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SPIRIT OF MOONDANCE AWARD
This award category is for women writers, filmmakers and film score composers. Men may be co-writers or co-filmmakers, but the entry must be submitted by a woman.
MOONDANCE SEAHORSE AWARD
This award category is for men writers, filmmakers and film score composers. Women may be co-writers or co-filmmakers, but the entry must be submitted by a man.
MOONDANCE SANDCASTLE AWARD
This award is for male and female writing or filmmaking teams where both men and women or a man and woman work as a team on the project.
MOONDANCE SEASHELL AWARD
For men and women radio play writers. Comedy and drama, fiction and non-fiction, half-hour and hour long.
MOONDANCE COLUMBINE AWARD
Films and writings may be submitted by either a man, a woman, a male/female team or a young person 18 and under. The work must reflect non-violent conflict resolution, alternatives to violence, or show why violent resolution to conflict is counter-productive. The submitted material should not contain gratuitous violence.
MOONDANCE DOLPHIN AWARD
This award is for young people 18 years of age or younger, male or female. Moondance accepts submissions for this award in the genres of short narrative, documentary or animation video film, as well as short screenplays, short stories or short stageplays.
MOONDANCE CALYPSO AWARD
This award is to encourage a spirit of enterprise in saving the environment, habitats and wildlife by creative individuals from around the world. The award is presented to the person who expands knowledge of our world, seeks to improve our quality of all life on the planet.
MOONDANCE GAIA AWARD
This award is to encourage and inspire contemplative, meditative, spiritual and inspirational films and scripts. The award is presented to the person who seeks to elucidate and improve the spiritual quality of all life on the planet, and contributes to the betterment of the world spirit.
MOONDANCE ATLANTIS AWARD
This award is for writers and filmmakers who have submitted projects from a foreign country outside the US.
MOONDANCE STARFISH AWARD
This is an award for comedy projects submitted by writers and filmmakers.
MOONDANCE NEPTUNE AWARD
This unique award is presented to a male or female writer or filmmaker, over the age of 75, who has created either a single work of the highest quality or a body of quality work, and who continues to strive for excellence in his or her career in the entertainment industry, and who inspires and encourages others by his or her example.
MOONDANCE COLORADO OCEAN AWARD
This is an award for projects created by Colorado writers, filmmakers & composers.
THE MOONDANCE ABYSS AWARD
This new Moondance award was created for very well-made and meaningful thriller, horror or supernatural films, written works & film scores. An abyss, usually in the ocean, is a chasm that is so deep and vast that its extent is not readily visible, without further exploration. The winning works in this awards category also have a deeper, and often hidden, message, lesson, moral, or important idea that bears further thought.
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Moondance has announce their Screenplay Competition winners for 2012.
Moondance has announced their screenplay winners for 2011.
by Heath Davis Havlick
Five months into my year after winning the Spirit of Moondance Award, what's going on? In my first installment, I said that I'd optioned a script and had another option deal looming. Well, I took that second option deal, too, and wondered how I would juggle two sets of notes and rewrites while working full-time.
by Heath Davis Havlick
I won the Spirit of Moondance award at this year's Moondance International Film Festival for my comedy feature script, Santa Eulalia. (I know, I know; everyone hates the title but me!) I had decided to go as soon as I was named a finalist, smelling a good networking opportunity. It didn't hurt that the festival had been billed by someone as "the American Cannes" and that several films previously shown there had won Academy Awards. I packed my bags and flew to Boulder.
Moondance has announced their writing competition awards for 2010.
An interview with screenwriter Bonnie Maffei regarding the Moondance Writing Competition.Q: What's the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what's it about?
A: I started out writing it as Horror, but my sense of humor kind of took over and it morphed into a quirky Dark Comedy/Supernatural Thriller called A RECIPE TO DIE FOR. I got the idea after reading about the little fishing village of Canneto Di Caronia where spontaneous combustion, (a strange phenomena of instantaneous fires,) devastated the place to the point of total evacuation. As far as the news reports go, scientific investigators, as well as exorcists have theories, but they've never discovered the real cause to this day.
A RECIPE TO DIE FOR, set in the small fishing village of Cannelloni amidst spontaneous combustion and bizarre phenomena, is about the local chef, who is trying to keep his trattoria afloat, but ends up saving his village from demonic visitors. How does he do that? He enters a cooking competition and creates a killer cannoli recipe, which he feeds to the unsuspecting demons, banishing them back to their dark underground kingdom.
You might describe the story as The Witches of Eastwick meets The Iron Chef in Sicily!
A: This was the main contest I wanted to enter this year. The founder and director of the Moondance International Film Festival, Elizabeth English, is an amazing artist, writer and business woman. Her original impulse was to start a woman's festival and competition, like an "American Cannes" or the woman's answer to "Sundance", but later opened it up to male writers and filmmakers. She views thousands of entries every year and only chooses the highest quality material for Moondance awards. I really felt honored to receive The Spirit of Moondance Award for Feature Screenplay this year.
Yes, A RECIPE TO DIE FOR also made the Grand Finals in the Scriptpartnerships & Pomegranate Pictures Screenplay Contest in London, England.
A: Absolutely!Q: Were you given any feedback on your script? If so, did you find the feedback helpful?
A: I chose not to receive feedback this time, although a couple of years ago I did. I requested feedback for one of my short scripts, which was a finalist. Elizabeth returned the script with notes in the margins, which were extremely insightful.Q: Has your success in this contest helped you market your script? Were you contacted by any agents, managers or producers?
A: Very much so! It's been an amazing ride. I've had dozens of requests for my script and I signed on with an agent, who I met at Moondance.Q: What's your background? Have you written any other screenplays or television scripts?
A: I've lived in California most of my life. I grew up in Los Angeles and now live in the Santa Cruz area. I have written travel articles, children's stories, poetry, shorts and feature screenplays, but I'm concentrating on features at the moment. I am also an artist. I have been a therapist and I have been a real estate agent for several years.Q: Do you live in Los Angeles? If not, do you have any plans to move there?
A: No plans to move. L.A. is a few hours drive, if I need to get there.Q: What's next? Are you working on a new script?
A: I am working on marketing A RECIPE TO DIE FOR and also a rewrite of another script, which I hope to finish soon. It's about an ancient holy artifact, which has been hidden for centuries and one woman's quest to unearth it and release its magical powers, which can either be used for good or evil.