitter, the problem isn’t with the apple; the problem is that we didn’t wait for the tree to get to the place where the apple is ripe. It’s our timing that is the problem, not the apple itself, nor the tree.

This is a powerful message for us, because it makes it clear that the only real problem we have is that our process is not yet complete. We’re just a work in progress. We are the fruit not yet ripe for the picking. Would you cut down a tree because it gives unripe apples? No. You would be patient and have trust in the process.” ~ Yehuda Berg, The Kabbalah Centre International (http://www.kabbalah.com)

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Photo by Dominique Brown

“I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.” ~ E. B. White, American writer, honorary Pulitzer Prize winner, long-time contributor to The New Yorker magazine, wrote “Charlotte’s Web and “Stuart Little

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Photograph by Clark Little

Our character…is an omen of our destiny, and the more integrity we have and keep, the simpler and nobler that destiny is likely to be.” ~ George Santayana

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“If you give up trying to live the image of who you think you’re supposed to be, that opens the vent to allowing you the comfort of realizing: What do I think? What do I feel? What is it in my life I dream of doing, as opposed to the fear that I can’t do it?” ~ Henry Winkler

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Publicity still forAMC’s “Breaking Bad”

“…the truth is you have to allow other people into your creative process. You’d be a fool not to.” Vince Gilligan, (“BREAKING BAD” TV Series Creator)

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“Kabbalists have long known that our thoughts shape what we perceive as reality every bit as much as reality shapes our thoughts. We are more than mere observers of reality – we are creators. It is we who produce and direct our own movie – the same movie in which we ourselves are the stars.

What kind of movie would you like to create today? Love story? Comedy? Drama?” ~~ Yehuda Berg

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MOONDANCE CALL FOR ACTION:

“SOUP: Refused”
photo by Mandy Barker. Ingredients; plastic oceanic debris

“This photo series aims to engage with and stimulate an emotional response in the viewer by combining a contradiction between initial aesthetic attraction and an awareness of the disturbing statistics of dispersed plastics . . . which results, ultimately, in the death of sea creatures.” ~ Mandy Barker SEE & READ MORE: http://mandy-barker.com/

Please sign this important petition now, to ask the Canadian government not to poison wolves in order to have a rainforest-sized tar-sands extraction site in the wolves wilderness habitat. If they do go ahead, it will cause a terrible environmental disaster.

http://act.credoaction.com/campaign/tarsands_wolves/?rc=LA_wolves_02092012_ad2

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

http://www.utne.com

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Please forward this news blog to friends & colleagues,

and check out the Moondance website for more info!

http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com



NEWS FROM THE MOONDANCE!

HAPPY ST. VALENTINE’S DAY!

Metal art sculpture by Charlotte Zink, http://www.zinkmetalart.com/

2012 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES!

Send in your entry now!

Regular submission postmark dates: January 1-June 30, 2012

Check out the Moondance website for more info!

http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com

SUBMISSION CATEGORIES:

Feature Screenplays, Short Screenplays, TV Pilot Scripts, TV Episodics, Short Stories, Stageplays, Libretti, Feature Films, Short Films, Documentary Films, Animation Films, Music Videos, Filmed TV Pilots, Film Scores, & more!

3 EASY WAYS TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY:

MOONDANCE OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM

http://moondancefilmfestival.com/03_submission.entry.html

• ACTEVA SUBMISSION SERVICE

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

WITHOUTABOX.COM SUBMISSION SERVICE

https://www.withoutabox.com/login/1240

Moviebytes.com lists Moondance as

one of the top ten competitions worth the entry fee!

~ Thanks for all the great entries received, so far, in 2012! ~

We cordially invite all local, national and international screenwriters and filmmakers, playwrights, short story writers, TV writers, radio play writers & producers, librettists, music composers, children’s filmmakers & writers, and young people, students, seniors, music video filmmakers, and multi-media filmmakers to participate in this truly international film festival.

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THE MOONDANCE MISSION:

The long-term vision of the Moondance International Film Festival is to preserve and revitalize our intangible heritage, cultivate creative diversity, develop an intercultural dialogue, promote non-violent conflict resolution, to raise awareness of the invaluable contributions of women to the entertainment community, and to encourage environmental conservation & protection.

We wish to actively participate in creating a bridge of understanding to another person’s or culture’s experience, and to stimulate this creative resource in writing, film and music. Our mission is to present an inspiring, vibrant and growing collection of films, music, and writings, which are an ideal means for communication across perceived boundaries of race, culture, age and gender.

We believe that the world’s most powerful narrative and educational medium – movies and television, as well as scripts and music can contribute to a healthier society and that these works should encourage the active involvement of audiences to connect and act collectively to address social challenges. Winning and finalist films, scripts and music are innovative, distinctive, compelling and engaging, relevant to varied audiences and encourage participation.

We are eager to continue to be one of the most important film festivals in the world by being innovative, risk-taking, truly independent, and open to new thinking, new concepts, new talent, and new ways of telling stories. Let’s make a splash!

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Please take a moment to watch this beautiful video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUDIoN-_Hxs

Video by Philip Scott Johnson ”500 Years of Female Portraits in Western Art”,

Music: Bach’s Sarabande from Suite for Solo Cello No. 1 in G Major, performed by Yo-Yo Ma.

Nominated as Most Creative Video
2nd Annual YouTube Awards.

For a complete list of artists and paintings visit http://www.maysstuff.com/womenid.htm

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In our continuing success of promoting top-quality original indie filmmaking, writing and music composition by talented artists from around the world, the Moondance International Film Festival is very proud to announce that our annual festival competitions have brought in great submissions, in all genres and categories, from Afghanistan, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Marshall Island, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia/Montenegro, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Tasmania, Turkey, the UK, the US, and Venezuela. Send in your submission now, to represent your country!

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS: TITLES & LOGLINES

“You’ve got 5 minutes; pitch me what you’ve got.” That’s what the entertainment industry movers & shakers will tell you. But to get that meeting or even a reply to your query letter, you need an interesting title and logline. Ms. English has developed a method for finding that great, eye-catching title, and a sizzling short logline to go with it. You’ll end up with a great title & logline, and knowing how to “dress” your scripts or films for success! WEBSITE: www.mermaid7seas.com

CONTACT: Elizabeth English • mermaid7seas@gmail.com • 303-545-0202

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* SCROLL ON DOWN FOR MORE ITEMS OF INTEREST:

1. DVD vs. DIGITAL ONLINE FILMS

2. FILM AS COMMUNICATION

3. MOONDANCERS WRITE US!

4. MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS

5. LOTS OF THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

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FILMMAKERS:  DVD vs. DIGITAL ONLINE FILMS:

As a judge and the artistic director for the Moondance, I personally prefer DVDs for previewing and judging films submitted, because the quality of image and the sound is almost always much better than what one sees and hears with an online film. I’m assuming that filmmakers want to present their very best-quality project when spending money for entry fees to competitions. I realize that submitting digital films is more convenient and less expensive for the filmmaker than making and mailing a DVD to the competition, but you’ve already spent a lot of money, time, talent and effort to make the film…why not spend a few dollars more and a little time to submit the absolute best version of your film that you can? By the way, the best-quality DVDs come from a video production house, rather than DVDs burned off your computer. ~ Elizabeth

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FILM AS COMMUNICATION:

Living in the 21st Century is to engage in the consumption, production, and distribution of sounds, images, films, writing, music, and information. This enables creative talents and audiences to realize and gain a more sophisticated and contemporary understanding of the world around them, via media. Media is defined as the multiple channels, technologies, and interfaces through which information, ideas, art, and emotions are stored, shared, inspired and reciprocated.

And the ways in which that plethora of media shapes our understanding of the world and our ability to act in it, for the common good, can make it a better place, as well as to promote a heightened ability to analyze, contextualize, create and use all forms of media and emerging trends. Media can be a vital exercise in creative expression and positive change, through all the various entertainment mediums.

And films sell popcorn, which is a very lucrative and amazingly profitable product for the movie houses! So-called “popcorn movies” are regularly at the top of the charts for ticket sales.

Films screened at Moondance are entertaining and uniquely distinguished by our focus on the relations between media and social justice, and how media is inextricably linked to questions of power, rights, human development, peace, national and international social and environmental issues, creative expression, entertainment, collaboration, self-determination and powerful calls for action.

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MOONDANCERS WRITE US!

"Wallace & Gromit" animation

“I am once again so overwhelmed by the beauty, sensitivity, information, helpful tips, beautiful photography, and artwork in your blog, that I felt compelled to write to you immediately. You have, as usual, put together a news blog of wonderfully helpful information done as a work of art itself. As an artist and a writer, I am most appreciative of your marvelous achievement. I also know how much effort and care you take in helping writers and artists.”  Lorna Kanter, screenwriter & artist

The presentation in class went well.  Your film festival is undoubtedly different from any of the other festivals that were discussed, which included Sundance, LA film festival, Slamdance, a human rights documentary festival, and more.  When I introduced the film festival, I mentioned that the director is a woman, and a student in the class exclaimed “Finally!”

You always hear about those big festivals, like Cannes, Venice, even Sundance.  So it was like a breath of fresh air to hear about a festival whose mission is so different.  And I really stressed the mission statement during the presentation, as you suggested, because that really is the key to the choices of films you show, how you operate, etc.  In general, people were intrigued, and some in the class might submit a film to your festival after hearing about it!  She was definitely interested after hearing that your festival supports women so much.” ~ Thuongvu Ho, film student at the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB)

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

John Lennon sings “Imagine”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xB4dbdNSXY&feature=related

Imagine there’s no heaven

It’s easy if you try

No hell below us

Above us only sky

Imagine all the people living for today

Imagine there’s no countries

It isn’t hard to do

Nothing to kill or die for

And no religion too

Imagine all the people living life in peace

You, you may say

I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one

I hope some day you’ll join us

And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions

I wonder if you can

No need for greed or hunger

A brotherhood of man

Imagine all the people sharing all the world

You, you may say

I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one

I hope some day you’ll join us

And the world will live as one!

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http://www.freehugscampaign.org/index.php

Watch this touching “Free Hugs” video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vr3x_RRJdd4

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~~~ Arbor Day Foundation ~~~

http://www.arborday.org/

The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation and education organization, with a mission to inspire people and organizations to plant, celebrate and nurture trees. It also provides resources to connect children with nature. The Foundation plants and distributes more than 10 million trees each year, and helps to preserve rain forest land through the Rain Forest Rescue program.

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http://www.miamiherald.com mediafreedominternational.org

“…war is a different universe. What seems normal there is appalling here. It is not too much to say that war is a form of madness.” ~ Leonard Pitts. Jr., Pulitzer prize winner, 2004

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY:

“Hollow Man” by Bruno Catalano, France

“Joy can be real only if people look upon their life as a service, and have a definite object in life outside of themselves and their personal happiness.” ~ Leo Tolstoy

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One African legend of the Baobab tree describes what happens if you are never satisfied with what you have: The baobab was among the first trees to appear on the land. Next came the slender, graceful palm tree. When the baobab saw the palm tree, it cried out that it wanted to be taller. Then the beautiful flame tree appeared with its red flower and the baobab was envious for flower blossoms. When the baobab saw the magnificent fig tree, it prayed for fruit as well. God became tired of the complaints, and so yanked it up by its roots, and placed it upside down, to keep it quiet.” ~ Blue-Eyed Ennis, text & photo

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“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which can be the bitterest.” ~ Confucius

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“With realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world.” ~ The Dalai Lama

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“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” ~W. Clement Stone

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“Brooklyn Bridge”, Portable Networks Graphic Images

“Integrity is the essence of everything successful.” ~ Buckminster Fuller

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“When small men attempt great enterprises, they always end up reducing them to the level of their own mediocrity. “ ~Napoleon I

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“Talent is often a disguise for hard work and determination” ~ Mac Proffitt

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“Freedom” by Zenos Frudakis

“It helps to have your back against the wall. Adversity is a huge advantage – as long as you think of it as an advantage – because it helps you do things you never thought you were capable of doing.” ~ Philip Anschutz

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The labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral, France

“I think happiness comes from a self-acceptance. We all try different things, and we find some comfortable sense of who we are.” ~ Jamie Lee Curtis

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“Jones Beach Sunset” photo by Chris Anastasiadis

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” ~ Albert Einstein

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“Plus la critique est hostile, plus l’artiste devrait se sentir encouragé.” (“The more hostile criticism is, the more the artist should feel encouraged.” ~ Marcel Duchamp

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Mahatma Gandhi’s glasses

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MOONDANCE 2012 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES & NEWS!

View from Boulder, Colorado

Moondance wishes you a very happy new year!

Louis Armstrong sings “It’s a Wonderful World”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5TwT69i1lU&feature=youtu.be

MOONDANCE 2012 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES!

Send in your entry now!

Regular submission postmark dates: January 1-June 30, 2012

Check out the Moondance website for more info!

http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com

SUBMISSION CATEGORIES:

  • FEATURE FILMS
  • SHORT FILMS
  • DOCUMENTARY FILMS
  • ANIMATION FILMS
  • MUSIC VIDEOS
  • FEATURE SCREENPLAYS
  • SHORT SCREENPLAYS
  • ORIGINAL MUSIC & FILM SCORES
  • STAGEPLAYS
  • TV PILOT SCRIPTS
  • FILMED TV PILOTS
  • TV EPISODICS
  • SHORT STORIES
  • LIBRETTI
  • RADIO PLAYS
  • & more…

In addition to English, written works in the following languages are also accepted: French, Spanish, German, Dutch & Africaans. These works will be read & judged by native speakers.

SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY TO MOONDANCE NOW!

Don’t wait until the last minute…get your entry in early!

• SIGN UP FOR THE MOONDANCE NEWS BLOG NOW!

http://moondancefilmfestival.com/

CLICK BELOW FOR 3 EASY WAYS TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY:

MOONDANCE OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM

ACTEVA SUBMISSION SERVICE

WITHOUTABOX.COM SUBMISSION SERVICE

MOONDANCE SCRIPT CRITIQUES:

Cynthia Butler, Moondance’s very popular reader will write a one-page critique and assessment of your submitted screenplay, stageplay, teleplay or up to 3 short stories. Check off the box for critiques on the Moondance entry form or at Withoutabox.com. The fee is a nominal $75 for each critique requested

MOVIEBYTES.COM  Lists Moondance as

“one of the top ten film festival competitions worth the entry fee!”

Are you undecided about which film festival competitions to enter this season?  You can’t go wrong by choosing Moondance first, because our finalists & winners, writers, composers and filmmakers, are happy to discover that doors are finally opened to them, after being a part of the Moondance! Please check out our SUCCESSES page, and read our archived newsletters to see what great new opportunities Moondancers enthusiastically write to us about! You could be next!

SCROLL ON DOWN FOR MORE NEWS & ITEMS OF INTEREST:

  1. MOONDANCERS WRITE US
  2. NEWS WE ALREADY KNEW
  3. TWO BRADS OR THREE? Adventures in Judging Screenplay Entries in a Film Festival
  4. THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY
  5. MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS
  6. SEEKING DONORS, SPONSORS & FRIENDS
  7. EXTRAORDINARY OPPORTUNITY

MOONDANCERS WRITE US:

Re: 2012 Moondance Film Festival at Sea: “We are avid cruisers and look forward to this opportunity to combine our two loves: writing and cruising! ~ Jan Rogers, 2011 feature screenplay for kids semi-finalist & Bruce McCay

“I understand that your mission is what separates you from other film festivals. I think it’s very interesting that you consider music and writing to be just as important as films. I haven’t heard of another film festival which places so much emphasis on music. I get the impression that one of the goals of your festival is to help up-and-comers, especially those who are marginalized by Hollywood because of their gender or the kinds of stories they want to tell. It sounds like you try your best to help the artists and help them be recognized, (and) that accessibility to the film festival experience is something you care about.” ~ Thuongvu Ho, film student at the University of California, Santa Barbara

“Our short film, EXPERYMENT6, will be aired nationwide in Australia via cable on the program series, “Dark Carnival” on Foxtel Aurora.” ~ Michael D. Lies, Producer/Writer, ALCYONE PICTURES, www.alcyonepictures.com 2009 Moondance semi-finalist film

“Thank you so much for your friendship, love and support. I am so blessed to have you in my life!” ~ Beverly Smith Dawson, Moondance screenplay winner

“My granddaughter Catherine and I remember with great fondness our experience at the 2010 Moondance Festival. You are an inspiration to young and old! We hope to see you at this year’s festival with our latest screenplay.” ~ Julie Bliss, 2010 feature screenplay winner

“We are very impressed the way your team runs this fantastic festival and giving new filmmakers an opportunity to display their work. We definitely want to submit our film to your fabulous film festival.” ~ Faizan Sheikh

NEWS WE ALREADY KNEW:

“Gender Inequality Still Has a Starring Role In Hollywood, USC Study Finds”, excerpts from a Los Angeles Times, November 11, 2011 article by Rebecca Keegan

…one facet of Hollywood moviemaking proving remarkably consistent is gender inequality, according to a study…(which) reveals an industry formula for gender that may be outside of people’s conscious awareness. It’s not just the ratio of female to male characters that continues to be imbalanced but the manner in which they’re depicted… The USC study determined that women were still far more likely than men to wear sexy clothing in movies, such as swimwear and unbuttoned shirts, to expose skin and to be described by another character as attractive.

Behind the camera, the gender inequality is just as dramatic: only 3.6% of the directors and 13.5% of the writers …were female, according to the study. Some of this is a function of the fact that we see more males working behind the scenes than females, and they’re telling the stories that they know. Women bought more than 50% of the movie tickets sold in the U.S., according to the Motion Picture Assn. of America…(but) our cultural storytellers today are male. The problem is really…about the perpetuation of the status quo.

TWO BRADS OR THREE?

Adventures in Judging Screenplay Entries in a Film Festival

By Elizabeth English

21 Suggestions to Better Your Chances of Winning,

When Entering Screenplay Competitions:

Suggestion #1: Please send your submissions in early! Don’t wait until the final deadline date! Your submission can be buried under a pile of hundreds or thousands at the bigger festivals and competitions. The readings could be hurried. Maybe the reader saw one sent in earlier and has decided that’s his or her favorite.

Suggestion #2: Two words: Two brads, sometimes called fasteners. Brass brads, SOLID brass brads #6, not those short, wimpy brass-plate brads that let the script fall apart by page 40. Acco has them at Office Max & Office Depot by special order. Try to find or special-order those little brass washers (to fit the #6 brads), too. They seriously hold the script together, even to the last page. Readers curl the script pages behind what they’ve read; they leave them overnight, half-read, to read next day. Your script is roughly handled, by three or four people. Make sure it stays together through all of that! Yes, the paper has 3 holes, but put the brads only in the top and bottom holes. Writers from outside the US might consider ordering these brads, and some 3-hole punch paper, 8 ½ X 11 size, for submissions to US competitions, agents or production companies.

Suggestion #3: Covers: please use plain cover-stock or card-stock. Print only the script title & author name on the front. Any color is OK, but white, grey or tan are preferred & more professional-looking. Do not bind your script in a high-school plastic binder or one with metal bars inside. Nothing else is acceptable but front and back card-stock covers.

Suggestion #4: Title Page: Please have the first page of your submission be the title page. Print the title, author’s name, info on copyright or WGA-registration, and the author’s contact info: mailing address, phone number & e-mail address. If you change your address, phone number or e-mail address, please let the festival know this right away, so they can contact you if you win! Send e-mail addresses for co-authors to be notified of script’s status in contest, too.

Suggestion #5: Do not write the title or your name on the binding side of the script. That makes the script look old & shopped-around. The festival readers or registration people will do that when they receive the entry.

Suggestion #6: A printed-out copy of the script from your computer looks a lot better than a copy-shop’s or a Xeroxed, faded copy. Make sure it’s nice and clear and clean, with black ink. It’s actually cheaper to print out a computer copy than it is to take it somewhere to be printed, in most cases. Check every page after printing to make sure all the pages are there, and that there are no duplicated pages or blank pages.

Suggestion #7: Use COURIER 12 point font. Nothing else will do. Hollywood likes this traditional font and size because it looks a lot like the old typewritten scripts, and makes all submissions appear equal, font-wise.

Suggestion #8: Do not try to cheat by doing a “loose” script to make your script look like 120 pages. Do not do a “tight” script, to try to make a too-long script look like 120 pages. If you have a 90-page script, that’s fine. If you have a 150-page script, you need to do some edits. Double-check every page of your submission, to make sure it’s printed clearly and that the pages are in order and none are missing or duplicated.

Suggestion #9: Have someone who is an English-major read your script for typos, incorrect grammar (except in the dialog, if that’s what you intend anyway), punctuation, spelling, syntax & other errors. You could offer to pay him or her a dollar for each error found (with which you agree). This will make you really edit in advance, like crazy, to save yourself the expense! Don’t ever rely only on your spell-check program. Print out the script and read it in hard-copy, and edit as you read. Use a red or blue pen, so you can easily find the edits when you do the re-write. Spend the time to correct the errors. Nothing makes an author look more lazy and unprofessional as lots of un-edited errors in your submission.

Suggestion #10: Format: use the standard script format found in books on the subject and in computer screenwriting programs, such as Final Draft. Don’t customize it. Use correct, standard spacing between elements and in all four of the margins.

Suggestion #11: I would love to see the second page of your submission be the logline and mini-synopsis! Film festivals and prodco readers don’t usually ask for this, or require it, but it would make reading the screenplay a lot easier and more enjoyable. Plus, if your logline is great, it induces the reader to put your screenplay submission at the TOP of his or her pile of must-read-now.

Suggestion # 12: Give your submission a GREAT title! Make it stand out and be memorable. Read the Moondance e-zine article on Titles & Loglines, for some good suggestions.

Suggestion #13: Don’t send in long résumés and lists of credits or info about your other festival wins with your entry forms and submission. It won’t help you win. It won’t (or shouldn’t) influence the readers and judges, because each festival has different criteria.

Suggestion #14: Entry fees: Attach the check or money-order with a paper-clip (don’t staple it in) to the front of the entry form. If it’s a US festival or competition, make sure the funds are in US dollars. Don’t just toss the entry fee into the bottom of the envelope. When sending a money-order, write your name on it, so we know who it’s from. When sending a check from someone else, write your name on it, and the script’s title, for the same reason. If you pay the entry fee via withoutabox.com (WAB), be sure to note your tracking number on the script.

Suggestion #15: Mailing: use the simplest packaging form possible, one that’s easy and quick to open. Don’t tape it together as if the contents were made of gold. Avoid the use of those envelopes that are full of grey fluffy kapok that gets all over desks and clothes and the floor when the reader has finally managed to slice it open. A script generally does not need a padded envelope.

Suggestion #16: Postage: use enough postage to cover the cost of mailing. Most festivals and competitions want to read a screenplay in hard-copy, but will not pay any postage due, and your entry will probably be returned to you, un-opened.

Suggestion #17: Entry forms and release forms: Please fill them out CLEARLY in black ink. Sign them. Print them, rather than using fancy cursive writing in purple or pink ink. Make sure your e-mail address is clear. If you use withoutabox.com (WAB), be sure to note your tracking number on the script, as this gives the festival judge all the info needed, when they track your submission.

Suggestion #18: Remember to enclose the entry form, release form and entry fee with your script in the same envelope.

Suggestion #19: If sending your submission from a country outside the US, please note on the customs form that it is a commercial sample, so no customs fee will be charged to the festival, agent or production company.

Suggestion #20: Do not send an SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope) with your submission if the festival or competition announces that they will not return any entries or submissions. You’ll be wasting the postage.

Suggestion #21: Make sure your entire submission package is reader-friendly!

Every one of the above 21 suggestions are based on personal experience of mistakes former entrants made when submitting materials to Moondance or to other festivals and competitions.

As for the content of your screenplay; structure counts, usually. Have a clear Act I, II, and III. Try to hook the reader on the first page! Make the first five (or ten pages at most) be Act I, wherein you introduce all the main characters and show the reader the who, what, where, when and why of your story. Notice that I said SHOW. Telling is not so good. Film is a visual medium and you should actually be writing a FILM, not a script.

Act II is the rest of the story, where you build on what you started, and it climaxes at the clear end of Act II. Act III should be five or ten (max) pages, where all characters have been accounted for, and all loose ends are tied up and all conflicts are resolved.

Make sure you’ve defined your characters and have given them unique descriptions and qualities special to them, so they are recognizable as individual people and have depth. Same with the dialog. Don’t have every character speak the same. Or as you speak. Let the environment and ambience of the settings be shown. Show people as they would be in real life.

“Peaceable Kingdom”, Jenny Stein, director, 2009 feature doc film winner

Remember foreshadowing of events and situations! Mention the weather and seasons and time of day or night. Make sure your characters develop throughout the story, and visibly REACT, according to their personalities, to the situations, each other, and to dialog spoken to them. Don’t end scenes with just dialog; show some action or reactions to end the scene.

Have lots of conflict in action and emotions, whether personal, local, national, or world-side…or even universal. Then resolve that conflict at the end. And don’t forget to tie up all loose ends in the story, in or by the final scene.

“Alice in Wonderland” illustration by Tenniel

Avoid clichés in characterizations, dialog, actions and reactions. Do something new and interesting. Avoid like the plague having your actors speak long lines of exposition or explaining! Actors and directors and the audience never want to hear a character verbally explaining, on and on, what he or she is thinking, planning, worrying about, or is going to do, or did in the past. Action! Show it, don’t tell it!

Every word of dialog and every word of action and exposition in your screenplay must move the story forward toward its conclusion. Every scene must move the story forward. The screenplay should read like a good novel, and the reader should not want to put it down until the end.

Remember foreshadowing and transitions. Each scene should flow into the next, logically, or be hinted at in a previous scene. Don’t make the reader wonder where we are in this scene. Lead them into it. If your two characters will be going out for pizza in the next scene, or are going to rob a bank, hint at that in the previous scene(s). Set it up for the pay-off. You can have many set-ups and pay-offs in every scene, all adding to deeper characterizations, and moving the story forward and building toward the ending pay-off, which resolves the conflicts.

“Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother”

It’s perfectly OK if the reader and the audience knows, or think they know, what will be happening in your story, by the first 5 pages or five minutes. That’s what Act II and the final scenes are for. You’re not writing a mystery novel where lots of plot-points are hidden, to be revealed later. Think of all the movies you’ve seen where you just know the two leads will fall in love by the end, or that the bad-guy will bite the bullet at the end, but you’ve looked forward to see how the story and characters develop.

James Dean, “Rebel Without a Cause”

Consider writing your dialog and scenes for specific actors you may have in mind, and imagine them reading your script to see if they’d like to play the parts. Give the stars and lead characters the best lines and the best action. Try to write memorable dialog &/or memorable action. The actors and the directors love it and this stuff sticks in the audiences’ minds. Remember, somebody has to spend millions of dollars on your idea, if they like it. It has to make them a profit. Most studios and production companies are not only in the business of making movies; they’re primarily in the business of making MONEY.

Judy Garland, “The Wizard of Oz”

Don’t write a director’s or production script. Don’t have scene numbers on the sluglines. Don’t use CUT-TO or DISSOLVE-TO at all. No camera angles, unless it’s vital. You’re not the director of photography, cinematographer, nor the film’s editor. MORES & CONTINUEDs at dialog and scene breaks are not needed anymore. Keep dialog and scenes on the same page: don’t break a block of dialog or a scene at the bottom of a page and continued on the next page.

Don’t direct the actors. You’re the screenwriter, not the film’s director. Too many parentheticals don’t allow the actors to do their jobs.  Try to keep the number of sluglines to 85-100, max. Each scene change during the shoot is very time-consuming and costs a lot of production money.

And finally: The more professional and reader-friendly your entire submission package is, the better your chances are of winning a competition and of selling that screenplay. Remember, when entering a competition, if your script wins or is a finalist, or even a semi-finalist, producers and agents will ask you for it, and the festival will want to be proud to have selected your screenplay!

“Wallace and Gromit” animation, UK

THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

A sunbeam to warm you,

A moonbeam to charm you,

A sheltering angel,

So nothing can harm you.

~ Irish Blessing

Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA

What saying would you chisel into the stones of your palace?

As a solid rock is not shaken by a strong gale, so a wise person remains unaffected by either praise or censure. ~ Buddha

Drawing by Evelyn De Morgan (1855-1919)

Many of life’s failures are merely those who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. ~ Thomas Alva Edison

I can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses. It’s all in how you look at it. ~ Abraham Lincoln

Romantic Rue, Paris, France

“It is more important to know where you’re going than to get there quickly. Do not mistake activity for achievement.” ~ Mabel Newcomer

The Oracle Shell, Asian

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” ~ James Baldwin

Unicorn Tapestry, 15th century, Musee de Cluny, Paris

“Language is the apparel in which your thoughts parade before the public. Never clothe them in vulgar or shoddy attire.” ~ George Crane

“If you wait to do everything until you’re sure it is right, you will probably never do much of anything.” ~ Win Borden

Mahatma Gandhi

All you rule-breakers, you misfits & troublemakers, all you free-spirits & pioneers… Everything that the establishment has told you is wrong with you – is actually what’s right with you! Wayseers are the change engines of society. Wayseers are the one’s who know first, who sense earliest the disturbances in the fabric of human affairs – the trends, the patterns, the fashions, the revolutions that are afoot, the coming groundswells. Some Notable Wayseers: Albert Einstein, The Dalai Lama, Nikola Tesla, Leonardo Da Vinci, Mahatma Gandhi, Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, Thomas Edison, Benjamin Franklin, Amelia Earhart, Joan of Arc, Martin Luther King, Jr, Mother Teresa…

~ Go here: http://WayseerManifesto.com

MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

~~~The Art of Doing Nothing~~~

Doing nothing can be a waste of time, or it can be an art form. Here’s how to become a master, and in the process, improve your life, melt away the stress and make yourself more productive when you actually do work. Start small; doing nothing, in the true sense of the word, can be overwhelming if you attempt to do too much nothing at once. Do small nothings at first. Now, close your eyes, and do nothing. Then read more at: http://zenhabits.net/the-art-of-doing-nothing/

HEIFER, INTERNATIONAL: Heifer envisions a world of communities living together in peace and equitably sharing the resources of a healthy planet. Heifer’s mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth. By giving families a hand-up, not just a hand-out, we empower them to turn lives of hunger and poverty into self-reliance and hope. As people share their knowledge, resources, and skills – an expanding network of hope, dignity, and self-reliance is created that reaches around the globe. This simple idea of giving families a source of food rather than short-term relief caught on and has continued for over 65 years. Today, millions of families in 128 countries have been given the gifts of self-reliance. Instead of buying more “stuff”, choose a meaningful gift to give a loved one and help children and families around the world receive training and animal gifts that help them become self-reliant. http://www.habitat.org

THE WAYSEER MANIFESTO – [Official Video]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPR3GlpQQJA

Che Guevara

Please watch this important & passionate video!

Elizabeth English & Mchael Bavota at MIFF 2011

CHECK OUT THE WEBSITE OF A PROUD MOONDANCE 2011 WINNER:

http://www.michaelbavota.com/id5.html

Arthur Kanegis, on location

“In Baja this year I enjoyed the fun of being an extra in “Little Boy” a new movie coming out next August about a young boy who moves mountains to end World War II and bring his dad home from a POW camp. It was exhilarating to be on a crowded street, all whooping for joy celebrating the end of a war!” ~ Arthur Kanegis, Moondance feature screenplay & short doc film winner, www.bullyproof.com

MOONDANCE IS SEEKING DONORS, SPONSORS & FRIENDS!

Dear Friends of Moondance International Film Festival: Please seriously consider helping support Moondance’s on-going efforts to promote, inspire and encourage the world’s independent filmmakers, writers and composers, with a financial donation to start off the new year right! Your contribution makes it possible for us to enlighten, inspire, enrich, educate, and entertain through film, writing & music. Any donation amount is greatly appreciated.

A donation of $1000 or more, to help fund our 2011 film festival, will put your name, or your company’s name, in the Moondance credits as a co-producer: on our website, in the newsletters, and in the festival print program!

Thanks a million!

TO DONATE NOW, GO TO: http://www.acteva.com/go/moondance2011

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SPECIAL LIMITED-TIME OFFER*! Anyone who donates $1000 (or more) in 2012 to support Moondance’s continuing efforts to help make the world a better place through film, writing & music, will receive this brand-new, beautiful custom-made Luna Guitar with Victorian-era Mermaid art on both sides as a gift for your generous, much-appreciated financial support! www.lunaguitars.com

DONATE AT:  http://www.acteva.com/go/moondance2012

OTHER OPTIONS & MOONDANCE SPONSOR INFO: http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com/04_sponsors.info.html

EXTRAORDINARY OPPORTUNITY:

Would you like to host the best of Moondance films & workshops in your community, anywhere in the US and the world? Bring Moondance to your area! Contact Elizabeth English now at director@moondancefilmfestival.com to discuss the details and fabulous benefits!

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MOONDANCE 2012 EARLY-BIRD REMINDER!

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays

&

A Very Happy New Year!

The Moondance Award Star

LAST CHANCE FOR DISCOUNTED EARLY-BIRD ENTRY FEE!

Early-bird postmark deadline is December 31, 2011

(Your submission does not need to arrive by this deadline)

Send in your entry materials now!

Regular submission dates: January 1-June 30, 2012

Check out the Moondance website for more info!

http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com

2012 SUBMISSION CATEGORIES:

  • FEATURE FILMS
  • SHORT FILMS
  • DOCUMENTARY FILMS
  • ANIMATION FILMS
  • MUSIC VIDEOS
  • FEATURE SCREENPLAYS
  • SHORT SCREENPLAYS
  • ORIGINAL MUSIC & FILM SCORES
  • STAGEPLAYS
  • TV PILOT SCRIPTS
  • FILMED TV PILOTS
  • SHORT STORIES
  • TV EPISODICS
  • LIBRETTI
  • RADIO PLAYS
  • & more…

SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY TO MOONDANCE NOW!

Don’t wait until the last minute…get your entry in early,

and take advantage of our discounted Early-Bird entry fee!

CLICK BELOW FOR 3 EASY WAYS TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY:

MOONDANCE OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM

ACTEVA SUBMISSION SERVICE

WITHOUTABOX.COM SUBMISSION SERVICE

MOONDANCE SCRIPT CRITIQUES:

Cynthia Butler, Moondance’s very popular reader will write a one-page critique and assessment of your submitted screenplay, stageplay, teleplay or up to 3 short stories. Check off the box for critiques on the Moondance entry form or at Withoutabox.com. The fee is a nominal $75 for each critique requested.

MOVIEBYTES.COM  Lists Moondance as

“one of the top ten film festival competitions worth the entry fee!”

Are you undecided about which film festival competitions to enter this season?  You can’t go wrong by choosing Moondance first, because our finalists & winners, writers, composers and filmmakers are happy to discover that doors are finally opened to them, after being a part of the Moondance! Please check out our SUCCESSES page, and read our archived newsletters to see what great new opportunities Moondancers enthusiastically write to us about! You could be next!

Thanks a million for all the great entries received so far!

Please forward this reminder to your friends & colleagues.



MOONDANCE 2012 CALL FOR ENTRIES!

2012 CALL FOR ENTRIES

2012 CALL FOR ENTRIES!

Check out the Moondance website for more info!

http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com

  • FEATURE FILMS
  • SHORT FILMS
  • DOCUMENTARY FILMS
  • ANIMATION FILMS
  • MUSIC VIDEOS
  • FEATURE SCREENPLAYS
  • SHORT SCREENPLAYS
  • ORIGINAL MUSIC & FILM SCORES
  • STAGEPLAYS
  • TV PILOT SCRIPTS
  • FILMED TV PILOTS
  • SHORT STORIES
  • TV EPISODICS
  • LIBRETTI
  • RADIO PLAYS
  • & MORE…

SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY TO MOONDANCE NOW!

Don’t wait until the last minute…get your entry in early,

and take advantage of the discounted Early-Bird entry fee!

CLICK BELOW FOR 3 EASY WAYS TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY:

MOONDANCE OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM

ACTEVA SUBMISSION SERVICE

WITHOUTABOX.COM SUBMISSION SERVICE

Are you undecided about which film festival competitions to enter this season?  You can’t go wrong by choosing Moondance first, because our finalists & winners, writers, composers and filmmakers are happy to discover that doors are finally opened to them after being a part of the Moondance! Please check out our SUCCESSES page, and read our archived newsletters to see what great new opportunities Moondancers enthusiastically write to us about! You could be next! MOVIEBYTES.COM  Lists Moondance as “one of the top ten film festival competitions worth the entry fee!”

WE’RE LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD

FILMS, SCRIPTS, STORIES, FILM SCORES & more!

Artwork by J. Howard Miller

CHECK OUT MOONDANCE AT WIKIPEDIA:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moondance_International_Film_Festival

MOONDANCE SCRIPT CRITIQUES:

Cynthia Butler, Moondance’s very popular reader will write a one-page critique and assessment of your submitted screenplay, stageplay, teleplay or up to 3 short stories. Check off the box for critiques on the Moondance entry form or at Withoutabox.com. The fee is a nominal $75 for each critique requested.

2012 MOONDANCE FESTIVAL AT SEA!

Imagine sailing on the clear blue seas of the Caribbean while attending the 2012 Moondance International Film Festival! Between professional workshops, indie film screenings, networking cocktail parties, and gala awards ceremony, enjoy all that a 3-day luxury cruise aboard a cruise ship has to offer. All for one low, affordable package price, which includes cabin, a wide variety of entertainment options, shore tours, all-you-can eat 24 hours a day, as well as all of our famous film festival events: Bahamas cruise AND film festival in one! Forget winter weather; experience the perfect weather, sparkling blue seas and the warm sun of the Caribbean in December!

MOONDANCE AT SEA is in the early planning stages, so please let us know if you’d be interested in joining us on this unique film festival cruise. We cordially welcome international filmmakers, writers, composers, families and all indie film buffs. The 3-day film festival cruise package will only cost in the range of $500-$750 (depending on number of attendees & cabin accommodations selected), and all festival events, + 3-day Bahamas cruise are included in this amazingly low, low ticket price! Please email right now: moondancefestival@gmail.com, with MIFF CRUISE in the subject line, to let us know if you like the idea of a festival at sea, and if you’ll want to join the Moondance crew, and let’s make a splash!

Some of the many enthusiastic responses to the Moondance Festival at Sea invitation:

I think the idea of the festival cruise is a fabulous idea. We would love to attend and submit 2 feature films plus a short.” ~ Ciaron Davies, Loose Gripp Films and Media Website: http://loosegrippmedia.webs.com/

I love the idea of the Moondance festival at sea.  I’ll be there!” ~ Kim M. Brantley

This is a brilliant idea and I would definitely be interested in participating in any capacity. What could be better than combining a cruise and Moondance? I haven’t been to Moondance or the Bahamas, so this sounds like a wonderful chance to do both.” ~ Glenda Cimino, screenwriter

“YES!!!! Yes, I love the idea! Count me in! ~Anna Young, Rugged Island Productions

I love the festival cruise idea!” ~ Linda Roberts

I love the idea of a Bahamas cruise for the 2012 Moondance! I’m definitely interested in attending.” Donna Lisa, Moondance multi-award-winning writer

What an awesome idea. I’m in.” ~ Patricia Semler, screenwiter

We are very interested in the proposed cruise.” ~ Venetia Taylor & Daniel Prypchan, production house, Sydney Australia, www.humanproductions.com

“I am interested in the upcoming MIFF CRUISE 2012. I would like to reserve two spaces.” ~ Anya Juan Risco, filmmaker, Carpe Diem

The film festival cruise is a great idea; it sounds like a wonderful time!” ~ from a Moondancer

Congrats on this new adventure!” ~ Robin Lu, writer

Scroll on down for more news & items of interest!

SCREENWRITERS: OCCUPY HOLLYWOOD?

We are the 99% who can’t get an honest read for our work!

It seems that the powers-that-be in Hollywood simply will not even bother to look at a script unless it has won top competitions, and/or has name producers, a big distributor, name talent, award-winning director, or, more importantly, massive production funding attached. How many un-produced screenwriters have access to many, many millions of dollars and Hollywood stars? And, of course, a writer absolutely must have a top Hollywood literary agent to even get in the door, but they generally do not accept unsolicited work. And you can almost forget about getting your script read if you happen to be a woman, live outside L.A., and don’t know anyone in the business. It looks like an “Old Boys” club for the fortunate 1%, with all doors firmly closed unless you’re a rich, famous, connected and successful member. Can this unfair Hollywood system be changed to give talented writers a better chance to get produced?

MOONDANCE KUDOS:

Coca-Cola and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) are working together to protect the polar bear’s Arctic habitat. In fact, Coke has made an initial $2 million donation to WWF for polar bear conservation. To get involved yourself, you can text your package code to 357357 to make a $1 donation to WWF. Coke will match all donations — up to $1 million! You can also donate online at ArcticHome.com. This is the first time Coke has ever changed the color of their iconic Coke cans. So during the holiday season (up to February, 2012), you will find all Coke cans and bottle caps have gone white as a reminder to get involved to save the polar bear’s endangered Arctic habitat!

MOONDANCER NEWS:

Drama students at Shadow Mountain High School are getting accolades for their television pilot. The students shot the pilot for “The Drama” last spring with the hope of pitching it to local and national networks. “The Drama” follows a class of drama students preparing for their spring musical. The project was the “Filmed TV Pilot for Kids Winner” at the Moondance International Film Festival in Boulder, Colo. “A bunch of people from all around the world got to see it. They even wrote about it back in Ireland,” said Joe Flowers, theater director at the northeast Phoenix high school. Student filmmaker Matthew Grodsky, a senior, hopes the awards open some doors for his budding film career. He co-authored and co-directed “The Drama.” The script also won best TV Pilot Script at Moondance. http://www.azcentral.com/

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 or film 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 or story idea, via your eye-catching 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, film distributor, 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.

You can often find that great, eye-catching title within your screenplay text, and then write a sizzling logline to go with it. Know how to “dress” your script for success, make it stand out from all the others, and get it noticed in the first round.

Whether you’re a newbie, a struggling writer, or an old pro; a screenwriter, television writer, or filmmaker, you need to know the latest & greatest on how to break in to today’s film & television industry, how to further your success, and how to get your spec screenplay put into the “weekend read” pile, and seriously considered within the Hollywood shark-pit. And how to adapt your logline for whomever will be reading it. Yes, I hate to say it, but you’ll need different loglines for the same script, for sending it out to a director, a producer, an actor or an agent. That very first impression may be the only chance you’ve got. If your title & logline don’t hook them, they may never preview your film or read your script. And remember, it’s worth a whole LOT of money, if it sells the story.

As screenwriters, we use dynamic titles and loglines to sell our scripts. We use them in query letters to impress agents and to get their attention and to encourage them to ask to see the script. We need a title and logline that really rocks! Great loglines can often work better as a sales tool than whole screenplays can do. Agents, readers, story anylists, and producers are looking for easy, quick reads. Loglines provide less for them to say “no” to than a synopsis or a complete script does. The logline introduces the story to them, without forcing them to read the whole script to know what your story is and if it might be a concept they can sell to a producer.

HOW NOT TO WRITE A LOGLINE

Don’t simply summarize your movie with set-up, conflict, and resolution. Don’t just write a one-sentence TV Guide-style logline emphasizing the main storyline. Don’t limit yourself to the set-up or the plot. Don’t write that the story is “exciting”, “amazing”, a “blockbuster”. Never describe the details of your script in the logline or leave out important information. Try not to use your characters’ names in a logline.

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:

Do emphasize the unique elements of your script that enable audiences and readers to connect with the situation and to identify with the protagonist. Do use “buzz-words”, like “love”, “death”, “sex”, “adventure”, “mystery”, “romance” that help the reader identify with the story. Consider writing a high-concept line at the end, to make your story instantly recognizable to anyone. A high-concept logline might be something like “When Harry Met Sally” aboard the “Titanic”. Or “Braveheart” meets “City Slickers”, or even “Shakespeare In Love” with “The Witches of Eastwick”.

You’ve got to cram a lot into a short, three-sentence logline: genre, conflict, character, action, location, time, any crisis to be resolved, hint at the potential transformation of the main character, marketability, and do it all in 25 words or less, all in present tense. And it needs to sizzle! The synopsis and logline are the keys that open the door to getting your script read. The same amount of thought that a writer takes in writing a script should also be taken in writing the logline. A logline is not a mini-version of your script or film! It’s much, much harder to write the three-sentence logline than it is to write the 100 to 120 page screenplay.

A reader should be able get the full story concept of the script or film from these one to three sentences. He or she should know immediately what the whole movie is about and get excited about the story-line and idea, and can visualize the finished film. Always consider who your target audience is. Who’s going to be reading your title and logline first? Unfortunately, your first reader may be a young college intern working for free in the producer’s or agent’s basement mailroom. Your first reader could well be the producer’s temporary secretary, or a jaded and bored assistant. He might be a guy who only likes “Scream” or “Matrix” and you’ve asked him to read your romantic comedy, “Sleepless in Seattle” script. Or your first reader could be a young woman who loves “The Ya-Ya Sisterhood” and you’ve mailed out “The Rock”. Use that title and logline to make them sit up and take notice, and then to send the script up to the next level.

GREAT TITLES:

I received a script submission, entitled “JENNY, THE RED-HEADED WHORE”. I didn’t want to read it. It went to the bottom of the pile to be read when I absolutely had to. Well, guess what? When I finally read the script, with much trepidation, it was one of the best scripts I’d ever read! This script was one of five top finalists for Moondance. I convinced the author to change the title to “THE VIRGINS”.

Another writer sent me a script called “THE TENT”. Who wants to read about a tent? In her script, however, I learned that the protagonist was a big, strong and independent woman who braved a winter in Alaska in a tent. Her family even called her “Alaska”. So when she and her husband had finally completed the log cabin, they climbed up on the roof to enjoy the Northern Lights in the night sky. He reached his hand down to her and said, “Dance with me, Alaska.” That great line of dialog became her new script title! It was there all along and just needed to be found.

The title of your screenplay needs to fit perfectly with your logline and be attention-getting. Titles are like mini-loglines in that they must be unique and they need to attract interest and make the reader want to go ahead and read the logline. But be sure to go to IMDb.com to see if your title has been used before. IMDb.com has a listing of every film produced from the 1800s to today’s films and those that are in pre-production and production.

But then again, what was “Claire’s Knee” all about? It was a unique title and made them look! “Forrest Gump” took ten years of rejections from every studio and producer in Hollywood. What if the writer had changed the title and logline to help it be seen as the potential blockbuster, Oscar-winning  film that it became?

ADAPTING YOUR LOGLINE TO YOUR READER’S INTEREST

An agent, actor, producer or distributor wants to read screenplays that he or she can instantly recognize as sellable to a wide audience. Producers think about production costs, the available budget and marketability. Directors, on the other hand, want to read screenplays that will show off their talents in the best light and offer them artistic challenges, and maybe even win them an Oscar. Actors want to read screenplays that showcase their acting ability and which give them the best role and best lines in the film. Story editors need to see a unique, sellable idea they can take upstairs. Readers and story analysts want that one fabulous concept they can bring to the attention of a producer, story editor or creative executive. Distributors want to read about a potentially profitable film, a “popcorn movie”. Interns are often told to recommend no more than ONE screenplay a year! You need to make sure that one is yours, by altering the wording & focus of your logline to appeal to each reader and potential buyer.

Remember, your all-important first impression gets you in the door to pitch your film or story, and may be worth millions of dollars and that success you’ve been working toward as a filmmaker or screenwriter.

Ms. English is the founder, executive director and artistic director for the Moondance International Film Festival, now in its 12th fabulous season. She’s also a filmmaker, with 3 short films, One of which has won awards across the US & Europe, and was screened during the Cannes film festival; a professional screenwriter, with some 35 completed feature screenplays, 3 TV pilots, 2 produced original stageplays, produced libretto/operas, and she presents workshops on successful screenwriting & filmmaking at Moondance, and elsewhere. English also writes published columns and articles on screenwriting, as well as writes for and edits the Moondance E-Zine. Please check out her screenplay & film evaluation & editing service at www.mermaid7seas.com

WINTER SOLSTICE & LUNAR ECLIPSE

Photo by Franco Santoro

The Winter Solstice takes place this year on December 21, 2011, and it will coincide with a total lunar eclipse of the full moon visible through most of the globe. It’s been 632 years since the first day of winter and a lunar eclipse have occurred on the same day!

Facing the Eclipsed Winter Solstice

by Franco Santoro

This is a major astrological event abundant with exceptional energetic and symbolic meaning. Most ancient cultures and traditions identify the lunar eclipse with calamities and apocalyptic events.

This is indeed the darkest time of the year in the northern hemisphere, yet it is also the most abundant with hope, for it heralds the inevitable return of light. The Winter Solstice intensifies the trust in the luminosity in each one of us, including the world and the universe at large.

The Winter Solstice is the doorway into winter and the peak of obscurity. This can be a time of slowing down, when we have the opportunity to withdraw in the inner world, embracing the highest dreams and aspirations. During this season we can easily come to a deeper understanding of life, giving up outworn patterns, becoming receptive to wide visions, setting honourable intentions in preparation for upcoming luminous enterprises.

Winter is also a major time of healing connection between the visible and the unseen, body and spirit. The power of this season involves including all aspects of life and death, reaching a climax in our perspective and awareness. It is a time when we can rise above the limitations of our narrow perceptions.

A MOONDANCER WRITES US:

The Moondance at Sea sounds heavenly!  We shall see what happens with current screenplays and more writing in the coming year. The Moondance Film Festival has been a great stimulus, support and a gift to both Mark and me. The writing awards we have won through the Moondance Screenwriting Contests continue to spur us onward! ~ Marcie Telander, Moondance-winning co-writer 2010, feature screenplay “The Rites of Spring”

THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY:

“Narcissus” by John Waterhouse

“Forget not that the Earth delights to feel your bare feet, and the winds long to play with your hair.” ~ Khalil Gibran, poet

“I would rather think of life as a good book. The more you get into it, the more it begins to come together and make sense.” ~ Rabbi Harold Kushner

"Tranquiity" photo by Karen Talasco

“The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time, have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been kindness, beauty and truth.” ~ Albert Einstein

“It’s good to fail now and then – you learn a lot more out of failure than you do out of success.” ~ Ian Hunter

“It is always in the midst, in the epicenter, of your troubles that you can find serenity.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Expery

Illustration by James Thurber, “The Unicorn in the Garden”

“People of integrity expect to be believed. They also know time will prove them right, and are willing to wait.” ~ Ann Landers, advice columnist

“Do not insult the alligator until after you have crossed the river.” ~ Haitian Proverb

“The human race has only one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.” ~ Mark Twain

“Morning Mist” photo by Dominique Browning

“It can be argued that strife and turmoil can lead one to greatness. One’s sense of purpose, once tested by adversity, becomes reliably firm, and one’s understanding of the world, once questioned amidst sorrow and misconception, can be forever enhanced. Good can come out of bad.” ~ Elizabeth George, author, excerpt from “In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner”, Bantam Books

One ship drives east, and another west,

Both the self-same winds that blow;

‘Tis the set of the sails

And not the gales

Which decides the way to go.

~ Ella Wilcox Wheeler

THE ENDANGERED CHAMBERED NAUTILUS

The chambered nautilus periodically erects barriers inside its shell as it grows, leaving a series of unoccupied spaces behind. The word “nautilus” comes from the Greek for boat. When the first nautilus shells arrived in Renaissance Europe, collectors were stunned: They saw the perfect spirals as reflecting the larger order of the universe. Oliver Wendell Holmes admired the silent toil that produced the lustrous coil, in which he admires the ship of pearl: “/Still, as the spiral grew / He left the past year’s dwelling for the new.” He found in the mysterious life and death of the nautilus a strong inspiration for life and spiritual growth.

Naturalists have long marveled at its shell. The logarithmic spiral echoes the curved arms of hurricanes, labyrinths, and distant galaxies. It is a living fossil whose ancestors go back a half billion years — to the early days of complex life on the planet. Now marine biologists have begun to assess the status of its populations and to consider whether it should be listed as an endangered species to curb the shell trade.

MOONDANCE IS SEEKING DONORS, SPONSORS & FRIENDS!

Dear Friends of Moondance International Film Festival: Please seriously consider helping support Moondance’s on-going efforts to promote, inspire and encourage the world’s independent filmmakers, writers and composers, with a financial donation to start off the new year right! Your contribution makes it possible for us to enlighten, inspire, enrich, educate, and entertain through film, writing & music. Any donation amount is greatly appreciated.

A donation of $1000 or more, to help fund our 2011 film festival, will put your name, or your company’s name, in the Moondance credits as a co-producer: on our website, in the newsletters, and in the festival print program!

Thanks a million!

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EXTRAORDINARY MOONDANCE OPPORTUNITY:

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SUBTLETIES OF SUBTEXT: The True Art Of The Writer

SUBTLETIES OF SUBTEXT:
The True Art Of The Writer

By Cheryl O’Brien

We can consider text as “a message sent and received”. Pictures, statues, paintings and written text are all messages sent and received. Screenplays combine these other art forms to create a broad range of messages sent and received. A completed movie will combine many if not all of the other art forms as 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.

WRITTEN SUBTEXT

Written subtext has many limitations, when framed within the boundaries of a novel or non-fiction book, that are set free in other written forms. In particular 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. They may not be able to say what the quality is they can sense, but they know it is there and can feel it.

AUDITORY SUBTEXT

One example of auditory subtext is of one character saying to another “What did I tell you?” This example implies that a conversation has happened some time prior to the comment. Theme music is another example of auditory subtext in a movie although a screenwriter should never specify which theme music should be playing they can certainly suggest a kind of music. ie “Sultry sax playing in the BG.”

VISUAL SUBTEXT

Visual subtext can be in the manner of actions of the characters, a head toss; the way the characters are dressed, snappily dressed in Armani: the arrangement of props, the bosses umbrella in a separate stand; the presence or absence of items such as clocks, hats, televisions; the order that events occur, child arrives home from school, mother and child leave, dad arrives home from work, dad leaves, mother ad child arrive and go to bed, dad arrives again.

A clock on a wall can give us the text. “Time is moving along.” A plain white electric clock on a bare wall gives us the subtext. “This room is ordinary, functional or office-like.” By association it may also carry the subtext. “No one cares about this room.” It may even be inferred. “Time is all that matters here.”

When a female character steps up boldly to a male character and offers a firm handshake there is a sub text in that action. The subtext could be. “Women are equal to men”. It could also be said that there is a deeper level of subtext and that is the subtext “The writer is a staunch feminist” or even by extension it could be inferred. “The writer is a woman.”

Subtext is the conclusions, presumptions, and assumptions that the receiver infers from the message through the filters of their own experience knowledge and understanding. Text is the message as implied by the sender.

Subtext can be, and often is, manipulated by the creator of the message. Advertisements employ the use of subtext to allow the receiver of the advertisement to infer certain ideas, concepts, and conclusions. Images of sexy, young, athletic bodies all reaching for the same brand of soft drink to slake their thirst implies. “Young people like our soft drink.” This is the text of the advertisement. By extension it also allows the viewer of the advertisement to infer “This soft drink makes you young, athletic and sexy.” This is the subtext.

In newsreels and movies we see the images of soldiers in the bunker scrawling letters home to loved-ones or staring wistfully at photographs of wives and girlfriends. Smiling soldiers giving kids rides on their shoulders or handing out lollies. This carries the text. Our soldiers miss home when they are at war. Our soldiers like little kids and are generous. It also carries the subtext “Our soldiers have feelings and are not all rough and tough. Our soldiers are not the guys out there doing the killing.”

Have you ever noticed in war movies how the allied soldiers all write home, stare at pictures of loved ones, receive parcels of goodies from home. The enemy soldiers are only ever seen ‘sneaking behind bushes’, ‘shooting’, ‘screaming’ blowing things up, and other such negative images.

These two extreme views are loaded with subtext. “We” are the good guys. “We” are strong, and sensitive and loved. “They” are the bad guys. “They” are cruel, cold and sneaky. No one cares about them.

Life itself is full of subtexts. Everyday 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!

An elderly relative smiling straight into the face of a child says. “You are a good boy. Aren’t you?” The child hears the text and from the tone of voice and facial expression of the relative the child rightly suspects an undercurrent that alters the meaning to. “You had better be a good boy or else.” This is subtext.

At the corporate boardroom table there is the ‘head’ of the table and the ‘foot’ of the table, there is a ‘left of the chairman’ and a ‘right of the chairman’. In a boardroom there are sometimes arranged around the table one or two slightly shortened chairs. These chairs are often put to the side but brought around the table when a member of the board is to be sacked. It is a message. “You are too small for this boardroom.”

Consider how your family is seated around the dining table each night! What is the subtext there?

Subtext is the true art of the writer. Craftsmanship applies to the outward text, grammar, spelling, word choice, and sentence structure. Art applies to the inward subtext, words omitted, incomplete images, colour, textures, shape, implications and inferences.

Cheryl O’Brien lives in Australia, and is a passionate and talented writer turning her hand to and succeeding in poetry, screenplays, short stories, articles and lyrics. In her ‘spare time’ she capably moderates an International Literary Networking Group.



NEWS: 2012 MOONDANCE FESTIVAL AT SEA!

NEWS: 2012 MOONDANCE FESTIVAL AT SEA!

Imagine sailing on the clear blue seas of the Caribbean while attending the 2012 Moondance International Film Festival! Between professional workshops, indie film screenings, networking cocktail parties, and gala awards ceremony, enjoy all that a 3-day luxury cruise aboard a cruise ship has to offer. All for one low, affordable package price, which includes cabin, a wide variety of entertainment options, shore tours, all-you-can eat 24 hours a day, as well as all of our famous film festival events: Bahamas cruise AND film festival in one! Forget winter weather; experience the perfect weather, sparkling blue seas and the warm sun of the Caribbean in December!

MOONDANCE AT SEA is in the very early planning stages, so please let us know if you’d be interested in joining us on this unique film festival cruise in 2012. We cordially welcome all audiences, international filmmakers, writers, composers, families and all indie film buffs. The 3-day film festival cruise package will only cost in the range of $500-$750 (depending on number of attendees & cabin accommodations selected), and all festival events, film screenings, networking parties, workshops, & awards ceremony, AND the 3-day Bahamas cruise are included in this amazingly low, low ticket price! We’ll need at least 100 participants to make this work! Please email right now: moondancefestival@gmail.com, with MIFF CRUISE 2012 in the subject line, to let us know if you like the idea of a festival at sea, and if you’ll want to join the Moondance crew, and let’s make a big splash!

EXTRAORDINARY OPPORTUNITY!

Would you like to host the best of Moondance films & workshops in your community, anywhere in the US and/or the world? You can bring Moondance to your area! Contact Elizabeth English now at director@moondancefilmfestival.com to discuss the details and benefits!

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MOONDANCE 2012 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES!

The 2012 Moondance early-bird call-for-entries will open for submissions on December 1, 2011.  We look forward to receiving your next film, screenplay, film score, TV script, stageplay, radio show, music video, and more!

Check out all of the 2012 Moondance submission categories at: http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com/03_submission.categories.html

MOONDANCE IS SEEKING DONORS, SPONSORS & FRIENDS!

Dear Friends of Moondance International Film Festival: Please seriously consider helping support Moondance’s on-going efforts to promote, inspire and encourage the world’s independent filmmakers, writers and composers, with a financial donation to start off the new year right! Your contribution makes it possible for us to enlighten, inspire, enrich, educate, and entertain through film, writing & music. Any donation amount is greatly appreciated.

A donation of $1000 or more, to help fund our 2011 film festival, will put your name, or your company’s name, in the Moondance credits as a co-producer: on our website, in the newsletters, and in the festival print program!

Thanks a million!

TO DONATE NOW, GO TO: http://www.acteva.com/go/moondance2011

TO SEE OUR SPONSOR PAGES, GO TO: http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com/04_sponsors.info.html

SPECIAL LIMITED-TIME OFFER*! Anyone who donates $1000 (or more) in 2011 to support Moondance’s continuing efforts to help make the world a better place through film, writing & music, will receive this brand-new, beautiful custom-made Luna Guitar with Victorian-era Mermaid art on both sides as a gift for your generous, much-appreciated financial support!

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MOONDANCER NEWS!

Tara Miele and Brett Juskalian are celebrating the recent release on DVD of their first independent feature film, “The Lake Effect,” hoping audiences worldwide will embrace their indie film. The film stars Kay Panabaker from “Fame” and ABC’s “No Ordinary Family,” Ross Partridge from the Duplass Brothers’ film “Baghead” and Tara Summers from television’s “Boston Legal.” It screened to sold-out audiences at festivals nationwide and won awards including Best Screenplay, Best Ensemble Acting and the Audience Favorite Award from festivals, including the Moondance International Film Festival. The Raindance Film Festival in London named Miele, “a Top Ten American Indie Filmmaker to Watch.” The Lake Effect was released on DVD Oct. 18 and is available from Amazon.com, Walmart.com and can be added to a Netflix DVD queue. Watch the trailer for “The Lake Effect” at www.thelakeeffectfilm.com

MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

HERE’S AN ANIMATION VIDEO YOU’LL LIKE:

Winter / En Hiver

by Moondance winner, director Andy Collen & Amy Blumenstein-Collen

Here’s an interview with the director about the making of this film:

NEW ENGLAND FILM

http://newenglandfilm.com/news/archives/05may/winter.htm

For more information on the filmmakers and Happy Trails Animation, visit www.happytrailsanimation.com

The goal of Shaping True Story Into Screenplay is to empower screenwriters who are spurred on by personal experience and help them make the leap from cathartic expression to true storytelling. With an encouraging and supportive tone, the book guides its readers towards objectivity about their experience. A screenplay based on real life must move beyond a self-indulgent re-telling, and this book explains the process of writing one’s own story in terms of antagonist and protagonist, beginning, middle and end, dramatic conflict and character motivations. Candace Kearns Read, MFA, a popular Moondance workshop presenter, has over twenty years of experience in the film industry as a screenwriter and screenwriting teacher and consultant, and this book provides an in-depth look at the specific challenges of adapting from true story, based on her experience.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/146376295X/ref=cm_sw_su_dp

MOONDANCERS WRITE US!

“I’d like to say that it was my great pleasure to meet you! Thank you very much for your special attention to me & my film ‘Siberia.Monamour”. It was really important for me to discover, that my film is understandable & close to the American audience!” ~ Slava Ross, 2011 director, “Siberia, Monamour”, winning feature film & audience favorite

“Being able to put the Moondance Audience Favorite Documentary award (and Official Selected Film) laurels on my promotional materials is more than I could have hoped for. I appreciate everything you did for us.” ~ Greg Chaney, director, “Journey On the Wild Coast”

“I want you to know that being from Colorado and growing up in Aspen as a kid, and then going to CU in Boulder, this fest means so much to me. So to have missed this event leaves a rather large whole in the world of fests-not-to-miss. I am glad to know that your festival showed and honored this short film that we did for this non-profit noteworthy cause. Amy and I try to create something special and different for each and every new film we do. It is your honor that lets us know that we are on the right track. It is also acknowledgment like this Star Award that gets us through the tough times, but then also reminds us to keep moving forward, and that tomorrow is another day…” ~ Andy Collen, Producer/ Director, “Seeds of Opportunity”

I’ve been busy… we’ve been in production! Just wanted to say thank you so much! This is so exciting for me. Maybe next year the finished film will be at Moondance….So happy about this.” ~ Johnnie Mazzocco, 2011 feature screenplay semi-finalist “Found Objects”

“Thank you so much from myself and from my crew and all the friends of Jupiter Beach for my Calypso award.” ~ Cyndi Lenz, director, “The Garbage of Jupiter Beach” documentary film

THE LABYRINTH AS A SACRED TOOL

By Elizabeth English

Medieval labyrinth/Chartres Cathedral, France

Long before computers and the Internet, before the written word, before agriculture, before even simple village life, we were a spiritual people. It is clear that ritual, ceremony, rites of passage, and personal vision quests, are more than simple symbolic acts, but are a gateway into the deep connection of universal kinship with Spirit.

The unicursal path of the labyrinth is what differentiates it and sets it apart as a magnificent spiritual tool. The labyrinth does not engage our thinking minds, but invites our intuitive, pattern-seeking symbolic mind to come forth. It presents us with only one profound choice. To enter the labyrinth is to choose to walk a sacred path.

A labyrinth is different from a maze; there are no tricks to it, no dead ends or cul de sacs; no intersecting paths. Labyrinths have one well-defined path that leads us to the center and back out again. The truth-seeker and pilgrim alike will be amazed to find that the labyrinth is an all-encompassing metaphor, with its twists and turns, reflecting life’s path. Walking the labyrinth clears the mind and gives insight into the spiritual journey.

A sense of community forms within us during the labyrinth walk, and we discover our own internal rhythm. Honoring the body’s tempo helps open our intuitive channels. The creative process joins the imagery moving between the surface of our everyday minds to the thoughtful parts of our rational minds. To walk the labyrinth is an act of praise and thanksgiving. It is a tool to guide healing, to deepen self-knowledge, and empower creativity.

We become aware, and feel grateful, while walking the labyrinth path, that we are all part of the same dance, that everything around us is part of a divine plan. Discovering our connection to the sacred whole empowers our seeking. When we see our lives from the perspective of wholeness, we appreciate that our actions have a greater impact on the world than we may have ever imagined, or thought possible.

The labyrinth serves as a blueprint for transformation, developing new human capacities, restoring ancient ones, and discovering new potentials within us; allowing us to experience our inner world. The labyrinth awaits our discovery, for it will guide us through the troubles of our lives to the grand mysterious patterns that form the web of creation. It will lead us toward the source and will eventually guide us home.

As we proceed in the new millennium, there is a quickening of the world pulse. The beginning of a new thousand-year cycle is always a time of prophecy and hope, a time to prepare for the next cycle of life, to celebrate, to reconnect to the sacred through self-reflection, and to take a more active role in creating the world of tomorrow. Walking the labyrinth is a quest, a way in which we can all realize our goals, and discover how our individual spirits touch the Soul of the world, and how this World Soul envelops us, and extends the sacred circle.

Ancient Cretan 7-Circuit labyrinth

Come walk the Moondance Labyrinth with us!

THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

Photo by Tippie Pics, Crested Butte, Colorado

“There remains for us only the very narrow way, often extremely difficult to find, of living every day as if it were our last, and yet living in faith and responsibility as though there were to be a great future.” ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German theologian

“You’ll never plow a field by turning it over in your mind.” ~ Irish Proverb

“As long as you are going to think anyway, think big!” – Donald Trump

Photo by Adrian Davis: www.adriandavisphotography.com

“When you blame others, you give up your power to change.” Robert Anthon

“Life isn’t about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain.” ~ Source unknown

“Short and irrevocable is the lifetime of all; but to extend our fame by deeds, this is the task of greatness.” ~ Virgil, 70-19 BC, from “The Aeneid”, epic poem in Latin

Steve Jobs

“You need a lot more than vision — you need a stubbornness, tenacity, belief and patience to stay the course.” ~ Edwin Catmull, a co-founder of Pixar, responding to the passing of Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, 1955-2011

LANGUAGES AND CULTURES AT MOONDANCE

Zenos-Frudakis- "Freedom"

The goal of the annual Moondance International Film Festival & competition is to inspire, encourage, award, recognize, appreciate and accelerate achievement for all filmmakers, writers and composers around the world. We strive to help eliminate the achievement gap, and increase international community participation, through professional arts development that nurtures and supports innovation and creativity, by promoting the integration of various languages, cultures, and the visual and performing arts.

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