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

Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 05/08/2008 09:33 PM
Friend --

It it very strange. I put my 3 screenplays in "withoutabox" -- I paid for that of course.

Suddenly I got a note from Storm Screenplay - "Thanks for submitting. Writers on the Storm reserves the right not to accept entries at our discretion. We are refunding your submission in full. Thank you for considering Writers on the Storm. -- by Portia Jefferson"

I have no idea why. They must hate me for some reason. I think they are terrible.

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Michelle Muldoon Author: Michelle Muldoon Posted: 05/08/2008 10:46 AM
Let me start by saying Donna is an outstanding person who cares about what she does and runs a great contest. However, the feedback has definitely slipped since going to a monthly contest. When I first entered the contest it was an annual and the feedback was really strong. Now, not so much. I scored well on my last submission, but the feedback was still disappointing. The reader quoted one line by a minor character and insisted that made my entire script film noir and then went on repeatedly about my primary characters not being film noir enough. I found the feedback disappointing the rest of the way, because it was about something I did not write.

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Irin Evers Author: Irin Evers Posted: 05/06/2008 08:22 PM
Reading down the comments above, I see most people had as great an experience as I did with Donna and Script Savvy. My first 3 entries received very good scores (49-52), but didn't place. I kept submitting because: 1) the feedback is excellent 2) the contest is very well run. I have already used their notes on rewrites that have improved my scripts. And Donna is hands on with this contest - she knows all the scripts, responds quickly to questions and really goes out of her way to make this a great contest and help people. I did place with my 4th entry about a week ago. In that time, I've already gotten 4 requests for my script. To put this in perspective, this was my 29th major contest placement (in 19 contests) over the past few years - including two placements in the top 5 and several in the top few percent. Script Savvy has already gotten me more requests for my Honorable Mention in one week than any other contest has.

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Eric Uzoma Author: Eric Uzoma Posted: 05/05/2008 01:42 PM
Will I enter the next ASA competition? Like hell yeah!!! Just made semi's. Is it a dream or what? I'm riding the wave here. Lets see how far this "underdog" of a script: VELVET GLOVES can go.

Here's keepin' my fingers crossed and wishin' ya'll out there who made it good luck too. May the "luckiest?" script win.

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Contest: Wildsound[Post New Comment re: Wildsound]

Thomas Herring Author: Thomas Herring Posted: 04/29/2008 11:43 AM
Came in first place in the short screenplay category and had it read on stage by professional actors. It was great being there and watching it being read. Matt and Jenn were great hosts and put me up in a nice hotel. I got good feedback from the audience and took it as helpful criticism and also got to talk to actors and directors. Would recommend this contest.

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Contest: Phoenix Challenge[Post New Comment re: Phoenix Challenge]

Geoffrey Breuder Author: Geoffrey Breuder Posted: 04/26/2008 09:53 PM
I liked this contest alot -- not just because I placed in it either.

Jason did a great job with communication. He answered all my questions right away.

And the little touches like sending out a post card to let you know they received your submission show how they go the extra mile. My only regret is that I wish I could have made the actual film festival.

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Gayle Robinson Author: Gayle Robinson Posted: 04/26/2008 05:54 PM
I had low expectations regarding feedback when I entered the contest, but was pleasantly surprised when it was not only good with respect to grading, but it was also clear they read my script and got into the story. Good points were pointed out as well as issues. But when they pointed out a problem, they gave feedback about ways to remedy them. I'll definitely submit to this contest again. Everyone is a winner because they provide such great input that incorporating their comments definitely helps to elevate your script.

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Contest: Woods Hole[Post New Comment re: Woods Hole]

Marjory Kaptanoglu Author: Marjory Kaptanoglu Posted: 04/26/2008 11:30 AM
I had hoped to enter the Woods Hole contest this year. I checked the website and the final deadline was posted as May 1. I went back to their website on April 18 and learned they had changed the deadline to April 10 due to a high volume of entries. I sent them an email asking if I could still get a waiver to enter the contest through WithoutABox. It's been a week since then, and no response. A simple apology would've been nice. Anyway, if this is an example of the professionalism of this contest, I do not plan to enter in the future. If they must close the contest after a certain amount of entries have been received, they ought to state that up front. If I'd known, I would've submitted earlier.

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Eric Uzoma Author: Eric Uzoma Posted: 04/23/2008 10:23 AM
i considered myself a very "out" outsider in any of the contests i entered over there in the states.reason being that i don't live in the US, or even in europe. what were my chances then,while entering zoetrope,asa and a 3rd(can't remember its name right now)contests?nil.or so i thought.and honestly, i almost didn't enter at all. but some of the reviews i got on triggerstreet.com really encouraged me to give it a shot.now here i am in asa's quarterfinal list.its not like i've won or anything but(heck, it's the 1st sp i've ever written) and it's good nonetheless to know that someone out there saw something in my entry to twitch an eyebrow. and that someone was a reader on the asa panel.

this leads to the next question.why the hoopla on my part about asa?well, for starts, one gets to actually see the progression of the contest, as well as get updates.this is absent in zoetrope and alot of contests out there.lastly, there's the free script critique which is offered to the quarterfinalists.the only other contest that tops that is probably bluecat sp contest and hollywood nexus competition. they offer critiques to all entrants.

my sp "velvet gloves" may not t.k.o its way to the finals but its given this med student hope and a belief that after med school i can hang up my stethoscope and take a shot at going the michael "jurassic park" chrichton way.

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Marjory Kaptanoglu Author: Marjory Kaptanoglu Posted: 04/14/2008 11:14 PM
This is, hands down, the best contest for feedback. I entered twice and each time received about twice as many pages as I signed up for. Cheryl went over every aspect of my script, from plot, structure, character development, and theme to dialogue and line edits. Her analyses are like mini-screenwriting classes. Her comments were also extremely encouraging, never negative. And she responded quickly to every question I had. They gave me an Honorable Mention too! This is one contest I will keep coming back to.

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paul byrne Author: paul byrne Posted: 04/14/2008 12:17 PM
This is the fourth time I have won the competition and still feel I benefit, both from Ms. Lee's helpful feedback and the marketing leads I have received. I urge every writer to enter this contest and test their mettle!

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Andrew Crane Author: Andrew Crane Posted: 04/14/2008 12:06 AM
I highly recommend this contest. I didn't win anything but was very pleased with the critique I received from Script Savvy. It was clear that the judge had really dug into the script and offered very valuable comments. Money well spent.

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Andrew Crane Author: Andrew Crane Posted: 04/14/2008 12:06 AM
I highly recommend this contest. I didn't win anything but was very pleased with the critique I received from Script Savvy. It was clear that the judge had really dug into the script and offered very valuable comments. Money well spent.

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

Janet Church Author: Janet Church Posted: 04/10/2008 07:18 PM
My first foray into professional contest. I stumbled, fell, got up and Zoe wiped mud, make that egg, off my face, told me to go for it. I don't know how I will fare but I am encouraged to keep trying. If this contest is indicative of how LA treats screenwriters, I will never send out my novels to the literary industry again. At least these people acknowledge you! Thanx

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Contest: Scriptapalooza Features/Shorts[Post New Comment re: Scriptapalooza Features/Shorts]

August West Author: August West Posted: 04/04/2008 02:01 PM
Quite a lot has happened since I posted my March 11, 2008 review of Scriptapalooza. Just over a week ago, I received a package from Write Brothers. I was very pleased, and then when I opened it, very disappointed. They didn't send what I won, but sent Movie Magic Screenwriter. It is excellent software (and I recommend it unreservedly) but I already own and use it.

As a result, I sent another email to Mark Andrushko, thanking him but explaining the problem. He called back the next day, apologized for the continuing problems and promised to make things right. He also gave me his cell phone number so that I'd be able to reach him easily should I need to.

I'm pleased to say he was better than good to his word and this time his response exceeded my expectations. Just a few days after our conversation software arrived. I was a finalist, but not a runner-up. Finalists were to receive a scaled-down version of the software runners-up received. Even so, Mark upgraded my prize and sent the runners-up package.

Mistakes happen. Problems occur. I am appreciative that Scriptapalooza was concerned enough about getting things right that they worked hard to make it so.

That reflects well, not only on Mark Andrushko himself, but on his company's commitment to serving writers.

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Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 04/03/2008 07:30 AM
James -- First of all, I notice that Anna Siri is not on the contact. She has been there for quite a few years. No it is Pasha Mckeniely. There must have been some problem -- I have no idea what that could have been. However, I think the people who read the screenplays should have told everyone how good, bad, or almost good there screenplays are. No one said a dammed thing. I wonder if they even read mine. If they did not, they should have given my money back.

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Contest: Screenplay Festival[Post New Comment re: Screenplay Festival]

Harry Bauer Author: Harry Bauer Posted: 04/02/2008 12:08 PM
For people that don't care about late results and such, you should be fine with this. If you are otherwise, this is an FYI.

I was just barely making the deadline to enter and e-mailed my script directly to Rick Reynolds who was kind enough to take it. I asked for a confirmation via e-mail. 48 hours later I asked again, in case my e-mail got buried. No response. 2 weeks later I asked for a confirmation. 2 days later I got one.

The first level of announcing the semi-finalists was a bit late. You must go check the website yourself. No e-mails are sent. I was a semi-finalist.

Next stage, finalists announced in February. Kind of a broad target... So, I e-mailed Rick to find out a rough idea of when (beginning, middle, end of month) it would be. Rick responded about a week later that it would be the middle of the month. A Valentine's Day gift he said. I followed up with an e-mail asking how many scripts were entered. He never responded to that. I checked the Screenplay Festival website every day from 2/14 to 2/19. On 2/19, I e-mailed Rick to find out when the results would be given and ask the question again of how many entires. He responded on March 3rd saying they would be delayed to 3/14 and told me over 100 scripts in each category. On 3/14, I visited the website to see no results. The same for the next 4 days. On 3/17, a message on the Welcome page was posted saying results would be given on 3/21. 3/21 - nothing. 3/22 -nothing. On 3/23, a message was posted saying the finalists would be named on 3/28. And finally 3/28 yielded those results. I did not advance at that stage. As a result, I can't tell you how significant the contest is. I sent Rick an e-mail asked not for details, but for the roughest idea - just a few words - of what held my script back. No reply.

There it is. That's just the raw details of my experience with Screenplay Festival. Take it for what you will and make your own judgements.

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James Ossi Author: James Ossi Posted: 04/02/2008 11:12 AM
Pasha Mckenlely (the top) telephoned me and said, ''I like your script and will be showing to a great variety of agencies and production companies. Do you have anything else you'd like me to tell them about you?'' ... ... I mean, gee, holy cow and holy mackerel, what else do you want. Enter this contest.

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Contest: Final Draft/Big Break[Post New Comment re: Final Draft/Big Break]

Gene Langlais III Author: Gene Langlais III Posted: 04/01/2008 07:32 PM
Considering Ms. Alani's "cease and desist" letter to Connie, I cannot in good conscience have any further business with this competition -- at least not until a sincere and public apology is made. Connie's "slanders" are not going to make people avoid this contest; but the apparent lack of empathy of its administrators will. (And yeah, a contest of this size should announce quarterfinalists.)

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Donna White Author: Donna White Posted: 04/01/2008 04:36 PM
In response to Marc's comment above, I'd like to make a couple of notes. 1. Our websites states the following: "Resubmitting your screenplay does not guarantee better or different results." 2. It is true we do not "synchronize" reviews from previous contests. Each time you enter your script, it must stand on its own and be judged in its current state - not in comparison to your past entries. 3. The fact that he scored 39 in one contest and 43 in the next indicates both improvement of the screenplay, and consistency in our judging.

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Geoffrey Breuder Author: Geoffrey Breuder Posted: 03/30/2008 08:47 PM
Yeah, they should change the name of this contest to "The Movie Deal-Breaker." If it were not for that clause, I would have considered entering. That's important information that should be posted prominently on their ad here on Moviebytes -- not buried at the bottom of their webpage. Good eyes Gene!

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Contest: Fade In[Post New Comment re: Fade In]

Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 03/30/2008 01:15 PM
HI FRIENDS -- ''FADE'' DID BAD TO P. WILLIAMS. I NOTICED THAT ''FADE'' HAVE NOT DONE ANYTHING SINCE 2005. THEY MUST HAVE HAD A LOT OF DRINKING STUFF. SOMEONE SHOULD GET THERE ATTORNEY TO GET THEM AND MADE THEM GO TO JAIL.

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Gene Langlais III Author: Gene Langlais III Posted: 03/30/2008 02:35 AM
This would seem like a great contest, if it weren't for one major deal-breaker in the fine print:

"In the event of any sale or option of your screenplay or pilot that is due to the ongoing promotional efforts, direct or indirect, of THE MOVIE DEAL, 7% (seven percent) of that amount will be paid by the purchaser or you, the author, to THE MOVIE DEAL (contract value, sale or option under $10,000 will be exempt)."

*Direct or indirect*?? Are you fraggin' kidding me? So if one of the category winners receives a subscription to InkTip from them and sells their script to a producer using that site, is Movie Deal gonna claim they're entitled to 7%? What if you get an Honorable Mention in this contest and put it on your resume, and that adds to the salability of your script? Do these guys get a cut?

What kind of dream-leeches try to pull a stunt like this?

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Marc DeLamater Author: Marc DeLamater Posted: 03/28/2008 07:20 PM
While I concur that the feedback is good, don't expect consistency!

I submitted my screenplay to ScriptSavvy's annual contest, and my score was 39 out of 60.

I revised my screenplay based on this feedback, and submitted it to their monthly contest.

I got 43 out of 60.

Huh?

It appears that no effort was made to synchronize their earlier review with this new review although I DID indicate that I was a previous participant.

Therefore, there is a lack of consistency in the feedback. For example, the first review identified Plot Point One that is different from the PP1 for the second review.

It is truly frustrating when I get two different takes on the same issue, and therefore, I cannot recommend this contest.

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Contest: Nicholl Fellowships[Post New Comment re: Nicholl Fellowships]

August West Author: August West Posted: 03/28/2008 12:36 PM
I only enter competitions that seem to do a good job promoting their top contenders to the industry. They are (or were) the Nicholl, Austin, Scriptapalooza, Writer's Arc, Slamdance, and Fade In magazine. I've placed in each of them, either as a finalist, semi-finalist or quarter-finalist.

Despite the fact that I was only a quarter-finalist once in the Nicholl competition I received at least a dozen inquiries from production companies and agent or managers for that script. That was as a quarter-finalist. I never received a single inquiry after doing as well or much better in the others. Not one.

In my experience, the Nicholl Fellowship competition is the only one worth entering.

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Frank Brady Author: Frank Brady Posted: 03/21/2008 01:00 PM
There are so many contests, how do you know which ones to enter? All I can say is to make sure that Movie Script Contest is on your list. It's one of the few that provides excellent feedback and has access to Hollywood professionals. Jason also gets personally involved. He even called me to discuss my script -- no other contest director has ever done that! Here's a guy who really wants to help -- so let him do so by entering Movie Script Contest.

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Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 03/19/2008 01:49 PM
HELLO FRIENDS--I SEE THAT TWO OF YOU THOUGHT THE SAME THING I DID. I HOPE OTHER PEOPLE READ ALL THAT WE SAID -- AND NEVER GO TO ''HOLLYWOOD NEXUS''. BAD PEOPLE.

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Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 03/19/2008 01:21 PM
I WORRIED ABOUT THIS PLACE THE FIRST TIME I THOUGHT ABOUT IT. THE MAN KEPT TELLING ME IT WAS OK TO ENTER. WELL, I FINALLY DID. IT'S DONE NOW. I WAS NOT IN THE VERY FIRST QUARTER. I HAD PAYED $150.00. THEY COULD HAVE SAID ON DAMED THING. NOTHING. THAT IS VERY VERY TERRIBLE. I WROTE THEM TODAY: ~~~~IS THIS THE ONE THAT I SENT MY THREE SCREENPLAYS? NOT ONE OF MY SCREENPLAYS GOT INTO THE FIRST ONE. I SENT YOU PEOPLE $150.00. NONE OF YOU HAVE TOLD ME A DAMNED THING ABOUT MY SCREENPLAYS. YOU SHOULD TELL ME WHAT THE HELL WAS WRONG WITH MINE. THIS IS NOT GOOD AT ALL. MANY HAVE TOLD ME THAT MINE ARE GREAT. WELL, LET ME TELL YOU, FRIEND, I WILL NEVER NEVER NEVER SEND MINE TO YOUR STUPID PLACE. NEVER. I WILL TELL EVERYONE NOT TO TRIED ON YOUR STUPID PLACE.~~~~~

WELL, FRIENDS -- I JUST WILL NEVER NEVER NEVER SEND MY SCREENPLAYS ON THE ASA. NEVER.

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Irin Evers Author: Irin Evers Posted: 03/18/2008 10:27 AM
I received the evaluations of my two scripts in the mail. If you'd like me to scan in a copy to show you, just contact me. It's a one page form with: a rating from 1 to 10, a checklist of 9 items rated from "excellent" through "poor," a checklist of 4 "yes" or "no" questions, and a small paragraph of 7 or 8 sentences. I'm not sure how someone would find checklists and 8 sentences to be very helpful. Standard reader coverage usually includes a checklist and several pages of notes in various categories. For example, Script Savvy gives 4 pages of notes ($55). In the $100-200 range, there are coverage services (ScriptPIMP, ScriptShark, Coverage Ink, So You Wanna Sell A Script, etc.) that will give much more detailed notes if you want that and are willing to pay more.

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

Chris Hansell Author: Chris Hansell Posted: 03/14/2008 05:10 PM
I've worked with several script consultants over the years and Craig has been the best. He can tell me exactly what's wrong, and how it affects the rest of the storyline. He's always getting on me to spell things out, but a script that lacks clarity, in any way, is probably one that won't get sold. Craig has been helping me with a somewhat complicated story. Layer upon layer we've hammered out the kinks. I now feel I know my script inside and out. --When they call you in for that meeting, the meeting where they decide to buy your screenplay or not, they'll want to know some things about you. Like, have you looked at your story from every possible angle, and can you answer all their questions and challenges (like you really know what you're doing). No other script consultant has made me feel more ready for that meeting. Thanks Craig.

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

David Ball Author: David Ball Posted: 03/13/2008 10:48 AM
I was a finalist, so naturally I'm going to feel good about this contest. That said, the notes I received on my script (the good and the bad) were spot on. If you are serious about improving your craft, and taking your script to the next level, these guys deliver. Sure, I hope this contest will get me read, but the feedback alone was worth many times the price of admission.

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

Maria Lennon Author: Maria Lennon Posted: 03/11/2008 02:54 PM
It was a very good contest! It was a clever idea to have every script read by two different judges. One judge was 'ouch', the other one encouraging to detail exactly what's wrong and how to fix it. Overall experience was great. Thank you.

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Contest: Scriptapalooza Features/Shorts[Post New Comment re: Scriptapalooza Features/Shorts]

August West Author: August West Posted: 03/11/2008 12:22 PM
I write this with mixed emotions. I have entered Scriptapalooza almost every year since its inception. I have quarter-finaled with one script and was a finalist with another in the 2007 competition. I agree with those who comment that Scriptapalooza meets its deadlines and "appears" to be promoting their winners. But appearances do not always reflect reality, I'm sorry to say. As a finalist I was supposed to receive two software packages from Scriptapalooza sponsoring partner, Write Brothers. I received nothing. Three months after the competition I emailed Mark Andrushko asking about the software as I was looking forward to using it. He responded by asking me to email him my mailing address. I did that three times, with a month or so between each communication. Each time he asked for my address. Finally, I called him. He expressed disappointment, blamed Write Brothers for not carrying out their responsibilities, and asked me to email him my address again. I also included my phone numbers should he need any more information. It is now almost a month after the phone conversation and still no software. I have come to wonder if Scriptapalooza is as legit as they "appear" to be. One last comment. Neither of my scripts, not the quarter-finalist or the finalist was requested by anyone. Contrast that to a script of mine that was a quarter-finalist in the Nicholl Fellowship. I received at least a dozen requests for either its synopsis or the script itself. I have hesitated to write this, but received an email from Mark Andrushko not long ago, that was sent to their mailing list, asking us to visit Movie Bytes and write a review. I wish they were real, but I have serious doubts and will not enter that competition again.

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

Mark Beech Author: Mark Beech Posted: 03/10/2008 01:40 PM
My collaborator Linda Gray and I looked for a screenwriting consultant for a couple years when we started out. We were very frustrated because we felt that they all tried to make us feel like idiots so that we would be dependent on them. Finally, by some lucky stroke we found Craig Kellem. Craig is everything you would ever want in a writing coach. He says he loves writers and he means it. He never makes us feel inferior or stupid. It's all a very positive, focused, enjoyable working together to optimize the potential of the script. Craig has helped us with two features and several shorts, all tricky in one way or another. We're very pleased with the scripts that came out of this. We have a strong personal rapport with Craig. He's more than a consultant. He has a philosopher's understanding of life and art. This gives him solid footing when he's guiding us through the ins and outs of a screenplay. Craig's website hollywoodscript.com offers all kinds of useful and inspiring articles. His monthly contest is a great incentive. Craig generously answers our show biz questions and gives us advice even when he's not reading one of our scripts. He's always ready to help. It's very comforting to know you have a friend you can rely on in the business. As long as Craig Kellem is willing to read our scripts we will continue working with him to make those scripts better.

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Irin Evers Author: Irin Evers Posted: 03/10/2008 01:17 PM
Here's exactly what transpired (see my summary above)... (Again, if you'd like to read the unedited email thread between me and Donna, just email me at neuroticboy@earthlink.net.) I entered one script before the 10/15/07 deadline and a second one before the 11/15/07 deadline. Contests are notoriously late with their announcements and that's fine, but when none of: the 10/1/07 results of the 8/15/07 contest, the 11/1/07 results of the 9/15/07 contest, the 12/1/07 results of the 10/15/07 contest (which I'd entered), or the 1/1/08 results of the 11/15/07 contest (which I'd also entered) had been announced 3 1/2 months late (mid-Jan.), I decided to email to see if they were still in business (on 1/19/08). A week later, Donna replied that "the scripts have been read," she'd "been fighting a flu-like bug," her "assistant had to leave," but "hope to get my evaluations out by next week." Four weeks later (2/25/08), I emailed her again to see what happened - there was no response. A week and a half later (3/5/08), I noticed that a March winner of HSI ("Poach") was mentioned in the moviebytes e-newsletter. What happened to October 2007 through February 2008? I emailed her asking about the earlier contests and if this meant that my scripts didn't place. She replied (3/6/08) that "even though I was seriously ill for a few months I read every script sent in" and "I'll give you a valuable critique." I confronted her (3/6/08) on what happened to the missing 5 winners, wasn't this a monthly contest, even if the results are given late, shouldn't they be given? Now keep in mind with this next response that I never mentioned a critique in any email. In fact, I didn't even realize that I would receive one - when I entered 2005, you didn't receive a critique. Also, not only do I regularly use script services and analysts, but I was a reader for many years in NYC. Donna replied (3/6/08) that "in a perfect world the contest would go as you assumed." She mentioned how she's been sick - in and out of the hospital, and "I'm giving the only thing I can, my evaluation of your script. Some people value this. From your communique you don't. And your scripts need polish. I've been in this business for 32 years, reading scripts for a living and selling some of my own. All I can do now is the best I can." I replied (3/6/08) that I was sorry she was sick, but again, I reiterated that "if you've read and evaluated all of the scripts, why aren't they being divided up into the various months that they were submitted, and a winner determined for each month - as promised in the monthly contest" and "this would take no additional work, but maybe 15 minutes to determine a winner from each month." Donna replied (3/7/08) that "what you are saying is logical. I did consider this and when I mentioned it on voice mail to Moviebytes, they did not get back with me as to how they'd incorporate this into their established format." Huh? And she said "From your last email, you sound like a bright guy. If it would smooth the waters a bit I'll be happy to read and critique another script of yours. We'll enter it in the contest for the month we receive it. Will that be okay?" I replied (3/7/08) that "I'm not sure what moviebytes matters. If you want to pay for an ad that announces "previous winners" that would be nice, but moviebytes isn't even necessary" and "right now, there are 5 winners who deserve: to be able to put this on their resume, any help from you that you would give to a winner, an InkTip posting, and a Scr(i)pt magazine subscription. It has nothing to do with a late announcement, nor you being sick (which I'm sorry for), nor an imperfect world. You are choosing not to give these prizes. These winners can be announced today and the winners would gladly accept. Again, you haven't delivered what you promised, and you are choosing not to. Thanks for the offer on the script read, but obviously I'm not going to be using your services again." That was three days ago and I haven't heard back...

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Irin Evers Author: Irin Evers Posted: 03/10/2008 01:14 PM
I should have listened to Eileen Tiller above and taken notice of the fact that the Monthly Contest Winner announcements have been sporadic, but I had placed in HSI's monthly contest in 2005 and gave it the benefit of the doubt. That was a big mistake. Basically, I contacted Donna after no winner was announced for many months, and in the end she is choosing not to have winners for October 2007 through February 2008 and doesn't think there's anything wrong with that, even though people have paid for these contests. She is not delivering what was promised. And it doesn't seem to matter to her. Basically 5 winners were ignored - not receiving their prizes or the assistance she promised. Her answer to this is that "in a perfect world the contest would go as you assumed." When I told her that she can still announce these winners today and people would gladly accept, she blamed it on moviebytes (huh?) and offered me a free submission. Obviously, I'm not someone who would've placed in those 5 months, but some of you are and you have been robbed of your prizes, and your checks have long been deposited. It is the equivalent of a contest having 6 winners and then suddenly announcing that there will be only 1 winner and the other 5 prizes won't be awarded at all. Would you enter that contest again? In the next posting, I will tell you exactly what happened with me - you may think I am biased, but you are welcome to email me (neuroticboy@earthlink.net) and I will forward you the entire unedited email thread between me and Donna, and you can make your own decision. I wouldn't enter this contest or use her services - check out Script Savvy for a highly rated, reliable, monthly contest with feedback. Also — some background on me: I've placed in 17 major screenplay contests for 26 awards, but I have many times that in rejections. I've never posted a bad review on moviebytes before (just a good one for BlueCat).

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

Randy Schein Author: Randy Schein Posted: 03/09/2008 08:56 PM
Craig is simply put, an excellent, excellent scriptwriting consultant.

I've worked with him on my screenplay from the initial stages of its inception to the final product. I can't tell you how invaluable his comments have been.

He has spent four hours on the phone with me for one consultation alone! He went over every single page in specific detail and really got the gist of what I was trying to do. He has an exceptional eye for your weaknesses as a writer and is honest about them, but not in a way that is cruel or mean, but is designed to simply help you. For example, one of my weaknesses is a tendency to put an "over the top" feel to some of my scenes and not just that the truth will be enough. Craig's sharp eye allowed me to tone down those scenes and my screenplay now has a very strong, alive sense to it that I wouldn't have otherwise had. He also really helped me develop my two main characters in a believable way. I don't approach writing the same way anymore.

I'm very excited about learning all of these skills and now consider myself a professional. I've already got producers interested in my script!

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

Art Williams Author: Art Williams Posted: 03/07/2008 08:18 PM
P.S.- My mom loves my script. All my friends do too. Too bad they're not producers or prodco's.

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

Art Williams Author: Art Williams Posted: 03/07/2008 07:53 PM
Wow! Unreal. You're blasting a contest because they didn't like your script? So I'm curious, what evidence do you have (besides yourself) that your script is good?

I submitted to Bluecat in 2007. I did not win. I didn't even place. And I shouldn't have! My script was not ready to be shown and Bluecat readers tastefully helped me to improve it with their review. They told me what they liked and what they did not like. The encouragement and points helped my script to become 200% better.

Ego is a writer's worst enemy.

Bluecat is known as one of the best screenplay contest in the amateur writer world. If you search on ANY writer message boards (Triggerstreet, Zoetrope, whatever) you will find that writers anticipate the return of the competition every year. If you "imdb" some of the contest past winners you will see them making movies (unlike many contests who brag about their winners year after year and you never see one record of them on imdb or anywhere else on the web)

I even had a problem with my entry last year and they quickly took care of the problem.

I agree with the previous poster, If your script is that awesome skip the contest and go straight to Hollywood. Stop bashing great screenwriting competitions.

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

Art Williams Author: Art Williams Posted: 03/07/2008 07:53 PM
Wow! Unreal. You're blasting a contest because they didn't like your script? So I'm curious, what evidence do you have (besides yourself) that your script is good?

I submitted to Bluecat in 2007. I did not win. I didn't even place. And I shouldn't have! My script was not ready to be shown and Bluecat readers tastefully helped me to improve it with their review. They told me what they liked and what they did not like. The encouragement and points helped my script to become 200% better.

Ego is a writer's worst enemy.

Bluecat is known as one of the best screenplay contest in the amateur writer world. If you search on ANY writer message boards (Triggerstreet, Zoetrope, whatever) you will find that writer's anticipate the return of the competition every year. If you "imdb" some of the contest past winners you will see them making movies (unlike many contests who brag about their winners year after year and you never see one record of them on imdb or anywhere else on the web)

I even had a problem with my entry last year and they quickly took care of the problem.

I agree with the previous poster, If your script is that awesome skip the contest and go straight to Hollywood. Stop bashing great screenwriting competitions.

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Script Writer Author: Script Writer Posted: 03/05/2008 08:47 PM
The notes, alone, make scriptsavvy one of the more worthwile and beneficial comps out there nowadays. CLASSY and specific, one can see that a lot of time and effort is put into each script and putting the notes together. Donna (scriptsavvy's coordinator) responds quickly to emails (usually on the same day, from my experience) and is extremely helpful and encouraging. Nothing but good things to say about this one! :)

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Martin Stack Author: Martin Stack Posted: 02/29/2008 09:23 AM
I really can't say enough about how professional and encouraging everyone involved in your contest is. The analysis was extremely helpful, encouraging, and constructive. ScriptSavvy been instrumental in helping me improve my craft but most importantly, you "got" my story. ScriptSavvy has been and will continue to be the first contest I submit to.

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Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 02/29/2008 04:40 AM
Well, Friends--

I sent all my 3 screenplays into them IN 6-12-07. $120.00. Big deal. I don't no if anyone even read it. No one said a dammed thing. Of course I could not have asked them anything as 2 years ago I fell out of my new house and died a little bit.. BUT I STILL CAN'T TALK MUCH -- SO THERE WAS NO REASON I COULD ASK THEM ANYTHING.

IT TOOK ME A LONG TIME TO EVEN NO THAT I HAD MADE SCREENPLAYS AT ALL. I SAW SOME OF THE PEOPLE WHO GOT TO BE IN THE QUARTER. SOME OF THEM HAVE DONE WELL. GREAT. BUT I DON'T THINK THEY HAVE READ MINE.

I WILL NEVER NEVER NEVER SEND MY SCREENPLAYS TO THEM.

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

Todd Luongo Author: Todd Luongo Posted: 02/25/2008 09:39 PM
I had a good experience with this contest. My script placed in the top 10 in the Fall / Winter 2007 contest. I got timely communications from Frank with a paragraph of accurate, helpful notes that made it clear that my script was read from beginning to end. I have also had prod. co's. contact me off of placing in this contest. Sure, some contests give more extensive notes but I have found that some of those "extensive notes" you get aren't always specific to your script. A lot of times you get one paragraph specific to your script and then a page and a half of general screenwriting notes that look like they were lifted verbatim from Robert McKee.

I would (and probably will) enter Acclaim again.

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Marjory Kaptanoglu Author: Marjory Kaptanoglu Posted: 02/20/2008 03:18 PM
I had a very positive experience with Movie Script. I received two full pages of feedback, including an encouraging analysis of the elements that worked, and suggestions for how to improve the weak parts. The judge's comments showed a careful reading of the script. Communication was also good; Jason replied promptly to the couple of questions I had. My script received an honorable mention (basically a tie for 8th place), and since then one producer has requested to read it. That may not sound like much, but there are contests I've placed higher in and still not received any requests. I'm also impressed that Movie Script helped secure representation for the winner. This is one contest I will definitely enter again.

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

J. Adrian Cook Author: J. Adrian Cook Posted: 02/20/2008 12:01 PM
This was a very excellent contest. The feedback I was offered was very helpful, and Jeff Swanson was more than happy to continue communicating me after the contest ended. Bravo.

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J. Adrian Cook Author: J. Adrian Cook Posted: 02/20/2008 11:49 AM
Just terrible.

Persistent problems with their website, poor communication skills and inability to meet their own deadlines. I have yet to even see my feedback and contest staffers will not even acknowledge my e-mails. I suspect they did not even read my script, to be honest.

Don't waste your money.

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Colleen Keogh Author: Colleen Keogh Posted: 02/18/2008 12:51 PM
Very disappointed in this contest. It seems more like an ad to get you to buy other services and other competitions. Nothing personal about it. You get this mass email advertising all these services and a link to the winners.

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Anne Bowman Author: Anne Bowman Posted: 02/16/2008 12:57 PM
This contest is a terrible waste of money. If you want useful feedback, enter Script Savvy or Slamdance or one of the many other contests that offer it but don't enter this one. Even realizing that screenwriting and reading is highly subjective, the best I can say about the feedback I received is "completely useless". At worst it was unprofessional and insulting. Here is a quote I received from Andy, "120 pages, doesn't that sound simple? And you've always wanted to write, so why not just write? Right? O.K. So why not just open up a guy's head if you thought about being a brain surgeon? Or how about pleading a case in front of the Supreme Court?" Then he goes on to call my writing "unprofessional". The ironic thing is that this screenplay has done very well in several much more reputable contests and has received quite a bit of industry buzz (although not sold yet). I use it as a gauge to see if the feedback I am getting from new contests is worth the money. As I said, I realize this is a subjective industry and I don't expect everyone to love it. But, I also don't expect to be personally insulted. The comments I received from Bonnie were marginally useful but I received much, much better feedback from other contests. And, the fact that they continue to solicit for entering the next contest and hiring them for coverage leaves a taste in my mouth that this is all about the money. If the want to make more money, they should stop insulting the people who enter their contests and offer useful feedback.

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Anne Bowman Author: Anne Bowman Posted: 02/16/2008 12:50 PM
Enter this contest for the chance to have your short screenplay made into a movie not for the feedback. The feedback I received was skeletal at best, just a few generic sentences. For one screenplay, there was a huge difference between the two judges in the scoring of the 6 areas they review but I couldn't tell anything from the few comments to indicate why. This is a good contest if you want a shot at seeing your work on screen but if you want feedback, save your money for another contest.

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Anne Bowman Author: Anne Bowman Posted: 02/16/2008 12:43 PM
The feedback alone is worth the price of entering this contest. Donna is very prompt and professional with her communication and the feedback is the best I have gotten in a contest and better than most paid coverage I have received. It is thoughtful, direct, points out good and bad, shows you what doesn't work as well as what does and is detailed down to missed punctuation. I highly recommend this contest and will be entering it again.

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Anne Bowman Author: Anne Bowman Posted: 02/16/2008 12:34 PM
MoviePoet.com is a great place to get lots of feedback and to challenge your screenwriting skills in a new way each month. Since it is writers giving each other feedback, you won't necessarily get an "industry" perspective but for the most part, the feedback is top-notch. You review as well as get reviews which seems to create bonds among people on the site. Chris does an amazing job of creating a place for writers to gather for information, community and writing. I highly recommend this site and the monthly contests.

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Anne Bowman Author: Anne Bowman Posted: 02/16/2008 12:31 PM
It's a free contest so I wasn't expecting much. That's a good thing. Once you submit your script it's a black hole and you never hear anything from them again. The opportunity to have your short made may be worth submitting but don't expect to be notified when the winner has been chosen.

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David Duval Author: David Duval Posted: 02/13/2008 12:48 PM
I saw this contest listed on Movie Bytes, and then I saw Chris Canole's name as a prior contest finalist. I contacted Chris, asked him his thoughts, and he says Feeding Frenzy is the best one. After having gone through the experience, I am 100% satisfied. I entered early and received more feedback than I paid for: ''David I went into more detailed notes than you ordered to ensure that you have all of the tools you need to assist you with your rewrite--Cheryl.'' I held off posting on this site until I moved pretty deeply into the rewrite just to see if the notes are helpful&and they are wonderful. I am asking questions I never knew or even thought to ask about character development, and once those questions are asked, insightful doors open in new places every single day. Added to all that, even after I received my notes, Cheryl still answers questions that I have via e-mail: Wonderful people and a wonderful contest.

David Duval

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Ron Brassfield Author: Ron Brassfield Posted: 02/11/2008 08:51 PM
The analysis I ordered with my entry arrived right on the appointed deadline. There was a logline and synopsis, then the reader notes were categorized and itemized. These were very careful and thorough, thoughtful, appreciative or critical according to impressions of the various parts. In short, they verified most of the writing effort was having an impact, showed me where it might come up short in making certain points, and listed a number of improvements I could make in presentation, from general suggestions to the tiniest punctuation errors. Getting this kind of honest, insiteful reaction from someone who knows screenwriting is invaluable. Scripts are graded on a point system in this monthly contest. News of my script winning was emailed to me and posted immediately, and a couple of indie producer inquiries followed within 24 hours, as well. They weren't like hearing from Steven Spielberg, but they were people with verifiable track records. Donna White has made a movie of her own, and she clearly networks for the writers. She also continued a correspondence with me for a few days to answer my questions and concerns. I don't know where she finds the time to do all this, but the service in Script Savvy's contest and feedback are both great value for money compared to any other I've tried to date. My advice is to try it, analysis and all, and you'll get more out of this competition than most, if not all, of the others out there.

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Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 02/08/2008 09:15 PM
Well, the man took it so so so long-- something happened. One man just left and the man had to fix everything. Whatever. But, for me, that was terrible.

I should never have entered that one. Something happened and other people read the screenplays. I don't think they read mine very well. They said bad things about mine. Notheg much was true. Other people do not think that. Maybe they were old old people, maybe they were dead people. Maybe someone just walked down the street and he gave them ten dollars to read it. Dum-dum.

Was it a "red herring"? I'll never no. But I will never never never enter my screenplays in ''Scripoctor'' ever.

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Contest: Scriptapalooza Features/Shorts[Post New Comment re: Scriptapalooza Features/Shorts]

William Hutchinson Author: William Hutchinson Posted: 02/06/2008 01:53 PM
One of the best run screenwriting competitions I've ever seen. Was kept informed on the status of my submission all the way from submittal to becoming a semifinalist and follow up through out the year after the contest ended on the status of my script and other scripts that were in the semifinalist, finalist, and winning categories. Website is easy to navigate and obtain information. Great Job.

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Contest: Scriptapalooza Features/Shorts[Post New Comment re: Scriptapalooza Features/Shorts]

mark Goudarzi Author: mark Goudarzi Posted: 02/04/2008 06:18 PM
I was one of the semifinalists last year. What I like about Scriptapalooza is that they always keep you up to date with the status of your screenplay,I have entered many competitions last year. Scriptalooza is the only one that I am sure I will enter this year.

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Contest: Scriptapalooza Features/Shorts[Post New Comment re: Scriptapalooza Features/Shorts]

Beth Szyperski Author: Beth Szyperski Posted: 02/04/2008 05:35 PM
I feel that Scriptapalooza is a very professional competition for screenwriter's who need an avenue into the market. It is a little daunting to discover that one's script is in competition with 3500 others; however, I can tell you that, as a repeat Semifinalist, I have much more confidence in my work despite previous rejections from agents and production companies. And Scriptapalooza is out there promoting my work. Thank you!

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Contest: Scriptapalooza Features/Shorts[Post New Comment re: Scriptapalooza Features/Shorts]

Stephen Garvey Author: Stephen Garvey Posted: 02/04/2008 05:30 PM
I've submitted my screenplays to Scriptapalooza for the last 5 years. I keep going back because of the exceptional efforts they make to expose the winning scripts to their large group of key industry contacts...and not just the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. I received an equal push by the Scriptapalooza team, helmed by Mark Andrushko, as a top 100 finalist a few years ago and as a runner-up (top 13) winner this year. I also find this is one of the few contests out there that recognizes comedies.

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Contest: Scriptapalooza Features/Shorts[Post New Comment re: Scriptapalooza Features/Shorts]

albert yeznaian Author: albert yeznaian Posted: 02/04/2008 04:39 PM
The reviews here are quite important. You can really see which competitions are real and which ones aren't. I like Scriptapalooza; it certainly is one of the better ones. I did participate in it and I didn't win or go to finals but I have entered five different ones and I can safely say this is one of the good ones that I would participate in again.

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Contest: Scriptapalooza Features/Shorts[Post New Comment re: Scriptapalooza Features/Shorts]

Ben Monaghan Author: Ben Monaghan Posted: 02/04/2008 03:17 PM
I placed as a semi-finalist in 2008. When Glenn Close became interested in my script, I called Scriptalooza for advice. Since then I have called Mark numerous times and find him incredibly helpful and committed to helping unknown writers in every way possible. Scriptalooza reflects that commitment to unknown writers. They work hard to promote the top 100 scripts, and because it's the top 100 and not the top 10 - you have a better chance of placing and being read.

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Contest: Writers Place[Post New Comment re: Writers Place]

k coleman Author: k coleman Posted: 01/30/2008 10:55 AM
My short script 'Kiyala' won First Place in TWP May-Oct 2007 competition. The Directors were prompt, professional, and I received my wonderful prizes right away. I highly recommend this contest not only for the personal touch but for the exposure, great prizes, and the wide range of formats they judge.

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Contest: Kairos Prize[Post New Comment re: Kairos Prize]

Gene Langlais III Author: Gene Langlais III Posted: 01/29/2008 05:13 PM
I must say that I am heartily impressed with the way Michael Trent conducts this competition. He replies to emails with unbelievable speed. If you've entered this contest and email him asking for feedback, he'll send you the reader's coverage right away (I received mine within an hour of my request!). I found my coverage to be very good; they gave my script an "A" in overall rating and writing mechanics, even though my entry was ultimately disqualified due to language and violence (so be aware, at present such things are deal-breakers for Kairos no matter how much they like your script otherwise). I must admit I was surprised that I received such a good review for a horror/thriller that I submitted to them on a lark -- but the reader really seemed to "get it," and Michael was very encouraging about my script. Based on my experience with them I'd definitely recommend this contest to others. And don't forget to email Michael for your feedback!

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Contest: Cinestory Feature[Post New Comment re: Cinestory Feature]

Gregg Moscoe Author: Gregg Moscoe Posted: 01/24/2008 09:58 PM
To be honest and up front, I was a semi-finalist in this competition once, and twice had scripts advance to the quarters. I've found this to be one of the most rewarding competitions, and as a result, I've kept supporting it. I've kept in touch with the people, who I find ethical, and - if occasionally overstretched! - responsive. This competition, Austin and the Nicholl are where I have consistently put my efforts and my entry fees. 'Nuff said.

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Contest: Scriptapalooza Features/Shorts[Post New Comment re: Scriptapalooza Features/Shorts]

Alexander Besher Author: Alexander Besher Posted: 01/24/2008 09:43 PM
Scriptapalooza is the real thang as far as I'm concerned. They treat writers with respect and personal hands-on velvet gloves. I even got a call from Mark Andrushko on my cell phone as I was crossing the Bay Bridge and they waved me past without my having to pay the toll! You can't lose with Scriptapalooza. They give Hollywood a good name.

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Contest: Scriptapalooza Features/Shorts[Post New Comment re: Scriptapalooza Features/Shorts]

Leslie Ann Sartor Author: Leslie Ann Sartor Posted: 01/24/2008 06:51 PM
I was a semi-finalist this year (2007) and naturally am very pleased, but even more pleased that people who can make a difference in my career received my log line and responded with requests for the script which Scriptapalooza then forwarded. Mark Andrushko works for his winners. My script Stone of Heaven will be promoted for a year by Scriptapalooza! I am very pleased with the contest and will enter again.

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Contest: Scriptapalooza Features/Shorts[Post New Comment re: Scriptapalooza Features/Shorts]

Dick Belsky Author: Dick Belsky Posted: 01/24/2008 12:12 PM
I finished as a finalist in their Top 13 this year, and I've found it to be a terrific contest. Lots of contact with the people running it, they posted our names and pictures as winners on their website - and they give us updates on who has requested to see our films. My film, Playing Dead, is out there now being looked at by a couple of places thanks to Scriptapalooza. I recommend this contest highly...

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Contest: Cinestory Feature[Post New Comment re: Cinestory Feature]

Lisanne Sartor Author: Lisanne Sartor Posted: 01/24/2008 12:08 AM
I was a CineStory semifinalist twice and went to their retreat twice (semifinalists are automatically eligible for the retreat). These retreats, as well as the CineStory community, are what make CineStory so unique. You get three one-on-one sessions with working industry professionals and one with a CineStory staff member, all of whom give you in-depth, invaluable notes on your screenplay. I used my CineStory mentor feedback to rewrite my script and got it made into a Lifetime movie-of-the-week - my first produced credit.

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Contest: Cinestory Feature[Post New Comment re: Cinestory Feature]

Lisa Shapiro Author: Lisa Shapiro Posted: 01/23/2008 04:23 PM
It's not a huge contest, and there are good odds for getting into the top group that is invited to the retreat. I think the retreat is the best thing going for new screenwriters in Hollywood.

When I finaled in CineStory, I was skeptical about having to pay for the retreat. It turned out to be the best investment I've ever made in my career. I've since been to several retreats, and the working relationships I created with indie producers have lifted my career to the next level. I'm a working writer now, and CineStory is a big part of the reason. I highly recommend the CineStory competition to anyone who is serious about becoming a working writer.

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Contest: Cinestory Feature[Post New Comment re: Cinestory Feature]

Clea Frost Author: Clea Frost Posted: 01/22/2008 04:41 PM
Five Stars! There is nothing on earth like the Cinestory Writer's Retreat, to which all the semifinalists of the Screenwriting Awards are invited. I was an entrant to their 2006/07 competition and was lucky enough to make it to the finals and to the retreat. We got 3 days of intensive mentor sessions, panels, networking events etc. It's an all access pass to the most creative, generous and inspiring people! The retreat mentors are all working writers, producers, managers and agents - people in the business who know what they're talking about. Their advice helped me kick my writing up a notch. I can't begin to express how great this experience was. I took away so much more than I expected and learned lessons I can continue to apply to work from here on out.

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Matt Toomey Author: Matt Toomey Posted: 01/18/2008 06:48 PM
Jason did a great job running this contest. The feedback was solid and I would recommend this contest to other writers.

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Geoffrey Breuder Author: Geoffrey Breuder Posted: 01/15/2008 09:38 PM
One of the common thread comments that has proven true with this contest is that they don't notify you of the results.

They should probably work on that as it could be construed as being unprofessional -- especially when one compares it to the many other contests which make the effort.

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Geoffrey Breuder Author: Geoffrey Breuder Posted: 01/15/2008 09:18 PM
While my success in Movie Script may color my view, I feel this is a great contest!

Jason answered all of my emails promptly and professionally.

The turnaround for the feedback was also very quick. I feel it was thorough and well balanced.

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Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 01/15/2008 08:20 PM
Wow. I am glad to hear what you said!!

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Svet Rouskov Author: Svet Rouskov Posted: 01/15/2008 09:11 AM
Thanks to Script Savvy. Their feedback is thoughtfully written, very direct and provides an excellent analysis of the story. The time and care put into every script really shows! The fact that it is entered into a contest is a bonus, but the feedback is the real prize.

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jerome dolan Author: jerome dolan Posted: 01/08/2008 11:43 AM
They're coverage is excellent and inexpensive. They're decent people.Using their service is important for any young writer

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k coleman Author: k coleman Posted: 01/07/2008 09:51 AM
I highly recommend this competition -- professionally operated, with quality, detailed and insightful feedback, and prompt responses to emails. My short, 'Kiyala', won the Bronze Brad Award for Shorts and I received my wonderful prizes as promised -- great scriptwriting books and an amazing engraved statuette. If you are new to screenwriting or low on funds and you can only enter one competition with your short: enter this one. And get the feedback.

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

k coleman Author: k coleman Posted: 01/07/2008 09:16 AM
(Ditto, Jeff!) -- My experience with BlueCat has been absolutely positive -- in relation to many other competitions I've entered offering feedback, and considering the quality, incisive feedback I received on my earlybird entry. If you enter a competition with pre-set ideas that your script is so fabulous, why bother with a contest? Ship it off to your agent, or better, your Hollywood management company so production can get underway tomorrow. Otherwise, remember that there are no guarantees in life or script competitions except that there are no guarantees. Humans, I believe, continue to be readers for competitions. When you post on public forums in this country's relatively small screenwriting universe, consider that your posts will be just that, 'public', for years.

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Robert Tracey Author: Robert Tracey Posted: 01/06/2008 09:30 PM
How these folks do what they do sets them apart from all my prior experiences with script contests, and it s a very simple thing to describe. They read your script with love, and then respond to you with more of the same. Thank you for your appreciation and insights.

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Donna White Author: Donna White Posted: 01/04/2008 06:07 PM
Leila - A few clarifications:

#1. Your feedback was not recycled. We use a feedback FORM for every entry, but your NOTES were specific to your screenplay. I'm looking at them now - specific notes regarding Emily's character arc, the relationship between her and Carl, etc.

#2. We mentioned the reality TV theme under the 'originality' section in order to let you know that this theme may be reaching a saturation point in Hollywood and it might not be beneficial to use this as your hook (you reference it in your logline).

#3. "The woman who runs the contest" - Donna White - that's me - included notes about the fact that we had over 50 scripts with a Reality TV theme in them this year to let you know that this may create a marketing challenge for you. It was offered to be helpful, informative - not to be discouraging. It's good for a writer to know what they're up against out there.

#4 You received over 4 pages of both general advice and specific advice, in addition to scores in 6 categories and 24 subcategories - compiled by two different readers (with one note made by me.)

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Leila Ludy Author: Leila Ludy Posted: 01/04/2008 02:27 PM
A good portion of my feedback was recycled -- it was sent to everyone whose script had any element of "reality tv" in it, however small, warning writers that reality tv is a dead idea. I was disappointed, especially after learning that the author of that portion of my feedback was the woman who runs the contest, and she had NOT read my screenplay. My reality element has nothing to do with the plot - it's merely a side detail. I cannot recommend this contest to anyone expecting individualized feedback.

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Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 12/27/2007 06:43 AM
I just don't believe that some people have read my three screenplays.

If that is true, they need to give my money back.

I have the best attorney in Alaska, and he will fix everything for me.

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val valdez Author: val valdez Posted: 12/20/2007 02:20 PM
This is a complete waste of time and money. I placed 2nd in comedy but so what. I didn't receive an award. Jr. O'Neil is a joke. He never responds to anyone. I think he's just using it as some type of tax shelter ot tax loss.

DON'T BE FOOLED!!!!!!!!

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Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 12/16/2007 05:49 AM
HOWARD ALLEN SHOULD TELL US WHAT THE HELL HAS HAPPENED, AND ALSO WHEN WILL BE THE TIME HE WILL TELL US ANYTHING, I AM STILL WAITING TO FIND OUT WHO IS GOING TO BE THE WINNER. THE PEOPLE THAT DO THIS SHOULD JUST GIVE THE WINNER THE MONEY INSTEAD OF JUST STUFF THEY HAVE. THE PEOPLE WHO WRITE SCREENPLAYS DO NOT WANT SUCH LITTLE STUFF. I’M SURE THEY NEED THE MONEY, NOT “STUFF”.

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Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 12/15/2007 11:13 PM
THANKS FOR TELLING US SOMETHING, MARC.~~~~~~~ IN TWO OF MY SCREENPLAYS, THE PEOPLE THAT READ THEM, LIKED THEM ALOT. I GOT SEVERAL “5” AND “4” ON THEM. BUT AS YOU NO, THE PEOPLE WERE SUPPOSED TO SEND SOMEONE -- WHOEVER WON --THE FIRST $5,000.00 AND TWO MORE SHOULD HAVE GOT $1,500.00. THAT JUST REALLY PISSES ME OFF! I DON’T CARE IF IT WAS ME!~~~~~~~~~~ SOMEONE SHOULD GET THAT MONEY. IF THE PEOPLE WHO TOLD US THAT, AND THEY DID NOT GIVE THEM THE MONEY, THEY SHOULD HAVE TO GO TO JAIL.

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Contest: Writers Network Screenplay & Fiction Competition[Post New Comment re: Writers Network Screenplay & Fiction Competition]

Steven Oppenheimer Author: Steven Oppenheimer Posted: 12/15/2007 10:07 PM
Well, I just made the Semifinalist Round in the 2007 competition (the 14th Annual Screenplay and Fiction Competition). So, they do accept scripts, and they do advance scripts along. I admit I have been surprised not to receive a notification e-mail -- maybe they save those for the winners. Still, doing well in any competition is a good thing (the same script took 2nd place in the 2006 Scriptapalooza Competition, and that's at least gotten me a few reads in Hollywood). Anyway, this competition seems legit to me.

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Marc DeLamater Author: Marc DeLamater Posted: 12/15/2007 07:24 PM
I have sent two unanswered e-mails to this contest. While the feedback/coverage was okay, it was too high level to provide any help for future re-writes.

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Anne Bowman Author: Anne Bowman Posted: 12/15/2007 04:40 PM
I have entered this contest several times and will again next year. The best part of this contest is the feedback. But, I have to qualify that because one of the readers I have gotten is terrible. I'm not even sure he - yes I know it's a "he" because of some comments he made - read my screenplay. The other readers I had were awesome and gave me great insight into my writing. Sometimes it highlighted areas I knew were problems with suggestions to fix them, other times, they mentioned things I hadn't thought I needed to work on. But, once I read their comments, I agreed and made changes. Unfortuantely, there is no way to know which reader you are going to get when you submit your screenplay so you have to cross your fingers and hope for the best. When I e-mailed with problems not receiving my feedback, I got professional responses immediately. I recommend this contest and will enter it again.

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Anne Bowman Author: Anne Bowman Posted: 12/15/2007 04:29 PM
I think that the Screenwriting Expo is awesome and all screenwriters should attend. However, I think you should save your money and pass on this competition. The communication is non-existent. I sent my screenplays in via the internet and except for the standard "thanks for sending us your entry we'll let you know if we have any problems" reply e-mail I never heard from them again. One of my screenplays was a semi-finalist and I never got an e-mail from them. The only way to tell what is going on is to check the website. As useful as the Expo is, you'd think the contest would be better.

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Contest: Scriptapalooza Features/Shorts[Post New Comment re: Scriptapalooza Features/Shorts]

Anne Bowman Author: Anne Bowman Posted: 12/15/2007 04:20 PM
I'm a bit tardy in writing since my comments are about the 2006 contest but I don't think much has changed. I entered one screenplay and it was a runner-up. I was disappointed in the communication, there was basically none. When I did send an e-mail I got replies but the replies usually said they were too busy and would get back to me later. Has it helped my writing career, yes. Did I get requests for my script, yes. Did I sell my script, no. Would I pay the money again or recommend someone else enter it, yes. But, don't expect any communication from them.

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Anne Bowman Author: Anne Bowman Posted: 12/15/2007 04:12 PM
I sent two screenplays for the 2007 contest. Neither went very far even though one was a winner in another (more highly ranked) contest. That's Hollywood, this is a subjective business so I understand. But, what concerns me is there was absolutely no communication from them. It is so simple to send out an e-mail telling people that winners have been announced but they didn't even do that. The only way to find out what was going on was to check the website. There are many contests out there and I wouldn't waste my time or money with this one.

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Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 12/15/2007 03:00 PM
BY THE WAY, I'M GOING TO SEND EVERYTHING I HAVE BY THESE PEOPLE AND MY STUFF TO MY ATTORNEY, SO I CAN GET MY MONEY BACK. I HAVE THE BEST ATTORNEY AS SOMEONE NEEDED TO PAY ME A BUNCH OF MONEY AND WOULDN'T BUT DID AFTER MY ATTORNEY TOLD HIM HE HAD BETTER. HE DID.

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Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 12/15/2007 02:57 PM
DEAR FRIENDS-- I AM SO PISSED OFF. I FOUND OUT WHERE THE PLACE IS AT 5160 VINELAND AVE,STE 107-220, NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA 91601. I LOOKED AT IT BY “GOOGLE’ -- THEY ARE VERY SMART -- BUT ANYWAY, I FEEL LIKE GOING DOWN AND BEATING UP RICH OWENS WHO IS THE CEO/PRODUCER. ANOTHER MAN, RYAN YERRICK, TOLD MOVIEBYTES ALL A BUNCH OF THINGS AND TOLD THEM HOW GREAT THEY WOULD BE AT 6-27-07. WHAT A FUCKING BUNCH OF LIES. I HAVE NO WAY TO NO HOW MANY PEOPLE SENT THEM THEIR SCREENPLAYS. I SENT MY 3 SCREENPLAYS AND $135.00. WE WERE ALL TOLD THE WINNERS WOULD BE TOLD ON NOVEMBER 2007. ALSO, THE WINNER IS SUPPOSED TO GET $5,000.00. THE NEXT TWO THE SAME DAY ARE SUPPOSED TO GET $1,500.00 BOTH. GREAT. WELL, I REALISED THAT MAYBE THEY HAD QUITE A FEW PEOPLE AND THEY WERE VERY BUSY, BUT MIGHT TELL US SOMETHING IN A WEEK. NOTHING. I ROAT. NO ONE ROAT BACK. I ROAT SEVERAL TIMES. STILL NOTHING. I REALLY WANT MY MONEY BACK. I DON’T NEED MONEY. I HAVE MORE MONEY THAN ANYONE WHERE I LIVE IN JUNEAU, ALASKA. BUT I’M SO SO SO PISSED OFF. I WANT TO TELL EVERONE THAT RICH OWENS AND RYAN YERRICK ARE STUPPID PEOPLE THAT JUST WANTED YOUR MONEY. ASSHOLES. SORRY, FRIENDS. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED WITH “LIGHTHOUSE SCREENPLAY”. DON’T EVER SEND YOUR SCREENPLAYS THERE. NEVER. GOT IT?

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D. Calvisi Author: D. Calvisi Posted: 12/12/2007 12:31 PM
Our professional industry judges selected this year's winning scripts and they are... "There is a Season" by Stuart Creque "THE WALDORF=ASTORIA" by Tony Muscio "Just Between Us" by Jason P Barter

Honorable Mention: "The Forest Brothers" by Jeffrey Wright

When the strike lifts, these scripts will be submitted to the producers of Blades of Glory, Austin Powers, The Hitcher and many more! Congrats to the winners and all of the entrants. If you are a serious screenwriter with a strong feature spec sample, please apply for membership to our online community at www.thewritersbuilding.org.

Thank you, good luck and happy writing!

Daniel Calvisi President The Writers' Building http://www.thewritersbuilding.org

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James Ossi Author: James Ossi Posted: 12/11/2007 05:47 PM
Thanks for your great contest, Jason. Other contests give feedback that's dumb. Your readers are openly wise. They're simultaneously worldly and otherworldly. They're smart. They're kind and I'm so happy they read my stories.

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Kate Bloche Author: Kate Bloche Posted: 12/11/2007 01:18 PM
First of all, I agree with previous comments that the deadlines are not kept. But now my main concern. Checking out contest #16, I saw a writer on the finalists' list (Gilles Warembourg - L'oeil du Calamar Gilles Warembourg - Chiens Méchants )that was not listed on the semifinalists' list. Something seems very fishy here. How can someone be listed as a finalist that had not been listed as a semi-finalist????? Very fishy, very fishy!

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Dave Vaughan Author: Dave Vaughan Posted: 12/10/2007 05:20 PM
I had pretty much the same experience as Connie except I submitted 4 SPs. Two have won contests, one was second and the last was in seceral finals as were the other three. There couldn't possibly been enough time between the closing date and the finals date (which I never saw on MovieBytes) to have possibly evaluate the amount of scripts they must have received... a couple of hundred? Nobody gets that few entries since at least five years ago.

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Contest: Screenplay Festival[Post New Comment re: Screenplay Festival]

Dave Vaughan Author: Dave Vaughan Posted: 12/10/2007 04:47 PM
I entered with my first screenplay written and received honorable mention (there was one winner and 4 honorable mention). I was disappointed in not winning. At that time I never realized how many people entered contests. I should have then, and do now, feel happy with those initial results. I didn't enter Screenplay Festival again until 2006 and I won with my comedy about vampires. What can I say, they obviously know what they're doing. In case you haven't figured it out, I write scripts with a comedic touch. All you really need to know is that it was the screenplay contest that I judged all others against as far as professionalism and efficiency and they are right there at the top.

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Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 12/01/2007 05:27 AM
I am really pissed off. I sent my money and my screenplays on 9-30-07. Nothing was told me anything anytime anywhere. I finally went in there and went everywhere. Finally found something that I could not tell what the hell it was. It did not tell which people-- nothing. I wasn't able to find out what the hell they were. There was 28 of something. But I new it must have been the people that are winning.~~~~They did not put anything on “Movie Bytes” so everyone can see what’s happening. It was written like this: “SCRIPT TITLES: The Screenwriting Committee of the Monterey County Film Commission is pleased to announce the screenplays that are moving on to the 2nd Round of competition. Only these scripts are going on to the final round of competition. Winners will be announced by Nov. 30.” WELL I GUESS THAT IS IT. I AM SO SO SO PISSED OFF... COULD HAVE SAID ONE LITTLE THING. DIDN’T SAY HOW MANY PEOPLE GAVE THEM THEIR SCREENPLAYS. SO REDICULOUS. I WILL NEVER NEVER NEVER SEND MY SCREENPLAYS AND MONEY (IT WAS $120.00) I GUESS I WILL SEND THEM A TERRIBLE NOT.

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