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Contest: PAGE International[Post New Comment re: PAGE International]

Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 08/05/2007 05:50 AM
Hi everyone! I entered my 3 screenwriters very early about 3-15-07. After such a long time, about 7-31-07 (they had 3,411 from so many 43 foreign countries)--but after they had throw out some and had only 872 screenwriters, I saw that 2 of mine was still in it when they said it was the Quarter. That was great, but I didn’t get the last one of Semi. Boo-hoo. Well, I guest downt think I will do it again because I would rather be people from our place--USA.

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k coleman Author: k coleman Posted: 08/01/2007 11:28 PM
The feedback from Movie Script's Contest is detailed and insightful. The script is thoroughly read and analyzed, with areas to improve clearly delineated. And a suggested reading list is included. These guys truly make a difference in your script and your confidence level! Niall

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Contest: Contest of Contest Winners[Post New Comment re: Contest of Contest Winners]

Mary Huckstep Author: Mary Huckstep Posted: 08/01/2007 10:16 PM
This is an update to an earlier post. I wanted to let everyone know that Howard (aka the script doctor) has corrected all the ills which Gail and I reported in earlier posts. We both got our notes, the finalists' names have been posted on the Script Dr. website, and most of the finalists have had some "nibbles" from interested parties. Thank you, Howard, for finally making good on your promises. (Hey, I can't say that about some other contests!) Now, if I could just get one of those nibbles to turn into a strike! (But that's a different story. Sigh.) Mary Huckstep

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Contest: Writers On The Storm[Post New Comment re: Writers On The Storm]

Marjory Kaptanoglu Author: Marjory Kaptanoglu Posted: 07/31/2007 12:29 PM
I had an excellent experience with this contest. This was the first time I've entered WOTS and my script made the semifinal round, so that always helps to make one feel good about a contest. Still, I think I would've been satisfied regardless. Quarterfinalists and semifinalists were announced on the dates posted on the website; feedback followed soon after the quarterfinal announcement. The feedback I got, while short, was actually longer and more comprehensive than the example posted at their website. The reader was extremely encouraging about the parts he/she liked, and specific about some sections that need improvement. A score sheet showed how well the reader liked the dialog, structure, characters, etc. Overall the report gave me the feeling that the reader had carefully read my screenplay. In addition, when I had one question about the contest, Jim responded very quickly by email with the explanation. By the way, I am not a client of Coverage, Inc. (just to make it clear that you don't have to be a client of theirs to advance in WOTS). I plan to enter this contest again next year.

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paul byrne Author: paul byrne Posted: 07/31/2007 08:42 AM
This one is a total joke - WSC takes your $$$ and you never hear from them again. Their competition is a scam and a big time RIP-OFF!!

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paul byrne Author: paul byrne Posted: 07/31/2007 08:08 AM
Total RIPOFF. No postings of contest winners. Unable to reach any contest official re: contest results. Save your money - pass this one by!

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Contest: Scriptapalooza TV[Post New Comment re: Scriptapalooza TV]

Mike Moore Author: Mike Moore Posted: 07/30/2007 11:46 PM
So in attempting to get an agent, you can use the fact that your script made it into the quarterfinals or semi-finals, etc?

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Contest: A Feeding Frenzy[Post New Comment re: A Feeding Frenzy]

David Campbell Author: David Campbell Posted: 07/30/2007 10:35 AM
Once again, Cheryl has come through with clear, insightful coverage. RAIL TALES and WILD LILIES each received 10 pages of enormously helpful criticism and praise, unlike some coverage that leaves you wondering if your script was actually read. Before trying any other contests, enter A Feeding Frenzy and put Cheryl's suggestions to work.

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Contest: Writers On The Storm[Post New Comment re: Writers On The Storm]

Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 07/25/2007 06:40 PM
I sent 2 of my screenplays this year.. I sent them in 4-15 as I should hear something at the time of 5-25. Nothing, nothing, nothing. Well, I finally looked to see if anything had happened as they never had told me anything. I saw that they had already got the first people in the quarterfinalists.--- I was surprise that neither one of mine had even had got on quarterfinalists. They had 947 screenplays. I just thought I would ask a little something if they did not like my screenplays, or if they just did not like my stuff, just why ??---Well, I found out that they had not even got my screenplays or the money!--- I thought I had send them to someone else. I finally looked at who had gotten their name. I was surprised that Jim Cirile was on it!!---I sent them all that stuff so he would no I was right. He said he would send me them the money. What is strainge is that he had the money but could not find my screenplays. He sent me the money, but did not pay me the same thing I sent $69.00 And he sent me $59.00. STRAINGE!!

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Contest: Script Pipeline Screenplay[Post New Comment re: Script Pipeline Screenplay]

Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 07/25/2007 03:34 AM
I sent 2 of my scripts and paid $100.00. They never told me anything, but I finally looked in MovieBytes, as I usually do--(great man, Frederick Mensch!)-- Anyway, I wrote to the PIMP. They said, “sorry” that I did not make it. They had gotten 1,200 scripts, but a couple of people had read my 2. Guess they just didn’t like mine. Boo Hoo!!

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Contest: Gimme Credit[Post New Comment re: Gimme Credit]

Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 07/25/2007 03:10 AM
These people were so sweet!! I did not realize that they wanted certain things and not as long as I did mine. They told me about it and asked me if I wanted my money back. I told them to just throw mine away. They said: Really? I said “Yes!” Well, that was done. Some people don’t tell you anything, keep your money, and you just don’t win. Too bad for you. The lady in “Gimme” was sweet.

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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 07/25/2007 02:41 AM
I am so glad for those that have won!

However, I did not win. I looked at all the writes they put on their note. Something is strange.

14 people had 2 screenplays -- so there were 28 screenplays

4 people had 3 screenplays -- so there were 12 screenplays

1 person had 6 screenplays!!

If those are so great, they should tell us how good they are!! The people did not even tell me something was done when it was done! I had paid $147.00 Because I had 3 screenplays.

I’m glad for the people who won! But I will NEVER NEVER NEVER send my stuff to THEM!!

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Contest: Big Bear[Post New Comment re: Big Bear]

Script Writer Author: Script Writer Posted: 07/23/2007 09:34 PM
I didn't enter this year, but the comments I received on the script I entered last year were very harsh and merciless! But now that I look back on it (after having done a re-write), I can appreciate the reader's tough approach and snide criticism. It sucks to have to sit down and read a bad and poorly-executed, dramatically over-written script, much less provide feedback on it! A simple, "this needs more work", doesn't always register the way a blatant, "I feel sorry for the paper this was printed on" would. Sometimes it takes a reader being THAT HONEST, and to be offended, you could very well be fooling yourself. If the reader weren't trying to help you, he or she wouldn't be reading your script. Good luck to all :)

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Script Writer Author: Script Writer Posted: 07/23/2007 09:01 PM
I entered two scripts into this contest last year. Based on the comments I received in their feedback, I can say that both scripts were read from cover to cover. The readers struck me as being more newbie than experienced (everyone has to start somewhere!), but definitely very supportive, straightforward and showed tremendous interest in the stories (enthusiastic comments related to the characters and historical aspects). If you are looking for feedback, this contest is a good investment :)

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Contest: hollywoodscript.com [Post New Comment re: hollywoodscript.com ]

Eve Obrenski Author: Eve Obrenski Posted: 07/18/2007 01:14 PM
Craig Kellem is by far the best screenwriting consultant I have worked with. He doesn't just give you a few notes, he explores your story and characters with a level of depth and creative insight that is truly exceptional. He's real and honest, committed to making your script the best it can be. You can't ask for more than that. Eve Obrenski

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Contest: Hollywood Outreach[Post New Comment re: Hollywood Outreach]

Larissa Olick Author: Larissa Olick Posted: 07/13/2007 07:47 PM
I was extremely disappointed with the quality of the feedback I received. I thought some of the comments in the feedback were unprofessional (and by this is I do not mean "nasty" or "mean," just unprofessional: i.e. poor vocabulary, poor sentence structure, contradictory statements).

Maybe they will improve the quality of their readers in the future.

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Contest: A Feeding Frenzy[Post New Comment re: A Feeding Frenzy]

Naomi Lamont Author: Naomi Lamont Posted: 07/11/2007 05:30 AM
What a fantastic competition! Okay, I admit I’m biased as I placed in the top 3 – but that aside, this was the first time I’d ever entered a screenwriting competition. I was looking for a reputable competition with feedback, so I did my research and was most impressed by the comments made here by others. And I’m glad I did! Competition aside, the feedback given through A Feeding Frenzy is just brilliant. They know exactly what they’re talking about and they certainly ‘get’ what the writer is trying to do. The notes I received were far in excess of what I’d paid for. I really can’t praise them enough and I’ll certainly by using their services in the future. Great value for money, great feedback and super friendly people.

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Contest: BlueCat Contest[Post New Comment re: BlueCat Contest]

Lisa Wonsey Author: Lisa Wonsey Posted: 07/01/2007 04:06 PM
I'm a little miffed by this competition. Two weeks before the anouncement for semi-finalists they sent me an e-mail requesting an electronic file of my script (I initially sent a hard copy) This got me so excited. The e-mail said my script was still in consideration and the electronic copy would help the ajudication process. Great! So the semi-finalist are announced today and I'm not even on it. Talk about getting your hopes up for nothing. My script came in the quarterfinals of the "AAA Screenplay competition" so I had good expectations. What a dissapointment. To put iceing on the cake, the script analysis they promised won't be sent out til August 1st. A whole month away. That's a little fishy to me. Weren't the analysis suppose to be done after each script was read? The mere fact that the analysis isn't available leads me to believe not all the screenplays were carefully considered and this was a rush job.

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Contest: Slamdance[Post New Comment re: Slamdance]

James Edwards Author: James Edwards Posted: 06/26/2007 05:46 PM
Spectacularly well-done coverage for this contestant this year (2007). Guess it's the luck of the draw - the "good readers" at Slamdance are the among the best I've encountered in the contest scene.

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Contest: Sundance[Post New Comment re: Sundance]

Canon Wing Author: Canon Wing Posted: 06/26/2007 01:35 PM
I was a finalist for the Sundance 2003 contest. I was notified right away and found the contest to be very prifessional. I also found that being a finalist helped my career. I got a manager off of it and producers still read my latest scripts because of placement in the contest in 2003. I think it is very worthwhile to enter.

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Contest: A Feeding Frenzy[Post New Comment re: A Feeding Frenzy]

Richard Shand Author: Richard Shand Posted: 06/24/2007 12:44 AM
I found the feedback to be right on the mark! All my concerns were answered and the detailed advice was well beyond what I had expected (even after reading the glowing reviews in MovieBytes). Entering this competition is definitely the first step any aspiring screenwriter should take!

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Maria Lennon Author: Maria Lennon Posted: 06/23/2007 06:52 PM
I am amazed by this contest: The feedback is very helpful and encouraging. It gives me the feeling that whoever is doing it reads with care and consideration and gives suggestions for me to write better and succeed with the script. And all that for little $$. Thank You!

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Contest: A Feeding Frenzy[Post New Comment re: A Feeding Frenzy]

Sarah Dowling Author: Sarah Dowling Posted: 06/22/2007 07:09 PM
Absolutely, hands-down the best contest I've entered. The coverage was detailed, easy to understand, and exactly what I needed to take my script to the next level.

With their notes in hand, my rewrite is going quicker and more smoothly than any rewrite I've ever undertaken.

In fact, the rewrite just snagged me my first industry writing assignment...

Entering this contest is money well spent, and you couldn't ask for more down-to-Earth contest administrators. The best of the best!

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Todd Luongo Author: Todd Luongo Posted: 06/18/2007 10:15 PM
I just entered this contest last week. So far, I am very impressed with both the ease of the application and the initial responsiveness of the coordinator. I sent in two scripts on Saturday night (I know, what a loser, I'm entering screenplay competitions on a Saturday night). Ten minutes after I sent them in I got a personal e-mail from the contest coordinator telling me she was having trouble opening one of my files and asking me to resend. I resent the files and ten minutes after that I got another note confirming that she had successfully received and opened both files and telling me when to expect coverage. I have no idea how I will do but am very impressed so far.

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Contest: Waterfront[Post New Comment re: Waterfront]

Larissa Olick Author: Larissa Olick Posted: 06/18/2007 06:58 PM
Very professional and friendly. My writing partner and I were finalists in the 2007 competition with our low budget drama script. We were both impressed by how nice everyone was, and how diverse the semi-finalists', finalists', and the winner's scripts were. Comedy, arthouse drama, period, action, thriller... everything! The festival itself was amazing (no actually movie theaters, but very interesting venues). If you want to go to the festival plan ahead (hotels fill up like crazy).

I would highly recommend this competition. The people running the screenplay competition seemed to really enjoy reading all of the scripts. My writing partner and I had a wonderful time in Saugatuck!

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Contest: Writers On The Storm[Post New Comment re: Writers On The Storm]

William Pepper Author: William Pepper Posted: 06/17/2007 03:14 PM
From the frequent listserv emails that include not contest updates but also helpful writing tips, to professional and direct feedback the Writers on the Storm contest is by far one of the top screenplay contests "On The Move." If you want to know where your writing stands on a "studio reader" level give this contest your best.

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William Pepper Author: William Pepper Posted: 06/17/2007 03:05 PM
At the time of this review I am currently participating in the 2007 contest. While I do not know the outcome of this contest I can say that the communications between the coordinator of Script Savvy have been superb and the feedback is on a very thorough level. It will be extremely helpful when a rewrite strikes me.

I can only offer high praises for the Script Savvy Screenplay Competition and all of those involved.

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Contest: Red Inkworks [Post New Comment re: Red Inkworks ]

Jeff Lewis Author: Jeff Lewis Posted: 06/16/2007 08:22 AM
Larry runs the best show in town. Not because I placed 8th for "Bending Spoons" but because he delivers. He needs to start a school for the other screenplay competition staff and show them how it's done. Loved the notes. Thanks Larry.

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Contest: Shriekfest[Post New Comment re: Shriekfest]

Harvey Papush Author: Harvey Papush Posted: 06/15/2007 03:30 PM
I have to echo the above comments. Responses to emailed inquiries are fast, extremely helpful and personable.

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Contest: A Feeding Frenzy[Post New Comment re: A Feeding Frenzy]

Oldale Lee Rauls Author: Oldale Lee Rauls Posted: 06/15/2007 09:00 AM
Wow! Thank you so much for the in-depth feedback on Spinach Pie. I really like the way you come across in your writing. If you were writing about the history of our Presidents, I would've read it all. I am inspired to continue the "re-writing" process, but more than that, I feel love for my story. Before reading your feedback, Mozart was just a story in my head that I felt compelled to get down on paper. After which, I dedicated myself to other scripts.

Now, I have a romantic urge to get my hands back on the key board and massage the words on those pages into next summer's blockbuster hit. Thank you, Cheryl. O. Tracy Lee Rauls

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Contest: A Feeding Frenzy[Post New Comment re: A Feeding Frenzy]

Michael Smith Author: Michael Smith Posted: 06/14/2007 04:42 PM
I didn't win with my screenplay, but did get an Honorable Mention -- but to be completely honest, who cares about winning when you get your feedback from this contest?! It is posted in nearly all the comments above - the feedback is phenomenal! Worth more than double what you pay to enter the contest. Not only are the notes offered valuable and spot on, but they are presented in a way that is constructive -- difficult to find in coverage these days. This is my first experience with A Feeding Frenzy -- but certainly not my last. When my next script is in a draft ready for coverage, I will be contacting A Freeding Frenzy. I could have likely saved myself quite a bit of time on this screenplay had I gone to Feeding Frenzy for coverage several drafts ago. Now I know. I've entered nearly every contest -- this is one of the best for the money you pay. You just can't go wrong here.

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Contest: A Feeding Frenzy[Post New Comment re: A Feeding Frenzy]

Harvey Jacobs Author: Harvey Jacobs Posted: 06/13/2007 01:01 PM
When we decided to enter competitions this year, the foremost important detail was to get good feedback. This was the first time we got what we asked for. We would like to thank you very much for the feedback given on SAVING CINDERELLA. It was encouraging and also pinpointed what we already suspected; our weakness on character development. We are greatful for the length, depth, and time you took with our critique. We will take everything you suggested into consideration. You made an astute observation about one of the main characters and we like the suggested new theme. Even though there is much work to be done, we are now hopeful that eventually SAVING CINDERELLA will float into a studio and to the top of someone's reading pile with a "RECOMMEND" stamped on the cover sheet. Thanks.

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Contest: Writers On The Storm[Post New Comment re: Writers On The Storm]

t potter Author: t potter Posted: 06/12/2007 01:24 AM
Disappointing that my screenplay didn't move forward but...oh well. What bugged me was the coverage also. I've gotten plenty of feedback on this particular script and while I don't always follow it (though if I hear the same criticisms more than once...I'm going to fix it) I can normally find some merit in it. However, though, apparently, the WOTS reader had read it all the way through...from their notes I got the impression that the genre simply did not appeal to them...But Hell, It's all about getting past that first reader, right? You can't beat the price to try and get past 'em but I doubt I'll shell out the $$ for the full coverage.

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Contest: Writers On The Storm[Post New Comment re: Writers On The Storm]

Douglas Knox Author: Douglas Knox Posted: 06/08/2007 05:07 PM
I also had a bad experience with the extended coverage I forked over $130 for back in February or March. The reader had some fundamental reading miscomprehension problems that I have not seen elsewhere from other contests and, especially, coverage services. I actually complained about the coverage to the coordinator, who said the reader was new, but that he would read my script later to check the coverage. A emailed him a month or so later, he said he was too busy. Then I reminded him about our previous discussions. He read the first 30 pages, gave me some general comments, but never mentioned the coverage I had complained about. Then I received my mini-feedback today for my resubmission, which was essentially the same script I sent in for coverage. I found it interesting that the coverage and mini-feedback were night and day about the strength’s and weaknesses. For example, the mini-feedback found my premise to need work, the coverage stated it was strong. I suppose things like that are to be expected. Reading is very subjective. That said, when you pay for coverage, you hope the reader can follow a clear story line when preparing a synopsis. The extended coverage I received lacked that. The min-feedback was what it was. There are far better contests to enter for feedback. I will not purchase coverage from this company again. That being said, the contest is fine for what it is. I also got the impression that the coordinator, Jim, is a good guy who cares about helping writers. This is just my experience, take it for what it’s worth.

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Contest: A Feeding Frenzy[Post New Comment re: A Feeding Frenzy]

Douglas Knox Author: Douglas Knox Posted: 06/07/2007 09:30 PM
I would not even think of this as a contest -- it's more like the best value for coverage/notes your money can buy. Their feedback really is on target, thorough and inspiring. Any recognition your script may receive is just icing on the cake.

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Contest: A Feeding Frenzy[Post New Comment re: A Feeding Frenzy]

Tom Clark Author: Tom Clark Posted: 06/07/2007 02:11 AM
Feeding Frenzy's feedback is among the best we've received and certainly the most helpful. It was insightful but maybe more importantly, motivational. Also allowing us to submit three questions with our script and then getting back answers based on experience was unique and extremely valuable. We especially appreciated your personal comments and the extra bonus page notes. I found it interesting that the questions or confusion you noted ARE addressed in the script yet, evidently, not clear enough to fully grasp in a single read-through. So that was very useful. We will go back and make sure each issue stands crystal clear. Based on your recommendations, we will re-write parts of Act II to fit more within the Hollywood formula of having the lead prominent in more - if not most - scenes. Standby for our next screenplay in the coming months.

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Jeff Lewis Author: Jeff Lewis Posted: 06/06/2007 09:51 PM
I was luck enough to place 3rd at NEXUS. Now I can say to anybody who wonders if they continue to work for the finalist after the smoke clears---yes!yes!yes! Much more than I imagined. This is a bargain for anybody who wants solid feed back and chance at getting in the door. Honestly - give them a chance. You won't be sorry. it all comes down to story, story, story.

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Contest: Gimme Credit[Post New Comment re: Gimme Credit]

James Ossi Author: James Ossi Posted: 06/06/2007 09:23 AM
Sincere. Knowledgeable feedback. Dedicated to getting scripts produced.

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James Ossi Author: James Ossi Posted: 06/02/2007 09:07 AM
This is a copy and paste of what their analyst, Justine Middleton, gave as feedback about my screenplay: “Utterly impossible to follow. Descriptions do nothing to create a believable setting and the story doesn’t seem to be leadng anywhere. I’d rather shuck my own skin than get to the end of this.” ... But my screenplay won 38 awards in other competitions. I guess Justine didn’t have the capacity or depth to... well, let’s just say she probably just gave it a quick, first glance.

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Contest: A Feeding Frenzy[Post New Comment re: A Feeding Frenzy]

Daniel Hart Author: Daniel Hart Posted: 06/02/2007 12:22 AM
I got excellent feedback, way more than they were obligated to provide for what I paid. Plus, it was very insightful and very professional. The results aren't out yet and I don't think I won anything, but I did have a winning experience.

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Contest: PAGE International[Post New Comment re: PAGE International]

Art Williams Author: Art Williams Posted: 05/25/2007 09:34 AM
I have not entered this contest yet. I came here to review all the comments, very useful. One of the things I’ve noticed is that a lot of the winners, of the PAGE contest, have IMDB information. To me that is always a good sign. That, coupled with comments on Movie Bytes, is convincing me to fork over the cash. The couple of negative comments I read were baseless. They were also two years ago. That's also a good sign. Sometimes you have to weigh out the risk reward factor. I know one contest I involved myself in was horrible. I wish I had known about this site before I submitted. The comments on that contest could have saved me some money.

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Contest: Cinequest[Post New Comment re: Cinequest]

Michael Strode Author: Michael Strode Posted: 05/24/2007 12:46 PM
Ignore Lori de Ravello's comment - she posted the exact same quote about FirstGlance, same day, three minutes later.

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Michael Strode Author: Michael Strode Posted: 05/24/2007 12:45 PM
Ignore this person's comment - she posted the exact same quote for Cinequest, same day, three minutes earlier.

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Contest: Disney/ABC[Post New Comment re: Disney/ABC]

Francis Regalado Author: Francis Regalado Posted: 05/16/2007 09:24 AM
Hi, I am joining the Contest just for fun but who know what will the futre might bring!! Anyways do you know any Free Contest like this? CBS,perhaps? Thanks

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kenneth shelden Author: kenneth shelden Posted: 05/15/2007 04:28 PM
Script Savvy does holds a great competition. They were extremely punctual about deadlines and results, which made it easy for us writers to know what to expect. The feedback was quality insight and useful criticism - the kind that script doctors charge an arm and a leg for. And with the amount of attention I received for my script, I was able to sign an option agreement merely a few months after results day.

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Contest: Cinestory[Post New Comment re: Cinestory]

Marc Calderwood Author: Marc Calderwood Posted: 05/14/2007 11:16 AM
Life is filled with "if's." If pigs had wings their ability to fly would still be determined by a number of other facts, chiefly the size of wing to pig. The CineStory competition is much like this scenerio. If you end up in the finialist group you will be invited to attend four days that will change your screenwriting process forever; and for the best. You may possibly have to pay for this "prize" if you are not the first place script. If You're smart you'll dig change out of the couch and make it happen. If you make the semi-finalist list you might be invited if spaces are available. If you don't make the finals or semi-finals quite whinning and write a better script.

If the organizers of the competition get just a little bit more organized you will find out where you place when they promise, if not then you'll have to wait and be patient (grasshopper). And, if you attend and have been upset with them over communication or timing or anything else, by the time you leave, you'll love them.

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Contest: Cinestory[Post New Comment re: Cinestory]

Mike McGeever Author: Mike McGeever Posted: 05/06/2007 02:21 PM
Cinestory gets my top, 5 star rating.

I’ve been lucky enough to win or place in more than 20 contests, some better than others. Some contests offer cash; others work like crazy to promote your scripts, while others have introduced me to extremely kind people who have taken an interest in improving my work.

Cinestory was totally unique, and unlike any contest I had ever experienced. First off, unlike most contests, where the best prizes go to only the top two or three, the prize in Cinestory was shared equally by the winner, the finalists, and the semifinalists.

And what a prize it was: a chance to sit down with industry professionals who have read your script and ask them any question you could think of, over a course of a 3 day screenwriting retreat.

It is a chance to learn about Hollywood, of course, but more importantly, it is an opportunity to learn about writing, and to become the writer you want to be.

Countless screenwriting conferences offer panel discussions. Now imagine the panel with only 8 or 9 audience members, and imagine that the panelists have actually read the scripts of the screenwriters who are asking the questions.

Doesn’t THAT sound interesting?

Most writers view contests as a way to sell their scripts. Cinestory isn’t some insane pitch fest that promises you will sell your 7 scripts over the weekend. Rather it’s about understanding why your script hasn’t sold, and the work you need to do to make your dreams a reality.

That being said, being a Cinestory writer is an incredible opportunity to earn future success. This year we had the unique opportunity to enjoy the film that won the first Cinestory contest, and a chance to meet the screenwriters who (among other things) went on to win an Academy Award nomination for their outstanding CHILDREN OF MEN script.

Criticisms? If you fastidious about your accommodations or you expect a not-for-profit event that is supported through the kindness and generosity of volunteers to run with military precision, then you will be disappointed. You will not agree with everything that is said, and some of what is said (about Hollywood or about your script) may drive you crazy. Is it possible to have a genuine learning experience that DOESN’T challenge your ideas?

Every participant I talked to left the conference feeling inspired, confident, and hopeful. And in an industry filled with rejection, where the chances for success are tiny, that is the greatest prize of all.

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Contest: Slamdance[Post New Comment re: Slamdance]

Keith Davidson Author: Keith Davidson Posted: 05/04/2007 07:37 PM
I entered two scripts but only received feedback on one. After a number of phone calls on my part, and empty promises on theirs, I never got my feedback (which was why I entered the contest in the first place). Let's hope it's run better this year.

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Robby Brayton Author: Robby Brayton Posted: 05/03/2007 11:04 AM
I entered the Script Savvy contest looking for solid feedback on my screenplay and although I had investigated other contests and read all of the comments from past participants of this contest, I was still concerned about the process and results that I might receive. I doubt no more, this experience has been fantastic! That being said, I cannot speak for the contest itself because the winners won’t be announced for several months. In an attempt to keep this brief, I would suggest future contestants read and believe all the positives comments already listed for Script Savvy. I found them to be true and would recommend this contest to anyone looking to improve their skills. To expand a bit, Donna White was personal, professional and deeply appreciated; the excellent, in depth feedback was received immediately before the completion of the contest; and the feedback provided comments and grades for categories consisting of writing essentials, dialogue, characters, plot, originality, and marketability along with offering suggestions for recommended reading material for further development. My experience couldn’t have been better. Thanks again Script Savvy!

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Contest: Gimme Credit[Post New Comment re: Gimme Credit]

Ben Fiore Author: Ben Fiore Posted: 04/29/2007 05:36 PM
My experiences with the Gimme Credit Screenplay Competition have been great. The feedback was extremely helpful as well. This is a truly professional and respectable contest.

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Camille Vizzavona Author: Camille Vizzavona Posted: 04/25/2007 09:20 PM
Entering this contest you will waste your money and waste your time. Do yourself a favor and pass.

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Art Williams Author: Art Williams Posted: 04/24/2007 12:34 PM
This contest is a joke. Sorry Aimee. Congrats though. Their website is horrible. I e-mailed them about how old the articles on it are and other concerns I had. They didn't even respond (how rude). I did notice that they slightly updated the site after my e-mail (and I really mean slightly). Nevertheless, most of the site articles are from early 2006 (It's the 2nd quarter of 2007 now).

They don't give you any updates on their previous winners and how winning their contest has improved their careers, leaving you to believe their connections are weak. They talk alot about current hit comedies on their site though. Those people already have deals! Contest are supposed to be for people trying to get deals through contacts and recognition. If I want to read about how much money seasoned comedy writer's are making there are 100's of websites far better than findthefunny.com to go to.

To add insult to injury the so called awards banquet was like $45.00/person. Wow, what a joke. I don't find the funny at all and you shouldn't either. Put this contest to bed.

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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

Harvey Papush Author: Harvey Papush Posted: 04/20/2007 11:24 AM
Pdf submission of my script was simple, they met their announcement deadline, and my script was listed in the semi-finals. What more could anyone ask for? I found it to be a smooth-running operation.

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Contest: MoviePoet/Short[Post New Comment re: MoviePoet/Short]

Aimee Parrott Author: Aimee Parrott Posted: 04/18/2007 06:28 PM
This is a great monthly contest. I first got to know Chris Messineo through the NYC Midnight forums, and was glad to jump on board with MoviePoet when he invited me to join. The thing that makes MoviePoet special is the opportunity to network with other writers and filmmakers. The other writers have proved to be a wonderful source of information and inspiration, and the monthly contests provide an opportunity for us to read and comment on one another's work. I highly recommend both the site and the contest.

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Contest: Gimme Credit[Post New Comment re: Gimme Credit]

Mark A. Daniels Author: Mark A. Daniels Posted: 04/18/2007 04:23 PM
This has been a great experience with the Gimme Credit Screenplay Competition. The communication has been great.

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Contest: MoviePoet/Short[Post New Comment re: MoviePoet/Short]

Julie Stewart Author: Julie Stewart Posted: 04/18/2007 02:51 PM
A sincere thank you to Chris Messineo and to the whole of the Moviepoet community. I new to writing screenplays and after writing 3 MoviePoet scripts and receiving 2 sets of results and reviews my learning curve has almost flipped over itself.

I am using these short assignments to experiment - yes it would be great to be placed - but I have so many bad habits to get rid of, and so much more to learn.

I am working on my second full-length screenplay and it is progressing very well (in terms of output) due entirely to the influence of MoviePoet - I can sit down and write 5 or 6 pages without feeling daunted. I jump around my story, writing bits and pieces of scenes here and there, it feels so alive and organic, I do this each day - and the pages are mounting.

Another huge plus is that I get to read the scripts of other MoviePoet members and to comment on them and then to read how other people responded to the same scripts.

Finally, I am comforted to be with other writers - none of my 'in the flesh' friends and acquaintances are writers and I sometimes thought that my view of the world was abnormal, and that the fact that I have many inner worlds and that my fictional characters are real people to me were signs of some strange mental aberration ... it's great to know I'm not alone !

This is a great contest supported by a superb community and hosted by a talented, gracious and caring founder in Chris Messineo.

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Contest: hollywoodscript.com [Post New Comment re: hollywoodscript.com ]

Rzwan Cabani Author: Rzwan Cabani Posted: 04/14/2007 01:56 PM
Craig Kellem has been the catalyst for countless writers getting their screenplays optioned, finding an agent, and even being produced. I have worked with Craig from my very first script, which won his contest, and received over 20 industry requests. My second screenplay also won and received 30 requests. I'm currently working with Craig on my third. He has not only helped me become a writer, but has helped me realize a childhood dream. Winning his contest garnered alot of attention for me which lead to me recently optioning both of my screenplays and signing with an agent. His background as an agent, producer and development executive give him the credentials to take your script to the next level. I'm sorry Gil Brailey wasn't satisfied, but you won't please everyone and James Ossi's comments are simply ridiculous. I and many others are examples of Craig's fine work.

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Contest: Slamdance[Post New Comment re: Slamdance]

SHARON SHIPLEY Author: SHARON SHIPLEY Posted: 04/14/2007 01:20 PM
A GOOD UPDATE. AFTER THREE EMAILS ON SUBJECT OF SCRAMBLED INCOMPREHESIBLE LOG LINE SUGGESTIONs FROM READER, JOHN STODDARD LOOKED INTO IT AND AGREED WHOLEHERATEDLY. HE INSTANTLY SET ABOUT TO MAKE THINGS RIGHT. ALL WELL NOW. I'M RELEIVED BECAUSE THIS CONTEST HAS A GOOD REP.SS

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SHARON SHIPLEY Author: SHARON SHIPLEY Posted: 04/04/2007 01:12 PM
"A stunning widow takes him men acting as a black widow would in 1889 Austin, Indiana." This is the suggested log line Slam dance angelbaby horror competition sent me! They still have not commented or answered many emails..... a complete insult to anyone wishing to enter-- at your own risk! ss

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Contest: Writers On The Storm[Post New Comment re: Writers On The Storm]

LAUREN PETERSON Author: LAUREN PETERSON Posted: 04/02/2007 09:28 PM
This is the "evaluation" I got on a script that didn't make the first cut at WOTS yet won another competition and got "Recommends" from two professional coverage companies. After I complained, Mr. C. read the first 30 pages and replied that would stand by the first reader's eval. (???) DECIDE FOR YOUSELF...

WOTS EVALUATION: Interesting set-up though at times it feels a little too close to ‘ Dawn of the Dead’ for the reader’s taste and that may hurt its value in terms of originality. Also, the girls can get a touch annoying and feel one note at times so the writer may want to reconsider filling the cast with a little more variety. Lastly, the script feels kind of short now, barely clearing 90 pages. There’s room here to fool around with a few more set pieces so why not give it a try? Overall, competent writer and a fair effort. Since the author obviously has good potential as a writer, we highly recommend checking out Writer’s Boot Camp (www.writersbootcamp.com) WBC has intensive training (offered in LA and NYC and also online) – a 22-week Think Tank professional-level membership in which you will complete a first draft under their tutelage. The program includes coursework, staff support, lectures and panels, and of course lots of writing. They also offer a 6-week Basic Training program. We’ve found no better way to really amp up your career in a short time, and these guys have more success stories than we can count. Also well worth considering is the UCLA Professional Program in Screenwriting ETC.ETC.

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Michael Buchanan Author: Michael Buchanan Posted: 04/01/2007 09:19 PM
Excellent competition. I'm new to script writing and contests, and was very concerned about submitting my hard work to someone I have never met. Rest assured, however, the process was seamless and, more importantly, the organizers respond to your questions right away. The feedback they provided was incredible; I believe it will really give my script a big boost. Thanks Script Savvy!

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Contest: Tennessee[Post New Comment re: Tennessee]

Mary Huckstep Author: Mary Huckstep Posted: 03/29/2007 09:35 PM
So, I won this contest in 2005. The best thing about that is that it qualified me to enter the Contest of Contest Winners (although being a Nicholl quarterfinalist actually did the same thing). Second, I got to use their membership in the HCD online, so that saved some bucks. Of course, the number one reason to enter a screenplay contest is to gain the attention of folks in the industry. Well, the TSA has a long list of industry contacts on their website, but I doubt any of them heard about my win -- unless they went on the TSA website and read about it. I never heard from one industry contact, so the thrill of winning was short-lived. Bottom line -- these are nice folks who do what they can, but in the final analysis they don't offer much else besides encouragement.

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Mary Huckstep Author: Mary Huckstep Posted: 03/28/2007 10:33 PM
I was happy to learn last October that I had come in third place in the drama category in the 2006 competition. I got my coverage and my prize in the mail, but the resulta were NEVER posted on the website. I made inquiries, and Peter Scott assured me that he was updating the website and it would be well worth waiting for. Well --that was four months ago, and I'm still waiting for it. I'm a winner, but the only folks who know it are my husband and my cat. That's not what I call good exposure. I just hope Peter's mother hasn't died, or he isn't in a coma somewhere, because then I'm going to feel terrible about writing something negative about his contest. I'm sorry folks, but it really sucks to have my publicity (or the lack of it) in the hands of people who don't do what they say they will. Abraham Lincoln said that when you've written an angry letter, you should put it in the fire. Well, here it is folks, so BURN BABY BURN! (Sorry, Peter.)

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Contest: Contest of Contest Winners[Post New Comment re: Contest of Contest Winners]

Mary Huckstep Author: Mary Huckstep Posted: 03/28/2007 10:17 PM
As a finalist this year, I truly wanted the exposure more than anything. Unfortunately, the folks in charge have had "a slew of good luck," as they've experienced breakthroughs in their own careers, and have had to postpone indefinitely giving the finalists all the media hype which they had promised. Sigh. In addition, I never got any notes from them, even though they kinda acted like I did. I surmise that these are very well-meaning folks who got caught short-handed this year and couldn't deliver, as promised. While I am trying to be compassionate and understanding, still I'd like a breakthrough in MY CAREER -- and I thought I had it until the directors (along with a couple of other directors who also dropped the ball when I won or placed in other contests this year) basically didn't deliver on their promises. It's a big thrill to come this far, and a terrible let down not to hear from one industry professional. If this situation turns around, I will quite happily get online and correct this report.

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Aimee Parrott Author: Aimee Parrott Posted: 03/28/2007 01:10 PM
We had a very positive experience with this contest. When we had trouble submitting our script online, we received very quick responses to our questions. We were just named a semi-finalist, and not only did we get a very nice e-mail about it, it came a couple of days earlier than the posted announcement date. This is a huge improvement over the other comedy contest we entered this year (Expose It) which never announced winners at all. It remains to be seen what effect doing well in this contest will have, but we're happy with our experience so far.

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Martin Stack Author: Martin Stack Posted: 03/25/2007 11:11 AM
ScriptSavvy is the first contest I have ever entered and I am very pleased with the professionalism and quality of the feedback I received. I had passed it around to several freinds for their advice, which helped out tremendously, but I really needed feedback from unbiased industry professionals to see if my screenplay could stand on it's own. Your encouraging feedback has assured me that not only was my screenplay read in detail but that the readers also enjoyed the story. ScriptSavvy is a must for any writer working to perfect their craft.

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Contest: 20/20[Post New Comment re: 20/20]

Michael Smith Author: Michael Smith Posted: 03/23/2007 08:43 PM
sent two scripts for the 2007 contest - one did not make round 2 - and I was impressed with Bonnie's feedback - gave me a lot to think about - and was DEFINITELY worth the price - the other script did make it to round 2, but sadly was stopped there -- regardless though, the feedback from Andy was great. I found this to be a great contest. The idea of the contest is brilliant - it is true -- if you want to sell in Hollywood (as oppose to write something you yourself will produce) then those first 20 pages better sing! The contest is worth it, just to find out if your first 20 pages are good enough to get past the fabled Hollywood Reader. But you get more than just that with this contest (at least I did) - you get some feedback that will help you take your screenplay to the next level. I will definitely enter this one again with future scripts and will recommend to my friends.

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Michael Smith Author: Michael Smith Posted: 03/23/2007 08:26 PM
I was a semi-finalist in this contest for 2007 - and I found this contest to be run very professionally. Wish I had won - but hey, don't we all? As others have posted - they are very clear in the feedback you get exactly where you placed (based on points scored) with the other entrants -- and that is very cool. Usually you don't ever know even how many people entered -- and what percentage you placed at. I liked the grid of various points your script is scored on -- and again, always letting you know how you placed against the others in the contest. As a semi-finalist I also was judged in both rounds, and was privy to two sets of comments as well. Although short - all comments were very helpful and well thought out. Cynthia runs the contest well -- she is pleasant to communicate with if you need to -- and deadlines were always met -- in fact, they notified before the deadlines. I give this contest a 100% - well worth your time -- worth the feedback alone - albeit short - but it don't cost you much. I will enter this one again with future scripts - and will recommend to my friends.

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Contest: Acclaim Film[Post New Comment re: Acclaim Film]

Michael Smith Author: Michael Smith Posted: 03/23/2007 08:20 PM
I was a Finalist in this contest in 2007. I had a very pleasant experience with this contest. Frank was polite and on time with communications. The feedback I got back was short, yes -- but succinct, to the point and definitely helpful. I would highly recommend this contest. Some contests out there you never hear from -- even if you don't win this one, you will get feedback, and you will be notified -- that's worth the cost alone -- and Frank is doing a great job at administering this contest. I will enter again - and will recommend to all my writing friends.

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Michael Pallotta Author: Michael Pallotta Posted: 03/22/2007 08:17 PM
I will simply reiterate all of the comments with a very loud...THIS IS THE BEST. That said, I strongly recommend you enter this contest.

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Contest: BlueCat Contest[Post New Comment re: BlueCat Contest]

t potter Author: t potter Posted: 03/21/2007 07:25 PM
I highly reccomend this contest. Certainly one of the best. Yeah, they run a little late on the ol' deadlines sometimes but that's because they're really putting some heart and soul in this competition. I found the feedback very helpful in rewritng my screenplay.

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Aimee Parrott Author: Aimee Parrott Posted: 03/20/2007 11:00 AM
Thanks, Patrick, for confirming that our experience was not unique. I just found out that the website was down today.

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Patrick Rodio Author: Patrick Rodio Posted: 03/18/2007 11:37 PM
Got the same run-around about notifying the winners before posting the list of finalists, etc.

Now, their site is DOWN and has been for about a week, and any emails I've sent have been returned, so I guess they've folded. Think they'll refund out entry fees? Ha.

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John Bain Author: John Bain Posted: 03/18/2007 12:43 PM
The feedback I received from the readers was remarkably helpful. Not only did they flag the flaws, but they suggested paths to improvement - what more could a writer ask for? Their positive and respectful guidance inspires rather than deflates. I'm pumped for a re-write.

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Tina Juarez Author: Tina Juarez Posted: 03/14/2007 01:05 PM
The feedback included not only specific suggestions for ways to strengthen my script, it pointed to what worked in the script and (more importantly) why it worked. Building on your strengths as well as working to correct your weaknesses is a good way to grow as a writer. A very writer supportive contest!

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t potter Author: t potter Posted: 03/13/2007 06:49 PM
A very well run competition. All inquiries and questions handled quickly and professionally. I was a semi-finalist so recieved feedback from both rounds (one from the first judge who only read the first thirty pages, and one from the second who read the entire script). In both cases I found the feedback brief but very helpful in shaping up my script. I guess that's all I ask for in a competition. I will definitly enter this one again.

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Contest: Contest of Contest Winners[Post New Comment re: Contest of Contest Winners]

chris dauer Author: chris dauer Posted: 03/02/2007 02:19 PM
I noticed two of the finalist with Contest Of Contest Winners didn't make it to the quarterfinals of the current AAA Contest. Two other finalist didn't make it out of the quarterfinals. No finalist make it beyond the quarterfinals of AAA. And this is the best of best. AAA hasn't announced their finalists yet. All contests are subjective. Good luck and keep writing.

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Aimee Parrott Author: Aimee Parrott Posted: 03/01/2007 03:31 PM
Just an update. We are now more than a month and a half past the promised announcement date, and we still have not heard how we did. The list of winners is not posted on the website. Unless some tragedy has befallen everybody involved with this contest, this is really unacceptable.

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Colleen De Maio Author: Colleen De Maio Posted: 02/28/2007 05:31 PM
Susan Gil says: "I can not fathom how people come on here and state whatever they want without any validity."

That's ironic, since I've been posting at this site for years, and Ms Shill -- Oh, I mean, Ms Gil -- showed up out of the blue merely to defend this "contest."

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SHARON SHIPLEY Author: SHARON SHIPLEY Posted: 02/26/2007 02:03 PM
Slam Dance Horror 'competition' is a total scam and an insult. Below is their Reader's suggested Log line'! A stunning widow takes him men acting as a black widow would in 1889 Austin, Indiana. I'm not certain what language the reader speaks or if he/she is totally sane. If you enter this contest you have more money than brains.

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Contest: Contest of Contest Winners[Post New Comment re: Contest of Contest Winners]

Dave Vaughan Author: Dave Vaughan Posted: 02/21/2007 09:56 PM
The disgruntled entrant who was unhappy with his feedback got some. I haven't yet. If the contest officials read the comments; can you clarify? Thank you.

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Contest: BlueCat Contest[Post New Comment re: BlueCat Contest]

James Ossi Author: James Ossi Posted: 02/20/2007 02:52 PM
Their feedback on my script was pretty stupid ... no, actually it was very stupid.

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Contest: Moondance[Post New Comment re: Moondance]

James Ossi Author: James Ossi Posted: 02/20/2007 02:43 PM
Sandalwood scented candles, paisley ceramic turtles, and pastel plastic unicorns.

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Rian van Spaandonk Author: Rian van Spaandonk Posted: 02/20/2007 07:18 AM
Hi Lin,

I was a semi-finalist and was very curious to find out who won with what. Like you, I have not heard anything since.

Sounds like a scam to me. Or poor management. Unfortunately, as until now, they seem to have been doing fine.

Maybe we should email them again?

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Contest: Scriptapalooza TV[Post New Comment re: Scriptapalooza TV]

Thomas Herring Author: Thomas Herring Posted: 02/18/2007 02:24 AM
My TV script for Smallville placed as one of the ten finalists in this years competition. Last year I made it to the quarterfinals in the Scriptapalooza competition with a sci-fi screenplay. If anything, I'm building ammo to use to get an agent. I recommend both competitions. It can't hurt.

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Jack Brinkerhoff Author: Jack Brinkerhoff Posted: 02/15/2007 02:29 PM
They clearly don't read the entire screenplay when making their decisions. How ridiculous would it be if critics made their assessment of a movie after watching only the first 20 minutes. I certainly will never enter this contest again!

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Contest: Scriptapalooza[Post New Comment re: Scriptapalooza]

Chris Roman Author: Chris Roman Posted: 02/15/2007 01:18 AM
Well, I might not have even been placed in the quarterfinals, but I will try again. The same script that didn't even get noticed in this competition is doing well for the writemovies.com TV competition. I believe that means Scripta... sets their bar much, much higher and I have to become an even better writer to be recognized. I will be entering again.

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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

Chris Roman Author: Chris Roman Posted: 02/15/2007 01:04 AM
I find it interesting that people are complaining about not being notified of advancing. In this business, you are lucky to be contacted at all. I will say that my emails have been unanswered when I had to change my email address/contact info. But other than that, this contest is well above most out there. I'd rank it in the top 5 screenwriting/teleplay (non-fellowship) competitions out there.

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VerLynn Kneifl Author: VerLynn Kneifl Posted: 02/13/2007 07:46 AM
Cameron Counts goes far beyond the norm. I was startled at the personal attention I received here. Cameron plainly cares about writers. I highly recommend the Get Initiative competition.

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Eileen Tiller Author: Eileen Tiller Posted: 02/10/2007 06:32 AM
I sent my script and $50 based on the comments I read here, though I should have noticed that the last comment dates back to 2005. I also should have noticed that this "monthly" competition has not posted a winner in over 5 months. My check was cashed over 3 months ago, and despite my SASE and email attempts, I have not received the "brief" feedback on my script. The website reads: "Scripts postmarked by the 15th of each month are eligible for the following month's contest (6 weeks from the deadline date)." I have held off posting this comment to give these folks the benefit of the doubt, but at this point I'm thinking that - even in this business - when someone takes your money, they ought to have some intention of doing what they agreed to do. So to all of you other poor and struggling screenwriters out there, use your $50 elsewhere.

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James Ossi Author: James Ossi Posted: 02/08/2007 03:31 PM
Nice. ... Professional. ... Intellectually superior. ...

... It’s more than that ... the guy’s a distinguished, essential spirit that radiates light and sweet music.

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Contest: Cinequest[Post New Comment re: Cinequest]

Diane Johnson Author: Diane Johnson Posted: 02/08/2007 12:12 PM
I was notified by email that I did not make the cut in this contest. No coverage, but they were both curteous and prompt about notification and followup answers to my questions.

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Diane Johnson Author: Diane Johnson Posted: 02/08/2007 12:02 PM
I was pleased to be a top 4 finalist in the competition, but disappointed in the complete lack of feedback on the script. As a finalist, I expected some kind of feedback.

Even so, the promoters were very proactive in contacting me about my status, and congratulating me for it.

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Contest: Austin[Post New Comment re: Austin]

Aimee Parrott Author: Aimee Parrott Posted: 01/31/2007 06:50 PM
I would definitely recommend this contest. We've entered twice. The first year, we didn't make it past the first round. The second year, we made it to the second round (top 10%) and just getting that far has made a difference in people being willing to read our script. We'll definitely enter again this year.

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Aimee Parrott Author: Aimee Parrott Posted: 01/29/2007 05:39 PM
My husband and I entered this contest at the end of 2006, and we are very disappointed with the lack of professionalism exhibited by the contest. When we entered the contest, their website said winners would be announced on January 12th. Two weeks past that date, the website *still* says that winners will be announced January 12th. We sent an e-mail to the contest on January 13th asking when the winners would be announced, and on the 15th we received an e-mail telling us that we hadn't finished in the top 3, and that the rest of the results (finalists, semifinalists, etc.) would be posted "as soon as the winners had been notified." I can't imagine why it would take over 2 weeks to notify three people that they have won a contest, but in my opinion this delay is totally unprofessional. I would never enter this contest again, and strongly suggest that others think twice before wasting their money on it.

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Contest: Waterfront[Post New Comment re: Waterfront]

Mike McGeever Author: Mike McGeever Posted: 01/26/2007 10:22 PM
I won the screenplay competition last year, and the people who ran the film festival were incredibly kind and gracious to me. At the festival I had a chance to speak to filmmakers, meet a lot of very interesting people, and see some terrific movies. The people who run the Waterfront Film Festival are truly a class act.

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Contest: Cinequest[Post New Comment re: Cinequest]

Barry Leach Author: Barry Leach Posted: 01/26/2007 02:32 AM
I entered this contest a couple of years ago with the worst piece of writing since the invention of papyrus. I was placed in the semi-finals. Draw your own conclusions!

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James Ossi Author: James Ossi Posted: 01/24/2007 09:56 AM
When other competitions tell me the weakness in my screenplays my massive ego shirks it off, “They skimmed it, didn’t understand it. Jerks. I don’t trust them.” But ScriptDoc is way different. The reader is unadulterated “Good.” ... Deep. Profound. And his kindness is aimed to help me despite my ego. I respect that. More, he understood my quirky, off the wall screenplay. If he can do that, if anyone on Earth can do that, then they’re goddamned geniuses.

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Christopher Johnson Author: Christopher Johnson Posted: 01/18/2007 05:46 PM
DO NOT, I REPEAT DO NOT, DO NOT, DO NOT ENTER THIS CONTEST OR ANYTING AFFLILIATED WITH STUDIO READERS. GO TO THE WEBSITE AND YOU WILL SEE THEY ANNOUNCED THE WINNERS BUT DECIDED NOT TO GIVE OUT HE CONTACT INFO OF IT'S WINNERS BECAUSE THERE ARE NONE. THE NAMES AND SCREENPLAYS ARE FAKE. I HAVE DONE MUCH RESEARCH. I HAVE A WRITER'S CREDIT WITH WARNER BROTHERS AND I GOT SOME INSIDE INFO. STAY THE HELL AWAY FROM THEM. I EVEN SENT THE SCREENPLAY AGENCY A LOGLINE THAT SAID ROACHES AND RATS FIGHT BATMAN AND HIS NEW SIDEKICK ROACHDUDE IN ROACH INFESTED ROACH CITY. THEY SAID IT WAS THE BEST ONE AND THEY WERE EXCITED TO SEE THE SCREENPLAY. I SENT THEM A FAKE SCREENPLAY WHERE EVERY LINE WAS THE SAME AND THEY SAY THEY LOVED IT. STAY THE HELL AWAY FROM THEM.

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Angela Comer Author: Angela Comer Posted: 01/18/2007 05:28 PM
I had the honor of winning the Comedy Category in 2005. It was one of the best experiences ever! You can choose to direct your short or not. I chose to fly to NM and direct my script. Lost my job in the process, but it was so worth it. I have a film that I love and I get to submit to festivals. My short premiered in 3 festivals last year. The crew and the people of the festival were absolutely wonderful and supportive. My advice, submit every year until you win. This festival will only get better!

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