“The uniqueness and integrity of The Moondance International Film Festival brand, its global reputation for the highest quality, as well as its important mission and goals, and now celebrating our 17th season, is a rare and unmatchable asset. Talented filmmakers, writers and composers from around the world submit their work to the annual Moondance competition; enthusiastic audiences attend the film festival’s screenings of the best indie films, its professional workshops and popular networking events; and sponsors, in-kind donors and friends of Moondance contribute financially to its continuing success, helping the festival to grow and thrive. I am sincerely grateful for this ongoing support! ” ~ Elizabeth English, Moondance Founder & Executive Director

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, directors and producers to create new opportunities, develop tools for success and forge new alliances within the international film and entertainment industry.

* Being fearless & bold, Moondance is a unique film festival where monotonous conformity is considered mediocrity, and extravagant individualism, innovation, and experimentation is encouraged, awarded and applauded!

Awards & Prizes

: This award category is for women writers filmmakers & composers. Men may be co-writers or co-filmmakers, but the entry must be submitted by a woman.

This award category is for men writers, filmmakers & composers. Women may be co-writers or co-filmmakers, but the entry must be submitted by a man.

This award is for male and female writing, filmmaking or composing teams where both a man and woman work as a directing, writing or composing team on the project.

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.

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, multi-media, music videos, film scores or animation video film, as well as short screenplays, short stories or short stageplays.

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, and contributes to the betterment of humankind.

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.

This award is for writers, filmmakers & composers who have submitted projects from a foreign country outside the US.

This is an award for comedy projects submitted by writers and filmmakers.

• MOONDANCE SEAGULL AWARD: This award is to honor and celebrate the art of drone cinematography in short films, and offers international recognition for talented & innovative drone filmmakers from around the world.

• THE MOONDANCE ABYSS AWARD: This new Moondance award was created in 2009 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.

This unique award is presented to a male or female writer, filmmaker or composer, 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.

Rules & Terms

Submission Guidelines: Please go to: http://moondancefilmfestival.com/moondance-2016-submission-guidelines/

We cordially invite screenwriters and filmmakers, playwrights, short story writers, TV writers, librettists, composers, children’s filmmakers & writers, radio play writers & producers, and young (18 & under), plus seniors (75 & over), music video filmmakers, and multi-media filmmakers to participate in this truly international film festival competition.

Please plan to attend the film festival, especially if you’re a finalist or winner, or filmmaker whose film is screened at the event.

2 Reviews

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    James Carroll

    Very professional group of people with a great vision for filmmakers.

    Oct 2016
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    Jim Norman

    Fine festival for screenwriters. Good and timely communication make this a recommended festival for screenwriters, both new and experienced.

    Sep 2016