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Moondance Summer 2017: Insider Tips for Writers, Filmmakers & actors!

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” ~ Lao Tzu

Thanks a million for all the fine submissions we’ve received, so far, for the 2017 Moondance International Film Festival!

  • Scroll on down for insider tips for writers, filmmakers & actors

MOONDANCE 2017 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES:

 OUR REGULAR $50 ENTRY FEE IS

EXTENDED TO JUNE 30th!

For your best chance to win, send in your entry RIGHT NOW!

Accepting submissions NOW, through June 30, 2017

LINK TO SUBMISSION CATEGORIES LIST

  • Narrative feature, Short, Documentary, Drone & Animation Films • Feature & Short Screenplays •Film Scores • Short Stories, Stageplays & Audio Plays •TV Pilots, Episodics…and many more!LINK TO OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM

Moondance is also accepting submissions at:

Plan now to participate in this unique film festival, and help celebrate the 18th annual Moondance International Film Festival!

 READ & SUBSCRIBE TO THE POPULAR MOONDANCE NEWS-BLOG HERE! 

INSIDER TIPS:

CREATING CHARACTER & CHARACTERIZATIONS

Tips for Writers, Filmmakers & Actors

By Elizabeth English

Interesting flaws humanize a character who is challenged to overcome inner doubts, errors in thinking, guilt or trauma from the past, or fear of and hopes for the future. Weaknesses, imperfections, quirks, and vices make a character more real & appealing. The audience can identify with the character.

Flaws and imperfections give a character somewhere to go – the character arc – in which a character develops and grows, overcoming obstacles and gaining knowledge and wisdom, and is recreated and restored to wholeness. A real character is not just a single obvious trait, but a unique combination of many qualities and drives, some of them conflicting.

Character development is essential to a good story. Characters should enter the story as dimensional, non-stereotypical characters, and become more dimensional as the story and other characters act upon them. They should be big as life; capable of developing and being transformed. We should see different sides of them, understand how they think and act, learn about their philosophies and attitudes. We should be aware of their emotional make-up through their responses to their surroundings, to others with whom they interact, and to events which occur.

If your characters don’t come alive in the script, they won’t come alive on the screen. Answer these questions, as you characterize the protagonist, antagonist, and other characters within your storyline: what is this character’s goal or motivation, why does he or she want to achieve this goal, who or what is trying to stop this character from reaching this goal and why, what strengths or weaknesses of this character will help or hinder in the pursuit of this goal? READ MORE:

THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY:

“Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. “ ~ Bradley Whitford

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“If you can dream it, you can do it.” ~ Walt Disney

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Clark Little shooting a wave in Hawaii, www.clarklittlephotography.com

“Never, never, never give up.” ~ Sir Winston Churchill

WEBSITE: www.moondancefilmfestival.com

NEWS-BLOG: www.moondancefilmfestival.com/blog

EMAIL: director@moondancefilmfestival.com



Moondance $50 Entry Fee Extended to End of June!

www.moondancefilmfestival.com

Thanks a million for all the fine submissions we’ve received for the 2017 Moondance International Film Festival, so far!

MOONDANCE 2017 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES:

Due to popular request,

OUR REGULAR $50 ENTRY FEE IS EXTENDED TO JUNE 30th!

For your best chance to win, send in your entry RIGHT NOW!

Accepting submissions NOW, through June 30, 2017

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 OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM

Moondance is also accepting submissions at:

Plan now to participate in this unique film festival, and help celebrate the 18th annual Moondance International Film Festival!

INSIDER TIP:

A FILMMAKERS TOOLBOX:

MAKING A GREAT PROMOTIONAL TRAILER

By Elizabeth English

 

Do you want to have a really good 2-3-minute trailer to send to producers, studios, agents, actors, film festival competitions, for your website & in social media ? Haven’t quite finished post on your film yet, but want to promote it now?

Great trailers are in a special class of their own; little polished gems that showcase your film, and make people want to see more! But film trailers can be more difficult to make really well than the entire film, itself. It can be more time-consuming, judicious editing must be a main concern, you have to tell the main story, theme & concept quickly, harder scene decisions need to be made, and you need to sell your film in less than three minutes.

Can you tell the main story, introduce the lead characters, show the main conflict, and give the viewer a visual, memorable impression in under three minutes? And, remember, you need to hook the viewer in the first few seconds! FIND OUT HOW, HERE:

Sophia Coppola

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

“A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results.” ~ Wade Boggs

WEBSITE: www.moondancefilmfestival.com

NEWS-BLOG: www.moondancefilmfestival.com/blog

EMAIL: director@moondancefilmfestival.com

 



Moondance Regular Entry Deadline End of May!

“The fence that makes good neighbors also needs a gate to make good friends.” ~ Jocob M. Braude

Thanks a million for your interest in the Moondance International Film Festival!

MOONDANCE 2017 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES:

REGULAR $50 ENTRY FEE DEADLINE IS MAY 31ST!

For your best chance to win, send in your entry RIGHT NOW!

Accepting submissions NOW, through June 30, 2017

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 OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM

Moondance is also accepting submissions at:

Plan now to participate in this unique film festival, and help celebrate the 18th annual Moondance International Film Festival!

www.moondancefilmfestival.com

INTRODUCING OUR 2017 WRITTEN WORKS JUDGE & NEWEST TEAM MEMBER:

PHIL PRITCHARD

MOONDANCE 2017 WRITTEN WORKS JUDGE

Phil Pritchard is an Actor, Director, Producer from the UK. After training in Acting & Directing in London he has worked in Theatre, Film, & TV. One particular highlight of his acting career was playing the title role in a film called ‘A Kitten For Hitler’ produced and directed by British Film director Ken Russell.  On Stage he appeared in the West End in Sondheim’s ‘A Little Night Music’ which later transferred to Broadway, and more recently starred in the musical ‘BACKBEAT’ about the early days of The Beatles. He moved to the United States in 2012, has produced and directed film and theatre productions on both sides of the Atlantic, and is honored to be a judge of written works at the 2017 Moondance International Film Festival. Meet the whole team here!

Insider Tips: 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 enthusiastically read by an agent and then a producer, director and actors. Learn what they look for in a title and logline. Your first impression to these movers and shakers is all about the fine art of pitching your film or screenplay, your TV series concept or story idea, via your eye-catching title and logline.

“SELL THE SIZZLE; NOT JUST THE STEAK!”

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

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

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

“Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been sown, I have great faith in a seed… Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

 

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WEBSITE: www.moondancefilmfestival.com

NEWS-BLOG: www.moondancefilmfestival.com/blog

EMAIL: director@moondancefilmfestival.com

We look forward to previewing your 2017 submissions!



~ A Moondance Springtime & Tips for Doc Filmmakers!

So far this season, we have received talented films, written works and original music competition submissions from these countries: AUSTRALIA, BELGIUM, BRAZIL, CANADA , COATIA, COLOMBIA, DENMARK, FRANCE, INDIA, IRAN, JAPAN, NETHERLANDS, POLAND, ROMANIA, RUSSIA, SCOTLAND, SINGAPORE, SOUTH AFRICA, TURKEY, UK, and the US. Send in your submission now to join us for the 18th annual Moondance! Represent your country!

Thanks a million for your interest in the Moondance International Film Festival!

Plan now to participate in this unique film festival, and help celebrate the

18th annual Moondance International Film Festival!

www.moondancefilmfestival.com

DOCUMENTARY FILMS: INSIDER TIPS FOR SUCCESS!

At Moondance International Film Festival, we look for documentary films that entertain, inform, inspire, encourage and educate. We believe that films can contribute to a healthier society, and that films should encourage the active involvement of audiences to connect and act collectively to address global challenges. Moondance screens doc films that are innovative, distinctive, compelling, educational, engaging, and relevant to varied audiences, and which encourage active participation.

  • Have a story; a clear beginning, middle and end, as well as a protagonist and antagonist(s), much as good screenplays and narrative films must have.
  • Go easy on the “talking heads” interviews! Please, please, please shoot the interviewee(s) in various situations with related locations and visuals, not just sitting in a room, looking straight on to the camera and talking, talking, talking.
  • Add an appropriate and memorable music score!
  • Start late and end early! Edit your doc film to be as short as possible, while still getting the salient point or points across. 

READ MORE DETAILS HERE

MOONDANCE 2017 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES:

Accepting submissions NOW, through June 30, 2017

For your best chance to win, send in your entry RIGHT NOW!

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 OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM

Moondance is also accepting submissions at:

Moondance International Film Festival Screenings dates: September 2017

The Moondance International Film Festival, featuring its distinct cinematic visions and bold film selections, has distinguished itself around the world as much more than an annual film festival! The Moondance is a unique community, a supportive, productive, and creative year-round collaboration between independent filmmakers and movie audiences, between writers, composers and the world of top-quality filmed entertainment.

THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY:

“Narcissus” by JW Waterhouse

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

Picasso, “Fleurs”

“To leave the world better than you found it, sometimes you have to clean up other’s trash.” ~ Bill Nye

WEBSITE: www.moondancefilmfestival.com

NEWS-BLOG: www.moondancefilmfestival.com/blog

EMAIL: director@moondancefilmfestival.com

 

 



~ Check out Moondance’s Celebrity Supporters!

~ OUR CELEBRITY SUPPORTERS 2000-2016 ~

MORE CELEBRITY SUPPORTERS:

MOONDANCE TESTIMONIALS:

“My overall impression while attending the 2001 Moondance film festival, in such a beautiful location,
 and while speaking with other participants at the various film screenings, networking parties, and workshops, was one of enthusiasm, inspiration, and professionalism. In short, I loved it!” ~ Dr. Olga Rojer, professor of film studies, American University

“The Moondance International Film Festival is well known for offering the best venue to raise awareness of social issues through films and showcasing talented international independent social impact filmmakers’ works to audiences. We believe that your organization has a very good potential to share this important message to our global audiences who love social impact films as well as support social and environmental change.” ~ Michelle Lam, Founder of Visiomi.com

As independent, first-time filmmakers, we love the festival’s mission to entertain, to inform, to inspire, to encourage and to educate.” ~ Ben Prawer and Jesse Swedlund

“My first documentary film was accepted and won at your festival several years ago. It went on to win several other awards, also. It was such a surprise, and meant so much to me at the time. It gave me the courage to continue to produce documentaries, and helped me define my career in filmmaking.” ~ Becky McMillen

“Thank you for all you do for the writing community, not just film. As a three-time award recipient in the audio drama division I am always proud to point out to people the value Moondance places on writers in all genres.” ~ Sable Jak

“One of the things I liked about Moondance is your investment not only in the festival itself, but in helping filmmakers get through industry doors. As a woman director, the added hurdles I face daily can feel insurmountable, and your work keeps women like me going.” ~ Ela Their

 “It is really an honor for writers living across the world to participate in this distinguished competition of yours which values the principles of Mahatma Gandhi…” ~ Dhiraj Bakshi, India

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

MORE FILMMAKERS COMMMENTS:

MOONDANCE SCREENWRITER COMMENTS:

“I highly recommend the contest to any aspiring artist! As a Short Screenplay Finalist in 2002, not only did I receive a request to read my script, but with Elizabeth’s guidance and encouragement, I gained the confidence to tackle the writing of a feature length screenplay. It’s been an amazing ride. I’ve had dozens of requests for my script.” – Bonnie Maffei

“Fine festival for screenwriters. Good and timely communication make this a recommended festival for screenwriters, both new and experienced.” ~ Jim Norman

“At a time when too many movies glamorize or trivialize violence, Moondance stands out by awarding the Columbine award to scripts and movies with a good story about exceptional and compelling characters who want to make the world better, against seemingly impossible odds, and who employ a variety of nonviolent means to do so.” ~ Arthur Kanegis

“We were thrilled with everyone at Moondance including its founder, Elizabeth English. We flew to LA to attend the festival at Raleigh Studios. We received our awards and framed them. We were able to hand the script to a WGA agent at Moondance. Our script was requested by a production company who will be co-producing a handful of films for a well-known distributor. We have the script with a management company and some other production companies. Everything was superb. Great time, great memories!” – Colleen McQuaide

“Being one of the Moondance Columbine Best Feature Screenplay winners has provided me with a little more clout. Acknowledgement like that definitely encourages one to keep on pursuing the dream. In my opinion, a grand prize like this is far better than winning some cash, especially if one obtains representation and/or sells their screenplay.” ~ John Alarid

“I am so grateful for the support you have given me with my screenwriting over the years.  You helped to give me the confidence to believe that I could write and tell stories.” ~ Sally Sutherland

MORE SCREENWRITER COMMENTS:

Thanks a million for your interest in the Moondance International Film Festival! Plan now to participate in this unique film festival, and help celebrate the 18th annual Moondance International Film Festival!

MOONDANCE 2017 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES:

Accepting submissions NOW, through June 30, 2017

May 31 deadline for regular submission fees

June 30 deadline for extended submission fees

For your best chance to win, send in your entry RIGHT NOW!

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 OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM

Moondance is also accepting submissions at:

Now selected Moondance films will have the opportunity for a local & an international audience of many thousands of viewers to preview them online, via private Vimeo links, on a computer or any mobile device, for a long time to come, This is truly today’s preferred, state-of-the-art & most important global promotional & networking advantage! Selected films will be announced in August.

Moondance International Film Festival Screenings dates: September 2017

The Moondance International Film Festival, featuring its distinct cinematic visions and bold film selections, has distinguished itself around the world as much more than an annual film festival! The Moondance is a unique community, a supportive, productive, and creative year-round collaboration between independent filmmakers and movie audiences, between writers, composers and the world of top-quality filmed entertainment.

WEBSITE: www.moondancefilmfestival.com

NEWS-BLOG: www.moondancefilmfestival.com/blog

EMAIL: director@moondancefilmfestival.com

If of thy mortal goods thou art bereft
And from thy slender store
Two loaves alone to thee are left,
Sell one, and with the dole,
Buy hyacinths to feed thy soul.

 



~ Make a Big Splash With the Moondance!

Be Proactive & Celebrate Earth Day Every Day!

MOONDANCE 2017 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES:

Accepting submissions NOW through June 30, 2017

PLEASE VISIT THE MOONDANCE WEBSITE FOR MORE INFO!

The Moondance International Film Festival, now in its 18th successful season, cordially invites all talented US & International filmmakers, writers and music composers to submit their films, written works, original music, and film scores to its 18th annual season. READ MORE:

Moondance is also accepting submissions at:

Now selected Moondance films will have the opportunity for a local & an international audience of many thousands of viewers to preview them, on a computer or any mobile device, for a long time to come, This is truly today’s preferred, state-of-the-art & most important global promotional & networking advantage! Selected films will be announced in August.

CHECK OUT THESE MOONDANCE E-ZINE! ARTICLES:

THE ULTIMATE FILM FESTIVAL SUCCESS & SURVIVAL GUIDE

DIRECTING ACTORS IN FILM

DOCUMENTARY FILMS: 7 TIPS FOR SUCCESS

FIRST IMPRESSIONS: TITLES & LOGLINES

MUSIC IN FILM

How To Get An Agent: What Agents Want, (and Don’t Want), to See

Making a Great Promotional Trailer

READ MORE ARTICLES!

MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

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Read the article about Kids and Film at Moondance!

SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

“Go forward in life with a twinkle in your eye and a smile on your face, but with a great and strong purpose in your heart.” ~ Gordon Hinckley

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“Do the best you can until you know better. Then, when you know better, do better.” ~ Maya Angelou

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

 QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS?

EMAIL: 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 Film Festival’s Early April News!

The Moondance International Film Festival cordially invites all talented US & International filmmakers, writers and music composers to submit their films, written works, original music, and film scores to its 18th annual season.

 MOONDANCE 2017 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES:

Accepting submissions NOW through June 30, 2017

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.)

PLEASE SUPPORT THE MOONDANCE MISSION!

You can personally play an important role as a co-producer of the 2017 Moondance International Film Festival, the Film Festival Without Borders, by donating $500 (or more) for this beautiful, brand-new, never played, still in the box, acoustic-electric, custom-made, LUNA GUITAR, with a depiction of 2 lovely John Waterhouse vintage Mermaids on the front.

To understand the inspiration behind the world-famous Luna Acoustic Guitars line is to understand and appreciate world culture, nature and art. This is most evident in the delicate inlaid or laser etched designs with our acoustic guitar line. Behind that aesthetic, is a carefully nurtured understanding of guitar design that results in a consummate instrument of significant beauty and long-lasting value. Designed by artists for artists. 

We greatly appreciate your generous financial support, and we will also list you or your company as a 2017 sponsor in an upcoming news-blog and on our festival sponsors page. Create something beautiful with Luna! DONATE HERE: (And get a free Moondance logo canvas tote bag with your guitar!)

INSIDER TIPS FOR FILMMAKERS:

MAKING A GREAT PROMOTIONAL TRAILER

Do you want to have a really good 2-3-minute trailer to send to producers, studios, film festival competitions, for your website & in social media ?  Haven’t quite finished post on your film yet, but want to promote it now?

Great trailers are in a special class of their own; little polished gems that showcase your film, and make people want to see more! But film trailers can be more difficult to make really well than the entire film, itself.  It can be more time-consuming, judicious editing must be a main concern, you have to tell the main story, theme & concept quickly, harder scene decisions need to be made, and you need to sell your film in less than three minutes. READ MORE HERE: 

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT:

“Never let life impede upon your ability to manifest your dreams! Anyone can prosper and succeed if you have the passion, fortitude, and courage to try, with unwavering  perseverance, overcoming barriers and setbacks, with a firm resolve, fiercely refusing to ever tolerate failure.” ~ EE

 QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS?

EMAIL: moondancefestival@gmail.com

WEBSITE: www.moondancefilmfestival.com

BLOG: www.moondancefilmfestival.com/blog

 



~ Moondance 2-for-1 Deal: Don’t Miss Out!

MOONDANCE 2017 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES:

Accepting submissions NOW through June 30, 2017 


ENTRY FORM HERE

Any combination of 2 newly-submitted projects are welcomed: 2 films, 2 scripts, a film & a script, a film & a film score, & etc.
NOTE: this option is only available via the Moondance entry form, & is not available via the FilmFreeway entry form!

PLEASE VISIT THE MOONDANCE WEBSITE FOR MORE INFO!

The Moondance International Film Festival cordially invites all talented US & International filmmakers, writers and music composers to submit their films, written works, original music, and film scores to its 18th annual season.

Moondance is also accepting submissions at:

PLEASE SUPPORT THE MOONDANCE MISSION!

Become a Film Festival Co-producer!

You can play a very important role as a co-producer of the 2017 Moondance International Film Festival, the Film Festival Without Borders, by donating $500 (or more) for this brand-new, never played, still in the box, acoustic-electric, custom-made, LUNA GUITAR, with a depiction of 2 lovely John Waterhouse vintage Mermaids on the front.

We greatly appreciate your generous financial support, and we will also list you or your company as a 2017 sponsor in an upcoming news-blog and on our festival sponsors page. Create something beautiful with Luna! DONATE HERE: (And get a free Moondance logo canvas tote bag with your guitar!)

 SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT:

~~ Join the Real Food Revolution! ~~

For centuries, cooking and eating food have been a necessity and a pleasure around the globe, as well as a reflection of cultural identity with place and people. However, with a lifestyle linked with convenience, fewer people cook.

Much of humanity is increasingly dependent on industrial methods of agriculture and food production, which rely on fossil fuels, chemical pesticides and herbicides, as well as toxic fertilizers and genetic modification, not to mention exploitive and manipulative marketing strategy, which keeps us shackled and enslaved in the name of economic growth and corporate profitability.

As a result, we have almost completely lost our capacity to meet our essential food needs locally. The simple fact of understanding what’s in season, how and where it grows, who grows it…have all become a rarity.

Studies show that gardening time, cooking time, and family times at the dinner table have almost disappeared. While this commercial food system is efficient and cheap, it has left us overfed on salt, sugar, and fats. And while we were eating, this toxic food system has impacted our planet – accounting for up to 30% of global greenhouse gases.

We have become disconnected from the food we eat. We discard 30-40% of our food, while others are starving. This disconnection is a true loss of culture with enormous societal, environmental, economic, and health impacts. We hunger for meaningful connection with the earth, for connection with the cycles and processes of nature.

IDEAS FOR PROMOTING HEALTHY EATING & LOCAL FOOD: Grow pollinator-friendly vegetable, herb and flower gardens, plant fruit and nut trees, bake your own bread, make yogurt, teach children where their food comes from, cook and eat together as a family, shop at local farmers markets, buy locally-produced organic foods from your supermarket.

We need to recover our own innate ability to feed ourselves! We must declare our independence from this exploitative industrial food system and get on with what is most needed now: localized regional, organic food. We need to start nourishing ourselves and our family with food that we grow, or is grown on farms and ranches close to where we live, prepared with love in our own kitchens. In ways that nourish body, mind and soul.

(Article excerpted & edited from the Local Food Shift Magazine:

www.localfoodshift.com, Boulder, Colorado)

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

 QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS?

EMAIL: 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!

 



~ WOW! 2-for-1 Entry Fees at Moondance Now!

The Moondance International Film Festival cordially invites all talented US & International filmmakers, writers and music composers to submit their films, written works, original music, and film scores to its 18th annual season.

MOONDANCE 2017 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES:

Accepting submissions NOW through June 30, 2017

Any combination of 2 newly-submitted projects are welcomed: 2 films, 2 scripts, a film & a script,
a film & a film score, & etc.

 NOTE: this option is only available via the Moondance entry form,

& is not available via the FilmFreeway entry form!

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

*The 2017 Moondance International Film Festival is offering free competition submissions for filmmakers, writers & music composers from the Middle Eastern countries whose immigrants, refugee artists and others who were banned from entering the United States.

Moondance is also accepting submissions at:

https://filmfreeway.com/festival/MoondanceInternationalFilmFestival

No submissions via Withoutabox.com!

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

A MOONDANCER WRITES US:

I’m an Iranian animation director. I would like to say thanks for providing us with this opportunity.” ~ Golnaz Moghaddam

PLEASE SUPPORT THE MOONDANCE MISSION!
The Moondance Mission & Goals

You can greatly play an important role as a co-producer of the 2017 Moondance International Film Festival, the Film Festival Without Borders, by donating $500 (or more) for this brand-new, never played, still in the box, acoustic, custom-made, LUNA GUITAR, with a depiction of 2 lovely John Waterhouse vintage Mermaids on the front.

To understand the inspiration behind the world-famous Luna Acoustic Guitars line is to understand and appreciate world culture, nature and art. This is most evident in the delicate inlaid or laser etched designs with our acoustic guitar line. Behind that aesthetic, is a carefully nurtured understanding of guitar design that results in a consummate instrument of significant beauty and long-lasting value. Designed by artists for artists. 

 

We greatly appreciate your generous financial support, and we will also list you or your company as a 2017 sponsor in an upcoming news-blog and on our festival sponsors page. Create something beautiful with Luna! DONATE HERE: (And get a free Moondance logo canvas tote bag with your guitar!)

SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

“It’s too bad that all of the people who know best how to run this country are taxi-cab drivers and hairdressers.” ~ George Burns

“Decide what you want — that is the most difficult part — and then apply yourself without compromise to that end.” ~ Christo

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 QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS?

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~ Moondance Two-for-One Submissions in March!

MOONDANCE 2017 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES:

Accepting submissions NOW through June 30, 2017Any combination of 2 newly-submitted projects are welcomed: 2 films, 2 scripts,
a film & a script, a film & a film score, & etc.

NOTE: this option is only available via the Moondance entry form,

& is not available via the FilmFreeway entry form!

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:

https://filmfreeway.com/festival/MoondanceInternationalFilmFestival

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No submissions via Withoutabox.com!

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

The Moondance International Film Festival invites all talented US & International filmmakers, writers and music composers to submit their films, written works and film scores to its 18th annual season.

We…found so much to admire about Moondance – the programming is great and we love the commitment to true independence. Keep up the wonderful work.” ~ Kelly Leow, MovieMaker magazine

The 2017 Moondance International Film Festival is offering free competition submissions for filmmakers, writers & music composers from the Middle Eastern countries whose immigrants, refugee artists and others who were banned from entering the United States. 

This is an excellent move and will make Moondance really famous because you are along with others defying the White House. Great idea! Congratulations!” ~ Chris Nebe, filmmaker

I enjoy your newsletter.  I think it is a great idea to encourage filmmakers from the Middle East.“ ~ Vicki Bartholomew, screenwriter

MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

~ March 8th ~

GET READY FOR A DAY WITHOUT WOMEN!
For women, femmes, and allies:

Women around the world are getting ready to strike. As International Women’s Day on March 8th grows closer, grassroots feminist organizations have called for a one-day strike. Organizers are calling for women to stop working in whatever ways they can. And if they can’t? Women can wear red in solidarity. 

When you ban refugees, this is who you’re hurting. In honor of Women’s History Month, the Huffington Post rounded up 100 years of women refugees as a reminder of who the Trump administration’s dangerous anti-refugee rhetoric hurts most.   

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IF THE EPA IS FORCED TO SIT ON ITS HANDS,
CITIZENS WILL GET TO THEIR FEET!

The US Senate confirmed Trump’s candidate, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, as the new administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Pruitt has long been the best friend to the fossil fuel industry—he regularly puts the interests of polluters over public health and the environment, while also denying climate change and global warming.

Scott Pruitt’s confirmation as EPA administrator leaves little doubt that the GOP Congress and the Trump administration intend to weaken, if not paralyze or eliminate altogether, the nation’s environmental rules and regulations. But states, governments, and the EPA aren’t the only ones who have power to protect the environment. The nation’s environmental statutes have citizen suit provisions such that aggrieved citizens can bring enforcement actions—essentially stepping into the shoes of the federal government. Citizens can sue polluters for violating the environmental standards that apply to them, and expose any kind of corruption or self-dealing or secrecy.

States, the Feds, and the EPA aren’t the only ones who have power to protect our environment! CITIZENS CAN TAKE ACTION, TOO.

SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

“As wise women and men in every culture tell us: the art of life is not in controlling what happens to us, but in using what happens to us.” ~ Gloria Steinem

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“Loving yourself first is not about showing off or navel-gazing or self-aggrandizing. It’s about listening to your needs, protecting yourself with healthy boundaries, not attacking yourself with barbed words, giving yourself plenty of quiet pat on the backs for jobs well done, giving yourself space when you need it, treating yourself like you would your best friend and not working yourself into an early grave.” ~ Lou Hamilton

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Buster Keaton

“Before we set our hearts too much upon anything, let us examine how happy those are who already possess it.” ~ Francois de la Rochefoucauld

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

 QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS?

EMAIL: moondancefestival@gmail.com

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BLOG: www.moondancefilmfestival.com/blog

 

 

 



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