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You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, “Why not?” ~ George Bernard Shaw

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The 2012 Moondance submission deadline is coming up!

Get your entry in NOW for this great opportunity

to showcase your talents and win the Moondance!

POSTMARK DEADLINE: JUNE 30, 2012

3 EASY WAYS TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY:

1. MIFF ENTRY FORM

http://moondancefilmfestival.com/pdfs/MIFF_FESTENTRYFORM.pdf

2. ACTEVA ONLINE ENTRY

http://www.acteva.com/go/miff

3. WITHOUTABOX.COM

https://www.withoutabox.com/login/1240

CHECK OUT THE MOONDANCE WEBSITE FOR MORE INFO!

http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com

Thanks a million for all the many fine entries we’ve received so far!

MOVIEBYTES.COM lists Moondance as one of the top ten international  film festival competitions worth the entry fee!

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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 the annual competition.
  • 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

Founder, Executive Director, Artistic Director: Moondance International Film Festival

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PROFESSIONAL CRITIQUES:

"Gromit", Aardman Animation, UK

Cynthia Butler, Moondance’s very popular reader will write a critique and assessment of your submitted Moondance 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!

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VERY SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS!

The Moondance International Film Festival has the great honor to announce that the 2012 festival event will be produced and presented by Winsome Sinclair & Associates (WSA), our premiere sponsor! WSA is located in New York, and is committed to creating extraordinary results for its clients, artists and business partners through an unwavering commitment to success. WSA engages in three distinct, yet interrelated businesses: Casting, Artist Management and Development, and Production. The WSA mission is virtually the same as the Moondance mission, and we gratefully welcome their valued participation and support!

http://www.wsaentertainment.com/

WSA PRESENTS THE

2012

MOONDANCE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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JUNE ENTRY PRIZES:

Three lucky people, selected from the June Moondance submissions, who submit their project to Moondance during the month of June will receive either a Moondance logo T-shirt or logo tote-bag (your choice)! Your T-shirt or tote-bag will be at the festival reception desk, where you can pick it up.

All submissions entered during Moondance’s March Madness Days, selected from the 2012 competition, will receive 5 free movie tickets at the 2012 film festival! The official list of all March entrants will be at the festival box office, where you can each pick up your 5 free movie tickets.

Three (3) lucky April entrants, selected from the 2012 competition, will each receive one V.I.P. All-films pass to the 2012 Moondance Film Festival event! Your V.I.P. All-films pass will be at the festival box office, where you can pick it up.

APRIL WINNERS:

  • Sable Jak
  • Mohammad Alkazemi
  • Margie Walker

One lucky winner, selected from the 2012 competition, who submitted during May, receives a free V.I.P. All-festival pass to the 2012 Moondance Film Festival event! Your V.I.P. All-festival pass will be at the festival box office, where you can pick it up.

MAY WINNER:

  • Vicki Bartholomew

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A MOONDANCER WRITES US!

“Thanks much, Elizabeth, for the acknowledgement (of receipt of my film submission). I wish all the (festival) administration departments (would) communicate with such speed. Life will be so cool for all…I guess most of them are busy chasing the so-called BIG names, under the umbrella of promoting so-called new talents. I am very impressed and excited to see your presentation, including the website, the look and feel, attitude, and style; that is what enticed me to enter (my) film in your festival.” ~ Rohit Gupta (India)

Symbol for the “OM” mantra (Believed to be the "Sound of the Universe") & for Ganesha, the elephant-headed God http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ganesha

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FILMMAKERS & COMPOSERS: DID YOU KNOW?

MUSIC IN FILM!

By Elizabeth English

Music! Ah, yes. The power of music in film. A feature film needs at least 30 to 40 minutes of music, which is one of the most important elements in a successful film.

A film score can be artfully used to:

  • AROUSE
  • MANIPULATE
  • FRIGHTEN
  • SOOTHE & CALM
  • AID IN TRANSITIONS
  • PUNCTUATE A MOMENT OR SCENE
  • COMMENT
  • MOVE THE PLOT ALONG
  • FOCUS & ARTICULATE
  • ADD A SENSE OF CONTINUITY
  • ADD INFORMATION
  • HEIGHTEN THE TEMPO
  • ADD DRAMATIC TENSION
  • ADD TO COMEDIC ELEMENTS
  • CHANGE THE MOOD
  • ADD CHARACTER
  • DEFINE A SCENE OR CHARACTER
  • ADD DIMENSION
  • GIVE THE FILM NEW OR DIFFERENT MEANING

And you thought only the film director, DP, editor, and the actors did all that?!

The major categories of a film score are:

  • THEME, such as the musical theme from James Bond films
  • SOURCE, as from a radio or a band shown on screen.
  • MOVIE SONG, as the music from “Titanic”.
  • UNDERSCORING, soft, “seen but not heard” music
  • DEVELOPMENTAL or NARRATIVE music, which adds to story as it unfolds, weaving in and out, through the film.
  • COUNTERPOINT MUSIC, adds to contrast, adds conflict
  • FORESHADOWING, sets up for the next scene
  • OVERTURE, the central core. Sets mood, sets time, sets location.
  • LEITMOTIF, which identifies a character or repeated action on screen, such as the scary tune in “Jaws”, when the shark is about to appear.

"Jaws", Universal Pictures, Steven Spielberg, director

Along with a good screenplay, directing, editing, camera-work, and great dialog, music is what really makes a film memorable! Composing film scores, arranging and selecting music are vital crafts and elements that contribute to making the “Dream Factory” world of the film believable to movie audiences!

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY:

“Ambition is just a dream with a V-8 engine.” ~
Elvis Presley (1935 – 1977)

“Lioness” photo by Nick Brandt

“I’ve always felt that the only way to survive was with dignity, pride and courage.” ~ Eric Clapton

Mahatma Gandhi’s glasses

“The people who shape our lives and our cultures have the ability to communicate a vision, or a quest, or a joy, or a mission.”
~ Anthony Robbins

photo by Adrian Davis

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”
~ Albert Camus

"Staircase", photo by Ralph Gibson

“There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.”
–Louis L’Amour

“Belief in oneself is one of the most important bricks in building any successful venture.” ~ Lydia M. Child

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THE GREAT MOONDANCE ROADSHOW COMING TO YOUR TOWN SOON?

Host the very best of Moondance films, professional workshops & popular networking parties in your community, anywhere in the US and in the world! You really can bring the Moondance Roadshow to your town. Contact Elizabeth English now at: moondancefestival@gmail.com to discuss the details and fabulous benefits of this unique opportunity.

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Thanks a million to all of you Moondancers who have contributed this season and in the past! Without your support, we wouldn’t be here. 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 and inspired.

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.

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.

SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY, AND/OR DONATE HERE:

http://www.acteva.com/go/miff

READ MOONDANCE SPONSOR INFO HERE:

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

AND DON’T FORGET:

The 2012 Moondance submission deadline is coming up!

Get your entry in NOW for this great opportunity

to showcase your talents and win the Moondance!

POSTMARK DEADLINE: JUNE 30, 2012

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