Welcome to summertime!
“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass or sand on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, and watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time.” - John Lubbock
By popular request,
WE’VE EXTENDED THE 2012 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES DEADLINE!
The 2012 Moondance extended submission deadline is coming up!
Get your entry in NOW for this great opportunity
to showcase your talents and to win the Moondance!
>>> FINAL POSTMARK DEADLINE: JULY 31, 2012 <<<
(not required to be received by this date, just postmarked)
3 EASY WAYS TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY:
(in order of our preference)
CHECK OUT THE MOONDANCE WEBSITE FOR MORE INFO!
Thanks a million for all the many fine entries we’ve received so far!
lists Moondance as one of the top ten film festival competitions worth the entry fee!
FEEDBACK & PROFESSIONAL CRITIQUES:
Last chance to have Moondance’s very popular reader, Cynthia Butler, write a one-page critique and assessment of your work submitted to Moondance as a screenplay, stageplay, teleplay or up to 3 short stories. Check off the box for critiques on the Moondance entry form. The fee is a discounted $50 for each critique requested!
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PLAN NOW TO ATTEND THE 13th ANNUAL
MOONDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2012!
IN NEW YORK CITY!
Moondance is known as the “American Cannes” of film festivals, and features the very best of US and international foreign and indie films, professional workshops, pitch panels, gala awards ceremony & reception, and fabulous networking parties & events. Come to be entertained, encouraged and inspired at this annual world-class event! Plan now to participate in this unique film festival event, and help celebrate this very special 13th annual Moondance International Film Festival!
DID YOU KNOW?
In our continuing efforts to promote & provide 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 festival competitions have brought in great submissions, in all categories, from these countries: Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Bali, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Curaçao, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Korea, Macao, Malta, Marshall Islands, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia/Montenegro, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tasmania, Thailand, Turkey, UK, United Arab Emirates, United Arab Republic, USA, Venezuela and Viet Nam!
SEND IN YOUR ENTRY NOW AND REPRESENT YOUR COUNTRY!
“If everyone is moving together, then success takes care of itself.” ~ Henry Ford
To American Moondancers:
HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!
236 years of freedom: July 4th, 2012
PARKOUR is the physical discipline of training to overcome any obstacle within one’s path by adapting to the environment within your personal obstacle course. It’s a playground for building strength, freedom, courage and discipline. Parkour is an international discipline that is best described as the art of forward motion in spite of obstacles, or to put it simply: the art of purposeful movement. Parkour’s chief aim is to never move backward, but instead to overcome obstacles fluidly, with strength, originality and speed. It emphasizes the integration of the human mind and body to overcome obstacles, and gain victory over one’s fears and weaknesses. Friends can challenge each other to improve upon their most recent efforts, and feed off each other’s energy and achievements, as they seek new boundaries to break, within a loose and perfectly amicable framework. Filmmakers use a form of parkour when they track long action scenes over the terrain. A mental form of parkour can be learned, practiced and utilized to overcome obstacles in one’s life and career!
ZEN PARKOUR, ANYONE? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parkour
A fire rainbow – the rarest of all naturally-occurring atmospheric phenomena
The MWP publication, “FILMMAKING FOR CHANGE, How to Make Films That Transform the World”, by Jon Fitzgerald, book soon to be released, is a marvel, a revelation, and a must-read, for film buffs, indie filmmakers, film festival programmers, studio heads, film distributors, and screenwriters! This important book entertains, informs, inspires, encourages and educates the reader. Filmmakers, writers and composers are vocal and active participants in the social forces that can shape our culture. Films, scripts and music can all greatly contribute to a healthier society, and these creative works should encourage the active involvement of audiences to connect and act collectively to address social and environmental challenges. Pre-order now: amazon.com & check out the incredible book list at: : Michael Wiese Books: http://www.mwp.com/
MOONDANCERS WRITE US!
- “A huge thanks to you again for selecting “skew” as a feature film semi-finalist at your fest last year. We have gone on to much success with the film since the 2011 Moondance International Film Festival and I truly believe being attached to your awesome fest helped us out on our amazing journey. So far, we have been accepted in just under 50 festivals, had great reviews, and won 7 awards. In addition to this, “skew” has been sold to Netflix in the US, (and many other countries). I think you have a great festival, and I look forward to seeing it continue to grow stronger with every new year.” ~ Sevé Schelenz, writer/director – “skew”
- “I was a quarter finalist, (about) 10 years ago for my script, Flying Lessons. I just wanted to say how much your festival has grown and how impressive it is! Really great job. I am still writing, and just completed a two-year deal with Paramount for a script I co- wrote, called Shopping for Boys. I’m considering entering a pilot in your festival. I just wanted to touch base, say hello and kudos to you.” ~ Rachel Naples, screenwriter
- “Thank you for all the information, helpful tips, and insightful thoughts you give us on the monthly news blog. I am delighted to hear that the festival will be held in New York City. I have been there twice. Love it! It is such a great place to celebrate. So, I will just hop over the Atlantic Ocean. Looking forward to meeting you, dear Moondancers.” ~ Christine Doris Schmidt, Screenwriter, Germany
- “I wanted to thank you for all the great feedback you gave me for Hockey Night In Cromdale in our email exchange…I am honored that you liked it…It means a lot to me, as the story was written in memory of many people I have known and many friends whom I loved. Thank you so much again for everything and best wishes for another successful festival.”~ Penny Frazier, Canada, screenwiter
- “I’m currently traveling in SE Asia for the next months on a writing retreat…I’ve looked at your impressive website and felt an immediate affinity. Clearly, you have done your inner-work and now moving strongly into the outer. I am in the process of doing the same…So we are kindred spirits walking along the same path, and, based on my travels, I can tell you, as you already know, there are many of us around the globe! I will send your info to my videography group. I’ve already signed up for your blog and look forward to getting to know you better.”~ Jia Gottlieb MD, www.theturningstone.org (an unusual and talented group of people from many walks of life, who share a common destiny – and burden: to change the course of our family lineage, ourselves and the world)
- “I’ve long had Moondance on my “wish list” for fests to try out – I’ve got a feature in post, so your note is timely. Just read your “adventures in judging” and you are spot on! I teach the Masters of Arts in Film Producing at the Seattle Film Institute and am always keeping my eye open for great tips – yours are terrific.” ~ Steve Edmiston, http://www.storyboxstudios.com/
FROM THE MIFF E-ZINE: ADVENTURES IN JUDGING FILM SUBMISSIONS
THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY!“Summertime is always the best of what might be.” ~ Charles Bowden
“En hiver, j’ai finalement appris qu’il y avait en moi un invincible été.” (In winter, I finally learned that there was, in me, an invincible summer.) ~ Albert Camus
“Both tears and sweat are salty, but they render a different result. Tears may get you sympathy; but sweat will get you change.” ~ Jesse Jackson
“To move audiences and readers, a writer’s words must be ringing, strong and visceral, clear and concise, and allow the writer to articulate and elicit powerful emotions.” ~ Source Unknown
“When feasts are laid and classical music is played, where champagne is drunk once the sun has sunk, and the season of summer is alive in spicy bloom…these things fill hearts with joy and remind one that life’s bounty is not always fleeting, but can be captured, and enjoyed.” ~ Roman Payne
“All love that has not friendship for its base is like a mansion built on sand.” ~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox
“The more we include others in our consciousness, the more we distance ourselves from our own ego, and the greater the revelation of truth will be.” ~ Yehuda Berg, The Kabbalah Centre International
A GENTLE REMINDER:
The final 2012 Moondance submission deadline is coming up!
Get your entry in NOW for this great opportunity
to showcase your talents and to win the Moondance!
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in order to be kept up-to-date about all of the Moondance deadlines, news, announcements, vital articles and insider tips!
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