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READ THIS: THE 2014 MOONDANCE WANTS YOU!

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We sincerely hope you’ll consider submitting your film, script, story, and/or music project to the 2014 MOONDANCE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL competition, and plan to attend 3 days & nights of the gala film festival events, September 26, 27, 28, 2014, in beautiful Boulder, Colorado USA. / Colorado INFO.

OK, there’s no ocean here, but Boulder has lots of lovely wild & scenic hiking trails, mountain climbing, river rafting, wildflower meadows, dude ranches, biking & horseback trails, nearby historic gold-mining towns & steam-engine railroad trips, great nightlife, buffalo herds, fabulous dining, national parks, and not to mention fantastic trout fishing in mountain lakes and icy streams roaring down from our glaciers. Like mountain climbing? There are 50 “fourteeners” (14,000’ high mountain peaks) in the USA, and Colorado has 49 of them! Check out a virtual edition of the 2013 Official Colorado Virtual Guide here, & sign up for the e-newsletter, or download our Colorado iPad App here.

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VIEW FROM BOULDER’S HISTORIC CHAUTAUQUA PARK

(just 2 blocks from the Moondance office & less than a  mile from downtown!)

MOONDANCE COMPETITION CATEGORIES:
  • FILMS (SHORTS & FEATURES, DOCUMENTARIES, NARRATIVE, ANIMATION, MUSIC VIDEOS)
  • SCREENPLAYS
  • FILM SCORES & ORIGINAL MUSIC
  • STAGEPLAYS
  • SHORT STORIES
  • FILM TRAILERS
  • MUSIC VIDEOS
  • KID’S FILMS
  • TV PILOTS
  • RADIO PLAYS
  • and more!
MOONDANCE AWARDS CATEGORIES:
  • SPIRIT OF MOONDANCE AWARD
  • MOONDANCE SEAHORSE AWARD
  • MOONDANCE COLUMBINE AWARD
  • MOONDANCE DOLPHIN AWARD
  • MOONDANCE SANDCASTLE AWARD
  • MOONDANCE GAIA AWARD
  • & more!
EVENTS AT THE 2014 MOONDANCE FILM FESTIVAL:
  • INDIE FILM SCREENINGS! (Features, shorts, documentaries, animation, trailers & music videos)
  • PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOPS & SEMINARS!
  • PITCH-PANELS FOR WRITERS, FILMMAKERS & COMPOSERS!
  • PRODUCTIVE FREE NETORKING PARTIES & EVENTS!
  • PRIVATE CONSULTATIONS WITH THE PROS!
  • MINGLE WITH CELEBRITY ATTENDEES!
  • GALA AWARDS CEREMONY & RECEPTION!
  • & more!

ALL FILM SCREENINGS, WORKSHOPS AND EVENTS AT MOONDANCE ARE AFFORDABLE, WELCOMING, ECO-FRIENDLY GREEN, ACCESSABLE, USER-FRIENDLY, AND THERE IS NO GENERAL FESTIVAL FEE TO ATTEND! COME ENJOY OUR UNIQUE EVENTS, WHERE ALL ARE TREATED EQUALLY, AND EVERYONE IS A V.I.P.! Tickets will be on sale in August.

True to the spirit of the best of entertaining, important and meaningful films, professional workshops & seminars, pitch-panels, networking events, and so on, Moondance is supported and attended by those people who value the very best in top-quality films, as well as the Moondance mission, and share a passion for the power of great films, stories & music to entertain, enlighten, inspire, encourage, educate and challenge peoples’ perceptions. Moondance is working with the US & international entertainment industry, and with celebrity advocates, helping connect our audiences to vital global issues. Check out the Moondance Mission.

3 EASY WAYS TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY:

(in order of preference)


1. MIFF ENTRY FORM

http://moondancefilmfestival.com/moondance-entry-form

NEW!

2. FILM FREEWAY SUBMISSION SERVICE

https://filmfreeway.com/festival/MoondanceInternationalFilmFestival

3. WITHOUTABOX SUBMISSION SERVICE

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

FINAL POSTMARK DEADLINE FOR REGULAR SUBMISSIONS:

JUNE 30, 2014

…but don’t wait until the last minute! Send in your submission now!

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READ THESE INFORMATIVE MOONDANCE E-ZINE ARTICLES HERE!

MATCHES LIGHTING

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A MOONDANCER WRITES US:

“I would like to thank Moondance for the sponsored Inktip.com subscription. As well, I’d like to share some news: MovieBytes.com has identified GRACE as one of the top ten winning scripts for 2103 in three different categories. You could have knocked me over with a feather when I discovered this!” http://www.moviebytes.com/ws/ ~ Lynda Lemberg, Moondance winner for GRACE, feature screenplay

SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

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“A wise man adapts himself to circumstances, as water always shapes itself to the container that holds it.” ~ Ancient Chinese Proverb

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 “Nothing is so contagious as an example. We rarely do great good without bringing about more of the same on the part of others.” ~ La Rochfoucauld

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“Do not be too quick to fabricate an injurious rumor, to falsely accuse, or lay unfair blame; speak always as though you were giving testimony before the judgment of your God.” ~ Anonymous

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“Love really IS the answer! Nothing else, not controlling, nor bullying, nor cajoling, nor whining, nor blaming, nor any other means of self-protection or self-seeking, is as effective in attaining happiness as is the act of loving with an open-heart. Love is the key to a happy life – but you’ve got to give it in order to get it.” ~ Lynne Forrest (edited)

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“Freedom is that brief instant between when someone tells you that you must do something and when you decide how you will respond.” ~ Jeffrey Borenstein

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“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” ~ Anonymous

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LADDERS + MAN @ WALL


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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

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A LIST OF UPCOMING GRANTS FOR FILMMAKERS

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 To give everyone more time to work on your films and scripts and a little less time researching how to fund them find relevant opportunities for your narrative films, documentaries, and screenplays, with deadlines for applying for these grants. READ MORE: http://www.filmcontact.com/africa/south-africa/list-upcoming-grants-filmmakers

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Movie Nation: The Numbers Behind Our Obsession

While the movie industry might be complaining lately about a lack of DVD sales due to piracy, Americans still attend cinema more often than several other popular entertainment options, including sporting events. We look at the numbers behind our movie obsession, including the cost of making movies, the cost of attending. Take a look: http://www.superscholar.org/movies/

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Ben Cahan, the original developer and co-founder of Final Draft®, the
 most widely-used screenwriting software on the planet, has created Talentville with the goal of building a global community where
 screenwriters the world over can interact, collaborate and ultimately get the
 attention of Hollywood insiders. 

We already have over 7500 members, 1600 screenplays, 6400 reviews and 150 Industry 
members looking for their next project. 

If you take your screenwriting seriously, become a Talentville Resident today, and 
let’s build a large and influential screenwriting community together. It’s all about connections, right? Well, let’s get connected! http://www.talentville.com

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Resting in Stillness: Integrative Restoration – iRest Yoga Nidra

Amazon.com book listing (Audio CD)

Richard Miller, PhD, author

Yoga nidra or “yogi sleep” is a sleep-like state which yogis report to experience during their meditations. Yoga nidra, lucid sleeping is among the deepest possible states of relaxation while still maintaining full consciousness. Lucid dreaming is the Western term used to denote a practice similar to yoga nidra. The distinguishing difference is the degree to which one remains cognizant of the actual physical environment as opposed to a dream environment. In lucid dreaming, one is only (or mainly) cognizant of the dream environment, and have little or no awareness of our actual environment.

The practice of yoga relaxation has been found to reduce tension and anxiety. The autonomic symptoms of high anxiety such as headache, giddiness, chest pain, palpitations, sweating and abdominal pain respond well. It has been used to help soldiers from war cope with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoga_nidra

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With a goal of providing the most accurate and up-to-date news and information available, MOTHER NATURE NETWORK covers the broadest scope of environmental news and social responsibility issues on the internet. And, we do so in a way that is engaging and easy-to-understand. MNN is designed for people who want to make our world a better place. Just as your world encompasses many different aspects—your family, your health, your lifestyle, your business, your community, AND your planet, so too does MNN. Every day offers a wide range of opportunities to improve your world, and MNN is here to help keep you informed. Join the MNN community and connect with others who share your interests and passions. http://www.mnn.com

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Please join our 5000+ networking connections at the popular

MOONDANCE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL GROUP

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Check us out on, linkedin.com, the professional international networking website!

Check us out on linkedin.com, the professional international networking website!

• How many times Moondance has appeared in LinkedIn searches in just one recent week: 2,663. Moondance has one of the top 1% most-viewed LinkedIn profiles! Moondance now has over 5000+ opt-in connections on LinkedIn! Please consider joining the Moondance International Film Festival networking group there, too.

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A MOONDANCE SPECIAL TRIBUTE & NEWS

 C o m e   s w i m   w i t h   t h e   M e r m a i d s !

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S C R O L L  O N  D O W N  T O  S E E : 

  • CALL-FOR-ENTRIES SUBMISSION INFO
  • A MOONDANCER WRITES US
  • SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
  • A TRIBUTE TO MOONDANCER, DONNA LISA

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Send in your submission now, and plan to attend the

2014 Moondance International Film Festival

in beautiful Boulder, Colorado!

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M O O N D A N C E   2 0 1 4   S U B M I S S I O N S   I N F O :

COMPETITION CATEGORIES: films, (shorts & features, documentaries, narrative, animation), music videos, screenplays, film scores & original music, stageplays, short stories, TV pilots, radio plays, and more!

3 EASY WAYS TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY:

(in order of preference)


1. MIFF ENTRY FORM

http://moondancefilmfestival.com/moondance-entry-form

NEW!

2. FILM FREEWAY SUBMISSION SERVICE

https://filmfreeway.com/festival/MoondanceInternationalFilmFestival

3. WITHOUTABOX SUBMISSION SERVICE

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

FINAL POSTMARK DEADLINE FOR REGULAR SUBMISSIONS:

JUNE 30, 2014

…but don’t wait until the last minute! Send in your submission now!

PLEASE READ & SUBSCRIBE TO THE MOONDANCE NEWS BLOG NOW: www.moondancefilmfestival.com/blog

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A  M O O N D A N C E R   W R I T E S   U S :

“Your non-violence statement (in your previous blog) is wonderful, and needs to be said. For anyone who does not believe that the violence depicted in film has made a definite impression and influence upon society has only to read the daily newspapers. We have all become victims of a violent society. Thank you for doing a really special and un-selfish job of getting your wonderful message out to the public.” ~ Lorna Kanter, Moondance screenplay finalist & artist

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S O M E   T H I N G S   T O   T H I N K   A B O U T :

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“Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.” ~ Joseph Campbell

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“Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways. The dry seasons in life do not last; the spring rains will come again.” ~ Sarah Breathnach

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A  T R I B U T E   T O  D O N N A   L I S A  4  K I D S : 

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Photo by Cindy Gold

Moondance has sadly lost a good friend. Screenwriter-songwriter and 7-time Moondance award-winner over the years, Donna Lisa Rothstein, was recently struck by a car in New Jersey, along with her husband, and she passed away a few days later. Such a sad, tragic and unfortunate loss. She will be greatly missed by many, but her legacy will continue on. Please visit her website at: www.donnalisa.com

Donna was a very special friend of mine and of the Moondance, and we spent many happy and productive hours together. Her talent, kindness, generosity and love for all kids will always shine brightly, and will continue to inspire others. My heartfelt condolences to her family, friends and her many fans. ~Elizabeth

DONNA LISA’S MOONDANCE AWARDS:

“Kheng Kheng Crocodile” (Family Screenplay & title song)

“Koompa and His Crocodile” (TV
 Pilot for Kids) 

The June Bug” – (TV Pilot for Kids)

“Wheels” (TV Pilot for Kids)

“Bat Cat and Bitsy” (TV Pilot Scripts for Kids)

“Toucan You Can!” (Family Screenplay – Animation)

“Toucans of the Amazon” (Feature Screenplays for Kids)

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“The playful quality of Donna’s songwriting & screenplays invite children to share an adventure with her. She takes youngsters on a whimsical journey and they eagerly respond by singing her catchy melodies and tapping into their own imaginations. These tunes & stories engage children and allow them to sing along. Donna’s lyrics & writings are informative
, and stimulate questions and learning. Donna’s lyrics paint memorable pictures of animals, places, imaginary characters and activities that intrigue children. Donna Lisa’s nurturing music is perfect for children and parents alike. Her themes and lyrics are so upbeat and enjoyable, they keep you humming the tunes long after hearing them. Donna was a contributing singer/songwriter and A&R Coordinator for “Playful Journeys to Grow On,” a compilation, children’s CD that will benefit The United Way.” (text excerpted & edited from Donna Lisa’s website)

DONNA LISA’S MOONDANCE TESTIMONIAL:

I will always be grateful to Moondance and Elizabeth English for giving me ongoing support and encouragement. I have submitted my writing to Moondance for the past few years. I still remember the first year I entered. I was unsure about the process. Elizabeth patiently explained things and gave me extra time to send in my submission. Each year I entered, I was recognized, affirmed, and given very helpful guidance. I love the fact that the festival makes a special effort to acknowledge the work of women. Moondance offers more awards, in more categories, than almost anyone.

When I attended the Moondance Film Festival, it was an enriching experience. I met writers, directors, filmmakers, producers, and musicians from all over the world. I enjoyed the workshops, the special events, the variety of new films, the consultations, the networking parties, and the awards ceremony. The heart of the festival was, and is, Elizabeth. She’s firm, direct, and very knowledgeable. Elizabeth has a way of nurturing creative people and making each of them feel important. Elizabeth has been a mentor to me and many other writers. She has gone out of her way to give me advice and has helped me make some significant connections.

I really can’t say enough positive things about Moondance and Elizabeth. I highly recommend the Moondance International Film Festival, and contest, to anyone in the creative/entertainment arts. ~ Donna Lisa, January, 2011

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MOONDANCE NEWS & CHINESE NEW YEAR WISHES!

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Wishing you a very happy, healthy, and productive Chinese Lunar New Year of the Horse! I hope it’s good for me, too, as the horse (water horse) is my Chinese Zodiac sign… ~ My Very Best Regards, Elizabeth

In Chinese astrology, Horse year is considered a fortunate year that brings good luck and good things. Magical Horse has supernatural powers, is heroic, strong, and can even fly! Horse year is about freedom, returning to nature, and enjoying life and life’s adventures…you may feel more buoyant and able to tackle things that you have been putting on the back burner.

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 S C R O L L  O N  D O W N  T O  R E A D  A B O U T : 

  • 2014 SUBMISSION INFO
  • INVITATION TO ATTEND THE 2014 MOONDANCE
  • A MOONDANCER’S SUCCESS STORY
  • MOONDANCERS WRITE US!
  • BAD & GOOD NEWS FROM HOLLYWOOD
    • PETE SEEGER: IN MEMORIAM
    • RECOMMENDED THAI MUSIC VIDEO
    • SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
    • CONTACT US!

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M O O N D A N C E  2 0 1 4  S U B M I S S I O N S  I N F O :

COMPETITION CATEGORIES: films, (shorts & features, documentaries, narrative, animation), music videos, screenplays, film scores & original music, stageplays, short stories, TV pilots, radio plays, and more!

EASY WAYS TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY:

(in order of preference)


1. MIFF ENTRY FORM

http://moondancefilmfestival.com/moondance-entry-form

2. WITHOUTABOX SUBMISSION SERVICE

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

FINAL POSTMARK DEADLINE FOR REGULAR SUBMISSIONS:

JUNE 30, 2014

…but don’t wait until the last minute! Send in your submission now!

 Plan to join us at the original, the  one and only, Moondance International Film Festival, in beautiful Boulder, Colorado, September 26, 27, 28, 2014!

  • Top-quality Indie film screenings from around the world
  • Professional workshops & seminars
  • Productive networking parties & events
  • Gala awards ceremony
  • Meet with Hollywood celebrities in attendance

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FOR MORE INFO, VISIT THE WEBSITE: www.moondancefilmfestival.com

Please consider forwarding this news-blog to your friends and colleagues!

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A  M O O N D A N C E R ’ S   S U C C E S S   S T O R Y :

“The Diver”, winning animation film by Damon Mohl

“The Diver”, winning animation film by Damon Mohl

Moondance’s multi-award-winning animation filmmaker and artist, and Colorado resident, Damon Mohl, opens an art gallery show of his work. READ MORE:

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M O O N D A N C E R S   W R IT E   U S :

“…you placed my script, “Quantum Leap”, in the Semi-Finalist category in 2010. I sincerely thank you for that because it gave me encouragement to develop it into a much better story…It has gone through endless re-writes and the consensus among all the reviews is that it is an astonishing original story with excellent marketing potential.” ~ Nick Szegedi

I looked up Moondance and I am so pleased to learn about your festival! …and I have added Moondance to my “watch-list” on withoutabox.com.” ~ Erika Street

Wishing you great success with the Moondance Festival!” ~ Nicole Dreiske, Executive Director, International Children’s Media Center

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B A D  “N E W S”  F R O M   H O L L Y W O O D :

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Hollywood’s hidden sexism: How casting notices keep beauty standards alive. Wonder why TV wives are always hotter than their husbands? Hint: It starts before the show is even cast… this discrepancy is lodged deep within the writing and casting processes…READ MORE Article By Victoria Frings, Salon Writer

G O O D  N E W S  F R O M  H O L L Y W O O D :

Harvey Weinstein Has Change of Heart On Violent Content In Films: “The Change Starts Here”, Says He Will Change His Choices In Regard To Violence: Video “You have to look in the mirror, too. I have to choose movies that aren’t violent or as violent as they used to be.” said Weinstein. From www.deadline.com

 * Check out the Moondance statement on non-violence in film

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Folk singer Pete Seeger, who established the music as an expression of community, conscience and social justice during a career that spanned eight decades, has died. He was 94. He viewed the sharing of folk songs as a democratic act. To participate in singing songs together – which Seeger encouraged in the group sing-alongs that were an inevitable feature of his concerts – was to participate in the inner workings of the country itself. ~ Christopher Morris, Variety, January 27, 2014 “(He) seemed to always have fun with that great smile, even while singing his protests. He paved the way for Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, and truly was a one-of-a-kind troubadour for the whole world.” ~ John Vizzusi “Ever since he chose his path, he has stayed on it, and walked the walk he talked, and he inspired generations to raise our voices in song, to always think of others, to respect ourselves and all who cross our paths.” ~ David Amram, The New York Times 

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S O M E  T H I N G S  T O  T H I N K  A B O U T :

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Windmills at Mykonos, Greece

“You can be right, or you can be happy. ~ Gerald G. Jampolsky

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“To say yes, you have to sweat and roll up your sleeves and plunge, with both hands, up to the elbows, into life.” ~ Jean Anouilh

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Ajanta Caves http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ajanta_caves

“Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” Gautama Buddha

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“Kindness and love is the language that the blind can see and the deaf can hear.” – Mark Twain

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“How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.” ~ Wayne W. Dyer

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SERENE MUSIC VIDEO RECOMMENDED:

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The Thai Buddhist Forest Tradition, Thudong: Forest Monks and Hermits of Thailand

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCJi3u_KmQQ

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EMAIL: director@moondancefilmfestival.com

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HOLLYWOOD IN THE ROCKIES @ MOONDANCE 2014!

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Send in your submission now, and plan to attend the

2014 Moondance International Film Festival in Boulder, Colorado!

MovieBytes.com lists the Moondance International Film Festival

as one of the Top Ten competitions worth the entry fee!

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SCROLL ON DOWN TO READ ABOUT: 

  • 2014 SUBMISSION INFO
  • ARTICLE: EARTHING: RECONNECTING
  • A MOONDANCE WRITES US
  • MOONDANCE RECCOMENDS
  • SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
  • CONTACT US! 

 ~~~~~Thanks a million for all the great submissions, so far! ~~~~~

M O O N D A N C E   2 0 1 4   S U B M I S S I O N S   I N F O :

COMPETITION CATEGORIES:

  • FILMS (SHORTS & FEATURES, DOCUMENTARIES, NARRATIVE, ANIMATION, MUSIC VIDEOS)
  • SCREENPLAYS
  • FILM SCORES & ORIGINAL MUSIC
  • STAGEPLAYS
  • SHORT STORIES
  • TV PILOTS
  • RADIO PLAYS
  • AND MORE!

E A S Y   W A Y S   T O   S U B M I T   Y O U R   E N T R Y :

1. MIFF ENTRY FORM

http://moondancefilmfestival.com/moondance-entry-form/#gf_1

2. WITHOUTABOX SUBMISSION SERVICE

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

FINAL POSTMARK DEADLINE FOR REGULAR SUBMISSIONS:

JUNE 30, 2014

…but don’t wait until the last minute! Send in your submission now! 

Please consider forwarding this news-blog

to your friends and colleagues!

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A  M O O N D A N C E R  W R I T E S  U S :

“I think of you often and am so grateful for the support you have given me with my screenwriting over the years.  You helped to give me the confidence to believe that I could write and tell stories.  I will do that forever.” ~ Sally Sutherland, Moondance feature screenplay winner

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EARTHING: RECONNECTING WITH THE EARTH’S ENERGY

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~~~ Earthing is an amazingly simple concept that involves nothing more than reconnecting the human body with the energy naturally present in the ground we walk on. In a nutshell, here’s how Earthing (or grounding) works: The Earth’s surface contains a limitless number of free electrons that are continually replenished through solar radiation and lightning strikes; your body naturally absorbs these particles when you make physical contact with the ground.

~~~ In the body, these electrons have an anti-inflammatory effect because they reduce the free-radical activity that causes inflammation and chronic pain. (If you remember your high school science, electrons are negatively charged. Inflammation-causing free radicals are positively charged, which means the additional free electrons neutralize the free radicals.) The energy of the free electrons also helps keep your body’s innate electrical circuitry properly balanced. All of these effects are extremely beneficial to heart health.

~~~Without a regular connection to the Earth, people can develop what I call an electron deficiency. In turn, this can lead to imbalances in the body and potentially to significant health problems. For example, chronic inflammation—which is increasingly being identified as the cause of many chronic diseases, including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and autoimmune disorders—may be a result of a lack of connectedness with the earth.

~~~ Fortunately, the connection can be easily restored by regularly practicing Earthing! The dozen or so completed studies on Earthing have proven beyond any doubt that becoming grounded has significant positive effects on our physiology and heart health. Getting started with Earthing is easy. If conditions allow, literally go barefoot outside. Just 40 minutes a day can make a difference. Grass, sand, dirt, and concrete are all conductive surfaces from which your body can draw the Earth’s electrons.

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R E C O M M E N D E D :

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~~~BOOKS FOR SCREENWRITERS & FILMMAKERS~~~

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Shakespeare for Screenwriters: Timeless Writing Tips from the Master of Drama

by J. M. Evenson

SHAKESPEARE FOR SCREENWRITERS is the first book to use Shakespeare’s works to examine the fundamentals of screenwriting, breaking down beloved characters, stories, and scenes to uncover timeless storytelling secrets. “If you think Shakespeare has no relevance to contemporary filmmaking, you aren’t looking very closely. Excellent!”
— Howard Suber, Professor, UCLA School of Film; author, The Power of Film

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BETWEEN THE SCENES

Between the Scenes: What Every Film Director, Writer, and Editor Should Know About Scene Transitions

by Jeffrey Michael Bays

Between the Scenes delivers a fresh approach to film directing, screenwriting, and editing. Once you’ve got your scenes planned out, this book steps in by shifting your focus to how your individual sequences and scenes connect…

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Cinematic Storytelling

by Jennifer Van Sijll

Dialog is one of the best known, and obvious, elements in a film. But the language of cinema is more subtle and sophisticated than dialog alone. From Metropolis to Kill Bill, this remarkable reference guide reveals 100’s of…

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Film Directing: Shot by Shot:

Visualizing from Concept to Screen

by Steven D. Katz

An instant classic since its debut in 1991, Film Directing: Shot By Shot and its famous blue cover is one of the most well-known books on directing in the business, and is a favorite of professional directors as an on-set…

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S O M E  T H I N G S   T O  T H I N K  A B O U T :

 

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“Life is the perpetual present moment one lives in, and a perception that time is nothing more than the current…an eternal flowing back to the sea.” ~William Least Heat-Moon, author, “River Horse”

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Great Wall of China in Winter, photo by Steve Webel

Great Wall of China in Winter, photo by Steve Webel

“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the merely talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” ~ Stephen King

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JAPANESE SAND GARDEN

 When we are out of alignment with ourselves, it is mirrored immediately – when we are in harmony with ourselves, the world reflects that, too. Accept the lessons offered, and return to serenity.” ~ Lynne Forrest

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Ernest Hemingway in Africa

Ernest Hemingway in Africa

“The secret to life is to put yourself in the right lighting. For some, it’s a Broadway spotlight. For others, it’s a lamp-lit desk.” ~ Susan Cain

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“It is better to wear out than to rust out.” ~ Richard Cumberland

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BUDDHA & LOTUS 

When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” ~ Zen Buddhist Proverb

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HOW TO GET AN AGENT! & MOONDANCE MID-JANUARY NEWS

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“True peace is a state of mind brought about only by peaceful people.”

~ Jawaharal Nehru

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M O O N D A N C E   N E W S !

BOULDER, COLORADO: Moondance’s long-time home-town of beautiful Boulder, Colorado, is where this internationally known and well-respected film festival started in 1999, and to celebrate all the talent here in Colorado, Moondance 2014 will hold the first, the one & only…

~ ALL-COLORADO MOONDANCERS FILM SCREENINGS ~

…during the 15th annual September event, in conjunction with all the other fine films selected for screenings from the US and around the world! Moondance will also have a special focus on Colorado writers and music composers, too! Moondance also promises to bring attention to the state of Colorado as a world-class destination for filmmakers to consider shooting their projects here.

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Send in your submission now, and plan to attend the

2014 Moondance International Film Festival in Boulder, Colorado!

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  • 2014 SUBMISSION INFO
  • ARTICLE: HOW TO GET AN AGENT!
  • MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS
  • SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
  • CONTACT US!

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M O O N D A N C E   2 0  1 4   S U B M I S S I O N S   I N F O :

COMPETITION CATEGORIES: films, (shorts & features, documentaries, narrative, animation), music videos, screenplays, film scores & original music, stageplays, short stories, TV pilots, radio plays, and more!

EASY WAYS TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY:

 MIFF ENTRY FORM

http://moondancefilmfestival.com/moondance-entry-form/

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WITHOUTABOX SUBMISSION SERVICE

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FINAL POSTMARK DEADLINE FOR REGULAR SUBMISSIONS:

JUNE 30, 2014

…but don’t wait until the last minute! Send in your submission now!

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 HOW TO GET AN AGENT!

What Agents Want (and Don’t Want) to See

By Elizabeth English*

 2 PENGUINS ON ICE

First, call, email or write to literary agents who are listed as being willing to look at unsolicited screenplays, or who are looking for new clients. Tell them  what you have and would like to send to them, for their consideration. Do not send a script unless you are invited to do so!

HOW TO FIND LISTED AGENTS:
  • The Hollywood Creative Directory’s Agent/Management directory
  • Writers Digest
  • Writers Guild of America (East & West)
GUIDELINES FOR GETTING AN AGENT:

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

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

3. Presentation of script: be sure to have a plain cardstock cover, front and back; a title page with all your contact info; three-hole punch white paper; two solid-brass brads in the top and bottom hole only.

4. You may be asked to submit your script digitally, via email. In that case, ask if the agent wants it in a screenwriting program, such as Final Draft, or as a .pdf.

5. In any case, always be sure to register your script with WGAw or WGAe, and/or copyright it before sending it out!

6. “Attachments”, in the form of interested actors, director, producer, and most importantly: money, to your project, will always help get almost any agent interested. Mention this, if applicable, in your cover letter. But don’t send a “wish-list” of actors, director, etc.

7. If you’ve had a film or films produced from other screenplays you’ve written, definitely mention this in your cover letter.

8. Getting your screenplay to an agent is a 4-step process. Be patient!

9. Have more than one screenplay completed. At least three of your best screenplays need to be completed and ready to go, when and if requested.

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

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

12. Writing ability and style. Everything depends on this.

13. Dialog: your ability to write good, memorable and believable dialog is paramount.

14. Format and structure: in submitting your work to an agent, you should be sure the script is in proper format and structure. There are many books and online articles on these vital subjects.

15. Print out your script and read it in hard-copy, checking every word and every line for typos, edits needed, and etc.

16. Submit a reader’s script, not a production script! No camera angles or technical suggestions. Don’t use (continued) or (con’t.) after every character name and scene or bottom & top of each page.

17. Remember, you’re the writer, not the director, director of photography, costumer, set director, producer, cinematographer, lighting director, editor, music director, and so on.

18. Budget: yes, a screenwriter needs to know about this. Many buyers are looking for specific subjects with very specific production budgets. Currently, a low-budget feature film will be $10-20 million, for example. If your script requires action scenes and/or CGI graphics, double that figure.

19. If you know The Business at all, and have experience and/or good contacts, make the agent aware of this, so he or she will know you are a professional.

20. Let the prospective agent know you are open to re-writes and edits of your scripts. You will always be asked to do re-writes, edits, revisions and polishes, sometimes “on spec”, so prepare yourself mentally and be agreeable to it.

21. Be willing and able to pitch your screenplay to production companies and studios, with the agent, in person. If you live far from L.A., or NY, let the agent know you can arrange to go there for pitching appointments. Try to schedule more than one pitch meeting at a time.

22. Be friendly and easy-going, yet professional and self-confident. Hollywood, even though it’s a “snake-pit” at times, is run on connections and contacts. If they don’t like you, and don’t feel they can work with you, you don’t have a chance there, no matter how good your script is.

23. Be honest! Never, ever hype yourself or your script unless the information is absolutely true & provable. If you’ve won a contest with your script, let them know.

24. And if you’ve been submitting your scripts around to everybody for years, and they ask, tell the truth. Production companies and studios keep lists of what has been submitted to them, and you don’t want to embarrass your new agent!

  1. HOW TO GET “DISCOVERED”:
  • InkTip.com is a the best website on which to post your scripts, to be seen by many agents, producers, managers, development  & acquisition executives
  • LinkedIn.com is a good social networking site for making entertainment industry contacts & networking
  • If you live in or near Los Angeles, attend parties, special film screenings, film festivals, and other events where Hollywood types will be.
  • Enter the top film festival competitions with your best work, and win!
  • If you do win a contest, add that info to your cover letter!
  WHAT SHOULD AN AGENT DO FOR YOU? ~ Send out your loglines and one sheet synopses, and scripts to Development & Acquisition executives at production companies and studios ~ Give suggestions on potential edits, revisions and re-writes that may be needed to sell the script ~ Set up pitch sessions for you at production companies and studios ~  Get the best deal he or she can for you, at or above schedule of WGA minimums. ~ Encourage and inspire you to create new material and projects. ~ An agent should NOT charge you any reading or consultation fees, nor for any expenses incurred for promoting you or your script. The agent will be compensated from his or her 10 or 15 % of the sale of your script.   WHAT AGENTS DO NOT WANT TO SEE:
  • A script sent to them “cold”, with no phone call, e-mail or letter first
  • A script that is too long (over 120 pages), or too short (under 90 pages)
  • A script that is bound incorrectly (no brads, no cover, no title page)
  • A script that is not formatted correctly & has grammatical and/or spelling errors
  • A cover letter that is more than one page long
  • A script that is mostly descriptions of people and locations, like a novel
  • A script with unrealistic or stilted/boring dialog
  • A script where the real action of the story begins late, after page 10 or 20
  • A script with more than 100 scenes (each scene costs money)
  • A script with a prospective production budget over that what is requested
  • A script that has a lot of well-known copyrighted music noted in the text.
  • A script that is not in the genre requested
  • A writer who is unwilling to consider re-writes, revisions and edits
  • A script that has any typos, misspellings or poor syntax
  • A script without conflicts in the plot and story-line
  • A script without interesting, memorable characters
  • A story without character development
  • A storyline that has been done a million times
  • An incomplete screenplay
  • A script that is not in proper screenplay format
  • A script that has been shopped around for years
  • A writer who calls or e-mails sooner than 2 weeks after the agent received the script

If and when you do call an agent, after you’ve sent your query letter, title & logline, and synopsis, then the screenplay, if requested, and waiting at least two weeks to get a response, don’t put the agent on the spot by calling or emailing to ask, “Did you get my screenplay? Did you read it? Did you like it?” Ask, instead, “Have you had a chance to take a look at (title of screenplay)?” If the agent or assistant or intern says “not yet”, and he or she probably will, ask when it might be OK to call or email again to follow up, and then wait to call until that date. IF the agent says “It’s not for us.”, thank them for their time, and ask if you can send another script, or a rewrite. THE CARE & FEEDING OF YOUR NEW AGENT:

OK, you’ve finally gotten a good professional agent, preferably one associated with the Writers Guild, and who is excited about your work. Congratulations! You need to treat him or her well, don’t call or email all the time to find out what’s going on with your script(s). Your new agent also has many other clients to promote. Be nice, trust your agent. It’s like getting a new best friend, and you want to keep on his or her good side, making sure the person likes and respects you. The agent will work for you to sell your script to a production company and/or studio…that’s how both of you get paid. SUGGESTED READING & RESOURCES:

Relevant articles, by Elizabeth English:

Books & Magazines:

  • Lew Hunter’s Screenwriting 434
  • Linda Seger’s How to Make a Good Screenplay Great
  • Linda Seger’s How to Make a Good Screenwriter Great
  • David Howard’s A Writer’s Guide to the Craft and Elements of a Screenplay
  • Creative Screenwriting
  • Scr(i)pt Magazine

*Need a professional script consultation at reasonable rates?

Contact: ELIZABETH ENGLISH

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

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CREATIVE AMERICA is a grassroots organization uniting the entertainment community and others against content theft. Creative America unites actors, directors, craft professionals, editors, cinematographers, small businesses that service the industry, studio employees, and all others making a living in and caring about film, television, and other creative industries, who believe that creativity and innovation deserve to be protected. Join the movement to stop content theft and protect American creativity and jobs.

 To be successful in the fight against content theft, we must make our voice heard in Washington and in communities across America. Creative America is supported by an unprecedented coalition of major entertainment unions, guilds, studios, and networks, including CBS Corporation, the Directors Guild of America, IATSE International, NBC Universal, SAG – AFTRA, Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., Twentieth Century Fox, Viacom, the Walt Disney Company, and Warner Bros. Entertainment. – See more at: http://www.creativeamerica.org/

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NECKER ISLAND ANIMALS http://www.neckerisland.virgin.com/en/necker_island/things_to_do/animals

NECKER ISLAND is a haven for some of the more rare species of plants and animals found in the Caribbean and elsewhere in the world. Recent arrivals have cemented the island’s reputation as a place where nature’s diversity is truly celebrated and protected. From flamingos, soldier crabs and iguanas to our famous red-footed tortoise, Necker’s animal family continues to grow, with more recent newcomers joining the party: 35 Madagascar lemurs in addition to those already resident on island. They’ve also recently introduced a flock of Scarlet Ibis, White Cheeked Pintail and Roseate Spoonbills. Necker Island is Sir Richard Branson’s home and favorite hideaway.

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Lounge Articles:

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BEAUTIFUL WILD DOLPHIN SLIDE-SHOW!

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Wild Atlantic dolphins photo by Atmo, Bimini, http://www.WildQuest.com

Wild Atlantic dolphins photo by Atmo, Bimini, http://www.WildQuest.com

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

RAINBOW DOUBLE BY JEREMY AUSTINPhoto by Jeremy Austin  

“People who postpone happiness are like children who try chasing rainbows in an effort to find the pot of gold at the rainbow’s end. But life will never be fulfilled until you are happy in the here and now.” ~ Ken Keyes, Jr.

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EGG SPROUT

“If you believe in what you are doing, then let nothing hold you back! Much of the best work in the world has been done despite seeming impossibilities. The thing is to get the work done.” ~ Dale Carnegie

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TOUCH

“Too often, we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of love and caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” ~ Leo Buscaglia

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

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“Winnie the Pooh” illustration by E. H. Shepard

“Winnie the Pooh” illustration by E. H. Shepard

“The way of Tao doesn’t force or interfere with things, but lets them work in their own way to produce results naturally. No stress, no struggle. The mind of Wu Wei flows like water, reflects like a mirror, responds like an echo. It evolves from an inner sensitivity to the natural rhythm of things, like that of water flowing over and around the rocks in its path.”  ~ Benjamin Hoff, author “The Tao of Pooh”

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DRAGONFLY & LEAF

The ability to see beauty is the beginning of our moral sensibility. What we believe is beautiful we will not wantonly destroy. ~ Rev. Sean Parker Dennison

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A MOONDANCE HAPPY NEW YEAR & YEAR-END WRAP-UP!

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR

May the stars shine upon you; 
may nature fill 
your heart with beauty; 
may hope forever be in your heart; and, 
and above all
, may this new year be wonderful for you. The new year is the time to 
reach toward new horizons & realize your  dreams, 
to rediscover the strengths & talents within you, 
to rejoice in simple pleasures, and to gear up for new challenges. 
Wishing you a truly fulfilling, prosperous, healthy, peaceful  and happy 2014! ~ Elizabeth

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Happy New Year, and may 2014 be your best year ever! Thank you for your continued support of Moondance, and may all your New Year’s wishes come true!

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S C R O L L  • O N  • D O W N  • T O •  R E A D  • A B O U T :

•2014 SUBMISSIONS INFO

•2013 YEAR-END WRAP-UP NEWS

•WOMEN IN FILM ARTICLE

•WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW ARTICLE

•MIFF RECOMMENDATIONS

•A MOONDANCER WRITES US

•SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT

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MOONDANCE 2014 IS GEARED UP FOR NEW SUBMISSIONS NOW!

3 EASY WAYS TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY:

(in order of preference)


1. MIFF ENTRY FORM

http://moondancefilmfestival.com/moondance-entry-form

2. ACTEVA

www.acteva.com/go/miff

3. WITHOUTABOX SUBMISSION SERVICE

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

FINAL POSTMARK DEADLINE FOR REGULAR SUBMISSIONS:

JUNE 30, 2014

Thanks a million for all the fine early-bird submissions! 

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M O O N D A N C E  •  2 0 13 •  Y E A R – E N D  • W R A P – U P :

The year started off with a bang, while working on Moondance 2013, our 14th season, and as I was invited to tour lovely Chaing Rai, Thailand for two weeks and a visit Singapore for a few days in January, in order to research and experience (for writing a commissioned feature screenplay, THE WAYFARER) the different aspects of the two countries, the people, traditions, food, temples, cultures, landscapes, and to study Buddhist philosophy. With my gracious and generous guides in Bangkok and Chiang Rai, I was able to visit a vast tea plantation and learned how to pick tea by the mountain folks, plant rice in a rice paddy, ride in a traditional Thai long-boat on the Mekong River between Thailand and Laos, play with elephants and an 8’ white python. I visited many Buddhist temples and was given a blessing by a Thai monk at the Golden Temple, gathered sacred Bodhi tree leaves, ate delicious Thai food every day, watched Thai dancers and traditional music, learned some of the language, and to appreciate cultural differences in various regions of this beautiful, peaceful country.

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 In Singapore, a huge, bustling and modern metropolis, much different from peaceful, rural northern Thailand, I visited the marinas and country clubs of the very wealthy, high-rise downtown, and rode the speedy monorail over the harbor to the Disney-esque aquarium and entertainment park on an island.

In April, while still working on Moondance submissions, and finishing the Buddhist screenplay, I received a commission to research and write a feature screenplay about the homeless people and their culture and lifestyles. Next, I visited the historic seaside village of Mystic, Connecticut in June, to see if it was a good fit for the Moondance film festival events. While there, I toured Old Mistick Village, the cinema, various venues for the event, Mystic Aquarium, Mystic Seaport, the local vineyards, ate lots of fresh, local seafood, and spent a lovely day in the nearby old seafaring village of Stonington and its historic lighthouse. Meanwhile, our talented webster, Kelly B., who lives in Buenos Aires, built us a new and state-of-the art Moondance website. 

In mid-September, right after celebrating my mother’s 99th birthday with her, and as I was preparing to leave for New York and Connecticut the next morning, Boulder experienced its disastrous “100-Year Flood”, with torrential rains and major flooding and damage, and 18-24 inches of rain in only a few hours, with many people and whole towns evacuated, downtown Boulder shut down, roads closed, rivers and creeks over their banks, electricity out, and some homes and lives lost in the disaster. It took a week for me to get the water out of my basement, dry it out, throw out damaged items, and clean up the mess, thereby delaying my trip to Mystic until just a day before the film festival began. But Moondance 2013 took place in Mystic in September, many Moondancers attended and enjoyed the films, workshops and networking parties, and new friends were made, especially Jim & Leslie S., Wendy V. B., and Daniel D., and others. I was very happy to meet old friends, too: Joseph & Sandra C., Marc & Marla H., and Sam R., all of them award-winning filmmakers. I took a week’s relaxing vacation on Long Island, NY, after the event, and had a wonderful visit there with my three sons, their wives, and my four grandchildren, and going to the beaches as often as possible.

Back in Boulder in early October, I continued to work on the homeless screenplay story, and was then contacted by a Moondance-winning filmmaker, Chris N., about holding an adjunct Moondance event in China in 2015. Plans were made, emails and phone calls exchanged, proposals put together, official invitation and travel visa received, tickets sent, and in December, I went to Tongxiang, China, via Shanghai. I was met there by the Moondance filmmaker, as well as by my official “minder”, translator and guide, and spent 10 days in meetings and gatherings with many Chinese officials in various departments, such as tourism, cultural exchange, the top men in the local government, and so on.

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EE & Mr. Lu at Official banquet

EE & Mr. Lu at Official banquet

Every evening, large and small banquets were held in my honor, with strange and unusual (to me) Chinese foods and teas. Eating with chopsticks at every meal can certainly be an adventure, but the whole turtle I was served at one banquet was refused, in disgust. I was treated like a queen by everyone I met, calling me “Madame”, and with much bowing and deference, which was very unexpected in this Communist country.

A day-long visit to the ancient town of Wuzhen, also known as the “Venice of China”, because of the many canals and wooden boats for transportation, was a highlight of my trip, and very much enjoyed. In Wuzhen, I was shown how they make patterned indigo cloth in traditional ways, visited a traditional apothecary for ancient herbal teas for medicines, how silkworms spin silk, and how it’s cleaned and spun into cloth, bought a hand-painted fan from a master Chinese fan-maker, and had green tea in a garden by a 1000 year-old stone arched bridge over a canal. There is a fabulous, state-of-the-arts theater in the town, and many classic, elegant hotels and old, traditional inns right on the canals.

A typical canal in Wuzhen, China

A typical canal in Wuzhen, China

An award-winning Chinese film director-producer’s acquisitions partner requested two of my feature screenplays, IN THE REALM OF EMERALD LIGHT and MEN OF STONE, for possible adaptations of them for Chinese locations and characters. And a pleasant and informative visit to a couple of old Buddhist temples, as well as multiple caves with 1000+ year-old stone statues of the Buddha, an afternoon leisurely boat ride and lunch on a lovely lake, and a traditional tea ceremony with a smiling and serene monk, rounded out my fascinating stay in China, even though I didn’t get to fly a kite from the Great Wall of China, after all. I’m happy to say that I made several new friends in China, especially my Chinese women guides, assistants, and translators, Amy, Angela and Scarlett. The visit to China for Moondance was subsequently featured In an article in the Los Angeles-based China Biz News, by the owner-publisher, who also accompanied us in China.

Guide, Chris, EE & Amy, Wuzhen, China, photo: Barry Su

Guide, Chris, EE & Amy, Wuzhen, China, photo: Barry Su

Back in Boulder, once again, I completed the screenplay for the homeless story, QUID PRO QUO, and handed it in to the client, who loved it. A local entrepreneur and businessman plans to co-finance a Boulder café just like the one in the script, and my agent is currently actively promoting it to producers for film and television. So…wish me luck in this new year, the Chinese Year of the Horse (my Chinese Zodiac sign is the Water Horse)!

Meanwhile, the 2013 year-end holidays have come and gone, and Moondance 2014 submissions are coming in, I’m enjoying previewing the films and reading the screenplays, and look forward to many more. Plans are in the works for the next Moondance International Film Festival. Moondance has been warmly invited to hold the 2014 festival in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Tongxiang, Wuzhen, several different towns in Connecticut and on the North Shore of Long Island, but will most likely take place, once again, in beautiful Boulder, Colorado Cheers & Best Wishes for a Very Happy New Year to All!~~ Elizabeth

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Best Women-Directed Films of 2013

BY MELISSA SILVERSTEIN AND INKOO KANG 

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Women and Hollywood will run our own “Best of” lists to honor and celebrate the year’s best women-directed and women-centric movies and TV shows. See our previous posts on the “Best Women-Directed Documentaries of 2013,” the “Best Women-Centric Films of 2013,” and the “Most Popular Women and Hollywood Posts of 2013.”

Yes, 2013 was another terrible year for women directors, which makes the commemoration of great work by female filmmakers all-the-more important. We’ve compiled below seven great films from women this year, as well as five honorable mentions. Noteworthily, six of the seven films are about women — a sign that the gender of the person behind the camera is pretty damn important when it comes to what kind of protagonists and stories we see on screen. Also worth mentioning is that only two of the seven are American films — a reflection of the ongoing, entrenched sexism in Hollywood. But we also must note that another two films came from fairly repressive societies — Saudi Arabia and the ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel — an indication of the feminist progress that goes around the world every day. Here are our favorite women-directed films of 2013 in alphabetical order: 

Enough Said – Nicole Holofcener

Fill the Void – Rama Burshtein

Hannah Arendt – Margarethe von Trotta

In a World… – Lake Bell

Love is All You Need – Susanne Bier

The Selfish Giant – Clio Barnard

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SMALL STARFISH W R I T E R S :  • W R I T E  • W H A T  • Y O U •  K N O W !

By Elizabeth English

“A good writer needs to know what it’s like, and “it” can be just about anything. We have far too many writers today who have never ridden a horse, or fired a gun, or sharpened a knife, or fought with their fists, or been shot at. And so on and so on.” ~ Gene Wolfe, science fiction & fantasy writer, interview in a Barnes & Noble book review

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

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“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women are merely players.” ~ William Shakespeare

If you don’t know anything, or very little, about a subject, do deep research, learn about it from others, ask an expert, read about it online or in books, go experience it yourself, pay attention as you go through your daily life, listen and look, remember what you’ve seen, heard, learned and experienced with all five (or six) of your senses, then use it in your writing. It’s a vital element of your “job” as a writer. You would never be hired by any company, if you didn’t know anything about the job and had no experience in the work required!

Ernst Hemingway in Key West, FL

Ernest Hemingway in Key West

Expand your knowledge and your experiences beyond your desk and computer. Go on out there and see the real world, watch and listen to other people, experience other events than you usually do. Learn to tango, ride a horse, go to a rodeo, cook a foreign dish, go for a long hike in the woods, join a political group, plant an organic garden, build a snow sculpture or sand castle, ask elderly folks to tell their stories, surf the waves, write a song, swim with wild dolphins, visit with the elderly in a nursing home, learn how to paddle a canoe, practice yoga, learn to meditate, go fishing, shop at a farmer’s market, volunteer to work with an environmental group or at the Humane Society, attend a lecture, go to a museum, a circus, an art gallery or a zoo, study improv acting, travel to a foreign country, play hide-and-seek with a child, listen to teenagers to learn their lingo, sit in on an Al-Anon meeting, pick apples from a tree, chat with some homeless folks, go on an archaeological expedition, and, above all, remember and watch, listen and learn, use your past experiences, discover your roots. Don’t just rely on movies, TV, social media and the Internet for your writing…that’s not necessarily real life!

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Screenwriters absolutely need to know how movies are made, what goes into the project, the budget considerations, and how and why scripts are selected by agents, investors, producers, directors and actors. You also need to know what story, style and subject matter different potential clients want to see. A script is merely a story, a blueprint for a film. Imagine an architect designing a building properly, if he or she knows nothing at all about what the client wants, the details, the budget, and how the blueprint is ultimately selected by the client, is paid for, and how it’s built by the contractors!

To learn how and why a script is selected and made into a movie, a TV show, or a stageplay, you can volunteer to work as an intern at a production company. Read scripts that have been rejected or successfully produced, or have won Oscars®, and pay attention to why they work or don’t work. You can audition for a part in a film or show, even as an extra, or apply for work on the crew. Produce and direct your own short film! Attend professional workshops and seminars on writing and filmmaking. Attend film festivals.  Networking is another very important method of learning about the film business from all aspects, and for getting your work and talents noticed.

 Most importantly, keep writing and experiencing as many varied aspects of life as you can! Write in different genres to expand your knowledge and talents. Are you a writer of drama? Write a great comedy! Romance writer? Write a scary mystery or an action story. Sci-fi writer? Write a contemporary romance or drama. Have at least 3 to 5 completed, edited and polished screenplays to show. Create fabulous titles, loglines and one-page synopses for all of them. And get an agent, any agent. How to get an agent? Look for the article on this subject in the next Moondance news-blog!

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M O O N D A N C E  •  R E C O M M E N D S :

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Birds are important indicators of the overall health of our environment. Like the proverbial canaries in the coal mine, they send an urgent warning about threats to our water, air, natural resources, climate and more. Audubon’s unprecedented analysis of forty years of bird population data from Christmas Bird Count and Breeding Bird Survey reveals alarming declines for many of our most common and beloved birds.

Since 1967 the average population for the common birds in steepest decline has fallen 68 percent, from 17.6 million to 5.35 million. Some species have nose-dived as much as 80 percent, and all 20 birds included in the Common Birds in Decline report have lost at least 50 percent of their population – in just four decades. More than 800 bird species occur within the United States. With limited time and resources available to protect them, it is vital to know which species are at greatest risk.

It is especially important to identify at-risk bird species before their populations become so small that protecting them from extinction is costly, in every sense of the word. One quarter of U.S. birds need our help to keep them from slipping toward extinction. Read more

http://audubon.org

http://audubon.org

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A  • M O O N D A N C E R  •  W R I T E S  • U S :

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BOLD NEBRASKA is a group of farmers, ranchers, doctors and homemakers fighting to preserve their landowner rights, water, ecology, and plain old pride, against the megacorp behind the Keystone XL pipeline project. The TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline proposes to run it through hundreds of Nebraska homes, farms and ranches, crossing the delicate Sandhills, and putting the critical Ogallala Aquifer at great risk. They are fighting the good fight to oppose a pipeline that will carry – and spill –  some of the most polluting fossil fuel known to humankind! If everyone donates even $5.00, the Bold Nebraska support-base will triple. (http://boldnebraska.org/build) ~ Earl James, Moondance 2013 feature screenplay finalist

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Sandhill Cranes, Nebraska

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S O M E   • T H I N G S   •  T O  • T H I N K  •  A B O U T :

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“When we see the land as a community to which we all belong, we may begin to use it with more love and respect.” ~ Aldo Leopold

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“Every moment of your life is infinitely creative, and the universe is endlessly bountiful. Just put forth a clear enough request, and everything your heart desires must come to you.” ~ Shakti Gawain, author, “Creative Visualization”

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS INKTIP.COM for screenwriters, producers & agents!

 

MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

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This year, producers and reps used InkTip to option, purchase, hire, and represent

 more than 190 scripts and writers!

This has resulted in more than 35 movies going into production, in 2013 alone!

Over 200 feature films have been produced from InkTip scripts and writers.    

Producers Register Here: http://inktip.com/ep_online_apply.php?cat=ep&scat=joining Writers Register Here: http://inktip.com/wr1.php?cat=sa&scat=services

Check out some of the companies who are members of InkTip:

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CBS Films

HBO Films

The Weinstein Company

Echo Lake

Paramount Pictures

Magnolia Pictures

20th Century Fox

CAA

Lionsgate

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All 2014 winning screenplays can be posted, for free, at www.inktip.com, as a special, annual consideration for Moondance screenwriters. Producers, directors, acquisition execs, managers, and literary agents regularly seek screenplays and talented writers at the InkTip.com website. 

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2014 MOONDANCE EARLY-BIRD DISCOUNTED ENTRY FEE!

 

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OUR 2014 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES IS NOW OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS!

Get in on the discounted 2014 Early-Bird entry fee of only $50,

with your submission postmarked by December 31, 2013!

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PLEASE VISIT OUR OFFICIAL MOONDANCE WEBSITE

FOR INFO, GUIDELINES, SUBMISSION CATEGORIES, AWARDS CATEGORIES,

AND THE 2014 ENTRY FORM:

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www.moondancefilmfestival.com 

THREE EASY WAYS TO SUBMIT YOUR PROJECTS TO

THE 2014 MOONDANCE (in order of MIFF preference):

1. MOONDANCE ENTRY FORM

2. ACTEVA: www.acteva.com/go/miff

3. WAB: www.withoutabox.com/login/1240

Film submissions to Moondance, through Withoutabox, are now eligible for IMDb.com qualifying status, which grants filmmakers a fast-tracked IMDb.com title page once a submission has been completed and tracked “In Consideration”. Currently, only film projects are eligible for an IMDb title page through Withoutabox; screenplays, TV projects, webisodes, music videos, and other projects are ineligible.

Screenwriters: All 2014 winning screenplays can be posted, for free, at www.inktip.com, as a special consideration for Moondance screenwriters. Producers, directors, acquisition execs, managers, and literary agents regularly seek screenplays and talented writers at the InkTip.com website. This year, producers and reps used InkTip to option, purchase, hire, and represent more than 190 scripts and writers! This has resulted in 35 movies going into production in 2013 alone! Inktip.com gets your script into the right hands! Get a jump on 2014 by listing your scripts now.

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MOONDANCE VALUES & GOALS!

NELSON MANDELA: IN MEMORIAM

OF INTEREST: GENDER ROLES IN MEDIA!

SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT!

MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS!

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MOONDANCE VALUES & GOALS:

• Enrich, inspire and entertain a global audience

• Absolute top quality in every film we screen and every screenplay we promote

• Exceeding international film and entertainment industry expectations

• Trust, reliability, respect and integrity in all of our relationships

• Continuous improvement, innovation and embracing change

• Teamwork and open, honest communication

• Creating a productive, creative and rewarding environment

• Encouraging and rewarding non-violent conflict resolution in films and television

• Promoting total equity for all writers, filmmakers, and composers, worldwide

• Raise awareness, inspire action and reward creative endeavors to preserve Earth’s natural

environment

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• FOR MORE INFO ON THE MOONDANCE MISSION, VISIT THE WEBSITE: www.moondancefilmfestival.com

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IN MEMORIAM:

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“I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony, and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I live for and hope to achieve.” ~ Nelson Mandela July 18, 1918 – December 6, 2013

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 VIDEO TRIBUTE: http://www.cbs.com/shows/60-min-60-sec/video/0EE2B437-18E9-6BB9-CEC1-CA323F3CA531/60-minutes-a-tribute-to-nelson-mandela/

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT (IN TRIBUTE TO NELSON MANDELA)

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“We come into this world naked, and we leave this world naked. What remains is only the goodness we have accomplished.” ~ Yehuda Berg

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“American Gothic” by Grant Wood

“You’ll never plow a field by turning it over in your mind!” ~ Anonymous

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Reclining Buddha 

“A crust of bread eaten in peace is better than an entire banquet eaten in chaos, fear and anxiety.” ~ The Buddha

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“If one softly grasps a nettle, it stings you. But grasp it firmly, and it feels soft as silk.” ~ The Buddha, (on dealing with problems & difficult people)

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“Amelia” by S. V.

 “Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared to believe that something inside them was superior to circumstance.”  Bruce Barton

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Wonder Woman to hit the big screen in “Man of Steel” sequel: Wonder Woman will finally make her Hollywood film debut in the sequel in the works to “Man of Steel.” Gal Gadot will play the role of Wonder Woman in the film. “Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful female characters of all time and a fan favorite in the DC Universe,” director Zack Snyder said. Daily News (New York)

N.Y. Film Academy: Men had 70% of speaking parts in 2012′s 100 biggest-grossing films: Despite the high-profile box offices successes of female character-led films like “Gravity” and “The Hunger Games” series, in 2013 gender bias remains entrenched in Hollywood, and the overwhelming majority of feature film speaking roles remain filled by men, according to findings from the New York Film Academy. The school looked at data between 2007 and 2012 and found that 70% of speaking parts in 2012’s 100 biggest-grossing movies were performed by men. The Huffington Post

Women-led “Catching Fire,” “Frozen” break holiday box-office records: Female character-led films dominated the Thanksgiving holiday box office, delivering record-breaking numbers and a blow to the notion that women-centered movies can’t deliver strong financial results. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” posted the best Thanksgiving weekend of any movie ever with $110 million over five days, and “Frozen” delivered Disney’s biggest ever opening for the holiday with $93 million in box office sales. TheWrap.com

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For more information visit: www.seejane.org

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

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Watch & listen to the serene music on this lovely video on the way of the traditional Thai Forest Monks*: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCJi3u_KmQQ&feature=player_detailpage

  • This hour-long video is very slow to start, but it’s worth the wait!

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The Rainforest Alliance has helped communities worldwide conserve the rainforests and farmland they need to earn a living. They have introduced sustainable practices across millions of acres of land and created benefits for an estimated 11 million people. Over the past year, they’ve achieved great things. The total number of Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms soared to 894,000. We also certified an additional 17 million acres of forestland, making the total area of responsibly managed rainforests larger than the state of Texas! http://www.rainforest-alliance.org/

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WANT TO WIN THE MOONDANCE? THE 2014 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES IS OPEN NOW!

 

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Greetings & a snowy view from the Moondance office, Boulder, Colorado!

OUR 2014 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES IS NOW OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS!

Get in on the discounted Early-Bird entry fee of only $50,

with your submission postmarked by December 31, 2013!

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PLEASE VISIT OUR OFFICIAL MOONDANCE WEBSITE

FOR INFO, GUIDELINES, SUBMISSION CATEGORIES, AWARDS CATEGORIES,

AND THE 2014 ENTRY FORM:

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www.moondancefilmfestival.com 

THREE EASY WAYS TO SUBMIT YOUR PROJECTS TO THE 2014 MOONDANCE: 1. MOONDANCE ENTRY FORM

 

2. ACTEVA: www.acteva.com/go/miff

 

3. WAB: www.withoutabox.com/login/1240

 

Film submissions to Moondance, through Withoutabox, are now eligible for IMDb.com qualifying status, which grants filmmakers a fast-tracked IMDb.com title page once a submission has been completed and tracked “In Consideration”. Currently, only film projects are eligible for an IMDb title page through Withoutabox; screenplays, TV projects, webisodes, music videos, and other projects are ineligible.

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Screenwriters: All 2014 winning screenplays can be posted, for free, at www.inktip.com, as a special consideration for Moondance. Producers, directors, acquisition execs, and literary agents regularly seek screenplays and talented writers at the InkTip.com website. Inktip.com gets your script into the right hands!

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Moondance annually receives a very wide-ranging global response to our call-for-entries from nearly 50 countries: from North America, South America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Africa, Russia, Pacific Rim countries, the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America. We look forward to seeing those multi-talented submissions to the Moondance 2014 call-for-entries, as we continue to grow, and have a greater impact on the international entertainment industry, and as a lasting cultural benefit to our enthusiastic film audiences and our many annual festival attendees!

FLAGS Send in your submission now & represent your country, at this truly international event!

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  • A MOONDANCER WRITES US!
  • MOONDANCE NEWS!
  • MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS!
  • SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT!
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A MOONDANCER WRITES US:

Thank you for your wonderful Moondance Film Festival. Sorry I had to be on crutches and wheelchair, but Thank G-d that has already changed…ready for next year! Darren and I are actually starting a TV series based on the best selling books – SMALL MIRACLES. We will spread the word about Moondance, and having been to many Sundances, and Cannes’, you have a small gem…a filmmaker’s festival. ~ Rabbi Moshe Paul Mones, 2014 Moondance award-winner and Audience Favorite film winner, for the feature film, “Dovid Myer”

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MOONDANCE NEWS:

 Women International salutes Elizabeth English for being the creator and founder of such a creative event as the Moondance International Film Festival, where talent such as our Women International member, Vittoria Colonna, have had her work seen, and then, happily enough, awarded!” ~ Angelique Rockas

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“IMAGINE” WATCH THIS VIDEO ON HOW TO STOP THE WARS:

http://www.youtube.com/watch annotation_id=annotation_3467534365&feature=iv&src_vid=OPR3GlpQQJA&v=ZLUx9oH_IVA

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

 GREAT WALL

 “Start by doing what you are capable of; then do what is necessary; and then do what is possible; and, suddenly, you will find that you are doing the impossible!” ~ Saint Francis of Assisi

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“Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises!” ~ Demosthenes

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 CHEETAH

“The secret to success in any endeavor is total concentration.” ~ Kurt Vonnegut

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 EGG SPROUT

“There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth: not going all the way, and not even starting.” ~ Buddha

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SAND GARDEN

“The true test of certainty is not in the moments when everything is going smoothly, but in the times when it seems like everything around us is falling apart. I say “seems” because it is, in fact, all an illusion. Most of the time when things seem to be falling apart, they are really just coming together, albeit very much in disguise to us. We don’t always see the bigger picture, but we need to remember there always is one.” ~ Yehuda Berg

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“Everything is always impossible, before it works. That is what entrepreneurs are all about – doing what people have told them is impossible.” ~ Hunt Greene

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“If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will soon discover that your life is suddenly filled with gratitude.” ~ Harold Kushner

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MOONDANCE & YOUR FILMS, SCRIPTS & MUSIC!

 

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WE WANT YOUR FILMS, SCRIPTS & MUSIC

FOR THE ONE, THE ONLY OFFICIAL 2014

MOONDANCE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL!

~ Our 15th Annual Season ~

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2013 MOONDANCE SCREENPLAY WINNERS & INKTIP.COM:

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• FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH / James P. Steffman  

• GRACE / Lynda Lemberg & Jeffrey Allen Russel

• THE GAME / Doug Nelson

• THE KIDS FROM NOWHERE / George Guthridge & Deborah Schildt

• THE OBLATE / Gar Hoover & Beth Hoover

• THE SINGING TREE / Marilyn Pesola & Peter Moss

INKTIP.COM annually offers Moondance screenplay winners the unique opportunity to post their winning script on InkTip.com, for free, where producers, directors, distributors and agents regularly look for projects to develop!

November 22nd is the final deadline for subscribing to the InkTip Preferred Newsletter. The Preferred Newsletter gives you access to 6-8 new calls for scripts each week. It tells you what those companies are searching for right now.  Give yourself a competitive edge and subscribe now. Through access to InkTip’s Preferred newsletter 52 features were optioned, 16 writers were hired, and 5 writers gained representation, in 2012 alone!

Subscribe now! www.InkTip.com/sa_preferred_newsletter.php

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• Our 2014 call-for-entries opens December 1, 2013 •

Get ready now to send in your submission!

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PLEASE VISIT OUR OFFICIAL MOONDANCE WEBSITE NOW

FOR INFO, GUIDELINES & SUBMISSION CATEGORIES:

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CALL FOR PICTURES!

Please email some of your best photos of Moondance 2013 to:

director@moondancefilmfestival.com

To add to the film festival photo album! 

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The “Dovid Meyer” team at Old Mystic Village, MIFF 2013

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2013 MOONDANCE WINNERS:

http://moondancefilmfestival.com/moondance-winners-and-finalists/

• If you are a 2013 Moondance winner, but were unable to attend the awards ceremony & reception, and wish to have your star award star & official certificate sent to you, please e-mail us a note with your name, mailing address, and the title of your winning project, and we will mail you the star & certificate, suitable for framing. There is no cost for the award & certificate, but postage & handling is only $10 for addresses in the USA or $20 for foreign addresses. Postmark deadline for awards orders: December 1, 2013. Please go to: http://www.acteva.com/go/miff to order your award & certificate now. The lovely star award and personalized winner’s certificate will look great framed and on your wall, to remind you, and others, how talented you are!

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

A very successful entrepreneur friend shared his wisdom, in an amazing short video, with Garrett, founder of the Wayseers organization.

See it here for yourself.~~ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfvmZ1O2ni8

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ATTENTION: All you rule-breakers, you misfits and troublemakers – all you free spirits and pioneers – all you visionaries and non-conformists … please do check out the Wayseers Manifesto video, for a major blast of inspiration!

“A different world cannot be built by indifferent people.” ~ Peter Marshall

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A MOONDANCER WRITES US:

“My ‘Tibet: The Truth’ film just won the Gold Angel Award for Best Documentary at the Chinese American Film Festival in Los Angeles. We are now preparing a huge press & PR screening in Beijing for this film in the first days of December.” ~ Chris Nebe, director/producer of the finalist film & winner of the Seven Seas Award: “Jiangsu: Land of Good Fortune”, screened at Moondance 2013, and the appointed International Image Consultant of the International Institute for Urban Development, Beijing & Beijing International City Forum Foundation. 

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

 GORILLA

“Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” ~ Dale Carnegie

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“ One of the best prizes that life has to offer is the opportunity to work hard at work worth doing.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

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The mind is an incredibly powerful thing. The thoughts you entertain are what determine your reality.” ~ Yehuda Berg

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The idea is to see how good you can get. Practice does not make perfect. Perfect is a by-product of learning from your mistakes. If you learn and are honest, that’s what gives you mastery.” ~ Dean “Bullwinkle” Fidelman

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Lascaux Cave, France, prehistoric rock art

“At a very early stage of human evolution, our ancestors discovered the advantages of having a way of preserving and disseminating the results of their experiences: telling stories, writing, art, music and acting.” ~ adapted from a quote by Aldous Huxley

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