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MOONDANCE 2012 EARLY-BIRD REMINDER!

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays

&

A Very Happy New Year!

The Moondance Award Star

LAST CHANCE FOR DISCOUNTED EARLY-BIRD ENTRY FEE!

Early-bird postmark deadline is December 31, 2011

(Your submission does not need to arrive by this deadline)

Send in your entry materials now!

Regular submission dates: January 1-June 30, 2012

Check out the Moondance website for more info!

http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com

2012 SUBMISSION CATEGORIES:

  • FEATURE FILMS
  • SHORT FILMS
  • DOCUMENTARY FILMS
  • ANIMATION FILMS
  • MUSIC VIDEOS
  • FEATURE SCREENPLAYS
  • SHORT SCREENPLAYS
  • ORIGINAL MUSIC & FILM SCORES
  • STAGEPLAYS
  • TV PILOT SCRIPTS
  • FILMED TV PILOTS
  • SHORT STORIES
  • TV EPISODICS
  • LIBRETTI
  • RADIO PLAYS
  • & more…

SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY TO MOONDANCE NOW!

Don’t wait until the last minute…get your entry in early,

and take advantage of our discounted Early-Bird entry fee!

CLICK BELOW FOR 3 EASY WAYS TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY:

MOONDANCE OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM

ACTEVA SUBMISSION SERVICE

WITHOUTABOX.COM SUBMISSION SERVICE

MOONDANCE SCRIPT CRITIQUES:

Cynthia Butler, Moondance’s very popular reader will write a one-page critique and assessment of your submitted screenplay, stageplay, teleplay or up to 3 short stories. Check off the box for critiques on the Moondance entry form or at Withoutabox.com. The fee is a nominal $75 for each critique requested.

MOVIEBYTES.COM  Lists Moondance as

“one of the top ten film festival competitions worth the entry fee!”

Are you undecided about which film festival competitions to enter this season?  You can’t go wrong by choosing Moondance first, because our finalists & winners, writers, composers and filmmakers are happy to discover that doors are finally opened to them, after being a part of the Moondance! Please check out our SUCCESSES page, and read our archived newsletters to see what great new opportunities Moondancers enthusiastically write to us about! You could be next!

Thanks a million for all the great entries received so far!

Please forward this reminder to your friends & colleagues.



MOONDANCE 2012 CALL FOR ENTRIES!

2012 CALL FOR ENTRIES

2012 CALL FOR ENTRIES!

Check out the Moondance website for more info!

http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com

  • FEATURE FILMS
  • SHORT FILMS
  • DOCUMENTARY FILMS
  • ANIMATION FILMS
  • MUSIC VIDEOS
  • FEATURE SCREENPLAYS
  • SHORT SCREENPLAYS
  • ORIGINAL MUSIC & FILM SCORES
  • STAGEPLAYS
  • TV PILOT SCRIPTS
  • FILMED TV PILOTS
  • SHORT STORIES
  • TV EPISODICS
  • LIBRETTI
  • RADIO PLAYS
  • & MORE…

SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY TO MOONDANCE NOW!

Don’t wait until the last minute…get your entry in early,

and take advantage of the discounted Early-Bird entry fee!

CLICK BELOW FOR 3 EASY WAYS TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY:

MOONDANCE OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM

ACTEVA SUBMISSION SERVICE

WITHOUTABOX.COM SUBMISSION SERVICE

Are you undecided about which film festival competitions to enter this season?  You can’t go wrong by choosing Moondance first, because our finalists & winners, writers, composers and filmmakers are happy to discover that doors are finally opened to them after being a part of the Moondance! Please check out our SUCCESSES page, and read our archived newsletters to see what great new opportunities Moondancers enthusiastically write to us about! You could be next! MOVIEBYTES.COM  Lists Moondance as “one of the top ten film festival competitions worth the entry fee!”

WE’RE LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD

FILMS, SCRIPTS, STORIES, FILM SCORES & more!

Artwork by J. Howard Miller

CHECK OUT MOONDANCE AT WIKIPEDIA:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moondance_International_Film_Festival

MOONDANCE SCRIPT CRITIQUES:

Cynthia Butler, Moondance’s very popular reader will write a one-page critique and assessment of your submitted screenplay, stageplay, teleplay or up to 3 short stories. Check off the box for critiques on the Moondance entry form or at Withoutabox.com. The fee is a nominal $75 for each critique requested.

2012 MOONDANCE FESTIVAL AT SEA!

Imagine sailing on the clear blue seas of the Caribbean while attending the 2012 Moondance International Film Festival! Between professional workshops, indie film screenings, networking cocktail parties, and gala awards ceremony, enjoy all that a 3-day luxury cruise aboard a cruise ship has to offer. All for one low, affordable package price, which includes cabin, a wide variety of entertainment options, shore tours, all-you-can eat 24 hours a day, as well as all of our famous film festival events: Bahamas cruise AND film festival in one! Forget winter weather; experience the perfect weather, sparkling blue seas and the warm sun of the Caribbean in December!

MOONDANCE AT SEA is in the early planning stages, so please let us know if you’d be interested in joining us on this unique film festival cruise. We cordially welcome international filmmakers, writers, composers, families and all indie film buffs. The 3-day film festival cruise package will only cost in the range of $500-$750 (depending on number of attendees & cabin accommodations selected), and all festival events, + 3-day Bahamas cruise are included in this amazingly low, low ticket price! Please email right now: moondancefestival@gmail.com, with MIFF CRUISE in the subject line, to let us know if you like the idea of a festival at sea, and if you’ll want to join the Moondance crew, and let’s make a splash!

Some of the many enthusiastic responses to the Moondance Festival at Sea invitation:

I think the idea of the festival cruise is a fabulous idea. We would love to attend and submit 2 feature films plus a short.” ~ Ciaron Davies, Loose Gripp Films and Media Website: http://loosegrippmedia.webs.com/

I love the idea of the Moondance festival at sea.  I’ll be there!” ~ Kim M. Brantley

This is a brilliant idea and I would definitely be interested in participating in any capacity. What could be better than combining a cruise and Moondance? I haven’t been to Moondance or the Bahamas, so this sounds like a wonderful chance to do both.” ~ Glenda Cimino, screenwriter

“YES!!!! Yes, I love the idea! Count me in! ~Anna Young, Rugged Island Productions

I love the festival cruise idea!” ~ Linda Roberts

I love the idea of a Bahamas cruise for the 2012 Moondance! I’m definitely interested in attending.” Donna Lisa, Moondance multi-award-winning writer

What an awesome idea. I’m in.” ~ Patricia Semler, screenwiter

We are very interested in the proposed cruise.” ~ Venetia Taylor & Daniel Prypchan, production house, Sydney Australia, www.humanproductions.com

“I am interested in the upcoming MIFF CRUISE 2012. I would like to reserve two spaces.” ~ Anya Juan Risco, filmmaker, Carpe Diem

The film festival cruise is a great idea; it sounds like a wonderful time!” ~ from a Moondancer

Congrats on this new adventure!” ~ Robin Lu, writer

Scroll on down for more news & items of interest!

SCREENWRITERS: OCCUPY HOLLYWOOD?

We are the 99% who can’t get an honest read for our work!

It seems that the powers-that-be in Hollywood simply will not even bother to look at a script unless it has won top competitions, and/or has name producers, a big distributor, name talent, award-winning director, or, more importantly, massive production funding attached. How many un-produced screenwriters have access to many, many millions of dollars and Hollywood stars? And, of course, a writer absolutely must have a top Hollywood literary agent to even get in the door, but they generally do not accept unsolicited work. And you can almost forget about getting your script read if you happen to be a woman, live outside L.A., and don’t know anyone in the business. It looks like an “Old Boys” club for the fortunate 1%, with all doors firmly closed unless you’re a rich, famous, connected and successful member. Can this unfair Hollywood system be changed to give talented writers a better chance to get produced?

MOONDANCE KUDOS:

Coca-Cola and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) are working together to protect the polar bear’s Arctic habitat. In fact, Coke has made an initial $2 million donation to WWF for polar bear conservation. To get involved yourself, you can text your package code to 357357 to make a $1 donation to WWF. Coke will match all donations — up to $1 million! You can also donate online at ArcticHome.com. This is the first time Coke has ever changed the color of their iconic Coke cans. So during the holiday season (up to February, 2012), you will find all Coke cans and bottle caps have gone white as a reminder to get involved to save the polar bear’s endangered Arctic habitat!

MOONDANCER NEWS:

Drama students at Shadow Mountain High School are getting accolades for their television pilot. The students shot the pilot for “The Drama” last spring with the hope of pitching it to local and national networks. “The Drama” follows a class of drama students preparing for their spring musical. The project was the “Filmed TV Pilot for Kids Winner” at the Moondance International Film Festival in Boulder, Colo. “A bunch of people from all around the world got to see it. They even wrote about it back in Ireland,” said Joe Flowers, theater director at the northeast Phoenix high school. Student filmmaker Matthew Grodsky, a senior, hopes the awards open some doors for his budding film career. He co-authored and co-directed “The Drama.” The script also won best TV Pilot Script at Moondance. http://www.azcentral.com/

FIRST IMPRESSIONS:
TITLES & LOGLINES

By Elizabeth English

Have a fabulous, unique idea for a movie? That’s wonderful, but you need to know how to turn your great story into a great logline. There is and always has been only one real secret to success in the entertainment industry. Tell a great story. Period. And you need to figure out how to tell that fabulous story in only 25 words or less! You need to learn how to get your script or film idea enthusiastically read by an agent and then a producer, director and actors. Learn what they look for in a title and logline. Your first impression to these movers and shakers is all about the fine art of pitching your film or screenplay, your TV series concept or story idea, via your eye-catching title and logline.

“SELL THE SIZZLE; NOT JUST THE STEAK!”

A great title for your film or screenplay is the first (and maybe only) introduction to an agent, a producer, director, film distributor, or studio. “You’ve got 3 minutes; pitch me what you’ve got,” is what you’ll hear from the entertainment industry movers & shakers who might buy your project. But you probably wouldn’t even get that meeting, or a reply to your query letter, if you didn’t have an interesting title and logline that caught their eye.

You can often find that great, eye-catching title within your screenplay text, and then write a sizzling logline to go with it. Know how to “dress” your script for success, make it stand out from all the others, and get it noticed in the first round.

Whether you’re a newbie, a struggling writer, or an old pro; a screenwriter, television writer, or filmmaker, you need to know the latest & greatest on how to break in to today’s film & television industry, how to further your success, and how to get your spec screenplay put into the “weekend read” pile, and seriously considered within the Hollywood shark-pit. And how to adapt your logline for whomever will be reading it. Yes, I hate to say it, but you’ll need different loglines for the same script, for sending it out to a director, a producer, an actor or an agent. That very first impression may be the only chance you’ve got. If your title & logline don’t hook them, they may never preview your film or read your script. And remember, it’s worth a whole LOT of money, if it sells the story.

As screenwriters, we use dynamic titles and loglines to sell our scripts. We use them in query letters to impress agents and to get their attention and to encourage them to ask to see the script. We need a title and logline that really rocks! Great loglines can often work better as a sales tool than whole screenplays can do. Agents, readers, story anylists, and producers are looking for easy, quick reads. Loglines provide less for them to say “no” to than a synopsis or a complete script does. The logline introduces the story to them, without forcing them to read the whole script to know what your story is and if it might be a concept they can sell to a producer.

HOW NOT TO WRITE A LOGLINE

Don’t simply summarize your movie with set-up, conflict, and resolution. Don’t just write a one-sentence TV Guide-style logline emphasizing the main storyline. Don’t limit yourself to the set-up or the plot. Don’t write that the story is “exciting”, “amazing”, a “blockbuster”. Never describe the details of your script in the logline or leave out important information. Try not to use your characters’ names in a logline.

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:

Do emphasize the unique elements of your script that enable audiences and readers to connect with the situation and to identify with the protagonist. Do use “buzz-words”, like “love”, “death”, “sex”, “adventure”, “mystery”, “romance” that help the reader identify with the story. Consider writing a high-concept line at the end, to make your story instantly recognizable to anyone. A high-concept logline might be something like “When Harry Met Sally” aboard the “Titanic”. Or “Braveheart” meets “City Slickers”, or even “Shakespeare In Love” with “The Witches of Eastwick”.

You’ve got to cram a lot into a short, three-sentence logline: genre, conflict, character, action, location, time, any crisis to be resolved, hint at the potential transformation of the main character, marketability, and do it all in 25 words or less, all in present tense. And it needs to sizzle! The synopsis and logline are the keys that open the door to getting your script read. The same amount of thought that a writer takes in writing a script should also be taken in writing the logline. A logline is not a mini-version of your script or film! It’s much, much harder to write the three-sentence logline than it is to write the 100 to 120 page screenplay.

A reader should be able get the full story concept of the script or film from these one to three sentences. He or she should know immediately what the whole movie is about and get excited about the story-line and idea, and can visualize the finished film. Always consider who your target audience is. Who’s going to be reading your title and logline first? Unfortunately, your first reader may be a young college intern working for free in the producer’s or agent’s basement mailroom. Your first reader could well be the producer’s temporary secretary, or a jaded and bored assistant. He might be a guy who only likes “Scream” or “Matrix” and you’ve asked him to read your romantic comedy, “Sleepless in Seattle” script. Or your first reader could be a young woman who loves “The Ya-Ya Sisterhood” and you’ve mailed out “The Rock”. Use that title and logline to make them sit up and take notice, and then to send the script up to the next level.

GREAT TITLES:

I received a script submission, entitled “JENNY, THE RED-HEADED WHORE”. I didn’t want to read it. It went to the bottom of the pile to be read when I absolutely had to. Well, guess what? When I finally read the script, with much trepidation, it was one of the best scripts I’d ever read! This script was one of five top finalists for Moondance. I convinced the author to change the title to “THE VIRGINS”.

Another writer sent me a script called “THE TENT”. Who wants to read about a tent? In her script, however, I learned that the protagonist was a big, strong and independent woman who braved a winter in Alaska in a tent. Her family even called her “Alaska”. So when she and her husband had finally completed the log cabin, they climbed up on the roof to enjoy the Northern Lights in the night sky. He reached his hand down to her and said, “Dance with me, Alaska.” That great line of dialog became her new script title! It was there all along and just needed to be found.

The title of your screenplay needs to fit perfectly with your logline and be attention-getting. Titles are like mini-loglines in that they must be unique and they need to attract interest and make the reader want to go ahead and read the logline. But be sure to go to IMDb.com to see if your title has been used before. IMDb.com has a listing of every film produced from the 1800s to today’s films and those that are in pre-production and production.

But then again, what was “Claire’s Knee” all about? It was a unique title and made them look! “Forrest Gump” took ten years of rejections from every studio and producer in Hollywood. What if the writer had changed the title and logline to help it be seen as the potential blockbuster, Oscar-winning  film that it became?

ADAPTING YOUR LOGLINE TO YOUR READER’S INTEREST

An agent, actor, producer or distributor wants to read screenplays that he or she can instantly recognize as sellable to a wide audience. Producers think about production costs, the available budget and marketability. Directors, on the other hand, want to read screenplays that will show off their talents in the best light and offer them artistic challenges, and maybe even win them an Oscar. Actors want to read screenplays that showcase their acting ability and which give them the best role and best lines in the film. Story editors need to see a unique, sellable idea they can take upstairs. Readers and story analysts want that one fabulous concept they can bring to the attention of a producer, story editor or creative executive. Distributors want to read about a potentially profitable film, a “popcorn movie”. Interns are often told to recommend no more than ONE screenplay a year! You need to make sure that one is yours, by altering the wording & focus of your logline to appeal to each reader and potential buyer.

Remember, your all-important first impression gets you in the door to pitch your film or story, and may be worth millions of dollars and that success you’ve been working toward as a filmmaker or screenwriter.

Ms. English is the founder, executive director and artistic director for the Moondance International Film Festival, now in its 12th fabulous season. She’s also a filmmaker, with 3 short films, One of which has won awards across the US & Europe, and was screened during the Cannes film festival; a professional screenwriter, with some 35 completed feature screenplays, 3 TV pilots, 2 produced original stageplays, produced libretto/operas, and she presents workshops on successful screenwriting & filmmaking at Moondance, and elsewhere. English also writes published columns and articles on screenwriting, as well as writes for and edits the Moondance E-Zine. Please check out her screenplay & film evaluation & editing service at www.mermaid7seas.com

WINTER SOLSTICE & LUNAR ECLIPSE

Photo by Franco Santoro

The Winter Solstice takes place this year on December 21, 2011, and it will coincide with a total lunar eclipse of the full moon visible through most of the globe. It’s been 632 years since the first day of winter and a lunar eclipse have occurred on the same day!

Facing the Eclipsed Winter Solstice

by Franco Santoro

This is a major astrological event abundant with exceptional energetic and symbolic meaning. Most ancient cultures and traditions identify the lunar eclipse with calamities and apocalyptic events.

This is indeed the darkest time of the year in the northern hemisphere, yet it is also the most abundant with hope, for it heralds the inevitable return of light. The Winter Solstice intensifies the trust in the luminosity in each one of us, including the world and the universe at large.

The Winter Solstice is the doorway into winter and the peak of obscurity. This can be a time of slowing down, when we have the opportunity to withdraw in the inner world, embracing the highest dreams and aspirations. During this season we can easily come to a deeper understanding of life, giving up outworn patterns, becoming receptive to wide visions, setting honourable intentions in preparation for upcoming luminous enterprises.

Winter is also a major time of healing connection between the visible and the unseen, body and spirit. The power of this season involves including all aspects of life and death, reaching a climax in our perspective and awareness. It is a time when we can rise above the limitations of our narrow perceptions.

A MOONDANCER WRITES US:

The Moondance at Sea sounds heavenly!  We shall see what happens with current screenplays and more writing in the coming year. The Moondance Film Festival has been a great stimulus, support and a gift to both Mark and me. The writing awards we have won through the Moondance Screenwriting Contests continue to spur us onward! ~ Marcie Telander, Moondance-winning co-writer 2010, feature screenplay “The Rites of Spring”

THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY:

“Narcissus” by John Waterhouse

“Forget not that the Earth delights to feel your bare feet, and the winds long to play with your hair.” ~ Khalil Gibran, poet

“I would rather think of life as a good book. The more you get into it, the more it begins to come together and make sense.” ~ Rabbi Harold Kushner

"Tranquiity" photo by Karen Talasco

“The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time, have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been kindness, beauty and truth.” ~ Albert Einstein

“It’s good to fail now and then – you learn a lot more out of failure than you do out of success.” ~ Ian Hunter

“It is always in the midst, in the epicenter, of your troubles that you can find serenity.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Expery

Illustration by James Thurber, “The Unicorn in the Garden”

“People of integrity expect to be believed. They also know time will prove them right, and are willing to wait.” ~ Ann Landers, advice columnist

“Do not insult the alligator until after you have crossed the river.” ~ Haitian Proverb

“The human race has only one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.” ~ Mark Twain

“Morning Mist” photo by Dominique Browning

“It can be argued that strife and turmoil can lead one to greatness. One’s sense of purpose, once tested by adversity, becomes reliably firm, and one’s understanding of the world, once questioned amidst sorrow and misconception, can be forever enhanced. Good can come out of bad.” ~ Elizabeth George, author, excerpt from “In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner”, Bantam Books

One ship drives east, and another west,

Both the self-same winds that blow;

‘Tis the set of the sails

And not the gales

Which decides the way to go.

~ Ella Wilcox Wheeler

THE ENDANGERED CHAMBERED NAUTILUS

The chambered nautilus periodically erects barriers inside its shell as it grows, leaving a series of unoccupied spaces behind. The word “nautilus” comes from the Greek for boat. When the first nautilus shells arrived in Renaissance Europe, collectors were stunned: They saw the perfect spirals as reflecting the larger order of the universe. Oliver Wendell Holmes admired the silent toil that produced the lustrous coil, in which he admires the ship of pearl: “/Still, as the spiral grew / He left the past year’s dwelling for the new.” He found in the mysterious life and death of the nautilus a strong inspiration for life and spiritual growth.

Naturalists have long marveled at its shell. The logarithmic spiral echoes the curved arms of hurricanes, labyrinths, and distant galaxies. It is a living fossil whose ancestors go back a half billion years — to the early days of complex life on the planet. Now marine biologists have begun to assess the status of its populations and to consider whether it should be listed as an endangered species to curb the shell trade.

MOONDANCE IS SEEKING DONORS, SPONSORS & FRIENDS!

Dear Friends of Moondance International Film Festival: Please seriously consider helping support Moondance’s on-going efforts to promote, inspire and encourage the world’s independent filmmakers, writers and composers, with a financial donation to start off the new year right! Your contribution makes it possible for us to enlighten, inspire, enrich, educate, and entertain through film, writing & music. Any donation amount is greatly appreciated.

A donation of $1000 or more, to help fund our 2011 film festival, will put your name, or your company’s name, in the Moondance credits as a co-producer: on our website, in the newsletters, and in the festival print program!

Thanks a million!

TO DONATE NOW, GO TO: http://www.acteva.com/go/moondance2011

TO SEE OUR SPONSOR PAGES, GO TO: http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com/04_sponsors.info.html

SPECIAL LIMITED-TIME OFFER*! Anyone who donates $1000 (or more) in 2011 to support Moondance’s continuing efforts to help make the world a better place through film, writing & music, will receive this brand-new, beautiful custom-made Luna Guitar with Victorian-era Mermaid art on both sides as a gift for your generous, much-appreciated financial support!

www.lunaguitars.com

DONATE AT: http://www.acteva.com/go/moondance2011

* free shipping within the US.

Extra shipping fee if shipped to a foreign address

OTHER OPTIONS & MOONDANCE SPONSOR INFO: http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com/04_sponsors.info.html

EXTRAORDINARY MOONDANCE OPPORTUNITY:

Would you like to host the best of Moondance films & workshops in your community, anywhere in the US and in the world? Bring Moondance to your area! Contact Elizabeth English now at director@moondancefilmfestival.com to discuss the details and the many benefits!

Please forward this news blog to friends and colleagues!

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NEWS: 2012 MOONDANCE FESTIVAL AT SEA!

NEWS: 2012 MOONDANCE FESTIVAL AT SEA!

Imagine sailing on the clear blue seas of the Caribbean while attending the 2012 Moondance International Film Festival! Between professional workshops, indie film screenings, networking cocktail parties, and gala awards ceremony, enjoy all that a 3-day luxury cruise aboard a cruise ship has to offer. All for one low, affordable package price, which includes cabin, a wide variety of entertainment options, shore tours, all-you-can eat 24 hours a day, as well as all of our famous film festival events: Bahamas cruise AND film festival in one! Forget winter weather; experience the perfect weather, sparkling blue seas and the warm sun of the Caribbean in December!

MOONDANCE AT SEA is in the very early planning stages, so please let us know if you’d be interested in joining us on this unique film festival cruise in 2012. We cordially welcome all audiences, international filmmakers, writers, composers, families and all indie film buffs. The 3-day film festival cruise package will only cost in the range of $500-$750 (depending on number of attendees & cabin accommodations selected), and all festival events, film screenings, networking parties, workshops, & awards ceremony, AND the 3-day Bahamas cruise are included in this amazingly low, low ticket price! We’ll need at least 100 participants to make this work! Please email right now: moondancefestival@gmail.com, with MIFF CRUISE 2012 in the subject line, to let us know if you like the idea of a festival at sea, and if you’ll want to join the Moondance crew, and let’s make a big splash!

EXTRAORDINARY OPPORTUNITY!

Would you like to host the best of Moondance films & workshops in your community, anywhere in the US and/or the world? You can bring Moondance to your area! Contact Elizabeth English now at director@moondancefilmfestival.com to discuss the details and benefits!

Scroll on down for more news & items of interest!

MOONDANCE 2012 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES!

The 2012 Moondance early-bird call-for-entries will open for submissions on December 1, 2011.  We look forward to receiving your next film, screenplay, film score, TV script, stageplay, radio show, music video, and more!

Check out all of the 2012 Moondance submission categories at: http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com/03_submission.categories.html

MOONDANCE IS SEEKING DONORS, SPONSORS & FRIENDS!

Dear Friends of Moondance International Film Festival: Please seriously consider helping support Moondance’s on-going efforts to promote, inspire and encourage the world’s independent filmmakers, writers and composers, with a financial donation to start off the new year right! Your contribution makes it possible for us to enlighten, inspire, enrich, educate, and entertain through film, writing & music. Any donation amount is greatly appreciated.

A donation of $1000 or more, to help fund our 2011 film festival, will put your name, or your company’s name, in the Moondance credits as a co-producer: on our website, in the newsletters, and in the festival print program!

Thanks a million!

TO DONATE NOW, GO TO: http://www.acteva.com/go/moondance2011

TO SEE OUR SPONSOR PAGES, GO TO: http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com/04_sponsors.info.html

SPECIAL LIMITED-TIME OFFER*! Anyone who donates $1000 (or more) in 2011 to support Moondance’s continuing efforts to help make the world a better place through film, writing & music, will receive this brand-new, beautiful custom-made Luna Guitar with Victorian-era Mermaid art on both sides as a gift for your generous, much-appreciated financial support!

www.lunaguitars.com

DONATE AT: http://www.acteva.com/go/moondance2011

* free shipping within the US. Extra shipping fee if shipped to a foreign address

OTHER OPTIONS & MOONDANCE SPONSOR INFO: http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com/04_sponsors.info.html

MOONDANCER NEWS!

Tara Miele and Brett Juskalian are celebrating the recent release on DVD of their first independent feature film, “The Lake Effect,” hoping audiences worldwide will embrace their indie film. The film stars Kay Panabaker from “Fame” and ABC’s “No Ordinary Family,” Ross Partridge from the Duplass Brothers’ film “Baghead” and Tara Summers from television’s “Boston Legal.” It screened to sold-out audiences at festivals nationwide and won awards including Best Screenplay, Best Ensemble Acting and the Audience Favorite Award from festivals, including the Moondance International Film Festival. The Raindance Film Festival in London named Miele, “a Top Ten American Indie Filmmaker to Watch.” The Lake Effect was released on DVD Oct. 18 and is available from Amazon.com, Walmart.com and can be added to a Netflix DVD queue. Watch the trailer for “The Lake Effect” at www.thelakeeffectfilm.com

MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

HERE’S AN ANIMATION VIDEO YOU’LL LIKE:

Winter / En Hiver

by Moondance winner, director Andy Collen & Amy Blumenstein-Collen

Here’s an interview with the director about the making of this film:

NEW ENGLAND FILM

http://newenglandfilm.com/news/archives/05may/winter.htm

For more information on the filmmakers and Happy Trails Animation, visit www.happytrailsanimation.com

The goal of Shaping True Story Into Screenplay is to empower screenwriters who are spurred on by personal experience and help them make the leap from cathartic expression to true storytelling. With an encouraging and supportive tone, the book guides its readers towards objectivity about their experience. A screenplay based on real life must move beyond a self-indulgent re-telling, and this book explains the process of writing one’s own story in terms of antagonist and protagonist, beginning, middle and end, dramatic conflict and character motivations. Candace Kearns Read, MFA, a popular Moondance workshop presenter, has over twenty years of experience in the film industry as a screenwriter and screenwriting teacher and consultant, and this book provides an in-depth look at the specific challenges of adapting from true story, based on her experience.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/146376295X/ref=cm_sw_su_dp

MOONDANCERS WRITE US!

“I’d like to say that it was my great pleasure to meet you! Thank you very much for your special attention to me & my film ‘Siberia.Monamour”. It was really important for me to discover, that my film is understandable & close to the American audience!” ~ Slava Ross, 2011 director, “Siberia, Monamour”, winning feature film & audience favorite

“Being able to put the Moondance Audience Favorite Documentary award (and Official Selected Film) laurels on my promotional materials is more than I could have hoped for. I appreciate everything you did for us.” ~ Greg Chaney, director, “Journey On the Wild Coast”

“I want you to know that being from Colorado and growing up in Aspen as a kid, and then going to CU in Boulder, this fest means so much to me. So to have missed this event leaves a rather large whole in the world of fests-not-to-miss. I am glad to know that your festival showed and honored this short film that we did for this non-profit noteworthy cause. Amy and I try to create something special and different for each and every new film we do. It is your honor that lets us know that we are on the right track. It is also acknowledgment like this Star Award that gets us through the tough times, but then also reminds us to keep moving forward, and that tomorrow is another day…” ~ Andy Collen, Producer/ Director, “Seeds of Opportunity”

I’ve been busy… we’ve been in production! Just wanted to say thank you so much! This is so exciting for me. Maybe next year the finished film will be at Moondance….So happy about this.” ~ Johnnie Mazzocco, 2011 feature screenplay semi-finalist “Found Objects”

“Thank you so much from myself and from my crew and all the friends of Jupiter Beach for my Calypso award.” ~ Cyndi Lenz, director, “The Garbage of Jupiter Beach” documentary film

THE LABYRINTH AS A SACRED TOOL

By Elizabeth English

Medieval labyrinth/Chartres Cathedral, France

Long before computers and the Internet, before the written word, before agriculture, before even simple village life, we were a spiritual people. It is clear that ritual, ceremony, rites of passage, and personal vision quests, are more than simple symbolic acts, but are a gateway into the deep connection of universal kinship with Spirit.

The unicursal path of the labyrinth is what differentiates it and sets it apart as a magnificent spiritual tool. The labyrinth does not engage our thinking minds, but invites our intuitive, pattern-seeking symbolic mind to come forth. It presents us with only one profound choice. To enter the labyrinth is to choose to walk a sacred path.

A labyrinth is different from a maze; there are no tricks to it, no dead ends or cul de sacs; no intersecting paths. Labyrinths have one well-defined path that leads us to the center and back out again. The truth-seeker and pilgrim alike will be amazed to find that the labyrinth is an all-encompassing metaphor, with its twists and turns, reflecting life’s path. Walking the labyrinth clears the mind and gives insight into the spiritual journey.

A sense of community forms within us during the labyrinth walk, and we discover our own internal rhythm. Honoring the body’s tempo helps open our intuitive channels. The creative process joins the imagery moving between the surface of our everyday minds to the thoughtful parts of our rational minds. To walk the labyrinth is an act of praise and thanksgiving. It is a tool to guide healing, to deepen self-knowledge, and empower creativity.

We become aware, and feel grateful, while walking the labyrinth path, that we are all part of the same dance, that everything around us is part of a divine plan. Discovering our connection to the sacred whole empowers our seeking. When we see our lives from the perspective of wholeness, we appreciate that our actions have a greater impact on the world than we may have ever imagined, or thought possible.

The labyrinth serves as a blueprint for transformation, developing new human capacities, restoring ancient ones, and discovering new potentials within us; allowing us to experience our inner world. The labyrinth awaits our discovery, for it will guide us through the troubles of our lives to the grand mysterious patterns that form the web of creation. It will lead us toward the source and will eventually guide us home.

As we proceed in the new millennium, there is a quickening of the world pulse. The beginning of a new thousand-year cycle is always a time of prophecy and hope, a time to prepare for the next cycle of life, to celebrate, to reconnect to the sacred through self-reflection, and to take a more active role in creating the world of tomorrow. Walking the labyrinth is a quest, a way in which we can all realize our goals, and discover how our individual spirits touch the Soul of the world, and how this World Soul envelops us, and extends the sacred circle.

Ancient Cretan 7-Circuit labyrinth

Come walk the Moondance Labyrinth with us!

THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

Photo by Tippie Pics, Crested Butte, Colorado

“There remains for us only the very narrow way, often extremely difficult to find, of living every day as if it were our last, and yet living in faith and responsibility as though there were to be a great future.” ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German theologian

“You’ll never plow a field by turning it over in your mind.” ~ Irish Proverb

“As long as you are going to think anyway, think big!” – Donald Trump

Photo by Adrian Davis: www.adriandavisphotography.com

“When you blame others, you give up your power to change.” Robert Anthon

“Life isn’t about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain.” ~ Source unknown

“Short and irrevocable is the lifetime of all; but to extend our fame by deeds, this is the task of greatness.” ~ Virgil, 70-19 BC, from “The Aeneid”, epic poem in Latin

Steve Jobs

“You need a lot more than vision — you need a stubbornness, tenacity, belief and patience to stay the course.” ~ Edwin Catmull, a co-founder of Pixar, responding to the passing of Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, 1955-2011

LANGUAGES AND CULTURES AT MOONDANCE

Zenos-Frudakis- "Freedom"

The goal of the annual Moondance International Film Festival & competition is to inspire, encourage, award, recognize, appreciate and accelerate achievement for all filmmakers, writers and composers around the world. We strive to help eliminate the achievement gap, and increase international community participation, through professional arts development that nurtures and supports innovation and creativity, by promoting the integration of various languages, cultures, and the visual and performing arts.

Moondance website August & September 2011 statistics:

Pages on this site were viewed a total of 10,263 times in August

Visits came from 77 countries/territories

Pages on this site were viewed a total of 19,769 times in September

Visits came from 74 different countries/territories

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MOONDANCE FILM FESTIVAL OCTOBER NEWS

MOONDANCE FILM FESTIVAL OCTOBER NEWS

Many thanks to 5 of our generous 2011 Moondance donors: Daniel Gonzalez Silva, 2011 finalist screenwriter, from beautiful Bucaramanga, Colombia; and Gordon Phipps, Australia, short story winner. And from the US: Donna Lisa, TV pilot script for kids winner, A.J. Pelzer, co-owner: entertainment finance company, and Cyndi Lenz, short documentary film winner.  If you’d also like to support the Moondance work with a donation, please go to: http://www.acteva.com/go/moondance2011

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URGENT REQUEST FOR 2011 MOONDANCE FESTIVAL PHOTOS

Special request to all Moondancers who attended the 2011 festival: Please send us several of your favorite photos from your days at the film festival! To help identify people in the photos, please remember to add the names and/or some description to the digital pix titles, rather than just long numbers. We will add the best photos to the Moondance website photo album, and to the next festival blog! Please do it now! E-mail them as .jpg attachments to: moondancefestival@gmail.com, with MIFF PHOTOS in the subject line.

Eilis Mernagh-Ireland

DO YOU WANT YOUR 2011 MOONDANCE FESTIVAL AWARD??

Couldn’t attend the awards ceremony & reception?

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The Moondance Star Award

MOONDANCE 2011 LAURELS

To get your Moondance 2011 winner, finalist, semi-finalist, selected film, and/or audience favorite laurels image for promoting your project, go to: http://moondancefilmfestival.com/06_other.laurels.html

2011 MOONDANCE  POSTERS AND TOTE BAGS AVAILABLE!

For a limited time only, 2011 Moondance posters and mermaid logo tote bags are available at: http://www.acteva.com/go/moondance2011

M    O    O    N    D    A    N    C    E

INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

September 16-18, 2011

B O U L D E R,  C O L O R A D O  U S A

MOONDANCE 2012 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES!

The 2012 Moondance early-bird call-for-entries will open for submissions on December 1, 2011.  We look forward to receiving your next film, screenplay, film score, TV script, stageplay, radio show, music video, and  more!

Check out all of the 2012 Moondance submission categories at: http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com/03_submission.categories.html

MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

The Wayseers Video: http://www.wayseermanifesto.com/

Wayseers are the change agents of society. Wayseers are the ones who know first, who sense earliest the disturbances in the fabric…Wayseers are the free spirits, the misfits, the rebels and revolutionaries, the passionate creatives, the innovators, the visionaries, the pioneers…

HERE ARE 2 OTHER VIDEOS YOU’LL LIKE:

“STOREFRONT IN BERLIN”

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=XVTga6GmbGw&vq=medium#t=74

“DOGS HAVING LUNCH”

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=EVwlMVYqMu4&vq=medium#t=125

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FILM AS COMMUNICATION

Living in the 21st Century is to engage in the consumption, production, and distribution of sounds, images, and information that enables creative talents and audiences to realize and gain a more sophisticated perception and contemporary understanding of the world around us.

Media, defined as the multiple channels, technologies, and interfaces through which information, ideas, and emotions are stored, shared, and reciprocated – and the ways in which that plethora of media shape our understanding of the world and our ability to act in it, for the common good, can make it a better place for all.

Awareness of all forms of media can promote a heightened ability to analyze, contextualize, create and use all forms of media, and emerging trends affecting the traditional media distribution channels, as a vital exercise in creative expression and positive change, through international entertainment mediums.

Films screened at Moondance are original, entertaining and uniquely distinguished by our focus on story, top quality, social justice, peace, women, and environmental activism. Media is inextricably linked to questions of power, rights, human development, peace, national and international social and environmental issues, creative expression, knowledge, entertainment, collaboration, self-determination and vital calls for action.

Photo by Adrian Davis http://www.adriandavisphotography.com/index.html

MOONDANCERS WRITE US!

“I thank you for giving us this award. It will be my pleasure and a privilege to submit my next documentary of the MYSTERIOUS CHINA Series to your festival.” ~ Chris D. Nebe, USA, writer, producer, director of the 2011 winning feature documentary “DALI – Love at first Sight”

“I meant what I said about your ‘First Impressions: Titles & Loglines’ workshop – I’ve paid considerably more for other seminars where I learnt NOTHING, compared to that. It was great to finally come up with a decent logline, so thanks a million for that!” ~ Eilis Mernagh, Ireland, winning screenwriter

“You’ve done it again.  I’ve just read the Post-Fest Blog and it is great. …everything about it.  The photographs are wonderful and the way you set them up was terrific. Makes me want to see all the films.  I was tremendously impressed. You really deserve strong accolades for the wonderful job you’ve done.” ~ Lorna Kanter, USA, finalist short story writer

“Thank you so much for choosing ‘Skew’ as a semi-finalist at your fest in 2011 and for being an integral part of the film’s success in gaining distribution in the US. We’ve recently made a sale to Netflix USA, and will be having our premiere in October. I hope your recent festival went off with a bang and I look forward to submitting my future projects your way!!” ~ Sevé Schelenz, Canada, writer/director

“You are truly an innovative inspiration to entrepreneurs within the industry.” ~ Britany Madrid

“Good news: HALFWAY HOME, CURB YOUR ENTHSIASM (both 2011 Moondance winners), and my comedy THE BIG IDEA were Finalists in the Hollywood Screenplay Contest!” ~ David Schroeder, award-winning screenwriter

“Thanks for another incredible Moondance, and thanks for your work supporting screenwriters.

Here’s a link to the New Mexico Film Office. They’ve put up a news release about my script. Sorry to say the reporter messed up and put Moondance in Durango, Colorado! There was also an article that ran in the Albuquerque Journal (see article copy below). Thanks for your help in making this happen! I couldn’t have done it without you.” ~ Pamela Stovall, 2011 feature screenplay Spirit Award winner, “The Perfect Cut”

“I’ve just been reading your news blog, re: the 2011 Moondance Film festival. It does sound wonderful. I want to congratulate you on your hard work and perseverance, and your excellent taste. I am full of admiration for what you are doing in Colorado. I want to make every effort to be there next year. ~ Naomi Lazard, USA, author, screenwriter & co-founder: Hamptons International Film Festival

MOONDANCE IS SEEKING DONORS, SPONSORS & FRIENDS!

Dear Friends of Moondance International Film Festival: Please seriously consider helping support Moondance’s on-going efforts to promote, inspire and encourage the world’s independent filmmakers, writers and composers, with a financial donation to start off the new year right! Your contribution makes it possible for us to enlighten, inspire, enrich, educate, and entertain through film, writing & music. Any donation amount is greatly appreciated.

A donation of $1000 or more, to help fund our 2012 film festival, will put your name, or your company’s name, in the Moondance credits as a co-producer: on our website, in the newsletters, and in the 2012 festival print program!

Thanks a million!

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

Photo by Sharee Basinger“

I invented this rule for myself, to be applied to every decision I might have to make in the future. I would sort out all the arguments and see which belonged to fear and which to creativeness, and other things being equal, I would make the decision which had the larger number of creative reasons on its side. I think it must be a rule something like this that makes jonquils and crocuses come pushing through the cold mud in the early spring.” ~ Katharine Butler HathawayAmerican writer

Cornwall Pathway, photo by Michael Wiese

“The torment of precautions often exceeds the dangers to be avoided. It is sometimes better to abandon one’s self to one’s destiny.” ~ Napoleon I

Photo by Drussawin Leepaisal

“Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.” ~ Horace Mann, social activist, American educator

Photo by Moondancer Lou Hamilton, www.createlab.co.uk

“In the course of history, there comes a time when humanity is called upon to shift to a new level of consciousness, to reach a higher moral ground. A time when we have to shed our fear and give hope to each other. That time is now.” ~ Wangari Maathai, 1940-2011, Kenyan environmental and political activist, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, 2004

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. ~ The Moondance motto

ARTICLE FROM THE ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL:

‘Perfect Cut’ Is Award Winner

By Adrian Gomez / Asst. Arts Editor, Reel NM on Sun, Sep 18, 2011 ABQJournal.com

A purse hangs on the hook of a stall door. As it sits in place, a hand slowly creeps over the stall door to quickly snatch the purse. With this climatic scene, Pamela Stovall’s vision starts to become a reality. “I had this image in my mind for many years,” she explains during a recent phone interview. “I started to play around with the idea and with some work, I wrote a screenplay.”

Stovall spent nearly two years – and seven rewrites – to get her feature screenplay, “The Perfect Cut,” finished. “The process was long, but I see it as making me a better writer,” she says. “With each rewrite, the story became stronger and went down avenues that I’ve never thought of.” Stovall’s screenplay recently took top honors at the Moondance International Film Festival in Durango, Colo. This year’s awards presentation will take place today in Durango, and Stovall will be in attendance.

“The Perfect Cut” was awarded the Moondance Spirit Award in the feature screenplays category. “You spend so much time alone writing that it’s always nice to get feedback,” she says. “Now there’s an outside entity that says ‘keep going.’ It’s such an honor.”

The Moondance International Film Festival is an independent annual film festival and awards competition that honors filmmakers, writers and composers who actively increase awareness, provide multiple viewpoints, address complex social issues, and strengthen ties between international audiences.

Stovall says the festival’s selections are based on having a well-told, unique story. The first festival was held in 2000 and has become a premiere festival for independent filmmakers and writers. Stovall says she submitted the screenplay because Moondance is known for helping writers get their story from paper to big screen. “The program is very prestigious and successful on that front,” she says. “I’m just beginning this process, and I feel like it’s a pretty good start.”

Stovall says “The Perfect Cut” is about a street-smart teenage girl who inserts herself into the path of a lifelong jewel thief who is on the run after her diamond heist goes mysteriously wrong. The two find themselves on a journey that is a race against their shared past, the law and a ruthless bounty hunter closing in for the kill. “It’s a thrilling story of survival,” she says. Stovall says the success of “The Perfect Cut” is due to the changes in her writing process.

“About three years ago, I decided to get serious about writing, and I’ve had some short stories published,” she explains. “With the screenplay, I decided to get up at 6 a.m. and write for four hours before I had to go teach. That’s when things started happening. The story became clearer, and I devoted that time just for writing.”

Stovall says she is looking for a director or producer who can appreciate the script and become excited about the project. “The script is based in the Southwest,” she says. “It would be fantastic to find someone in the state interested in working together with me to help make this a successful movie.”

In addition to being a screenwriter, Stovall is also a professor of communication and journalism at the University of New Mexico Gallup. She’s been teaching for 11 years and lives in Jamestown, N.M. “Eighty percent of my kids are Native American,” she says. “With writing the screenplay, I’m trying to show them that there are no boundaries. We can each do everything we want to do as long as we take the steps.”

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2011 MOONDANCE POST-FEST BLOG & AUDIENCE FAVORITES ANNOUNCEMENT!

2011 MOONDANCE POST-FEST BLOG & AUDIENCE FAVORITES ANNOUNCEMENT!

The 12th annual Moondance International Film Festival, also known as “The American Cannes”, took place in beautiful Boulder, Colorado, on the lovely and historic University of Colorado campus, and in downtown Boulder’s most popular restaurants, on September 16, 17, & 18, 2011, with original indie film screenings, professional writing and filmmaking workshops, private consultations with the pros, celebrity Q & A sessions, popular networking cocktail parties, and a gala awards ceremony & reception. Talented filmmakers, writers and composers, as well as enthusiastic audiences, attended from the US and from around the world!

• Read feature screenplay winner Eilis Mernagh’s fun & insightful article, titled “Winning Big at Moondance – Eilis Mernagh’s Festival Diary” at the IFTN (Irish Film & Television Network) online about her experiences during Moondance: http://www.iftn.ie/news/act1=record&only=1&aid=73&rid=4284279&tpl=archnews&force=1

A GREAT BIG “THANK YOU!” TO ALL OUR 2011 VOLUNTEERS & STAFF!

The success of the 2011 Moondance event absolutely could not have happened without the 3 days and evenings of dedicated work of these truly fabulous staff, volunteers and friends of Moondance: Mark Schweisow, Festival Events Director & Screenings Coordinator; Kandice Martellaro, hard-working Volunteers Coordinator; Jody Handerson, Screenings Coordinator Assistant;  Susan Harvey, Awards Coordinator; Ted Harvey, Security; plus Prema Rose, Cheryl Michel, Miguel Carson (who was always available for one & all, as needed), Cedric Peebles, Kevin Lundeen, James Quon, Richard & Helen Love, JoAnn LaBella (who deserves a huge thanks, she worked so hard), Debbie LaBella, Eric Schwarz, Rev. Julie Mercer and Craig Lambert.

Thanks a million, Moondancers!

And many, many thanks to our long-time, diligent webster for keeping the Moondance website user-friendly and always up-to-date, Stephanie Vidergar.

Much appreciation to Paula Zimmerman, our tireless festival videographer! More info on the 2011 Moondance video, now in post-production, when it’s ready!

A big thanks also goes out to Candace Kearns Read, our favorite Moondance workshops presenter & consultant!

2011 MOONDANCE AUDIENCE FAVORITES ANNOUNCED!

AUDIENCE FAVORITE FEATURE FILM:

“SIBERIA, MONAMOUR”, Slava Ross, director (Russia)

AUDIENCE FAVORITE FEATURE DOCUMENTARY:

“JOURNEY ON THE WILD COAST”, Greg Chaney, director (USA)

AUDIENCE FAVORITE FEATURE FILM FOR KIDS:

“SHENEY DEGALIM”  (Two Flags), Lior Molcho, director (Israel)

AUDIENCE FAVORITE SHORT FILM:

“PRAIRIE SONATA”, Deborah LeVine, director (USA)

AUDIENCE FAVORITE MUSIC VIDEO:

“I WANNA BE A PIRATE”, Ed Waters, director (USA)

AUDIENCE FAVORITE ANIMATION:

“THE DUST MACHINE”, Damon Mohl, director (Colorado)

Scroll on down for lots more festival news & info:

INKTIP.COM OPPORTUNITY FOR 2011 MOONDANCE WINNERS!

Inktip.com, a long-time sponsor, annually offers Moondance feature screenplay winners a free listing on their popular website! This is a very valuable opportunity to have your winning screenplay listed on a great site where top agents and producers regularly search for their next projects to represent, option and/or produce! We will send InkTip our 2011 list of feature screenplay winners, and they will contact you right away with this fantastic free offer!

REQUEST FOR 2011 MOONDANCE FESTIVAL PHOTOS

Special, urgent request to all Moondancers who attended the 2011 festival: Please send us several of your favorite photos from your days at the film festival! To help identify people in the photos, please remember to add the names and/or some description to the digital pix titles, rather than just long numbers. We will add the best photos to the 2011 Moondance website photo album, and to the next festival blog! Please do it now! E-mail them as .jpg attachments to: moondancefestival@gmail.com, with MIFF PHOTOS in the subject line.

2011 MOONDANCE FESTIVAL AWARDS WANTED?

Couldn’t attend the awards ceremony & reception?

Do you want your star award and certificate sent to you?

Final date to request awards sent is: October 15, 2011

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GET YOUR MOONDANCE 2011 LAURELS:

To get your Moondance 2011 winner, finalist, semi-finalist, selected film, and/or audience favorite laurels image for promoting your project, go to: http://moondancefilmfestival.com/06_other.laurels.html

2011 MOONDANCE  POSTERS AND TOTE BAGS AVAILABLE!

For a limited time only, 2011 Moondance posters and mermaid logo tote bags are now available at: http://www.acteva.com/go/moondance2011

MOONDANCE 2012 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES!

The 2012 Moondance early-bird call-for-entries will open for submissions on December 1, 2011.  We look forward to receiving your next film, screenplay, film score, TV script, stageplay, radio show, music video, and  more! See the 2012 Moondance submission categories: http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com/03_submission.categories.html

2011 MOONDANCERS WRITE US!

  • “It was such an honor to meet you and be part of your festival! I had a great time and met amazing people and watched riveting films!”~ Miglena Sandmeier, Bulagria & Atlanta, GA, film PR representative, award-winning “Dilli”

  • “We had a great time at the festival, and it was so great to meet you!  Thank you so much for your support of our script, and we want you to know that we will continue to support Moondance and your efforts.  It really was a wonderful experience, and your support has encouraged us and motivated us. As a novice, my gut reaction to winning an award is that this is the END of the process, but what I’m quickly learning, is that it’s only the very beginning of this particular process. Thank you, again, for believing in us.” ~ Echo and Myrton Running Wolf, award winners, with Jasheika James & Crystal English, for their feature screenplay, “Black Warrior of Pyramid Lake”

  • “Thank you once again for selecting “Spirit of the Everglades”. I appreciate your kind remarks and belief in this screenplay. Moondance is a wonderful film festival and to receive the Calypso award from such an amazing person as Elizabeth English is such an honor to me. It gives me the courage to keep pushing to get this feature screenplay out into the world for all to enjoy.” ~ Michael Bavota, Calypso Award winner

  • Thank you for the completely enjoyable time Sandy and I had at the festival. It was wonderful meeting you, as well as the new friends we spoke with that share this passion for excellence.” ~ John Fanta, semi-finalist,  music for a film score

  • “Thank you for your help in improving my “The Song and the Land” screenplay during your First Impressions, Titles & Loglines workshop last Friday. I also found Candace Kearns Read’s How to Get an Agent workshop Saturday morning extremely helpful and interesting. I am now ready to improve the script and, yes, begin to market it. The Moondance Film Festival has been a great springboard for this next step. Thank you.” ~ Anne Campbell
  • “I just wanted to thank you for putting on a fantastic film festival and allowing me, along with so many others, to experience it. I’d also like to thank you for all your help in the Titles & Loglines workshop, I really appreciate your critiques, and know that because of taking your class I’m already better off than I was before I walked in. On behalf of the cast and crew of The Drama, I’d like to express my gratitude to you for picking our pilot as the winner for two very special awards; it means a lot to me and to the people who invested their time into making the final product.” ~ Matt Grodsky, with Joe Flowers, co-director, Dolphin Awards for best TV  pilot script & best filmed TV pilot winner

  • “I just wanted to say Thank You for supporting and including my work in the 2011 Festival!  Also Thank You for the award!  It really meant a lot to me to have my work included in the festival. It was great to talk to some of the audience members afterwards.” ~ Damon Mohl, winner, best animation, “The Dust Machine”
  • “I was impressed by the quality of the films and flattered to be included in that group of very talented folks. I hope you like our new song, I’d Be Lyin’, a demo that we’ll be shopping very soon.” ~ Ed Waters, composer, “I Wanna Be a Pirate” & co-director with David Berrey, winning music video.

  • “Thank you so much for the fun festival, and you executed it with a flair!  I enjoyed my time there and enjoyed meeting some wonderful people! I will certainly pass the word that it is one worth applying to and attending.” ~ Dawn Young, USA, winner music video “Who I Am”

  • “Again, many thanks to Moondance for my Atlantis Award…my writer friend and winner, Eilis Mernagh, (winner, feature screenplay, “Star On the Run”, title changed at MIFF workshop to “Searching For Summer”) collected it for me, and I am thrilled to have it! Wish I could have been there…I do hope that such a prestigious win will raise some interest from producers. Well done on a very worthwhile and fabulous festival! ~ Carolin Farrell, Ireland, winner, “Pixer Knows”, feature screenplay for kids

  • “Back from Boulder and apart from the ongoing jet lag, I have only positive things to say about Moondance. I had a great time, and the time and money spent getting there was well worth it. I’ve written a full report on the trip for the Irish Film and Television Network. Boulder is a really friendly place. Everyone I met made me feel so welcome, and the festival participants were a fantastic bunch. I want to particularly thank Moondance festival director Elizabeth English for putting on such a great festival. And obviously for giving me a cool award!” ~ Eilis Mernagh, Ireland, winner, “Star on the Run/ Searching For Summer” feature screenplay

  • “Our whole family enjoyed the matinee line-up at Old Main Sunday. It was a wonderful time, and fun to be on CU’s beautiful campus, thanks.” ~ Charlotte & Ben Zink, (www.zinkmetalart.com fabricators of the Moondance star awards)

  • “I just wanted you to know how very pleased I am to have been given an honor for my short story, “The Funeral,” as all awards received from the prestigious Moondance International Film Festival are important honors, indeed. ~ Lorna Kanter

  • “I must tell you, we are just proud of winning two Moondance awards (best foreign feature film, and best foreign film score), and particularly, the significant statement of the GAIA award makes “Meherjaan” very special. I wish you the best success and warm greetings for your entire team.” ~Ashique Mostafa, executive producer, Bangladesh

  • Sheri Mann Stewart also commented on Moondance International Film Festival’s Facebook link.  Sheri wrote: “I’m so sorry I couldn’t be there tonight to accept the award on behalf of The Way of Justice in which I play Martha. I hope you all enjoyed it!”
  • “I want to thank you again for the wonderful festival and for the honor of participating and winning.” Lior Molcho, director, Shney Degalim  (Two Flags), Israel
  • “I am totally honored by you guys – you have no idea. I will be there in spirit in the town that I love so much.” ~ Cyndi Lenz, director, winner best documentary film, “The Garbage of Jupiter Beach”, 2011 Calypso Award for environmental activism

READ ABOUT ALL THE MOONDANCE AWARDS CATEGORIES HERE: http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com/02_festival.awards.html

THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY:

Photo by Dominique Browning

I admired the movement of the water, so graceful, elegant, nimble, simply parting its way around the obstacle, the rock, and moving on. Two completely opposite states, rock and water. And yet, together….they create a third, ineffable, yet highly desirable, condition. What is it? Fluid solidity. That’s what we need to keep moving through a world full of obstacles, and to stay grounded when things get in our way.” ~ Dominique Browning, Slow Love blog

“And this our life, exempt from public haunt,

Finds tongues in trees, books in running brooks,

Sermons in stones, and good in everything.

(William Shakespeare)

"Wheat Field With Crows", Vincent Van Gogh

“One of the best things about paintings is their silence –which prompts reflection and random reverie.” ~ Mark Stevens, author

Sacred Bodhi Tree Leaf

Knowing others is intelligence;

knowing yourself is true wisdom.

Mastering others is strength;

mastering yourself is true power.

(Lao-Tzu, 5th century BCE)

"Earth, Blue Marble" NASA photo

“Loving involves commitment. Love is a conversion to humanity—a willingness to participate with others in the healing of a broken world and broken lives.” ~ Isabel Carter Heyward, feminist theologian

Please forward this blog to all your friends & colleagues!



COME JOIN THE 2011 MOONDANCE!

DON’T MISS THE 12th ANNUAL

SCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 16, 17, 18, 2011

IN BEAUTIFUL BOULDER, COLORADO

Boulder Creek

DATES, TIMES AND LOCATION:

September 16, 17, 18, 2011

11:AM – Midnight (& beyond)

CU campus: Old Main Theater & Fiske Planetarium, Boulder, CO.

TICKET SALES & BOX OFFICE:

Rapid Refill Ink, 2525 Arapahoe, The Village Center, Boulder

(south of McGuckin’s Hardware, north of Great Harvest Bread)

Ticket sale dates: September 10th – 17th, 10:AM-6:PM

ONLINE WILL-CALL ADVANCE TICKET SALES:

http://www.acteva.com/go/moondance2011

Now, through September 15th

Tickets also available at the Old Main Theater door:

September 16-18, 11:AM-11:PM

Old Main Theatre, CU Campus

*** We cordially invite everyone to participate in this truly independent international film festival. Moondance offers everyone a unique opportunity to be entertained, see great films you may not see elsewhere, attend our workshops & networking parties, and to come together with talented filmmakers, writers and composers. Our mission is to present a vibrant and growing collection of the best-of-the-best films, music, and writings, which are an ideal means for communication across perceived boundaries of race, culture, age and gender.

MORE INFO ON THE WEBSITE:

2011 MOONDANCE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL INFO:

www.moondancefilmfestival.com

2011 FESTIVAL EVENTS SCHEDULE
2011 FILM SCREENING SCHEDULE
FILM DESCRIPTIONS
ALPHABETICAL FILM DESCRIPTIONS
2011 NETWORKING PARTIES & AWARDS VENUES
WORKSHOPS & CONSULTATIONS INFO
2011 WINNERS, FINALISTS & SEMI-FINALISTS
2011 TRAVEL & LODGING INFO

Come Join Us at The American Cannes!

The View From Moondance

MOONDANCERS WRITE US!

“I woke up one morning with this festival on my mind. It’s been a life-changing experience for me!” ~ Lee Nicholson, festival volunteer

“It is with great appreciation that I thank MIFF for selecting Spirit of the Everglades as a Feature Screenplay winner and Calypso Award. I am thrilled beyond belief! I thought when I first submitted my screenplay to various contests this year, “of all the contests this year, if I could just win Moondance–even be a semi or finalist, I would so happy.”  Thank you! You have made a dream come true.” ~ Michael F. Bavota

Both Stelios and I are thrilled about winning; it’s truly an honor for us. I wish we could be there, but we’ll be there in spirit, through our film.” ~ Nick Dimitriadis, director, Stelios Koupetoris, film score composer, “Dawn”, Greece, Moondance 2011 winner of 2 awards

The Moondance Award Star

THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY:

So comes to us at times, from the unknown

And inaccessible solitudes of being,

The rushing of the sea-tides of the soul;

And inspirations, that we deem our own,

Are some divine foreshadowing and foreseeing

Of things beyond our reason or control.

~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Joy can be real only if people look upon their life as a service, and have a definite objective in life outside of themselves and their personal happiness.” ~ Leo Tolstoy

Dolphin Family, photo by Sally Bartel

“We tell ourselves, this is where high tide reaches. As if there were an agreement, a contract; here and no further. We are like the ants. The sea crushes our nests. We build them back. We believe we belong here. We believe we can tame nature.” ~ Dominique Browning, Slow Love Blog

Beach Grass photo by Dominique Browning

“The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope.” ~ John Buchan, Scottish novelist, “The Thirty-nine Steps”)

“First Day Fishing”, photo by Lydia Davis

Imagine all the people

Living life in peace…

You may say that I’m a dreamer,

But I’m not the only one;

I hope someday you’ll join us,

And the world will be as one.

John Lennon




Moondance 2011 Film Festival news!

SEPTEMBER 2011 NEWS BLOG

THE 12th ANNUAL

MOONDANCE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

IS SCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 16, 17, 18, 2011

IN BEAUTIFUL BOULDER, COLORADO!

The 12th annual Moondance International Film Festival is scheduled to take place in beautiful Boulder, Colorado, on the University of Colorado campus, on September 16, 17, & 18, 2011. There will be original indie film screenings, industry workshops, pitch panels, networking parties, private consultations with the pros, and a gala awards ceremony and reception. Festival events info and ticket sales will be posted on the Moondance website very soon.

Plan now to attend this most important event!

We cordially invite all indie film buffs, screenwriters and filmmakers, playwrights, short story writers, TV writers, radio play writers & producers, librettists, composers, children’s filmmakers & writers, and young (18 & under), plus seniors (75 & over), and distributors to participate in this truly independent international film festival. Moondance offers everyone a unique opportunity to be entertained, see great films you may not see elsewhere, attend our workshops & networking parties, and to come together with appreciative audiences, other writers, directors and producers to be entertained, to create new opportunities, develop tools for success and forge new alliances within the international film and entertainment industry.

2011 MOONDANCE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL INFO:

www.moondancefilmfestival.com

~ OUR VISION: The long-term vision of the Moondance International Film Festival is to preserve and revitalize our intangible heritage, cultivate creative diversity, develop an intercultural dialogue, promote non-violent conflict resolution, to raise awareness of the invaluable contributions of women to the entertainment community, and to encourage environmental conservation & protection. We wish to actively participate in creating a bridge of understanding to another person’s or culture’s experience, and to stimulate this creative resource in writing, film and music. Our mission is to present a vibrant and growing collection of films, music, writings, which are an ideal means for communication across perceived boundaries of race, culture, age and gender.

A happy 2010 winner!

Boulder’s very best international film festival is open to the public for 3 fabulous days and nights! You’ll have the unique opportunity to see the absolute best of indie features and shorts, documentaries, animation, local, foreign & art films screened each evening at the historic Old Main Theater and inside the dome of the Fiske Planetarium, on the CU campus. We also offer professional writing and filmmaking workshops, private consultations with the pros, celebrity Q & A sessions, popular networking cocktail parties, and a gala awards ceremony & reception. Come join us!

DATES, TIMES AND LOCATION:

September 16, 17, 18, 2011

11:AM – Midnight (& beyond)

CU campus: Old Main Theater & Fiske Planetarium, Boulder, CO.

TICKET SALES & BOX OFFICE:

Rapid Refill Ink, 2525 Arapahoe, The Village Center, Boulder

south of McGuckin’s Hardware, north of Great Harvest Bread

Ticket sale dates: September 3rd – 17th, 10:AM-6:PM

ONLINE WILL-CALL ADVANCE TICKET SALES:

Now, through September 15th

Tickets also available at the Old Main Theater door:

September 16-18, 11:AM-11:PM

Historic Old Main Theater, CU Campus

Films screened at Moondance are entertaining and uniquely distinguished by our cinematic focus on the relations between media and social justice, and how media is inextricably linked to questions of power, rights, human development, peace, national and international social and environmental issues, creative expression, collaboration, self-determination and powerful calls for action. Come join us!

2011 GENERAL FESTIVAL INFO

http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com/02_festival.info.html

2011 FESTIVAL EVENTS SCHEDULE

http://moondancefilmfestival.com/02_festival.schedule.full.html

2011 FILM SCREENING SCHEDULE

http://moondancefilmfestival.com/02_festival.screen_sched.html

2011 TRAVEL & LODGING INFO

http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com/02_festival.travel.html

~ MOONDANCE FILM FESTIVAL EVENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! ~

We always welcome dedicated volunteers to help make the film festival happen!

Volunteers can earn free film screening and/or workshop tickets!

Contact Elizabeth at: moondancefestival@gmail.com

With MIFF VOLUNTEER in the subject line, today!

~ MANY HAPPY 2011 MOONDANCERS WRITE US! ~

“Many thanks for organizing this fabulous festival that supports women in film.” ~ Sara Shelley

I have been feeling a very deep involvement with your boutique film festival that has a very particular and positive motto to change the world to be a united and healthy society by promoting non-violence conflict resolution in the arts & film, promoting women in art, etc. I am very fond of your intention to reach the global community through the medium of cinema art and music. Honestly, nowadays, not many festivals give such positive vibes; they rather promote darkness and negativity.” ~ Ashique Mostafa, Bangladesh, Producer, “Meherjaan”, winner & to be screened at Moondance 2011

“Thank you so much for your support, your understanding, and all the efforts you are making for all of us. Festivals like Moondance are a relief, and the most precious payback we can have. This is really wonderful. I am also watching the news blog of Moondance. It is so fresh, different, and so obvious that all these endeavors are made with care, effort and self-motivation. If everyone would put such an effort into the world-wide film making process, things would be widely different right now.” ~ Stelios Koupetoris, Greece2011 winning film score composer, for the animated short film, “Dawn”

“I wanted to reach out and let you know how much I love the Moondance Festival. I have attended the festival twice while a student in Colorado. Your blog is expertly written, clear in its intention, and easy to understand.”~ Holly Watson

“I’ve booked my flights and a hotel in Boulder. Just to check: by sheer coincidence, Caroline Farrell, who won the Atlantis Award for (her feature screenplay for kids) PIXER KNOWS, is in the same screenwriting group as me, in Dublin!” ~ Eilis Mernagh, Ireland, 2011 winner, feature screenplay, STAR ON THE RUN

“I just saw in the Moondance website that my stage play ‘Nuclear Family’ is the winner (co-winner) of the Stageplay category of the competition! I can’t tell you how excited and grateful I am, thank you!! We just ended our run of the play at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which is why I hadn’t had a chance to check the Moondance announcement list, so winning this now is just fantastic! It means so much to receive acknowledgment for this script that was written from my heart, about a subject that is so meaningful not only to my family, but to so many people of different cultures and walks of life.” ~ Desiree Gezentsvey, playwright, New Zealand

“Thank you so much for including our music video “Who I Am” in your lineup! Our co-writer and performer Jaime Kyle is the beautiful blond in the video!. Jaime and I both lost our mothers at the same time to Alzheimer’s, so this subject matter struck a note in both of us and propelled us to write the song in their honor, along with my husband, Jon Pousette-Dart.” ~ Dawn Young, director

“Our island-grown Marshallese feature film, “Lañinbwil’s Gift”, continues to gain acclaim. The film was named a “Finalist” at the prestigious Moondance International Film Festival, in Colorado!” ~ Jack Niedenthal, director, Marshall Islands

“The folks at Happy Trails Animation are extremely happy to be part of this year’s festival. This short film was created in part for a non-profit foundation, and it is wonderful when a film can speak to folks and create such an attachment.  Thanks for the support from the Moondance team.” ~ Andy Collen, Producer/ Director, ‘Seeds Of Opportunity’

“I’m inspired by spirituality, and if there’s a purpose in it, and for me it means to contribute toward creating a better world. To make a step forward. And certainly, in this direction, Moondance is the perfect Festival for me, and the most important reason for that is the spirit of Moondance. It’s not about awards only, or recognition, its about wonderful people.” ~ Alexander Haythen, Greece, 2011 semi-finalist, short screenplay for kids

“I want to let you know how thrilled I am to learn that my feature screenplay “Dance Without Music” is a 2011 Moondance Finalist. This was the first screenplay I ever wrote, and I have believed in it from the start. It means more to me than I can say that it has made the Moondance finals. Thank you for your dedication to the art of screenwriting.” ~ Muri McCage

“All of us here at “Women In the Dirt” would like to thank you for accepting our film into the Moondance International Film festival. We hope the audience enjoys it as much as we enjoyed making it. We are thrilled to be able to participate and at least two of us (myself for one) will be in attendance.” ~ Carolann Stoney, director

“I am barely containing my exultation at the MIFF results.  Especially since my short story is written in Australian, the language of Shakespeare, Chaucer and Milton. Not only does your short-screenplay-and-short-story judge possess the wisdom of Portia, but must be a distinguished scholar and an accomplished translator. I expect that within one week in Wall Street, Budweiser, Schlitz and Pabst shares will be languishing, replaced by a bull market in VB (Victoria Bitter), the great Oz lager. And the gaming rooms of Las Vegas will revert from that vulgar Texas Hold’em, to the traditional favorite of the Mississippi paddle steamers, Five Card Draw (due to the Moondance status of my short story).” ~ Gordon Phipps, (written a bit tongue-in-cheek, from Australia)

“I am delighted that my script, PIXER KNOWS, has won an Atlantis Award in the feature scripts for kids category! Many, many thanks to all at Moondance! Unfortunately, I will not be able to travel from Ireland for the festival, but will be there in spirit, and wish you all every success with your wonderful festival.” ~ Caroline Farrell, Ireland

“You did one heck of a job on your recent August blog, and news, and announcements, and pictures, and thoughts, and quotes. Honestly, I don’t know where you get the time, energy, and ideas, but you really did a wonderful job. Congratulations! It is beautiful. You deserve all the accolades I’m sure you will be getting.” ~ Lorna Kanter

“I want to wish you the best of luck with Moondance this year and I hope to be able to submit my new projects in years to come.” ~ Sevé Schelenz, Canada, director, “Skew”

I have no words except for: Thank you for everything! Thank you for the tribute you’ll do for Luciano by showing “Stabat” as conclusion-film at the Moondance Film Festival ! I think …..,I know that Luciano  is so happy for this and for sure, for your friendship !” ~ Michela Maeiello, DeFraia estate coordinator, Naples, Italy. Note: Luciano DeFraia won the Columbine award for best animation. Sadly, he passed away suddenly in June.

“Two of my screenplays, The Earth Cantor and My Last Breath, placed in the semi-finals of this year’s Moondance International Film Festival contest.  This is the first semifinal placement that I have had since I started writing screenplays five years ago. What a pleasant surprise it was to get the news. What a delight to be able to send out queries now with the dazzling Moondance Film Festival logo on them. Thank you for acknowledging my work, as an up-and-coming screenwriter.” ~ Kim M. Brantley

Moondance Star: Winners Award!

~ MOOONDANCER NEWS: ~

Kiwi film “Insatiable Moon” wins Moondance prize

WED, 24 AUG 2011 3NEWS, NEW ZEALAND:

Low budget Kiwi film The Insatiable Moon has taken out one of the top prizes at the Moondance International Film Festival. The American film festival has awarded The Insatiable Moon the Atlantis Award for feature films made outside the US. In announcing the award, festival director Elizabeth English said the film received a high rating from the Moondance jury, and reminded her of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.  For director Rosemary Riddell, it’s not her first success at the Moondance festival. In 2006 she took out the Sandcastle Award for her short film Cake Tin. Riddell is unique in being the first ever feature film director with a day job as a District Court judge. Read more!

We just discovered that Under Our Skin is one of the top 20 Most Popular films on Hulu as of today! Watch it there for FREE! Rate it, review it, and share with everyone you know. Let’s keep Under Our Skin on this list and on everyone’s radar, so we can continue to make a difference.” Watch, review & rate on the Hulu website”~ Open Eye Pictures, “Under Our Skin”, a fascinating and eye-opening film revealing the stunning truth about Lyme Disease, was a Moondance winner in 2010 and was screened to a full house.

~ THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY: ~

“Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.” ~ Bruce Lee

“You can shut the doors and windows, lock the garden gate, tuck yourself into an exquisitely-appointed bed–but no matter what you do, you live in a big, booming, buzzing world that is going to touch you wherever you hide. It is a world that urgently, more than ever, needs intelligent attention, and the generous care of our hearts and souls.” ~ Dominique Browning, Slow Love blog

“…the only continuity possible, in life as in love, is in growth, in fluidity and intermittency….perhaps this is the most important thing: simply the memory that each cycle of the tide is valid; each cycle of the wave is valid…. one must accept the security of ebb and flow, of intermittency.” ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh, 1906 – 2001, poet, author

"Prairie Sonata" winning short film, Moondance 2011

“When you need to tell the truth, find the courage to open your heart, as well as your mouth. When you need to hear the truth, gather the strength to open your ears, and close your mouth.” ~ Yehuda Berg, www.kabbalah.com

"Put It In a Book", winning short film, Moondance 2011

“We have been given free will. We ourselves decide whether to make ourselves learned or ignorant, compassionate or cruel, generous or miserly. No one forces us, no one decides for us, no one drags us along one path or the other; we ourselves, by our own volition, choose our own way.” ~ Maimonides, preeminent medieval Jewish philosopher


“Life is like a field of newly fallen snow. Where I choose to walk, every step will show.” ~ Denis Waitley, American motivational speaker and writer

Photo by John Goyer, 2011 Moondance Official Photographer

“This is the day we are given. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” ~ Rev. Galen Guengerich, Senior Minister, All Souls Unitarian Church, New York City www.allsoulsnyc.org

~ YOUR ASSIGNMENT FOR TODAY: ~

Do your work with your whole heart, and you will succeed! ~ Elbert Hubbard

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Moondance Announces 2011 Winners & Film Schedule!

M O O N D A N C E  2 0 1 1

WINNERS, FINALISTS & SEMI-FINALISTS ANNOUNCED!

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE LIST ONLINE!

http://moondancefilmfestival.com/02_festival.winners_film.html

http://moondancefilmfestival.com/02_festival.winners_worksandscores.html

Congratulations,

2011 Moondance winners, finalists & semi-finalists!

And thanks a million to all those many filmmakers, writers & composers

who submitted such fine entries to the competition!

MOONDANCE 2011 LAURELS IMAGES

The Moondance International Film Festival, also known as “The American Cannes”, and one of the world’s most important international film festivals, is open to the public, filmmakers, writers, composers, producers, distributors, and actors, for 3 fabulous days and nights! We feature film premieres, indie features and shorts, documentaries, animation, local, experimental, multi-media, music videos, foreign & art films, screened each evening at the historic Old Main Theater and inside the dome of the Fiske Planetarium, both on the lovely University of Colorado campus. We also offer professional writing and filmmaking workshops, private consultations with the pros, pitch panels, celebrity Q & A sessions, networking cocktail parties, and a gala awards ceremony & reception. September 16, 17, 18, 2011, in beautiful Boulder, Colorado, USA!  WEBSITE: www.moondancefilmfestival.com

SIGN UP FOR THE NEWS BLOGwww.moondancefilmfestival.com/blog

Click on the following links for more info on the

Moondance Film Festival event 2011:

MOONDANCE 2011 ADVANCE TICKET SALES & FESTIVAL INFO

Buy tickets online early to guarantee your seats!

MOONDANCE FESTIVAL EVENTS SCHEDULE

2011 MOONDANCE FILM SCREENING SCHEDULE

2011 TRAVEL & LODGING INFO

2011 SELECTED MOONDANCE FILMS DESCRIPTIONS (coming soon!)

2011 WORKSHOPS DESCRIPTIONS (coming soon!)

* Note to selected filmmakers:

You will shortly receive an email from

Mark, our 2011 Screenings Coordinator

Moondancefest.mark@gmail.com

with more info and instructions.

Please look for it, read it, and respond!

CALLING ALL MEDIA REPS, AGENTS,  ACTORS,

FILM DIRECTORS, PRODUCERS, & DISTRIBUTORS!

Plan to attend the world-famous Moondance 2011, to network with the best of US and international filmmakers, writers and composers, and to see all the top films screened, in two fabulous venues, and for 3 great days and nights, in beautiful Boulder, Colorado, September 16-18, 2011.

MOONDANCE FILM FESTIVAL EVENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

We always welcome dedicated volunteers to help make the film festival happen! Let us know if you’d like to be a:

  • VOLUNTEERS COORDINATOR
  • ASSISTANT TO THE SCREENINGS COORDINATOR
  • ASSISTANT TO THE EVENTS COORDINATOR
  • GENERAL EVENTS VOLUNTEER, AS NEEDED
  • EMCEE AT THE FILM SCREENINGS
  • EMCEE AT THE Q & A SESSIONS WITH FILMMAKERS
  • EMCEE AT THE WORKSHOPS
  • SIGNAGE COORDINATOR
  • ASSISTANT TO THE TICKET SELLERS
  • TICKET-TAKER AT THE VENUE DOORS
  • HOSPITALITY LIAISON
  • AWARDS CEREMONY VOLUNTEER
  • OR…MAKE A SUGGESTION!

Volunteers can earn free film screening or workshop tickets!

Moondance takes place on September 16, 17 & 18, 2011

On the University of Colorado (CU) campus, Boulder, CO

Please check out the festival events schedule online!

Contact Elizabeth at: moondancefestival@gmail.com

With VOLUNTEER in the subject line, today!

CALLING ALL SPONSORS, DONORS & FRIENDS OF MOONDANCE!

Special promotional opportunities available
 for Partners, Donors, Sponsors & Friends of Moondance! Moondance International Film Festival is proud to acknowledge the cooperation and generous financial sponsors, whose enthusiastic partnerships make this popular film festival possible. Each of the sponsorship levels in which a corporation or individual participates will include their name and/or logo promoted through the end of the year following the current festival. Moondance International Film Festival provides its sponsoring partners with a full spectrum of marketing visibility. Since your company’s sponsorship is promoted for a full year, your marketing dollar receives maximum return and exposure. We love local Boulder sponsors, too!

Some suggested important elements of the event you may wish to sponsor or co-sponsor:

• 2011 FESTIVAL PRINT PROGRAM: $2500

• 2011 AWARDS CEREMONY & RECEPTION: $2000

• 2011 NETWORKING PARTY (FRIDAY AND/OR SATURDAY): $1500 EACH

• 2011 MOONDANCE STAR AWARDS: $1000

• 2011 SPECIAL INVITED FEATURE FILM SCREENING, “THE TREE”: $1000

• 2011 AD IN THE PRINT PROGRAM: $100, $250, $500 (depending on size & placement)

• 2011 FILMS BY & FOR KIDS PROGRAMS: $500

• 2011 “GREEN” ENVIRONMENTAL FILMS PROGRAMS: $500

• A DONATION TOWARD THE FESTIVAL’S 2011 EVENTS & PROGRAM

SPONSOR INFO: http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com/04_sponsors.info.html

LIST OF SPONSORS, DONORS & FRIENDS OF MOONDANCE: http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com/04_sponsors.list.html

Photo by C. Anastasiadis

Charlie says, “Thanks a million! Arf! Arf!”

MOONDANCERS WRITE US:

“Moondance seems truly wonderful…given the life-affirming feeling emanating from the festival (and from you!). Jennifer and I are glad to have made your acquaintance and look forward to crossing paths with you soon.” ~ Dana Packard, director/producer

“I hope to join you at this powerful gathering of creative people in the film industry this year, either as a workshop facilitator and/or participant.” ~ Candace Kearns Read, story analyst, screenwriter and screenwriting instructor

“Moondance is very special to me because of its goal to strengthen ties between International audiences and the mission to inspire, encourage, etc., overall gives a very positive vibe. We look forward for your support in bringing this South Asian anti war-narrative film to broader attention to promote world-peace and love, and against war & violence.” ~ Ashique Mostafa, Film Producer, Bangladesh

“I was so pleased to receive that beautiful MOONDANCE news blog you sent out the other day. My painting looked beautiful and was in such good company. The sayings and the artwork, photos, and illustrations were very inspiring. Thank you so very much for making me a part of it.” ~ Lorna Kanter, artist, writer

I follow religiously the doings of Moondance and am happy to see you’re still in there, making waves.” ~ Fran Handman, Moondance writing winner

MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

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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, 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@me.com

WEBSITE: www.magiclampreleasing.com

PHONE: 818-951-7914

http://www.uffo.camp7.org/

The Universal Film & Festival Organisation was founded to support and implement

an ethical code of conduct for film festivals throughout the world.

First Place: The Possible Futures Award

2011 WINNER: SUPERHERO By Nitin Das (India)

Can a 7 year old girl from the Himalayas save our planet?

http://possiblefuturesfilmcontest.org/watch-vote/film-detail/?film_id=22032032

http://www.lnt.org/

The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, based in Boulder, Colorado, is an educational, nonprofit organization dedicated to the responsible enjoyment and active stewardship of the outdoors by all people, worldwide. Founded on outdoor ethics whereby a sense of stewardship is gained through understanding and connecting with the natural world; believes that practicing the Leave No Trace principles is the most relevant and effective long-term solution to maintaining the beauty, health of, and access to natural lands. http://www.lnt.org/

Bodhi Tree Leaf

THE AURORA

YouTube video by Tesophotography

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBWPCvdv8Bk

THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY:

Peace be with you

A paz seja com você

Мир с вами

La pace è con voi

Η ειρηνη ειναι με σασ

Frieden ist mit ihnen

La paz esté con usted

La paix soit avec vous

평화는 당신과 있다

平和はあなたとある

和平是与您

وعليكم السلام

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center • “Blue Marble” Image by Reto Stöckli

“Use what talents you possess; the forest would be very silent if no birds sang except for those that sang the best.” ~ Henry Van Dyke, professor of English literature at Princeton and an American lecturer at the University of Paris

Photo by N. Anastasiadis

“You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” ~ Kahlil Gibran

National Geographic photo

“It all boils down to scratching your name in the bark of a tree…’I was here’”. ~ Mel Brooks

“Reality is a mirror. Smile into a mirror and the image smiles back. Curse into the mirror – the image curses back. It’s your own actions that rebound into your life, as reflections bouncing back from the cosmic mirror.” ~ Yehuda Berg kabbalah.com

“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put some foundations under them.” ~ Henry David Thoreau, Walden

“Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through trying to save.”  Will Rogers, American humorist

“Instead of always looking outside yourself to see what the world can give you, look inside yourself to see what is there.” ~ Source Unknown

YOUR ASSIGNMENT FOR TODAY:

The Three C’s: Actively connect to an inner energy of Confidence, Certainty and Courage that will empower you to meet any challenges. Every time you push through your self-imposed barriers (laziness, doubt, insecurity, anger, fear, apathy, & etc.) you will gain power. This is a truly wonderful gift, and a great opportunity!




Moondance Film Festival’s August News

MOONDANCE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALThanks for subscribing to our newsletter blog!

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The 12th annual Moondance International Film Festival is scheduled to take place in beautiful Boulder, Colorado, on the University of Colorado campus, on September 16, 17, & 18, 2011. There will be original indie film screenings, industry workshops, pitch panels, networking parties, private consultations & pitch sessions with the pros, and a gala awards ceremony and reception. Festival events info and ticket sales will be posted on the Moondance website very soon.

Plan now to attend this most important event!

Boulder's mountains & meadows

View of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains from Boulder, Colorado

2011 MOONDANCE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL INFO

Boulder’s very best international film festival is open to the public for 3 fabulous days and nights! You’ll have the unique opportunity to see the absolute best of indie features and shorts, documentaries, animation, local, foreign & art films screened each evening at the historic Old Main Theater and inside the dome of the Fiske Planetarium, on the CU campus. We also offer professional writing and filmmaking workshops, private consultations & pitch sessions with the pros, celebrity Q & A sessions, VERY popular networking cocktail parties, and a gala awards ceremony & reception. Come join us!

DATES, TIMES AND LOCATION:

September 16, 17, 18, 2011
11:AM – Midnight (& beyond)

CU campus: Old Main Theater & Fiske Planetarium, Boulder, CO.

TICKET SALES & BOX OFFICE:

Rapid Refill Ink, 2525 Arapahoe, The Village Center,
south of McGuckin’s Hardware, north of Great Harvest Bread

Ticket sale dates: September 1st-17th, 10:AM-6:PM

Online will-call ticket sales:

http://www.acteva.com/go/moondance2011

Now, through September 15th

Tickets also available at the Old Main Theater & Fiske Planetarium doors:
September 16-18, 11:AM-11:PM

The Historic Old Main Theater

• In our continuing successful promotion of absolutely top-quality original filmmaking, writing and music composition by talented artists from around the world, the Moondance International Film Festival, also known as “The American Cannes”, is very pleased to announce that our 2011 festival competition has brought in great submissions, in all genres and categories, from Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Malta, Marshall Island, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia/Montenegro, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Tasmania, Turkey, the UK, the US, and Venezuela!

2011 SEMI-FINALISTS, FINALISTS & WINNERS
ANNOUNCEMENTS COMING VERY SOON!

MOONDANCERS WRITE US:

“This newsletter is loaded with inspiring quotes, messages and photos. I’m going to re-read it. Thank you for creating it and sending it!” ~ Donna Lisa, Moondance winning screenwriter, short story writer, composer and lyricist,  for kids

“I’m always happy to connect with people in the film business, like you, who are out there working to make the world better through showing more great films.” ~ Terri Marie, CEO, White Wing Entertainment, Media Production Specialist, Author, Composer

“As a screenwriter, I feel it’s very important to support film festivals! Moondance is the one to watch and participate in. It’s events like this that allow true talent to shine through.” ~ Stacey Arcangel, LinkedIn.com recommendation

“I very much care about Moondance, which I believe is a great opportunity for writers, and I truly admire your work.” ~ Rita Charbonnier, Rome, Italy, author of the historical novel,  “Mozart’s Sister

“This festival was always the first festival I wanted to submit to, since I attended your festival a few years back as a spectator, before I started making films, and knew I wanted to go back with a film. So far, my film has been accepted in several major festivals, (but) I really have my heart set on this specific festival!” ~ Dalia Schlesinger, Israel

MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

info@makeaflmfoundation.org

Tamika Lamison, Founder/Producer

Make A Film Foundation is a non-proft organization that teams children who have serious or life-threatening medical conditions with film industry professionals, who help them create short film legacies. We grant children their wishes of writing and starring in their own movies.

Some of the Hollywood celebrities who have enthusiastically participated include: Sean Astin (“Lord of the Rings”), Elijah Wood (“Lord of the Rings”), Miguel Sandoval (“Medium”), Natasha Gregson Wagner (“High Fidelity”, Natalie Wood’s daughter), Ernie Hudson (“GhostBusters” 1, 2 and upcoming 3), and Neil LaBute (playwright, director). Sponsors include: SONY Studios, HBO, Warner Bros., and the Annenberg Foundation.

In our unique ‘Vidz 4 Kidz’ Program, we go to hospitals where children are teamed with hand-held video cameras and with film industry mentors, who help them create short documentaries about their lives and illnesses. These films not only impact the children who make them, but all those involved, including their families, student mentors, the Hollywood community, inner-city filmmakers, cast, crew and volunteers.

These children have touched all our lives in ways they’ll never know. Their films empower them by giving them a voice and the opportunity for self-expression and creativity, which, in turn, is cathartic and therapeutic. It also helps fulfill their dreams, gives them hope, and makes them feel special and loved.

Watch a YouTube video about Make a Film Foundation

http://possiblefuturesfilmcontest.org/

Storytellers of the world
 share their inspiring visions of a possible future. Watch the many short indie films on peace & freedom, fair societies, sustainability & beyond, and human fulfillment.

* MOONDANCE VOTED FOR: “My Country is the World” film, directed by Arthur Kanegis, a favorite Moondance winner!

Wild dolphin family, Bimini, photo by Atmo: www.wildquest.com

Oceanic Preservation Society

http://www.opsociety.org/

Experts contend that captive dolphins offer little information about their true behaviors in the wild.
 Dr Lori Marino, Ph.D, a neuroscientist and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology and faculty affiliate of the Center for Ethics at Emory University says, 
“What we have learned about who these dolphins are tells us unequivocally that they do not belong in captivity.
 I think that field studies are and can be a replacement for some captive studies. In the past few years, almost nothing has been learned about dolphins from captive studies.

Likewise, some of the most exciting things we’re learning about dolphins and whales are coming from studies of wild individuals. In other words, field studies. For instance, we now know that dolphins and whales have complex cultural traditions. This was learned from field studies, field observations, and actually could never be ascertained in captivity where they’re deprived of their normal social relations. So all of the cutting edge research on dolphin and whale lives and behavior and psychology is coming from the wild, not from captive labs.” Excerpted from the July 2011 newsletter of the Oceanic Preservation Society, Boulder, Colorado, creators of the Academy Award-winning film “The Cove”.

Enough is dedicated to ending genocide and crimes against humanity, and preventing them from occurring in the future http://www.enoughproject.org/

John Prendergast

John Prendergast is a human rights activist and best-selling author who has worked for peace in Africa for over 25 years. He is the co-founder of the Enough Project, an initiative to end genocide and crimes against humanity. John is the author of The Enough Moment: Fighting to End Africa’s Worst Human Rights Crimes. Under the Enough Project umbrella, John has helped create a number of initiatives and campaigns.  With George Clooney, he helped launch the Satellite Sentinel Project, which aims to prevent conflict and human rights abuses through satellite imagery. John has helped create African characters and stories for two episodes of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, one focusing on the recruitment of child soldiers and the other on rape as a war strategy. He serves as Strategic Advisor to Not On Our Watch, the organization founded by George Clooney, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, and Brad Pitt.

THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY:

Painting by American artist Lorna Kanter

“Lamed Vav Zaddikim”

Derived from the Yiddish, a theory that the fate of the world rests, at any given time, in the hands of 36 righteous people. They are put on Earth to perform the healing of the world. They do not know they are one of the 36, nor does anyone else. They will always be among us.

Photo by Allison Carras

“Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” ~ Lou Holtz, retired American football coach, active sportscaster, author, and motivational speaker

Marble bas-relief

By plucking her petals, you do not gather the beauty of the flower.” ~ Rabindranath Tagore, Indian writer, artist, poet & philosopher, Nobel prize for literature, 1913


Mermaid metal art by Charlotte Zink WEBSITE: www.zinkmetalart.com

“Women will never be equal to men until they can swagger down the street with a shiny bald head, reeking of cigar smoke, with a big beer gut, and yet still think they’re attractive and desirable.” ~ Source Unknown

“The machines that once gave money veto power over originality are becoming obsolete, and (creative) freedom grows.” ~ Michael Parfit, documentary filmmaker, on the current film business, cited from an article in the Smithsonian magazine, July-August 2011

“If you would have a faithful servant, and one whom you like, you must serve yourself.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

Diaghilev mini-stage macquette

“We do not see things as they are; we see them as we are.” ~ the Talmud

There are five things you cannot recover in life: a stone, after it’s thrown; a word, after it’s said; an occasion, after it’s missed; time, after it’s passed; and a person, after he or she dies.” ~ Anonymous

Lighthouse, Wales

It takes great courage to stand up for something, because the moment you decide you want to do good in this world…(you need to) be brave in the face of criticism and opposition. Follow your heart, you’ll never get lost, and you will prevail.” ~ Yehuda Berg, Kabbalah

OF INTEREST:

Lakshmi, by Raja Ravi Varma

ANNAPURNA, The Divine Mother who is worshipped as the manifestation of all material things, is the Hindu Goddess of nourishment. Also described as She Who is the Grantor of Knowledge, She Who Takes Away All Fear, She Who Gives  Wealth and Nourishment, She Who Represents Learning and Arts/Cultural Fulfillment, and She Who Manifests Truth and Efficiency. Also known as Lakshmi, she is said to bring good luck, and is believed to protect her devotees from all kinds of misery and money-related sorrows.

GANESHA is one of the deities best-known and most widely worshipped in the Hindu pantheon. Ganesha is widely revered as the Remover of Obstacles (though traditionally he also places obstacles in the path of those who need to be checked), and more generally as Lord of Beginnings and as a patron of arts and sciences, as the deva of intellect and wisdom, and invoked as patron of letters, learning and writing. Ganesha is identified with the Hindu mantra, Om, and refers to the notion that he personifies the primal sound. The written manifestation of this divine Om symbol when inverted gives the perfect profile of the god with the elephant head:

The image of Ganesha represents man’s eternal striving towards integration with nature. Ganesha, is almost always depicted dancing, signifying his ability to rise above Earthly concerns and sorrows; has the head of an elephant, symbolic of auspiciousness, strength and intellectual prowess. He holds a goad, to prod man to the path of righteousness and truth, and a noose, to convey that worldly attachments and desires are a noose. Ganesha is often shown riding on a mouse, which symbolizes those who wish to overcome or subdue destructive desires and be less selfish, a most important quality necessary for spiritual progress.

FAVORITE PHOTO OF THE MONTH WINNER:

“I noticed the way a spider had knitted two chairs together. So much social networking goes on in nature, the original Twitter kingdom.” ~ Text & photo by Dominique Browning, Slow Love Life blog

YOUR ASSIGNMENT FOR TODAY:

Drivers: When sharing the road with someone riding on a bicycle, please be kind to those chicks on their bikes, for that duck might be somebody’s mother…or kid!

Bike Photo by William C. Raco

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MOONDANCE JULY NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

Please go to the July news blog at: www.moondancefilmfestival.com/blog to see the latest film festival news and announcements blog now! The newsletter that went out to you yesterday was accidentally sent without a subject line, so…if you discarded it, unread, please do take a look now.

My apologies, and thanks a million for your continued interest in the Moondance!

~ Elizabeth



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