Welcome to the First Edition of the Moonlight Online International Film Festival!
We really want to make a difference in the landscape of international film festivals – in terms of film quality.
Consequently, since we have not yet received a sufficient number of high-quality films in order to have a solid line-up in the official selection, the first edition of the festival has been moved to 2024 – and submissions are now once again open from the 1st of November 2023 until the 19th of May 2024 on FESTHOME only, for a second selection round (with the hope that we will receive submissions of further high-quality films to complete the festival line-up, in addition to those high-quality films which have already been preselected in the first selection round).
Attention: Film entrants who have submitted their films in the first selection round will be notified about the respective selection results during November / December 2023 – and those submitters whose films have already been preselected in the first selection round will receive a preliminary official invitation to kindly consider a possible participation in the first edition of the festival.
Also Important: If you have already submitted your film during the first selection round, please do NOT submit it again in the second selection round which opens on the 1st of November 2023 – but kindly wait for the selection result, about which you will be notified as soon as a decision is taken regarding your submitted film. Thank you very much!
THE MOONLIGHT ONLINE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL IS INTRODUCING THE TRANS-SECTION AWARD GREAT MOONLIGHT AWARD FOR BEST FILM IN THE FESTIVAL (FEATURE OR SHORT)
In addition to the Moonlight Online Award for Best Film in the Feature Film Competition and the Moonlight Online Award for Best Film in the Short Film Competition, The Moonlight Online International Film Festival is introducing the trans-section award Great Moonlight Award for Best Film in the Festival – which will be the festival’s supreme award (consisting of the festival’s physical trophy and a cash prize) and will be awarded by the festival jury either to the winner of the Moonlight Online Award for Best Film in the Feature Film Competition or to the winner of the Moonlight Online Award for Best Film in the Short Film Competition.
By letting the festival’s supreme trophy award Great Moonlight Award for Best Film in the Festival go to either a feature film or a short film, the festival is defining the competing films’ creative quality as the absolute criterion in the festival jury’s judgement of their artistic value – independently of their length.
In this manner, one feature film and one short film will ultimately compete against each other for winning the festival’s jury-decided supreme trans-section best film award – after having competed in their respective length-specific sections and each one of them having won its section’s jury-decided supreme award Moonlight Online Award for Best Filmin the Feature Film Competition and Moonlight Online Award for Best Film in the Short Film Competition respectively.
Consequently, one of all films competing in the festival’s two sections (features and shorts) will take home the jury-decided best film award (consisting of an official award diploma and a cash prize) in its respective feature or short film section, as well as the festival’s jury-decided supreme trans-section best film award (consisting of the festival’s physical trophy and a cash prize).
The idea behind this award concept is that there are no ‘big films’ (features) or ‘small films’ (shorts) – but just GREAT FILMS, with their respective creative and artistic value which deserves equal attention and consideration regardless of their length.
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