Imagine sailing on the clear blue seas of the Caribbean while attending the 2012 Moondance International Film Festival! Between professional workshops, indie film screenings, networking cocktail parties, and gala awards ceremony, enjoy all that a 3-day luxury cruise aboard a cruise ship has to offer. All for one low, affordable package price, which includes cabin, a wide variety of entertainment options, shore tours, all-you-can eat 24 hours a day, as well as all of our famous film festival events: Bahamas cruise AND film festival in one! Forget winter weather; experience the perfect weather, sparkling blue seas and the warm sun of the Caribbean in December!

MOONDANCE AT SEA is in the very early planning stages, so please let us know if you’d be interested in joining us on this unique film festival cruise in 2012. We cordially welcome all audiences, international filmmakers, writers, composers, families and all indie film buffs. The 3-day film festival cruise package will only cost in the range of $500-$750 (depending on number of attendees & cabin accommodations selected), and all festival events, film screenings, networking parties, workshops, & awards ceremony, AND the 3-day Bahamas cruise are included in this amazingly low, low ticket price! We’ll need at least 100 participants to make this work! Please email right now:, with MIFF CRUISE 2012 in the subject line, to let us know if you like the idea of a festival at sea, and if you’ll want to join the Moondance crew, and let’s make a big splash!


Would you like to host the best of Moondance films & workshops in your community, anywhere in the US and/or the world? You can bring Moondance to your area! Contact Elizabeth English now at to discuss the details and benefits!

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The 2012 Moondance early-bird call-for-entries will open for submissions on December 1, 2011.  We look forward to receiving your next film, screenplay, film score, TV script, stageplay, radio show, music video, and more!

Check out all of the 2012 Moondance submission categories at:


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!

Thanks a million!



SPECIAL LIMITED-TIME OFFER*! Anyone who donates $1000 (or more) in 2011 to support Moondance’s continuing efforts to help make the world a better place through film, writing & music, will receive this brand-new, beautiful custom-made Luna Guitar with Victorian-era Mermaid art on both sides as a gift for your generous, much-appreciated financial support!


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Tara Miele and Brett Juskalian are celebrating the recent release on DVD of their first independent feature film, “The Lake Effect,” hoping audiences worldwide will embrace their indie film. The film stars Kay Panabaker from “Fame” and ABC’s “No Ordinary Family,” Ross Partridge from the Duplass Brothers’ film “Baghead” and Tara Summers from television’s “Boston Legal.” It screened to sold-out audiences at festivals nationwide and won awards including Best Screenplay, Best Ensemble Acting and the Audience Favorite Award from festivals, including the Moondance International Film Festival. The Raindance Film Festival in London named Miele, “a Top Ten American Indie Filmmaker to Watch.” The Lake Effect was released on DVD Oct. 18 and is available from, and can be added to a Netflix DVD queue. Watch the trailer for “The Lake Effect” at



Winter / En Hiver

by Moondance winner, director Andy Collen & Amy Blumenstein-Collen

Here’s an interview with the director about the making of this film:


For more information on the filmmakers and Happy Trails Animation, visit

The goal of Shaping True Story Into Screenplay is to empower screenwriters who are spurred on by personal experience and help them make the leap from cathartic expression to true storytelling. With an encouraging and supportive tone, the book guides its readers towards objectivity about their experience. A screenplay based on real life must move beyond a self-indulgent re-telling, and this book explains the process of writing one’s own story in terms of antagonist and protagonist, beginning, middle and end, dramatic conflict and character motivations. Candace Kearns Read, MFA, a popular Moondance workshop presenter, has over twenty years of experience in the film industry as a screenwriter and screenwriting teacher and consultant, and this book provides an in-depth look at the specific challenges of adapting from true story, based on her experience.


“I’d like to say that it was my great pleasure to meet you! Thank you very much for your special attention to me & my film ‘Siberia.Monamour”. It was really important for me to discover, that my film is understandable & close to the American audience!” ~ Slava Ross, 2011 director, “Siberia, Monamour”, winning feature film & audience favorite

“Being able to put the Moondance Audience Favorite Documentary award (and Official Selected Film) laurels on my promotional materials is more than I could have hoped for. I appreciate everything you did for us.” ~ Greg Chaney, director, “Journey On the Wild Coast”

“I want you to know that being from Colorado and growing up in Aspen as a kid, and then going to CU in Boulder, this fest means so much to me. So to have missed this event leaves a rather large whole in the world of fests-not-to-miss. I am glad to know that your festival showed and honored this short film that we did for this non-profit noteworthy cause. Amy and I try to create something special and different for each and every new film we do. It is your honor that lets us know that we are on the right track. It is also acknowledgment like this Star Award that gets us through the tough times, but then also reminds us to keep moving forward, and that tomorrow is another day…” ~ Andy Collen, Producer/ Director, “Seeds of Opportunity”

I’ve been busy… we’ve been in production! Just wanted to say thank you so much! This is so exciting for me. Maybe next year the finished film will be at Moondance….So happy about this.” ~ Johnnie Mazzocco, 2011 feature screenplay semi-finalist “Found Objects”

“Thank you so much from myself and from my crew and all the friends of Jupiter Beach for my Calypso award.” ~ Cyndi Lenz, director, “The Garbage of Jupiter Beach” documentary film


By Elizabeth English

Medieval labyrinth/Chartres Cathedral, France

Long before computers and the Internet, before the written word, before agriculture, before even simple village life, we were a spiritual people. It is clear that ritual, ceremony, rites of passage, and personal vision quests, are more than simple symbolic acts, but are a gateway into the deep connection of universal kinship with Spirit.

The unicursal path of the labyrinth is what differentiates it and sets it apart as a magnificent spiritual tool. The labyrinth does not engage our thinking minds, but invites our intuitive, pattern-seeking symbolic mind to come forth. It presents us with only one profound choice. To enter the labyrinth is to choose to walk a sacred path.

A labyrinth is different from a maze; there are no tricks to it, no dead ends or cul de sacs; no intersecting paths. Labyrinths have one well-defined path that leads us to the center and back out again. The truth-seeker and pilgrim alike will be amazed to find that the labyrinth is an all-encompassing metaphor, with its twists and turns, reflecting life’s path. Walking the labyrinth clears the mind and gives insight into the spiritual journey.

A sense of community forms within us during the labyrinth walk, and we discover our own internal rhythm. Honoring the body’s tempo helps open our intuitive channels. The creative process joins the imagery moving between the surface of our everyday minds to the thoughtful parts of our rational minds. To walk the labyrinth is an act of praise and thanksgiving. It is a tool to guide healing, to deepen self-knowledge, and empower creativity.

We become aware, and feel grateful, while walking the labyrinth path, that we are all part of the same dance, that everything around us is part of a divine plan. Discovering our connection to the sacred whole empowers our seeking. When we see our lives from the perspective of wholeness, we appreciate that our actions have a greater impact on the world than we may have ever imagined, or thought possible.

The labyrinth serves as a blueprint for transformation, developing new human capacities, restoring ancient ones, and discovering new potentials within us; allowing us to experience our inner world. The labyrinth awaits our discovery, for it will guide us through the troubles of our lives to the grand mysterious patterns that form the web of creation. It will lead us toward the source and will eventually guide us home.

As we proceed in the new millennium, there is a quickening of the world pulse. The beginning of a new thousand-year cycle is always a time of prophecy and hope, a time to prepare for the next cycle of life, to celebrate, to reconnect to the sacred through self-reflection, and to take a more active role in creating the world of tomorrow. Walking the labyrinth is a quest, a way in which we can all realize our goals, and discover how our individual spirits touch the Soul of the world, and how this World Soul envelops us, and extends the sacred circle.

Ancient Cretan 7-Circuit labyrinth

Come walk the Moondance Labyrinth with us!


Photo by Tippie Pics, Crested Butte, Colorado

“There remains for us only the very narrow way, often extremely difficult to find, of living every day as if it were our last, and yet living in faith and responsibility as though there were to be a great future.” ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German theologian

“You’ll never plow a field by turning it over in your mind.” ~ Irish Proverb

“As long as you are going to think anyway, think big!” – Donald Trump

Photo by Adrian Davis:

“When you blame others, you give up your power to change.” Robert Anthon

“Life isn’t about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain.” ~ Source unknown

“Short and irrevocable is the lifetime of all; but to extend our fame by deeds, this is the task of greatness.” ~ Virgil, 70-19 BC, from “The Aeneid”, epic poem in Latin

Steve Jobs

“You need a lot more than vision — you need a stubbornness, tenacity, belief and patience to stay the course.” ~ Edwin Catmull, a co-founder of Pixar, responding to the passing of Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, 1955-2011


Zenos-Frudakis- "Freedom"

The goal of the annual Moondance International Film Festival & competition is to inspire, encourage, award, recognize, appreciate and accelerate achievement for all filmmakers, writers and composers around the world. We strive to help eliminate the achievement gap, and increase international community participation, through professional arts development that nurtures and supports innovation and creativity, by promoting the integration of various languages, cultures, and the visual and performing arts.

Moondance website August & September 2011 statistics:

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