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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

WEBSITE: www.moondancefilmfestival.com

BLOG: www.moondancefilmfestival.com/blog

 

 

 



~ Moondance: The Film Festival Without Borders!

~~~ Let’s make a big splash! ~~~

Photo by Clark Little

In our continuing success of promoting multicultural, 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, Syria, Tasmania, Turkey, UAR, Ukraine, the UK, the US, Venezuela, and more! Please do join us!

The 2017 Moondance International Film Festival is 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 who were recently banned from entering the United States.

MOONDANCE IN THE INTERNATIONAL NEWS!

Tehran, Iran

  • Well-written article about Moondance and that we are offering free entry fees for those filmmakers in the 7 countries banned from entering the US. READ IT HERE
  • Moondancers are part of an amazing worldwide community; a unique collaboration of multi-talented, multi-cultural writers, film score composers and filmmakers. 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.

Moondance 2017 is very pleased to announce that the entire film festival this season will be online! How the online film festival works: all selected films will have a photo still & mini-synopsis/logline on the Moondance website, with a private link and pass-code to the film on Vimeo.  All submissions are to be entered online, and all winning & selected films will be screened online. No need to burn a DVD or Blu-ray and sending it to the film festival. Now your film will have the opportunity for a local & an international 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. The online film festival dates will be announced in July, but is expected to open for selected film screenings in late August or early September.   This is truly today’s preferred, state-of-the-art & most important global promotional & networking advantage!

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, drone films…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

•••••

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.

Moondance is known as the “American Cannes” of film festivals, and features the very best of indie films, music & writing by talented artists from around the world. Plan now to participate in this unique competition and film festival! For the last 17 years, the annual Moondance International Film Festival has showcased many hundreds of top-quality award-winning indie films, and promoted filmmakers, writers, composers, actors, industry professionals and media, from around the world.

MOONDANCERS WRITE US:

You did great job, it is wonderful. I think it is awesome you are providing free submissions to the seven countries that are currently banned from entering the USA. I want to say thank you very much, like always, for all your kindness.” ~  Mahmoud Shoolizadeh

In 2011, I attended Moondance with my film “Women In The Dirt”.  I was impressed with your film knowledge and your sensitivity to the needs of filmmakers.  Along with enjoying my first trip to Boulder, I was also happily surprised to find the audiences and participants to be thoughtful and engaged.” ~ Carolann Stoney

INSIDER TIP:

“If the boy and the girl walk off into the sunset hand-in-hand in the last scene, it adds ten million dollars to the box office.” ~ George Lucas

MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

INVINCIBLE AND UNSILENCED: WOMEN IN THE WORLD

Women’s Voices Now

“Nevertheless, she persists!”

WVN is a non-profit organization that promotes the free expression of the worldwide struggle for women’s civil, economic, political, and gender rights. Through free online content and community-based events with global partners, WVN creates platforms that connect conscientious art and media creators, activists, filmmakers, audiences, and advocacy organizations in an effort to shape and change public consciousness and policies on women’s rights. Using the medium of film, we strive to create an interconnected, mobilized women’s rights community that works together to improve the status of women worldwide. In addition to their annual film festival, Women’s Voices Now is home to theNetflix of feminist films,” a free online archive with over 200 international women’s rights films that can be viewed for free from anywhere in the world. For more information: womensvoicesnow.org

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“WRITING SUBTEXT”

What Lies Beneath

By Dr. Linda Seger

Whether you’re writing a sweet romance, an action-thriller, a tragedy, or a laugh-out-loud comedy, Linda Seger’s enlightening collection of unique, detailed, professional insider tips on the vital importance of including subtext for the success of your screenplay will keep you captivated, while you explore the special magic involved in fine storytelling, firsthand. A constructive guide for screenwriters, novelists, short-story writers & filmmakers.

Book available at www.MWP.com & www.Amazon.com

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7seas Productions

STUDIO-TYPE COVERAGE OF YOUR SCRIPT OR FILM!

Ready to get your screenplay or film on the right track?

  • 7seas Productions now offers script reading services, critiques, coverage and edits to all screenwriters, playwrights & filmmakers, and to production companies and agencies, at very special discount prices!
  • Focusing on the elements crucial to creating a compelling and readable script, and/or a winning, marketable film, as well as title, logline & synopsis consultation, 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 production company reader, and will assist in advancing your script or film up toward WINNER in screenwriting competitions & film festivals.
  • An advantage of this low-cost critique service is that we will help you prepare your screenplay before sending it to screenwriting competitions, film producers, agents, managers and others who may have requested it. FOR MORE INFO, CLICK HERE.

SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

https://www.amnesty.org.uk

No more lies. No more blame. No more hate. No more fear.

  • We should never forget that whenever leaders seek to divide, demonise and repress people, there are always people willing to stand up and get in the way. Building a sustainable movement for change starts with this simple act of defiance. Never has it been so urgent to stand up and get in the way.” ~ Salil Shetty, Secretary General, Amnesty International 

The big question this year will be how far the world lets atrocities go before doing something about them. Our report calls on you, on all of us, around the world to stand up against the politics of fear, blame and hate. 2017 needs human rights heroes.” ~ Kerry Moscogiuri, Amnesty International UK • WATCH THIS POWERFUL VIDEO HERE

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Picasso, “Fleurs”

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

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“As computers know, the past is mere storage, to be called upon as the present calculation requires.” ~ John Updike, “Villages”

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“A story is like a moving train; no matter where you hop on board, you are bound to reach your destination, sooner or later.” ~ Khaled Hoseini, “And the Mountains Echoed”

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

 QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS?

EMAIL: moondancefestival@gmail.com

WEBSITE: www.moondancefilmfestival.com

BLOG: www.moondancefilmfestival.com/blog



* Moondance February Call-for-Entries & News!

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

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:

CLICK HERE: 

No submissions via Withoutabox.com!

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

The 2017 Moondance International Film Festival is 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 who were recently banned from entering the United States.

MOONDANCERS WRITE US:

I think is it wonderful you are providing free submissions to the seven countries currently banned from entering the USA for the next 120 days!” ~ Heather Mehudar

“Thank you, Elizabeth! What a nice way to combat the cruelty and insanity.” ~ Sharon Burtner

Love Moondance’s activism & offering free submissions from the 7 beleaguered  Middle Eastern/African countries!! I have never been prouder to be a part of the Moondance global community. Artists are both the conscience & the inspiration of our world; the more outlets for our work, the better.” ~ Lola Martin Balaguer, Activist, Moondance Award Winner, Writer/Filmmaker

Thank you for your concern for our situation.” ~ Maryam Naghibi

I think what you did to help refugees & immigrants from various countries is very honorable and a great way to help and peacefully protest.” ~ Cassia Hendrickson

MOONDANCE ANNOUNCEMENT:

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!

THE ARTS ARE WORTH FIGHTING FOR!

                The Moondance Star Award

This is an urgent plea to save the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and National Public Radio (NPR). These entities are being financially threatened by the current administration, and this means drastic changes in infrastructure, economic growth, global outreach, jobs and vital funding for our country’s arts organizations, humanitarian organizations and public news sources. Please take a few minutes to contact your state‘s Senators and your Congressional Representatives now. And please join us & sign the Arts Action Fund petition HERE: Thank you for your help. http://artsactionfund.org/page/s/trump-arts-petition

RECOMMENDED:

Now, more than ever, IKEA is proud of its vision to create a better everyday life for the many people – our co-workers, customers, and the community around us – both in the home and at work.

  • We believe that a better everyday life starts with equal rights for all
  • We believe that everyone deserves to be respected, valued and appreciated
  • We believe in the power of people working together: people from different backgrounds, nationalities, and beliefs, uniting to create a better everyday life for themselves and for one another
  • We believe that each of us has the responsibility to stand up for the dignity and rights of every individual, regardless of their race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, or any other individual characteristic
  • We believe that all homes – and all people – are created equal

To see what we have shared with our co-workers, please CLICK HERE.

Respectfully, Lars Petersson, IKEA US President

SOME THINGS TO CONSIDER:

“Strive not to be a success but rather to be of value.” ~ Albert Einstein

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“The ultimate test of one’s conscience may be one’s willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks you will never hear.” ~ Gaylord Nelson

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“A pile of rocks ceases to be just a pile of rocks the very moment you contemplate it, bearing within you the image of a cathedral or a castle.” ~ Antoine Saint-Exupery (quote modified & updated from the original)

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

 



* 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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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

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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?

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WEBSITE: www.moondancefilmfestival.com

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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:

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“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?

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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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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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DONATE TO SUPPORT THE MOONDANCE MISSION HERE!

 We truly appreciate your continued generous support. Thank you!

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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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