HAPPY MAY DAY FROM MOONDANCE!


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

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

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

MOONDANCE ENTRY FEE DISCOUNT DAYS EXTENDED!

~ May 1 – 31, 2012 ~

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

TWO ENTRIES FOR THE PRICE OF ONE!*

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

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

3 EASY WAYS TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY or ENTRIES:

1. MIFF Entry Form

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

2. Acteva Online Entry

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

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

3. Withoutabox.com

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

(no discount, no two-fers)

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

Check out the Moondance website for more info!

http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com

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

MOVIEBYTES.COM

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

PROFESSIONAL CRITIQUES:

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

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ADVICE FROM A TREE

By Ilan Shamir

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

Sweet Chestnut tree, Wikipedia photo

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8 Tips on How to Write a Great Story!

Author photo: pitch.com

WRITING ADVICE FROM KURT VONNEGUT:

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

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

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

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

5. Start as close to the end as possible.

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

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

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

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MOONDANCERS WRITE US:

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

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

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

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DID YOU KNOW…?

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

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:

Saving Dolphins & Whales – Protecting the Oceans

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

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

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

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

http://hint.fm/wind/

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

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

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Moss gardens in Kyoto, Japan

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

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY:

Waterfall, Ithaca, NY

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

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

Navajo weaver

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

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

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THE GREAT MOONDANCE ROADSHOW!

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

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

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