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Awards, Certificates and Laurels for Moondance Winners

starIf 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.

Deadline for awards orders: December 1, 2013

Please go to: http://www.acteva.com/go/miff to order your award & certificate now.

 

If you are an officially-listed winner, finalist, semi-finalist, a selected filmmaker, or your film was listed as an audience favorite, and you want to use the 2013 Moondance laurels for your promotions & publicity, please download whatever laurel(s) you need here:

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2013 Moondance Audience Favorite Films Announced

WELCOME BACK TO THE MOONDANCE!

Autumn is here, fall is in the air; the last warm days of summer linger on, and we are gearing up for the one, the only, the official 2014 Moondance competition, opening for submissions on December 1, 2013!

PLEASE VISIT OUR OFFICIAL MOONDANCE WEBSITE FOR INFO, GUIDELINES, SUBMISSION CATEGORIES AND THE 2014 ONLINE ENTRY FORM:

www.moondancefilmfestival.com

 

“The uniqueness and integrity of The Moondance International Film Festival brand, its global reputation for the highest quality, as well as its important mission and goals, and now celebrating our 15th season, is a rare and unmatchable asset. Talented filmmakers, writers and composers from around the world submit their work to the annual Moondance competition; enthusiastic audiences attend the film festival’s screenings of indie films, its professional workshops and popular networking events; and sponsors, in-kind donors and friends of Moondance contribute financially to its continuing success, helping the festival to grow and thrive. I am sincerely grateful for all of this ongoing support! ”

~ Elizabeth English, Moondance Founder & Executive Director

Get your submissions ready for our 2014 world-class event at the one, the only:

Moondance International Film Festival

Unique event location to be announced!

The 2014 call-for-entries opens with a splash on December 1, 2013.

Click here for the list of competition categories →

2013 MOONDANCE WINNERS, FINALISTS & SEMI-FINALISTS →

MOONDANCE SPONSORS, SUPPORTERS, DONORS & FRIENDS OF MOONDANCE 2000-2013 →

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, 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. Please go to: http://www.acteva.com/go/miff to order your award & certificate.

If you are an officially-listed winner, finalist, semi-finalist, a selected filmmaker, or your film was listed as an audience favorite, and you want to use the 2013 Moondance laurels for your promotions & publicity, please download whatever laurel(s) you need:

Download Winners laurels for both web and print →

Download Finalists laurels for both web and print →

Download Semi-Finalists laurels for both web and print →

Download Official Selection laurels for both web and print →

Download Audience Favorite laurels for both web and print →

 

MOONDANCE 2013 AUDIENCE FAVORITE FILMS ANNOUNCED!

Check here to see if your film was one of our audience favorites →

FEATURE NARRATIVE FILM

A FISH STORY, feature film, directed by Matt Birman, written & produced by Sam Roberts (USA & CANADA). After his sudden and tragic death, a devoted father’s search for heaven brings him back to his distraught family and his isolated lakeside wilderness fishing camp, for a few precious days, in the body of a wanted man.

DOVID MEYER, feature film, directed by Moshe Paul Mones (USA).  A proper British family advertises for a Mary Poppins-type of au pair for their children, but a 14 year-old Hasidic Israeli boy, an orphan from from Jerusalem, shows up, to rattle the household’s lives in many miraculous ways.

SHORT NARRATIVE FILM

SABBAT EL AÏD (MY SHOES), short film, directed by Anis Lassoud (Tunisia). In a small countryside village, Ahmed is a 9 year old boy with a passion for running. Under the influence and with the help of Ba Zdig, the village idiot, he dreams of becoming an Olympic Champion. He not only runs for that reason, but also because he needs it, it is his vocation, for the simple pleasure of it and to attain a passionate weightlessness.

THE PAINTER, short film, directed by Nate Townsend (USA). Obsessed by events that changed his life decades ago, an amateur artist finally returns to the farm where it all began. One man’s journey in search of redemption, closure, and peace.

PUMZI, short film,directed by Wanuri Kahiu, (Kenya). Pumzi is a sci-fi film set in a futuristic Africa, 35 years after World War III, “The Water War.” The outside world is deemed extinct, and leaving one’s indoor community has been outlawed. Asha, who lives and works as a museum curator in one such community, risks it all for her belief that a greener life exists on the outside. An Africa First film.

FEATURE DOCUMENTARY FILM

WE WERE QUIET ONCE, feature documentary film, directed by Laura Beachy, Ryan Balton, & Cory Sage (USA).  Somerset, Pennsylvania, was a picture-perfect small, rural  farming town, where life embodied a quiet, pleasant innocence. That is, until September 11, 2001, when United Flight 93 crashed in Somerset’s sheltered countryside, claiming 40 innocent lives, and forever changing the people on the ground.

FIRST: THE OFFICIAL FILM OF THE LONDON 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES, feature documentary film, directed by Caroline Rowland (UK). In the summer of 2012, the most talented young athletes from around the world responded to the call to compete in the London Olympic Games.

BAGHDAD DIARY, feature documentary, directed by: Joseph Consentino & Sandra Consentino (USA). Beginning in March 2003, Iraqi taxi-driver Fadil Kadom’s video diary includes his family’s preparations for war, the days of bombs and missiles, and Baghdad’s ultimate fall. NBC News cameraman, Craig White, embedded with the US Army, brings the war into focus, live – from combat to the disintegration of Iraqi civil society.

SHORT DOCUMENTARY FILM

DO YOU REMEMBER WHERE YOU WERE WHEN…, short documentary film, directed by Matthew Alexander Levy (USA). Artfully edited to include archival images we will all recognize, “Do You Remember Where You Were When” is a film, by a talented young New York City filmmaker, about television’s unrecognized impact on creating a mythical and pervasive collective memory for us all.

ANIMATION FILM

THE DIVER, animation film, directed by Damon Mohl (USA). The strange and poignant life of a plastic toy diver, as he lives out his days in remarkable landscapes and circumstances: thrown by a boy into a pond to sink or swim with fishes, left and forgotten in a dark toy box with other discarded toys, in this amazingly beautiful and yet familiar world. A startling realization sets in, on a deeper level, as we start to realize that this story may parallel some aspects of one’s own life.

ELLA (She), animation film, directed by Juan Montes de Oca, 19 minutes, (SPAIN). In Palma de Mallorca, through the eyes of a 5 year-old innocent kid, a lovely and moving story unfolds of life’s coincidences, miseries and joys, as the boy learns about an old man’s stories of his ill-fated life in New York, and his long-lost love.

MUSIC VIDEO

WAYS TO GO, music video, directed by David Cho & Evan Urman (USA). A wild, fantastic  musical day in the boring life of a fictional Kim Jeng-un, as a young boy, and his only good day, ever.

DAWN, music video, directed by Nick Dimitriadis (UK). An artist seeks inspiration for his next project, in this fabulous cinematic storytelling adventure. With his incredible adventures into the realm of the impossible and surreal, his quest will take him to some rather unusual places…

MOONDANCERS WRITE US!

“First of all, thank you for an amazing experience at Moondance. It was an extreme honor to be among the winners, and I think it will be a great start to my career. I look forward to submitting a film next year!” ~ Nate Townsend, director of ‘The Painter’, 2013 short film winner.  

I want to thank the Moondance International Film Festival for the great opportunity to get our screenplay recognized and out to the world!  It’s a wonderful festival, and everyone I talked to there was a person of great heart and vision, working hard to support and ignite social change, as well as telling just great stories about our fellow humans. Keep up the great work! Looking forward to the 2014 Festival…” Earl James, 2013 Moondance feature screenplay finalist, with Karen Walker, for ‘The Rainforest Brought Them Home’

“Be still when you have nothing to say; but when genuine passion moves you, say what you’ve got to say, and say it hot.” ~ D. H. Lawrence

Accept responsibility for your own life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.” – Les Brown

“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” – Bill Cosby

“Babe Ruth at Bat”

“Success is where preparation and opportunity meet.” ~ Bobby Unser

“Real difficulties can be overcome. It is only the imaginary ones that may seem to be unconquerable.” ~ Theodore Vail

MOONDANCE EDITORIAL OPINION

“On most Hollywood blockbuster films and several popular series on television, I speak with some personal prejudice; I see many of them as a legitimization of, and financing for, the promotion of gratuitous violence, as well as too often maintaining the unfortunate perception of women and minorities as less than a viable presence and/or a major force in society, and an effort at making huge profits, to the unconscionable detriment of basic human values and the arts. But film studios, production companies, writers and filmmakers can, instead, effectively preserve and revitalize our intangible heritage, cultivate creative diversity, develop an intercultural dialogue, and stimulate this creative resource, through the art of filmed entertainment, which is an influential and very powerful means for communication across perceived boundaries of race, culture, place, age and gender.

~ Elizabeth English

Festival Founder & Executive Director
Artistic Director & Programming Director
Executive Producer Moondance International Film Festival

“The pacifist’s task today must be to find a viable method of helping and healing which provides a revolutionary and constructive substitute for war.” ~ Vera Brittain

HAPPY MOONDANCERS 2013 PHOTOS

& A FEW WORDS

Please email some of your best photos of Moondance 2013 to: director@moondancefilmfestsival.com for the film festival photo album!

 Marla Halperin, Sam Roberts & Marc Halperin

I had the privilege to work with 5 new indie films at Moondance this year: “A Fish Story”, directed by Canadian filmmaker, Matt Birman, where the film won Best Feature Narrative Film. At Moondance we had two sold out screenings, and Sam Roberts also won a special award for Best Writer/Producer for “A Fish Story”, as well as the Audience Favorite Feature Narrative Film Award. “Dovid Meyer”, directed by Rabbi Moshe Paul Mones, had its world premiere at Moondance 2013, and picked up a Best Feature Narrative Film Award. “Our Common Roots”, directed by Canadian filmmaker, Glenn Axford, which opened the Moondance festival this year, won Best Feature Documentary, and the concert film, “We Are Voices for a Future Without Genocide”, directed by Colorado filmmaker and composer, Denise Gentilini, won another Best Feature Documentary award. “Paper”, directed by Ivan Kraljevic, won the Best Short Narrative Film award.

 

A winning Russian/Austrian feature narrative film I promoted, “Little Dancer”, directed by George Jecel, was screened again in 2013, and won a special Seven Seas Award, which honors films that promote global cross-cultural communication. My client, Nick Lyon’s film, “Punk Love” received a special Directors Guild award at a previous Moondance, which really kicked off Nick’s career as a director. A short narrative film, “Zen Noir”, directed by Mark Rosenbush, premiered at Moondance in Boulder, Colorado, the film sold out, and won the Best Narrative Film and also the Audience Favorite award. “Zen Noir” went on to garner awards around the US, and was subsequently screened during the Cannes and Venice film festivals.

 

It was a joy to work with these films and filmmakers at Moondance, and I look forward to the Moondance International Film Festival’s 15th season in 2014! ~ Marla Halperin, marla_magiclamp@mac.com

MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS

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>>))))*> Moondance Post-Festival News!

 

STONE MERMAID

Thanks a million to all those talented Moondancers and audiences 

who made a big splash at Moondance 2013, in Mystic, Connecticut! 

Special, heartfelt personal thanks & big hugs go out to Daniel DiBella, Old Saybrook, CT, Moondance film screenings coordinator; Kelly Brenner, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Moondance webster; Joseph & Sandra Consentino, Ridgefield, CT, Moondance mentors and advisors;  Jim & Leslie Steffman, Portland, CT, friends of Moondance in many, many ways; Mike Stryker, Waterford, CT,  advisor; Sam Roberts, Westchester County, NY, long-time friend of Moondance; Susan Harvey, Boulder, CO, advisor; Scott Brenner, Boulder CO, legal advisor; Wendy Fox Van Breems, and Howard Taylor, Stonington, CT, awards coordinators & assistants; Evan & Robert, Old Mystic, innkeepers at the House of 1833 B&B; and Bill Dougherty, Mystic, CT, owner-manager of the Olde Mistick Village Art Cinemas.

And congratulations to all our 2013 Moondance winners, finalists & semi-finalists!

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Get your submissions ready for our 2014 world-class event

at the one, the only:

Moondance International Film Festival

unique event location to be announced!

The 2014 call-for-entries opens with a splash on December 1, 2013.

Click here for the list of competition categories

Starfish

PLEASE VISIT OUR OFFICIAL MOONDANCE WEBSITE,

www.moondancefilmfestival.com

2013 MOONDANCE WINNERS, FINALISTS & SEMI-FINALISTS:

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

MOONDANCE SPONSORS, SUPPORTERS, DONORS & FRIENDS OF MOONDANCE 2000-2013:

http://moondancefilmfestival.com/our-sponsors/

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MOONDANCERS WRITE US!

“So happy to have the opportunity to take your seminar and spend some time with you afterwards! I’m certain having the unwavering support of Wendy and Howard (at the awards ceremony) helped a great deal. I know we just met, but I find your strength and resilience an inspiration, just like your film festival. ~ Jeana Grady, 2013 Moondance winner for “Meet Pete”, stageplay

“You did a fabulous job selecting films!” ~ Lisa Lelas, freelance writer for The Day newspaper & Grace magazine, New London, CT

“Jeffrey and I want you to know how much we appreciated being part of your outstanding festival. I understand that your move from Boulder to New England was fraught with challenges but you exhibited tremendous “grace under pressure” throughout. I was terribly sorry to learn about the flooding you had to deal with before arriving in Mystic. Such stress. Even though the turnout for the awards ceremony was small, you and your wonderful team of volunteers made us feel very special, indeed. My only regret is that I did not have the opportunity to get to know you better, Elizabeth. You are an extraordinary human being and I’m so grateful that our paths have crossed.” ~  Lynda Lemberg, co-author of “Grace”, 2013 Moondance winning feature screenplay

“Thank you for having me at the Moondance festival in Mystic.  The best part of the festival was seeing you again and meeting the other film makers who came from all across the country to attend. I’ve met some great people and reconnected with others from last year.” ~ Mark Lysgaard, 2013 Moondance finalist for “The Last Strawman”, feature screenplay

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

BLUE HYACINTHS

If of thy worldly goods thou art bereft,

And from thy slender store

Two loaves alone to thee are left,

Sell one, and with the dole

Buy hyacinths to feed thy soul.

~ Saadi, medieval Persian poet

One of the many beautiful verses in his book Gulistan (“The Rose Garden”)

 “Analia” photo by Britt Newell, Paraguay

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

 

CATS & PIGEON

“The successful person is the individual who forms the habit of doing what the failing person doesn’t want to do.” ~ Donald Riggs

 

“Cornwall Morning Path” photo by Michael Weise

“To have a reason to get up on the morning, it is necessary to possess a guiding principle, a belief of some kind. A bumper-sticker, if you will.” ~ Judith Guest

 

LAVENDER FIELD

“Truth exists; only falsehood has to be invented.” ~ Georges Braque 

Starfish

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MOONDANCE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL:

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~~ Thanks for reading the Moondance news blog!  ~~

 



~MOONDANCE FILM FESTIVAL: MAKING A SPLASH!

 

 

BIG WAVE Photo by Clark Little

We’re going to make a big splash!

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SEPTEMBER 26-29, 2013  STARFISH-SMALL MYSTIC, CONNECTICUT

• Indie & Foreign Film Screenings • Workshops •

• Networking Parties • Awards Ceremony & Reception •

• Celebrities • Q&A’s with the filmmakers •

• Opening Night Party • Mermaid’s Market •

• Master classes • Private Consultations With the Pros • 

SCROLL ON DOWN FOR MORE INFO! • FILM FESTIVAL LINKS! • MEET OUR 2013 FILM SCREENINGS COORDINATOR! • MOONDANCE NEWS! • NEW AWARD ANNOUNCEMENTS! • BOULDER, COLORADO FLOOD! • MOONDANCERS WRITE US! • THINGS TO THINK ABOUT! • MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS! 

MOONDANCE OFFICIAL ADVANCE TICKETING SITE:

http://moondancefilmfestival.com/purchase-tickets/

Tickets can also be purchased at the Olde Mistick Village Art Cinemas box office & at the Mermaid’s Market tent, which are both at Old Mistick Village, during the film festival.

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PLEASE VISIT OUR OFFICIAL MOONDANCE WEBSITE,

with all the current, updated info

about the film festival, films,

advance ticket sales & much more!

www.moondancefilmfestival.com 

• MORE UPDATES, INFO AND SCHEDULES ARE COMING TO THE WEBSITE SOON! •

We look forward to seeing you at the 14th annual

 Moondance International Film Festival!

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2013 MOONDANCE FILM FESTIVAL EVENTS SCHEDULE →

2013 MOONDANCE FILM SCREENING SCHEDULE →

2013 MOONDANCE FILM TITLES TO BE SCREENED →

2013 MOONDANCE FILM DESCRIPTIONS →

2013 MOONDANCE WORKSHOPS SCHEDULE →

NOTE: All film screenings tickets and all workshop tickets are generic, and are good for any film or any workshop. 

FILMS: There are plenty of seats available for film audiences in our large movie theaters. If you want to be certain of seeing a specific film or films, however, we advise you to arrive at the theater before the screening time. 

WORKSHOPS: If you want to be certain to attend a specific workshop, we also advise you to arrive at the workshop venue early. 

2013 MOONDANCE NETWORKING PARTIES SCHEDULE

2013 MOONDANCE VENUES LOCATOR →

2013 MOONDANCE AWARD WINNERS LIST →

2013 MOONDANCE WINNERS AWARD CATEGORIES →

2013 MOONDANCE WINNERS, FINALISTS & SEMI-FINALISTS →

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If you are a winner, finalist, semi-finalist, in any competition category, and/or your film has been selected for screening at Moondance 2013, and you need the 2013 laurel wreath(s) for your promotions, please contact Elizabeth at: director@moondancefilmfestival.com OR: moondancefestival@gmail.com

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FESTIVAL LODGING SUGGESTIONS:

FESTIVAL VENUE INFO & LOCATIONS →

MOONDANCE SPONSORS, SUPPORTERS, DONORS & FRIENDS OF MOONDANCE 2000-2013 →

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INTRODUCING OUR TALENTED & HARD-WORKING

MOONDANCE 2013

FILM SCREENINGS COORDINATOR:

~ Daniel DiBella ~

screenings@moondancefilmfestival.com

screenings@moondancefilmfestival.com 

Daniel S. DiBella is a writer, director, producer and cinematographer of independent films, and a graduate of Fairfield University’s Film, Television and Media program. Daniel comes from a large family that has successfully run one of the Connecticut shoreline’s most recognized and longest-running restaurants, “Luigi’s”, in Old Saybrook. While it would have been easy for Daniel to stay and work for a successful family business, his desire to build his own creative career led him to Fairfield University where his academic achievements warranted his acceptance into the school’s Film and Media honor society.

During his time at Fairfield, Daniel wrote and directed several short films, notably ‘My Brothers Hand’, ‘Twenty Feet Close’, and ‘Children of the Moon’, which are currently emerging with recognition in numerous international film festivals, including the 2013 Moondance International Film Festival, which will screen ‘Twenty Feet Close’, as a short film winner. Some of his previous experiences include working for Engel Entertainment in NYC and for Consentino Films, Inc. He is the Co-Founder of Mind Alliance Pictures, which produces freelance films.

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MOONDANCE NEWS:

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LOCAL FILMMAKER’S DOCUMENTARY ON 9/11 FLIGHT 93 CRASH TO PREMIERE

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“We Were Quiet Once” World Premiere at Moondance!

DINGMAN TOWNSHIP, PAA local filmmaker will make his feature debut this month with a documentary about the local reaction to the crash of Flight 93 on Sept. 11, 2001. Delaware Valley High School 2007 graduate Ryan Balton, who grew up in Dingman Township, co-produced “We Were Quiet Once.” The film takes a unique look at the people of Somerset, Pa. who have personally memorialized the international tragedy that occurred in their backyard. The documentary’s world premiere will be at the Moondance International Film Festival in Mystic, Conn. Sept. 26 to 29. “We Were Quiet Once” was directed by Somerset native Laura Beachy. The film features an eyewitness to the crash who has tattooed his entire body with images of Sept. 11; a former Catholic priest who bought an abandoned chapel and converted it into a shrine to honor the victims of Flight 93; and a first responder with the volunteer fire department who now coordinates an annual memorial motorcycle ride to the three Sept. 11 crash sites.

Also see the Daily American article on “We Were Quiet Once” A homegrown story of United Flight 93 and its effect on the community will get international attention this month.

Sacramento Bee article: SOMERSET, Pa. — A locally made documentary about the crash of United Flight 93 on Sept. 11, 2001 is a finalist at an international film festival.

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PORTLAND MAN’S SCREENPLAY WINS HONORS AT MOONDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

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MIDDLETOWN >> A longtime Portland man was shocked when his screenplay wasn’t just sent back and critiqued, but won its category at the MoonDance International Film Festival. Jim Steffman, 58, first wrote “For What It’s Worth” as a novel based on his life. “For What It’s Worth” is a crime drama filled with the Mafia and the FBI. The story, which started as an autobiographical novel called “Shadow of Death,” has become a 140-page screenplay. Taking the top prize in the Best Feature Screenplay category of MoonDance, Steffman said he did not expect to win. “I submitted it not with the intention of winning, but the intention of having it critiqued and sent back to me,” Steffman said. “I polished it and polished it, hoping to meet criteria.” MoonDance receives entries from all over the world and has more than 25 genres and categories. “The win is so huge because there’s so many entries from so many countries,” Steffman said. “It’slike 0.001 percent of a chance.”

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2013 MOONDANCE NEW AWARD ANNOUNCEMENT!

A new award category has been created: the MOONDANCE SEVEN SEAS AWARD: This is an award for a winning project created by writers, filmmakers & composers, who enlighten others, help change perceptions about another culture and/or place, and promote cross-cultural knowledge and awareness, through the art of film, writing or music, and, thus, encourage a better understanding of the world’s people.

The seven 2013 winners of this new award are all filmmakers, and are from the US, India, Austria/Ukraine, Tunisia, Netherlands & the UK:

JIANGSU: LAND OF GOOD FORTUNE, feature documentary travel film, directed by Chris Nebe (USA). Revel in the time-honored magic of the sacred spirit of nature, and discover the beauty and ancient traditions of the Jiangsu province in China, with its lovely Venice of the Far East, where the revered author, Pearl S. Buck, lived and wrote her prize-winning novels.. ~60 minutes

KHALTI DOKA VARTI PAAY (UPSIDE DOWN), feature film, directed by Ajay Singh (India). Upside Down is a metaphorical revelation about the ways and means of everyday city life, as seen through the eyes of a little village kid. Upside Down asks for our attention toward the high paced, highly glamorous ways we live our lives, which for a naïve village kid is nothing short of a spectacle witnessed during the carnival or circus, making us ponder whether we have got it all wrong. ~80 minutes

LITTLE DANCER, feature film, directed by George Jecel (Austria/Ukraine). New ways have taken over in the rural backwater of an Eastern European country. Tradition is losing out to greed and personal gain, with a steep price paid in the currency of human suffering. Tatjiana, an exceptional and gifted peasant girl, has a legitimate shot at attending the National Ballet Academy. Her dream is shared by her instructor and priest, Father Nikolai, and by her love interest, Vasa, a war-orphaned boy living in the forest by himself. As Tatjiana’s departure to ballet school draws closer, her naïve aspirations meet head-on with the brutality of a new world that is without a moral compass. In Russian, with English subtitles. ~ ~104 minutes

SABBAT EL AÏD (MY SHOES), short film, directed by Anis Lassoud (Tunisia). In a small countryside village, Ahmed is a 9 year old boy with a passion for running. Under the influence and with the help of Ba Zdig, the village idiot, he dreams of becoming an Olympic Champion. He not only runs for that reason, but also because he needs it, it is his vocation, for the simple pleasure of it and to attain a passionate weightlessness. He will go through his ordeal between dreams and nightmares, hopes and frustrations. But the day of Aid will bring him the much-coveted shoes and the whole village will celebrate and share his joy. ~30 minutes. In Arabic, with English subtitles

SILENT SNOW, short documentary film, directed by Jan Vanden Berg (Netherlands). Against the background of melting ice and a white landscape, two young native girls in Northern Greenland speak out against the dangerous pollution and global warming which is dramatically changing their lives, and the traditional livelihoods of their families. ~ 14 minutes. In Inulitiput, with English subtitles.

THE LONG JOURNEY HOME, animation, directed by Billie Mintz (US). In a village that never knew sickness, a boy is sent into the wilderness to find the cure to his strange illness. He returns from his great journey to a village that does not recognize him for the changes he has endured. Until one day, much later, the village sends out a young warrior to find the boy and bring him home. It is time. They are ready to hear his life-affirming story. ~5 minutes

THE ROAD HOME, short film for kids, Directed by: Rahul Gandotra (UK). Bullied by his schoolmates for insisting he is British, despite his Indian heritage, 10 year-old Pico runs away from his boarding school in the Himalayas, determined to return to his home in far-away England. As he treks through a stunning landscape unknown to him, he encounters others along the way who treat him as an Indian. ~21 minutes

MOONDANCE 2013 SPECIAL AWARD:

THE MOONDANCE MERMAID’S PEARL AWARD will be presented to Sandra Consentino, a very talented & special recipient, a virtuosa film editor & post-production wizard. The award is presented to honor and recognize women in the film industry who have contributed most to insuring that women’s work is recognized and appreciated for its worth, who help women achieve success in film, writing & music, and who have themselves contributed a body of the highest quality work, and who continue to contribute to this vital effort. The pearl in the award is a symbol of women’s efforts to make something meaningful and valuable from our struggles to overcome that “grain of sand” women often encounter, when trying to express themselves and succeed within the international film and entertainment industry. The resulting lovely pearl is a reminder of what beautiful things women can accomplish.

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ON BOULDER, COLORADO FLOODS:

Thanks a million to all the many emails & calls offering best wishes & prayers for me & Moondance, from around he world, in reference to our devastating floods here in Colorado. After much hard work & massive clean-ups, we are now mostly dry and well. ~~Cheers, Elizabeth

RAINBOW TROUT

“Rainbow Trout” poway.org

 “Have been hearing the distressing news from Boulder, Colorado, and hoping that all is well with you. I know that Moondance is shifting to Mystic, Connecticut, and hopefully you are safely out of harm’s way. Having survived our Christchurch earthquakes, but sadly lost a relative to it, our thoughts and prayers are with you all and your loved ones. We know what you are going through.  Kia kaha.” ~ Celine & Craig Gibson, NZ, 2013 feature screenplay finalist “Stitched Up”

Antonis and I are writing to let you know you are in our thoughts and prayers. I hope everyone is well in Colorado and that you are all safe. Filakia polla.” ~ Tia Spanos Tsonis, Producer, Melbourne, Australia,  2013 finalist, short narrative film, “The Firebird”

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MORE HAPPY MOONDANCERS WRITE US:

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• “From Christchurch, New Zealand, I just want to pass on my sincere thanks for thinking my (feature screenplay), ‘Stitched Up’, worthy of a finalist placing. I have copied out my laurel wreath, for my home, and for my mum’s home.  Today I bought beautiful frames for them both. Now I have my semi-finalist wreath and my finalist wreath on my wall.  If I work really hard I am hoping to complete the line up for next year…a Moondance miracle. I have been spreading the ‘Moondance’ word and rave about it to everyone. Your website is one of the most inspiring I have ever come across. Just when I think the world’s in a bad way, and I start to feel blue about it, sure enough an email arrives from Moondance, and suddenly the universe is wonderful again…and so worth saving. Once again, many, many thanks to Moondance for recognising my efforts.” ~ Celine Gibson, .Christchurch, New Zealand

• “Thank you so much for notification of FIRST: The Official Film of the London 2012 Olympic Games being selected for screening! We are honoured and excited.“ ~ Anna Baelz-Stead, UK

• ““Thank you so much for the finalist stamp for my book trailer! I’m honored!!” ~ Diane Gardner, “The Dragon Shield”

• “It would be fantastic if we could make it to the USA for the festival. Moondance is a festival I have been personally following for a couple of years, and all month I was saying…I really hope we get in to Moondance! So thank you again for this honour and I hope we meet in the future to put a face to a name. Perhaps on a Greek island!” ~ Tia Spanos Tsonis, Australia

• “What a lovely surprise! Thank you so much for selecting – The Competition – as screenplay finalist. I was so honoured that our screenplay had been chosen. A massive thank you from the UK from Shelagh McLeod and my wonderful story editor John Parker.”

• “I’m still in delighted shock after coming across my first full-length screenplay, “Wheel Women” on the semi-finalists list. I entered it in Moondance for the sole purpose of getting access to the critique service, and never expected to see it on any list. A writer should be more eloquent in her thanks, but I hardly know how to say how much this validation and encouragement means to me. Living far from LA or NYC, without a writer’s group for scripts, I sometimes feel like I’m writing in the dark. I’m now even more looking forward to receiving the critique and working to make Wheel Women the very best script it can be. ~ Carolyn Kourofsky

• “Having completed the screenplay of my story, the only film festival I entered was the Moondance. Your life work to bring social awareness of important issues to help shape or change perspective and perception left me in awe. I am so proud you have chosen my screenplay “For What it’s Worth” to be part of the 2013 Moondance. Thank you in advance for giving me the opportunity to meet and talk with you at this years event. 2013 winner- wow!” ~James P. Steffman

• “I just wanted to thank you for putting a smile on my husband, Jim Steffman’s, face! He has been so happy to hear he won the Feature Screenplay… It has been years since I have seen him really smile. Words cannot express the gratitude I am trying to express, but know I am forever grateful that you put a smile on his face, and a laugh in his voice.  We are really enjoying the moment.  THANK YOU!” ~ Leslie Steffman

• “Just wanted to say good luck with everything in Mystic! We sure had a great time last year in NYC.” ~ Jack Niedenthal, foreign short film winner, 2012, Marshall Islands

• “Thank you for continuing to put on a wonderful festival.  I am deeply honored that Elaine Liu’s and my screenplay, “The Barefoot Doctor”, was selected as a FINALIST in the feature screenplay category.  We are already working on the screenplay we will enter in the contest next year.” ~ Jack Vandagriff & Elaine L. Liu

• “On behalf of the cast and crew of “If I Were a Bell” thank you for inviting us to participate in the Moondance International Film Festival. We are thrilled by the opportunity to meet with other filmmakers and the people who appreciate independent films.” Sherese Robinson Lee

• “We are thrilled and honored to have been selected for Moondance! Awesome that you are now on the east coast, that will make it much more likely that we’ll be able to attend, being from Boston.” ~ Ben Phillipo, director, “Cara Campenelli: Poor Heart” music video finalist

• “Thank you so much for the lovely laurel wreath! My team will treasure it! Being as most of the people who worked on this trailer are college students, this is a very special honor!” ~ Dianne Lynn Gardner, The Dragon Shield, film trailer

• “We are delighted that SACRED SITES OF THE DALAI LAMAS and TALKING WITH THE SPIRITS are finalists and will be shown at the Moondance Film Festival in Mystic Connecticut. (near my old stomping grounds). We’ll do what we can to promote it.” ~ Michael Weise, MWP.com filmmaking & screenwriting book publisher

• “Jeffrey Russell and I are thrilled that “Grace” is a Moondance Festival (screenplay) winner! This win is especially meaningful because the festival’s philosophy on culture really resonates for me. Thank you so much for this honour.” ~ Lynda Lemburg, Canada • “We are very excited to be a part of Moondance and thank you very much.  Having personally been to most giant and small festivals around the world and on the founding board of one that still goes on today, I am really impressed that you truly follow a REAL independent profile and format for Moondance. It is refreshingly unusual and much needed, as you know.” ~ Moshe Paul Mones, director, 2013 winning feature narrative film, “Dovid Meyer”

• “We just returned from Rome International Film Festival where we received the award for Best Documentary Feature Film! We had a great audience response and so we’re just letting you know that we’re very much looking forward to our screening with you later this month! We are extremely delighted and honored to be chosen as a “Documentary Winner” for your Festival! ~ Priscilla Pesci, “The 25,000 mile Love Story”

• “I was thrilled to find out that my stageplay, “Meet Pete” was selected to be Winner of the Stageplay category at Moondance! (and that it initially had been selected as a finalist in the Moondance fast-forward contest). I am really grateful to be recognized for “Meet Pete.” Thank you so much!” ~ Jeana H. Grady

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

LEAVES:WATER DROP IN POND

“Sometimes the most seemingly mundane things can teach us great lessons. We cannot help but be affected by that with which we choose to surround ourselves. We are only as strong as our environment. Even the healthiest seed cannot reach its full potential and grow without a nurturing environment. There is something wondrous that happens when you surround yourself with positive influences – something magical that the eye cannot see, and have no idea of the energy exchange that is taking place!” ~ Yehuda Berg

“If you’re not looking out for your happiness, then you will not be happy.” ~ Shayne McClandon

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“Time is the only coin of your life. Only you can determine how it will be spent.” ~ Carl Sandburg

 HOLLOW MAN

“Hollow Man”

“Trust not him that hath once broken faith; he who betrayed thee once, will betray thee again and again.” ~ William Shakespeare 

BE THE LIGHTHOUSE!

(Author Unknown)

In the darkest part of the night, a ship’s captain cautiously piloted his battleship through the fog-shrouded waters. With straining eyes he scanned the hazy darkness, searching for dangers lurking just out of sight. Then his worst fears were realized when he saw a bright light straight ahead. It appeared to be a vessel on a collision course with his ship. To avert disaster he quickly radioed the oncoming vessel. “This is Captain Jeremiah Smith,” his voice crackled over the radio. “Please alter your course 10 degrees south! Over.”

To the captain’s amazement, the foggy image did not move. Instead, he heard back on the radio, “Captain Smith. This is Private Thomas Johnson. Please alter your course 10 degrees north! Over.” Appalled at the audacity of the message, the captain shouted back over the radio, “Private Johnson, this is Captain Smith, and I order you to immediately alter your course 10 degree south! Over.”

A second time the oncoming light did not budge. “With all due respect Captain Smith,” came the private’s voice again, “I order you to alter your course immediately 10 degrees north! Over.” Angered and frustrated that this impudent sailor would endanger the lives of his crew, the captain growled back over the radio, “Private Johnson. I can have you court-martialed for this! For the last time, I command you, on the authority of the United States government, to alter your course 10 degrees to the South! I am a battleship!”

The private’s final transmission was chilling: “Captain Smith, sir. Once again, and with all due respect, I command you to alter your course! I AM A LIGHTHOUSE!

NE LIGHTHOUSE 1  NEW ENGLAND LIGHTHOUSES!

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

LUIGI'S SIGN

LUIGI’S RESTAURANT

http://www.luigis-restaurant.com

1295 Boston Post Rd.

Old Saybrook, CT 06475

(860) 388-9190

• Luigi’s Restaurant has been serving the best in wholesome, home-cooked Italian and American foods since 1956! All of our dishes represent recipes that have spanned many family generations, the Italian recipes having roots deep in the “Old Country” of Italy. We cook with the finest all-natural ingredients, such as whole milk mozzarella and ricotta, and use only the best imported Italian pastas, olive oil and aged cheeses.

 NATURE CENTER MYSTIC

DENISON PEQUOTSEPOS NATURE CENTER

• Located in Mystic, CT, the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center is a combination wildlife sanctuary, natural history museum, and educational facility highlighting the habitats of southeastern Connecticut. Our mission is to inspire and nurture appreciation and scientific understanding of the natural world and foster a personal environmental ethic.

109 Pequotsepos Road, Mystic, CT 06355

Phone: (860) 536-1216

http://www.dpnc.org/index.html

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2013 MOONDANCE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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*MOONDANCE 2013 ANNOUNCES WINNERS, FINALISTS & SEMI-FINALISTS!

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MOONDANCE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

WINNERS, FINALISTS & SEMI-FINALISTS!

1. Go here to see the list of winners, finalists & semi-finalists

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

2. Go here to see the list of the films selected for screening*

http://moondancefilmfestival.com/moondance-2013-films-to-be-screened/

3. Go here to read the descriptions of the selected films*

http://moondancefilmfestival.com/moondance-2013-film-descriptions/

*** MORE INFO, SCHEDULES & DETAILS ON ALL

2013 MOONDANCE FESTIVAL EVENTS

COMING SOON! 

PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS THE ONLY OFFICIAL WEBSITE FOR

2013 MOONDANCE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

INFO & TICKET SALES:

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• Indie & Foreign Film Screenings • Workshops •

• Networking Parties • Awards Ceremony & Reception •

• Celebrities • Q&A’s with the filmmakers •

• Opening Night Party • Mermaid’s Market •

• Master classes • Private Consultations With the Pros • 

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PLEASE VISIT OUR OFFICIAL MOONDANCE WEBSITE & BLOG,

with all the latest bells & whistles,

and the latest info about the film festival, films,

advance ticket sales & much more!

www.moondancefilmfestival.com

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We look forward to seeing you at the 14th annual

 Moondance International Film Festival! 

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Moondancers come from all over  the USA & the world! They are the talented and winning filmmakers, writers, composers, workshop & panel presenters, celebrities, producers, agents, distributors, audiences, and attendees at this world-renowned annual film festival event. The best way to get to know them is to attend the film festival, September 26-29, 2013, and you may enter into the history of cinema, perhaps learn about a different culture, and make a great connection with talented new friends and colleagues!

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HAPPY MOONDANCERS WRITE US:

“I am so deeply overjoyed you like my film and want to show it. (I hope to fill the house!) My director, Matt Birman (my life-long best friend since we were teens) is also planning to attend the festival.  We have so many wonderful stories that happened during the making of this movie.  A lot of honest-to-goodness miracles! It has been a magical experience from start to the present.  We were blessed with a cast and crew, and even strangers, who, for their own personal reasons, hopped onboard to help make this movie.  Everyone involved seemed to have found that ‘little something’ in them that made the making of this movie not only special, but, for some, even life-changing.

There is no question in my mind this film touches the hearts of all those who see it. ‘a fish story’  has grown to become much bigger than the simple short screenplay it was back in 2008 when you honored me with the Gaia award.  I am profoundly proud of this film, not only because I believe it is a good film and it is about something, but because it was made with integrity, honor and with a moral compass. I thank you and your wonderful Moondance for inspiring me to take that Leap of Faith”. Gratefully yours, ~ Sam Roberts

“THANK YOU IMMENSELY for selecting Lady Elect as a screenplay Finalist!!!  What a miracle that Nikita Lynnette Nichols and I are so incredibly grateful for. Wow!!!  This means so much to us and we just wanted to say Thank you. We’re so excited!!! ~ Zelie Dember-Slack 

“You made my whole year.  I saw the website last night, and I almost cried –literally, almost broke down into happy tears.  There are no words for how amazing it feels to have my work recognized this way, and it is particularly meaningful because, of all of the festivals I entered, (Moondance) was the one I wanted most.  In grad school, I specialized in theatre/film for social change and awareness, so what you all do –I am just such an admirer. Please know that you have made this one writer very, very happy.” ~ Amber Karlins

“Honored and delighted to be a Moondance semi-finalist. Thank you for leading such a wonderful festival, thank you for all the inspiration, thank you for all the motivation. With this wind at my back, I now sail forward…” ~ Maja Vidrac, Croatia

“What an incredible honour to receive this message today. Thank you so much for considering and choosing The Firebird to be a part of Moondance. Congratulations to you too, for all your hard work and for providing a platform for independent film makers to share their stories.” ~ Tia Spanos Tsonis, Melbourne Australia

“I’m shocked and thrilled to actually see that 4 Bhanríon/4 Queens is a winner of the short narrative!! Wow thank you I’m thrilled and deeply moved!!! I would love to attend…I will look into flights from Ireland.” ~ Vittoria Colonna

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

BLUE EARTH

“We have reached the time in the life of this planet, and humanity’s demands upon it, when we are beyond having to put back what we have taken out. We must put back more than we take out.” ~ THOMAS MC GUANE

TWO LAWN CHAIRS & WEBS

Ah, when to the heart of man

Was it ever less than a treason

To go with the drift of things,

To yield with a grace to reason,

And bow and accept the end

Of a love or a season?

~Robert Frost

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  • It’s possible that there may be some very minor changes in the list of films selected for screening, as the films are programmed into the screening schedule. Please see the final list closer to the event dates, and in the print program at the festival.

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~~ MOONDANCE SUMMER NEWS! ~~

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We look forward to meeting you at the 14th annual

Moondance International Film Festival

In Mystic, Connecticut!

SEPTEMBER 26-29, 2013  J2STARFISH MYSTIC, CONNECTICUT

www.moondancefilmfestival.com

• Indie & Foreign Film Screenings • Workshops • Film Market •

• Networking Parties • Awards Ceremony & Reception •

• Celebrities • Q&A’s with the filmmakers •

• Opening Night & Closing Night Galas •

• Master classes • Private Consultations With the Pros • 

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CELEBRITIES ATTENDING:

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star of “Breaking Bad” & “Revolution”

JULY-LINDA V. LINDA VILHJÁLMSDÓTTIR,

line producer for “Game of Thrones”

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MOONDANCE HAS MOVED TO MYSTIC!

MYSTIC SUNSET-HARBOR

Mystic, Connecticut, located mid-way between New York City and Boston, has the unique distinction of being one of the most popular tourist and vacation areas in New England, and is the most-popular visitor destination in the state of Connecticut. Mystic is a lovely small seaside town with big-city amenities – great seafood restaurants, a lively arts and music scene, the popular Old Mystic Village, and, for hungry film-goers, the original Mystic Pizza! Mystic is known for its historic, quintessential New England charm, welcoming ambience, enthusiastic support for the arts, as well as for its world-class attractions: Mystic Seaport, Mystic Aquarium and the Olde Mystic Village. Mystic is the perfect destination location for this internationally recognized film festival event!

 Thanks a million to all of our local Connecticut sponsors, donors, supporters & friends of the Moondance!

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MOONDANCE IN THE NEWS!

Moondance film fest relocates to Mystic

By Kristina Dorsey

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The Moondance International Film Festival, which has run since 2000 in Boulder, Colorado, is moving to a new home: Mystic.

Founder, Elizabeth English, who lives in Colorado, had been looking for a new site and considered Mystic a potential location. Then, Stonington resident and filmmaker Hans Hartman contacted her via Linked In, seeking advice about starting a film festival in southeastern Connecticut. The two now are collaborating on Moondance’s 2013 event, which will be held here Sept. 26-29.

Screenings will happen in Olde Mistick Village Art Cinemas. Workshops, networking events and other programs might be held at such venues as the Mystic Aquarium and the Mashantucket Pequot Museum, Hartman says.

English and Hartman say that expected to come to Moondance are Giancarlo Esposito, who starred as Gus on “Breaking Bad” and Tom Neville in “Revolution,” and Linda Vilhjalmsdottir, line producer for “Game of Thrones,” who will give a master-class on line producing. READ MORE:

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Nonviolent film fest moving to Mystic

By MICHAEL SOUZA / Mystic Press Writer

Monday, July 15, 2013

MYSTIC — The Moondance International Film Festival, known for featuring artistic and socially aware movies, is moving from Boulder, Colo., to Mystic as of Sept. 26-29.

“This is the festival’s new home. We plan to stay in Mystic a long, long time,” Hans Hartman of Stonington, director of the festival, said in a telephone interview. “Mystic is such an arts-based community,” he said. “It also has a history with films such as ‘Mystic Pizza’ and ‘Hope Springs.’ The festival will add to that connection. We are very happy to be here.” READ MORE:

 NOTE: The paper has printed a correction, at my request: Elizabeth English is the founder, executive director, artistic director, and co-producer of the annual Moondance International Film Festival, which is moving from Boulder, Colo., to Mystic in September. The festival promotes nonviolent conflict resolution and encourages alternatives to violence through many of the films that are screened. In addition to her festival work, English is an award-winning filmmaker, producer, director, screenwriter and playwright, an acting and voice coach, and a professional consultant on screenplays, films and music for film. Her background was incorrectly described in the Monday edition of The Sun.

MYSTIC SEAPORT NEWS:

WATCH THE LIVE VIDEO:

http://www.mysticseaport.org/news/2013/morgan-launch-video/

Sunday, July 21, at 2 pm on the 172nd anniversary of her initial launch.

THE MORGAN

1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan

After a multi-million dollar restoration lasting almost five years, the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan, a National Historic Landmark and America’s oldest surviving commercial vessel, will return to the water Sunday, July 21, at 2 pm on the 172nd anniversary of her initial launch. Award-winning documentary filmmaker Ric Burns will deliver the keynote address at the public ceremony, at which point the ship will be lowered into the Mystic River. Once launched, Museum shipwrights will complete the restoration with the vessel in the water in preparation for her ceremonial 38th Voyage to historic ports of New England in 2014. http://www.mysticseaport.org/event/charles-w-morgan-pre-launch-party/

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

 J2BEE & FLOWER

 Across the USA, millions of bees are dying, threatening our food supply. Scientists blame one group of pesticides some of which have just been banned in Europe. A new bill could save America’s bees, but big Agriculture and the pesticide industry are lobbying hard against it. America’s bees are facing a chemical Armageddon — just last week, 50,000 bees died in a single car park in Oregon after being exposed to pesticides, and last winter over 50% of all California’s bees died! The evidence is so compelling that the entire European Union has begun banning them, and the Save America’s Pollinators Act could impose a ban on these deadly poisons in the US.

Bees don’t just make honey, they are vital to life on earth, every year pollinating 95 types of fruits such as avocados, almonds, apples, and that’s just the A’s. Without immediate action to save bees, many of our favorite fruits, vegetables, and nuts could vanish forever. And without bees pollinating plants that feed farm animals and forage for wildlife, those animals would starve & die, too.

We only have days to make sure Congress acts to stop the Chemical Armageddon – sign the emergency petition now! Sign the petition below and tell everyone — when we reach 250,000 signers, we’ll take Avaaz’s giant inflatable bee to Capitol Hill to tell Congress to save our bees: 

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/usa_save_the_bees/?bpqDKab&v=27215

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NATURE-DISASTER Watch this video to see how nature can help protect people and communities from some of the greatest impacts of natural disasters: South Cape May Meadows Preserve, New Jersey: A wide beach, tall dunes and healthy wetland system helped protect local homeowners from the worst impacts of Hurricane Sandy. Watch Video

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COMMENTARY: SCREEN VIOLENCE AND THE REAL WORLD

By Greg Desilet, 07/20/2013 Daily Camera, Boulder, Colorado

When living in a culture of violence, it is not surprising that people should believe there is no connection between violent screen entertainment and real world violence. As many sociologists and commentators have argued, American culture mythologizes and extols the virtue of “regeneration through violence”.

In the 20th century film and television have confirmed and re-enforced this mythology through entertainment featuring the heroic overcoming of villainy through the use of deadly violence (name your favorite superhero!). These productions have joined together the notions of violence, justice, and celebration.

To suppose, as entertainment executives do, that this message has nothing to do with American attitudes toward conflict, violence, and gun culture is not only extraordinarily myopic but disturbingly oblivious to the history and trajectory of American culture to which these executives so blithely contribute. And to suppose that this message has no impact on real life behaviors runs fantastically counter to the parallel and contrary belief in the potency of promotional advertising messages.

Producers and studios acknowledge this potency with every dollar spent on promotion of films and television shows, not to mention the belief in the potency of advertising in general which provides the basis for network television. If media ads, in their brevity and simplicity, can be relied on to have effects in the marketplace, why does anyone suppose that more extensive film and television productions highlighting violence produce no effects?

The truth is that depictions of violence in film and television have profound and lasting effects at the cultural level of attitudes toward violence and the resolution of conflict.  ~ Greg Desilet is the author of the soon-to-be-published “Screens of Blood: A Critical Approach to Film and Television Violence.”

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SOME OTHER THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

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 “Having a better life is a result of making better choices. 

The decisions we make define one of two ways of being: Living by short-term solutions, or doing whatever work is necessary to earn a more lasting sense of fulfillment. 

In the gift of free will – our ability to choose – lies both our greatest challenge, and our salvation. Visualize your perfect self and work backward. By envisioning the destination, you will locate the best steps to take you there.” ~ YEHUDA BERG

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J2PENGUINS “The real test of one’s success is not how well one survives, but how effectively one meets the challenges and responsibilities of one’s life.” ~ EE

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Life comes before art, as the material always comes before the work. The mountains are full of marble, before the world blooms with statues.” ~ PHILLIPS BROOKS

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“How can you have charisma? Be more concerned with making others feel good about themselves than you are about making them feel good about you.” ~  DAN REILAND

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“You will always remain as small as your compelling desires, or as great as your dominant aspirations.” ~ JAMES ALLEN

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Many thanks & kudos to our talented & dedicated Moondance webster: Kelly Brenner, working for us day & night in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to build our new Moondance website & maintaining www.moondancefilmfestival.com 

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• A MILLION MOONDANCE THANKS & 2013 FESTIVAL NEWS!

JULY-BEACH

THE MOONDANCE 2013 SUBMISSION DEADLINE HAS PASSED! 

Thanks a million for all the many fine competition entries received!

Winners, finalists & semi-finalists will be announced in August.

We look forward to meeting you at the 14th annual

Moondance International Film Festival

In Mystic, Connecticut!

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SEPTEMBER 26-29, 2013  MYSTIC, CONNECTICUT

www.moondancefilmfestival.com

• Indie & Foreign Film Screenings • Workshops • Film Market •

• Networking Parties • Awards Ceremony & Reception •

• Celebrities • Q&A’s with the filmmakers •

• Opening Night & Closing Night Galas •

• Seminars • Private Consultations    With the Pros •

CELEBRITIES ATTENDING: 

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star of “Breaking Bad” & “Revolution”

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LINDA VILHJÁLMSDÓTTIR,

line producer for “Game of Thrones”

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ALL EVENTS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

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All the festival information you’ll need to know

is coming very soon, on our brand-new website!

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 WHY MOONDANCE HAS MOVED TO MYSTIC:

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Mystic, Connecticut, located mid-way between New York City and Boston, has the unique distinction of being one of the most popular tourist and vacation areas in New England, and is the most-popular visitor destination in the state of Connecticut. Mystic is a lovely small seaside town with big-city amenities – great seafood restaurants, a lively arts and music scene, the popular Old Mystic Village, and, for film-goers, the original Mystic Pizza! Mystic is known for its historic, quintessential New England charm, welcoming ambience, generous financial support for the arts, as well as for its world-class attractions: Mystic Seaport, Mystic Aquarium and the Olde Mystic Village. Mystic is the perfect destination location for this internationally recognized event!

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Come join us!

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

THE ERACISM FOUNDATION

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http://www.eracismfoundation.org/founder/

Founded by Oscar®-winning actor, Louis Gossett Jr., who, upon envisioning this organization, committed his life to an all-out conscious offensive against racism, violence, and ignorance. The foundation’s mission is to eradicate the systematic impacts of all forms of racism by providing programs that foster cultural diversity, historical enrichment, education, and anti-violence initiatives, and by addressing these issues, connecting individuals to their history/culture, and empowering them with the appropriate educational and training resources.

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT

 JULY-CHEETAH

“If you believe in something, it’s worth fighting for. 

There will be tests along the way. There may even be times it seems all hope is lost. Just remember that every “no” brings you closer to a “yes,” and every seeming failure brings you closer to success. 

No matter what, you’re always closer now than you were before.” ~ YEHUDA BERG

JULY-WAVES ONLYJULY-BIRD STRETCH “Success is never final, and failure is never fatal. It’s the courage to continue trying that counts.” ~ GEORGE TILTON

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“Experience is what you have left over, after you’ve made a mistake.” ~ M. F. POWERS

JULY-WAVES ONLY JULY-DOLPHIN SMILE

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“The universe is like a mirror. Say a kind word into a mirror, and it will say the same back to you. Curse into the mirror, and the image curses back. It is our own actions that rebound into our lives, like reflections bouncing back from a cosmic mirror.

 Smile at the world today, and the world will smile back at you.” ~ YEHUDA BERG

JULY-WAVES ONLYSWANS & LAKE

“I look out the window and hope I’ll see a swan. I hear they’re bad-tempered, but I love their elegant necks, and how they glide along with such sovereignty. Take the time to go to a pond, and spend an hour watching swans. What would happen if we heeded the admonitions of beauty?” ~ BARON WORMSER (quote excerpted & edited)

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Photo by Dominique Browning

Money, itself, has no intrinsic value. Only those great purposes for which it is used can be considered worthy, noble, or of value.” ~ ENID ABLOWITZ

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MOONDANCE 2013 FINAL DEADLINE!

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RED MAIL BOX DUE TO POPULAR REQUEST,

WE HAVE EXTENDED THE SUBMISSION DEADLINE:

THE EXTENDED POSTMARK DEADLINE IS

JUNE 30, just a few days away!

Submit your film, screenplay, original music CD, stageplay, short story, music video, & etc.

to the 2013 Moondance competition right now! 

CHECK OUT OUR MANY SUBMISSION CATEGORIES

Thanks for the many fine submissions received so far

 for the Moondance’s 2013 competition! 

The Moondance winners’ star award

The Moondance winners’ star award

 Moondance winners are setting the industry standard for

the best-of-the-best films, written works and music! 

MOVIEBYTES.COM lists Moondance as one of the top-ten film festival competitions worth the entry fee!

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THE 2013 MOONDANCE EXTENDED CALL-FOR-ENTRIES:

EASY WAYS TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY:


1. MIFF ENTRY FORM  (Save $20 on the entry fee!)

 2. WITHOUTABOX SUBMISSION SERVICE

DIRECTOR'S CHAIR

SUBMIT YOUR FILM TRAILER, TOO!

• Do you have a really good 1- to 3-minute film trailer to send to Moondance?

• Haven’t quite finished your film yet, but want to promote it now?

 Submit the trailer via the Moondance entry form.

The entry fee is only $25!

 • All winning trailers will be screened at Moondance 2013!

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and thoughts for the day!

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Moondance has been offered the unique opportunity to hold the 2013 film festival event in the historic, New England seacoast village of Mystic, Connecticut!

Dates: September 26-29

Plan to attend & participate!

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Sculpture by Charlotte Zink, of zinkmetalart.com

SEPTEMBER 26-29, 2013  SMALL STARFISH MYSTIC, CONNECTICUT

http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com

Indie & Foreign Film Screenings • Workshops • Master Classes • Film MarketNetworking Parties • Awards Ceremony & Reception • Celebrities • Opening Night & Closing Night Galas • Seminars • Private Consultations With the Pros

ALL FESTIVAL EVENTS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

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Moondance has been held in Hollywood at Universal Studios and in New York City at the Tribeca Cinemas, as well as in Boulder, Colorado, the festival’s original home. The film festival has also  been invited to relocate to many other locations, such as Malibu; NYC; San Antonio, TX; St. Petersburg, Russia; Sydney, Australia; London; Paris; Kauai, HI; Prince Edward Island, Canada, and many others, but I gladly selected the historic seaside village of Mystic, Connecticut, as the very best destination and new home for the Moondance, because of Mystic’s unique New England location between New York City and Boston, its culture, and its heartfelt welcoming ambience. Come join us!. ~~ Elizabeth English, founder & executive director

Moondance truly is The American Cannes

(but without the huge expense!)

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

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"Put it in a Book" film, Moondance winner

“Put it in a Book” film, Moondance winner

Make A Film Foundation grants film wishes to children with serious or life-threatening medical conditions, helping them to create short film legacies by teaming them with noted actors, directors and writers. We believe the art of filmmaking is not only healing and therapeutic, but also offers hope and builds self-esteem. The children get to write and star in their own short film. In our ‘Vidz 4 Kidz’ program, we go into various hospitals and facilities, teaming the children with hand-held video cameras and film mentors who help them to create ‘mini-movies’ about their lives and their challenges. Love one another. Make each day count. Dream big.“ http://makeafilmfoundation.org/

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RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD

 “The Rufous Hummingbird was common when we were kids. But it’s just one of dozens of familiar bird species headed for trouble. A Rufous Hummingbird weighs less than a French fry and can fly 1,000 miles, without food or rest. They may be mighty mites, but there’s one challenge they may not be able to overcome: us. National Audubon Society scientists estimate that the global population of these amazing flyers has declined nearly 60% in the past three decades.

What’s pushing hummingbirds toward the brink? A deadly combination of habitat destruction, toxic pollution and the spread of invasive plants. And now a new threat may overshadow them all: ecological chaos caused by a warming climate. Warmer weather prompts earlier flowering of nectar-bearing plants that hummingbirds rely on during their epic migrations. If the flowers are gone before the birds arrive, they may starve.

Will our children and grandchildren grow up with the wonder of watching a hummingbird hover over the flowerbed or sip nectar from a backyard feeder?

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Audubon has always been at the forefront of protecting birds and their habitats. And as threats have grown, so have the breadth and sophistication of our conservation strategies. Donate to Audubon today and your gift will be matched dollar for dollar. www.audubon.org

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

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GRASS & WILDFLOWERS

“We have it backwards. We think that when we overcome difficulty, then we will be happy, but it’s happiness itself that delivers us from chaos. 

Happiness is being able to dance through the difficult times, and learn what they are here to teach us. Your potential is waiting for you in the challenges you will choose to face. A desire for bigger things is good if it propels us to nurture the blessings in our own life, and to do the work necessary to create even more. 

The grass isn’t greener on the other side of the fence. It’s greener on the lawn most cared for.” ~ YEHUDA BERG

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9-11 TOWERS

“War can be abolished forever by providing clothing, food and shelter, instead of bombs, destroyers and rockets.” ~ TRYGVE LIE

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EGG + SPROUT

“One act of beneficence, one act of usefulness, is worth all the abstract sentiment in the world.” ~ ANN RADCLIFFE

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Andrew Wyeth 

“A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night, and, in between, he does what he wants to do.” ~ BOB DYLAN

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 GOD + ADAM

 “Michelangelo didn’t paint the Sistine Chapel while he was texting on his smart phone, and Tolstoy didn’t write “War and Peace” while he was watching a football game on TV. 

As much as we may feel productive when we are multi-tasking, we can’t be at our best when we our energy is scattered. 

Doing only one thing that is truly incredible is far better than doing a hundred things that are all mediocre.” ~ YEHUDA BERG

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MORE INFO AND DETAILS

ON THE MOONDANCE FESTIVAL 2013

COMING SOON THE EXTENDED POSTMARK SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS

JUNE 30!

TO WIN THE 2013 MOONDANCE!

 LAST CHANCE

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* LAST CHANCE TO WIN MOONDANCE & NEWS!

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LINDA VILHJÁLMSDÓTTIR, Line Producer at Sagafilm and Pegasus Pictures, Iceland, for the super-popular HBO television series, “GAME OF THRONES” has graciously accepted our invitation to appear at the 2013 Moondance International Film Festival, in Mystic, Connecticut, September 26-29, to present a masterclass on line-production, and to give a special Q&A session about her work with the cast and crew, on-location, for “Game of Thrones”! Ms. Vilhjálmsdóttir’s other experience includes production coordinator for “Game of Thrones III”, “Thor: The Dark World”, Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus”, and programmer for Reykjavik Short & Docs Festival.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity!

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MOONDANCE SELECTED AS ONE OF THE

Top Women’s Film Festivals in the World!

by Madeline Wickman in Indie Tips, Producing Tips

Moondance International Film Festival – This festival stays true to their original goal to present films and writings which successfully raise awareness about a variety of vital social issues. Besides their feminist initiatives, other objectives include educating writers, filmmakers, and film festival audiences, and inspiring them to take action upon this knowledge. Moondance uses this entertainment media to stimulate social and environmental change. Having initially started to widen the knowledge of the hardships women face, as the festival has matured, it has also expanded the social issues it promotes.

 

Women’s film festivals aim to provide a true perception of women, whether they are victorious or defeated. With an industry that is dominated by males, these film festivals have turned into a global project by, for and about women.

The criteria I used to select these top film festivals are similar to those that could be used for general film festivals. The one defining quality is that the festival, in fact, promotes what it actually is. Women’s film festivals began due to the lack of female voice within the film industry. To combat this hindrance, their own film festival was designed.

If women’s film festivals don’t promote the issue that women aren’t in the industry, no one will listen and nothing will change. Individuals involved have the opportunity to call attention to the fact that, while just as many women may be going into film studies and other forms of film education, men still dominate the field. These festivals are attended by individuals who are likely to be the most sensitive and passionate about the issue. If you can’t make them care, no one will.

I’d also like to applaud broadening efforts that most of these festivals are making. They have acknowledged more than just the suppression that women face, and now work to challenge many other discriminatory disputes. It’s no longer feminist banter to promote more women in the film industry. Women film festivals are facilitating new perspectives against other minority populations as well.

http://www.raindance.org/top-womens-film-festivals/?repeat=w3tc

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A BIG WELCOME TO THE 2013 MOONDANCE

FILM SCREENINGS COORDINATOR:

BRAD HVOLBECK, JR.

Executive Director & Producer

Breaking Waves Entertainment/ Ride A Wave Film Funding

Providence, Rhode Island Area

Breaking Waves Entertainment is a full production company that is working on feature films and in film finance and development for TV and film. Brad can be relied upon 100%. A self-starter, always hits the ground running, knows what needs to be done and does it well. A hard worker. Friendly, funny, professional, a people-pleaser, easy to work with, and helpful beyond the call of duty. He is the consummate professional, highly resourceful and a ‘can do’ kind of guy. Brad is the person you want in the trenches with you. He has multiple talents, skills and energy, and gets things done. Brad has worked successfully with Moondance in 2007 & 2008, in Hollywood. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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DUE TO POPULAR REQUEST,

WE HAVE EXTENDED THE SUBMISSION DEADLINE:

THE EXTENDED POSTMARK DEADLINE IS

JUNE 30!

 

Submit your film, screenplay, original music CD, stageplay, short story, music video, & etc. to the 2013 Moondance competition right now!

 

CHECK OUT OUR MANY SUBMISSION CATEGORIES

 

Thanks for the many fine submissions in all categories

received to date, for the Moondance’s 2013 competition!

 

Moondance winners are setting the industry standard for

the best-of-the-best films, written works and music!

MOVIEBYTES.COM lists Moondance as one of the top-ten film festival competitions worth the entry fee!

 

 

THE 2013 MOONDANCE EXTENDED CALL-FOR-ENTRIES:

EASY WAYS TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY:

1. MIFF ENTRY FORM (Save $20 on the entry fee!)

2. WITHOUTABOX SUBMISSION SERVICE

SUBMIT YOUR FILM TRAILER, TOO!

Do you have a really good 1- to 3-minute film trailer to send to Moondance?

Haven’t quite finished your film yet, but want to promote it now?

Submit the trailer via the Moondance entry form.

The entry fee is only $25!

• All winning trailers will be screened at Moondance 2013!

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Moondance has been offered the unique opportunity to hold the 2013 film festival event in the historic, New England seacoast village of Mystic, Connecticut!

FILM FESTIVAL DATES: SEPTEMBER 26-29, 2013

Plan to attend & participate!

 

 

 

This unique film festival event is a “must attend” opportunity for all serious filmmakers, screenwriters, music composers, producers, directors, talent agents, distributors, and indie film buff audiences, from the US and around the world, with only the best-of-the-best indie & foreign films screened, professional workshops, seminars, entertainment industry celebrity appearances, as well as 3 pitch-panels, private consultations with the pros, a grand awards ceremony & reception, opening night & closing night galas, super-productive networking parties, and our premiere film market! Come join us on September 26-29, 2013, in the historic seacoast village of Mystic, Connecticut, just halfway between New York City & Boston!

 

SEPTEMBER 26-29, 2013  MYSTIC, CONNECTICUT

http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com

Indie & Foreign Film Screenings • Workshops • Market

Networking Parties • Awards Ceremony & Reception

Celebrities • Opening Night & Closing Night Galas

Seminars • Private Consultations With the Pros

ALL FESTIVAL EVENTS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

 

MORE INFO AND DETAILS

ON THE MOONDANCE FESTIVAL 2013

 

 

 

 

In our continuing efforts to promote & provide 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 competitions have received great submissions, in all categories, from these countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Curaçao, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macao, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Senegal, Serbia/Montenegro, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tasmania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, UK, United Arab Emirates, United Arab Republic, USA, Venezuela, Viet Nam and Zambia!


 

 

 

WATCH THIS NICE FILM TRAILER FROM INDIA:

“Aayna Ka Bayna”

Directed by Samit Sakkad

trailer: http://youtu.be/Rd4j1F0DiTw

This fine film was the closing night film at Reelworld film festival in Toronto 2013 and also an Official selection at Seattle International Film Festival 2013, and will be screened at the Moondance International Film Festival 2013 in Mystic. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY:

Japanese Moss Garden

If there is light in the soul,

There will be beauty in the person.

If there is beauty in the person,

There will be harmony in the house.

If there is harmony in the house,

There will be order in the nation.

If there is order in the nation,

There will be peace in the world.

~ Chinese proverb

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Peach Room porch at the House of 1833, Mystic, CT

 

“Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy. The amount of work is the same.” ~ Francesca Reigler

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Stories of the Mer-Folk, especially Mermaids, exist in nearly every culture around the world where there are oceans, lakes, ponds, rivers or streams. Human-like, except for their iridescent, scaly tails, Mermaids and Mermen have fascinated humans for thousands of years. These beautiful, mythical creatures live in folklore tales around the world, called Rusalka in Russia, Selkies on the coasts of the UK, and Mami Wata, in Africa, for just a few examples. Because the largest of these mystical beings live in the oceans, most people are not aware that smaller versions of the Mer-Folk live in fresh water, too, in inland rivers, streams, marshes, and large or small waterfalls. Like many other magical, mythological beings, the Mermaids travel easily between this world and the astral planes, appearing only to those who truly seek to know them, and to learn their ancient powers.

Moondance has been offered the unique opportunity to hold the 2013 film festival event in the historic, New England seacoast village of Mystic, Connecticut!

Dates: September 26-29

Plan to attend & participate!

 

 

 

This unique film festival event is a “must attend” opportunity for all serious filmmakers, screenwriters, music composers, producers, directors, talent agents, distributors, and indie film buff audiences, from the US and around the world, with only the best-of-the-best indie & foreign films screened, professional workshops, seminars, entertainment industry celebrity appearances, as well as 3 pitch-panels, private consultations with the pros, a grand awards ceremony & reception, opening night & closing night galas, super-productive networking parties, and our premiere film market! Come join us on September 26-29, 2013, in the historic New England seacoast village of Mystic, Connecticut, just halfway between New York City & Boston!

 

SEPTEMBER 26-29, 2013   MYSTIC, CONNECTICUT

http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com

Indie & Foreign Film Screenings • Workshops • Market •

Networking Parties • Awards Ceremony & Reception

Celebrities • Opening Night & Closing Night Galas •

Seminars • Private Consultations With the Pros

• ALL FESTIVAL EVENTS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! •

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DUE TO POPULAR REQUEST,

WE HAVE EXTENDED THE SUBMISSION DEADLINE:

THE EXTENDED POSTMARK DEADLINE IS

JUNE 30!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Submit your film, screenplay, original music CD, stageplay, short story, music video, & etc. to the 2013 Moondance competition right now!

CHECK OUT OUR MANY SUBMISSION CATEGORIES

Thanks for the many fine submissions received so far

for the Moondance’s 2013 competition!

Moondance winners are setting the industry standard for

the best-of-the-best films, written works and music!

MOVIEBYTES.COM lists Moondance as one of the top-ten film festival competitions worth the entry fee!

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• Scroll on down for more news, info, photos, & thoughts for the day!

 

 

THE 2013 MOONDANCE EXTENDED CALL-FOR-ENTRIES:

EASY WAYS TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY:

1. MIFF ENTRY FORM (Submit here & save $15 on the entry fee!)

2. WITHOUTABOX SUBMISSION SERVICE

SUBMIT YOUR  FILM TRAILER, TOO!

• Do you have a really good 1- to 3-minute film trailer to send to Moondance?

• Haven’t quite finished your film yet, but want to promote it now?

Submit the trailer via the Moondance entry form.

The entry fee is only $25!

• All winning trailers will be screened at Moondance 2013!

Click on the film’s poster to see the trailer

• Here’s a funny film trailer from 2002: “OLD MEN IN NEW CARS.” a Danish action-comedy film directed by Lasse Spang Olsen. Pretty funny, if you like humor that is understated, poignant, very British, and not really about the title.

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Film still from “The Diver”, directed by Damon Mohl, Moondance animation winner for “The Dust Machine”

 

CLICK ON IMAGE ABOVE TO SEE THE TRAILER!

 

• This short animation film is a mixture of live-action, CGI, still images and 2D computer animation.  It was shot in Colorado as well as in California ,Utah, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. The tagline for the film is:  “The strange life of a plastic toy diver.” The overall theme of the film is about finding one’s place in the world. It is a positive and ultimately uplifting type of puppet fantasy adventure.

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MOONDANCERS WRITE US:

“Thank you for offering such great opportunities for expressing meaningful and important topics through the film media.” ~ CAROLINE CORY

 

Execellent initiative and programme, Elizabeth.  Congrats!” ~ ANGELIQUE ROCKAS, UK, Women International group on LinkedIn.com, on the Moondance Mission

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

“Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of music notes, it is the simplicity that finally emerges as the crowning reward of true art.” ~ FRÉDÉRICK CHOPIN

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“If you think you can, if you think you can’t…either way, you’ll be right.” ~ HENRY FORD

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“Baseball is for the leisurely days of summer, and for our unchanging dreams.” ~ ROGER KAHN, American author, best known for his 1972 baseball book The Boys of Summer.

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“Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around us in awareness.” ~ JAMES THURBER

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“All that you have accomplished so far is merely a glimpse of all you can achieve. It is when we rest on the laurels of yesterday that we become satiated, and the hunger that once drove us to manifest great things diminishes. 
 What we have achieved until now is limited, but the potential of all we can do remains limitless. Asking ourselves “What’s next?” can propel us toward reaching even greater heights of fulfillment.  ~ YEHUDA BERG

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Click on the coffee cup below to watch the clip “Life is like Coffee.” Even if you don’t drink coffee, please enjoy watching this enlightening short video, submitted for the blog by Moondancer Dekki Moate.

http://www.flickspire.com/_videos/flash/LILC/LILC.swf

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