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How To Get An Agent

How To Get An Agent
What Agents Want (And Don’t Want) To See

By Elizabeth English

1. First, call or write to literary agents who are listed as being willing to look at unsolicited screenplays. Do not send a script unless you are invited to do so!

2. Find listed agents using resources like The Hollywood Creative Directory’s Agent/Management directory, Writers Digest, Writers Guild of America (East & West.)

3. Guidelines for getting an agent:
Write killer titles, loglines and one-sheet synopses for the all the scripts you want to submit to agents.

4. Write up a one-sheet document with titles and loglines of all your completed screenplays. You may be asked to send these before sending in a screenplay.

5. Presentation of script: be sure to have a plain cardstock cover, front and back; a title page with all your contact info; three-hole punch white paper; two solid-brass brads in the top and bottom hole.

6. “Attachments”, in the form of actors, director, producer, and most importantly: money, to your project, will always help get almost any agent interested. Mention this, if applicable, in your cover letter.

7. Have more than one screenplay completed. At least three of your best screenplays need to be ready to go, when and if requested.

8. In your initial phone call, try to find out what genre of story that agent is looking for, at the moment. Agents generally know exactly what the buyers want to see, and will usually only request those genres. But needs change all the time, and at a moment’s notice, so let them know what you have, even if they’re not looking for that at the time of your call.

9. Story: This is the first thing agents look at, when considering whether to read your script or not. Unique story, well-told.

 

10. Writing ability and style. Everything depends on this.

 

11. Dialog: your ability to write good, memorable and believable dialog is paramount.

 

12. Format and structure: in submitting your work to an agent, you should be sure the script is in proper format and structure. There are many books and online articles on these vital subjects.

13. Budget: yes, a screenwriter needs to know about this. Many buyers are looking for specific subjects with very specific production budgets. Currently, a low-budget feature film will be $10-20 million, for example. If your script requires action scenes and/or CGI graphics, double that figure.

14. If you know the Business at all, make the agent aware of this, so he or she will know you are a professional.

 

15. Let the prospective agent know you are open to re-writes and edits of your scripts. You will almost always be asked to do re-writes, sometimes “on spec”, so prepare yourself mentally and be agreeable to it.

16. Be willing and able to pitch your screenplay to production companies and studios, with the agent, in person. If you live far from L.A., let the agent know you can arrange to go there for pitching appointments.

17. Be friendly and easy-going, yet professional and self-confident. Hollywood, even though it’s a “snake-pit” at times, is run on connections and contacts. If they don’t like you, you don’t have a chance there.

18. Be honest! Never, ever hype yourself or your script unless the information is absolutely provable. If you’ve won a contest with your script, let them know. And if you’ve been submitting your scripts around to everybody for years, and they ask, tell the truth. Production companies and studios keep lists of what has been submitted, and you don’t want to embarrass your new agent!

19. How to get “discovered”:
InkTip.com is a good website to post your scripts on, to be seen by many agents, producers, and development company executives) If you live in or near Los Angeles, attend parties and other events where Hollywood types will be.

20. What should an Agent do for you?
Send out your loglines and one sheet synopses, and scripts to Development Executives at production companies and studios. Give suggestions on potential edits and re-writes that may be needed to sell the script. Set up pitch sessions for you at production companies and studios. Get the best deal he or she can for you, above schedule of WGA minimums. Encourage and inspire you to create new material and projects.

21. What agents DO NOT want to see:

 

  • A script sent to them “cold”, with no phone call, e-mail or letter first
  • A script that is too long (over 130 pages), or too short (under 90 pages)
  • A script that is bound incorrectly (no brads, no cover, no title page)
  • A script that is not formatted correctly
  • A cover letter that is more than one page long
  • A script that is mostly descriptions of people and locations, like a novel
  • A script with unrealistic or stilted/boring dialog
  • A script with more than 100 scenes (each scene costs money)
  • A script with a prospective production budget over that what is requested
  • A script that is not in the genre requested
  • A writer who calls or e-mails sooner than 2 weeks after the agent received the script
  • A writer who is unwilling to consider re-writes and edits
  • A script that has any typos, misspellings or poor syntax
  • A script without conflict in the plot and story-line
  • A script without interesting, memorable characters


THE MOONDANCE NEWS!

THE 2012 SUBMISSION POSTMARK DEADLINE HAS PASSED

Thanks a million for all the many fine submissions

we received for the 2012 Moondance competition!

Announcements will be made soon for all winners, finalists and semi-finalists!

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BE SURE YOU’RE SUBSCRIBED TO OUR POPULAR NEWS BLOG in order to be kept up-to-date about all of the Moondance deadlines, news, announcements, vital articles and insider tips!

www.moondancefilmfestival.com/blog

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Q: WHERE IS THE 2012 MOONDANCE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL?

A: RIGHT HERE:

NEW YORK CITY!

SEPTEMBER 13, 14, 15 & 16

Don’t miss this unique opportunity for extreme networking with US & international filmmakers, writers, composers, production companies, distributors, celebrities, international audiences, and the best-of-the-best indy film screenings, important workshops & pitch-panels, plus all of the many advantages of being in Manhattan for a fabulous, unforgettable weekend!

PLAN NOW TO ATTEND THE 13th ANNUAL

MOONDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2012!

IN NEW YORK CITY!

Moondance is known as the “American Cannes” of film festivals, and features the very best of US and international foreign and indie films, professional workshops, pitch panels,  gala awards ceremony & reception, and fabulous networking parties & events. Come to be entertained, encouraged and inspired at this annual world-class event! Plan now to participate in this unique film festival event, and help celebrate the 13th annual Moondance International Film Festival!

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

Puffin photo by puffinpalooza.com

A quick escape to the real world: Kick back for a few minutes with Explore.org’s Zen Den channel, where the webcams watch & listen to birds, land and sea animals, landscapes and more. See & hear baby ospreys, puffins, polar bears, dolphins, elephants, coral reefs, and more, in real time.

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“PEACEABLE KINGDOM: THE JOURNEY HOME”

With strikingly honest interviews and rare footage demonstrating the emotional lives and intense family bonds of farm animals most often viewed as living commodities, this groundbreaking documentary shatters stereotypical notions of farmers, farm life, and perhaps most surprisingly, the farm animals themselves. Moondance world-premiered this award-winning film to a very large, sold-out audience!

PK's Harold & Cow

Peaceable Kingdom DVD available now!

http://www.tribeofheart.org/shop/main.htm

The DVD includes 78-minute film plus 90 minutes of bonus material. All content is available with subtitles in English (SDH), Spanish, French, and Portuguese.

WATCH THE TRAILER

http://www.peaceablekingdomfilm.org/

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A MOONDANCER WRITES US:

“The INKTIP.COM information you sent about their services was interesting and helpful and does appear to be a good resource for entertainment writers. You really give wonderful service to writers through Moondance, and are not only knowledgeable but very caring, too. Thanks again, Lorna Kanter, screenwriter, artist (NJ)

painting by Lorna Kanter

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MOONDANCER ACTIVISTS, UNITE!

A World Without Coral Reefs

By Roger Bradbury, NY Times, July 13, 2012

coral reef image from: science.howstuffworks.com

It’s past time to tell the truth about the state of the world’s coral reefs, the nurseries of tropical coastal fish stocks. They have become zombie ecosystems, neither dead nor truly alive in any functional sense, and on a trajectory to collapse within a human generation. There will be remnants here and there, but the global coral reef ecosystem — with its storehouse of biodiversity and fisheries supporting millions of the world’s poor — will cease to be.

Overfishing, ocean acidification and pollution are pushing coral reefs into oblivion. The scientific evidence for this is compelling and unequivocal. Overfishing can bring down reefs because fish are one of the key functional groups that hold reefs together. Ocean acidification can also bring down reefs because it affects the corals themselves. (And) unstoppable pollution will force reefs beyond their survival envelope by mid-century. It will be a tragedy for global conservation, as hot spots of biodiversity are destroyed. Coral reefs will be the first, but certainly not the last, major ecosystem to succumb to the Anthropocene — the new geological epoch now emerging. (text excerpted from the NYT article) For more info & how you can help: Coral Reef Alliance A non-profit organization working to keep coral reefs alive!

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY!

"Homesteaders", Pie Town, New Mexico, 1940. Photo by Russell Lee. Library of Congress

“It is our perception of life, rather than any particular life situation, that determines our happiness.” ~ Lynne Forrest

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“Movies are just another form of merchandising – we have our factory, which is called a stage; we make a product, we color it, we title it, and we ship it out in cans and boxes.” ~ Cary Grant

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Galaxy photo: by Edwin Hubble

“ He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream, and he sometimes wondered whose dream it was, and if he was enjoying it.” ~ Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy)

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Deerskin drum of the native people of the west coast of Canada, asza.com

How to Find Balance in Life: “As a drummer and a writer, when I get tired of wrestling with words, I can go beat up the drums. Maybe everyone should have a drum to carry around to express (his or her) feelings. That would be funny.” ~ Neil Peart, as told to Spencer Bailey, Sunday NY Times, July 8, 2012

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Baobab trees at sunset, Africa

“…what is crucial is…imagination in all of its applications…the ability to form concepts with images of entities and processes pictured by intuition. Ideas emerge when a part of the real or imagined world is studied for its own sake.” ~ E. O. Wilson, Harvard sociobiologist, speaking in a recent TED symposium

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Natchitoches, Louisiana, 1940, photo by Marion Post Wolcott.

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

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Parthenon Marbles, Wikipedia common-use photo

“Nothing heals like the power of a true story. When someone is speaking from the inside of an event, then they are speaking from a moral and personal authority that pierces the veil of darkness. On the other side of that veil lies the light of hope, for them and for everyone else.” ~ Marianne Williamson

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News from Colorado: “We are continually blessed to live in a state with a wide variety of rich and abundant natural resources. One of our most important and visible natural resources is our forests. This year, Colorado’s forests will give a Christmas gift to the nation when we send one large, pristine tree to Washington, D.C., as the 2012 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree…where it will proudly showcase our state’s forests. The tree will be trimmed with ornaments made by kids across Colorado, and one lucky kid will be selected to travel to Washington, D.C., to light the tree.“~ Mark Udall, Colorado senator http://www.markudall.senate.gov/

Colorado Blue Spruce photo by bioweb.uwlax.edu

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News from New York City: Fed by the interest in locally grown produce, the new farm operations in New York are selling greens and other vegetables by the boxful to organically inclined residents, and by the bushel to supermarket chains like Whole Foods. The main difference between this century and previous ones is location: whether soil-based or hydroponic, in which vegetables are grown in water rather than soil, the new farms are spreading on rooftops, perhaps the last slice of untapped real estate in the city. “In terms of rooftop commercial agriculture, New York is definitely a leader at this moment,” said Joe Nasr, co-author of “Carrot City: Creating Places for Urban Agriculture”. Rooftop farms have the potential to capture millions of gallons of storm water and divert it from the sewer system, which can overflow when it rains. And harvesting produce in the boroughs means fewer trucks on local roadways and lower greenhouse gas emissions, a goal of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s administration(Excerpted from a NY Times article by Lisa W. Foderaro.)

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News from Paris: Bastille day, July 14, 2012!!!

Photo by: Alexandra Dialynas

Joyeuse fête de la Bastille!

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REMINDER:

The final 2012 Moondance submission deadline is coming up!

Get your entry in NOW for this great opportunity

to showcase your talents and a chance to win the Moondance!

BE SURE YOU’RE SUBSCRIBED TO OUR POPULAR NEWS BLOG

in order to be kept up-to-date about all of the Moondance deadlines, news, announcements, vital articles and insider tips!

Please forward this news blog to your friends & colleagues.

Thanks a million!

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Screenwriters! Moondance Recommends: InkTip.com

MOONDANCE HIGHLY RECOMMENDS InkTip.com

***InkTip: Getting the right script into your hands.***

InkTip helps you find good screenplays fast and easy!

In 2011 alone, 29 movies were made from scripts/writers found through InkTip!

Entertainment professionals, apply here.

Screenwriters, register here.

Over 150 films have been produced from scripts found through InkTip with a current average of 19 films produced per year.

To see our IMDb profile, click here or go to IMDb.com and search for ‘InkTip’.

Watch the InkTip Explained video: in less than 2 minutes, see how InkTip works for you.


On Saturday, September 22nd, InkTip is hosting the Pitch & Networking Summit where you can pitch an average of 40 companies in a single day!
Regular Deadline is Friday, July 20th
Register now:
http://www.inktippitchsummit.com/?page_id=5

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MOONDANCE EXTENDS SUBMISSION DEADLINE!

Welcome to summertime!

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass or sand on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, and watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time.”
- John Lubbock

By popular request,

WE’VE EXTENDED THE 2012 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES DEADLINE!

The 2012 Moondance extended submission deadline is coming up!

Get your entry in NOW for this great opportunity

to showcase your talents and to win the Moondance!

>>> FINAL POSTMARK DEADLINE: JULY 31, 2012 <<<

(not required to be received by this date, just postmarked)

3 EASY WAYS TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY:

(in order of our preference)

1. MIFF ENTRY FORM

http://moondancefilmfestival.com/pdfs/miff_festentryform.pdf

2. ACTEVA ONLINE ENTRY

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

3. WITHOUTABOX.COM

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

CHECK OUT THE MOONDANCE WEBSITE FOR MORE INFO!

http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com

Thanks a million for all the many fine entries we’ve received so far!

MOVIEBYTES.COM

lists Moondance as one of the top ten film festival competitions worth the entry fee!

FEEDBACK & PROFESSIONAL CRITIQUES:

Last chance to have Moondance’s very popular reader, Cynthia Butler, write a one-page critique and assessment of your work submitted to Moondance as a screenplay, stageplay, teleplay or up to 3 short stories. Check off the box for critiques on the Moondance entry form. The fee is a discounted $50 for each critique requested!

BE SURE YOU’RE SUBSCRIBED TO OUR POPULAR NEWS BLOG in order to be kept up-to-date about all of the Moondance deadlines, news, announcements, vital articles and insider tips!

www.moondancefilmfestival.com/blog

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SCROLL ON DOWN FOR MORE NEWS, INFO & ARTICLES OF INTEREST!

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PLAN NOW TO ATTEND THE 13th ANNUAL

MOONDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2012!

IN NEW YORK CITY!

Early Manhattan, Wikipedia common-use archival photo

Moondance is known as the “American Cannes” of film festivals, and features the very best of US and international foreign and indie films, professional workshops, pitch panels,  gala awards ceremony & reception, and fabulous networking parties & events. Come to be entertained, encouraged and inspired at this annual world-class event! Plan now to participate in this unique film festival event, and help celebrate this very special 13th annual Moondance International Film Festival!

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DID YOU KNOW?

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

SEND IN YOUR ENTRY NOW AND REPRESENT YOUR COUNTRY!

“If everyone is moving together, then success takes care of itself.” ~ Henry Ford

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To American Moondancers:

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!

236 years of freedom: July 4th, 2012

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Photo: Wikipedia common-use image

PARKOUR is the physical discipline of training to overcome any obstacle within one’s path by adapting to the environment within your personal obstacle course. It’s a playground for building strength, freedom, courage and discipline. Parkour is an international discipline that is best described as the art of forward motion in spite of obstacles, or to put it simply: the art of purposeful movement. Parkour’s chief aim is to never move backward, but instead to overcome obstacles fluidly, with strength, originality and speed. It emphasizes the integration of the human mind and body to overcome obstacles, and gain victory over one’s fears and weaknesses. Friends can challenge each other to improve upon their most recent efforts, and feed off each other’s energy and achievements, as they seek new boundaries to break, within a loose and perfectly amicable framework. Filmmakers use a form of parkour when they track long action scenes over the terrain. A mental form of parkour can be learned, practiced and utilized to overcome obstacles in one’s life and career!

ZEN PARKOUR, ANYONE? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parkour

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A fire rainbow – the rarest of all naturally-occurring atmospheric phenomena

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RECOMMENDED READING:

The MWP publication, “FILMMAKING FOR CHANGE, How to Make Films That Transform the World”, by Jon Fitzgerald, book soon to be released, is a marvel, a revelation, and a must-read, for film buffs, indie filmmakers, film festival programmers, studio heads, film distributors, and screenwriters! This important book entertains, informs, inspires, encourages and educates the reader. Filmmakers, writers and composers are vocal and active participants in the social forces that can shape our culture. Films, scripts and music can all greatly contribute to a healthier society, and these creative works should encourage the active involvement of audiences to connect and act collectively to address social and environmental challenges. Pre-order now: amazon.com & check out the incredible book list at: :  Michael Wiese Books: http://www.mwp.com/

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MOONDANCERS WRITE US!

Don Quixote & Sancho Panza, Picasso

  • “A huge thanks to you again for selecting “skew” as a feature film semi-finalist at your fest last year. We have gone on to much success with the film since the 2011 Moondance International Film Festival and I truly believe being attached to your awesome fest helped us out on our amazing journey. So far, we have been accepted in just under 50 festivals, had great reviews, and won 7 awards. In addition to this, “skew” has been sold to Netflix in the US, (and many other countries). I think you have a great festival, and I look forward to seeing it continue to grow stronger with every new year.” ~ Sevé Schelenz, writer/director – “skew”

  • “I was a quarter finalist, (about) 10 years ago for my script, Flying Lessons. I just wanted to say how much your festival has grown and how impressive it is! Really great job. I am still writing, and just completed a two-year deal with Paramount for a script I co- wrote, called Shopping for Boys. I’m considering entering a pilot in your festival. I just wanted to touch base, say hello and kudos to you.” ~ Rachel Naples, screenwriter

  • “Thank you for all the information, helpful tips, and insightful thoughts you give us on the monthly news blog. I am delighted to hear that the festival will be held in New York City. I have been there twice. Love it! It is such a great place to celebrate. So, I will just hop over the Atlantic Ocean. Looking forward to meeting you, dear Moondancers.” ~ Christine Doris Schmidt, Screenwriter, Germany
  • I wanted to thank you for all the great feedback you gave me for Hockey Night In Cromdale in our email exchange…I am honored that you liked it…It means a lot to me, as the story was written in memory of many people I have known and many friends whom I loved. Thank you so much again for everything and best wishes for another successful festival.”~ Penny Frazier, Canada, screenwiter

  • I’m currently traveling in SE Asia for the next months on a writing retreat…I’ve looked at your impressive website and felt an immediate affinity. Clearly, you have done your inner-work and now moving strongly into the outer. I am in the process of doing the same…So we are kindred spirits walking along the same path, and, based on my travels, I can tell you, as you already know, there are many of us around the globe! I will send your info to my videography group. I’ve already signed up for your blog and look forward to getting to know you better.”~ Jia Gottlieb MD, www.theturningstone.org (an unusual and talented group of people from many walks of life, who share a common destiny – and burden: to change the course of our family lineage, ourselves and the world)
  • “I’ve long had Moondance on my “wish list” for fests to try out – I’ve got a feature in post, so your note is timely. Just read your “adventures in judging” and you are spot on! I teach the Masters of Arts in Film Producing at the Seattle Film Institute and am always keeping my eye open for great tips – yours are terrific.” ~ Steve Edmiston, http://www.storyboxstudios.com/

FROM THE MIFF E-ZINE: ADVENTURES IN JUDGING FILM SUBMISSIONS

http://moondancefilmfestival.com/05_other.ezine.No3Adventures.html

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY!

Photo by invertdbeliever

“Summertime is always the best of what might be.” ~ Charles Bowden

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Anza-Borrego, California, desert wildflowers

“En hiver, j’ai finalement appris qu’il y avait en moi un invincible été.” (In winter, I finally learned that there was, in me, an invincible summer.) ~ Albert Camus

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Cornwall photo by Michael Weise

“Both tears and sweat are salty, but they render a different result. Tears may get you sympathy; but sweat will get you change.” ~ Jesse Jackson

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“To move audiences and readers, a writer’s words must be ringing, strong and visceral, clear and concise, and allow the writer to articulate and elicit powerful emotions.” ~ Source Unknown

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Ocean Sunset photo by formulaenlosnegocios.com.mx

When feasts are laid and classical music is played, where champagne is drunk once the sun has sunk, and the season of summer is alive in spicy bloom…these things fill hearts with joy and remind one that life’s bounty is not always fleeting, but can be captured, and enjoyed.” ~ Roman Payne

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“All love that has not friendship for its base is like a mansion built on sand.” ~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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“The more we include others in our consciousness, the more we distance ourselves from our own ego, and the greater the revelation of truth will be.” ~ Yehuda Berg, The Kabbalah Centre International

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A GENTLE REMINDER:

The final 2012 Moondance submission deadline is coming up!

JULY 31

Get your entry in NOW for this great opportunity

to showcase your talents and to win the Moondance!

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BE SURE YOU’RE SUBSCRIBED TO OUR POPULAR NEWS BLOG!

in order to be kept up-to-date about all of the Moondance deadlines, news, announcements, vital articles and insider tips!

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Country Living Blue Ribbon Blogger Award: WWW.COUNTRYLIVING.COM/BLOGGERAWARDS

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MOONDANCE SUBMISSION DEADLINE & NEWS!


FU: CHINESE SYMBOL FOR BLESSINGS OF GOOD FORTUNE

HUANG: CHINESE SYMBOL FOR SUCCESS & PROSPERITY

CALL-FOR-ENTRIES DEADLINE REMINDER:

The 2012 Moondance submission deadline is coming up!

Get your entry in NOW for this great opportunity

to showcase your talents and win the Moondance!

POSTMARK DEADLINE: JUNE 30, 2012

(not required to be received by this date, just postmarked)

3 EASY WAYS TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY:

1. MIFF ENTRY FORM

2. ACTEVA ONLINE ENTRY

3. WITHOUTABOX.COM

CHECK OUT THE MOONDANCE WEBSITE FOR MORE INFO!

http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com

Thanks a million for all the many fine entries we’ve received so far!

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

“There are several, but perhaps far too few, careful and caring screenplay contests – and there are endless masses of the careless and badly-run. Sadly, we eager learners of this craft don’t usually find out until the contest is done. Your thorough (yet warm) E-zine article and your poised replies to my email have helped me feel, with confidence, that my money for y’alls feedback is happily well-spent.”~ Amy Bailey, screenwriter

PROFESSIONAL CRITIQUES/FEEDBACK:

Last chance to have Moondance’s very popular reader, Cynthia Butler, write a one-page critique and assessment of your work submitted to Moondance as a screenplay, stageplay, teleplay or up to 3 short stories. Check off the box for critiques on the Moondance entry form. The fee is a discounted $50 for each critique requested!

Gromit, Aardman animation, UK

BE SURE YOU’RE SUBSCRIBED TO OUR POPULAR NEWS BLOG in order to be kept up-to-date about all of the Moondance deadlines, news, announcements, vital articles and insider tips!

SCROLL ON DOWN FOR MORE NEWS, INFO & ARTICLES OF INTEREST!

Moondance is always independent, uncensored, totally unfettered, often irreverent, sometimes controversial, always entertaining, and definitely not beholden to any special interests! We select films, written works and music with these criteria: a unique story, well-told.

MOONDANCE SUBMISSION CATEGORIES:

ENTRY FORMS & PROCEDURES:

MOONDANCE AWARDS CATEGORIES:

MOONDANCE SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

ABOUT THE MOONDANCE:

THE MOONDANCE MISSION & GOALS:

MOONDANCE E-ZINE ARTICLES:

FILM INDUSTRY INTEREST IN MOONDANCE:

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

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

THE MOONDANCE MOTTO:

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.

PLAN NOW TO ATTEND THE 13th ANNUAL

MOONDANCE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL!

SEPTEMBER 14, 15, 16, 2012

IN NEW YORK CITY!

Midtown Manhattan, common use photo from Wikipedia

Presented by Winsome Sinclair & Associates (WSA)

Moondance is known as the “American Cannes” of film festivals, and features the very best of US and international foreign and indie films, professional workshops, pitch panels, and fabulous networking parties & events. Come to be entertained, encouraged and inspired at this annual world-class event! Plan now to participate in this unique film festival event: September 14, 15, 16, 2012, and help celebrate our 13th annual Moondance Film Festival!

MOONDANCERS WRITE US!

• “Moondance International Film Festival looks deeply meaningful and exciting! As an award-winning filmmaker, artist, and author of articles about how to transform patriarchy, I believe in the power of creativity to transform lives. I think you—with your belief in the ability of film to raise awareness, educate, inspire new ways of seeing the world, ourselves and others, and create great social change— (and) celebrating the transformative power of creativity, (which can be) used to promote creativity as an alternative to violence.” ~ Imogene Drummond, filmmaker

• “Thank you for your article “Two Brads or Three?” on your website (E-Zine). It was more than helpful; it was encouraging and honest. Your observations were keen, yet your arms were open and welcoming. The great thing about your article is it has really helped me rethink how I should enter any screenplay contest – in many ways, but especially in not waiting till final deadlines. And, after reading your words, I submitted to your film festival screenplay competition and plan to mail the script today.” ~ Amy Bailey, screenwriter

• “I read your article on the Moondance website, “Two Brads or Three” and I thought it was lovely. It made me want to enter your screenplay contest – so this Monday, I will.” ~ Amy Rhinehart Bailey (OC Screenwriters group)

• “I am once again so overwhelmed by the beauty, sensitivity, information, helpful tips, beautiful photography, and artwork in your blog, that I felt compelled to write to you immediately. You have, as usual, put together a news blog of wonderfully helpful information done as a work of art itself. As an artist and a writer, I am most appreciative of your marvelous achievement. I also know how much effort and care you take in helping writers and artists.” Lorna Kanter, screenwriter

RECOMMENDED ANIMATION:

“The Scale of the Universe”

Slowly move the cursor from the center to the right, then back all the way to the left. Amazing imagery!

MOONDANCE FILM FESTIVAL NEWS BLOG:

• Articles, recommendations & insider tips for filmmakers, writers & composers

• You’ll enjoy the Thoughts for the Day text & beautiful, meaningful images

• Learn all about the festival events, screenings, workshops & networking parties

• The annual call-for-entries information

• Notifications & the latest announcements

• And, best of all, the Moondance blog only arrives in your in-box occasionally, not daily or weekly, but just when there’s some good news or special announcements!

The Open Rate for the folks who receive the Moondance blog is incredible! We are averaging at least 50%, which is way above the industry standard for open rates for email marketing. Moondance’s blog ranges up to almost 80% for some broadcasts – which is tremendous, and almost unheard of! It’s one of the best-read blogs around!

DID YOU KNOW…?

Wild Dolphin Family, Bimini, photo by Atmo, Wildquest.com

DOLPHIN CATASTROPHE IN PERU: Since January more than 900 dolphins have been found dead on the beaches of northern Peru. The Peruvian government conducted only perfunctory necropsies and testing then came out with the conclusion that the mass mortality event (MME) was caused by “natural causes”. This conclusion is patently absurd.

BlueVoice traveled to Peru in March, 2012 to document the large numbers of dolphins dead on beaches. We counted 615 in just one day. Dr. Carlos Yaipen Llanos of ORCA Peru, funded by BlueVoice.org, has conducted necropsies on 30 of these dolphins. He has found no evidence of disease, starvation, entanglement in nets or red tide. There were no marks or lesions on the exterior of the stranded dolphins. What he has found is evidence of acoustical trauma leading to rapid ascent and decompression syndrome. In other words loud noises, produced repeatedly over a long period of time, startled the dolphins who raced for the surface and incurred what humans call the bends.

Over the next eight years – according to the Obama administration’s estimates – seismic exploration would injure up to 138,500 marine mammals and disrupt marine mammal feeding, calving, breeding, and other vital activities more than 13.5 million times. This could be catastrophic for the dolphins and whales we all love.

It is vitally important that we continue our work in Peru and that we inject this new evidence to stop the seismic testing off the U.S. coast BlueVoice has been the major funder of the work in Peru. Please donate and help us prevent future disasters.

PLEASE ENJOY THESE SPECIAL THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY:

“Wind From the Sea”, by Andrew Wyeth

“Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.” ~ G. E. Woodberry

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

Cornwall Seaside Pathway, photo by Michael Weise

“A powerful agent is the right word: it lights the reader’s way and makes it plain.; whenever we come across one of those intensely right words, the resulting effect is physical, as well as spiritual.” ~ Mark Twain

“Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the action stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living.
- Anais Nin

Miniature stage maquette by Diaghliev

“I think happiness comes from self-acceptance. We all try different things until we find some comfortable sense of who we are.” ~ Jamie Lee Curtis

“The Universe constantly gives us feedback through synchronicity of
 events and through subtle signs, symbols, and messages throughout
 our everyday life. Such messages mirror to us where we are on the
 path of alignment, our consciousness journey, and help us see
 where we may be obstructing our own progress. Although sometimes we may feel like we are taking a detour, or
 we’re getting side-tracked by life’s circumstances, we may actually 
be right where we need to be, and life will find a way tell us. We
 are constantly given helpful tips from the source if we will only 
acknowledge them…(and realize that) we are being nudged toward reality and peace.” ~ Lynne Forrest

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

"The Watertower", by Gustav Igler

Peace be with you

السلام يكون معكم

Que la paix soit avec vous

和平是与你的。

Friede sei mit euch

Ειρήνη να μαζί σας

La pace sia con voi

שלום להיות איתך

Que la paz sea contigo

Мир будет с вами

Vrede zij met u

Pokój niech będzie z wami

Hòa bình với bạn

Fred være med dig

Rauha olkoon teille

Damai sejahtera bagi Anda

REMINDER:

The 2012 Moondance submission deadline is coming up!

Get your entry in NOW for this great opportunity to showcase your talents and win the Moondance!

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in order to be kept up-to-date about all of the Moondance deadlines, news, announcements, vital articles and insider tips!




YOUR MOONDANCE JUNE NEWS


MOONDANCE JUNE DEADLINE + LATEST NEWS & INFO:

You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, “Why not?” ~ George Bernard Shaw

SCROLL ON DOWN FOR MORE NEWS, INFO & ARTICLES OF INTEREST!

The 2012 Moondance submission deadline is coming up!

Get your entry in NOW for this great opportunity

to showcase your talents and win the Moondance!

POSTMARK DEADLINE: JUNE 30, 2012

3 EASY WAYS TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY:

1. MIFF ENTRY FORM

http://moondancefilmfestival.com/pdfs/MIFF_FESTENTRYFORM.pdf

2. ACTEVA ONLINE ENTRY

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

3. WITHOUTABOX.COM

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

CHECK OUT THE MOONDANCE WEBSITE FOR MORE INFO!

http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com

Thanks a million for all the many fine entries we’ve received so far!

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

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MOONDANCE:

  • As Moondance’s founder, executive director & artistic director, I have had the rare pleasure of personally previewing and judging every single film, reading all screenplays and other written works, and listening to all music and film scores submitted to the annual competition.
  • I have selected all the films to be screened and all the winners in every category, and have done so, successfully, from the very first Moondance, in 2000.
  • I do not travel to other film festivals looking for films to invite. In the rare event that a very special film is invited to be screened at Moondance, it is clearly labeled as “invited”, and it can have no chance of winning an award. Only submitted films have that opportunity.
  • When submitting your work to the Moondance annual competition, you can be 100% assured that it will be carefully previewed and judged fairly.

~~Elizabeth English

Founder, Executive Director, Artistic Director: Moondance International Film Festival

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PROFESSIONAL CRITIQUES:

"Gromit", Aardman Animation, UK

Cynthia Butler, Moondance’s very popular reader will write a critique and assessment of your submitted Moondance screenplay, stageplay, teleplay or up to 3 short stories. Check off the box for critiques on the Moondance entry form. The fee is a nominal $50 for each critique requested!

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BE SURE YOU’RE SUBSCRIBED TO OUR POPULAR NEWS BLOG in order to be kept up-to-date about all of the Moondance deadlines, news, announcements, vital articles and insider tips! The Open Rate for the folks who receive this blog is incredible! We are averaging at least 50%, which is way above the industry standard for open rates for email marketing. MIFF’s blog ranges up to 80% for some broadcasts – which is tremendous, and almost unheard of! So do join up now to get in on one of the best-read blogs around!

Sign up for it now, at: www.moondancefilmfestival.com/blog

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VERY SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS!

The Moondance International Film Festival has the great honor to announce that the 2012 festival event will be produced and presented by Winsome Sinclair & Associates (WSA), our premiere sponsor! WSA is located in New York, and is committed to creating extraordinary results for its clients, artists and business partners through an unwavering commitment to success. WSA engages in three distinct, yet interrelated businesses: Casting, Artist Management and Development, and Production. The WSA mission is virtually the same as the Moondance mission, and we gratefully welcome their valued participation and support!

http://www.wsaentertainment.com/

WSA PRESENTS THE

2012

MOONDANCE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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JUNE ENTRY PRIZES:

Three lucky people, selected from the June Moondance submissions, who submit their project to Moondance during the month of June will receive either a Moondance logo T-shirt or logo tote-bag (your choice)! Your T-shirt or tote-bag will be at the festival reception desk, where you can pick it up.

All submissions entered during Moondance’s March Madness Days, selected from the 2012 competition, will receive 5 free movie tickets at the 2012 film festival! The official list of all March entrants will be at the festival box office, where you can each pick up your 5 free movie tickets.

Three (3) lucky April entrants, selected from the 2012 competition, will each receive one V.I.P. All-films pass to the 2012 Moondance Film Festival event! Your V.I.P. All-films pass will be at the festival box office, where you can pick it up.

APRIL WINNERS:

  • Sable Jak
  • Mohammad Alkazemi
  • Margie Walker

One lucky winner, selected from the 2012 competition, who submitted during May, receives a free V.I.P. All-festival pass to the 2012 Moondance Film Festival event! Your V.I.P. All-festival pass will be at the festival box office, where you can pick it up.

MAY WINNER:

  • Vicki Bartholomew

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A MOONDANCER WRITES US!

“Thanks much, Elizabeth, for the acknowledgement (of receipt of my film submission). I wish all the (festival) administration departments (would) communicate with such speed. Life will be so cool for all…I guess most of them are busy chasing the so-called BIG names, under the umbrella of promoting so-called new talents. I am very impressed and excited to see your presentation, including the website, the look and feel, attitude, and style; that is what enticed me to enter (my) film in your festival.” ~ Rohit Gupta (India)

Symbol for the “OM” mantra (Believed to be the "Sound of the Universe") & for Ganesha, the elephant-headed God http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ganesha

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FILMMAKERS & COMPOSERS: DID YOU KNOW?

MUSIC IN FILM!

By Elizabeth English

Music! Ah, yes. The power of music in film. A feature film needs at least 30 to 40 minutes of music, which is one of the most important elements in a successful film.

A film score can be artfully used to:

  • AROUSE
  • MANIPULATE
  • FRIGHTEN
  • SOOTHE & CALM
  • AID IN TRANSITIONS
  • PUNCTUATE A MOMENT OR SCENE
  • COMMENT
  • MOVE THE PLOT ALONG
  • FOCUS & ARTICULATE
  • ADD A SENSE OF CONTINUITY
  • ADD INFORMATION
  • HEIGHTEN THE TEMPO
  • ADD DRAMATIC TENSION
  • ADD TO COMEDIC ELEMENTS
  • CHANGE THE MOOD
  • ADD CHARACTER
  • DEFINE A SCENE OR CHARACTER
  • ADD DIMENSION
  • GIVE THE FILM NEW OR DIFFERENT MEANING

And you thought only the film director, DP, editor, and the actors did all that?!

The major categories of a film score are:

  • THEME, such as the musical theme from James Bond films
  • SOURCE, as from a radio or a band shown on screen.
  • MOVIE SONG, as the music from “Titanic”.
  • UNDERSCORING, soft, “seen but not heard” music
  • DEVELOPMENTAL or NARRATIVE music, which adds to story as it unfolds, weaving in and out, through the film.
  • COUNTERPOINT MUSIC, adds to contrast, adds conflict
  • FORESHADOWING, sets up for the next scene
  • OVERTURE, the central core. Sets mood, sets time, sets location.
  • LEITMOTIF, which identifies a character or repeated action on screen, such as the scary tune in “Jaws”, when the shark is about to appear.

"Jaws", Universal Pictures, Steven Spielberg, director

Along with a good screenplay, directing, editing, camera-work, and great dialog, music is what really makes a film memorable! Composing film scores, arranging and selecting music are vital crafts and elements that contribute to making the “Dream Factory” world of the film believable to movie audiences!

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY:

“Ambition is just a dream with a V-8 engine.” ~
Elvis Presley (1935 – 1977)

“Lioness” photo by Nick Brandt

“I’ve always felt that the only way to survive was with dignity, pride and courage.” ~ Eric Clapton

Mahatma Gandhi’s glasses

“The people who shape our lives and our cultures have the ability to communicate a vision, or a quest, or a joy, or a mission.”
~ Anthony Robbins

photo by Adrian Davis

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”
~ Albert Camus

"Staircase", photo by Ralph Gibson

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

“Belief in oneself is one of the most important bricks in building any successful venture.” ~ Lydia M. Child

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THE GREAT MOONDANCE ROADSHOW COMING TO YOUR TOWN SOON?

Host the very best of Moondance films, professional workshops & popular networking parties in your community, anywhere in the US and in the world! You really can bring the Moondance Roadshow to your town. Contact Elizabeth English now at: moondancefestival@gmail.com to discuss the details and fabulous benefits of this unique opportunity.

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Thanks a million to all of you Moondancers who have contributed this season and in the past! Without your support, we wouldn’t be here. And as our progressive, independent, pro-active voice reaches more people – via the art of film, writing and music, and providing encouragement, reliable information, critical thought and creative ideas — more audiences, artists and activists are entertained, informed and inspired.

The films, written works and music we receive reinforce our belief that for those artists, and for many of you, Moondance International Film Festival, with our mandate for integrity, the highest quality, and our mission, is an essential part of a progressive future.

Send in your entry now, and/or sponsor us, or donate whatever amount you can afford. Let other colleagues and friends know about Moondance, via your FaceBook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other social media accounts.

SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY, AND/OR DONATE HERE:

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

READ MOONDANCE SPONSOR INFO HERE:

http://moondancefilmfestival.com/04_sponsors.info.html

AND DON’T FORGET:

The 2012 Moondance submission deadline is coming up!

Get your entry in NOW for this great opportunity

to showcase your talents and win the Moondance!

POSTMARK DEADLINE: JUNE 30, 2012

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Thanks a million for reading & subscribing to the Moondance news blog!

Please pass this news blog along to your friends & colleagues.

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MOONDANCE MID-MAY SPECIALS & NEWS!

“A good beginning makes a good ending.” ~ Old English proverb

SCROLL ON DOWN FOR MORE NEWS, INFO & ARTICLES OF INTEREST!

MOONDANCE ENTRY FEE DISCOUNT DAYS EXTENDED!

~ UNTIL POSTMARK May 31, 2012 ~

Moondance is extending our very popular Springtime Special opportunity! All films, scripts, written works and music submitted to Moondance and postmarked during the month of May can send in:

TWO ENTRIES FOR THE PRICE OF ONE!*

*Pay the full entry fee for the first one, and send the second one (of an equal or lesser entry fee) for free. Spring Special discounted two-for-one entry fees are available only via the Moondance official entry form and Acteva. All submissions postmarked during the month of May, are eligible!

AND! One lucky winner, selected from the 2012 competition, who submits during May, will receive a free V.I.P. All-festival pass to the 2012 Moondance Film Festival event! April V.I.P. All-festival pass winners will be announced in the next news blog!

3 EASY WAYS TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY:

1. MIFF Entry Form

<http://moondancefilmfestival.com/pdfs/MIFF_FESTENTRYFORM.pdf>

2. Acteva Online Entry

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

3. Withoutabox.com

<https://www.withoutabox.com/login/1240>

(no discount, no two-fers)

Check out the Moondance website for more info!

http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com

Thanks a million for all the fine entries we’ve received so far!

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MOONDANCE:

As Moondance’s founder, executive director & artistic director, I have had the rare pleasure of personally previewing and judging every single film, reading all screenplays and other written works, and listening to all music and film scores submitted to each of the annual competitions. I have selected all the films to be screened and all the winners in every category, and have done so, successfully, from the very first Moondance, in 2000. I do not travel to other film festivals looking for films to invite. In the rare event that a very special film is invited to be screened at Moondance, it is clearly labeled as “invited”, and it can have no chance of winning an award. Only submitted films have that opportunity. When submitting your work to the Moondance annual competition, you can be 100% assured that it will be carefully previewed and judged fairly. ~~Elizabeth English

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MOVIEBYTES.COM

lists Moondance as one of the top ten film festival competitions

worth the entry fee!

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MIFF DONATION REQUEST 2012

Dear Moondance Friends, In a time when politics and public policy, environmental issues, the poor economy, social justice, and equality for all, has become less about serious debate and deliberation — and more about sound bites, and the distortions spun out by the corporate media — Moondance provides a substantive and transformative alternative. The films, written works and music we receive reinforce our belief that for those artists, and for many of you, Moondance International Film Festival, with our mandate for integrity, the highest quality, and our mission, is an essential part of a progressive future.

We would like to say,  “thanks a million”, to all of you Moondancers who have contributed in the past, and have submitted your projects! Without your support, we wouldn’t be here. With your support, we are getting stronger every day. And as our progressive, independent, pro-active voice reaches more people – via the art of film, writing and music, and providing encouragement, reliable information, critical thought and creative ideas — more audiences, artists and activists are entertained, informed, encouraged, and inspired.

Today, Moondance really needs your help to keep this vital mission moving forward! We need to meet our financial goals before we can produce the 13th annual film festival.

Send in your entry now, and/or sponsor us, or donate whatever amount you can afford. Let other colleagues and friends know about Moondance, via your FaceBook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other social media accounts. Everything will help.

SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY, AND/OR DONATE HERE:

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

READ MOONDANCE SPONSOR INFO HERE:

http://moondancefilmfestival.com/04_sponsors.info.html

Remember – We can’t do it without you!

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PROFESSIONAL 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. The fee is a nominal $50 for each critique requested during the Moondance Springtime Special days!

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BE SURE YOU’RE SUBSCRIBED TO OUR NEWS BLOG in order to be kept up-to-date about all of the Moondance deadlines, news, specials and happenings! Sign up for it now, at: www.moondancefilmfestival.com/blog

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MOONDANCER NEWS:

• Bangladeshi filmmaker Rubaiyat Hossain has won the prestigious Orson Wells Award for her debut feature film Meherjaan. The Orson Wells Award is given to a newcomer to encourage aspiring and independent filmmakers from all over the world to bring a new wave of talent and creativity to the art of cinema. The film has received critical appreciation and awards at various film festivals, like the Moondance International Film Festival, (where it also won for its film score).  Excerpted from the online magazine OutlookIndia.com

Writer/Director Dempsey Tillman has a flair for the dramatic, the supernatural, the fantastical. One of a growing number of young African-American writer/directors making their mark in the industry, Dempsey aims for his films to “look beyond the ordinary to the extraordinary.” 
Dempsey got his start working alongside Hollywood’s most respected and successful directors of our time, including billion-dollar director Steven Spielberg (Lincoln), visionary Sam Raimi (Spider-Man franchise), Oscar-winner Robert Redford (Lions for Lambs), veteran Rob Reiner (Rumor Has It…) and groundbreakers Antoine Fuqua (Training Day), Justin Lin (Fast and Furious) and Michel Gondry (The Green Hornet with Seth Rogen) to name a few. Currently, Dempsey is at work on the feature film The Almighty, a supernatural thriller. The screenplay for The Almighty won the 2011 “ABYSS” award from the MOONDANCE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. Please support Dempsey’s efforts to fund the production of his film at: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1469627416/the-almighty

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WRITERS & FILMMAKERS: DID YOU KNOW?

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 idea or film  enthusiastically seen or 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!

TO READ  MORE, CLICK  HERE!

• SELL THE SIZZLE; NOT JUST THE STEAK!”

• GREAT TITLES:

• HOW NOT TO WRITE A LOGLINE

• WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:

• ADAPTING YOUR LOGLINE TO YOUR READER’S OR VIEWER’S  INTEREST

THE ONE-PAGE SYNOPSIS:

Generally, you should leave some mystery to entice the reader to read the screenplay. But a final sentence, such as, “But does she ever learn what happened?”, is too common, and overdone, leaving the reader feeling forced to read the script, which isn’t good. You need to entice a reader to want to read it. Sometimes, you can hint at or indicate the ending, while still leaving the reader interested and wanting to know what or how it is accomplished. For example, if you say “and he saves the town from certain disaster”, the reader wonders how he did it. If you say “she discovers her purpose in life”, the reader wonders what that purpose is, how she came to that conclusion, and what were the results. But only if the reader relates to, and is invested in, the characters and/or plot line by that time.

Elizabeth English

Mermaid7seas Productions

WEBSITE: www.mermaid7seas.com

EMAIL: mermaid7seas@gmail.com

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ARE DVDs OBSOLETE?

I recently read this: “DVDs are obsolete now.” So Netflix and everyone who watches DVDs on their TV or computer, uses Red Box, goes to a movie theater where they screen DVDs, or judges films on DVD for film festivals are all out-of-date, and are out-of-touch? Do people actually prefer to sit alone and watch movies on a 4″ or 8″ screen, with bad sound, bad lighting, and bad focus? As at YouTube, for example. Maybe the folks who say this have never seen a real movie on a big screen or on a DVD. They should consider comparing the quality of a film, both ways.

When filmmakers submit a film to Moondance via WAB, online only, no DVD, I do, of course, preview the film that way, but cannot really tell for sure if the film is that good or bad, even when I enlarge it to full-screen, because then it’s always slightly out-of-focus. I often then ask the filmmaker to send me the DVD, for a proper (and fair) preview. I would never allow my own films to be judged digitally online.

Films submitted to Moondance are judged on story & uniqueness, first, but without top quality in all other aspects (lighting, sound, focus, framing, direction, production values, editing, camera-work, acting, dialog, sets, costuming, music, & etc.), the film will not be selected. So, a DVD is the easiest way to show me, or any judge, what you’ve got, and how good your film really is!  ~~ EE

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

MAGIC LAMP RELEASING

http://www.magiclampreleasing.com/

MAKING A GOOD FILM IS JUST THE BEGINNING!

  • Many independent filmmakers and producers spend years of their lives bringing their projects to completion, only to be stopped cold right at the finish line. All their hard work comes to nothing because of one simple fact: They Don’t Know How To Get Their Films noticed. What does it take to actually get your film into theatres? How do you attract the attention of top-level distribution executives? How do you know which festivals are right for your film?
  • What if you had a team of
 world-class distribution & marketing professionals 
working to bring your film to market? Founded in 2001 by legendary distributor Marc Halperin, formerly of Fine Line Features and Miramax Pictures, MAGIC LAMP RELEASING was created to level the playing field for the independent filmmaker.
  • With 28 years of experience, Halperin’s expertise has been key to the successful distribution of such films as Sex, Lies And Videotape, Repo Man, The Lost Hitchcock Films, Cinema Paradiso, The Crying Game, My Left Foot, Shine, Hoop Dreams, Truth Or Dare, and Dancer In The Dark, to name just a few.
  • A unique hybrid of distributor, sales agency, PR firm, consultant and production company, MAGIC LAMP RELEASING provides a variety of custom professional services for indie filmmakers, and has successfully promoted quite a few winning Moondance films. Contact Marla & Marc at: marla_magiclamp@me.com

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PUSH GIRLS TRAILER

WATCH THIS TRAILER!

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EARTH DAY PICNIC FOR THE PLANET!

Some of the folks at the Palmer Research Station held an Earth Day Picnic for the Planet on one of the coldest spots on the planet: Antarctica. Temperatures this time of year hover around 0 degrees C, but that didn’t stop them from enjoying some ice cream!

All 12 residents of tropical Palmyra Atoll (including 4 from a visiting vessel) attended this “floating” Picnic for the Planet on Earth Day.

http://blog.nature.org/

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A UK MOONDANCER WRITES TO US:

Elizabeth English and the Moondance film festival have been an amazing support to me as a filmmaker. In the last two years, I have had four films win awards at Moondance. She is professional, inspiring, and sets high standards on the films she allows through to the festival. This means that is it always a feast of interesting, artistic and affecting films. Elizabeth is always encouraging, but also challenges us as filmmakers to be the best we can be. She supports us in bringing work of integrity to the screen. I am a writer and award-winning director. I have just written and filmed a short film which we are in post-production on, and which we will be submitting to Moondance this year.” ~ Lou Hamilton (UK) www.createlabproductions.com

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY:

Maurice Sendak has left us, and has gone to where the wild things are.

Maurice Sendak portrait by Annie Lebowitz for Vanity Fair

Maurice Sendak (June 10, 1928 – May 8, 2012), an American writer and illustrator of children’s literature. He is best known for his book Where the Wild Things Are

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Illustration by Maurice Sendak, “Where the Wild Things Are”

“An artist’s work always offers another way of seeing the world; it is almost painfully generous, that an artist turns herself inside out, and offers that up to the gaze of strangers.” ~ Dominique Browning / SlowLoveLife.com

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“If we face our unpleasant feelings with care, affection, and nonviolence, we can transform them into a kind of energy that is healthy and has the capacity to nourish us. By the work of mindful observation, our unpleasant feelings can illuminate so much for us, offering us insight and understanding into ourselves and society.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese-born Buddhist monk, teacher, author, and peace and social justice activist http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/9074.Thich_Nhat_Hanh

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“Storytellers broaden our minds: engage, provoke, inspire, and ultimately, connect us.” ~ Robert Redford

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Human minds yield helplessly to the suction of story. No matter how hard we concentrate, no matter how deep we dig in our heels, we just can’t resist the gravity of alternate worlds.” ~ Jonathan Gottschall, author of The Storytelling Animal

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THE GREAT MOONDANCE ROADSHOW!

Host the very best of Moondance films, professional workshops & popular networking parties in your community, anywhere in the US and in the world! You really can bring Moondance to your area. Contact Elizabeth English now at: moondancefestival@gmail.com to discuss the details and fabulous benefits of this unique opportunity.

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"Box Garden" sculpture by Amy Leigh, photo by Dominique Browning

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HAPPY MAY DAY FROM MOONDANCE!

Welcome to the early May edition of the Moondance news blog!

SCROLL ON DOWN FOR MORE NEWS, INFO & ARTICLES OF INTEREST!

Tulips, Central Park, NYC, photo by Dominique Browning, www.slowlovelife.com/

“By plucking its petals, you do not gather the beauty of the flower.” ~ Rabindrath Tagore

MOONDANCE ENTRY FEE DISCOUNT DAYS EXTENDED!

~ May 1 – 31, 2012 ~

By popular demand, Moondance is extending our very popular Springtime Special opportunity! All films, scripts, written works and music submitted to Moondance and postmarked during the month of May can send in:

TWO ENTRIES FOR THE PRICE OF ONE!*

*Pay the full, higher entry fee for the first one, and send the second one (of an equal or lesser entry fee) for free. Spring Special discounted two-for-one entry fees are available only via the Moondance official entry form and Acteva. All submissions postmarked during the month of May, are eligible!

AND! One lucky winner, selected from the 2012 competition, who submits during May, will receive a free V.I.P. All-festival pass to the 2012 Moondance Film Festival event! April V.I.P. All-festival pass winners will be announced in the next news blog!

3 EASY WAYS TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY or ENTRIES:

1. MIFF Entry Form

<http://moondancefilmfestival.com/pdfs/MIFF_FESTENTRYFORM.pdf>

2. Acteva Online Entry

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

If using Acteva, please remember to go to the MIFF entry form, print it out, fill it in, and send it along with your submission!

3. Withoutabox.com

<https://www.withoutabox.com/login/1240>

(no discount, no two-fers)

If using WAB, please write your WAB tracking number on your submission!

Check out the Moondance website for more info!

http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com

Thanks a million for all the fine entries we’ve received so far!

MOVIEBYTES.COM

lists Moondance as one of the top ten film festival competitions worth the entry fee!

PROFESSIONAL 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. The fee is a nominal $50 for each critique requested during the Moondance Springtime Special days!

BE SURE YOU ARE SUBSCRIBED TO OUR NEWS BLOG in order to be kept up-to-date about all of the Moondance deadlines, news, specials and happenings! Sign up for it now, at: www.moondancefilmfestival.com/blog

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ADVICE FROM A TREE

By Ilan Shamir

  • Stand tall and proud
  • Sink your roots deeply into the Earth
  • Reflect the light of a greater source
  • Think long-term , go out on a limb
  • Remember your place among all living beings
  • Embrace with joy the changing seasons
  • For each yields its own abundance:
  • The energy and birth of spring
  • The growth and contentment of summer
  • Give of your fruits and shade to others
  • The wisdom to let go of leaves in the fall
  • The rest and quiet renewal of winter
  • Feel the wind and the sun 
, and delight in their presence
  • Look up at the moon that shines down upon you
  • Learn from the mystery of the stars at night.
  • Seek nourishment from the good things in life
  • Simple pleasures: Earth, fresh air, rainfall, snows, moonlight
  • Be content with your own natural beauty
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Let your limbs sway and dance in the breezes
  • Be flexible
  • Remember your roots
  • Enjoy the view!

Sweet Chestnut tree, Wikipedia photo

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8 Tips on How to Write a Great Story!

Author photo: pitch.com

WRITING ADVICE FROM KURT VONNEGUT:

1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.

2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.

3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.

4. Every sentence must do one of two things-reveal character or advance the action.

5. Start as close to the end as possible.

6. Be a Sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them-in order that the reader may see what they are made of.

7. Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.

8. Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To hell with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.

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MOONDANCERS WRITE US:

“I’m so pleased you’re still Moondancing. You are so passionate about it, and so committed. You are really an inspiration. What you do is so much grander and so much a festival. I have to send you massive congratulations on what you have achieved.” Jennifer Ussi, Australia, Moondance winner, “The Unique Oneness of Christian Savage” short film

“This is such a good deal. Moondance is a great place for screenwriters because they have several opportunities to network with filmmakers in local restaurants.” ~ Vicki Bartholomew

“I’ve attended a few Moondance Film Festivals over the past 7 years. It’s a great, intimate Film Festival with Elizabeth English at the helm. I love the idea that it’s a smaller festival, and that we have unlimited access to the speakers and VIP’s, but not regimented by the event!!!” ~ Vera Holman

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DID YOU KNOW…?

The Pulitzer Prize board did not name a winner in the editorial writing category and, more notably, declined to name a winner in the coveted fiction category, for the first time in 35 years. “The message from the committee to any author who published a novel or short story collection in 2011 seems to be: Sorry, you’re just not good enough.” ~ Stephan Lee, EW.com

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

Saving Dolphins & Whales – Protecting the Oceans

BlueVoice.org is an ocean conservation organization founded in 2000 by Hardy Jones and Ted Danson. Its mission is to protect dolphins, whales, and other marine mammals and to raise popular awareness about the plight of the oceans. BlueVoice has fought to end the slaughter of dolphins in Japan and to expose the harmful levels of toxins in the marine environment, including mercury, PCBs, and persistent organic pollutants, and their impact on both marine mammals and humans. In an effort to leverage the power of the Internet in the cause of preserving and restoring the oceans and its creatures, film and television star Ted Danson, a highly respected ocean activist, has joined film producers, environmentalists and digital technology partners to launch BlueVoice.org.

READ MORE: http://www.bluevoice.org/

Watch a short dolphin video: http://bluevoice.org/webfilms_dolphinobserve.php

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~~~~~ MAP OF THE WIND! ~~~~~

http://hint.fm/wind/

Remember lying on your back in the grass or on the sand at the beach, watching the clouds roll by overhead? You’ll be simply mesmerized by this gorgeous US map of the wind! It would make a great, moving, minute-by-minute real-time, and ever-changing screensaver or desktop wallpaper, too. Move your cursor to any area on the map to see what the wind-speed is at the moment.

And do read the lovely article about this incredible wind map in Time.com, by Dominique Browning, at: http://ideas.time.com/2012/04/26/what-the-wind-tells-us/?iid=op-main-lede. The Wind Map is about as graphic as it gets in making a simple point: Wind connects us. It is such a huge force, moving in such enormous sweeps across our land, that it overwhelms all the boundaries we have thrown up…It’s a lesson easy enough for a child to understand: We share the air. That sense of interconnectedness is what we should be sharing.”

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Moss gardens in Kyoto, Japan

The famed moss gardens of the Saiho-ji Zen Buddhist Temple in Kyoto, Japan, constructed during the Nara Period (AD 710 to 794) by Gyōki, feature more than 120 types of moss which blanket the ground surrounding Saiho-ji’s Golden Pond. To protect the delicate moss, the temple’s caretakers now require visitors to request entry to the garden no less than a week in advance. Once at the temple, which was originally built in 1339 and is a UNESCO World Heritage site, visitors must chant or copy on paper a Zen sutra before gaining access to the garden. The monks keep all the sutras in the pagoda and continue to pray for all.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY:

Waterfall, Ithaca, NY

“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All is a miracle.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese-born Buddhist monk, teacher, author, and peace and social justice activist http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/9074.Thich_Nhat_Hanh

“Success is ten percent opportunity and ninety percent intelligent hustle.” ~ Elbert Hubbard

Navajo weaver

“The artist is nothing without the gift. But the gift is nothing without the work.” ~ Emile Zola

“Movies are to our civilization what dreams and ideals are to individual lives: they express the mystery and help define the nature of who we are and what we are becoming. Go and tell stories that illuminate our times and our souls, that awaken the sleeping angel inside the beast.” ~ Frank Pierson, former president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and of the Writers Guild of America

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THE GREAT MOONDANCE ROADSHOW!

Host the very best of Moondance films, professional workshops & popular networking parties in your community, anywhere in the US and in the world! You really can bring Moondance to your area.

Contact Elizabeth English now at director@moondancefilmfestival.com to discuss the details and fabulous benefits of this unique opportunity.

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Thanks a million for reading & subscribing to the Moondance news blog!

Please pass this along to your friends & colleagues.

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MOONDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SPRING SPECIALS!

2012 MID-APRIL BLOG

SCROLL ON DOWN FOR MORE NEWS, INFO & ARTICLES OF INTEREST!

"Narcissus", by John Waterhouse

MOONDANCE SPRINGTIME SPECIAL DISCOUNT DAYS!

~ April 1-30, 2012 ~

In celebration of spring, all films, written works and music submitted to Moondance and postmarked during the month of April can send in:

TWO ENTRIES FOR THE PRICE OF ONE!*

*Pay the full entry fee for the first one, and send the second one (of an equal or lesser entry fee) for free. Spring Special discounted two-for-one entry fees are available only via the Moondance official entry form and Acteva. All submissions postmarked during the month of April, are eligible!

AND! Three (3) lucky selected April entrants will each receive one V.I.P. All-festival pass to the 2012 Moondance Film Festival event!

3 EASY WAYS TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY:

1. MIFF Entry Form

<http://moondancefilmfestival.com/pdfs/MIFF_FESTENTRYFORM.pdf>

2. Acteva Online Entry

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

3. Withoutabox.com

<https://www.withoutabox.com/login/1240>

(no discount, no two-fers)

Check out the Moondance website for more info!

http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com

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MOVIEBYTES.COM

lists Moondance as one of the top ten film festival competitions

worth the entry fee!

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PROFESSIONAL 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. The fee is a nominal $50 for each critique requested during the Moondance Springtime Special days!

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BE SURE YOU ARE SUBSCRIBED TO OUR NEWS BLOG in order to be kept up-to-date about all of the Moondance deadlines, news, specials and happenings! Sign up for it now, at: www.moondancefilmfestival.com/blog

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Please check out our MIFF listings on Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boulder,_Colorado#Film

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

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SCREENWRITERS, YOU NEED TO READ THESE

MOONDANCE E-ZINE ARTICLES!

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MOONDANCERS WRITE US:

“I was a Moondance screenplay finalist, around the year 2000. It looks like the festival has really grown and is going strong. Congratulations! Just wanted to let you know that somewhere along the way since Moondance I switched from writing screenplays to writing novels, and something great happened; my novel Grace Grows is being published by St. Martin’s Press. It will be out next October. I wanted to let you know that I appreciated your encouragement about my writing, and I persevered.” ~ Shelle Sumners www.shellesumners.com

“I have been searching for a female-centered venue to send my MOW teleplay, and your site keeps coming back hard – as the only one that has such a strong focus on the use of female positive, and non violent conflict resolution – so fitting. I often say – name me one war started by a woman.” ~ Gregory Terlecki, Toronto, Canada

“As a Screenwriter I feel it’s very important to support film fests! Moondance is one to watch and participate in. It’s events like this that allow true talent to shine through.” ~ Stacy Shawtee Arcangel, Intuitive Edge Consulting

“Moondance! 
It is a remarkable blog. 
It is chance to reach coast of your dream.” ~ Marina Albert, Freelance screenwriter, Melbourne, Australia

“Elizabeth English is Executive Director for one of the best film festivals around, the Moondance Film Festival. Since she’s been at the helm, the festival has grown tremendously. She makes herself readily accessible and disseminates information thoroughly and in a timely fashion. She’s great at coordinating and a team leader.” ~ Kvachenyuk-Boretsky Alexander hired Elizabeth as a Writer/Editor in 2010

I worked directly with Elizabeth at Moondance International Film Festival. She is a detail-oriented person. Personable, On Time, Creative. ~ Sonya Alexander, Journalist/Editor/Proofreader/Screenwriter/Producer

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DID YOU KNOW…?

photo by Dominique Browning, "Slow Love"

Many people around the world feel strongly that their particular place—home, neighborhood, area, village, town, city, state, province or country—is superior to any other place, and that as residents of this place, they have a unique history, customs, accents, lifestyles, beliefs, traditions, or concerns that are different from, and better than, those of other places and people.

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

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, and stimulate this creative resource. Our mission is to present a vibrant and growing collection of films, writings, and music, which is an ideal means for communication across perceived boundaries of place, culture, race, age and gender.

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WIRELESS INTERFERENCE: THE HEALTH RISKS OF RF-EMFS

By Christopher Ketcham, excerpt from “Earth Island Journal”, May/June 2012

The health risks of RF-EMFs, the radiation from cell phone towers and other media technology, are not entirely known, though early signs are troubling. We all live in range of cell towers now, and we are all wireless operators. As of October 2010 there were 5.2 billion cell phones operating on the planet. We now live in a wireless-saturated normality that has never existed in the history of the human race, and the effects of EMFs on human beings are largely untested. Read more: http://www.utne.com/environment/rf-emfs-zm0z12mjzros.aspx#ixzz1rviVTWzZ

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THE MOONDANCE ROADSHOW!

Host the very best of Moondance films, professional workshops & popular networking parties in your community, anywhere in the US and in the world! You really can bring Moondance to your area. Contact Elizabeth English now at director@moondancefilmfestival.com to discuss the details and fabulous benefits of this special opportunity!

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~~~ MERMAID7SEAS PRODUCTIONS ~~~

www.mermaid7seas.com

Mermaid7seas Productions, an enthusiastic Moondance International Film Festival sponsor, annually, now offers reading services, critiques, coverage and edits to all Moondance writers & filmmakers, composers and to production companies and agencies, at a special discount price!

Focusing on the elements crucial to creating a compelling and readable script, or a winning, marketable film or film score, our helpful comments will allow you to concentrate on solving the problems that will make your material move toward receiving a CONSIDER or a RECOMMENDED from a studio or prodco reader, and will assist in advancing your script or film up toward WINNER in competitions & film festivals. An advantage of this low-cost critique service is that we will help you prepare your project before sending it to producers, agents, managers and others who may have requested it.

COVERAGE & CONSULTATION WILL ADDRESS THE
 FOLLOWING ELEMENTS:
 Theme, Premise, Genre, Concept, Story, Plot, Subplots, Subtext, Principal Characters, Cast-ability, Relationships, Depth of Characterizations, Dialogue, Exposition, Syntax, Conflict, Action, Scene, Humor, Tone, Attitudes, Pace, Flow, POV, Marketability, Audience Appeal, Interest, Visualization, Transitions, Balance, Titles and Loglines, Screenplay Evaluation or Film Evaluation!

Visit the Mermaid7seas website and contact Elizabeth English now, to get your script or film ready to win any competitions and/or enthusiastic attention from buyers! Mermaid7seas@gmail.com

MERMAID7SEAS CLIENT TESTIMONIALS:

I have just finished my second screenplay, using the methods and the writing secrets you exposed me to on my first screenplay. Your critique of my work was dead-on. Your common sense, no-nonsense approach brought out the details and cut out the fluff, added deeper characterization, improved the dialogue, added to the action sequences, and made the story move forward. I’m very proud of both scripts, neither of which could have been so well-written without your insight, suggestions, professional coverage and massive edits. I am confident that I have achieved a higher plane of writing quality since your evaluation and help with the necessary re-writes. My first screenplay, which we worked on together, is already being considered by a major production company. Thank you so very much! ~ Mike L. Edwards

“Quality, Productivity and Creativity! You’re in good hands when you work with Elizabeth.” Sam Archer, Samali Music Publishing

“I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Elizabeth – she is a consummate professional, whose passion and unique vision inspires others to excel.” ~ Mike Arsuaga, author with five books under contract

www.mermaid7seas.com

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

http://backtotheroots.com/our-story

Mushrooms Offer Solutions for Environment and Economy

Utne Reader article excerpt by Suzanne Lindgren 04/09/12

It turns out the fungi kingdom is capable of fixing some of our species’ biggest environmental gaffes, and boosting the economy while it’s at it. Paired with a little human ingenuity, mushrooms could be our ticket to a viable future. Nikhil Arora and Alejandro Velez instead opted to invest in closing the food-to-soil loop. During their final semester, the young men began growing mushrooms in a bucket of used coffee grounds. With a little legwork and a $5,000 grant from UC Berkeley, they soon had a deal to collect grounds from a west coast chain, Peet’s Coffee, in which they would grow mushrooms for northern California Whole Foods stores. Soon their company, Back to the Roots, was making money for both grounds collection and mushroom sales. Read more: http://www.utne.com/environment/mushrooms-offer-solutions-for-environment-and-economy.aspx#ixzz1rZZ9pMf9

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~~~ LATE JULY ORGANIC SNACKS ~~~

Barnstable, Massachusetts

A bag of Late July organic chips, on the beach at Cape Cod

Late July Organic Snacks is a family-owned and operated company that cares deeply about family and the integrity of our products. Not only are all our products certified USDA organic, and proudly wear the organic seal, but on any given day, you can find three generations at work, including eight year-old Stephen and four year-old Benjamin. We all hope you enjoy our snacks! As a small, independent, organic brand we truly appreciate it every time you choose to purchase one of our products. Visit us at: http://www.latejuly.com/ and http://www.shoplatejuly.com/

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY:

All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.~ Havelock Ellis

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Here is the test to find out whether your mission on Earth is finished: if you’re alive, it isn’t. ~ Richard Bach ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

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Don’t part with your illusions. When they are gone, you may still exist, but you will have ceased to live.  ~ Mark Twain

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Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness and love never decrease by being shared. ~ Buddha

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Photo by Marion Post Wolcott, 1940

“Pilgrim, do not spend too much time planning your journey, for you may learn of so many hazards that you might decide not to go.” ~ Source Unknown

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Thanks a million for reading & subscribing to the Moondance news blog!

Please pass this along to your friends & colleagues.

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MOONDANCE SPRINGTIME SPECIAL DAYS!

SPRING AWAKENINGS! Trees are blossoming, green sprouts are everywhere, flowers are coming up, birds are singing, honey-bees are buzzing, the weather is sunny and warm, and the skies are blue again! It’s time to get over those winter blues! And now is the time to send in your films, written works and music to Moondance for your big chance to win at the 2012 film festival!

MOONDANCE SPRINGTIME SPECIAL DISCOUNT DAYS!

~~~~ April 1 – 30, 2012 ~~~~

In celebration of spring, all films, written works and music submitted to Moondance and postmarked during the month of April can send in:

TWO ENTRIES FOR THE PRICE OF ONE!*

*Pay the full entry fee for the first one, and send the second one (of an equal or lesser entry fee) for free. Spring Special discounted two-for-one entry fees are available only via the Moondance official entry form and Acteva. All submissions postmarked during the month of April, are eligible!

AND! Three (3) lucky selected April entrants will each receive one V.I.P. All-festival pass to the 2012 Moondance Film Festival event!

3 Easy Ways to Submit Your Entry:

1. MIFF Entry Form

<http://moondancefilmfestival.com/pdfs/MIFF_FESTENTRYFORM.pdf>

2. Acteva Online Entry

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

3. Withoutabox.com

<https://www.withoutabox.com/login/1240>

(no discount, no two-fers)

Thanks a million to all those talented people who sent in their entries for the Moondance March Madness specials!

Check out the Moondance website for more info!

http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com

MOVIEBYTES.COM

lists Moondance as one of the top ten film festival competitions

worth the entry fee!

PROFESSIONAL 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. The fee is a nominal $50 for each critique requested during the Moondance Springtime Special days!

BE SURE YOU ARE SUBSCRIBED TO OUR NEWS BLOG in order to be kept up-to-date about all of the Moondance deadlines, news, specials and happenings! Sign up for it now, at: www.moondancefilmfestival.com/blog

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A HAPPY MOONDANCER WRITES US:

“I’m delighted to share that my play ‘Nuclear Family’ (which won the Moondance Atlantis Award for Best Stageplay 2011) and has already been produced in festivals in Adelaide, London and Edinburgh, will have its New Zealand premiere in July this year, very exciting. Needless to say, the Moondance laurels happily accompany the graphics in our poster. ~ Desiree Gezentsvey

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

THE NATURE CONSERVANCY

http://www.nature.org/

On the weekend of Earth Day, April 22, people around the world will celebrate the planet we live on, the food that it provides, its natural habitats,  and the people and animals with whom we share it. There are many ways to participate:

1) Attend a Picnic — The Nature Conservancy is holding picnic events all around the world — from Melbourne, Australia to Boulder, Colorado. Locations are added weekly, so check out our map to find events in your area

2) Host a Picnic — Don’t see an event near you? Host your own picnic and invite family and friends. Your picnic could even help us set a world record

3) Donate or Fundraise — Help us protect green space, and the lands that provide our food and clean water. Make a donation, or turn your picnic into a fundraising event!

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THE MOONDANCE ROADSHOW!

Host the very best of Moondance films, professional workshops & popular networking parties in your community, anywhere in the US and in the world! You really can bring Moondance to your area.

Contact Elizabeth English now at director@moondancefilmfestival.com to discuss the details and fabulous benefits of this special opportunity.

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MERMAID7SEAS PRODUCTIONS

www.mermaid7seas.com

Mermaid7seas Productions, an enthusiastic Moondance International Film Festival sponsor, now offers reading services, critiques, coverage and edits to all Moondance writers & filmmakers, composers and to production companies and agencies, at a special discount price!

Focusing on the elements crucial to creating a compelling and readable script, or a winning, marketable film or film score, our helpful comments will allow you to concentrate on solving the problems that will make your material move toward receiving a CONSIDER or a RECOMMENDED from a studio or prodco reader, and will assist in advancing your script or film up toward WINNER in competitions & film festivals. An advantage of this low-cost critique service is that we will help you prepare your project before sending it to producers, agents, managers and others who may have requested it.

COVERAGE & CONSULTATION WILL ADDRESS THE
 FOLLOWING ELEMENTS:
 Theme, Premise, Genre, Concept, Story, Plot, Subplots, Subtext, Principal Characters, Cast-ability, Relationships, Depth of Characterizations, Dialogue, Exposition, Syntax, Conflict, Action, Scene, Humor, Tone, Attitudes, Pace, Flow, POV, Marketability, Audience Appeal, Interest, Visualization, Transitions, Balance, Titles and Loglines, Screenplay Evaluation or Film Evaluation!

Visit the Mermaid7seas website and contact Elizabeth English now, to get your script or film ready to win any competitions and/or enthusiastic attention from buyers! Mermaid7seas@gmail.com

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SIMPLE LIVING MANIFESTO:

IDEAS TO SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE!

By Leo Babauta

A simple life has a different meaning and a different value for every person. For me, it means eliminating all but the essential, eschewing chaos for peace, and spending your time doing what’s important to you.

It means getting rid of many of the things you do so you can spend time with people you love and do the things you love. It means getting rid of the clutter so you are left with only that which gives you value.

However, getting to simplicity isn’t always a simple process. It’s a journey, not a destination, and it can often be a journey of two steps forward, and one backward. If you’re interested in simplifying your life, this is a great starter’s guide!

CLICK HERE: ZEN HABITS http://zenhabits.net/simple-living-manifesto-72-ideas-to-simplify-your-life/

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DID YOU KNOW…..?

1. Many US Republican senators and congressional representatives oppose the Violence Against Women Act!

This landmark legislation has provided support to domestic abuse survivors and has given prosecutors the resources to convict violent abusers — but Republicans refuse to renew it. The same Republicans, with their apparently radical, anti-women agenda, also have been said to refuse to allow any women’s voices to be heard on their all-male panel about contraception. Go to www.credoaction.com for more info & to sign the petition.

2. The rhino is being hunted into extinction and could disappear forever unless we act now. Shocking new statistics show 440 rhinos were brutally killed by poachers last year in South Africa alone. Fueling this devastation is a huge spike in demand for rhino horns, used for bogus cancer cures, hangover remedies, supposed male sexual enhancement, and good luck charms. So far this year, one rhino has been killed every single day in South Africa. Horns now have a street value of over $65,000 a kilo — more expensive than gold or platinum. The situation is so dire that the threat has even spread into many world zoos, which are now on red-alert for rhino-killing gangs! Let’s raise a giant outcry to push for new protections to save rhinos from certain extinction. We must demand a complete ban on all rhino trade — from anywhere, to anywhere — when countries meet at the next crucial international wildlife trade summit in July. Please SIGN THIS PETITION now, to take immediate action to help save the rhinos!  http://www.avaaz.org/en/save_rhinos/?tta

Dürer's Rhinoceros, in a woodcut from 1515

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY:

photo by N.A.

People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel.“  ~ Maya Angelou

“Listen, can you hear it? Spring’s sweet cantata. The strains of grass pushing up through the snow. The song of buds swelling on the vine. The tender tympani of a baby robin’s heart. Spring!” ~ Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider, Northern Exposure, “Wake Up Call”, 1992

photo by S.V.

You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair.  ~Douglas MacArthur

House in Orlando, Florida where Jack Kerouac lived and wrote "The Dharma Bums"

“Popular opinion is, of course, a form of feedback and, as such, implicit peer advice.  ~ Jack Kerouac

Don Quixote ink drawing by Pablo Picasso

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” ~ Pablo Picasso

“I love the way cherry trees writhe and gnarl as they age, the way they bear their scars. These trees have a great deal to teach us about wabi-sabi*, a Japanese aesthetic of beautiful imperfection. I visit this particular tree frequently. It looks like it is trying to say something.” ~ Dominique Browning, text & photo: Slow Love Life blog, http://www.slowlovelife.com/

  • Wabi-sabi represents a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”. Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, asperity (roughness or irregularity), simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes. Wabi-sabi nurtures all that is authentic by acknowledging three simple realities: nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect. (info from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wabi-sabi)
  • Hagi ware Japanese tea bowl, 18th-19th century, Freer Gallery of Art

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MORE RECOMMENDATIONS:

This music & video will surely make you smile and tap your foot! Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile, Stuart Duncan, Yo-Yo Ma, and vocalist Aoife O’Donovan perform “Here and Heaven” from the album, “The Goat Rodeo Sessions”. The Goat Rodeo Sessions is an ambitious and groundbreaking project that brings together four string virtuosos: world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, fiddler Stuart Duncan, bassist Edgar Meyer and mandolinist Chris Thile, with female vocalist Aoife O’Donovan. While each artist is a prominent figure in his or her own music sphere, they have come together as a unified ensemble on a most remarkable and organic cross-genre project. This music and video will make your day! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-BkhEF1d5U&feature=player_embedded

http://www.artopportunitiesmonthly.com

Art Opportunities Monthly (AOM) This is the list professionals trust, and is a carefully screened art opportunities list for traditional and contemporary artists working in painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, printmaking, book art, computer art, collage, weaving, fiber, textiles, ceramics, papermaking, mixed media, photography, computer art, monoprint, pastel, performance art, drawing, enameling, wood carving, crafts, jewelry, installation art, new media, public art, gouache, watercolor painting and every other visual medium. It is for those working in any style or geographic location.

http://www.brainpickings.org/

Brain Pickings has a free weekly newsletter, and people say it’s cool! It comes out on Sundays and offers the week’s best articles. Brain Pickings is the brain-child of Maria Popova, a cultural curator and curious mind at large, who also writes for Wired UK, The Atlantic and Design Observer, among others.

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