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Moondane International Film Festival2011 CALL FOR ENTRIES!

SUBMISSION CATEGORIES:
• FEATURE FILMS
• SHORT FILMS
• DOCUMENTARY FILMS
• ANIMATION FILMS
• MUSIC VIDEOS
• FEATURE SCREENPLAYS
• SHORT SCREENPLAYS
• TV PILOT SCRIPTS
• FILMED TV PILOTS
• TV EPISODICS
• SHORT STORIES
• LIBRETTI
• ORIGINAL MUSIC & FILM SCORES
• STAGEPLAYS
• RADIO PLAYS
& more!

SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY TO MOONDANCE TODAY!

1. Check out the Moondance website for official entry form & more info!http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com

2. Or use our online submission service:
http://www.withoutabox.com/login/1240

3. Or go to our other submission service site:
http://www.acteva.com/go/moondance2011

~ ~ ~ ~   SUBMISSION DEADLINE: MAY 31, 2011   ~ ~ ~ ~

MOVIEBYTES.COM Lists Moondance as
“one of the top ten film festival competitions worth the entry fee!”

MOONDANCE SCRIPT 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 or at Withoutabox.com. The fee is a nominal $55 for each critique requested.

CHECK OUT MOONDANCE AT WIKIPEDIA:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moondance_International_Film_Festival

MOONDANCE NEWS: Steve Wilhelm, winning film score composer at Moondance 2010, has learned that his winning song, “I Fell in Love With You”, will be played at the upcoming royal wedding in London! Kudos & congratulations, Steve!

MOONDANCERS WRITE US!

“Thank you Elizabeth, for the excellent Moondance E-zine articles. They are full of great advice and tips that will be invaluable to me.” ~Tracee Lee

“I can’t believe how many film festivals there are, but yours has the best networking of any film festival that I have attended.  There are not always filmmakers attending these other festivals, and at one I attended the only networking was in the bar.  I started to go in but the bar was absolutely all men, so I didn’t bother.” – Vicki Bartholomew, Moondance award-winning screenwriter

“I was the proud winner of “Best Foreign Feature Screenplay” award at Moondance 2007 with my script HANGMAN VIRUS. I came a long way since, and last year I had a project sold to Sony Pictures! Congratulations for making Moondance what it is today!” ~ Guillaume Tunzini (France)

“Just want to let you know that “One Summer,” my short story that was a semi-finalist at Moondance in 2009, has become a short stage play and a finalist the AZ Centennial Plays/ Phoenix Theatre’s New Plays Festival,” ~ Beverly Smith-Dawson

“I wanted to let you know my good news: I got an agent at a recent Moondance film festival event, and one of my winning screenplays was just optioned by Flat Rock Motion Pictures!” ~ Marty Cuny, (Lakota writer, artist & consultant who does the annual blessing ceremony at Moondance)

“Delighted to see that Moondance continues and thrives. I had a former Moondance winner in my Way of Story workshop this weekend, part of Ojai WordFest. I enjoyed my time teaching at Moondance!” ~ Catherine Ann Jones (The Art of Screenwriting, The Art of Pitching & Story Structure, and The Way of Story)

“What a wonderful world of creativity you have made possible.  Best wishes for another great year in 2011.” ~ Ron Cox (LinkedIn.com)

“I’ll sign on. I love your newsletters!” ~ Alan Lock (Australia)

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• The latest festival news, notifications and announcements
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Special note to Moondance’s 2011 competition entrants: Moondance communicates with all competition entrants via e-mail. To receive regular e-newsletters with updates and more information about your submission status and about the film festival, we strongly recommend that you stay connected! If you change your e-mail address, please let us know right away.

Thanks for your continued interest in the Moondance!

ON THE JAPAN EARTHQUAKE, TSUNAMI & NUCLEAR PERIL:

TSUNAMI SURVIVOR!Photo by Atmo/ http://www.wildquest.com

A baby dolphin washed a mile inland by the catastrophic March 11, 2011 Japanese tsunami was safely returned to the ocean by a pair of rescuers. A man passing by a flooded rice field spotted the 3-foot long finless porpoise near the coastal city of Sendai. He alerted pet shop owners Takashi Wagatsuma and Ryo Taira, who have been helping save stranded and abandoned animals since the giant waves hit. Together, they captured the stranded baby dolphin and gently transported it in wet towels back to the sea. But it’s still far from being out of danger. The marine mammal now faces the possibility of swimming into waters highly contaminated by radioactivity from the nearby damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant. Distributed by: Universal Uclick / www.earthweek.com

ONE MILLION CHILDREN SINGING TO CHANGE THE WORLD!

WATCH THIS AMAZING VIDEO:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4h-R9xDJDk

APARTMENT IN PARIS AVAILABLE TO MOONDANCERS!






Greetings from Paris, France! A lovely, well-located Paris apartment is available to rent at a very reasonable cost, May 31st to Aug. 31st, or part thereof. Website photos: http://thesmartmoney.wordpress.com/paris-apt/ Contact Moondancer/Paris apartment owner Al Herter, if you or someone you know would be interested in a fabulous summer living in Paris: alherter@gmail.com

MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS:THE AMAZING BRACO GAZE

BRACO (pronounced Brahtzo), a mystical Croatian healer, has dedicated his life to awakening all those positive and beautiful feelings and energies, which we all carry in ourselves, and to helping people realize their full potential. Braco does not talk to his visitors, nor does he touch them, preach to them, or use any new-age techniques, or any other form of nonverbal suggestion: He simply stands before the audience and silently gazes at each one of them. His amazing successes and the reports from his visitors about their fascinating recoveries and positive changes in their lives attract more and more people from all over the world. And, during these silent sessions, people feel deeply touched, and changed. Hundreds of thousands all over the world have benefited immediately from being simply gazed at by Braco. WEBSITE: http://www.braco.net/

THE CLOUD APPRECIATION SOCIETY

http://cloudappreciationsociety.org/
PHOTO CREDIT: Sam LeBarron

MEN’S APOLOGY TO WOMEN:

You might like this powerful and poignant 8-minute video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_uRIMUBnvw

Conscious Men from around the world offer heartfelt apologies to girls and women for their thousands of years of disrespect, physical and sexual abuse, bias and discrimination, and imbalance between masculine and feminine energy, as well as offering a vision of a new era of co-creation.

“Beautiful! Very moving – it made me cry, as if the video was made with me (and all the other women I’ve known who struggle to make a difference in this men-driven world) in mind. If only there was a way to show this movie daily to men in th corporate/pharmaceutical and military world – perhaps that would soften their hearts and make them realize how much damage and grief they’re causing…”—(name withheld, Vancouver, Canada)

SAD NEWS / FILMMAKER ASSASSINATED:

Juliano Mer Khamis was an actor, director and filmmaker — but his greatest work lies in the creation of The Freedom Theatre (http://www.thefreedomtheatre.org/) in the Jenin Refugee Camp that provided a creative outlet for local youth in a dangerous and an emotionally-charged environment. The participants in The Freedom Theatre came from around the world; people with different backgrounds, faiths and political views, to join the children and young people of Jenin in their struggle against occupation and oppression, and for their right to a normal childhood and freedom. The Palestinian people needed to unite, and one step toward achieving that goal was to come together in communal work, irrespective of social status and political or religious beliefs. Sadly, Juliano Mer-Khamis, a great hero of our time, was assassinated by masked gunmen on April 4, 2011. View the video “No Child is Born a Terrorist” at: ://explore.org/videos/player/me-no-child-is-born-a-terrorist. The world loses, but heaven gains an angel of hope. (edited & excerpted from: http://explore.org/) More info on Juliano Mer Khamis is at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juliano_Mer-Khamis

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Dear Friends of Moondance International Film Festival: Please seriously consider helping support Moondance’s on-going efforts to promote, inspire and encourage the world’s independent filmmakers, writers and composers, with a financial donation to start off the new year right! Your contribution makes it possible for us to enlighten, inspire, enrich, educate, and entertain through film, writing & music. Any donation amount is greatly appreciated.

A donation of $1000 or more, to help fund our 2011 film festival, will put your name, or your company’s name, in the Moondance credits as a co-producer: on our website, in the newsletters, and in the festival print program!

TO DONATE NOW, GO TO: http://www.acteva.com/go/moondance2011

TO SEE OUR SPONSOR PAGES, GO TO:

http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com/04_sponsors.info.html

Thanks a million for your valued support!

THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY:

The point of living and of being an optimist, is to be foolish enough to believe the best is yet to come.Peter Ustinov (1921 – 2004)

“Problems are problems because you see them as problems. Today, look at your problems as obstacles.  With obstacles, there’s challenge.  With challenge, there’s purpose.  With purpose, there’s fulfillment.” – Yehunda Berg, Kaballah Center

“Looking for the gifts in our life situation, no matter how trying times may seem to be, is a real key to finding inner peace. The ability to see life as an opportunity, rather than as a problem, is a characteristic of observer consciousness. When we are in observer consciousness, we question any mental state that leads us away from peace.” – Lynne Forrest

One person can have a profound effect on another. And two people…well, two people can work miracles. They can change a whole town. They can change the world.Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider, TV writers, “Northern Exposure”

Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.William James (1842 – 1910)

“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that an airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” – Henry Ford

IN REFERENCE TO MAKING DECISIONS: A cowboy or cowgirl should always check his or her boots before putting them on, to make sure there’s not a snake hiding in them! –Old cowboy adage (updated)

Early feminist, Bella Abzug, wrote: “The test for whether or not you can do a job should not be based on the arrangement of your chromosomes.”

“We all participate in weaving the social fabric; we should therefore all participate in patching the fabric when it develops holes.” – Anne Weisberg, specialist in the field of diversity, gender and work/life integration

“After the sun sets on a clear evening, there is a long period when light continues to fill the sky…the afterglow. In the same way, when a creative endeavor comes to a close, memories of the shared experience continue to illuminate. Anecdotes are recalled, yarns are spun, and legend is born. This is especially true of filmmaking, that most collaborative of mediums.” – Kim Horning, writer/producer

“I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it, as well.” – Diane Ackerman, American author, poet & naturalist.

“You see, if you don’t take money, they can’t tell you what to do, kid. Money’s the cheapest thing. Liberty, freedom is the most expensive.” – Bill Cunningham, NY Times freelance street-fashion photographer

THE MOONDANCE WEBSITE IN MARCH 2011 HAD 2,447 VISITS
FROM 84 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES & TERRITORIES!

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