Moondance Film Festival August News
Invitation to the 2015 Moondance International Film Festival
~ Whatever you want to do, do it now. There are only so many tomorrows ~
Moondance International Film Festival
September 7th & 8th, 2015
Beautiful Boulder, Colorado USA
The annual Moondance international Film Festival event is where you can see the very best of specially-selected US & international feature films, documentary films, short films, animation films, & music videos films, and have the best opportunity to network with colleagues, audiences, filmmakers, writers, composers, distribution executives, talent agents, international film industry celebrities & execs, at our famously productive networking parties, and to promote your project or film industry services!
EVENTS AT THE FILM FESTIVAL:
- INDIE FILM SCREENINGS (documentaries, animation, music videos, feature & short films)
- PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOP FOR FILMMAKERS & WRITERS (Titles & Logines)
- PRODUCTIVE NETORKING PARTIES & EVENTS
- PRIVATE CONSULTATIONS WITH THE PROS
- SPECIAL VIP CELEBRITY FILMS
- Q&As WITH THE ATTENDING FILM DIRECTORS
- POSSIBLE CELEBRITY APPEARANCE
- GALA AWARDS CEREMONY & RECEPTION!
- A SPECIAL SURPRISE ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE FESTIVAL FOUNDER
COME JOIN US TO CELEBRATE THE 16th ANNUAL MOONDANCE!
~~~ September 7th & 8th ~~~
- Tickets available online until September 5th.
- Tickets available at the venue box office during the event days & times.
Check these links for 2015 festival info:
FESTIVAL VOLUNTEERS WANTED!
You are cordially invited to volunteer to help out at the film festival!
All volunteers can earn free movie tickets for hours worked.
Contact Meghan at:
With “MIFF volunteer” in the subject line.
ANOTHER HAPPY MOONDANCER WRITES US!
“I have been absolutely thrilled and over the MOON to have been awarded a finalist placing in the 2015 Moondance competition! And already, yes, already inquiries have been made by an interested party about my screenplay ‘Devonside’. I will keep you guys posted. I have been a firm and faithful follower of Moondance for the past five years. I have yet to find a film festival as supportive, encouraging, and committed to their ‘people’ than the director and her team at Moondance. I look forward to the day when I can meet you in person, give you a huge hug and say ‘Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.’ Elizabeth English you rock !!“~ Craig Gibson
Congratulations, 2015 Moondance written works winners & top finalists! Your winning work can be posted at Inktip.com for free, as an extra Moondance bonus. I have sent the list of this season’s winners & top finalists to InkTip.com. Liz Rivera, of InkTip, will contact you via email to let you know the special code to have your 2015 Moondance-selected work on their website, at no cost to you. I highly recommend this popular & well-respected website for getting your script seen by many US & international producers, directors and agents who are looking for very the best work available today. Please be on the lookout for this important InkTip email!
TURN YOUR YARD INTO POLLINATOR PARADISE!
(or your balcony, patio, window box, garden, school yard, farm, &/or porch)
Photo: © Chris Helzer/TNC
Summer is the time of plenty for native pollinators, but creating pollinator habitat in your yard or garden means more than summer blooms. Summer flowers are great, but they are not enough to sustain healthy pollinator populations. Fortunately, it’s not difficult to create a pollinator paradise. This is a conservation initiative where you can create important habitat with just a small strip of plants in your backyard or garden or back porch (even one pot of flowering plants can create vital habitat). If you plant pollinatorfriendly plants, the pollinators will find it. Really. It’s that simple. How do you ensure that pollinators have healthy food, a place to nest and livable conditions?
1. Plant nectar- and pollen-rich flowers
2. Go organic
4. Provide food and water
The best flowers to plant for pollinators: asters, butterfly bush, calendula, day lily, hollyhock, fennel, marigold, nasturtium, lavender, geranium, dahlia, wild rose, petunia, & many more:
Register your garden here & become part of the Million Pollinator Garden Challange: http://share.pollinator.org
- When you begin planting, the key is to plant a diversity of plants that flower at different times of year. You are creating a seasonlong feast. Having a variety of flowers ensures these creatures can make it through the year.
- We often associate bee nests with hives. But 70% of native bees nest in the ground. They dig little burrows that are used for rearing their young. Leaving a bare spot of earth near your pollinator garden can take care of most of the bee’s life needs in a small area. Many native bee species do not move very far. Bumble bees can cover longer distances (up to two miles). Many species only travel a few hundred feet or less.
- In the popular media, pollinator conservation is all about honey bees. While the honey bee – and its sweet product – is easy to love, it is only one on a large list of pollinating insects. And it is not the most effective. There are some 4,ooo native bees in America, – a veritable pollinating army. Add to that pollinating wasps, butterflies, moths, birds, bats and more. So when you’re thinking pollinator habitat, go beyond the honey bee!
- Don’t spray! The uses of neonicotinoids are not protecting agricultural crops – they’re used purely for cosmetic purposes around yards and residential developments. Even if you spray your yard but not your pollinator habitat, the pesticides can drift and kill feeding or nesting bees. These insects provide millions of dollars in ecosystem services each year by pollinating agricultural crops, and are a key component of wildlife ecosystems.
The Xerces Society is an organization devoted to conservation that has much more incredibly useful information on creating pollinator habitat! (Excerpts from an online article at the Nature Conservancy)
SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
“Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving your goal, and staying with that plan.” ~ Tom Landry
“I am not what happened to me; I am what I choose to become.” ~ Carl Jung
“Love is all you need!” ~ John Lennon & Paul McCartney
Please forward this news-blog to your creative artist colleagues & indie film buffs!
QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS?
No trees or natural habitats were harmed in the creation of this news-blog!