Art and ExperienceThe Moondance International Film Festival offers free entry fees for filmmakers, writers and composers in the 7 countries including Iran now banned from the US following Donald Trump’s executive order.

According to the festival’s founder Elizabeth English, the 2017 Moondance International Film Festival is now offering free competition submissions for filmmakers, writers and music composers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, the seven countries whose immigrant and refugee artists and others have been banned from entering the United States following Donald Trump’s executive order back in January.

Artists and filmmakers from these seven countries wishing to submit their work at this year’s edition of the event can contact the festival at for more information.

The Moondance International Film Festival is an independent annual film festival and awards competition in the US, founded by Elizabeth English in 1999 as a complimentary contrast to the Sundance Film Festival, where in 22 years no women filmmakers had won.

Last year, three Iranian films including ‘The Sea and the Flying Fish’, directed by Mehrdad Ghafarzadeh, and ‘Atlan’, directed by Moein Karimoddini, won top prizes at Moondance film festival.

The 18th edition of the American festival will accept submissions through June 30, 2017 in various genres including narrative feature, short, documentary, drone & animation films, feature & short screenplays, film scores, etc.