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BE THE GIRL ON THE RIGHT

At Moondance, we don’t just accept differences, innovations, creativity, independence, and uniqueness – we celebrate them, we support them, encourage & inspire them, and we thrive on them for the ultimate benefit of the international film industry, as well as for writers, filmmakers, composers, festival film audiences, and our world community.

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  • 2015 Festival Photo album request
  • 2015 Awards requests
  • Moondance news
  • Tom Shadyac at Moondance
  • Moondancers write us
  • Screenwriting: ALL-CAPS on sounds?
  • Radio plays
  • Moondance recommends
  • Some things to think about
  • Rules for the blues

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The 2015 Moondance PHOTO ALBUM will be online soon!

 ONLY IF YOU send us up to 5 of your best Moondance 2015 photos in .jpg, to: director@moondancefilmfestival.com with MIFF PIX in the subject line.

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ATTENTION MOONDANCE 2015 WINNERS NOT AT THE AWARDS CEREMONY:

If you won an award, but could not attend the event, and want to receive your Moondance Award, Award certificate, & a 2015 Moondance festival program, please use this option to pay only for postage to send it to you:

AWARDS POSTAGE: USA ADDRESS POSTAGE: $10 • FOREIGN ADDRESS POSTAGE: $25 

The Moondance winners’ star award

The Moondance winners’ star award

Send your request now; this offer expires October 1.

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MOONDANCE NEWS:

FILMMAKERS: Moondance International Film Festival is now an IMDb Qualifying Festival, granting all eligible film submissions (via Withoutabox), a fast-tracked title page on IMDb.com!

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Moondance 2016 wishes to celebrate the art of DRONE CINEMATOGRAPHY with our newest competition category, and offers an international venue for talented & innovative drone filmmakers from around the world to exhibit their winning work to film industry professionals and to the drone cinema fan audiences, at this world-class film festival.

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Film director Tom Shadyac gave a fascinating Q&A at Moondance 2015 to an enthusiastic audience, participated in the productive networking & photo ops, and was presented with the Moondance 2015 Calypso Award!

Watch this video:

CELEBS FAVORITE PLACES ON EARTH: DOUBLE-WIDE: TOM SHADYAC’S LIFE NOW

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Read this article on Oprah.com:

FROM MULTIMILLIONAIRE TO MOBILE HOME!

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MOONDANCERS WRITE US

“Let me know when the 2016 early, early, early-bird submissions can be sent. I’m itching to send you the “Sock Opera” feature screenplay. I love to write, but this is the first time I actually felt real joy when working on a project. Although animation is probably the most difficult category to break into, I think, after all these years, I may have found my bliss.” ~ Janice MacDonald, 2015 Moondance winner for “The Sock Opera” short musical screenplay

I am sorry to have missed the 2015 festival, but I see that it was a great success! It is a wonderful service you offer to new writers and filmmakers who are trying to find a way into their chosen profession. I – for one – feel that your input and help has given me the confidence to keep writing, so thank you once again!” ~ Liz Falconer, 2015 winner, short screenplay, “One Door Closes”

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PILE OF SCRIPTS

NOTE TO SCREENWRITERS: Please, please do NOT put noises & sounds in all-CAPS in your spec screenplay! That formatting is only for final production scripts, when the funding is in place & the Foley editor needs to know what sound effects to include. Your script should be, at this early stage, a reader’s script. All-caps on sounds are very distracting from a smooth read. We certainly already know that a door SLAMS, a gun goes BANG, a dog BARKS, a lion ROARS, cars HONK or CRASH, FOOTSTEPS make a sound & so on! If you are seeing all-caps on sounds in scripts that you may be reading online, you are looking at director’s scripts, or production scripts! To sell this sucker to an agent, actor, producer, director, funder, or distributor, it needs to read almost like a scripted novel. To send out a production script is egotistical, arrogant & un-professional, as if the film is already in production. I have passed on way too many otherwise pretty good spec scripts that are filled with all-caps sounds, in the festival competition. 

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RADIO PLAYS ARE MIND-MOVIES!

RADIO:VINTAGE

Radio is sometimes known as the writer’s favorite medium; as Malcolm Bradbury once said, it is “a world made with words shaped into being, without a physical presence.” With radio, you have to use your imagination – something you don’t need when watching TV or movies. We can be whom-ever we want to be, travel wherever we want to go; all in “our mind’s eye”, thanks to radio programs. The stories and scenarios are often planted forever in our memories and in our own personal “theatre of the mind”.

Radio drama has long been a fertile training ground for writers and is a genre in which screenwriters, playwrights and television writers feel at home. It has given voice to generations of writers. From Welsh poet Dylan Thomas and Irish writer Samuel Beckett to Orson Welles and American playwright Harold Pinter; all have been involved with radio drama.

Moondance includes audio drama in our competition categories not merely in order to get the attention of the film industry. We want to promote audio drama for it’s own cultural value, and to encourage writers, storytellers, musicians/composers, audio producers, voice actors & others to create new works for radio & digital listening…whether it’s drama, comedy, kids’ stories, news & info, or documentary, and getting people to use their imaginations, to see the story in their minds, & to visualize, rather than have it shown to them in film, on their digital devices, online, or on TV, while they just sit there, being only consumers, rather than being creators or using their imagination to visualize the story! Consider learning how to write for radio, and revising your screenplay into an audio play! Moondance is dedicated to ensuring that audio drama remains an integral and dynamic part of our international broadcasting and cultural heritage.


MORE INFO: theaudiodramadirectory.com/ • www.audio-drama.com/www.artc.org/‎audiodramaproduction.com/ • jimfrenchproductions.com/

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS

FRIENDS OF THE EARTH IMAGE

Friends of the Earth understands that the challenges facing our planet call for more than half-measures, so we push for radical change, not tweaks to the status quo. This means speaking uncomfortable truths to power and demanding more than people think is possible. It’s hard work. That’s why we’re dedicated to building and organizing a workforce for Earth. Earth H.Q. is an action center where you can tackle some of the biggest challenges facing our planet and discover practical, meaningful ways that all of us can work together to fix them. Let’s get to work! https://earthhq.foe.org

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WHY TALENT WILL NEVER BE ENOUGH IN HOLLYWOOD

From the desk of: Nat Mundel, Founder/CEO of Voyage Media, Los Angeles, CA

MARKETABLE BOOK

Let’s assume for a moment that you’re a great writer, which you likely are… How far has your talent alone gotten you? There are thousands of talented writers creating excellent stories right now in Hollywood…So what is it that separates the great writer who gets projects made from the also-great writer who has a bunch of unsold scripts sitting on the shelf? A professional writer becomes so when he or she learns how to be part of the business of entertainment and drive his or her own projects forward  (not waiting around to be ‘discovered’). Talent is the minimum barrier to entry in entertainment… the real measure of your success is how effective you (the creator) are at building a marketable package for your project. Countless brilliant screenwriters and filmmakers never get their projects made because they don’t understand the importance of packaging their project in a way that speaks to the people who write the checks…

All successful writers and filmmakers in Hollywood know this, but most learned it the hard (and long) way. It doesn’t have to be that way. So to help you get your projects moving, I’m offering you a free copy of my report, “Building A Marketable Package: How To Get The Team You Need In Order To Market To The Audience You Want”. 

Click here for your FREE GIFT:

I hope this free report helps you to drive your project forward and attract the attention it needs in order to get made — and maybe you and I can work on a project together in the future!

 Do great things!

 When you download the report above, I’m also going to give you free access to our popular video training course, “Making the Power Move from Amateur to Pro”, featuring over 4 hours of training from high-powered executives from HBO, CAA, Alcon Entertainment, Wes Craven, the Weinsteins, Dimension Films and others, who are finally spilling their most honest insights on what it takes to get their attention, build a reputation and get your material noticed and bought again and again.

In the past, I’ve sold this course for $297, but today I am giving it to you for free!

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT

 

Three Planets

“I CHOOSETo live by choice, not by chance. To make changes, not excuses. To be motivated, not manipulated. To be useful, not used. To excel, not compete. I choose self-esteem, not self-pity. I choose to listen to my inner voice, not the opinions of others. I choose to be myself, not someone else’s idea of me.” ~ Author Unknown

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FOOTSTEPS IN DESERT SAND

“Here are two options: Make progress or make excuses.” ~ Anonymous

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Vincent Van Gogh, "Wheat-field with Crows"

Vincent Van Gogh, “Wheat-field with Crows”

“The true artist reveals the unseen, and creates that which is new and uniquely his or her own,” ~ Ralph Ellison (excerpted & edited)

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Illustration by Maurice Sendak from “Open House for Butterflies” by Ruth Krauss.

It does not generally take much strength to do something, but it often requires great strength to decide what to do.” ~ Elbert Hubbard

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~~~ RULES FOR THE BLUES ~~~

Howlin' Wolf

Howlin’ Wolf

 

  • Most Blues begin, “Woke up this mornin’…”
  • “I got a good woman,” is a bad way to begin the Blues, ‘less you 
stick something nasty in the next line, like “I got a good woman with 
the meanest face in town.”
  • The Blues is simple. After you get the first line right, repeat it. 
Then find something that rhymes … sort of: “Got a good woman – with 
the meanest face in town. Got teeth like Margaret Thatcher – and she 
weigh 500 pound.”
  • The Blues are not about choice. You stuck in a ditch: You stuck in 
a ditch, ain’t no way out.
  • Blues cars: Chevys and Cadillacs and broken down trucks. Blues 
don’t travel in Volvos, BMWs, or Sport Utility Vehicles. Most Blues 
transportation is a Greyhound bus or a southbound train. Jet aircraft and 
state-sponsored motor pools ain’t even in the running. Walkin’ plays a major 
part in the blues lifestyle. So does fixin’ to die.
  • Teenagers can’t sing the Blues. They ain’t fixin’ to die yet. Adults sing the 
Blues. In Blues, adulthood means being old enough to get the electric chair 
if you shoot a man in Memphis.
  • Blues can take place in New York City, but not in Hawaii or any 
place in Canada. Hard times in St. Paul or Tucson is just depression. 
Chicago, St.Louis, and Kansas City still the best places to have the Blues. 
You cannot have the blues in any place that don’t get rain.
  • A man with male pattern baldness ain’t the blues. A woman with male 
pattern baldness is. Breaking your leg cuz you skiing is not the blues.
  • Breaking your leg cuz a’ alligator be chomping on it is.
  • You can’t have no Blues in an office or a shopping mall. The lighting is 
wrong. Go outside to the parking lot or sit by the dumpster.
  • Good places for the Blues: 
lonesome dirt road or highway, 
jailhouse, 
empty bed
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Bad places: 
Ashrams, 
gallery openings, 
Ivy League institutions, 
golf courses
  • 
No one will believe it’s the Blues if you wear a suit, ‘less you 
happen to be a’ old black man, and you slept in it.
  • 
Do you have the right to sing the Blues? Yes, if: you’re older than dirt, 
you’re blind, 
you shot a man in Memphis, 
you can’t be satisfied.
  • No, if: 
you have all your teeth, 
you were once blind but now can see, 
the man in Memphis lived, 
you have a retirement plan or trust fund.
  • Blues is not a matter of color. It’s a matter of bad luck. Tiger 
Woods cannot sing the blues. Gary Coleman could. Ugly white people 
also got a leg up on the blues.
  • If you ask for water and Baby give you gasoline, it’s the Blues. 
Other acceptable Blues beverages are: bad wine, 
bad whiskey or bad bourbon, 
muddy water, 
black coffee. 
The following are NOT Blues beverages: 
mixed drinks, 
kosher wine, 
Snapple, 
sparkling water.
  • 
If it occurs in a cheap motel or a shotgun shack, it’s a Blues death. 
Stabbed in the back by a jealous lover is another Blues way to die. So 
is the electric chair, substance abuse, and dying lonely on a broken down 
cot. You can’t have a Blues death if you die during a tennis match, in a spa or hot-tub, or while getting 
liposuction.
  • 
Some Blues names for women: Sadie, 
Big Mama, 
Bessie, 
Fat River, Dumpling. 
Some Blues names for men: 
Joe 
Willie, 
Little Willie, 
Big Willie. 
Persons with names like Sierra, Sequoia, and Rainbow can’t sing the 
Blues no matter how many men they shoot in Memphis.
  • 
Make yer own Blues name (starter kit): name of physical infirmity (Blind, Cripple, Lame, etc.) 
first name (see above) plus name of fruit (Lemon, Lime, Kiwi, etc.) 
last name of President (Jefferson, Johnson, Fillmore, etc.) 
For example, Blind Lime Jefferson, or Cripple Kiwi Fillmore, etc.
  • I don’t care how tragic your life is: if you own a computer or cell-phone, you cannot sing 
the blues. You best destroy it – with fire, a spilled bottle of Mad Dog, or get 
out a shotgun. Maybe your big woman just done sat on it.

I don’t care.

From John Morrison’s Swing City website

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Moondance Thanks for a Great 2015 Film Festival + Audience Favorites

*THANKS IN SAND

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Thank you for joining us & participating in the 2015 Moondance, which featured the very best of indie films from the US and around the world, as well as our fabulously productive networking parties & events. You were entertained, encouraged and inspired at this annual world-class event, in beautiful Boulder, Colorado, USA, and helped us celebrate the 16th annual Moondance International Film Festival!

Being fearless & bold, Moondance is a unique, one-of-a-kind and a truly international film festival where monotonous conformity is considered mediocrity, and where talent, extravagant individualism, innovation, independence and experimentation is encouraged, awarded and applauded!

And thanks again for all those many great hugs!

We definitely made a BIG Splash!

~ Elizabeth English

Moondance Founder & Executive Director

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The 2015 Moondance PHOTO ALBUM will be online soon!

Please send us up to 5 of your best Moondance 2015 photos in .jpg & labeled as to who is in the image, to: director@moondancefestival.com, with 2015 MIFF PIX in the subject line.

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THANKS A MILLION TO ALL THE 2015 MOONDANCERS!

  • FESTIVAL FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Elizabeth English
  • FESTIVAL EVENTS & VOLUNTEERS COORDINATOR: Meghan Laxton
  • FILM JURY: Elizabeth English, Bill Tremblay, Ted May, Chris Anastasiadis
  • FILM SCREENNGS COORDINATOR: Daniel DiBella
  • FILM PROJECTIONISTS: Bill Tremblay & Miguel Carson
  • FESTIVAL PHOTOGRAPHER: Daniel DiBella
  • ALL OUR VALUED VOLUNTEERS
  • ALL OUR 2015 COMPETITION ENTRANTS
  • SPONSORS & FRIENDS OF THE MOONDANCE
  • FESTIVAL WEBSITE MANAGER: Norm Strassner
  • FESTIVAL PRODUCER: 7seas Productions
  • HOTEL BOULDERADO EVENTS MANAGER: Linda Curatola
  • HOTEL BOULDERADO AUDIO-VISUAL MANAGER: Ezra Harmon
  • HOTEL BOULDERADO AUDIO-VISUAL STAFF: Kyle
  • DAILY CAMERA NEWSPAPER
  • TOM SHADYAC: ACTIVIST FILMMAKER
  • SHADY ACRES ENTERTAINMENT COORDINATOR: Harold Mintz

& OUR FILMMAKERS, WRITERS, COMPOSERS, AUDIENCES & SUPPORTERS OVER THE YEARS!

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*SHADYAC & EE

Tom Shadyac & Elizabeth English

We had a very welcome surprise visit from Hollywood film director Tom Shadyac (Bruce Almighty, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Patch Adams), after the screening of his feature documentary film, “I Am”. He gave a fascinating & well-attended TOMversation Q&A to an enthusiastic audience, and generously participated in the productive networking & photo ops afterwards. Tom was honored to be presented with the coveted Moondance Calypso Award by Elizabeth.

ABOUT THE MOONDANCE CALYPSO AWARD: This award is to encourage a spirit of enterprise toward improving social issues, and in saving the environment, habitats and wildlife by dedicated and creative individuals from around the world. The award is presented annually to the person who expands knowledge of our world, seeks to improve the quality of all life on the planet, and actively contributes to the betterment of humankind.

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ATTENTION MOONDANCE 2015 WINNERS  WHO WERE

NOT AT THE AWARDS CEREMONY:

Congratulations! If you won an award, but could not attend the event, and want to receive your Moondance Star Award, Award certificate, & a 2015 Moondance festival program, please use this option to pay only for postage to send it to you: AWARDS POSTAGE

AWARD STAR

USA ADDRESS POSTAGE: $10 • FOREIGN ADDRESS POSTAGE: $25

Order now; this offer expires on October 1, 2015!

Listing of 2015 Moondance film & film score winners, finalists & semi-finalists HERE

 Listing of 2015 Moondance written works winners, finalists & semi-finalists HERE

Laurels for 2015 Moondance winners, finalists & semi-finalists HERE

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2015 AUDIENCE FAVORITE FILMS ANNOUNCED!

• SHORT NARRATIVE FILMS:

*SANDBOY

SANDBOY

*LAMBING SEASON

LAMBING SEASON

*RED EARTH CALLING

RED EARTH CALLING

• FEATURE DOCUMENTARY FILMS:

*BECOMING BULLETPROOF

BECOMING BULLETPROOF

*CIRCUS WTHOUT BORDERS

CIRCUS WITHOUT BORDERS

MUSIC VIDEO:

*INDIGO GRAY

INDIGO GRAY: THE PASSAGE

ANIMATION:

*THE DIVER

THE DIVER

• Audience Favorite winners: You can download a

2015 Moondance Audience Favorite Laurel HERE!

FILMMAKERS: Moondance International Film Festival is now an IMDb Qualifying Festival, granting all eligible film submissions (via Withoutabox), a fast-tracked title page on IMDb.com!

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MOONDANCERS WRITE US!

• “Volunteering for your Moondance festival this year was a real treat! Thank you for the wonderful opportunity you provide all these creative minds.” ~ Katy Palmer

•  Thank you very much for holding that Festival and to stand by those values you promote with it. It is with people like you that we make the world a better place to live. Sur ce, je vous dis à bientôt!” ~ Simon-Gabriel Auger, Composer

• “We are so happy, excited, and mostly so grateful to you for hearing us and considering our request… And also for going above and beyond in helping us promote the film and its “second coming”!!! You are wonderful. That’s really great news, and we really feel like the trip is worth it.” ~ Neeti Fidurko, director, “Who Would Jesus Date?”

• “Thank you again for your incredible support of our short dance film, Red Earth Calling.  We thoroughly enjoyed being part of the 2015 Moondance International Film Festival.  You featured an interesting mix of high-quality works and provided a lovely forum for conversation and exchange.  Receiving two awards from the festival proved a wonderful end to our stay in Boulder.” ~ Jillian Harris

• “Congratulations on another successful Moondance Festival. My bag was packed and I was ready to attend, but nature being unpredictable, my beautiful daughter didn’t deliver her baby boy until September 9th. Nothing short of a first grandchild, though, could have kept me away! Next year, I plan on being there, early.” ~ Janice MacDonald, 2015 winner for “The Sock Opera” musical screenplay

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

• MISSION OF MERMAIDS •

Ship’s figurehead, By Jan Reichard

     Ship’s figurehead, By Jan Reichard

What you can do every day to make a difference:

• Refuse single-use plastics. When you can, don’t accept plastic bags in supermarkets, shops or local markets, or at least re-use them. There are many practical, small cloth bags that you can now carry in your purse and unfold very easily to hold your purchases. Instead of plastic bottles for your juice, soft drinks or water, try to carry around a reusable bottle. There are plenty of attractive options.

• Be selective with your fish. There is plenty of information available about what species are endangered, which ones are enduring unnecessarily painful deaths (such as sharks for shark fin soup), and what fishing practices have a lethal impact on the ecosystem of the oceans (such as trawling). And there are restaurants, shops that are making sure that what they serve or provide as catch is done with more attention to the conservation of the ocean and its creatures. Read up this information and on the suppliers of your food. Consume with care. Don’t purchase coral or wild-caught fish for your home aquarium.

• Walk, bike, run. Find alternative means of transportation. Or alternate the days that you use the car. Your body will appreciate the effort as much as the environment. The extra carbon dioxide contributes to ocean acidification and global warming, which is a major threat to coral and the many creatures of the ocean.

Photo by Atmo, www.wildquest.com

         Photo by Atmo, www.wildquest.com

• Follow the 7 C’s of ocean conservation: Commit to making a real difference, Conserve in your home, Consume consciously, Communicate your interest and concerns, Challenge yourself daily, Connect to your community, Celebrate our beautiful and life-giving seas & oceans.

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

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“One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre Gide (French author, 1947 Nobel Prize for literature)

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“When one door closes, another one opens. But we often look so long upon the closed door, that we do not see the one which has opened.” ~ Helen Keller

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“Apathy can only be overcome by enthusiasm, and enthusiasm can only be aroused by two things: first, an ideal which takes the imagination by storm, and second, a definite, viable plan for carrying that ideal into practice.”
~Arnold Toynbee

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Last Chance for the 2015 Moondance!

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Come join us to see the best of indie films from the US & around the world!

Moondance International Film Festival

September 7th & 8th, 2015

Beautiful Boulder, Colorado USA

The 2015 film program features several world premieres, a sneak preview, plus Tom Shadyac (Bruce Almighty, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Patch Adams), Ed Asner, Susan Rockefeller, Julian Lennon, America’s Got Talent’s Hammerstep, and others! 

Film tickets are still only $10, souvenir logo T-shirts & totes are available,

& best of all: the entire festival is always welcoming, affordable & user-friendly!

EVENTS AT THE FILM FESTIVAL:

  • INDIE FILM SCREENINGS (documentaries, animation, music videos, feature & short films)
  • PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOP FOR FILMMAKERS & WRITERS (Titles & Loglines)
  • PRODUCTIVE NETORKING PARTIES & EVENTS
  • PRIVATE CONSULTATIONS WITH THE PROS
  • SPECIAL VIP CELEBRITY FILM
  • Q&As WITH THE FILM DIRECTORS
  • GALA AWARDS CEREMONY & RECEPTION!
  • COCKTAIL NETWORKING AFTER-PARTIES

~~~~~~~~~~ COME JOIN US FOR THE 16th ANNUAL MOONDANCE! ~~~~~~~~~~~

Boulder’s #1 & longest-running international film festival

Monday & Tuesday • September 7th & 8th

6:PM – midnight

Hotel Boulderado • Conference Area
Columbine & Alpine Theaters
2115 13th Street, Boulder, CO

In the RED HEART-very small of Boulder 

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~ Tickets are available at the venue box office during the event days & times. ~

TINY STARFISH  IMAGES FROM JUST SOME OF OUR GREAT 2015 FILMS:

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For more info:

MOONDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

Check these links for 2015 festival info:

PROGRAM SCHEDULE

SCREENING SCHEDULE

FILMS DESCRIPTIONS

ANNOUNCEMENT OF SELECTED FILMS

SPECIAL FILM SCREENING EVENTS

COMPETITION RESULTS – FILM AND FILM SCORES

COMPETITION RESULTS – WRITTEN WORKS

2015 MOONDANCE LAURELS

FIRST IMPRESSIONS WORKSHOP

NETWORKING & AWARDS EVENTS

TRAVEL INFO

BOULDER LODGING INFORMATION

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MOONDANCERS COME FROM AROUND THE WORLD!

Moondancers are part of an amazing worldwide community; a unique collaboration of multi-talented writers, film score composers, filmmakers and audiences. The Moondance mission is to entertain, inform, inspire, encourage and educate. We honor those artists who, through their creative work, actively increase awareness, provide multiple viewpoints, address complex social issues, and strengthen ties between international audiences At Moondance, you can come together with film audiences, filmmakers, writers, directors, producers, actors, agents, and composers to create new opportunities, develop tools for success and forge new alliances within the international film and entertainment industry.

In our continuing efforts to promote 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 brought in great submissions, in all categories, from: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Cayman Islands, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Curaçao, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Iceland, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Korea, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tasmania, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Republic, the UK & US, Venezuela, and more!

 PEOPLE LINED UP

“Within the global entertainment industry, film, television, stage and radio actors are the public representatives of all people, and should come in all genders, sizes, colors, ethnic backgrounds, ages, locations, abilities, and appearances; not just young, white, male, and physically attractive.” ~ EE

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FESTIVAL VOLUNTEERS WANTED!

CLARK LITTLE WAVE SMALLLet’s make a splash! 

You are cordially invited to volunteer to help out at the film festival!

All volunteers can earn free movie tickets for hours worked.

Contact Meghan at:

mailto:melaxton@hotmail.com

With “MIFF volunteer” in the subject line.

Another great way to make this film festival even more successful is to contact your social media, organizations, blog, website & mailing list/ colleagues right now about the upcoming Moondance event & strongly recommend that they attend, too! Let’s fill those theater seats!

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS

~ FIRST IMPRESSIONS: ~

TITLES & LOGLINES WORKSHOP

Presented by Elizabeth English

Wednesday, September 9th

Noon-2:PM • Limited to 10 attendees

Hotel Boulderado • Corner Bar Loft

RED SHOES & YELLOW BRICK ROAD

“You’ve got 5 minutes; pitch me what you’ve got.” That’s what the entertainment industry producers, directors, actors & agents, the real movers & shakers, will tell you. But to get that first meeting or even a reply to your query letter, you need an interesting, attention-getting & unique title and logline for your script, story or film. Elizabeth has developed a sure-fire method for quickly finding that great, eye-catching title, and a sizzling short logline to go with it. You’ll end up with a great title & logline, and knowing how to “dress” your scripts, stories or films for that all-important first impression, and…success!

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MORE HAPPY MOONDANCERS WRITE US:

• “I just wanted to drop you a short note of appreciation of your advice and kind responses to my piece, “Victor”.  I was really happy to make the semi-finalist list, thank you!!  I can only imagine how thrilled the finalists and ultimate winners were.  Thank you for putting on the competition, and in particular the helpful, personal and engaged response you gave me. There are plenty of discouragements in this process to overcome and continue overcoming, it goes with the territory, but the encouragement that you and your contest has given me, has been priceless.” Tony Heaver-Wren, Cayman Islands

• “There’s no doubt that the Moondance is an important and fun event. Wishing you all the success in the world!” ~ Janice Garden Macdonald, award-winning author & screenwriter, environmental conservationist, Canada

• “Thanks so much for recognizing my music video, I am Gone. It means so much to me to know that it will be seen and that the message came across. Congratulations to everyone who made your selections. Thanks for all the wonderful work you do!” ~ Andie Naar, USA

• “I’m a finalist in the Film Score category for the 2015 Moondance International Film Festival, for EP, The Aftermath of a Silent Storm.  I really want to thank you. I’m very excited at being finalist in the Film Score category at such a well-known film festival.” ~ Simon-Gabriel Auger, Canada

• “Set in the beautiful foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the Moondance International Film Festival is a breath of fresh air – especially for those who feel their more soulful writings and productions are shunted aside by the mainstream festivals. Moondance awards not those films with the most car crashes and mayhem, but those with the courage to show nonviolent heroism and nurturing values. And they award the best screenplays, short stories, stageplays, scripts for TV episodes, children’s stories, and even music scores and libretti. It’s an opportunity to get the recognition and exposure you deserve.  In contrast to the more glitzy festivals that originate in the macho world of power and money, the Moondance festival reaches for that soul connection — people writing stories or making movies that make a difference.” ~ Arthur Kanegis, Baja California, Mexico / READ MORE:

Elizabeth English presents the 2004 Moondance Film Festival Screenplay Award to Arthur Kanegis

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MOONDANCER NEWS:

• Sonya Lea, 2015 Moondance winner for her short film, Every Beautiful Thing, will be at a book-signing for her memoirs, Wondering Who You Are, in Seattle, September 11. Her book has also gotten an Editor’s Pick on Oprah! Sonya and the film’s composer, Trey Gunn, also a 2015 winner for his film score for Every Beautiful Thing, will be at Moondance for the film screening, their Q&A, and the networking parties, too.

• Our much-coveted Moondance Calypso Awards will be presented at the Moondance awards ceremony to dedicated &  long-time local environmental activists, Jim Morris & Leslie Glustrom. Jim Morris also creates our organic Moondance logo T-shirts & totes, annually, since 2000.

• About the Calypso Award (named after Jacques Cousteau’s ship): This award is to recognize, encourage & reward a spirit of enterprise in saving the environment, habitats and wildlife by dedicated and creative individuals from around the world. The award is presented annually to the person who expands knowledge of our world, seeks to improve our quality of all life on the planet, inspires others, and actively contributes to the betterment of humankind and the natural world.



• Finally revealed: Who is the artist who designed the Moondance Mermaid logo back in 1999, when the Moondance was founded? Answer: Our festival founder & executive director, Elizabeth English.

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Why a Mermaid logo?

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“Good intentions are, at least, the seeds of good actions; and everyone ought to sow them, and leave it to the soil and the seasons as to whether anyone gathers the harvest.” ~ William Temple

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“Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.” ~ Sydney Harris

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BE THE GIRL ON THE RIGHT

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Moondance Film Festival: September 7th & 8th + Insider Tips for TV writers

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~ Be sure you don’t miss this event! ~

Moondance International Film Festival

September 7th & 8th, 2015

Beautiful Boulder, Colorado USA

The annual Moondance international Film Festival event is where you can have the best opportunity to network with colleagues, audiences, filmmakers, writers, composers, distribution executives, talent agents, international film industry celebrities & execs, and to promote your project or film industry services!

Moondance provides a substantive and transformative alternative to all those sound bites, and the distortions spun out by the corporate media. Our films, written works and music reinforce our belief that for those talented artists, our film festival audiences, and for many of you, the annual Moondance International Film Festival & competition, with our mandate for integrity, the highest quality, and our important mission, is an essential part of a creative and progressive future.

EVENTS AT THE 2015 FILM FESTIVAL:
  • INDIE FILM SCREENINGS (documentaries, animation, music videos, feature & short films)
  • PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOP FOR FILMMAKERS & WRITERS (Titles & Logines)
  • PRODUCTIVE NETWORKING PARTIES & EVENTS
  • PRIVATE CONSULTATIONS WITH THE PROS
  • SPECIAL VIP CELEBRITY FILMS
  • Q&As WITH THE ATTENDING FILM DIRECTORS
  • POSSIBLE CELEBRITY APPEARANCE
  • AFTERPARTIES
  • GALA AWARDS CEREMONY & RECEPTION!
  • A SPECIAL SURPRISE ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE FESTIVAL FOUNDER

COME JOIN US TO CELEBRATE THE 16th ANNUAL MOONDANCE!

Boulder’s #1 International Film Festival
Monday & Tuesday • September 7th & 8th
6:PM – midnight
Hotel Boulderado • Conference Area
Columbine & Alpine Theaters
2115 13th Street, Boulder, CO
• In the RED HEART-SMALLER of Boulder •
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Tickets available online until September 5th, & at the venue box office during the event days & times.

MOONDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

Check these links for 2015 festival info:

PROGRAM SCHEDULE

SCREENING SCHEDULE

FESTIVAL TICKET SALES

FILMS DESCRIPTIONS

ANNOUNCEMENT OF SELECTED FILMS

SPECIAL FILM SCREENING EVENTS

COMPETITION RESULTS – FILM AND FILM SCORES

COMPETITION RESULTS – WRITTEN WORKS

2015 MOONDANCE LAURELS

FIRST IMPRESSIONS WORKSHOP

NETWORKING & AWARDS EVENTS

TRAVEL INFO

BOULDER LODGING INFORMATION

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FESTIVAL VOLUNTEERS WANTED!

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You are cordially invited to volunteer to help out at the film festival!

All volunteers can earn free regular movie tickets for hours worked.

Contact Meghan at:

mailto:melaxton@hotmail.com

With “MIFF volunteer” in the subject line.

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A HAPPY MOONDANCER WRITES:

“Oh my goodness gracious, thank you so much! I’m over the Moon! (You must get that a lot, sorry, but I really am) This was the competition I most wanted to win because I love your ethos, beauty, and spirit of sincerity and joy. Thank you for selecting my script ‘Flappers’ as the only finalist in the TV Pilot category. I did a happy-1920s Flappers-Charleston-dance!” ~ Kristina Day, UK

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“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who dream only by night.” ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS

FIRST IMPRESSIONS:

TITLES & LOGLINES WORKSHOP

Presented by Elizabeth English

Wednesday, September 9th

Noon-2:PM • Limited to 10 attendees

Hotel Boulderado • Corner Bar Loft

RED SHOES & YELLOW BRICK ROAD

“You’ve got 5 minutes; pitch me what you’ve got.” That’s what the entertainment industry producers, directors, actors & agents, the real movers & shakers, will tell you. But to get that first meeting or even a reply to your query letter, you need an interesting, attention-getting & unique title and logline for your script, story or film. Elizabeth has developed a sure-fire method for finding that great, eye-catching title, and a sizzling short logline to go with it. You’ll end up with a great title & logline, and knowing how to “dress” your scripts or films for that all-important first impression and success!

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Read these articles for insider tips on writing for television:

OLD RED TV SET

Shaping the Story for Television

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InkTip Advice: Beat Sheets

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT

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Picasso, “Fleurs”

“All true communication, even between two people speaking the same language, requires translation. In the end, our hearts must hear what cannot be spoken.” ~ Takashi Matsuoka, author, “Cloud of Sparrows”

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Howlin’ Wolf

“When we let ourselves see only what we expect to see, we merely view the contents of our own minds, and miss what is truly before us.” ~ Takashi Matsuoka, author, “Cloud of Sparrows”

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Tianmen Winding Highway, Hunan Province, China

“If you want to succeed, you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel only the worn paths of accepted success.” ~ John D. Rockefeller, Jr.

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SAILING SHIP-HIGH SEAS

“Take a moment to ask yourself if you’re on track with you. Now is the time to take responsibility for your own life and to love yourself enough to take the action required. Take responsibility for what you are doing. You are the captain of your own ship. You can do it for you.” ~ Amy Lyndon, acting coach, The Lyndon Technique

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Moondance Film Festival August News

Invitation to the 2015 Moondance International Film Festival

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~ Whatever you want to do, do it now. There are only so many tomorrows ~

Moondance International Film Festival

September 7th & 8th, 2015

Beautiful Boulder, Colorado USA

The annual Moondance international Film Festival event is where you can see the very best of specially-selected US & international feature films, documentary films, short films, animation films, & music videos films, and have the best opportunity to network with colleagues, audiences, filmmakers, writers, composers, distribution executives, talent agents, international film industry celebrities & execs, at our famously productive networking parties, and to promote your project or film industry services!

EVENTS AT THE FILM FESTIVAL:

  • INDIE FILM SCREENINGS (documentaries, animation, music videos, feature & short films)
  • PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOP FOR FILMMAKERS & WRITERS (Titles & Logines)
  • PRODUCTIVE NETORKING PARTIES & EVENTS
  • PRIVATE CONSULTATIONS WITH THE PROS
  • SPECIAL VIP CELEBRITY FILMS
  • Q&As WITH THE ATTENDING FILM DIRECTORS
  • POSSIBLE CELEBRITY APPEARANCE
  • AFTERPARTIES
  • GALA AWARDS CEREMONY & RECEPTION!
  • A SPECIAL SURPRISE ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE FESTIVAL FOUNDER

COME JOIN US TO CELEBRATE THE 16th ANNUAL MOONDANCE!

~~~ September 7th & 8th ~~~

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  • Tickets available online until September 5th.
  • Tickets available at the venue box office during the event days & times.

MOONDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

Check these links for 2015 festival info:

PROGRAM SCHEDULE

SCREENING SCHEDULE

FESTIVAL TICKET SALES

FILMS DESCRIPTIONS

ANNOUNCEMENT OF SELECTED FILMS

SPECIAL FILM SCREENING EVENTS

COMPETITION RESULTS – FILM AND FILM SCORES

COMPETITION RESULTS – WRITTEN WORKS

2015 MOONDANCE LAURELS

FIRST IMPRESSIONS WORKSHOP

NETWORKING & AWARDS EVENTS

TRAVEL INFO

BOULDER LODGING INFORMATION

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FESTIVAL VOLUNTEERS WANTED!

ROSIE, THE RIVETER

You are cordially invited to volunteer to help out at the film festival!

All volunteers can earn free movie tickets for hours worked.

Contact Meghan at:

mailto:melaxton@hotmail.com

With “MIFF volunteer” in the subject line.

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ANOTHER HAPPY MOONDANCER WRITES US!

“I have been absolutely thrilled and over the MOON to have been awarded a finalist placing in the 2015 Moondance competition! And already, yes, already inquiries have been made by an interested party about my screenplay ‘Devonside’. I will keep you guys posted. I have been a firm and faithful follower of Moondance for the past five years. I have yet to find a film festival as supportive, encouraging, and committed to their ‘people’ than the director and her team at Moondance. I look forward to the day when I can meet you in person, give you a huge hug and say ‘Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.’ Elizabeth English you rock !!“~ Craig Gibson

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Congratulations, 2015 Moondance written works winners & top finalists!  Your winning work can be posted at Inktip.com for free, as an extra Moondance bonus. I have sent the list of this season’s winners & top finalists to InkTip.com. Liz Rivera, of InkTip, will contact you via email to let you know the special code to have your 2015 Moondance-selected work on their website, at no cost to you. I highly recommend this popular & well-respected website for getting your script seen by many US & international producers, directors and agents who are looking for very the best work available today. Please be on the lookout for this important InkTip email!

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS

TURN YOUR YARD INTO POLLINATOR PARADISE!

(or your balcony, patio, window box, garden, school yard, farm, &/or porch)

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Photo: © Chris Helzer/TNC

Summer is the time of plenty for native pollinators, but creating pollinator habitat in your yard or garden means more than summer blooms. Summer flowers are great, but they are not enough to sustain healthy pollinator populations. Fortunately, it’s not difficult to create a pollinator paradise. This is a conservation initiative where you can create important habitat with just a small strip of plants in your backyard or garden or back porch (even one pot of flowering plants can create vital habitat). If you plant pollinatorfriendly plants, the pollinators will find it. Really. It’s that simple. How do you ensure that pollinators have healthy food, a place to nest and livable conditions?

1. Plant nectar- and pollen-rich flowers

2. Go organic

3. Provide shelter

4. Provide food and water

The best flowers to plant for pollinators: asters, butterfly bush, calendula, day lily, hollyhock, fennel, marigold, nasturtium, lavender, geranium, dahlia, wild rose, petunia, & many more:

Register your garden here & become part of the Million Pollinator Garden Challange:  http://share.pollinator.org

  • When you begin planting, the key is to plant a diversity of plants that flower at different times of year. You are creating a seasonlong feast. Having a variety of flowers ensures these creatures can make it through the year.
  • We often associate bee nests with hives. But 70% of native bees nest in the ground. They dig little burrows that are used for rearing their young. Leaving a bare spot of earth near your pollinator garden can take care of most of the bee’s life needs in a small area. Many native bee species do not move very far. Bumble bees can cover longer distances (up to two miles). Many species only travel a few hundred feet or less.
  • In the popular media, pollinator conservation is all about honey bees. While the honey bee – and its sweet product – is easy to love, it is only one on a large list of pollinating insects. And it is not the most effective. There are some 4,ooo native bees in America, – a veritable pollinating army. Add to that pollinating wasps, butterflies, moths, birds, bats and more. So when you’re thinking pollinator habitat, go beyond the honey bee!
  • Don’t spray! The uses of neonicotinoids are not protecting agricultural crops – they’re used purely for cosmetic purposes around yards and residential developments. Even if you spray your yard but not your pollinator habitat, the pesticides can drift and kill feeding or nesting bees. These insects provide millions of dollars in ecosystem services each year by pollinating agricultural crops, and are a key component of wildlife ecosystems.

The Xerces Society is an organization devoted to conservation that has much more incredibly useful information on creating pollinator habitat! (Excerpts from an online article at the Nature Conservancy)

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT

Babe Ruth at bat

Babe Ruth at bat

“Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving your goal, and staying with that plan.” ~ Tom Landry

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Oak tree at dawn, photo by www.alexnail.com

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

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“Love is all you need!” ~ John Lennon & Paul McCartney

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Invitation to the 2015 Moondance & Happy Winners Write Us

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INVITATION TO THE 2015 MOONDANCE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Moondance International Film Festival

September 7th & 8th, 2015

Beautiful Boulder, Colorado USA

The annual Moondance international Film Festival event is where you can have the best opportunity to network with colleagues, audiences, filmmakers, writers, composers, distribution executives, talent agents, international film industry celebrities & execs, and to promote your project or film industry services!

EVENTS AT THE FILM FESTIVAL:

  • INDIE FILM SCREENINGS (documentaries, animation, music videos, feature & short films)
  • PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOP FOR FILMMAKERS & WRITERS (Titles & Logines)
  • PRODUCTIVE NETWORKING PARTIES & EVENTS
  • PRIVATE CONSULTATIONS WITH THE PROS
  • SPECIAL VIP CELEBRITY FILM
  • Q&As WITH THE FILM DIRECTORS
  • NETWORKING AFTER-PARTIES
  • GALA AWARDS CEREMONY & RECEPTION!

Being fearless, Moondance is where monotonous conformity is considered mediocrity, and extravagant individualism, innovation, uniqueness and experimentation is encouraged, awarded and applauded!

COME JOIN US FOR THE 16th ANNUAL MOONDANCE!

September 7th & 8th,
6:PM – Midnight
RED MOVIE TICKETTickets available online & at the venue box office during the event days & times.

MOONDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

Check these links for 2015 festival info:

PROGRAM SCHEDULE

SCREENING SCHEDULE

FESTIVAL TICKET SALES

FILMS DESCRIPTIONS

ANNOUNCEMENT OF SELECTED FILMS

SPECIAL FILM SCREENING EVENTS

COMPETITION RESULTS – FILM AND FILM SCORES

COMPETITION RESULTS – WRITTEN WORKS

2015 MOONDANCE LAURELS

FIRST IMPRESSIONS WORKSHOP

NETWORKING & AWARDS EVENTS

TRAVEL INFO

BOULDER LODGING INFORMATION

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FESTIVAL VOLUNTEERS WANTED!

ROSIE, THE RIVETER

You are cordially invited to volunteer to help out at the film festival! All volunteers can earn free regular movie tickets for hours worked. Contact Meghan at: melaxton@hotmail.com

With “MIFF volunteer” in the subject line

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VERY HAPPY 2015 MOONDANCERS WRITE US

“We here at Jim French Productions, Inc. were thrilled to learn this morning that the writers for our production: “The Beast of Hyndford” (a Sherlock Holmes full-cast audio drama pastiche) have been selected as winners in the Audio Drama Script category. Iain McLaughlin and Claire Bartlett (both in Scotland) and John Patrick Lowrie (here in Seattle, WA) are valuable contributing talent to our production company and to see them acknowledged so outside of the audio drama field is gratifying. Everyone we work with, from actors to writers to technicians are exceptional and make us what we are. We can’t thank you enough for the award and one of our representatives will be at Boulder this year to accept for them at the awards ceremony. Many thanks, “ ~ Jim French

“Thank you so much for advancing my script “CORNELIUS AND WILLOW” to the finals!! You have made my dreams come true!! Thank you! Blessings and Good Karma to you!!” ~ Melissa White

“Upon learning that my script “THE ASCENSION OF TWYLA POTTS” had won the 2015 Moondance International Film Festival, I did what any adult would do; I leapt about the room like a six-year-old in a tutu. I am honored to have received this prestigious award, and want to thank Elizabeth English for her enthusiastic and timely responses to all of my questions. What a rarity. And because of this festival, my work will finally receive the kind of professional exposure I have always dreamed of. The Moondance International Film Festival is, without question, the best!” ~ Fred Perry

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“I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to learn that my audio drama script “5 LEVELS OF FEAR” is a winner in this year’s festival. What an honor. And a finalist spot for “Blue Velvet Box.” I’m over the moon! Moondance, although a film festival, is starting to get noticed by the audio drama community as a festival that is friendly to those of us who prefer to write and produce for the full-cast, fully sound-scaped spoken word. What an honor to be tapped by Moondance for a win. I look forward to meeting and talking with people at this year’s festival.” ~ Sable Jak

I’m thrilled that “Hell’s Angel” was a winner for short screenplay!! We are hoping to raise the funds and shoot it this autumn. The award will really help with that, so THANK YOU!!” ~ Lou Hamilton, writer, director, producer, UK

“I am so honored to have been chosen as one of your winners in the 2015 Moondance! The feature screenplay I wrote, UNACCOMPANIED MINOR (Logline: A man accidentally uncovers a pedophilia ring and goes on the run with a young sex worker in order to save her life. Inspired by a true story.), will be greatly benefited by this prestigious win. It is inspired by the real life story of Rob Waterlander, and his efforts to bring awareness to child trafficking via airlines. Again, thank you so much for selecting my screenplay – what an amazing feeling it is!” ~ Kitania Kavey, the Netherlands

“I want to let you know how much your encouragement has meant to me.  So many people have told me no one will ever produce the movie, because it’s a period piece with a female protagonist, ViCTORIA OF MURRAY HILL, and it won’t make money. Your belief in the project has kept me revising, trying to get the script as good as it can be. Who knows when the tides might turn.” ~ Kate Parks

“I just wanted to say a huge and heartfelt ‘thank you’ for the award being given to “The Beast of Hyndford” in the audio drama category. Claire Bartlette and I are both hugely surprised, delighted and very honoured. We became aware of the festival and the awards through Imagination Theater. In the past – and again this year – at Moondance you have highlighted the work of some remarkable storytellers who have told and continue to tell extraordinary stories. Claire and I are honoured to be alongside their number this year. We just wanted to send a heartfelt thank you to you and everyone involved for this honour. It means a great deal to us.” ~ Iain McLaughlin, Scotland

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CHECK OUT THE MOONDANCE E-ZINE FOR THESE ARTICLES & MORE:

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS:
 TITLES & LOGLINES
WORKSHOP FOR WRITERS & FILMMAKERS

Presented by Elizabeth English
Monday, September 7th, 2-4 PM
Hotel Boulderado,
Conference area Plaza Garden

Have a fabulous, unique idea for a movie? That’s wonderful,
 but you need to know how to turn your great story
 into a great title & logline.
  • SELL THE SIZZLE; NOT JUST THE STEAK!
  • WRITING DYNAMIC TITLES AND LOGLINES
  • HOW NOT TO WRITE A LOGLINE
  • WHAT YOU SHOULD DO
  • LET’S WRITE A GREAT TITLE & LOGLINE
  • ADAPTING YOUR LOGLINE TO YOUR READER’S INTEREST
  • YOU CAN SELL YOUR PROJECT WITH THE TITLE & LOGLINE ALONE!
Every workshop attendee can work on getting a new & improved title & logline in this unique workshop!

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT

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If I could give you just one gift ever for the rest of your life it would be the gift of confidence.” ~ David Nicholls

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“The most precious thing that anyone can have is the goodwill of others.” ~ Anne Parish

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Illustration by Maurice Sendak from “Open House for Butterflies” by Ruth Krauss.

“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

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“Follow your bliss, and the universe will open doors where there once were only walls.” ~ Joseph Campbell

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DOCUMENTARY FILMS: 7 TIPS FOR SUCCESS

“American Gothic” by Grant Wood

“American Gothic” by Grant Wood

At Moondance International Film Festival, we look for documentary films that entertain, inform, inspire, encourage and educate. We believe that films can contribute to a healthier society, and that films should encourage the active involvement of audiences to connect and act collectively to address global challenges. Moondance screens doc films that are innovative, distinctive, compelling, educational, engaging, and relevant to varied audiences, and which encourage active participation.

Our film programs are always well rounded, entertaining, and enlightening, highlighting diverse cultures, opinions, and stories. We welcome individual expression and are committed to presenting diverse points of view. Moondance aims to entertain, increase awareness, provide multiple viewpoints, address complex social issues, provide forums for deliberation, and strengthen ties between a large variety of international audiences.

Some thoughts for doc filmmakers from a film festival director who selects which films are selected for screening at the festival:

  1. Go easy on the “talking heads” interviews! Please, please, please shoot the interviewee(s) in various situations, not just sitting straight on to the camera and talking, talking, talking. Take them outside, in their homes or workplaces, interacting with others, and with different reactions and emotions evident. Show, don’t just tell. Film is, of course, a visual medium, and needs great visuals to make it successful. Do a lot of voice-overs with varied images of the subject matter at hand. 
People relate to, and remember more of, what they’ve seen, than what they’ve heard.
  2. Get a good, friendly, persuasive interviewer, especially if you’re the cinematographer. Allow yourself or the interviewer to have a part in the film. When you or the interviewer ask the interviewee a question, or comment on/respond to what they’ve said, consider getting in the frame! The interviewer should be considered as a secondary, but vital, element in the film, since the audience will also identify with the interviewer, and relate to him or her, as well as to the person or persons being interviewed.
  3. After the shoot, remember to set a mic in the same empty room(s) or outside area(s) for an hour, and capture soft ambient sounds to lay in to the film during post. Wind blowing, car horns, footsteps walking by, vehicles going past, birds chirping, airplanes flying overhead, a dog barking, a phone ringing, and so on. A dull, silent, unchanging aural atmosphere is deadly and “feels” stuffy, airless, lifeless, claustrophobic, and unreal, even if there’s an underlying musical film score.
  4. Add an appropriate and memorable music score! Think of your short or feature doc film as if it were a narrative film.
  5. Film editing should be invisible, and must transition and flow easily and logically from scene to scene.
  6. Lighting and sound should be of the same quality and tone, throughout the film, as much as is possible.
  7. Start late and end early! Edit your doc film to be as short as possible, while still getting the salient point or points across. Don’t duplicate scenes and responses from interviewees. We get it, already! Move along. Use only the very best filmed segments to tell your story.

Peaceable KingdomPeaceable Kingdom, directed by Jenny Stein

Some of our most popular recent doc films screened at Moondance were on such unique & varied subjects of Lyme disease, free-diving with killer whales, traditional reindeer herding in Finland, the mistreatment & saving of farm animals, breast cancer recovery, 9/11 conspiracy, saving the rainforests, traditional arts in China, the Gulf War, and crop circles in the UK, for just a few examples. Each film, and all doc films selected over the years have had a story; a clear beginning, middle and end, as well as a protagonist and antagonist(s), much as good screenplays and narrative films must have, to be successful.

 



DIRECTING ACTORS IN FILM

“Lights, camera, and…action!”

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By
Elizabeth English

When judges preview films for film festival competitions, or when distributors look at films they may decide to screen in theaters, or during Academy Award nomination season, or when a talent agent may decide to take you on as a client, or when a production company or film studio is watching your demo reel or trailer, and considering you to direct a film, the actors’ performances are one of the most important elements they look for in the film. You may have a unique story, the best cinematographer, incredible editing, memorable film score, interesting locations, fabulous action scenes, great dialog, and impressive production values, but…if any of the actors, not just the lead actors, fluff a scene, or are wooden, over-act, are amateurish, or are simply unremarkable in their roles, you’ve just lost all credibility as a film director, and you may not ever get a second chance.

  • Directing a feature or short film, commercial, animation, trailer, music video, or television pilot requires an extraordinary output of time, energy, patience, and talent. You owe it to yourself, and to the success of the film project, to get the richest, most realistic, relatable performances possible. Directing actors is one of the most challenging, yet rewarding, aspects in the array of creative tasks that await any film director.
  • You’ll need to know how to constructively and efficiently collaborate with actors to create truthful and compelling, natural performances. Unlike the creative process of writing a script or generating shot-lists and storyboards, actors are mutable, unpredictable, and you can’t completely plan their performances in a film, but you can direct them toward the performance you envision for the role.
  • Most film directors (even seasoned veterans) just don’t seem to know how to talk to actors – they often don’t speak a language that is useful to them. You need to learn a new language, which enables you, as the director, to give the actor a clear point of departure for a performance, and which allows you to quickly communicate adjustments, as that performance evolves, yet also allows the actor his or her interpretation of the character and scene, but based on what you and the script require.
  • This is a directorial process that begins by articulating a “through-line” – a concise statement that captures a director’s interpretation of the script, into language that will help the actors build their performances, and establish a productive working relationship between actor and director. You want the actors to “quit acting” and just BE the characters, tapping in to emotions which the actor has experienced in her/his own life and applying it to the scene. No hitting their marks and just reading their lines!
  • Directing actors for film is much different from directing actors for the stage. Because a stage has 3 walls, and the audience sits at the fourth “wall”, seeing and hearing everything on the stage, and everything the actors do or say, as it occurs, there can be no multiple takes, no do-overs Larger gestures and more visible facial expressions, as well as throwing one’s voice to the back of the balcony, are needed in theater, but not in film. Subtlety is best. Watch how great actors project, with subtle gestures, minimal facial expressions, breathing techniques, and quiet body language: Anthony Hopkins, Meryl Streep, Steve McQueen, James Dean, Donald Pleasence, Rod Steiger, Judi Dench & Maggie Smith.
  • One might consider the talented actor as a visual story-teller, a creator of visions who can transport movie audiences out of their habitual ways of being, create an atmosphere of “suspension of disbelief,” and who leads them on a journey of self-discovery and possibly new perceptions. Personal magnetism and charisma, intense body awareness, voice control, and great sensitivity are among the special abilities that contribute to the actor’s mystique, and a film director can encourage and inspire the actor to bring this out in performance.
  • But with film, many takes of the same scene can be shot until the director is happy with that scene. An actor must be capable of accommodating this arduous and frustrating process, and to be able to make adjustments in his or her characterizations, over and over, without complaint.
  • The camera can move to different viewpoints, can do a two-shot, a close-up, or a crowd scene, or action outdoors, and even use a parkour technique, by following the actor(s) for several minutes moving through a location sequence. With a roughly a 22’ tall X 52’ wide movie screen, actors can use much more subtle facial expressions, especially in close-ups, simpler body movements and gestures, and with lower, more modulated voices. A twitch of an eyebrow, or a tiny smirk can easily be seen by the audience, unlike on stage. A good film actor will be aware of this.
  • As a director, if you’re auditioning actors, working with non-professional actors, or interviewing subjects for a documentary, you may need to remind them to pay extra attention to their total body language in a scene, tone of voice, and facial expressions, to get a realistic characterization from them. In narrative and documentary filmmaking, actors & interview subjects generally need to move a bit more slowly than normal (but not too slowly) through a scene, in order for the camera to focus and catch the image, and not cause the audiences to feel they are being forced to visually follow the scene too quickly.
  • Acting is reacting. Reacting with what is already known, and can be, should be, brought into the role’s characterization from the actor’s and director’s own life experiences and personal observations, as well as by what the particular role requires, of course.
  • As a director, you should know all there is to know about filmmaking: cinematography, editing, production, lighting, sound, screenwriting, and etc., and that, of course, includes acting. Perhaps you can audition for a film, TV show or stageplay, and if you get the part, even as a non-speaking extra, you’ll gain valuable inside, working experience on the set or on location. You need to study the art and craft of acting, stage, television and film acting, especially improv, and consider learning to be an actor, yourself, in order to understand actors and to communicate with them, and most effectively bring out the best performances from your actors.

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2015 Moondance Selections Announced & Festival Info

“Freedom” by Zenos Frudakis

“Freedom” by Zenos Frudakis

Being fearless & bold, Moondance is a film festival where monotonous conformity is considered mediocrity, and extravagant individualism, innovation, uniqueness and experimentation is encouraged, awarded and applauded!

Moondance International Film Festival dates:

September 7th & 8th, 2015

Boulder, Colorado USA

Check out the links below for 2015 competition results & other info!

Moondance is known as the “American Cannes” of film festivals, and features the very best of indie films from the US and around the world, as well as our fabulously productive workshops, networking parties & special events. Come to be entertained, encouraged and inspired at this annual world-class event! Plan now to participate in this unique film festival event: September 7th & 8th, in beautiful Boulder, Colorado, USA, and help us celebrate the 16th annual Moondance International Film Festival! 

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FESTIVAL VOLUNTEERS WANTED!

You are cordially invited to volunteer to help out at the film festival!

All volunteers can earn free regular movie tickets for hours worked.

Contact Meghan at:

melaxton@hotmail.com

With “MIFF volunteer” in the subject line.

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MOONDANCE WEBSITE

Check these links for 2015 festival info:

FESTIVAL PROGRAM SCHEDULE
FILM SCREENING SCHEDULE
FESTIVAL TICKET SALES
FILMS DESCRIPTIONS
ANNOUNCEMENT OF SELECTED FILMS

SPECIAL FILM SCREENING EVENTS
COMPETITION RESULTS – FILM AND FILM SCORES
COMPETITION RESULTS – WRITTEN WORKS
FIRST IMPRESSIONS WORKSHOP
NETWORKING & AWARDS EVENTS
TRAVEL INFO
BOULDER LODGING INFORMATION
PHOTO ALBUM

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Moondance International Film Festival Presents

Very Special Film Events!

I AM VIDEO COVER

“I Am” + Q&A with director Tom Shadyac

Monday, September 7th, 7:PM @ eTown Hall

~and~

“The World is My Country” + Q&A*

Garry Davis

Garry Davis

Special Free Sneak Preview

with director Arthur Kanegis

*This film to be screened at the Hotel Boulderado

Tuesday, September 8th, 7:PM

$25 for the 2-film package

Special Event Double Feature: Two must-see revolutionary documentary films , presented by Moondance, Boulder’s #1 international film festival, in conjunction with the 16th annual film festival films & events, : “I Am” directed by Tom  Shadyac, and, as a free bonus, “The World is My Country” by award-winning director Arthur Kanegis, including a Q&A with the director immediately after each film screening. And a free networking after-party at the Hotel Boulderado’s new License #1 bar & lounge, 10:PM until midnight! This networking party is OYO (On Your Own, no tickets required). http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com

Sandboy

Monday, September 7th, 7:PM

Hotel Boulderado • Columbine Theater

Short narrative film, directed by Vittoria Colonna (IRELAND, c& executive-produced by Julian Lennon (USA). In a sleepy Californian desert, sits an abandoned junkyard, an abandoned RV and an abandoned young woman haunted by a secret. Award-winning film score by Hugh Rodgers. The director & the lead actor, Wallis Murphy-Munn , will be in attendance, with possibly Julian Lennon, son of John Lennon & Yoko Ono.(23 minutes)

"SANDBOY", directed by Vittoria Colonna

“SANDBOY”, directed by Vittoria Colonna

INDIGO GREY: The Passage

Monday, September 7th, 7:PM

Hotel Boulderado • Columbine Theater

Shirt narrative music video, directed by: Sean Robinson (USA). A young boy’s discovery of a mysterious gas mask provides a glimpse into an alternate reality. 

Featuring America’s Got Talent’s ‘Hammerstep’ a traditional Irish/hip-hop dance troupe, and nine-year-old prodigy Aidan Lok, who has a first degree black belt in Shotokan Karate and has won over 100 medals from international karate tournaments, and original score by Evanescence’s Amy Lee. (6 minutes)

INDIGO GREY: THE PASSAGE

INDIGO GREY: THE PASSAGE

Special Double-Feature Screenings!:

Tuesday, September 8th, 7:PM

Hotel Boulderado • Alpine Theater

Food for Thought, Food for Life

Short documentary film, directed by Multi-award-winning Susan Rockefeller (USA). We want our food fast, convenient and cheap, but at what cost? As farms become supersized our environment suffers and so does the quality of our food.

Our Common Roots

Feature documentary film, directed by Glenn Axford (Canada). This film speaks to the therapeutic and energetic qualities of medicinal plants of the forest, field and garden. Reconnecting with the intelligence of the plant kingdom, and our global healing traditions.

WHEAT SHEAF & GIRL

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS

Join the Elephant Stampede!

Join the Elephant Stampede!

World Elephant Day was Wednesday, August 12, and this year we had something BIG to celebrate! President Obama recently introduced a proposal to ban ivory sales in the United States. Once enacted, this ban will close loopholes that have allowed smugglers to disguise ivory from recently killed elephants and sell them as antiques in the U.S. It will send a clear message that America is serious about shutting down the ivory trade and saving elephants. But the president’s proposal isn’t law yet. The administration is collecting public comments for 60 days and you can bet that opponents of the ivory ban (yes, there are people who oppose this common sense regulation) will be vocal. We need voices in support of the ban to #BeHerd.

Earlier this year, the Wildlife Conservation Society worked with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to investigate the ivory trade on Craigslist. But there’s more work to be done. Talk about a big statement! Recently, elephants and other endangered species lit up New York City, appearing on the side of the Empire State Building!

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT

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To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe. ~ Marilyn vos Savant

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Photo by Stephanie V.

Photo by Stephanie V.

“The key to success is trusting yourself.” ~ Scott Adams, Dilbert cartoonist

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Buster Keaton

Buster Keaton

 “It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out; it’s the grain of sand in your shoe.” ~ Author Unknown

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"Flatirons-Moonset", view from Boulder, Colorado / Photo by Charles Pfeil www.ArrowPhotos.com

“Flatirons-Moonset”, view from Boulder, Colorado / Photo by Charles Pfeil www.ArrowPhotos.com

“I’ve learned that everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the knowledge, experiences, growth and happiness occurs while you’re climbing it.” ~ Andy Rooney

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"Hollow Man" by Bruno  Catalano

“Hollow Man” by Bruno  Catalano

“It’s not how much money we make that ultimately makes us happy…it’s whether or not our work is fulfilling.” ~ Malcolm Gladwell

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THE MOONDANCE MISSION FOR PEACE & FESTIVAL INFO

Moondance International Film Festival dates:

September 7th & 8th,, 2015

Boulder, Colorado USA

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Moondance International Film Festival Presents

I AM VIDEO COVER

A Very Special Film Event!

“I Am” + Q&A with director Tom Shadyac

Monday, September 7th, 7:PM @ eTown Hall

~and~

“The World is My Country” + Q&A*

with director Arthur Kanegis

*This film to be screened at the Hotel Boulderado

A Special Sneak Preview

Tuesday, September 8th, 7:PM

Special Event Double Feature: Two must-see revolutionary documentary films , presented by Moondance, Boulder’s #1 international film festival, in conjunction with the 16th annual film festival films & events, : “I Am” directed by Tom  Shadyac (Ace Ventura, Pet Detective, Patch Adams, Bruce Almighty, Liar Liar) & “The World is My Country” by award-winning director Arthur Kanegis, including a Q&A with the director immediately after each film screening. And a free networking after-party at the Hotel Boulderado’s new License #1 bar & cocktail lounge, 10:PM until midnight! 

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FESTIVAL VOLUNTEERS WANTED! 

You are cordially invited to volunteer to help out at the film festival!

All volunteers can earn free regular movie tickets for hours worked.

Contact our volunteer coordinator, Meghan Laxton, at:

melaxton@hotmail.com

With “MIFF Volunteer” in the subject line.

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ALL OF THESE INFO LINKS ARE COMING SOON:
IN THE VERY NEXT NEWS-BLOG

ANNOUNCEMENT OF 2015 WINNERS, FINALISTS & SEMI-FINALISTS

ANNOUNCEMENT OF 2015 SELECTED FILMS 

2015 FILM PROGRAM SCHEDULE

2015 FILMS DESCRIPTIONS

2015 FESTIVAL PROGRAM INFO

2015 FESTIVAL TICKET SALES

dove copy “When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will then know peace.” ~ Jimi Hendrix

MOONDANCE MISSION STATEMENT

Our mission is to present a vibrant and growing collection of films, writings & music, which is an ideal means for communication across perceived boundaries of race, culture, age and gender. Moondance promotes, encourages, educates and rewards non-violent conflict resolution in the arts and film. Our much-coveted Columbine Awards are given to the filmmakers and/or writers who best depict alternatives to violence as a method of dealing with conflicts, whether personal, local, national or international, and/or show why violence as a solution to conflict is ultimately counter-productive and inhumane. READ MORE

MOONDANCE STATEMENT ON NON-VIOLENCE

Our objective is to identify and address the root causes of violence and contribute to the just and peaceful transformation of violent conflict resolution, through the art of film, writings & music. The core of conflict transformation work is the building of a sustainable peace between all people. This involves a process of profound change in attitude, transforming situations characterized by fear and killing into environments in which reconciliation, respect for other people, social justice and participatory democracy can take root. READ MORE

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A MOONDANCER WRITES US

 Thank you, Elizabeth, for your wonderfully helpful advice (on improving my screenplay). I agree that the reading experience, compared to the first iteration, is like chalk and cheese – so thank you! I can’t thank you enough for your care, attention and advice.  It’s a privilege to be a part of your wonderful contest!” ~ Tony Heaver-Wren, screenwriter, Cayman Islands

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Moondance International Film Festival dates:

September 7th & 8th,, 2015

Boulder, Colorado USA

2015 BOULDER LODGING INFORMATION

2015 MOONDANCE TRAVEL INFO 

BOULDER AREA INFO

Check out the website for more info:

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WEBSITE: www.moondancefilmfestival.com

NEWS-BLOG: www.moondancefilmfestival.com/blog

EMAIL: director@moondancefilmfestival.com

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT

Gandhi's glasses

Gandhi’s glasses

An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

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GROUCHO FACE

“The most efficient way of attacking evil is to expose it to ridicule. It can bear rebukes, but not laughter. It doesn’t mind appearing wicked, but it hates to look ridiculous.” ~ Moliere (translated & edited for clarity)

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Photo: cbsnews.com

Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding. ~ Albert Einstein

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Guatemalan girl & tourist

Guatemalan girl & tourist

Peace is not the absence of conflict; it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means. ~ Roland Reagan

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“Tricks of magic follow the archetypes of narrative fiction writing – there are tales of creation and loss, death and resurrection, and obstacles that must be overcome.” ~ Marco Tempest

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“Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.” ~ Sam Ewing

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ANT LIFTING STICK

“People who say it can’t be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.” ~ Stephen Klasko & Richard W. Hevner, Thomas Jefferson University

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

STORY JARS LOGO

Story Jars encourage imagination and provide great fun for adults and children. A perfect gift for parents, grandparents and children! So many children these days spend too much time alone, surfing the web & on social media. The Story Jar comes with interesting and fun objects, including shells, toy animals and an assortment of curiosities that can be the basis of real or imaginary stories. In short, you have an “open book” of ideas that you can invent together. We provide the “starter kit”, which includes the Story Jar itself, plus about a third of a jar worth of interesting items. But the real excitement comes for both of you when you add some of the trinkets and little memorabilia from your own life.

It’s perfect for personal and family stories you may want to pass down from generation to generation. Start by picking one item from the jar and say, “Once Upon a Time…” which sets the mood for the story. There is nothing like a Story Jar to bring the stories to life! It’s perfect for personal and family stories that you may want to pass down from generation to generation. The kids love it, the parents love it and it’s something the young ones will remember and look forward to. And someday, they can pass it along to their kids and grand-kids. A genuine family legacy.

There is nothing like a Story Jar to bring those great stories to life! This is also great for teachers, libraries and the therapeutic community, all of whom see Story Jars as a valuable additional tool for learning & self-expression. READ MORE

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THE POWER OF HEALING FOODS

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“An apple a day keeps the doctor away!”

Treating disease with healing foods is certainly not a new idea; it has been done for many thousands of years. Now science and medicine have made amazing discoveries regarding the healing power of these natural foods and plants. Healthful, readily available and inexpensive natural, organic healing foods can strengthen your body’s defenses against disease, treat disease directly, and even slow down the aging process. All without expensive and potentially toxic prescription medicines & over-the-counter medications. 

The underlying cause of many common diseases is often the type of foods we eat on a regular basis, or foods we neglect to eat. Studies show that people who eat a lot of refined carbohydrates, animal fats, and a lot of animal protein are at much greater risk of developing diseases and a shorter, less healthy lifespan. Read more at: http://www.foods-healing-power.com/

NATURE’S MEDICINE

Lavender, for peacefulness, serenity & sleep

Lavender, for peacefulness, serenity & sleep

There are times when it’s much smarter to use an herbal remedy than a pharmaceutical. For example, an herbal remedy usually offers a safer alternative. Archaeological evidence indicates that the use of medicinal plants, essential oils, herbal extracts, spices, tinctures and herbal teas for healing dates to at least the Paleolithic, approximately 60,000 years ago. Written evidence of herbal remedies, such as ayurvedic remedies, can date back to over 5,000 years.

Native Americans have medicinally used about 2,500 plant species that are native to North America. Many herbs have beneficial effects on long-term health, and can be used to effectively treat human diseases. Few traditional remedies, however, have translated into modern drugs, although there is continuing research into the efficacy and possible adaptation of traditional herbal treatments.

 Here are just a few of these common herbal remedies one can utilize, instead of prescription drugs: aloe vera, basil, chamomile, ginger, ginseng, kelp, lavender, marijuana, quinine, rosemary, tumeric & valerian. If you are taking prescription drugs, be sure to check online or with your doctor if there might be any adverse reactions when combining the two.

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BRAVE BOULDER OWL VIDEO GOES VIRAL!

“Only in Boulder!”

Photo courtesy of Boulder County Sheriff's Office

Photo courtesy of Boulder County Sheriff’s Office

A young northern saw-whet owl stands on Rainbow Lakes Road near Nederland on July 21 as Boulder County sheriff’s Deputy Sophie Berman takes a photo. The photos of the small, fuzzy owl photo & video taken by the sheriff’s office have gone viral. Watch the YouTube video here. A fluffy little owl photographed and videotaped last week staring down a Boulder County sheriff’s deputy outside Nederland has become a worldwide Internet star, with the pint-sized bird appearing all over social media and on the websites of Time, Mashable, the U.K.’s Daily Mail and many more. Read the Daily Camera article, by Mitchell Byars, Staff Writer

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