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~ Got popcorn? Watch movies! Moondance Winners Online Now!

Have you watched any really good movies lately?

Now there’s no need to get dressed, drive to town, find parking, pay $12-15 for a movie ticket, buy expensive popcorn & a drink, sit in a theater to watch a movie, then drive home…maybe pay the babysitter…because at Moondance, you can enjoy watching all of our fabulous, award-winning indie films online, any time, anywhere, on any of your mobile devices, for only $1.99, and several of them are free! And these are the top indie films by super-talented filmmakers from around the world. You might never get to see these movies in a theatrical venue. Take a look at our 2017 film schedule HERE!

To quote the late film critic, Roger Ebert, “See you at the movies!”  

WATCH THIS WEEK’S FEATURED FILMS:

GAME: short film, director: Jeannie Donohoe (USA) 16 minutes. The director is also a former Moondance short film winner, for “Lambing Season”. She was selected from over 4,600 applicants to write and direct “Game” for Lexus Short Films. GAME is a story about going all the way, pursuing your dreams, and playing at the top of your game.  AJ doesn’t see herself as a girl basketball player. She sees herself as a basketball player. She asks the world to do the same. The relationship between Coach and AJ, over the course of this short film, speaks to the willingness to reward ambition, hard work, and equal talent with equal opportunities.

 

LEARNING TO DRIVE: short film, director: Roderick Stevens (USA) 19 minutes. Inspired by the true story of a feisty young man with Down syndrome, determined to become independent and to convince his scatterbrained brother to teach him how to drive.

 

KOSNIN: short film, director: Sara Seligman (USA) 12 minutes. 10-year old Héctor wants to ‘fly,’ like the voladores in his community. His single mother can’t afford the costs, but Héctor is determined to achieve his dream, and through hard work and a little help, sets out to do what others in his community have done for generations – FLY!

 

TOGETHER AS THE WIND BLOWS: music video, director: Jose Manalang (Japan) 6 minutes. This is a vibrant music video about the plight of talented Filipino workers searching for respect, equality and greener pastures abroad.

 

HANOOZ NA (NOT YET): short film, director: Arian Vazirdaftari (Iran) 15 minutes. It`s 21 year-old Hasti’s Birthday. She studies abroad and her parents in Iran want to congratulate her via Skype. But…well, you can imagine what happens, when the old world meets the new world.

2017 MOONDANCE AUDIENCE FAVORITE FILM ANNOUNCED:

 LE PASSÉ DEVANT NOUS (PAST IMPERFECT)

LE PASSÉ DEVANT NOUS (PAST IMPERFECT), feature film, director: Nathalie Teirlinck (Belgium) 110 minutes. When Alice’s ex-boyfriend dies in a car accident, she’s unexpectedly confronted with her six-year-old son, whom she had abandoned at birth. His presence not only threatens her routine existence as a high-priced escort but also exposes strongly suppressed emotions. Doubt strikes again. Will she be able to be a mother, this time?

A SPECIAL MOONDANCE SELECTION OF FILMS

ON MYSTERIOUS CHINA!

Directed & Produced by MONAREX HOLLYWOOD

Read more about these Mysterious China film selections HERE!

These unique, award-winning videos can be watched or purchased at http://www.monarex.com

Don’t miss these winning indie films from around the world, and more!

MOONDANCE 2017 WINNERS, FINALISTS & SEMI-FINALSTS:

  • You can find downloadable Moondance 2017 laurels HERE to add, if eligible, to your website, social media, promotions, and media releases. 
  • If you are a 2017 winner, finalist or semi-finalist, you are eligible to apply for an official Moondance certificate HERE:

 Missed entering your film, written work or music to the 2017 Moondance competition? 

Get ready to submit your work for the upcoming 2018 call-for-entries!

SEE ALL THE SUBMISSION CATEGORIES HERE!

WHY FILM FESTIVALS MATTER:

Excerpts from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA)

Film festivals are a vital piece of the film ecosystem, and their impact is evident across our culture. Film festivals highlight the worldwide passion of cinema and showcase the value of film, both creatively and economically. More than anything, film festivals deliver a new, unique way to experience the movies, always driven by the power of a good story.

A platform for new talent:
 Each year, filmmakers submit their creations to a range of film festivals in the hopes of getting their work premiered. If a film attracts the attention of festival curators, an independent creator could have their work showcased in front of an influential audience. Film festivals have helped open doors for many of today’s iconic filmmakers including Quentin Tarantino, Morgan Spurlock and Darren Aronofsky.

Attracting new audiences:
 When a new or independent filmmaker brings a film to a festival, the viewers have the opportunity to connect with the story through experiencing the film firsthand. This process can give the filmmaker insights and even unlock new avenues for the film with producers, distributors, and others who can bring it to a wider audience. READ MORE HERE!

INSIDER TIPS FOR SCREENWRITERS:

Discover how to: enhance the narrative momentum in your screenplay, stylize your script in a way that keeps the narrative moving, open your story in a way that generates instant momentum and audience investment, create a sense of inevitability in your screenplay, utilize the importance of cause and effect and conflict in narrative, and the importance of tailoring specific characters & dialog to the story, as well as structuring each scene so as to build or maintain a vital sense of story progression, and to keeping your story perpetually engaging.

 READ MORE IN THESE E-ZINE ARTICLES HERE:

Screenwriting: Insider Info

Creating Character & Characterization

The Field of Dreams: Conflict as a Metaphor

Subtleties of Subtext

Writers: Write What You Know!

Things You Should Do to Get Your Screenplay Rejected

How To Get An Agent: What Agents Want, (and Don’t Want), to See

 

MOONDANCERS WRITE US:

• “Thank you so much for everything…and for your talk with the producers. We all really appreciate your support of the film (and my previous film) and all of the exposure it will receive through Moondance and the award!  It’s a great honor. Thank you!!” ~ Jeannie Donohoe, director: (“GAME” won the 2017 Moondance, and her “LAMBING SEASON” is another previous Moondance Winner)

• “I want you to know that I have huge respect for your film festival and I’m so grateful for the selection of my film. I’m so supportive of your mission as a festival and want to contribute, if possible, even if in some small way.” ~ Jenna Cavelle, director, “OPEN SEASON” a Moondance 2017 winning short narrative film.

We are truly honored, especially given the reputation and prestige of the Moondance international film Festival and its wonderful mission of peaceful resolution and unity. Thank you again so much for your support and encouragement.” ~ Kemmy Moran, director, web series pilot 2017 winner, “Beverly Hills Ghost”

THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY:

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed individuals can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead

 

” “A quiet and modest life brings more joy than a pursuit of success bound with constant unrest.” ~ Albert Einstein

WEBSITE: www.moondancefilmfestival.com

NEWS-BLOG: www.moondancefilmfestival.com/blog

EMAIL: moondancefestival@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Moondance “Downton Abbey” Quiz & Mid-January News!

Illustration by Elizabeth English

Illustration by Elizabeth English

Bienvenue à Moondance! ¡Bienvenido al Moondance! • Benvenuto al Moondance! • Willkommen Bei der Moondance! • Bem-Vindo ao Moondance! • ΚΑΛΏΣ ΉΛΘΑΤΕ ΣΤΟ ΤΟ Moondance! • ЛАСКАВО ПРОСИМО НА Moondance! • Welkom Bij de Moondance! • Velkommen til Moondance! • Pōwhiri ki Moondance! • Welcome to the Moondance!

MOONDANCE 2016 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES:

Accepting submissions

January 1 through June 30, 2016

  • PLEASE VISIT THESE PAGES ON THE WEBSITE FOR MORE INFO:

LINK TO SUBMISSION CATEGORIES LIST

LINK TO AWARDS CATEGORIES LIST

LINK TO SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

LINK TO OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM

LINK TO AWARDS BENEFITS 

LINK TO MOONDANCE SUCCESSES 

LINK TO THE MOONDANCE MISSION STATEMENT

The Moondance winners’ star award The Moondance Star Award “I am not what happened to me; I am what I choose to become!” ~ Carl Jung

The Moondance winners’ star award

Moondance is also accepting submissions at:

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https://filmfreeway.com/festival/MoondanceInternationalFilmFestival

WHAT’S IN THIS NEWS-BLOG:

  • CALL FOR ENTRIES
  • FESTIVAL NEWS FOR WRITERS
  • Moviebytes offers Moondancers $5 discount
  • Logline Clichés to Avoid!
  • “DOWNTON ABBEY” QUIZ
  • MOONDANCE RECOMMENDATIONS
  • The UN Refugee Agency
  • Blue Voice
  • Save the Manta Ray
  • SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT

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FESTIVAL NEWS FOR WRITERS:

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MOVIEBYTES members can get a $5 discount on Moondance entry fees until the regular submission deadline, with the special MovieBytes code! And it’s free to become a MovieBytes member.

LOGLINE CLICHÉS TO AVOID!

InkTip.com article by Michael Kim

jerrol@inktip.com

When you read logline after logline, patterns emerge. These patterns are sometimes exact copies of each other, clichés based on expressions that are hammered into our heads in taglines we’ve seen on movie or show posters, or in voiceovers we heard in trailers by the late, great Don LaFontaine.

Here are clichés to avoid in loglines and how you can overcome them. Keep in mind that using these can scream “novice writer” to a reader. In most cases, the solution to these is to simply be more specific as to what you are really trying to say when you use them.

  1. The hunter must become the huntedThis is a clichéd tagline that appears in loglines. If the premise involves the hunter becoming the prey, then your logline should illustrate how.

Example: A corrupt cop discovers the man he helped put behind bars twenty years ago is released and angry. Now, the hunter becomes the hunted.

This is better: A corrupt cop learns the wrongly-convicted genius he helped put behind bars twenty years ago is released. Now, his paranoia increases as he sees evidence he may be stalking him despite moving across the country to a farm. READ MORE:

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THE MOONDANCE DOWNTON ABBEY QUIZ:

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http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/programs/character-hub/series/downton-abbey-s5/

  1. Which are your favorite characters on Downton Abbey?

Male: ________________________________________

Female: ______________________________________

   2, Which Downton Abbey character(s) are you?

Male: ________________________________________

Female: ______________________________________

  1. Which Downton Abbey characters do you dislike?

Male: ________________________________________

Female: ______________________________________

  1. Which Downton Abbey characters do you want to be?

Male: ________________________________________

Female: ______________________________________

  1. Who are the best Downton Abbey actors?

Male: ________________________________________

Female: ______________________________________

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT TODAY:

LADDERS + MAN @ WALL

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EYES + POINTING-ANI

“Hold onto what is individual about you; don’t allow your ambition make you try to imitate the success of others. You’ve got to find it on your own.” ~ Harrison Ford

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Photo by Stephan McGhee

Photo by Stephan McGhee

“I can think of few heroic actions which cannot be traced to an artistic impulse. Whomever does great deeds, does them from an innate moral beauty.” ~ Walt Whitman

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KITCHEN SINK

“Scriptwriting is like cooking. Shooting the film, the part I like most, is like eating. Editing the film is, well, the washing up.” ~ Claude Chabrol, French film director, a member of the French New Wave group of filmmakers

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Andrew Wyeth painting

Andrew Wyeth painting “Master Bedroom”

“Almost everything will work again if you just unplug it for a little while, including you!” ~Anne Lamott

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS & SUPPORTS:

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http://www.unrefugees.org

REFUGEES WALKING

Hala is Syrian, and she lost her mother, her home, and her childhood in one terrible moment when a bomb hit her house when Hala was outside, playing in the courtyard. Hala has become the “mother” of the family. She prepares the food, cleans, and attends to her oldest brother, 18, injured by the bomb that took their mother. Hala is not in school … she gets little rest … and she could use more food. In spite of all that, she is brave and resolute. If Hala was an 11-year-old American girl, the video she made with Angelina Jolie Pitt would probably be the high point of her life. WATCH THE VIDEO: Find out what happened to Hala.

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Saving Dolphins and Whales, Protecting the Oceans

Make 2016 the year we save thousands of dolphin and shark lives. Early in the new year we will complete filming our documentary of the whole vicious process of killing dolphins, overfishing sharks and commercializing the meat and fins. When released worldwide on television, this will put huge pressure on Peru to enforce its laws – already on the books – to protect dolphins and end overfishing of sharks. Together we will save the lives of thousands of dolphins and sharks. The dolphins of Peru are depending on  you. www.bluevoice.org

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Dolphins in Bimini, photo by Atmo, www.Wildquest.com

Dolphins in Bimini, photo by Atmo, www.Wildquest.com

Animal Petitions

HUMANS DEFENDING ANIMALS FROM OTHER HUMANS

Stop Killing Manta Rays for Their Gills!

MANTA RAY

http://animalpetitions.org/

Rare, majestic manta rays are being killed by the thousands in Sri Lanka to meet demand for their gills in Chinese markets. Urge the Sri Lankan government to stop the slaughter of these gentle creatures. please-help@animalpetitions.org

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