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Moondance International Film Festival

Moondance International Film Festival

Contact

970 9th Street
Boulder, CO 80302
303-545-0202 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Elizabeth English, Founder & Executive Director, Artistic Director

Report Card

Overall: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.4/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.4/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.9/5.0)
Signficance: 2 stars2 stars (2.1/5.0)
Report Cards: 17    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Objective

The objective of the Moondance International Film Festival is to inspire, motivate, promote and encourage the best writers & independent filmmakers, from every country in the world, and to inspire a greater understanding about the vital role of the arts in enhancing creativity, community spirit, and the preservation of our cultural heritage. Moondance also promotes & rewards work which depicts women & girls in a positive light, &/or has lead roles for women actors over 40. We strongly encourage films, TV movies & pilots & written works which show viable alternatives to gratuitous violence & that depict non-violent conflict resolution, which we actively promote within the international film community.

  • The Moondance International Film Festival is much more than an annual film festival! It is a unique community, a supportive, productive, and creative year-round collaboration between independent filmmakers and movie audiences, between writers, composers and the world of filmed entertainment.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Expired. Previous Deadline: 07/31/2017

Notification: AUGUST

Rules

Submission categories:
  • ANIMATION FILM
  • FEATURE DOCUMENTARY FILM
  • FEATURE FILM
  • FEATURE FILM FOR KIDS
  • FEATURE MUTI-MEDIA FILM
  • SHORT DRONE FILM
  • TRAILERS
  • FEATURE SCREENPLAY
  • FEATURE SCREENPLAY FOR KIDS
  • FILM SCORE
  • LIBRETTO
  • MUSIC VIDEO
  • MUSICAL FEATURE SCREENPLAY
  • MUSICAL SHORT SCREENPLAY
  • ORIGINAL TV MINI-SERIES (1 HR)
  • SHORT DOCUMENTARY FILM
  • SHORT FILM
  • SHORT FILM BY KIDS 18 & UNDER
  • SHORT FILM FOR KIDS
  • SHORT MULTI-MEDIA FILM
  • SHORT SCREENPLAY
  • SHORT SCREENPLAY BY 18 & UNDER
  • SHORT SCREENPLAY FOR KIDS
  • SHORT STORY BY KIDS*
  • SHORT STORY FOR KIDS*
  • SHORT STORY*
  • STAGEPLAY
  • STAGEPLAY FOR KIDS
  • TV MOVIE OF THE WEEK (MOW)
  • TV EPISODIC (1/2 HOUR)
  • TV EPISODIC (1 HOUR)
  • TV FEATURE FILM
  • TV PILOT SCRIPT
  • RADIO PLAYS (drama & comedy)
  • RADIO DOCUMENTARIES
  • TREATMENTS
  • DRONE FILMS

* up to 3 stories for single fee

COMPETITION GUIDELINES: Please go to: http://moondancefilmfestival.com/moondance-2016-submission-guidelines/

Awards

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.

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.

MOONDANCE MERMAID’S PEARL AWARD
The award is presented to honor and recognize women in the film industry who have contributed most to insuring that women’s work is recognized and appreciated for its worth, who help women achieve success in film, writing & music, and who have themselves contributed a vital body of work, and who continue to contribute to this vital effort. The pearl in the award is a symbol of women’s efforts to make something meaningful and valuable from our struggles to overcome that “grain of sand” women often encounter, when trying to express themselves and succeed within the international film and entertainment industry. The resulting lovely pearl is a reminder of what beautiful things women can accomplish.

MOONDANCE SEVEN SEAS AWARD
A new award category has been created: the MOONDANCE SEVEN SEAS AWARD. This is an award for a winning project created by writers, filmmakers & composers, who enlighten others, help change perceptions about another culture and/or place, and promote cross-cultural knowledge and awareness, through the art of film, writing or music, and, thus, encourage a better understanding of the world’s people.

Moondance International Film Festival

Contact

970 9th Street
Boulder, CO 80302
303-545-0202 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Elizabeth English, Founder & Executive Director, Artistic Director

Report Card

Overall: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.4/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.4/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.9/5.0)
Signficance: 2 stars2 stars (2.1/5.0)
Report Cards: 17    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Moondance International Film Festival

Contact

970 9th Street
Boulder, CO 80302
303-545-0202 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Elizabeth English, Founder & Executive Director, Artistic Director

Report Card

Overall: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.4/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.4/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.9/5.0)
Signficance: 2 stars2 stars (2.1/5.0)
Report Cards: 17    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Contest News

Moondance Announces 2014 Finalists

Finalists have been announced for the 2014 Moondance writing categories.

Updated: 08/26/2014

Moondance Announces Screenplay Winners

Moondance has announced their screenplay selections for 2013.

Updated: 08/23/2013

Moondance Announces 2012 Screenplay Winners

Moondance has announce their Screenplay Competition winners for 2012.

Updated: 09/30/2012

Moondance Announces Screenplay Winners

Moondance has announced their screenplay winners for 2011.

Updated: 08/23/2011

A Year After the Win, Part 2: One Option Down, One to Go

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.

Updated: 03/17/2011

Moondance International Film Festival

Contact

970 9th Street
Boulder, CO 80302
303-545-0202 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Elizabeth English, Founder & Executive Director, Artistic Director

Report Card

Overall: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.4/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.4/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.9/5.0)
Signficance: 2 stars2 stars (2.1/5.0)
Report Cards: 17    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter David Kane

An interview with screenwriter David Kane regarding the Moondance Writing Competition.

Q: What's the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what's it about?

A: The title is "Boat People". I'm very proud that it has recently been announced the winner of best screenplay and the recepient of their prestigious Seahorse award.

Log: In 1975 during the fall of Saigon, and with the help of an American soldier who was left behind, a talented violinist-turned-refugee, vows to make it to Carnegie Hall to honor her mother's memory.

My father in-law was Uan Ngoc Pham, South Vietnam Navy Commander for 14-years, and his and my wife's memories I have written this heart stopping action adventure. Dedicated to all the Vietnamese Boat People for having the strength and courage to sacrifice everything for their freedom.

Q: What made you enter this particular contest? Have you entered any other contests with this script? If so, how did you do?

A: I've heard that this international screenwriting contest is well respected in the industry and is considered within the top 5 in the country.

The following are all the awards "Boat People" has achieved.

1st Place — Moon Dance International (2008) 3rd Place - WriteMovies International #16 — (2007) 3rd Place — Cynosure Screenwriting Awards - (2007) Finalist — Story Pros (2008) Finalist — EXPO - (2007) Honorable Mention - Filmmakers Intl. — (2006)

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: So far so good. I'm actually flying out to attend the event this weekend to Boulder, Colorado.

Elizabeth, their director had been wonderful and had phoned me personally to give me the news.

Q: Were you given any feedback on your script? If so, did you find the feedback helpful?

A: Here's actual feedback from one of the judges:

"It's Memiors' of a Geisha meets Gladiator. This is a well-constructed script. You have a good command of structure and pacing, your action descriptions are tight and impart just enough information, and your dialogue is generally taut and snappy. You've clearly researched the history of Vietnam, and the historical detail detail is well-incorporated. You know how and when to tighten the screws of narrative tension, and you have some good set pieces: the pirates attacking the boat, the 'lottery' to determine which soldier will be executed. You give My-Linh a backstory that's designed to evoke an emotional response from the audience (her ambition to realise her mother's dream of performing in America), and she's an appealing character - vulnerable,, but with a core of inner strength. I liked how you smoothly handled the transition from the use of subtitles to the use of English: the close-up on the monk's mouth as he tells My-Linh she must look for the shepherd. It both adds impact to this utterance (which will resonate through the script) and neatly establishes for the audience that we'll be hearing the 'translation' of what's being said from now on. Best of luck in the competition."

Q: Has your success in this contest helped you market your script? Were you contacted by any agents, managers or producers?

A: This is yet to be determined but I remain positive and excited on the opportunities to come resulting this win.

Q: What's your background? Have you written any other screenplays or television scripts?

A: Yes. I've written another award winner called "Finding Heart", a drama which recently won first place in Gaffers International contest.

Log: A young black man with a bright future as a wrestler gets drafted into the Vietnam War and winds up coming home alive, but unable to wrestle. To find his true destiny, he must first cope with his new life and learn to wrestle with his limitations.

Q: Do you live in Los Angeles? If not, do you have any plans to move there?

A: I currently live in Orange County, CA.

Q: What's next? Are you working on a new script?

A: I'm actually working on three scripts.

I have recently met with a person who knows Bob Yari and am trying to get some of my other projects completed so they too may be considered for production consideration.

Most importantly, I am so very grateful to MovieBytes for this wonderful site. It is because of you I am able to find these contests and pursue my dream of being a working screenplay writer.

With Respect and Thanks,

David Kane

Posted Monday, August 25, 2008