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Moondance Wins 2013 Colorado Excellence Award

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excellenceawardThe Moondance International Film Festival has been recognized as a 2013 Colorado Excellence Award recipient.

The panel of industry executives and consultants oversees an annual survey commissioned by the Small Business Institute for Excellence in Commerce (SBIEC) on various industries and determines which companies meet and exceed the industry benchmarks that have been set forth. Moondance International Film Festival was one of those selected this year!

 

 



Moondance wants your photos!

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pg1Moondance is putting together a photo album from this year’s film fest held in Mysitc, Connecticut.  If any of you have pictures you’d like to share with us of the screenings, workshops, events or parties and ceremonies, please send them to director@moondancefilmfestival.com

Thank you!

Elizabeth & Jim Steffman, feature screenplay winner



International Representation at Moondance

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flagsTalented filmmakers, writers & composers from all over the world, some 46 countries & counting, submit their projects to the annual Moondance competition.  Some film festivals claim  to be international but Moondance, with our commitment to representing the voices and viewpoints of the underrepresented, strives to attract talented writers, musicians and filmmakers from as many countries and in as many languages as we can.

This year, at Moondance 2013, we were pleased to welcome films from ___,_____, and _____.  In fact, half of our “audience favorite” films were from countries other than the United States.

Our 2014 call-for-entries opens December 1, 2013, so get ready to send in your submission & represent your country!

If you have any great ideas on how to encourage more international submissions, please share them!

 



Some Things to Think About:

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“Many people might have attained wisdom if they had not assumed they already possessed it.” ~ Seneca

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“True champions aren’t always the ones who win, but are those with the most heart.” ~ Mia Hamm

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“There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.” ~ Louis L’Amour

sand

“Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small steps, small things brought together.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh

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“The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.”
~ Paul Valery

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The chambered nautilus is the title and subject of a poem by Oliver Wendell Holmes, in which he admires the “ship of pearl” and the “silent toil/That spread his lustrous coil/Still, as the spiral grew/He left the past year’s dwelling for the new.” One can find in the shell of the nautilus inspiration for one’s own life and spiritual growth, and living in the present, as each new segment is larger and more beautiful than the last, but with the silken thread of memory always going back to the beginning.



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!

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



2013 Audience Favorites!

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FEATURE NARRATIVE FILM

afishstoryA 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.

dovidmeyerDOVID 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 Jerusalem, shows up, to rattle the household’s lives in many miraculous ways.

SHORT NARRATIVE FILM

myshoesSABBAT 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.

thepainterTHE 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.

pumziPUMZI

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

wewerequietWE 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.

firstolympicsFIRST: 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

doyourememberwhenDO 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

thediverTHE 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.

ellaELLA (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…



>>))))*> 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!

STARFISH-SMALL

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 

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MOONDANCE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL:

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

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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

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 “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:

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“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!

Photo by Jeremy D’Entremont

http://www.newenglandlighthouses.net/

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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

INFO & TICKET SALES:

www.moondancefilmfestival.com

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

EE + WHITE PYTHON_

Elizabeth & python, in Thailand, January, 2013

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