It’s the warm and sunny month of May! Now you can create a garden that is your peaceful sanctuary — a calm refuge from the stresses of everyday life, a soothing balm for heart and soul, a place of natural beauty to engage the senses, in which to go barefoot and connect with nature, where you can foster personal growth, serenity and spiritual awareness.



Moondance has been offered the unique opportunity to hold the 2013 film festival event in Mystic, Connecticut!


Mystic, Connecticut, located mid-way between New York City and Boston, has the unique distinction of being one of the most popular tourist and vacation areas in New England. It’s a lovely small seaside town within easy driving distance to New York City, with big-city amenities – great seafood restaurants, a lively arts and music scene, and the historic Olde Mystic Village. Mystic has become known for its quintessential New England charm, as well as its two world-class attractions: Mystic Seaport, the world’s largest maritime museum, and the Mystic Aquarium, featuring fascinating creatures from both sea and land, as well as the exhibits of Dr. Robert Ballard, discoverer of the Titanic. Mystic also has beautiful beaches, a lighthouse, and now, Mystic can boast that it’s the new home of the Moondance International Film Festival & Market!


Please give a very warm welcome to Moondance’s 2013 Festival Director & Marketing Director, the talented and award-winning Mystic filmmaker and producer, Hans Hartman! Hans is the new Festival Director for the Moondance International Film Festival and is building the premiere Moondance Film Market, for filmmakers, writers & music composers, and for entertainment industry buyers & sellers.

Hans Hartman

He has been in the entertainment industry since 1968, and has worked in almost every stage of the production process. In 1978, Hans started working behind the camera and started editing film in the mid 1970’s and video in the early 1980’s. As the digital migration came about, he learned several NLE systems and became an expert on FCP Studio Suite. Hans taught 35mm filmmaking at a prestigious college, in Florida, and created “The Young Filmmaker’s Workshop” in Orlando, FL.

Hartman has hundreds of film, television and commercial projects to his credit. In 2002, Hans formed a new production company to focus on film and digital cinema, called H2Films. Hans has also been recognized by the State of Connecticut and appointed to the Advisory Board of the Department of Economic and Community Development. Currently, he is working on producing a slate of films in the mid-range. Using his knowledge of independent filmmaking techniques and new media, he is able to keep quality high and prices reasonable. Hans is passionate about building the infrastructure needed to bring more films & filmmakers to Connecticut.

Contact Hans at:


I also wish to extend a very warm welcome to Moondance’s new webster, the talented Internet maven & website designer,  Kelly Brenner, of Buenos Aires, Argentina! Kelly’s website is:

Kelly Brenner



~~ Elizabeth English ~~

Moondance international Film Festival

Founder, Executive Director, Artistic Director

Elizabeth English


Now is the best time to submit your film, screenplay, original music CD, stageplay, short story, and etc. to the 2013 Moondance competition!


Thanks for the many fine submissions received so far,

for the Moondance’s 2013 competition!

The Moondance winners’ star award



Moondance winners are setting the industry standard for

the best-of-the-best films, screenplays and music!


Scroll on down:

For 2 very special announcements, more info, festival news, recommendations, great photos & some things to think about!













Do you have a really good 1- to 3-minute film trailer to send to Moondance?

Haven’t quite finished your film yet, but want to promote it now?

Submit the trailer here:

The entry fee is only $25!

• All winning trailers will be screened at Moondance 2013!

How I Lost My Wings (trailer)

Written and Directed by Ivan Tasić



“Elizabeth, I’m writing to let you know that I just finished my second screenplay, using the methods and writing secrets that you exposed me to on my first screenplay. Your critique of my work was dead-on. The common sense – no nonsense approach brings out the details and cuts out the fluff. I’m very proud of both of my screenplays now, which could not have been so well-written without your tutelage. I’m confident that I have achieved a much higher plane of quality screenwriting since your professional evaluation via 7seas Productions. My first screenplay is already being considered by a production company! THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH” ~ Michael L. Edwards, Moondance award-winning screenwriter and music composer



We’re working with you to make a positive impact around the world in more than 35 countries, all 50 United States, and in your backyard. We address the most urgent conservation challenges at the largest scale. Today, more of our natural world is at risk than ever before. So our work is crucial to keep vital habitats and unique species from being lost forever.



WWF is building a future where human needs are met, in harmony with nature. We work to conserve the world’s most important natural places and significantly change global forces to protect the future of nature. Our experts are active at every level—from field work to government—conserving the largest tropical rain forests, the most remote areas of our planet, and the world’s most endangered species.

As the world’s leading conservation organization, WWF works in 100 countries around the globe. We seek to apply the wealth of our talents, knowledge, and passion to make the world wealthier in life, in spirit, and in living wonder of nature. Our unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation in science. It involves action at every level and ensures the delivery of solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature.



Oceana: Our Endangered Oceans and What We Can Do to Save Them

by Ted Danson & Michael D’Orso

Most people know Ted Danson as the affable bartender Sam Malone in the long-running television series Cheers. But fewer realize that over the course of the past two and a half decades, Danson has tirelessly devoted himself to the cause of heading off a looming global catastrophe—the massive destruction of our planet’s oceanic biosystems and the complete collapse of the world’s major commercial fisheries.

In Oceana, Danson details his journey from joining a modest local protest in the mid 1980s to oppose offshore oil drilling near his Southern California neighborhood to his current status as one of the world’s most influential oceanic environmental activists, testifying before congressional committees in Washington, D.C., addressing the World Trade Organization in Zurich, Switzerland, and helping found Oceana, the largest organization in the world focused solely on ocean conservation.

In his incisive, conversational voice, Danson describes what has happened to our oceans in just the past half-century, ranging from the ravages of over-fishing and habitat destruction to the devastating effects of ocean acidification and the wasteful horrors of fish farms. Danson also shares the stage of Oceana with some of the world’s most respected authorities in the fields of marine science, commercial fishing, and environmental law, as well as with other influential activists.

Combining vivid, personal prose with an array of stunning graphics, charts, and photographs, Oceana powerfully illustrates the impending crises and offers solutions that may allow us to avert them, showing you the specific courses of action you can take to become active, responsible stewards of our planet’s most precious resource—its oceans. (text from book blurb)



Guatemalan girl & tourist

“Though most of us consider ourselves to be people who share, we probably still fall into the trap of sharing with strings attached. We tend to give most to the people who give us love, friendship, or security in return. 

If you really want to practice sharing without an agenda, give something to the person who has nothing to offer you. 

Start with one person a week, then make it two. This is a powerful practice in growing our capacity for unconditional sharing.” ~ YEHUDA BERG, Kabbalahist






“Pick battles big enough to matter, but small enough to win.” ~ JONATHAN KOZOL, American writer, educator & activist





“By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The non-existent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.” ~ FRANZ KAFKA






“Happiness does not come from doing easy work, but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes from the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best.” ~ THEODORE RUBIN, American psychoanalyst & author





“Music creates order out of chaos: for rhythm imposes unanimity upon the divergent, melody imposes continuity upon the disjointed, and harmony imposes compatibility upon the incongruous. “ ~ YEHUDI MENUHIN, American violinist and conductor






“Taking note of how much we give or take energy can provide a gauge for where we are spiritually. 

Examples of taking energy include: Watching TV, gossiping, overindulging, and complaining. 

Examples of giving energy include: Volunteer efforts, creative outlets, positive new projects, and sharing support with a friend. 

Isn’t it weird that the things we take energy from actually make us feel drained, whereas the ways in which we give make us more energized? 

The way to get more energy is to give it!” ~ YEHUDA BERG






“You cannot build a reputation on what you are going to do.” ~ HENRY FORD


“Three Musicians”, Pablo Picasso


“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” ~ SCOTT ADAMS, American creator of the Dilbert comic strip




Please take a moment to watch & listen to this beautiful musical video:




Video by Philip Scott Johnson ”500 Years of Female Portraits in Western Art”,

Music: Bach’s Sarabande from Suite for Solo Cello No. 1 in G Major, performed by Yo-Yo Ma.

Nominated as Most Creative Video at the 
2nd Annual YouTube Awards.

For a complete list of artists and paintings visit:




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