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MOONDANCE ENTRY FEE DISCOUNT DAYS EXTENDED!
~ UNTIL POSTMARK May 31, 2012 ~
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 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:
(no discount, no two-fers)
Check out the Moondance website for more info!
Thanks a million for all the fine entries we’ve received so far!
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MOONDANCE:
As Moondance’s founder, executive director & artistic director, I have had the rare pleasure of personally previewing and judging every single film, reading all screenplays and other written works, and listening to all music and film scores submitted to each of the annual competitions. I have selected all the films to be screened and all the winners in every category, and have done so, successfully, from the very first Moondance, in 2000. I do not travel to other film festivals looking for films to invite. In the rare event that a very special film is invited to be screened at Moondance, it is clearly labeled as “invited”, and it can have no chance of winning an award. Only submitted films have that opportunity. When submitting your work to the Moondance annual competition, you can be 100% assured that it will be carefully previewed and judged fairly. ~~Elizabeth English
lists Moondance as one of the top ten film festival competitions
worth the entry fee!
MIFF DONATION REQUEST 2012
Dear Moondance Friends, In a time when politics and public policy, environmental issues, the poor economy, social justice, and equality for all, has become less about serious debate and deliberation — and more about sound bites, and the distortions spun out by the corporate media — Moondance provides a substantive and transformative alternative. The films, written works and music we receive reinforce our belief that for those artists, and for many of you, Moondance International Film Festival, with our mandate for integrity, the highest quality, and our mission, is an essential part of a progressive future.
We would like to say, “thanks a million”, to all of you Moondancers who have contributed in the past, and have submitted your projects! Without your support, we wouldn’t be here. With your support, we are getting stronger every day. And as our progressive, independent, pro-active voice reaches more people – via the art of film, writing and music, and providing encouragement, reliable information, critical thought and creative ideas — more audiences, artists and activists are entertained, informed, encouraged, and inspired.
Today, Moondance really needs your help to keep this vital mission moving forward! We need to meet our financial goals before we can produce the 13th annual film festival. Send in your entry now, and/or sponsor us, or donate whatever amount you can afford. Let other colleagues and friends know about Moondance, via your FaceBook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other social media accounts. Everything will help.
SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY, AND/OR DONATE HERE:
READ MOONDANCE SPONSOR INFO HERE:
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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• Bangladeshi filmmaker Rubaiyat Hossain has won the prestigious Orson Wells Award for her debut feature film Meherjaan. The Orson Wells Award is given to a newcomer to encourage aspiring and independent filmmakers from all over the world to bring a new wave of talent and creativity to the art of cinema. The film has received critical appreciation and awards at various film festivals, like the Moondance International Film Festival, (where it also won for its film score). Excerpted from the online magazine OutlookIndia.com
• Writer/Director Dempsey Tillman has a flair for the dramatic, the supernatural, the fantastical. One of a growing number of young African-American writer/directors making their mark in the industry, Dempsey aims for his films to “look beyond the ordinary to the extraordinary.” Dempsey got his start working alongside Hollywood’s most respected and successful directors of our time, including billion-dollar director Steven Spielberg (Lincoln), visionary Sam Raimi (Spider-Man franchise), Oscar-winner Robert Redford (Lions for Lambs), veteran Rob Reiner (Rumor Has It…) and groundbreakers Antoine Fuqua (Training Day), Justin Lin (Fast and Furious) and Michel Gondry (The Green Hornet with Seth Rogen) to name a few. Currently, Dempsey is at work on the feature film The Almighty, a supernatural thriller. The screenplay for The Almighty won the 2011 “ABYSS” award from the MOONDANCE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. Please support Dempsey’s efforts to fund the production of his film at: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1469627416/the-almighty
WRITERS & FILMMAKERS: DID YOU KNOW?
FIRST IMPRESSIONS: TITLES & LOGLINES
By Elizabeth English
Have a fabulous, unique idea for a movie? That’s wonderful, but you need to know how to turn your great story into a great logline. There is and always has been only one real secret to success in the entertainment industry. Tell a great story. Period. And you need to figure out how to tell that fabulous story in only 25 words or less! You need to learn how to get your script idea or film enthusiastically seen or read by an agent and then a producer, director and actors. Learn what they look for in a title and logline. Your first impression to these movers and shakers is all about the fine art of pitching your film or screenplay, your TV series concept or story idea, via your eye-catching title and logline!
• SELL THE SIZZLE; NOT JUST THE STEAK!”
• GREAT TITLES:
• HOW NOT TO WRITE A LOGLINE
• WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:
• ADAPTING YOUR LOGLINE TO YOUR READER’S OR VIEWER’S INTEREST
THE ONE-PAGE SYNOPSIS:
Generally, you should leave some mystery to entice the reader to read the screenplay. But a final sentence, such as, “But does she ever learn what happened?”, is too common, and overdone, leaving the reader feeling forced to read the script, which isn’t good. You need to entice a reader to want to read it. Sometimes, you can hint at or indicate the ending, while still leaving the reader interested and wanting to know what or how it is accomplished. For example, if you say “and he saves the town from certain disaster”, the reader wonders how he did it. If you say “she discovers her purpose in life”, the reader wonders what that purpose is, how she came to that conclusion, and what were the results. But only if the reader relates to, and is invested in, the characters and/or plot line by that time.
ARE DVDs OBSOLETE?
I recently read this: “DVDs are obsolete now.” So Netflix and everyone who watches DVDs on their TV or computer, uses Red Box, goes to a movie theater where they screen DVDs, or judges films on DVD for film festivals are all out-of-date, and are out-of-touch? Do people actually prefer to sit alone and watch movies on a 4″ or 8″ screen, with bad sound, bad lighting, and bad focus? As at YouTube, for example. Maybe the folks who say this have never seen a real movie on a big screen or on a DVD. They should consider comparing the quality of a film, both ways.
When filmmakers submit a film to Moondance via WAB, online only, no DVD, I do, of course, preview the film that way, but cannot really tell for sure if the film is that good or bad, even when I enlarge it to full-screen, because then it’s always slightly out-of-focus. I often then ask the filmmaker to send me the DVD, for a proper (and fair) preview. I would never allow my own films to be judged digitally online.
Films submitted to Moondance are judged on story & uniqueness, first, but without top quality in all other aspects (lighting, sound, focus, framing, direction, production values, editing, camera-work, acting, dialog, sets, costuming, music, & etc.), the film will not be selected. So, a DVD is the easiest way to show me, or any judge, what you’ve got, and how good your film really is! ~~ EE
MAKING A GOOD FILM IS JUST THE BEGINNING!
- Many independent filmmakers and producers spend years of their lives bringing their projects to completion, only to be stopped cold right at the finish line. All their hard work comes to nothing because of one simple fact: They Don’t Know How To Get Their Films noticed. What does it take to actually get your film into theatres? How do you attract the attention of top-level distribution executives? How do you know which festivals are right for your film?
- What if you had a team of world-class distribution & marketing professionals working to bring your film to market? Founded in 2001 by legendary distributor Marc Halperin, formerly of Fine Line Features and Miramax Pictures, MAGIC LAMP RELEASING was created to level the playing field for the independent filmmaker.
- With 28 years of experience, Halperin’s expertise has been key to the successful distribution of such films as Sex, Lies And Videotape, Repo Man, The Lost Hitchcock Films, Cinema Paradiso, The Crying Game, My Left Foot, Shine, Hoop Dreams, Truth Or Dare, and Dancer In The Dark, to name just a few.
- A unique hybrid of distributor, sales agency, PR firm, consultant and production company, MAGIC LAMP RELEASING provides a variety of custom professional services for indie filmmakers, and has successfully promoted quite a few winning Moondance films. Contact Marla & Marc at: email@example.com
EARTH DAY PICNIC FOR THE PLANET!
Some of the folks at the Palmer Research Station held an Earth Day Picnic for the Planet on one of the coldest spots on the planet: Antarctica. Temperatures this time of year hover around 0 degrees C, but that didn’t stop them from enjoying some ice cream!All 12 residents of tropical Palmyra Atoll (including 4 from a visiting vessel) attended this “floating” Picnic for the Planet on Earth Day.
A UK MOONDANCER WRITES TO US:
“Elizabeth English and the Moondance film festival have been an amazing support to me as a filmmaker. In the last two years, I have had four films win awards at Moondance. She is professional, inspiring, and sets high standards on the films she allows through to the festival. This means that is it always a feast of interesting, artistic and affecting films. Elizabeth is always encouraging, but also challenges us as filmmakers to be the best we can be. She supports us in bringing work of integrity to the screen. I am a writer and award-winning director. I have just written and filmed a short film which we are in post-production on, and which we will be submitting to Moondance this year.” ~ Lou Hamilton (UK) www.createlabproductions.com
THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY:
Maurice Sendak has left us, and has gone to where the wild things are.
“An artist’s work always offers another way of seeing the world; it is almost painfully generous, that an artist turns herself inside out, and offers that up to the gaze of strangers.” ~ Dominique Browning / SlowLoveLife.com
“If we face our unpleasant feelings with care, affection, and nonviolence, we can transform them into a kind of energy that is healthy and has the capacity to nourish us. By the work of mindful observation, our unpleasant feelings can illuminate so much for us, offering us insight and understanding into ourselves and society.” ~ 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
“Storytellers broaden our minds: engage, provoke, inspire, and ultimately, connect us.” ~ Robert Redford
“Human minds yield helplessly to the suction of story. No matter how hard we concentrate, no matter how deep we dig in our heels, we just can’t resist the gravity of alternate worlds.” ~ Jonathan Gottschall, author of “The Storytelling Animal”
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