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The Night Before Christmas

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Watch The Night Before Christmas trailer:

Short film, directed by Bart Grieb (USA). When Dad accidentally shoots a would-be burglar on Christmas Eve, he and his family discover the true meaning of Christmas in this hilarious spoof of Santa Claus in suburbia. ~20 minutes

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Nonviolent film fest moving to Mystic

Nonviolent film fest moving to Mystic

By MICHAEL SOUZA for The Westerly Sun

Monday, July 15, 2013

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

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

By moving the festival to the Northeast, Hartman said he hopes to draw interest from both the New York and Boston areas as well as from across the country and Europe. He estimates the event will bring about 50,000 enthusiasts its first year. It has been held in Boulder since it began in 2000.

Although many details are still in the planning stage, one possible venue could be the Olde Mistick Village Art Cinemas. “They have been very open to the idea and could be a major partner,” Hartman said. Other potential venues or participants include Mystic Seaport, Mystic Aquarium, The Inn at Mystic and Flood Tide Restaurant, but no plans are final.

Hartman said the weekend would also include panel discussions, seminars and workshops, as well as a variety of receptions, parties and opening and closing night galas. It is expected to feature more than 100 films.

Moondance is an independent international festival. “We present great quality films that have nonviolent conflict resolution,” Hartman said. “We are coming from a higher place and we want to make a difference. We’ve taken the lowest common denominator out of the picture.”

All attendees will be encouraged to attend screenings of as many films as they are able to see and ticket prices will be below the normal prices of first-run films.

One new feature will be a “film market,” where filmmakers will have an opportunity to sell their film. “We want people to experience everything and to be a part of filmmaking,” Hartman said.  By having an open forum market, the festival can provide maximum connections for all attendees.

One definite award presenter will be Linda Vilhjalmsdottir, line producer at Sagafilm and Pegasus Pictures, Iceland, for HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” She is also the production coordinator for “Game of Thrones III,” “Thor: The Dark World,” which will be released on Nov. 8, and Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus.”

Hartman started as a child actor in 1968 and has worked in almost every stage of film production over the years. He was appointed as a member of the advisory board of the Connecticut Office of Culture and Tourism in 2011.

The Moondance festival was founded by film technician Elizabeth English, who currently also serves as its executive and artistic director.

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



• A MILLION MOONDANCE THANKS & 2013 FESTIVAL NEWS!

JULY-BEACH

THE MOONDANCE 2013 SUBMISSION DEADLINE HAS PASSED! 

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

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

We look forward to meeting you at the 14th annual

Moondance International Film Festival

In Mystic, Connecticut!

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SEPTEMBER 26-29, 2013  MYSTIC, CONNECTICUT

www.moondancefilmfestival.com

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

• Networking Parties • Awards Ceremony & Reception •

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

• Opening Night & Closing Night Galas •

• Seminars • Private Consultations    With the Pros •

CELEBRITIES ATTENDING: 

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star of “Breaking Bad” & “Revolution”

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LINDA VILHJÁLMSDÓTTIR,

line producer for “Game of Thrones”

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ALL EVENTS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

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All the festival information you’ll need to know

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

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 WHY MOONDANCE HAS MOVED TO MYSTIC:

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

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Come join us!

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

THE ERACISM FOUNDATION

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

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

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT

 JULY-CHEETAH

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

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

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

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

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

JULY-WAVES ONLY JULY-DOLPHIN SMILE

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

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

JULY-WAVES ONLYSWANS & LAKE

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

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Photo by Dominique Browning

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

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Aayna Ka Bayna!

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Watch Aayna Ka Bayna Trailer:

Feature film, directed by Samit Kakkad (India). What do you get when you combine a caring dance counselor, nine young detention centre escapees equipped with contortion abilities and Michael Jackson dance moves, a strident police warden in hot pursuit of justice, and a society that views them as throwaways ? From the torturous confines of Mumbai’s Yashwant Juvenile Detention Home, a group of adolescent boys plot then execute their escape with parkourian efficiency. As they start mastering the art of dance, they develop a sense of fulfillment and purpose never before experienced in their young and difficult lives. Staying just one step ahead of the warden, the boys set themselves up for an explosive finale. ~ 94 minutes. In Hindi, with English subtitles

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MOONDANCE 2013 FINAL DEADLINE!

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RED MAIL BOX DUE TO POPULAR REQUEST,

WE HAVE EXTENDED THE SUBMISSION DEADLINE:

THE EXTENDED POSTMARK DEADLINE IS

JUNE 30, just a few days away!

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

to the 2013 Moondance competition right now! 

CHECK OUT OUR MANY SUBMISSION CATEGORIES

Thanks for the many fine submissions received so far

 for the Moondance’s 2013 competition! 

The Moondance winners’ star award

The Moondance winners’ star award

 Moondance winners are setting the industry standard for

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

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

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THE 2013 MOONDANCE EXTENDED CALL-FOR-ENTRIES:

EASY WAYS TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY:


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

 2. WITHOUTABOX SUBMISSION SERVICE

DIRECTOR'S CHAIR

SUBMIT YOUR FILM TRAILER, TOO!

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

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

 Submit the trailer via the Moondance entry form.

The entry fee is only $25!

 • All winning trailers will be screened at Moondance 2013!

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and thoughts for the day!

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

Dates: September 26-29

Plan to attend & participate!

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Sculpture by Charlotte Zink, of zinkmetalart.com

SEPTEMBER 26-29, 2013  SMALL STARFISH MYSTIC, CONNECTICUT

http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com

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

ALL FESTIVAL EVENTS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

MYSTIC WELCOME SIGN MYSTIC RIVER

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

Moondance truly is The American Cannes

(but without the huge expense!)

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

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"Put it in a Book" film, Moondance winner

“Put it in a Book” film, Moondance winner

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

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RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD

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

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

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

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

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

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GRASS & WILDFLOWERS

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

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

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

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9-11 TOWERS

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

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EGG + SPROUT

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

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Andrew Wyeth

Andrew Wyeth 

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

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 GOD + ADAM

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

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

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

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MORE INFO AND DETAILS

ON THE MOONDANCE FESTIVAL 2013

COMING SOON THE EXTENDED POSTMARK SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS

JUNE 30!

TO WIN THE 2013 MOONDANCE!

 LAST CHANCE

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If you’re not yet a subscriber, please subscribe now:

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“We Were Quiet Once” Trailer

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Watch the “We Were Quiet Once” Trailer:

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. How do these people memorialize the tragedy which touched them? Grief connected this small community with a nation and a world. This film reveals how the community embraced a passionate patriotism, and went on to ride all the way to Washington, DC, and to Ground Zero, some 2000-strong, to show the world that Americans will not forget the brave sacrifice of those 40 lives.  Let’s roll! ~60 minutes

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* LAST CHANCE TO WIN MOONDANCE & NEWS!

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

Don’t miss this unique opportunity!

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MOONDANCE SELECTED AS ONE OF THE

Top Women’s Film Festivals in the World!

by Madeline Wickman in Indie Tips, Producing Tips

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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A BIG WELCOME TO THE 2013 MOONDANCE

FILM SCREENINGS COORDINATOR:

BRAD HVOLBECK, JR.

Executive Director & Producer

Breaking Waves Entertainment/ Ride A Wave Film Funding

Providence, Rhode Island Area

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

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and thoughts for the day!

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DUE TO POPULAR REQUEST,

WE HAVE EXTENDED THE SUBMISSION DEADLINE:

THE EXTENDED POSTMARK DEADLINE IS

JUNE 30!

 

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

 

CHECK OUT OUR MANY SUBMISSION CATEGORIES


 

Thanks for the many fine submissions in all categories

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

 

Moondance winners are setting the industry standard for

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

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

 

 

THE 2013 MOONDANCE EXTENDED CALL-FOR-ENTRIES:

EASY WAYS TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY:

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

2. WITHOUTABOX SUBMISSION SERVICE

SUBMIT YOUR FILM TRAILER, TOO!

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

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

Submit the trailer via the Moondance entry form.

The entry fee is only $25!

• All winning trailers will be screened at Moondance 2013!

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

FILM FESTIVAL DATES: SEPTEMBER 26-29, 2013

Plan to attend & participate!

 

 

 

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

 

SEPTEMBER 26-29, 2013  MYSTIC, CONNECTICUT

http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com

Indie & Foreign Film Screenings • Workshops • Market

Networking Parties • Awards Ceremony & Reception

Celebrities • Opening Night & Closing Night Galas

Seminars • Private Consultations With the Pros

ALL FESTIVAL EVENTS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

 

MORE INFO AND DETAILS

ON THE MOONDANCE FESTIVAL 2013

 

 

 

 

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


 

 

 

WATCH THIS NICE FILM TRAILER FROM INDIA:

“Aayna Ka Bayna”

Directed by Samit Sakkad

trailer: http://youtu.be/Rd4j1F0DiTw

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

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY:

Japanese Moss Garden

If there is light in the soul,

There will be beauty in the person.

If there is beauty in the person,

There will be harmony in the house.

If there is harmony in the house,

There will be order in the nation.

If there is order in the nation,

There will be peace in the world.

~ Chinese proverb

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

 

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

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If you’re not yet a subscriber, please subscribe now:

www.moondancefilmfestival.com/blog

Send comments or questions to: moondancefestival@gmail.com

THE EXTENDED POSTMARK SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS JUNE 30!

TO WIN THE 2013 MOONDANCE!

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• Please forward on this news blog to your friends and colleagues!




Kako sam ostao bez krila / How I lost my wings

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Click here to see trailer.

 

 

 



~~>>))))’> ~~~MOONDANCE EXTENDED DEADLINE & NEWS

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

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

Dates: September 26-29

Plan to attend & participate!

 

 

 

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

 

SEPTEMBER 26-29, 2013   MYSTIC, CONNECTICUT

http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com

Indie & Foreign Film Screenings • Workshops • Market •

Networking Parties • Awards Ceremony & Reception

Celebrities • Opening Night & Closing Night Galas •

Seminars • Private Consultations With the Pros

• ALL FESTIVAL EVENTS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! •

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

DUE TO POPULAR REQUEST,

WE HAVE EXTENDED THE SUBMISSION DEADLINE:

THE EXTENDED POSTMARK DEADLINE IS

JUNE 30!

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

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

CHECK OUT OUR MANY SUBMISSION CATEGORIES

Thanks for the many fine submissions received so far

for the Moondance’s 2013 competition!

Moondance winners are setting the industry standard for

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

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

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

 

 

THE 2013 MOONDANCE EXTENDED CALL-FOR-ENTRIES:

EASY WAYS TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY:

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

2. WITHOUTABOX SUBMISSION SERVICE

SUBMIT YOUR  FILM TRAILER, TOO!

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

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

Submit the trailer via the Moondance entry form.

The entry fee is only $25!

• All winning trailers will be screened at Moondance 2013!

Click on the film’s poster to see the trailer

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

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

 

CLICK ON IMAGE ABOVE TO SEE THE TRAILER!

 

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

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MOONDANCERS WRITE US:

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

 

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

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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MOONDANCE MAY DEADLINE REMINDER!

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Sculpture by Charlotte Zink, of www.zinkmetalart.com

Moondance has been offered the unique opportunity to hold the 2013 film festival event in the historic, New England seacoast village of Mystic, Connecticut! Dates: September 26-29Plan to attend & participate!

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Right now is the best time to submit your film, screenplay, original music CD, stageplay, short story, and etc. to the 2013 Moondance competition!

THE REGULAR POSTMARK SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS MAY 31st

The extended postmark deadline is June 30.

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Scroll on down: For the 2013 Moondance call-for-entries, announcements, more info, festival news, recommendations, great photos & some things to think about!

Thanks for the many fine submissions already received for the Moondance’s 2013 competition!

The Moondance winners’ star award

Moondance winners are setting the industry standard for

the best-of-the-best films, screenplays and music!

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

THE 2013 MOONDANCE CALL-FOR-ENTRIES:

CHECK OUT OUR MANY SUBMISSION CATEGORIES:

http://moondancefilmfestival.com/03_submission.categories.html

EASY WAYS TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY:

1. MIFF ENTRY FORM

http://moondancefilmfestival.com/03_submission.entry.html

2. WITHOUTABOX SUBMISSION SERVICE

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

SUBMIT YOUR  FILM TRAILERS!

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

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

Submit the trailer via the Moondance entry form.

The entry fee is only $25!

• All winning trailers will be screened at Moondance 2013!

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CLARIFYING THE MOONDANCE STATEMENT ON NON-VIOLENCE:

The goal of Moondance is not to unrealistically refuse to acknowledge violence in the world, but to offer, where possible, alternatives to it, and to actively promote peaceful, non-violent conflict resolution. We have screened winning films at Moondance, and written works have won awards, which show violent scenes. We just prefer to promote possible alternatives, and to show how violent conflict-resolution is usually counter-productive. But a historical scene of a killing, in a duel, for example, or a war, and so on, is acceptable at Moondance. It is depictions of gratuitous violence, and killing for the sake of a thrill, that we object to considering at the Moondance.

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MOONDANCERS WRITE US:

“Another terrific Moondance news blog! If my car will make it to Mystic, I will surely be there! I wouldn’t miss it!!! ~ LORNA KANTER, screenwriter, artist, NJ

A little follow-up on my play ‘Nuclear Family’ (which won the Moondance Atlantis Award for Best Stageplay in 2011), in addition to its successful seasons in festivals in Adelaide, London and Edinburgh, last year it had its NZ premiere in Wellington, followed by another production in Auckland, both very well received. I am now working on a Radio adaptation of the script for RadioNZ, very exciting too! Thanks again, and wishing you the best,” ~ DESIREE GEZENTSVEY, New Zealand writer

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

MAGIC LAMP RELEASING

www.magiclampreleasing.com Filmmakers: if you want the best in international film marketing, publicity and releasing for your indie film, and the best, most effective PR on the film festival circuit, you can’t go wrong by choosing Magic Lamp Releasing.

Marc Halperin has worked at Miramax, Fineline, Universal, Warner Bros, as an executive for over 30 years with films as sex, lies, videotape; Cinema Paradiso, My Left Foot, Shine, Dancer in the Dark, Sex and Lucia, the Hitchock rereleases, Repo Man and over 250 films you have seen or heard of. Marla Halperin has worked for Palm Pictures, Regent Entertainment, and for many directors and producers, authors; our client, Donna Cross, won two awards at Moondance last year; Nick Lyon won the DGA director’s award at Moondance and went on to direct a film for Frank Capra Jr.  Marc Rosenbush won at Moondance for Zen Noir, and Magic Lamp released that film in theatres.

Most recently Magic Lamp Releasing has done PR & marketing for Moondance and several Moondance filmmakers, “Pope Joan” (author and movie), Golden Globe/academy award campaign for “Little Rose”, “Already Famous,”, the Russian film “Little Dancer”, directed by George Jecel, and other films at Cannes, and other film festivals. In the past we have offered workshops on distribution, marketing and pitching. We are also available as consultants to filmmakers. Anyone can send a DVD screener for consideration to:

MAGIC LAMP RELEASING

9530 Haines Canyon Avenue,

Tujunga, California, 91042

EMAIL: Marla Halperin: marla_magiclamp@mac.com

WEBSITE: www.magiclampreleasing.com

PHONE: 818-951-7914

Moondance highly recommends Marla & Marc for pre-festival promotions of your film, and for their reasonable fees for top-of-the-line PR.

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DINNER WITH THE SMILEYS:

One Military Family, One Year of Heroes,

and Lessons for a Lifetime

Click on the book cover

Fifty-two guests take turns filling a military father’s chair at his family’s dinner table while he serves his yearlong deployment. The week before Thanksgiving 2011, Dustin Smiley left for a yearlong military deployment. Soon after, his son Ford, eleven, invited Senator Susan Collins to fill his dad’s chair at dinner.

Amazon.com review: Dinner With The Smileys Is A Must Read This is such an incredible and touching story. It speaks to the relationship between a mom and her sons. It’s beyond filling a seat at dinner, it’s about relationships and lessons for a lifetime. You will laugh, shed a tear and feel like you’re part of this very special family and the adventures that surely changed their lives forever.

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

“When you walk a lonesome valley, and you walk it by yourself, the women in your life will be on the valley’s rim, cheering you on, praying for you, pulling for you, intervening on your behalf, and waiting with open arms… and they will walk along beside you, and hold your hand.” ~ (source unknown & edited by EE)

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“Being a positive person isn’t just a nice thing, it’s actually a protection. Positive consciousness creates positive realities. When we see the good in everything and everyone – including ourselves – we can start to experience the good that is all around us. 

The more we connect with the force of positivity, the less negativity can touch us.”~ YEHUDA BERG

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Buddha statue in ancient Bodhi tree, Cambodia

“If you would know strength and patience, welcome the company of trees.” ~ HAL BORLAND

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“The greatest part of our happiness depends upon our dispositions, not on our circumstances.” ~ MARTHA WASHINGTON

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“When we give to the world what we want the most, we heal the broken part inside of each of us. ~ EVE ENSLER

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