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MOONDANCE: Get Ready For Our 21st Festival Season!

~ THE FILM FESTIVAL WITHOUT BORDERS! ~

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”

~ Albert Einstein

Come join us in celebrating the 21st season of the Moondance International Film Festival!

Get ready with your best films, written works and music for submitting to the 2020 competition, opening December 1st.

CHECK OUT THE SUBMISSION CATEGORIES HERE!

FILMS  •  WRITTEN WORKS   •  MUSIC

EARLY-BIRD ENTRY FEE:

$25.00

DECEMBER 1st, 2019 – January 31st, 2020

SEE ALL OF THE CELEBRITIES WHO HAVE SUPPORTED THE FILM FESTIVAL’S GOALS HERE:

https://moondancefilmfestival.com/moondance-successes/

MOONDANCERS COME FROM AROUND THE WORLD!

Moondancers are part of an amazing worldwide community; a unique collaboration of multi-talented writers, film score composers and filmmakers. The Moondance mission is to entertain, inform, inspire, encourage and educate. We honor those artists who, through their creative work, actively increase awareness, provide multiple viewpoints, address complex social issues, and strengthen ties within the international community. At Moondance, artists can come together with other writers, composers, film directors and producers to create new opportunities, develop tools for success and forge new alliances within the international film and entertainment industry.

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT:

“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.”  ~ Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Please visit the MOONDANCE WEBSITE to watch the winning & selected 2019, 2018 & 2017 indie films from around the world, for free.

WATCH WINNING FILMS HERE

 

 

 



~ A Big Moondance Howdy from the Rocky Mountains!

Moondance is on a well-earned break during November, but just wanted to say “Howdy”! Lots of snow here, but also plenty of brilliant blue skies and sunshine. Colorado usually has 360 days a year of sunny, blue-sky days!

The Moondance 2020 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES will open for submissions on December 1st, 2019, so get your best work ready to send in to us. And, from December 1st through the 31st, the Early-Bird entry fee is only $25! Such a deal!

MOONDANCE 2020 SUBMISSION CATEGORIES

Meanwhile, pop up a big bowl of popcorn and click this link to relax and watch all the 2017, 1018 & 2019 winning & selected films at home, for free!

The order form for the .pdf 2019 Award Certificates of Competition Status (Winner, Finalist or Semi-finalist), suitable for printing & framing, is available until November 15th:

WINNER, FINALIST & SEMI-FINALIST CERTIFICATE ORDER FORM

LAURELS: Congratulations to all the 2019 Moondance winners, finalists & semi-finalists! You can find laurels to download for your status in the 2019 contest by clicking the laurel image above.

MOONDANCE 2019 WINNERS, FINALISTS & SEMI-FINALISTS LISTING

SOME RECENT MOONDANCE MEDIA RECOGNITION:

‘Rising Silence’ wins prestigious awards at Moondance and Asian Media Awards

Leesa Gazi’s documentary film, Rising Silence, recently won two prestigious accolades, Best Feature Documentary at the Moondance International Film Festival and Best Investigation 2019 at the Asian Media Awards. 

“I have tried to show the unique life experiences and the real surroundings of Birangona women in Rising Silence,” explains Leesa. “Despite their sufferings and plight, these women are brave, resilient and loving. The film explores where their strength and fighting spirit to rise above the sufferings come from.”

The Moondance International Film Festival is one of the most important platforms in the world for promoting, encouraging, educating and rewarding non-violent conflict resolution in the arts. 

The Daily Star, Bangladesh, November 3, 2019

If you missed the 2019 submission deadline, the 2020 competition call-for-entries will open in December 2019. Subscribe now to the popular MOONDANCE NEWS-BLOG for the latest announcements, updates, info, insider tips & inspiration.

www.moondancefilmfestival.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

~ Happy Moondancers & Big Announcements!

THE FILM FESTIVAL WITHOUT BORDERS!

THE 2019 SELECTED FILMS PROGRAM IS HERE!

Pop up a big bowl of popcorn and

click the link above

to watch the 2019 winning films at home for free!

Order form for .pdf 2019 Award Certificates of Competition Status (Winner, Finalist or Semi-finalist), suitable for printing & framing, is available HERE, until October 31st:

WINNER, FINALIST & SEMI-FINALIST

CERTIFICATE ORDER FORM 

LAURELS: Congratulations to all the 2019 Moondance winners, finalists & semi-finalists!

You can find laurels to download for your status in the 2019 contest by clicking the laurel image above. 

These 12 Selected 2019 winning writers have been selected to post their winning 2019 script on Moondance’s longtime sponsor inktip.com website for free:

  • Avenging Angels by Jennifer Phillips
  • Cottage for Rent: Body Optional by Sable Jak
  • DYLAN by Dianne Lynn Gardner
  • I Am Antigone by Saudamini Siegrist
  • Maria Isabella Silvalessa by Hunter Ridgway
  • Mustang by Gordon Phipps
  • Nina Karenina by Gordon Phipps
  • The Beneficials – Heroes of the Soil by Paul Piccirillo
  • The Goblins & the Gravedigger by Kenny Chumbley
  • The Mountains Girls & Master’s Daughter by Amridin Saidibrokhimov
  • The Night Witches by Steven Prowse
  • Tweet by Victoria Morris

If you missed the 2019 submission deadline, the 2020 competition call-for-entries will open in December 2019. Subscribe now to the popular MOONDANCE NEWS-BLOG for the latest announcements, updates, info, insider tips & inspiration.

HAPPY MOONDANCERS WRITE US!

“I love this fest. This is the second time we’ve been selected and won. They are so warm and hospitable and definitely have a wonderful purpose. I highly recommend Moondance.” ~ D. L. Gardner

Moondance… does any other festival have a better name? I’m honored that you chose The Real Thing as a feature screenplay Finalist.” ~ Matthew Papadopoulos

“I wanted to thank Elizabeth English who runs this festival. She took the time to speak with me about my work and provided valuable feedback for improvements. That’s very rare to get a one-on-one.” ~ Jennifer Phillips

“Hello, Elizabeth and your wonderful team at the Moondance Intl. Film Festival, I’d like to take this initiative to thank you for giving us this amazing opportunity to bring our film, AFREEN, to your prestigious film festival. We are truly overwhelmed, obliged, thankful, and we could have not done this without your encouragement and support.” ~ Nicole

“We are very excited and deeply proud to be one of the winners of this year’s Moondance Film Festival.  This festival is particularly important to me as a woman who believes in using my art for activism. I have done a significant amount of pro bonowork over the past three years in this extremely challenging political climate. Thank you so much for all you do and for recognizing our film, BEFORE IT WAS TRUE. We are honored!” ~ Dana Offenbach

“The Moondance Festival is special in many ways. A festival with a long history, it does not advertise itself too much, and yet it is creative and intimate.Thanks to Elizabeth and her staff.”~ Julia Deak

“I just reviewed all the award winners for the 2019 Moondance, and am writing to send you my gratitude and love to you for providing such a wonderful opportunity for nobodies like me to get noticed. I have been so touched by your kindness in every note you’ve sent me. Count me among your chief admirers; it is a privilege to know you. May nothing but goodness come your way.” ~ Kenneth L. Chumbly

“Congratulations on another successful year. Thank you kindly for allowing me to be a part of it. Three’s Company Two is my first stage play and I am thrilled to be one of the semi-finalist. Thank you again for everything. Until the next time.” ~ Robert J. Morgalo

“So thrilled! Thank you so much for the win with Cottage for Rent. Let’s hope it gets picked up for a real TV show!” ~ Sable Jak

“Yours is a lovely festival with the best name out there…” ~ Matthew Papadopoulos

“I feel so grateful, affirmed, and excited by the short story category recognition this year. “Remembrance” was also selected as a quarterfinalist in the Screencraft Cinematic Short Story category; I’m wondering if this isn’t a message from the universe, telling me to adapt it into a short screenplay. I’ve spread the word to fellow Zoetropers (and Facebook friends) to start polishing up their work to submit, once your next contest period opens.” ~ Helen Beer

“Thank you for putting together such a worthwhile film festival, and running it beyond and above the professional level that I have experienced in other festivals. Sincerely” ~ Georgette Alfred

“Thank you so much for considering my film and my film went up to semifinalist. Truly amazing festival for independent film makers.” ~ AAA Productions UK

“My deepest heartfelt thank you to the Moondance Team. I am honored to be included in this great festival celebrating such stunning abilities in the art of expression.” ~ Renee Rubio

“It was an honour to have The Paper Boat selected as a Semi Finalist for Film Score. Although my participation was only online, Elizabeth English was personable and the experience valuable.~  Rachele Wildmare

“I’m thrilled my narrative feature “Prince Harming” was selected as semi-finalist by this wonderful festival. When I had questions, Elizabeth English got back to me right away and was very helpful.. As a result of being chosen I’ve gotten some great industry connections already and can’t wait to see what’s next!” ~ Marianne Hettinger

“Glad and proud to be part of it.” ~ Guido Maria Giordano

“Great festival, thank you for treating us so well!” ~ Russell Emanuel

“This is a wonderful festival I was proud to be part of it. Many thanks for everything.” ~ Michael Madden

“I was honored by having Moondance choose my movie. “Communication” was personal and extremely useful. All in all, I’m glad that I could participate in this special festival.” ~ Julia Deak

“Thank you to the Moondance Festival for providing opportunities for women writers and filmmakers. We were honoured that our short film “Honestly Charlotte” achieved semi-finalist status!” ~ Stevie Jackson

“Founder/Director Elizabeth English is passionate, tireless and a great communicator!” ~ Jan Stanton

“Very professional group of people with a great vision for filmmakers.” ~ James Carrroll

Very well organized and timely information.” ~ John McCarney

FILMFREEWAY MONDANCE 2019 OVERALL RATINGS BY REVIEWERS:

MOONDANCE 2019

WINNERS, FINALISTS & SEMI-FINALISTS LISTING

WINNER, FINALIST & SEMI-FINALIST

CERTIFICATE ORDER FORM



~ MOONDANCE 2019 CONTEST ANNOUNCEMENTS!

THE FILM FESTIVAL WITHOUT BORDERS!

Thanks a million for your continued interest and participation in the 2019 Moondance International Film Festival, the film festival without borders!

We’re very proud to announce that all the talented Moondance 2019 competition winners, finalists and semi-finalists, in all categories and genres, have been previewed, judged and selected.

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 MOONDANCE 2019 WINNERS, FINALISTS & SEMI-FINALISTS LISTING

Films selected for 2019 screening will be available for viewing as soon as possible in September!

Order form for .pdf 2019 Award Certificates of Competition Status (Winner, Finalist or Semi-finalist), suitable for printing & framing, is available HERE:

Application for Official 2019 Moondance Certificate

LAURELS: Congratulations to all the 2019 Moondance winners, finalists & semi-finalists!

You can find laurels for your status in the 2019 contest by clicking the laurel image above.

10 Selected 2019 winning writers will be notified ASAP by email about being selected to post their winning 2019 script on Moondance’s longtime sponsor inktip.com website for free!

If you missed the 2019 submission deadline, the 2020 competition call-for-entries will open in December 2019. Subscribe now to the popular Moondance news-blog for the latest announcements, updates, info, insider tips & inspiration:

www.moondancefilmfestival.com/blog

A MOONDANCER WRITES US

“I wanted to give a special thanks to Elizabeth English at the Moondance Film Festival.She took the time to call me and tell me how much she enjoyed reading my TV Pilot “Avenging Angels” and provided one-on-one feedback. It was very special that she took time out of her schedule to talk with me and provide valuable feedback.” ~ Jennifer Phillips

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USING THIS LINK WILL HELP SUPPORT THE MOONDANCE!



Moondance Thanks & News for September!

~ THE FILM FESTIVAL WITHOUT BORDERS! 

Thanks for your valued support & interest in winning the Moondance! The 2019 submission period ended August 31st. Winners, finalists & semi-finalists, in all categories, will be announced in mid-September on this website & in the newsletter/blog.

Subscribe now to the Moondance news-blog!
 Our very popular news-blog has festival event info, announcements, updates, entertainment industry news, insider articles, recommendations, inspiration & more!

We look forward to previewing your project for the Moondance 2020 competition, which opens in December 2019! 

 

FILMS       WRITTEN WORKS     ORIGINAL MUSIC

CHECK OUT THE SUBMISSION CATEGORIES HERE!

SPECIAL REMINDER: 

The 2019 Moondance will not have a theatrical venue this season. All winning & selected films will be screened only via our private viewing room site online. 

WATCH THE WINNING & SELECTED 2018 FILMS HERE!

2017 MOONDANCE: WATCH WINNING FILMS!

You can now  & comment on each film after you view them! >>>Enthusiastic viewers from around the world are watching the winning Moondance films at the rate of about 50 views each day!

Thanks for watching our 2018 & 2017 winning films!

 



~ Last Chance to Win the 2019 Moondance!

The Film Festival Without Borders!

https://www.moondancefilmfestival.com

Do it now…don’t wait another minute!

2019 MOONDANCE SUBMISSION DEADLINE: AUGUST 31

2019 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES!

FEATURE, SHORT, DOCUMENTARY, ANIMATION & DRONE FILMS, FEATURE & SHORT SCREENPLAYS, STAGE PLAYS, FILM SCORES & ORIGINAL MUSIC, AUDIO DRAMA, SHORT STORIES, TREATMENTS, TV PILOTS, and more!

CHECK OUT ALL THE SUBMISSION CATEGORIES HERE!

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If you’ve already submitted an entry, thanks a million!

MOONDANCERS WRITE US:

•“Writing is such a lonely business with so formidable a gauntlet of critics and criticisms to run through, unless a writer believes in his or her work like I believe in mine, and a little luck, success can sometimes be unimaginable. I won the Seahorse Award in 2003 for Best Film Score from my short film, Seasons. I’ve had a soft spot for the Moondance International Film Festival ever since.” ~ Gus Nicholson 

•“The excitement of Moondance is my hope to connect with a broader creative community and to find possibilities for collaboration. I look forward to being part of the Moondance mission.” ~Saudamini Siegrist

  • Please read & Subscribe to our popular Moondance news-blogfor info, updates, insider tips, articles, creative inspiration, & announcements:  moondancefilmfestival.com/blog




~ The Film Festival Without Borders wants you!

The Film Festival Without Borders!

https://www.moondancefilmfestival.com

Thanks for your continued interest in winning the Moondance!

2019 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES!

FEATURE, SHORT, DOCUMENTARY, ANIMATION & DRONE FILMS, FEATURE & SHORT SCREENPLAYS, STAGE PLAYS, FILM SCORES & ORIGINAL MUSIC, SHORT STORIES, TV PILOTS, and more!

CHECK OUT ALL THE SUBMISSION CATEGORIES HERE!

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2019 submissions deadline: August 31…don’t wait until the last minute!

And, while you’re at it, please read & subscribe to our popular Moondance news-blog for info, updates, insider tips, articles, creative inspiration, & announcements:

www.moondancefilmfestival.com/blog

“You have powers you never dreamed of. You can do things you never thought you could do. There are no limitations in what you can accomplish, except for the limitations of your own mind.” ~ Darwin P. Kingsley

 



This is Not Moondance’s First Rodeo!

Moondance Founder, Knott’s Berry Farm, California, 1947

The Film Festival Without Borders!

https://www.moondancefilmfestival.com

~Thanks for your interest in winning the 2019 Moondance!~

If you’ve already submitted an entry, thanks a million!

2019 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES!

FEATURE, SHORT, DOCUMENTARY, ANIMATION & DRONE FILMS, FEATURE & SHORT SCREENPLAYS, STAGE PLAYS, FILM SCORES & ORIGINAL MUSIC, SHORT STORIES, TREATMENTS, TV PILOTS, and more!

CHECK OUT ALL THE SUBMISSION CATEGORIES HERE!

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Please read & Subscribe to our popular Moondance news-blog for info, updates, insider tips, articles, creative inspiration, & announcements:  moondancefilmfestival.com/blog

Moondance Celebrates LGBTQ+ Pride Month!



~ June & the Moondance

The Film Festival Without Borders!

https://www.moondancefilmfestival.com

“Whatever you want to do, do it now. There are only so many tomorrows.” ~ Pope Paul VI

2019 JUNE CALL-FOR-ENTRIES!

FEATURE, SHORT, DOCUMENTARY, ANIMATION & DRONE FILMS, FEATURE & SHORT SCREENPLAYS, STAGE PLAYS, FILM SCORES & ORIGINAL MUSIC, SHORT STORIES, TV PILOTS, TREATMENTS, and more!

CHECK OUT ALL THE SUBMISSION CATEGORIES HERE! 

FILMS    WRITTEN WORKS    ORIGINAL MUSIC

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JUNE IS PRIDE MONTH!

Moondance celebrates the stories shared from talented LGBTQ+ filmmakers, writers & music composers. The film festival & competition is a platform for anyone to share their stories with the world. The international LGBTQ+ community is vast, and whether you identify as LGBTQ+ or not, you can have a unique opportunity to represent the community at large when you share your story! For those of you sharing your own stories of being LGBTQ+, thank you, and thank you, too, for being supportive, being open, and seeking to expand your perspective.



~ Moondance 50% Discount Extended for May!!

The Film Festival Without Borders!

https://www.moondancefilmfestival.com

Thanks for your continued interest in winning the Moondance!

Due to the fantastic response to our $25 April discount, we’ve extended it through May!

 

50% discount on entry fees during the month of May!

(Only via the official Moondance entry form)

 

* If you’ve already submitted an entry, please consider sending in another one for the half-price entry fee!

2019 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES!

FEATURE, SHORT, DOCUMENTARY, ANIMATION & DRONE FILMS, FEATURE & SHORT SCREENPLAYS, STAGE PLAYS, FILM SCORES & ORIGINAL MUSIC, SHORT STORIES, TV PILOTS, and more! 

CHECK OUT ALL THE SUBMISSION CATEGORIES HERE! 

CLICK:

OR CLICK:

  • Please read & Subscribe to our popular Moondance news-blog for info, updates, insider tips, articles, creative inspiration, & announcements: moondancefilmfestival.com/blog