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* Filmmakers, Writers & Composers: Moondance Wants YOU!

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT:

The 2017 Moondance International Film Festival is now offering free competition submissions for filmmakers, writers & music composers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, the seven countries whose immigrant and refugee artists and others have been illegally banned from entering the United States.

MOONDANCE 2017 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES:

Accepting submissions NOW through June 30, 2017

With this internationally well-respected film festival, now in our 18th successful season, we aim to provide multiple viewpoints, address complex social issues, provide a forum for deliberation, and strengthen ties between a wide variety of local, regional, national and international audiences. Our mission is to present vibrant and memorable, accessible, relatable stories on film, which is an ideal means for communication across perceived boundaries of race, culture, place, and situation or circumstance, as well as age and gender.

PLEASE VISIT THESE PAGES ON THE WEBSITE FOR MORE INFO:

LINK TO SUBMISSION CATEGORIES LIST

 Narrative feature, short, documentary, drone & animation films •  Feature & short screenplays  •Film scores • Short stories, stageplays & radio plays • short films & scripts for & by kids • TV pilots, episodics…and many more!

LINK TO AWARDS CATEGORIES LIST

LINK TO SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

LINK TO OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM

LINK TO AWARDS BENEFITS

LINK TO MOONDANCE SUCCESSES

LINK TO THE MOONDANCE MISSION STATEMENT

Moondance is also accepting submissions at:

No submissions via Withoutabox.com!

(WAB is not prepared for listing online film festival events.)

Moondance 2017 is very pleased to announce that the entire film festival this season will be online-only! All submissions to be entered online, and all winning & selected films will be screened online. Now your film will have the opportunity for an audience of many thousands of viewers to preview it, on a computer or any mobile device, for a long time to come, instead of maybe an audience of 50-100 or so, screened only once at a local film festival’s theatrical venue.

This is truly today’s preferred, state-of-the-art & most important global networking, promotional & networking advantage!

MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS THIS VANITY FAIR ARTICLE:

WHY HOLLYWOOD AS WE KNOW IT IS ALREADY OVER

BY NICK BILTON

Vanity Fair, January 29, 2017

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT:

“You can fool all of the people some of the time, and you can fool some of the people all of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.” ~ attributed to President Abraham Lincoln

PLEASE SUPPORT THE MOONDANCE FILM FESTIVAL!

Good movies always make the most immediate and lasting impact on audiences; more so than novels, lectures, conferences, sermons, seminars, or articles in newspapers and magazines, etc. Therefore, an investment in this important and meaningful film festival that has a mission and message will make more of a difference in the world, change ingrained perceptions, and encourage and inspire people to take action, more than any other media or efforts.

Invest in the Moondance International Film Festival, become a festival co-producer,

and see your donation of financial support make a lasting difference! 

Please click these links for more info:

SPONSOR CATEGORIES & BENEFITS 

SPONSORSHIP FAQ

MISSION STATEMENT 

SPONSORSHIP FORM

MOONDANCERS WRITE US:

“…kudos for running such a great festival. We checked out past selections, and were extremely impressed by some of the films you’d chosen….we really did enjoy your festival line-up.” ~ Robert Misovic, Pensare Films Media (Canada)

I am grateful for your kindness, and thank you for your support of those affected by Trump’s executive orders. Wish you the best” ~ Kaveh Jahed, (Iran)

Brava!!  The nation needs more supportive liberty advocates and you have a front row seat on the top shelf. Thanks for sharing, and I’m certain I speak for multitudes of like-minded advocates of freedom-loving Americans, native and adoptive…” ~ William Maxwell (US)

Congratulations on your festival and especially the principles underpinning it – and especially at this time of history … not just there in the States – but here in Australia where arts funding and public broadcasting is being eroded at this time when the voices of creativity must be heard.” ~ Peter Jones (OZ)

Please forward this news-blog to your creative artist colleagues! 

 QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS?

moondancefestival@gmail.com

WEBSITE: www.moondancefilmfestival.com

BLOG: www.moondancefilmfestival.com/blog

 

 

 

 

 



Happy Chinese New Year from Moondance!

The Year of the Rooster will be a very powerful one, with no middle-of-the-road when it comes to moving forward. The rooster is the sign of the long-awaited dawn and awakening, triumph and success!

MOONDANCE 2017 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES:

Accepting submissions January 1 through June 30, 2017

Take advantage of our Early-Bird discounted entry fee: $25, through January!

PLEASE VISIT THESE PAGES ON THE WEBSITE FOR MORE INFO:

LINK TO SUBMISSION CATEGORIES LIST

• Narrative feature, short, documentary, drone & animation films •  Feature & short screenplays  •Film scores • Short stories, stageplays & radio plays •TV pilots, episodics…and many more!

LINK TO AWARDS CATEGORIES LIST

LINK TO SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

LINK TO OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM

LINK TO AWARDS BENEFITS

LINK TO MOONDANCE SUCCESSES

LINK TO THE MOONDANCE MISSION STATEMENT

Moondance is also accepting submissions at:

No Moondance 2017 submissions at Withoutabox.com!

WAB is not prepared for listing online film festival events.

Moondance 2017 is very pleased to announce that the entire film festival this season will be online-only! All submissions to be entered online, and all winning & selected films will be screened online. Now your film will have the opportunity for an audience of many thousands of viewers to preview it, on a computer or any mobile device, for a long time to come, instead of maybe an audience of 50-100 or so, screened only once at a local film festival’s theatrical venue.

This is truly today’s preferred, state-of-the-art & most important global networking, promotional & networking advantage! 

Writing & music selected winners all submission categories will also have their winning work listed online. Winners will have their titles, loglines & links posted on the website.

All selected 2017 Moondance films will be available online-only at Vimeo, with a private, dedicated Moondance pass-code for people accessing the winning & selected festival films to view them, and will not be available to the general public. It’s not a form of distribution. No film will be available for viewing until September, when all selected films are posted.

 MOONDANCERS WRITE US:

I really admire what your film festival puts out and your commitment to supporting woman filmmakers and social awareness.” ~ Kristian Comer (US)

It’s a pleasure to participate in this festival!” ~ Lucas Milhomem, (Brazil & Poland)

I really enjoy the photos that you put in the blogs, along with the articles and quotes. They are well-crafted and an interesting read!” ~ Cassia Hendrickson (US)

MOONDANCERS COME FROM AROUND THE WORLD!

In our continuing success of promoting 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 annual festival competitions have brought in great submissions, in all genres and categories, from Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Curaçao, Cyprus, Dubai, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxemburg, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Poland, Russia, Serbia/Montenegro, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Tasmania, Turkey, UAR, Ukraine, the UK, the US, Venezuela, and more! Please do join us!

Pictures From Women’s

Marches on Every Continent!

 

MARCHERS EVEN IN ANTARCTICA!

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/01/21/world/womens-march-pictures.html?_r=0

MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

Moondance award-winning music video by  Lou Hamilton, UK


What is Holistic Nonviolence? Watch this

TWO-MINUTE VIDEO

Introducing this new path for personal transformation and social evolution.

To support the efforts of people inspired to take on this ambitious challenge, Tribe of Heart is developing a new path for personal transformation and social evolution we call Holistic Nonviolence. It is based on an ever-deepening commitment to regard and treat all others, however they may differ from ourselves, with care and respect.

“Peaceable Kingdom” film

SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” ~ Barack Obama


 

Photo by Nasrin Mohammadi

“The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.” ~ Anna Quindlen


 

“Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

Please forward this news-blog to your creative artist colleagues!

 QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS?

moondancefestival@gmail.com

WEBSITE: www.moondancefilmfestival.com

BLOG: www.moondancefilmfestival.com/blog

 

 



* Moondance Film Festival 2017 Call for Early-Bird Entries!

MOONDANCE NEWS FOR 2017!

Moondance 2017 is very pleased to announce that the entire film festival this season will be online-only! All submissions to be entered online, and all winning & selected films will be screened online. Now your film will have the opportunity for an audience of many thousands of viewers to preview it, for a long time to come, instead of maybe an audience of 50-100 or so, screened only once at a local film festival’s theatrical venue.

This is truly today’s preferred, state-of-the-art & most important global networking, promotional & networking advantage!

Writing & music selected winners all submission in all categories will also have their winning work listed online. Winners will have their titles, loglines & links posted on the website.

All selected 2017 Moondance films will be available for viewing online at Vimeo, with a private, dedicated Moondance pass-code for people accessing the winning & selected festival films to view them, and will not be available to the general public. It’s not a form of distribution. No film will be available for viewing until September, when all selected films are posted.

MOONDANCE 2017 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES:

Accepting submissions

January 1 through June 30, 2017

Take advantage of our Early-Bird discounted entry fee: $25, through January!

PLEASE VISIT THESE PAGES ON THE WEBSITE FOR MORE INFO:

LINK TO SUBMISSION CATEGORIES LIST

LINK TO AWARDS CATEGORIES LIST

LINK TO SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

LINK TO OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM

LINK TO AWARDS BENEFITS

LINK TO MOONDANCE SUCCESSES

LINK TO THE MOONDANCE MISSION STATEMENT

Moondance is also accepting submissions at:

No Moondance 2017 submissions at Withoutabox.com! 

WAB is not prepared for listing online film festival events.

MEET THE 2017 MOONDANCE TEAM!

HOW WE PREVIEW & SELECT FILMS FOR THE MOONDANCE:

We judge films by considering all of these elements: Story, first, then directing, production values evident, acting, editing, film score, framing, focus, lighting, sound, costuming, locations, dialog, ambience, relatability (to the story, dialog & characters), wide interest, uniqueness, audience appeal, and appropriate running time for telling the story on film. We look for a unique story, well-told, visually.

THE MOONDANCE MISSION & GOALS:

The Moondance International Film Festival’s mission and goals include the following ideals: All people, regardless of gender, gender identification, ethnicity, racial heritage, disability, religion, location, age, sexual orientation and/or socio-economic status shall be treated equally and equitably, with respect, dignity and justice for all. 

By bringing people together online to view winning & selected films from around the world, we strive to provide an outlet and support for those talented people to express themselves on film, in written works and with music. We advocate for women and defend marginalized members of our society, preserving and protecting our natural environment, and promoting peaceful, non-violent alternatives to conflict resolutions. We endeavor to serve as a proactive model of peaceful demonstration, via our films, written works and music. 

PLEASE SUPPORT THE MOONDANCE FILM FESTIVAL!

Good movies always make the most immediate and lasting impact on audiences; more so than books, lectures, conferences, sermons, seminars, or articles in newspapers and magazines, etc. Therefore, an investment in this important and meaningful film festival that has a mission and message will make more of a difference in the world, change ingrained perceptions, and encourage and inspire people to take action, more than any other media or efforts.

With this internationally well-respected film festival, we aim to provide multiple viewpoints, address complex social issues, provide a forum for deliberation, and strengthen ties between a wide variety of local, regional, national and international audiences. Our mission is to present vibrant and memorable, accessible, relatable stories on film, which is an ideal means for communication across perceived boundaries of race, culture, place, and situation or circumstance, as well as age and gender.

Invest in the Moondance International Film Festival, become a festival co-producer, and see your financial support make a lasting difference!

Please click this link for more info: 

http://moondancefilmfestival.com/sponsor-info/

MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

WAYSEER MANIFESTO

WATCH THIS JOYFUL & INSPIRING VIDEO!

http://wayseermanifesto.com

by Garret John

ATTENTION: All you rule-breakers, you misfits and troublemakers – all you free spirits and pioneers – all you visionaries and non-conformists… Everything that the establishment has told you is wrong with you – is actually what’s right with you.

You see things others don’t. You are hardwired to change the world. Unlike 9 out of 10 people – your mind is irrepressible – and this threatens authority. You were born to be a revolutionary. You can’t stand rules because in your heart you know there’s a better way. You have strengths dangerous to the establishment – and it wants them eliminated, So your whole life you’ve been told your strengths were weaknesses – Now I’m telling you otherwise. READ THE REST…

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~~ BUWUNDO ~~

BEADS & CRAFTS

BUWUNDO BEADS & CRAFTS are artisans from Buwundo Village, Uganda, who create necklaces, earrings, bracelets and purses from recycled magazine paper and local materials, in order to help women provide for the needs of their families, the education of their children, and Buwindo Village development. www.buwundo.com

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Gloria Steinem shared these words about Hedgebrook:

“It has always been crucial that Hedgebrook  put women’s voices — marginalized for so long and at such cost to the truth — in the center of the human narrative, but in this dangerous time, I think it may be literally lifesaving. We’ve been sitting around campfires for millennia, telling stories, so our minds are organized by narrative, not facts or statistics. Only stories help us to break through old roles that normalize domination, and Hedgebrook is a global campfire.” HEDGEBROOK INFO

Hedgebrook is on Whidbey Island, about thirty-five miles northwest of Seattle. Situated on 48-acres of forest and meadow facing Puget Sound, with a view of Mount Rainier, the retreat hosts writers from all over the world for residencies of two to six weeks, at no cost to the writer.

Six writers are in residence at a time, each housed in a handcrafted cottage. They spend their days in solitude – writing, reading, taking walks in the woods on the property or on nearby Double Bluff beach. In the evenings, they gather in the farmhouse kitchen to share a home-cooked gourmet meal, their work, their process and their stories. The Writers in Residence Program is Hedgebrook’s core program, supporting the fully-funded residencies of approximately 40 writers at the retreat each year.

Hedgebrook also offers a variety of ways for women writers to create and connect: Writers in Residence, Master Class Retreats, Vortext Weekend Workshop, One-Day Writing Salons & more!

SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“The first sep toward getting somewhere in life is to decide that you are absolutely not going to stay where you are.” ~ Source Obscure

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“It is better to fail with originality than to succeed by imitation.” ~ Herman Melville

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“Amelia”, photo by SKV

“The bravest thing you can do, when you are not feeling brave, is to profess courage, and act accordingly.” ~ Cora Harris

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Ernest Hemingway, writing in Cuba

“A computer lets you make more big mistakes faster than any other invention in human history…with the exception of handguns and alcoholic beverages.” ~ Mitch Ratcliffe

Please forward this news-blog to your creative artist colleagues!

  QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS?

moondancefestival@gmail.com

WEBSITE: www.moondancefilmfestival.com

BLOG: www.moondancefilmfestival.com/blog

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Happy New Year & Moondance 2017 Call-for-Entries!

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM MOONDANCE!

Out with the old, in with the new: may you be happy, the whole year through!

New beginnings, fresh starts, re-affirmations and promises for a brighter future all come to mind as we ring in the New Year around the world. A new year is like a blank book, and the pen is in your hands. This is your chance to write a beautiful new story for yourself. Right ahead, lies a new beginning. Make it a memorable experience. Let this New Year be the one when all your dreams come true. Wishing you a happy, peaceful, successful and prosperous New Year!

 

AND NOW, THE BIG NEWS FOR 2017!

Moondance 2017 is very pleased to announce that the entire film festival this season will be online-only! All submissions to be entered online, and all winning & selected films will be screened online. Now your winning film will have the opportunity for an audience of many thousands of viewers to preview it, for years to come, instead of maybe and audience of 50-100 or so, screened only once at a local film festival’s theatrical venue.

This is truly today’s preferred, state-of-the-art & most important global networking, promotional & networking advantage!

Writing & music selected winners all submission categories will also have their winning work listed online. Winners will have their titles, loglines & links posted on the website.

MOONDANCE 2017 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES:

Accepting submissions

January 1 through June 30, 2017

Take advantage of our Early-Bird discounted entry fee: only $25, through January!

PLEASE VISIT THESE PAGES ON THE WEBSITE FOR MORE INFO:

LINK TO SUBMISSION CATEGORIES LIST

• Narrative feature, short, documentary, drone & animation films •  Feature & short screenplays  •Film scores • Short stories, stageplays & radio plays •TV pilots, episodics…and many more!

LINK TO AWARDS CATEGORIES LIST

LINK TO SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

LINK TO OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM

LINK TO AWARDS BENEFITS

LINK TO MOONDANCE SUCCESSES

LINK TO THE MOONDANCE MISSION STATEMENT

Moondance is also accepting submissions at:

Click on the FilmFreeway logo above to go to the Moondance submission form there

NO Moondance 2017 submissions at Withoutabox.com

(WAB is not prepared for listing online film festivals)

THE SECRET TO OUR INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS:

The secret to the Moondance brand’s international success and longevity can be directly attributed to upholding our founding principles, goals, integrity, values and mission. We continually strive to inspire talented filmmakers, writers, composers and audiences, locally and globally. Maintaining the Moondance reputation for top-quality indie films, writing & music is always the festival’s first priority. Our valued sponsors, donors, supporters, friends of the Moondance, as well as our competition entrants, are an integral element of our long-term success.

INSIDER TIPS FOR FILMMAKERS:

When judges preview films for film festival competitions, or when distributors look at films they may decide to screen in theaters, or during Academy Award nomination season, or when a talent agent may decide to take you on as a client, or when a production company or film studio is watching your demo reel or trailer, and considering you to direct a film, the actors’ performances are one of the most important elements they look for in the film. You may have a unique story, the best cinematographer, incredible editing, memorable film score, interesting locations, fabulous action scenes, great dialog, and impressive production values, but…if any of the actors, not just the lead actors, fluff a scene, or are wooden, over-act, are amateurish, or are simply unremarkable in their roles, you’ve just lost all credibility as a film director, and you may not ever get a second chance. READ MORE:

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The power of music in film! Music is the non-verbal, unspoken dialog in a 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. Take a look at: 1. A film score can be artfully used to…2. The major categories of a film score are…3. Along with a good screenplay, and great dialog, music is what makes a film memorable! All of these vital crafts and elements contribute to making the “Dream Factory” world of the film believable & memorable to movie audiences! READ MORE:

Don’t miss reading all the other great filmmaking & writing articles in the MOONDANCE E-ZINEwritten by entertainment industry pros, exclusively for Moondance!

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT:

“In helping others, we shall help ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the circle, and comes back to us.” ~ Flora Edwards

This news-blog is dedicated in memory of my mother, Leni, child star in silent film, artist, poet, journalist, archaeologist, and world traveler, who passed away in April, 2016, at the age of 101, after a long and productive life.

Please forward this news-blog to your creative artist colleagues!

 QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS?

moondancefestival@gmail.com

WEBSITE: www.moondancefilmfestival.com

BLOG: www.moondancefilmfestival.com/blog

No trees or natural habitats were harmed in the creation of this news-blog!

 



Moondance Season’s Greetings & News-Blog!

To all the Moondancers who celebrate this holiday!

“Winter forms our character and brings out our best.” ~Tom Allen

MOONDANCE NEWS AND THE 2017 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES INFO WILL BE IN THE NEXT NEWS-BLOG! WAIT FOR IT…

Meanwhile, please visit the Moondance website to read about what’s happening right now, the 2016 film festival info, insider articles on filmmaking, screenwriting & film score composition, and much more! MOONDANCE WEBSITE

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

BY ROBERT FROST

Whose woods these are I think I know.

His house is in the village though;

He will not see me stopping here

To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer

To stop without a farmhouse near

Between the woods and frozen lake

The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake

To ask if there is some mistake.

The only other sound’s the sweep

Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,

But I have promises to keep,

And miles to go before I sleep,

And miles to go before I sleep.

The Gun Industry’s Lucrative Relationship With Hollywood

By Gary Baum & Scott Johnson / The Hollywood Reporter

Clint Eastwood, “Unforgiven”, Warner Bros.

We’re talking about a lot of guns onscreen. Since 9/11, America’s obsession with everything spy, terrorism and war-related has grown — and the content the population consumes increasingly reflects that. A 2015 report published by The Economist concluded that gun violence in PG-13 movies had tripled since 1985.

And an analysis undertaken by The Hollywood Reporter found that the number of gun models pictured in big box-office movies between 2010 and 2015 was 51 percent higher than it had been a decade earlier, suggesting that the public’s appetite to see guns in entertainment is on the rise.

Simply put, two industries that position themselves as mortal enemies have a lucrative, symbiotic relationship. This is the story of how that relationship works. READ MORE

SOME MORE THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

Dominique Browning photo

“CARPE DIEM (Seize the Day): Regret for wasted time is just more wasted time.” ~Mason Cooley

Photo by Lady Aimee Valentine

“Make the most of yourself by fanning that inner spark of possibility into flames of achievement.” ~ Golda Meir

“Freedom” by Zenos Frudakis, Philadelphia, PA

“I am not what happened to me; I am what I choose to become.” ~ Carl Jung

MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

~ LYRIO CHILDREN’S VILLAGE ~

In 1962, a group of young women made headlines in Greece by running away to join a convent. Not wanting to be doing nothing but praying all day, they also started a safe shelter, providing a family home for abandoned and abused children. Half a century later, they are still running the Lyrio Children’s Village, changing the lives one infant, one child, at a time. This is their story…For more info, please visit: www.manathemovie.com

 QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS?

moondancefestival@gmail.com

WEBSITE: www.moondancefilmfestival.com



Happy Holidays & Insider Tips for Screenwriters!

~ Wishing you a very happy holiday season! ~

ARE YOU PATIENTLY WAITING FOR THE

MOONDANCE 2017 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES?

Thanks! Please read & subscribe to the news-blog and check the website

for the up-coming news & announcement very soon!

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We greatly appreciate your continued generous support. Thank you!

THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY:

“Keep a green tree growing in your heart, and soon a singing bird will surely come.” ~ Ancient Chinese proverb

“Popcorn is the last area of the movie business where good taste is still a concern!” ~ Mike Barfield

SOMETHING ELSE TO THINK ABOUT:

“I Want to be a Giant”, Image credits: Csilla Zelko

“No society that feeds its children on tales of successful violence can expect them not to believe that violence, in the end, is rewarded.” ~Margaret Mead, anthropologist, 1901-1978

* Please check out these fabulous photos of children around the world playing!

30 Magical Photos Of Children Playing Around The World

INSIDER TIPS:

~ SUCCESSFUL SCREENWRITING ~

By Elizabeth English

Write, prepare, edit, rewrite, and polish your screenplay so it’s absolutely perfect, before you send it out to directors, producers, agents, managers, distributors, actors, film festivals &/or writing competitions, and for potential funding, as well as for others who may have requested your screenplay. Write a unique story, well-told, and you’ll have a better chance to get your screenplay read, optioned, green-lighted & produced as a film!

SCREENWRITERS NEED TO ADDRESS EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THE 
FOLLOWING ELEMENTS:
 Action, Audience Appeal, Budget, Castibility, Characterizations, Concept, Conflict, Dialogue, Evaluation, Exposition, Flow, Formatting, Genre, Humor, Interest, Locations, Logline, Marketability, Pace, Plot-line, POV, Premise, Principal Characters, Production Values, Relatability, Relationships, Scenes, Story, Story-Arc, Subplots, Syntax, Theme, Title, Transitions, & Visualization.

Write, prepare, edit, rewrite, and polish your screenplay so it’s perfect, before you send it out to directors, producers, agents, managers, distributors, actors, film festivals &/or writing competitions, and for potential funding, as well as for others who may have requested your film or screenplay.

SCREENWRITERS NEED TO ADDRESS ALL OF THE 
FOLLOWING ELEMENTS:


  • Action
  • Audience Appeal
  • Budget
  • Castability
  • Characterizations
  • Concept
  • Conflict
  • Dialogue
  • Evaluation
  • Exposition
  • Flow
  • Formatting
  • Genre
  • Humor
  • Interest
  • Logline
  • Marketability
  • Pace
  • Plot-line
  • POV
  • Premise
  • Principal Characters
  • Production
  • Relatability
  • Relationships
  • Scenes
  • Story
  • Subplots
  • Subtext
  • Synopsis
  • Syntax
  • Theme
  • Title
  • Transitions
  • Visualization

SUGGESTED ARTICLES ON SCREENWRITING AT: http://moondancefilmfestival.com/category/moondance-magazine/.

DON’T WALK! ACTION TIPS FOR SCREENWRITERS:

By Elizabeth English

Writers should always try to avoid using the simple verb, “walk”, whenever possible! Why have your character just walk into a room, or across the road? It tells the reader almost nothing about the character’s current mood, personality, intent, feelings, or how he or she presents him- or herself, or how anyone might perceive or react to seeing the character. Here’s a chance to show the reader & the ultimate film-viewer more about the character, and to set up a sense of who this person is, and what to expect!

A character opens the door and walks in a room. Boring! Common! What if that character crawled in the window, instead? Or boogied in, maybe even stark naked? Or slinked in dressed in a bad-clown costume? A person in cowboy boots walks differently from a person in ballet slippers, or spike heels, or flip-flops, or is barefoot. Children, teenagers, men & women and seniors all move differently, too! Use everything you’ve got to tell the whole story!

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Then hurry, dash, run, sprint to the bank with your first screenplay sale money!

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QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS?

MOONDANCEFESTIVAL@GMAIL.COM

Thank you for your interest in the Moondance International Film Festival!

 



Moondance mid-November 2016 newsletter!

BEACH FOOTSTEPS

MOONDANCE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

We are taking a much-needed break after the 2016 film festival in Boulder, but are always available for your comments & emails!

 Very exciting plans are underway for 2017, so please remember to keep in touch for updates, announcements, news, and…

stay-tuned

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Dolphins in Bimini photo by Atmo, www.wildquest.com

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DONATE TO SUPPORT THE MOONDANCE MISSION HERE!

 We truly appreciate your continued generous support. Thank you!

Read about the ongoing Moondance Mission HERE

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

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If you can dream it, you can create it!

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“The best exercise for the heart is reaching down to lift someone up.” ~ Tim Russert

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Moondance November News & Some Things to Think About

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We are taking a much-needed break after the 17th annual film festival in Boulder, but always available for your comments & emails! Very exciting plans are underway for 2017, so please remember to keep in touch for updates, announcements & news.

Website: www.moondancefilmfestival.com

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MOONDANCE FILMFREEWAY REVIEW:

 Very professional group of people with a great vision for filmmakers.” ~ James Carroll

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Take a look at the photo album for the 2016 Moondance HERE:

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Info on Labyrinths & Mermaids!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY WONDER WOMAN!

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Chosen by the United Nations to be their Honorary Ambassador

for the Empowerment of Girls & Women

She first appeared in 1941, with a golden lasso, her “weapon of truth”, her bullet-deflecting bracelets, and her invisible airplane. She is portrayed both as a crime fighter and as an instigator of social justice. A symbol of strong feminism and gender equality, she prefers peace and love to war and violence. Wonder Woman is a perfect example of an action character whose unique attributes were compelling back then, and are even more so now. Her biggest battle was with society’s unacceptable view of women. When the Moondance’s founder was a little girl, she determined to grow up to be like Wonder Woman, follow her non-violent goals, and make a difference in the world, while encouraging others to appreciate and respect the abilities of all women and girls. The Moondance mission statement

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

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“I object to violence because when it appears to do good; that good is only temporary, while the evil it does is permanent.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

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“Peace is more than just the absence of war. True peace is justice, true peace is freedom. And true peace dictates the recognition of human rights.” ~ Ronald Reagan

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“A crust of bread eaten in peace is better than an entire banquet eaten in chaos, fear and anxiety.” ~ The Buddha

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“Nothing is so contagious as an example. We rarely do great good without bringing about more of the same on the part of others.” ~ La Rochfoucauld

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“Kindness and love is the language that the blind can see and the deaf can hear.” – Mark Twain

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“Time is at once the most valuable and the most perishable of all your possessions.” ~ John Randolph

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May your troubles be less

May your blessings be more

May nothing but happiness

come through your door !

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Moondance 2016 Photo Album, News & Info!

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“Start by doing what you are capable of; then do what is necessary; then do what is possible; and, suddenly, you are doing the impossible!” ~ Saint Francis of Assisi

2016 MOONDANCERS WRITE US:

• “Two Denver production companies, Main Man Films and SCY Pictures, have agreed to collaborate to produce LUDLOW and possibly create a “Band of Brothers” type of TV series based on the script and the Ludlow strike and massacre. By the way, the producers’ interest in the script can be traced directly to the Moondance Film Festival, for which I am very grateful. Thank you again for choosing LUDLOW, which shines a dramatic light on the 1914 coal miners’ strike in southern Colorado, as a 2016 script winner.” ~ Bruce Leaf

• “Music Between Us has been recently selected for the “Different Festival” at the Santa Fe Playhouse, and will receive 2 staged readings in October (I’ll travel to attend them). So once again – many thanks for selecting my play as the 2016 Moondance stageplay winner!” ~ Tal Rayman 

• “Thank you so much for your consideration of my full-length play, “Resurruption” (a 2016 Moondance finalist). I am looking forward to submitting more work next year.” ~ Dave Cintron 

• “Thanks for your good news about my film being an audience favorite film. It pleases me that the people in other parts of this earth have communicated and liked a subject from my home, Iran.” ~ Fazlollah Tari, director, short documentary film “Meeting With the Leaf “

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Take a look at the cool photo album for the 2016 Moondance HERE

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ADRIAN, EE & ANNA AT AWARDS CEREMONY & RECEPTION

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Congratulations! This note is to inform the winning 2016 writers listed below that your winning project has been selected for a free posting at InkTip.com. Contact me at moondancefestival@gmail.com for your special code for this free posting. Please post only the project that won the 2016 Moondance for this free prize offer: 

  • BORN TO FLY   Joan Broadman
  • DELI TAKEOUT   Jim Norman
  • DO YOU BELIEVE IN MAGIC?   Lisa Sniderman
  • FLY!   Dave Chan
  • JERUSALEM ROAD Simone Yehuda
  • LUDLOW   Bruce Leaf
  • MUSIC BETWEEN US   Tal Rayman
  • SMILE: A MUSICAL   Sarah Phillips
  • THE BULLYING SQUAD   Mike Murphy
  • THE SOCK OPERA   Janice Garden-Macdonald
  • UNIT NINE   Stephanie Frewen & Celine Gibson

ww.InkTip.com is the premiere website for talented writers to have their winning works seen by legitimate film directors, producers, literary agents & distributors, globally. Your contact at InkTip.com is Liz Rivera: liz@inktip.com if you have any questions.

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FOR INFO ON THE 2016 MOONDANCE, PLEASE GO TO THESE LINKS ON THE WEBSITE:

FILM PROGRAM FILM DESCRIPTIONS • FILMS SCREENED • KEYNOTE & MASTER CLASSWORKSHOPSWINNERS, FINALISTS & SEMI-FINALISTSNETWORKING EVENTS  •  AWARDS CEREMONY & RECEPTION 2016 BEST ACTOR AWARDS AUDIENCE FAVORITE FILMSMOONDANCE SUCCESSESMISSION STATEMENTLAURELS DOWNLOAD 

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SWIMMING WITH DOLPHINS!

Innocence is newness. Be free to respond as your heart would, if only you’d let go of control. That’s where life happens. Dolphins don’t care about your past, how spiritual you are, what job you have. They respond to innocence of the heart; they love connecting with those who share a childlike quality. Being to being. Dolphins love babies and kids and because they are new each moment. Simply responding to the here and now. Innocent. Free of the stories, emotions, filters and boundaries that we adults take to heart and filter themselves through.

Please watch this Dolphin Tales video, by WildQuest resident videoographer, Atmo, and with the delightful Bimini Beat music, to see why diving underwater and getting up close and personal with these beloved creatures is uniquely transformative.  

Bimini dolphins photo by Atmo, www.wildquest.com

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“The Beauty of Swimming with Wild Dolphins”

WildQuest, the Human-Dolphin Connection

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 Heifer has worked in Haiti since 1999. They currently serve nearly 30,000 families in 36 communities throughout the island. Heifer Haiti staff provided support Tuesday to more than 1,500 people in one of the regions hardest hit by Hurricane Matthew, acknowledging the level of need is staggering. Most of Haiti is severely deforested. Heifer Haiti is working to get food kits to the southern areas of the country that were hardest hit by Hurricane Matthew. Haiti is facing not only flooding, and an economic and social disaster, but a severe environmental one as well. The hurricane caused a huge loss…millions of dollars of losses in terms of crops and animals.

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Haiti during hurricane Matthew, October 2016

More than 6,500 Heifer project families were affected: More than 675 hectares of crops, 5,000 goats, 70 % of the poultry, and more than 15 % of their pigs were killed in the storm. Farmers in the area were planning on harvesting crops rice, corn, papayas, and beans , but 4,500 hectares with 1,300 metric tons of food have been lost. More than 6,500 Heifer project families were affected, and the effects are likely to extend far beyond the immediate emergency. The biggest concerns are the loss of crops, livestock and housing. People will not have food to eat, clean water to drink, a place to live, or the ability to create income as there are no longer any crops or farm animals to sell.

A donation to our Disaster Rehabilitation Fund will provide families with

basic necessities for survival.

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Heifer International is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization working with communities to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth.

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SOME MORE THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

“Safety Last”, Harold Lloyd, 1930

“Safety Last”, Harold Lloyd, 1930

“Time is the only coin of your life. Only you can determine how it will be spent.” ~ Carl Sandburg

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Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must be first overcome. ~ Samuel Johnson

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“Amelia”, photo by SK

“Whatever you want to do, do it now. There are only so many tomorrows.” ~ Pope Paul VI

“American Gothic” by Grant Wood

“American Gothic” by Grant Wood

“You’ll never plow a field by just turning it over in your mind!” ~ Anonymous

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A Moondance Hello & Some Reminders!

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“You have powers you never dreamed of. You can do things you never thought you could do. There are no limitations in what you can do, except for the limitations of your own mind.” ~ Darwin P. KingsleySTARFISH

Thanks a million to all the many talented filmmakers, writers, composers, audiences, event staff and volunteers who participated in the 2016 Moondance International Film Festival & made it another memorable season!

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FOR INFO ON THE 2016 MOONDANCE,

PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINKS LOCATED ON THE WEBSITE:

FILM PROGRAM FILM DESCRIPTIONS •  FILMS SCREENED •  KEYNOTE & MASTER CLASSWORKSHOPSWINNERS, FINALISTS & SEMI-FINALISTSNETWORKING EVENTS  •  AWARDS CEREMONY & RECEPTION 2016 BEST ACTOR AWARDS • AUDIENCE FAVORITE FILMS • MOONDANCE SUCCESSESMISSION STATEMENT

The 2016 Moondance Photo Album is coming soon! 

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Winners Anna & Adrian

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ATTENTION: 2016 WINNERS, FINALISTS & SEMI-FINALISTS:

You can download any laurels for which you are eligible HERE!

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ATTENTION 2016 SELECTED FILMMAKERS & WINNERS!

The Moondance winners’ star award

CLICK ON THE STAR IMAGE, FOR INFO ON AWARD CATEGORIES!

If you would like to have us send you back your Blu-ray screener, or if you were not able to attend the awards ceremony, & want us to send you your winner’s award star & certificate, please click HERE for the form to request it & pay only the minimal postage & handling.

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The final deadline for ordering is October 15th!

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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 a can, and then try to convince people to buy it.” ~ Cary Grant

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