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Awards, Certificates and Laurels for Moondance Winners

starIf you are a 2013 Moondance winner, but were unable to attend the awards ceremony & reception, and wish to have your star award star & official certificate sent to you, please e-mail us a note with your name, mailing address, and the title of your winning project, and we will mail you the star & certificate, suitable for framing. There is no cost for the award & certificate, but postage & handling is only $10 for addresses in the USA or $20 for foreign addresses.

Deadline for awards orders: December 1, 2013

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

 

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

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Moondaners Write Us: The Halperins

“We have had a long relationship working together with the Moondance International Film Festival to assist films and filmmakers in giving their voices and stories a wide international audience and a broader life. You have chosen films that have made my job of promotion easier to talk about in the media, and it has always been my intention to put a light on subjects that can enrich and enlighten. This year you screened films about  “Our Common Roots,” which shows us how to improve our health and well being from wild plants in nature; films with stories about families like “A Fish Story,” and “Dovid Meyer,” two uplifting films about faith and overcoming tragedy, “We Are Voices for a Future Without Genocide,” a feature-length music video, and “Paper,” a short narrative film which opens the question of “what would you do?” to survive abuse/poverty. Thank you for asking to again show films we have worked with through the years, such as “Little Dancer,” “Zen Noir,” and “Punk Love,” which were all award winners that went on from Moondance to have lives in theaters or to kick off a career. It is a joy to work with these talented filmmakers, and we are so grateful at Magic Lamp Releasing, and now Global Film Village, Inc. to be a part of your moving forward.”

~ Marla & Marc Halperin



Moondance Recommends the Geena Davis Institute

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The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media is the only research-based organization working within the media and entertainment industry to engage, educate, and influence the need for gender balance, reducing stereotyping and creating a wide variety of female characters for entertainment targeting children 11 and under.

bwmoonMOONDANCE & WOMEN: Our work on reaching out toward women filmmakers, women writers and women composers everywhere in the world is primary and ongoing. Women writers and filmmakers from all six continents, and from a wide diversity of ethnic and linguistic groups are an integral part of our mission and goals. We seek to inspire and invigorate this creative potential of women to perceive, conceptualize, and produce their works for the benefit of the world society. We are dedicated to preserving their accumulated accomplishments and visions as expressed through the art of film, music and writings.

Moondance promises to raise awareness of the invaluable contributions of women to the entertainment community. Equity for women in the film industry does not mean stifling some voices so that others may be heard; it does not demand the compromising of personal standards to achieve success. Equity creates new standards, which accommodate and nurture differences. Equity fosters the individual voice, investing women with confidence in their own authority. Equity unleashes the creative potential. We see the equal treatment of all women and the equal respect for all responses they explore as essential to their and our ultimate goals.

Women filmmakers, composers and writers are vocal and active participants in the social forces that shape our culture. They portray women as three-dimensional, complex human beings and thus defy the demeaning and pervasive stereotypes perpetuated by the mainstream media. We are dedicated to promoting visibility for women in Hollywood and their impact on the film industry, and we see this as a means to disrupt and correct the misogynous, fantastical, passive, destructive and denigrating visual representation of females that has, historically, been rendered by men in media and has for so long and so plentifully pervaded our visual culture.

Watch Geena Davis do some archery tricks while to prove a point about strong women on screen:

 



Moondance Recommends Chrysanthemum Tea

CHRYSANTHEMUM TEA’S MEDICINAL & SYMBOLIC USES

chrisanthChrysanthemum tea has many purported medicinal uses, including an aid in recovery from influenza, acne and as a “cooling” herb. According to traditional Chinese medicine the tea can aid in the prevention of sore throat and promote the reduction of fever. In Korea, it is known well for its medicinal use for making people more alert and is often used as a pick-me-up to render the drinker more awake. In western herbal medicine, Chrysanthemum tea is drunk or used as a compress to treat circulatory disorders such as varicose veins and atherosclerosis.

teaIn traditional Chinese medicine, chrysanthemum tea is also said to clear the liver and the eyes. It is believed to be effective in treating eye pain associated with stress or yin/fluid deficiency. It is also used to treat blurring, spots in front of the eyes, diminished vision, and dizziness. The liver is associated with the element Wood which rules the eyes and is associated with anger, stress, and related emotions, potential benefits against cardiovascular and inflammatory diseases, vision-related diseases (such as age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma) or from neuroprotective, anticancer or immunomodulatory activity.

chrisanth2With a history that dates back to the 15th century B.C., chrysanthemum mythology is filled with a multitude of stories and symbolism. A symbol of the sun, the Japanese consider the orderly unfolding of the chrysanthemum’s petals to represent perfection, and Confucius once suggested they be used as an object of meditation. It’s said that a single petal of this celebrated flower placed at the bottom of a glass of wine will encourage a long and healthy life.

In the Chinese culture, the chrysanthemum signifies a life of ease. Buddhists are fond of using this flower as offerings on alters. Symbolic of powerful Yang energy, this flower is an attractant of good luck in the home. Giving white chrysanthemums means: tell the truth, be honest, a request for utter candor. In Eastern meditative and Ayurvedic traditions the chrysanthemum is associated with the heart chakra.  A common practice is to focus on the beauty of the chrysanthemum with a goal to blossom the beauty held within the heart….stimulating the heart chakra. The chrysanthemum blooms in the cold autumn air and foretells the coming of winter, which symbolizes the virtue of withstanding all adversities.



Dovid Meyer Premiere at Moondance

DOVID MEYER: The Orphan From Jerusalem

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Written and directed by Rabbi Moshe Mones (Paul Mones on Google and imdb.com) and produced by Mones and Darren Schwartz, this film, on the redemptive power of faith, parallels Mones’ own life.

Mones became seriously ill in 2010 and, by the next year, he could barely walk. His doctor introduced him to Darren Schwartz, who told him of a small book he had read: “Dovid MEYER: The orphan From Jerusalem.” Mones read the book and it was, indeed, something special, a blessing. A gift. A miracle. From it, Mones has learned that life is full of immeasurable surprises.

A brief synopsis of the film: the Kalmans, a proper British, non-observant Jewish family, think they are hiring an au pair for their two children. Hoping for a Mary Poppins-type nanny, the family is shocked when the au pair who appears on their doorstep is Dovid Meyer, a 13-year-old Hasidic boy. They agree to keep him for few days, not knowing how he is about to change their lives. One young boy, full of life, humor and faith, brings a spiritual awakening to the Kalmans and unites two desperate families as he spreads his wisdom, wonder and magic into our world.

See original article here.



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

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“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!

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