~ THE FILM FESTIVAL WITHOUT BORDERS! ~
“Whatever you want to do, do it now. There are only so many tomorrows.” ~ Pope Paul VI
For your best chance to win, send in your entry RIGHT NOW!
Accepting submissions NOW, through June 30, 2017
Thanks a million for all the very fine submissions we’ve received, so far, for the 2017 Moondance competition!
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, Luxembourg, 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!
Scroll down for insider tips: How TO GET YOUR SCREENPLAY REJECTED
MOONDANCE 2017 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES:
OUR REGULAR $50 ENTRY FEE IS EXTENDED TO JUNE 30th!
- 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
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Plan now to participate in this unique film festival, and help celebrate the 18th annual Moondance International Film Festival!
THINGS YOU SHOULD DO TO GET YOUR SCREENPLAY REJECTED
By Elizabeth English & Pinaki Ghosh
Writing a movie script? Want to know the secrets to getting your screenplay rejected, for sure? Read on:
- Offer detailed camera directions in your screenplay. Don’t trust the intelligence of the director of photography or cinematographer and offer camera directions in your script like, ‘pan’, ‘zoom’, ‘dolly’, ‘trolley shot’ or ‘low angle shot’. That will make your script look like one from history and is a definite way of getting it rejected.
- Insist on adding editing directions in your screenplay. Similarly, go ahead… show a complete disregard to the editor’s intelligence and write editing instructions like ‘cut to’, ‘dissolve to’, etc. and your screenplay will look like a thing of the past. In modern-day screenplays, editing directions are no longer acceptable. Only FADE IN and FADE TO BLACK are used in an entire screenplay. By the way, FADE IN and FADE TO BLACK are transitions, not scene descriptions, or sluglines, and they belong on the right-hand side of the first & last pages.
- Do not not capitalize the character names in the beginning, the first time the character is seen. Leave them in lowercase text or, even worse, have them in UPPER CASE throughout the entire script, and your screenplay will be rejected for sure.
- Type most or all of the elements the props person will need to know about, such as DOOR, LAMP, CAR, HOUSE, TREE, in all caps, too. Similarly, have words that denote sound, like WHOOSH, SCREAM, WOOF, BANG, or CLANG in upper case, to show that you know all about sounds for the Foley editors, and, incidentally, to make your script virtually unreadable and distracting. READ MORE HERE
THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY:
“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
“It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants and the bees. The question is: What are we busy about?” ~ Henry David Thoreau
“I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to be.” ~ Carl Jung