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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 A. Chacko regarding the Moondance Writing Competition.Q: What's the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what's it about?
A: BLACK BOX is a high concept, character driven screenplay which centers around the issue of electronic voting fraud.Q: What made you enter this particular contest? Have you entered any other contests with this script? If so, how did you do?
A: A friend who spoke at Moondance first let me know about the contest. I was a top finalist for the Red Inkworks Screenplay Competition and also a semi-finalist for the USC based Hanks/Miller Screenwriting Fellowship with BLACK BOX. A short screenplay that I penned called, "Honor Among Thieves" was a recent semi-finalist with the "Gimme Credit Screenplay Competition".Q: Were you satisfied with the adminstration of the contest? Did they meet their deadlines? Did you receive all the awards that were promised?
A: The list of finalists and semi-finalists came out on time, which was helpful. I did not know until the evening of the awards that I had gotten the "Spirit of Moondance" award, which was the contest's top honor. It would have been nice to know prior to attending -- since I live in California and drove to the event, it wasn't a great expense for me, however I do know of some folks who traveled from as far away as Alaska and spent a lot to attend.
Unfortunately, I did not receive all the awards as promised, which was rather disappointing.
A: No feedback was given.Q: Has your success in this contest helped you market your script? Were you contacted by any agents, managers or producers?
A: I did have one company contact me by email, and after I took part in a pitch session at the actual film festival, I was approached by a producer.Q: What's your background? Have you written any other screenplays or television scripts?
A: I have a master's degree in Psychology and have worked as an Educational Psychologist, which has informed my writing and understanding of character development. I also wrote songs/composed for film and video and performed professionally for many years before I learned about the very real issues of electronic voting fraud. I was so disturbed by what I read that I knew that I had to write something, and a three and half minute song was not going to do the topic justice!
Because I worked with a teacher who had once optioned a script, I decided to try my hand at writing a screenplay. I ended up being chosen from a regional pool to be one of five featured screenwriters in a documentary. During the documentary filming my pitching went well, so I received an on screen script analysis from John Rainey, the top script analyst in the country according to CS Magazine. I incorporated his notes and began getting awards.
A: I live in Northern California which allows me to get to the LA area pretty easily for special events and networking. No plans at the moment to move to LA.Q: What's next? Are you working on a new script?
A: I am getting my screenplay to production companies and other people in the industry, with an eye towards taking BLACK BOX to the next level. Otherwise, I have a book and a couple of other screenwriting projects in development, including a myth-based screenplay.