Some Moondance Celebrity Supporters:


Celebrity Attendees at Moondance Include:


A passionate and diverse filmmaker, Vic Sarin’s career includes award winning feature films, documentaries and television movies such as – “A Shine of Rainbows” and “The Boy from Geita”

Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio, actor, “Titanic”, “Blood Diamond”, “Catch Me if You Can”
Stephanie Zimbalist
Stephanie Zimbalist, actor, “Remington Steele” with Pierce Brosnan, “The Tempest” with Anthony Hopkins
Charles Durning
Charles Durning, actor,
film, TV and theatre
Giancarlo Esposito
, Actor, “Breaking Bad”, film director
Phyllis Diller
Phyllis Diller, comedienne
George Lopez
George Lopez,
Film & TV actor “The George
Lopez Show”
Barry Corbin
Barry Corbin, actor, “Northern Exposure”, “Lonesome Dove”
Pam Grier
Pam Grier, actor, star of “Jackie Brown”
Robert Culp
Robert Culp, actor,
Nominated for an Emmy &
a Golden Globe Award for
“I Spy”1934-2010
David Strathairn
David Strathairn, Academy Award-nominated actor & producer
Cray Thomas
Cray Thomas
, actor, “Angels In America”
Kostas Sommer
Kostas Sommer, actor,
“Deuce Bigalow II”
Tristan Rogers

Tristan Rogers, TV actor, “General Hospital”

Joey D. Vierira

Joey D. Vieira, actor, “Lassie” TV series, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”, “The Patriot”, with Mel Gibson, “My Three Sons”, “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice”

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2015 Special Guest Director, Tom Shadyac (“Bruce Almighty”, “The Nutty Professor”, “Ace Ventura”, “Pet Detective, Liar Liar, I Am”) gave a very well-attended Q&A session after the screening of his feature documentary film, “I Am.”


Plus: Ellen Sandler, writer, Emmy Award winner & Head Writer “Everybody Loves Raymond”; Meg LeFauve, producer, Emmy-nominated Executive Producer, Egg Productions, Jody Foster’s production company; Lenore English, actor, former child star in silent films with Charlie Chaplin, etc.; Vicky Jenson, director & animator, Co-Director of “Shrek”, Academy Award for Best Feature Animation Film; Scott Rubenstein, writer, producer, head writer, “Star Trek” TV series; Linda Seger, script doctor for over 2000 Hollywood films; Anthony “Tony” Tarantino, actor, father of director Quentin Tarantino; and, last but not least, Phil Roman, Producer, Winner of 6 Primetime Emmys for Animation TV series: “The Simpsons” & “King of the Hill”


  • Moondance was endorsed & profiled in Oprah Winfrey’s magazine, “O” in May 2003
  • Five filmmakers whose films were screened at Moondance 2008 received offers of distribution right after the festival!
  • 5 winning screenwriters were offered agenting and/or option offers at the 2008 festival, and many other writers were asked to send their screenplays to agents!
  • Christopher of the Wolves and Mukama Morandi, musicians who entertained at Moondance 2008, were agented during the festival by a music label representative!
  • Moondance was voted the “third most important film festival in the world” after Cannes and Sundance in an online poll of 150,000 international film industry professionals at Filmmakers Alliance, Los Angeles, CA. In this 2003 online poll, members were asked to rate film festivals based on their importance to one’s career and to the international entertainment industry, not on number of attendees or celebrities present.
  • Moondance founder & executive director, Elizabeth English, was invited to attend, speak and represent international women in film at World Forum 2004 in Barcelona, Spain, along with Bill Clinton, Mikhail Gorbachev, Nelson Mandela & Sting
  • Cirque du Soleil, Montreal, Canada, has generously sponsored Moondance in 2005 & 2007.
  • Top film studios, producers & agents in L. A., NY and worldwide request Moondance winners’ and finalists’ screenplays, films & music
  • Many of the Moondance winning and finalist films have been purchased and distributed world-wide, for television and theatrical release
  • Three Moondance film winners have been subsequently nominated for the Academy Awards®, the most recent of which was “Tanghi Argentina” which had its US premiere at Moondance 2007, and was nominated for best short foreign film at the 2008 Oscars
  • A 2001 Moondance winner was invited to screen her film “The Unique Oneness of Christian Savage” at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival
  • Francis Ford Coppola optioned a finalist Moondancer’s screenplay and his literary magazine, “Zoetrope: All-Story” is a Moondance sponsor
  • Sesame Street, Oxygen Media, Sundance Channel, Lifetime TV, National Geographic TV, the BBC, Canal+, and Starz Encore are just a few of the television companies requesting winning Moondance films and scripts
  • The Hendricks Foundation has donated funding for special awards
  • Otis Taylor, Boulder blues musician who provided entertainment at the 2003 Moondance, was noticed at our festival by a prominent Hollywood agent and music producer, and was subsequently nominated for, and won, the W.C. Handy Blues Awards & the Grammys for his CD “White African”
  • Moondance winning films have been invited for screenings in many other film festivals around the US and the world
  • Jodie Foster’s production company considered the five 2002 finalists’ Spirit of Moondance screenplays
  • Moondance founder & executive director, Elizabeth English, has been nominated twice for the Hollywood Reporter’s annual “Most Powerful Women in the International Film Industry” awards
  • A libretto was given NY production funding, based on the writer’s win at Moondance 2002
  • The Spiritual Cinema Circle selected winning Moondance films for their compilation DVDs
  • Many of the winning films from all previous Moondances have been considered by film distributors, optioned, sold and/or distributed, worldwide
  • Boulder writer & Moondance winner of 2001 and 2002 had 2 scripts read and optioned by an important NY production company
  • Many screenwriters are agented after winning Moondance, such as a Texas screenwriter finalist who got an agent at the film festival and was offered an option and production date for her winning Moondance screenplay
  • Advertising at Moondance reaches 150,000+ immediately, and exposure continues on our website, and reaches over 25,000 international entertainment industry professionals, via our popular monthly e-newsletter
  • 50+ countries are represented in Moondance entries, participants and festival attendees
  • Moondance 2006 & 2007 were held in Hollywood, California, to great success. 2007 was at the Raleigh Studios, and 2008 at four Universal Studios City Walk theaters, Hollywood.
  • lists Moondance as one of the top ten film festival competitions worth the entry fee.
  • Moondance 2012 was held at the famous Tribeca Cinemas in New York City
  • Moondance 2013 was held in the historic coastal village of Mystic, Connecticut
  • Filmmaker magazine lists Moondance as one of the top 25 film festivals worth attending.


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 between international audiences At Moondance, you 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.

In our continuing efforts to promote top-quality original filmmaking, writing and music composition by talented artists from around the world, which is an ideal means for communication across perceived boundaries of race, culture, age, place, and gender, the Moondance International Film Festival is very pleased to announce that our festival competitions have brought in great submissions and in all categories.

Moondance has submissions from, and welcomes film festival attendees from: ArgentinaAustralia, Austria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bosnia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Curaçao, Cyprus, Dubai, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Iceland, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Madagascar, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tasmania, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Republic, the UK, the US, Venezuela, Wales, and more!