Award Categories


SPIRIT OF MOONDANCE AWARD:

This award category is for women writers filmmakers & composers. Men may be co-writers or co-filmmakers, but the entry must be submitted by a woman.

MOONDANCE SEAHORSE AWARD:

This award category is for men writers, filmmakers & composers. Women may be co-writers or co-filmmakers, but the entry must be submitted by a man.

MOONDANCE SANDCASTLE AWARD (male/female directing team):

This award is for male and female writing, filmmaking or composing teams where both men and women or a man and woman work as a team on the project.

MOONDANCE COLUMBINE AWARD:

Films and writings may be submitted by either a man, a woman, a male/female team or a young person 18 and under. The work must reflect non-violent conflict resolution, alternatives to violence, or show why violent resolution to conflict is counter-productive. The submitted material should not contain gratuitous violence.

MOONDANCE DOLPHIN AWARD:

This award is for young people 18 years of age or younger, male or female. Moondance accepts submissions for this award in the genres of short narrative, documentary, multi-media, music videos, film scores or animation video film, as well as short screenplays, short stories or short stageplays.

MOONDANCE CALYPSO AWARD:

This award is to encourage a spirit of enterprise in saving the environment, habitats and wildlife by creative individuals from around the world. The award is presented to the person who expands knowledge of our world, seeks to improve our quality of all life on the planet, and contributes to the betterment of humankind.

MOONDANCE GAIA AWARD:

This award is to encourage and inspire contemplative, meditative, spiritual and inspirational films and scripts. The award is presented to the person who seeks to elucidate and improve the spiritual quality of all life on the planet, and contributes to the betterment of the world spirit.

MOONDANCE ATLANTIS AWARD:

This award is for writers, filmmakers & composers who have submitted projects from a country outside the US.

MOONDANCE STARFISH AWARD:

This is an award for comedy projects submitted by writers and filmmakers.

THE MOONDANCE ABYSS AWARD:

This award is for very well-made and meaningful thriller, horror or supernatural films, written works & film scores. An abyss, usually in the ocean, is a chasm that is so deep and vast that its extent is not readily visible, without further exploration. The winning works in this awards category also have a deeper, and often hidden, message, lesson, moral, or important idea that bears further thought. Winning projects do not contain gratuitous violence.

MOONDANCE NEPTUNE AWARD:

This unique award is presented to a male or female writer, filmmaker or composer, 75 or over the age of 75, who has created either a single work of the highest quality or a body of quality work, and who continues to strive for excellence in his or her career in the entertainment industry, and who inspires and encourages others by his or her example.

COLORADO OCEAN AWARD:

This award is presented to winning filmmakers, writers and music composers who reside in Colorado.

SEVEN SEAS AWARD:

This is an award for a winning project created by writers, filmmakers & composers, who enlighten others, help change perceptions about another culture and/or place, and promote cross-cultural knowledge and awareness, through the art of film, writing or music, and, thus, encourage a better understanding of the world’s people.

MERMAID’S PEARL AWARD:

The award is presented to honor and recognize women in the film industry who have contributed most to insuring that women’s work is recognized and appreciated for its worth, who help women achieve success in film, writing & music, and who have themselves contributed a vital body of work, and who continue to contribute to this vital effort. The pearl in the award is a symbol of women’s efforts to make something meaningful and valuable from our struggles to overcome that “grain of sand” women often encounter, when trying to express themselves and succeed within the international film and entertainment industry. The resulting lovely pearl is a reminder of what beautiful things women can accomplish.

CINEMA PIONEER AWARD:

This award is in special recognition of a living pioneer in early cinema; a person who had a significant role in contributing a body of work to the silent-film era, or early film and television, either as a writer, director, producer, cinematographer, film editor, or actor.

MOONDANCE ANGEL AWARD:


This special award is presented to the exceptional person who has made a very important contribution to the continuing success of the Moondance International Film Festival.

MOONDANCE LEGACY AWARD:

The award is presented annually to honor and recognize women in the film industry who have contributed most to insuring that women’s work is recognized and appreciated for its worth, who help women achieve success in film, and who have themselves contributed a vital body of work, and who and continue to contribute to this vital effort. The pearl in the award is a symbol of women’s efforts to make something meaningful and valuable from our struggles to overcome that “grain of sand” women often encounter, when trying to express themselves and succeed within the international film and entertainment industry. The resulting lovely pearl is a reminder of what beautiful things women can accomplish.

MOONDANCE BETTER WORLD AWARD: 


This special award is presented to the exceptional person who has made a very important contribution toward promoting, inspiring, encouraging, supporting, and educating the world community about vital humanitarian or environmental issues.

(Not all awards are presented every year.)

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