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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 CarrieAnn Lee

An interview with screenwriter CarrieAnn Lee 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 of my comedy script is ALONE WITH HER CHOCOLATE. The idea for the story came one night, when I had left an unfrosted cake in a kitchen cupboard. I had meant to frost it the next day, but my chocolate cravings got the best of me (at two AM no less).

The main character Margerie Ann Mudd hears voices. Joan of Arc, Helen Keller, Dr. DoLittle, they all understood what we could not; and chocolate had no one to turn to until Margerie came along. Ever wonder what kind of personality a chocolate covered peanut has, or a chocolate bon bon or even a chocolate Easter bunny? Margerie becomes their savior or at least the weakest mortal for them to torment.

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 have attended Moondance before and found it to be very supportive of new filmmakers and unproduced writers. They offer several workshops for writers and they have numerous award categories to cover multiple genres and age groups. The festival is held at a park that backs up to the mountains and it is a beautiful place. Better air and less traffic than LA!

I entered ALONE WITH HER CHOCOLATE (aka Margerie Mudd Was Chosen) in the Great Lakes FF and it took fourth place in the comedy category. It made it to the top five in the Broad Humor FF, was a finalist in the GIMME Credit screenplay contest and was a honorable mention in the Hollywood Creative Connection contest. This year, after a few alterations, it won the Starfish award for best comedy at Moondance. Last year my script LITTLE SISTERS AREN'T SO BAD won in the short script for children category.

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 director for Moondance, Elizabeth English, is known for encouraging new writers. She often contacts them before the festival to give them a little boost of confidence. She also answers her emails. The award ceremony was held at a The Med, a Mediterranean restaurant — the ambience, the music and never-ending. hors d' oeuvres were great. Nothing was rushed and we had plenty of time to ''network.'' All of the winners received a metal star, which was crafted by a local artist.

The only thing I found a little difficult about this contest was the $50 charge for all the classes and panels — a little pricey for me. We also had to pay to attend our own awards ceremony.

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

A: Ms. English shared a little something about each winner and the story they submitted, when she announced their award. It was a nice little publicity boost for us. She tried to make herself available whenever she could. She helped those that needed it, to come up with a much more snazzy logline for their script.

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

A: I met several filmmakers there. Two of which, asked for my story. One is I seriously considering one of my shorts.

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

A: I guess you could say that I am a seasoned amateur. Since my first visit to Moondance in 2002, I have written twelve screenplays. FINAL AUDITION, my first script, made it into the finals in 2002, and TWICE UPON A TIME won in the MOW category in 2004. Then I wrote ALONE WITH HER CHOCOLATE (aka Margerie Mudd Was Chosen), WAITING FOR MR. GODFREY, LITTLE SISTERS AREN'T SO BAD, AN ELEPHANT IN THE CLOSET, NO MORE SPIDERS, RAG DOLL, THE YELLOW BALLOON, THE EVIL SKIRT, AND MOTHER WILL BE SO PLEASED. Nine of which, have placed in contests. One, just made it into the finals and the other, I am still tinkering with.

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

A: I don't live in LA, but thanks to my helicopter pilot daughter, I can swoop into town anytime. LA is a great little town, but I am too attached to my green grass, scores of lakes, rivers, and of course, the Olympic and Cascade Mountain ranges in the Northwest.

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

A: Right now I am getting everything ready to produce one of my short scripts. It takes place at a hospital, and fortunately for me, I work at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tacoma, WA. They are allowing me to film there (graveyard shift).

Now that things are finally happening for me, I can retire as a screenplay contest junkie. Wu-who!

Posted Wednesday, November 26, 2008