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Contest: [Post New Comment re: ]

Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 10/17/2007 09:29 PM
I heard what alot of people said...Hummmmm. A few of them sounded so so so bad.~~~~~~~~~~~~ I sent my three screenplays in 6-4-07-- so LONG ago! They had SO MANY -- around 3000. The first thing that was sent us -- one of mine was on it -- but the next time it was showed us, a different one I had was on it. I do not no why. Well at least I no that one of them was on the Quarter. ~~~~~~~~~ Well, I will probably never send any of mine into the EXPO as they get so many and the other people said bad things happened to them even though they won.

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Donna White Author: Donna White Posted: 10/17/2007 12:25 PM
Ugh. I guess this message board doesn't put 'returns' at the end of paragraphs. It looked much nicer than that when I wrote it. Please forgive how hard that is to read. I can send over the genre list to you via email if you want it. Just let me know!

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Donna White Author: Donna White Posted: 10/17/2007 11:11 AM
Donna White - Coordinator of Script Savvy here.

If I may respond to a couple of points above:

Connie - your feedback went out on time many months ago. I've re-sent it to you twice. And I will do so again right now. If you don't see it in your inbox, please check your bulk folder. If you don't see it there, please call me.

Colleen - I'd like to clarify one thing about your note above if I may.

You received feedback that you felt was a bit vague and I wanted to fix that situation THAT DAY, so I contacted your readers. One was in the middle of writing notes for another script. Keeping in mind that your script had already been read and that we were running behind, I did not want to pull this reader off of their current script.

Your other reader was fortunately free at that moment and agreed to provide additional notes, which included two full pages of very specific examples including page numbers and quotes.

We got the amended feedback to you within hours and I was forthcoming enough to let you know that only one of the readers had been available to re-address your script.

However, BOTH readers had read and scored your script the first time around.

I just wanted to clear that up in case it sounded like we only had 1 reader on your script the first time around.

I came away from the exchange feeling that we had provided an appropriate level of customer service. I apologize if that was not the case.

In other matters, a few of you have asked if we have a genre preference so I thought I'd post my response to that question here.

We don't have a genre preference or prejudice. We're just looking for the most production-worthy screenplays.

Here's how it breaks down for this year:

WINNER drama

TOP 10 1 comedy/drama 1 horror 1 mystery/thriller 2 comedies 1 sports drama 3 dramas 1 family/comedy

HONORABLE MENTIONS 6 Action/Adventure 8 Comedies 7 Dramas 3 Historical Epics 3 Family 7 Horror 4 Mystery/Thriller 5 Romantic Comedy 3 Sci fi/fantasy 1 sports drama

Please feel free to contact me if you have questions about the contest! The purpose of the contest is to help writers, so I look at it from the point of view that we're working for you guys, not the sponsors. You can approach me with your concerns or questions any time.

best, donna

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Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 10/17/2007 06:25 AM
I sent my three screenplays SO LONG AGO -- in 4-12-07 -- God-- one half a year ago... So LONG. Well, as you can see, I did not make any of my three screenplays on Script Savvy. It looks like a great way had been done by Donna. There were so many (577 screenplays) and had many were used as the “Honorable” and the “Top” (ten) then the “WIN”. That was great. She did not send me anything why I did not make it, but she told me she will send it to me, probably soon. One of mine, “The Raven’s Treasure” made some a WIN -- and I got an agent. Hopefully it will become a movie!!

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Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 10/16/2007 02:07 PM
OOPS! The ones Jason Zimmatore put on his Movie Scripts are the short ones -- not the one I did. However, I hope he tells me if I not a winner.

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

Colleen Keogh Author: Colleen Keogh Posted: 10/16/2007 10:02 AM
Great contest! Enter this one for sure. It is on time. He gives thorough insightful feedback and responds quicly to emails. I'm using his services for after competition feedback...he's that good.

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Colleen Keogh Author: Colleen Keogh Posted: 10/16/2007 09:50 AM
The one good thing I can say about this competition is that Donna seems really nice and is trying to make this a decent competition. Evidently they ran into tons of trouble this time around with staff turnover, more scripts than expected and the like. The feedback was really really late. When I finally got it it was extremely vague. I asked for clarification and Donna got right on it. She got the reader to elaborate. There were 2 readers but one was too busy to write more than just a score. The reader that did respond with more feedback was mildly helpful. The impression was that the reader didn't like this genre. I may give them one more try when they go monthly. I must say that the feedback from Movie Script and Red Inkworks was much more helpful and on time.

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Contest: RIIFF/Rhode Island [Post New Comment re: RIIFF/Rhode Island ]

Colleen Keogh Author: Colleen Keogh Posted: 10/16/2007 09:42 AM
Total Waste! Barren Branches is part of the Rhode Island competition. It looks like it is separate but it isn't. How do I know? Well, after they missed their first deadline of Labor Day and pushed it back to Columbus Day (I only knew this from constantly searching their website) I waited and waited. It was after Columbus Day and still no word and nothing on the website. So I emailed 3 times. It took them 4 days to finally respond and they just told me the winner. I asked if there was more than one, what were the levels, etc. The answer is there is only one prize and then the Barren Branches submitters get lumped into the reg RIIFF competition of which there are 3 prizes I think. the reg. competition hasn't listed their winners either. That is all you get...just one winner...no communication...no nothing. This is the equivalent of throwing your script and money into a black hole.

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Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 10/16/2007 03:03 AM
Sorry I can’t right out so good because I fell out of my new house 2 years ago and died a bit but came back. I still can’t right very much or read much.~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I sent three of mine to Movie Scripts. Two of mine were told about-- great. One of them I did not get about. No big deal...but no one told me HOW MANY contests were there---. I wished I had been told that I was not going to win-- the people who won new they were going to get it because everyone has a bunch of things about themselves. So obviously they were going to be the ones with the faces and stuff they put on the Movie Script because they won. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ They must have been told about 2 weaks ago because they had to send Jason Zimmatore a piece what they look like and some other things about them that he could put in his Movie. He is cute and sweet... That’s all I can say. The things they told me about scripts are OK.

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jim Mercurio Author: jim Mercurio Posted: 10/16/2007 02:17 AM
The administrative assistant and I swapped several emails with Michael and eventually confirmed that his scripts were entered into the contest. Scripts pile up for weeks sometimes before they can all be entered into the database. That's just the nature of allowing snail-mail submissions.

There were plenty of delays getting the semifinalist prizes out last year, patially due to the sale of the company, Creative Screenwriting. I just recently made sure everyone had their notes, Script Pimp Subscription and Movie Magic. The only thing that is outstanding is the "access" which will be given out with this year's winners. If there are some prizes other than this access that have not been delivered, I encourage the 2006 semifinalists to contact me at expocompetition@aol.com.

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Contest: Sundance[Post New Comment re: Sundance]

Larissa Olick Author: Larissa Olick Posted: 10/14/2007 06:13 PM
I considered entering this competition, but I needed clarification on some points that weren't clear on the rules & guidelines page. I emailed them. Never heard back. I entered Zoetrope instead.

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

Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 10/11/2007 06:12 PM
WOW!! I am so glad that I won this year by Bonnie and her man, Andy!! It was 10-9-07 -- since I sent my stuff 4-13-07. So LONG!! Four of us were on the winners. I got a "Literary Agreement" and will send it to his agent--Hope all is great. Thanks so much Bonnie!!

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Contest: Shriekfest[Post New Comment re: Shriekfest]

Richard Mytys Author: Richard Mytys Posted: 10/11/2007 08:16 AM
I was a finalist in this contest (Sandra Mytys) and I have to say it was a really good experience. I received a personal phone call letting me know I was a finalist, follow-up emails on what was happening and I even had my on-line interview posted on their affiliate's site. It's a great addition to my portfolio resume!

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

Orlanda Szabo Author: Orlanda Szabo Posted: 10/11/2007 03:35 AM
What can I say that I haven't said before. Larry and Red Inkworks are amazing. The notes were so right on that I have already incorporated them into Chaos in Motion, which came in the top 50. For my first attempt at a romance comedy, ;-) that's not half bad.

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

Orlanda Szabo Author: Orlanda Szabo Posted: 10/11/2007 03:35 AM
What can I say that I haven't said before. Larry and Red Inkworks have are amazing. The notes were so right on that I have already incorporated them into Chaos in Motion, which came in the top 50. For my first attempt at a romance comedy, ;-) that's not half bad.

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Contest: RIIFF/Rhode Island [Post New Comment re: RIIFF/Rhode Island ]

Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 10/10/2007 10:37 PM
Hmmm. After such a long time, I wrote to them. I had paid for three of my screenplays. I had paid $120.00. Here is what I told the man.~~~~~~~~~~~

"Adam, How many screenplays did you have? 100? 300? 400? 600? How many were there? Tell me. I sent you 3 screenplays. There should have been a Quarter first, then there should have been the Semi. Then you would have your last people who won.

I’ve taken my three screenplays to other people who had 3,400 screenplays. Some only had 200. How many did you have?? If you only had 200 people who made the screenplays, you should have told each person what was good, bad or great. You could have told them take this out, put this in or whatever... But I did not get a damd thing. I paid you $120.00. You guys told me not a dare thing. Why not??

Maybe you did not even reed my three screenplays. If not, you should send me back my money. If someone did reed them, someone should tell me something--good or bad.

Just let me tell you-- the lady who has the 20/20 screenbrokers, (Bonnie Sanders, in Malibu, CA) only lets you leave the first 20 pages. If she likes them, you have to send the rest. She took the 2 of mine. She’s hardly ever done that. After so many, she only had 38 screenplays. One of mine won-- along with 3 other people. That’s fine if everyone liked the grand, first and second at Newport -- but someone should have said SOMETHING to me about mine...Good, bad, terrible, kind of OK...There was nothing. Everyone else is probably really mad if you have not told each one something about their screenplay. That’s TERRIBLE. Let me tell you-- I will never ever ever take my screenplays to you people. Everyone else might feel the same way as I do. I will tell them what I feel.

Maybe you will only get 20 people’s screenplays the next time."~~~~~~~

Well, I will never send my things to the Rhode Island. I might buy a house over there...

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

Larissa Olick Author: Larissa Olick Posted: 10/09/2007 12:41 PM
I was initially excited to see a competition geared towards Christian values. I am, however, disappointed to say that I cannot recommend this competition to anyone. I was stunned by how unprofessional the feedback was, especially for the amount I paid ($75 late entry fee!). It sounded as if my script wasn't read past page one, which was the only page commented on in a couple very short sentences (which even held mistakes!). Save your money. Enter Nicholls, Screenwriting Expo, Scriptapalooza, or the Disney Fellowship.

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Geoffrey Breuder Author: Geoffrey Breuder Posted: 10/07/2007 09:36 AM
I agree with the comment above. It seemed to run very smooth. I didn't experience any problems in the process.

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Gene Langlais III Author: Gene Langlais III Posted: 10/05/2007 03:24 AM
I am very impressed with the turnaround time on this contest. When I saw that the announcement date for the results was just one month after the final deadline, I was expecting delay after delay. Instead, they actually announced their results a few days ahead of schedule! That's quite a feat, to read hundreds of scripts in perhaps as little as a month and reach results that soon. This kind of efficiency puts other competitions to shame. Keep up the good work!

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

Brian Wind Author: Brian Wind Posted: 10/05/2007 03:14 AM
This contest is simply awesome for people that are fairly new to screenwriting. I have yet to find any other contest that is free to enter and offers roughly 20-30 unbiased reviews per script, per month. If you are just learning the craft or looking to iron out the kinks in your scripts, this is the place to start.

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

Irin Evers Author: Irin Evers Posted: 10/04/2007 11:45 AM
This year was the first time I entered BlueCat - though I've thought about submitting the past few years as it's gotten bigger and bigger. I sent in my last 3 scripts and the most recent ("Every time I go to Staten Island Something bad happens...") was a finalist (top 5 of 2,400). I've placed in contests before, but this was my best placement so far. I also took a BlueCat workshop with Gordy a few weeks ago in Asbury Park. I've met Gordy twice now and I can tell you two important things: he really cares, and he knows his stuff. (If his results are late, it's because he's really reading these scripts). Since the contest, he has been helping me get the script out there. His comments on the script were very encouraging. In the workshop, I really got to see him analyze pages from me and 9 other writers - and he has an incredible knack for it. I've gone to analysts before with mixed results. I definintely plan to send future scripts to Gordy for feedback, and to submit to BlueCat. You should too.

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Lois Wickstrom Author: Lois Wickstrom Posted: 10/03/2007 04:51 PM
I submitted a G-rated Family Film. The critique simply said in rather crude language that the reviewer hates family films and wished I'd written something else. I do not consider this to be useful feedback.

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Geoffrey Breuder Author: Geoffrey Breuder Posted: 10/02/2007 04:07 AM
They were very prompt with answering emails and inquiries.

My only suggestion would be that for a relatively small contest they should offer some sort of feedback in the future.

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

Diane Johnson Author: Diane Johnson Posted: 09/28/2007 04:24 PM
I've been a member of this organization, and have submitted scripts to this program for several years! Never to have gotten the necessary 2 out of 3 recommends.

And yes, the readers have often contradicted themselves, but that might be because the critiques are so in depth (for the money) that it's easy to find fault in the messengers.

The initial readers are either contest winning writers themselves, or they make a living being critical of writers, so the feedback can sometimes be harsher than it needs to be. But this would be the same kind of thing you would be up against at any studio or agency. The difference is that you get to read the reader's low opinion of your work instead of "thanks, but no thanks," from an agency. :}

If you can weed through the personal opinion part of these - or any- critique, you can find this program's feedback helpful.

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Contest: Indie Gathering[Post New Comment re: Indie Gathering]

Diane Johnson Author: Diane Johnson Posted: 09/28/2007 04:20 PM
I was fortunate enough to be selected as an honorable mention here, although the competition seems to have a broad range of categories to give participants a better chance. No feedback, but they were prompt in notifying me of my status.

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

Don Adams Author: Don Adams Posted: 09/27/2007 09:27 PM
It's great to get feedback on the first twenty pages of a script, but it's simply not enough--that's not even the entire 1st Act of a normal feature length screenplay.

Many script have great openings, but fall apart in the 2nd or 3rd Act.

A contest like this cannot make credible judgments about screenplays without reading them in their entirety.

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

Thomas Herring Author: Thomas Herring Posted: 09/27/2007 02:46 AM
UPDATE: I received my prize for second place in the super short category. I got helpful feedback from two different judges, a tee shirt with the Gimme Credit logo, a free years subscription to Moviebytes, actually tacked on to the year I already have and they sent me a brownie. (Yeah, weird but it tasted good.)All in all, I'm glad I took the plunge and entered. Hopefully this will get more people interested in my scripts.

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

Gene Langlais III Author: Gene Langlais III Posted: 09/25/2007 07:49 PM
I am mightily impressed by this contest. Jeff Swanson has been incredibly helpful and encouraging. And just last week I was contacted by a manager/producer requesting our script as a direct result of our 5th-place Win in StoryPros. This is definitely a contest to enter!

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

Gene Langlais III Author: Gene Langlais III Posted: 09/25/2007 07:15 PM
A screenplay competition can usually be judged by the person who runs it -- and this is why PAGE is one of the best out there. Jen Berg RULES. She actually *cares* about the people who enter this contest. She responds to every single email...often within minutes! Even on holidays!! Seriously, she took the time to respond to one of my vacuous, insipid emails on Labor Day -- 10 minutes after I sent it. Now that is someone who cares. And it shows in everything this contest does. My script UNITY made the finals this year, and just last week it was requested for a read by a significant production company (and one which I'd wanted to work with for a while) thanks to PAGE. Jen Berg and PAGE really work to help screenwriters. So enter this contest!! (P.S. For you conspiracy theorists out there: UNITY made the finals *without* purchasing the judge's feedback. Indeed, when I entered it last year, I *did* buy the feedback, and UNITY crashed and burned without even making the quarters. It's called subjectivity, people: if you're going to be an artist and try to make it in Hollywood, best get used to it!)

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

k coleman Author: k coleman Posted: 09/22/2007 04:14 PM
My short screenplay 'Kiyala' won 2nd Place in Cycle V and my other short 'revolutions' was a Finalist. I have entered many competitions with my scripts and this was very professionally run, replies were prompt and courteous, and the feedback was helpful. I had previously hired a highly recommended script doctor for an early feature I had written, but the feedback from Gimme Credit was more insightful and well worth the entry fee, than that of the script doctor. I would highly recommend this competition to screenwriters, it is an excellent challenge and the entry fee is one of the lowest, especially for competitions sending feedback (check Withoutabox.com for comparison).

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paul byrne Author: paul byrne Posted: 09/17/2007 07:54 AM
HSI's script competition is one of the best out there. Donna provide invaluable script feedback as well as providing legitimate Hollywood contacts to winning screenwriters. Highly recommend this monthly contest to all writers.

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

Mike Moore Author: Mike Moore Posted: 09/16/2007 11:23 PM
Well, my TV sitcom pilot placed 3rd place. Overall, I found the contest to be pretty good. No complaints. Timely email updates letting you know when they put the results on their website.

I'll have to see what happens from here, but so far so good.

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

Trish Feehan Author: Trish Feehan Posted: 09/16/2007 08:44 AM
I found PAGE to be incredibly timely and professional. Jen was wonderful. She posted quarter- and semi-finalists, finalists and winners on the exact date promised, and she sent warm and encouraging emails along with. I like that the contest is divided by genre so you have a better chance at placing, plus only people who are interested in your type of script are reading it. I made it to the seminfinals, which was incredibly encouraging and has given me the momentum to keep on plugging.

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

Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 09/12/2007 06:11 PM
Well friends, the lady was really mad at me and thought I was not good. Here is what she said:

Connie, I remember you specifically. I gave you a lot of time and help with your entries. You told me about your condition which affects you mentally, your confusion, and I felt great empathy for you and showed special consideration. If you were confused about whether we had quarter finalists, and were angered arbitrarily without educating yourself by reading the rules first, I feel it’s extremely unfair and in poor taste for you to go to a well known website such as moviebytes and air your ill-informed grievances. I did everything in my power to inform you and assist you in your entries and make the process work for you. Had you asked me at the time, I would have informed you that there were no quarter finals. I would ask that you cease and desist from slandering our contest, as your claims have no merit. I would hope that you would be conscientious enough to go back onto moviebytes and retract your all-caps slander of the Big Break contest and tell the truth about your condition and how much I personally helped you. Our contest’s reputation stands as one of the finest and it remains a great stepping stone for writers. Liz Alani********* I wrote back:

Liz--

Sorry--this took me a whole big day to write you. I just thought you needed to no what people think about a 3,500 screenplays person.

This is what I told everyone “I fell out of my new house almost 2 years ago and almost died and was not as great as I used to be. Right now I can hardly read and right.” I asked you 1- how many are in scripts? 2- how many are in the Quarterfinalists, and who are they? 3- what time will you get the ‘Semi’?

You told me: “An e-mail blast will go out to all entrants. You will be notified if you are a semifinalist or a finalist or winner, and you can see status on the website. Good luck.”

Well, that was fine. Later later later I got it on the moviebytes. No one told me a thing. If someone had paid you 100.00, you should say just a little thing to them. I got not a damnd thing. It makes me think that no one even read it. If someone gave me $100.00 I would tell them EVERYTHING. Good, bad or stupid.

Well, you people got 3,500 in all. “Scriptapalooza” got 3,519 in all. Because they got so many, they did a Quarter. After that they only had 311. Also “Page” had 3,411. After the Quarter, they only had 872 to make the Semi

Do you understand what you should do? No one who has so many just goes to the ‘Semi’.

One I sent to, the “Acclaim”, Frank Drouzas, had only 200. Because he only had that many, no one cared he did not do the Quarter. But anyway, one of mine got into the “Semi”-- only 7 of us got in. But the people who read our screenplays, write a few things about if they are good, bad or whatever.*********** Well I hope that has to be all.....

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Guy Winch Author: Guy Winch Posted: 09/10/2007 02:32 PM
I entered the competition for the first time this year and the results are not yet in. But regardless of how I place, I have to agree with the other reviewers that this is an extremely well run, and helpful competition that gives very useful feedback on every script. I highly recommend it to any writer. Donna is very responsive and very professional. This feels like a competition that is really about the writer. They do excellent work!

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

Mike McGeever Author: Mike McGeever Posted: 09/09/2007 07:31 PM
As the winner of the contest, I'll admit that I'm biased. :-)

However, objectively they met their dates and were good (so far!) about their prizes. Jeff, who sponsors the contest, has been great.

I'll post more comments as the contest winning process progresses!!

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

Guy Winch Author: Guy Winch Posted: 09/09/2007 10:45 AM
I have entered two screenplays in the contest over the past three years and have found Bonnie and the gang to be extremely caring, professional and encouraging. Their comments are right on the mark, and they are incredibly responsive to questions, comments or concerns that arise midway. The current competition is still underway so these comments are not infulenced by the results. I have entered quite a few competitions and I highly recommend this one as well as the folks at screenbrokers. They treat writers with great respect!

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

Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 09/08/2007 03:26 PM
Hi Friends! Well I sent my three screenplays to Acclaim Film in 5-23-07. So long away! I waited, looked, waited. Finally Frank Drouzas put his things out. I was so happy that one of mine, “A Death in Concord” got into the Semi! Of course I wish I would have been a Finalists-- But at least I got “IN”. That makes me no what I thought: the Acclaim has smart people on it. Thanks Frank!

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

Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 09/07/2007 07:28 PM
Well, I entered this 2007. As you will see, they got 3,500. Well, this is what I wrote to them. If I was you, I would never put mine to them... WeLL. I see.

I can't believe that you people had 3,500 SCREENPLAYS.

YOU TOLD ME THAT YOU ALL WOULD ONLY HAVE THE SEMI. FINE. BUT YOU HAD 3,500. THAT IS SO MANY. I FEEL YOU SHOULD HAVE THE QUARTER FIRST BECAUSE THERE WERE SO MANY SCREENPLAYS.

AREN’T YOU PEOPLE SMART ENOUGH TO NO YOU SHOULD HAVE DONE THAT FIRST? ANOTHER PERSON ONLY HAD 200 SCREENPLAYS, BUT THEY STILL HAD A FEW QUARTER BEFORE THEY PUT UP THE SEMI. Did you read several times that 3,500 screenplays?

Sorry I am telling you so much and telling you I am so angree about it all. But I will tell you the best thing there is. That is, I will NEVER NEVER NEVER send you people my screenplays. NEVER.

Connie Tonsgard

http://www.acsalaska.net/~akaconsuelo/bjmt.html http://www.acsalaska.net/~akaconsuelo/fouettes2.mov http://www.acsalaska.net/~akaconsuelo/dinovalenti.html www.dinovalenti.com/dinovalenti-eternalflame.htm http://www.acsalaska.net/~akaconsuelo/channel.html ----------- Well, my friends--GOT IT??

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Brian Hession Author: Brian Hession Posted: 09/07/2007 06:14 PM
The Script Savvy screenplay competition was a huge relief for me as a first time writer. I've entered other competitions but really have no idea how I did, unless I want to pay extra for the feedback. Script Savvy's feedback has opened my eyes and has helped tremendously in pointing out the area's I could work on in strengthening my scripts marketability.

Thank you, Donna and the rest at Script Savvy.

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Cleo Bresett Author: Cleo Bresett Posted: 09/06/2007 04:26 PM
A well run contest. The feedback on my entries were very helpful and worth much more than the entry fee. I will definitely enter this contest next year.

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Contest: Austin[Post New Comment re: Austin]

Larissa Olick Author: Larissa Olick Posted: 09/05/2007 08:47 PM
I made the second-round, and we pretty pleased. A lot of people were impressed enough with this to read not only this script, but some of my other work. I haven't gone to the festival, so I can't comment on that.

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

N.J. Reese Author: N.J. Reese Posted: 09/05/2007 03:53 PM
This was my first entry in their Short Short division and I landed 3rd place. They were very supportive and professional. And the 1 year subscription to WinningScriptPro was a great prize.

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Contest: FilmMakers[Post New Comment re: FilmMakers]

Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 09/05/2007 02:09 PM
Hey Friends!!!! I am so happy this morning-- as my three screenwritings are in their Qualifiers! They must have good people working on their "FilmMakers"-- I will always send mine to THEM!

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James Ossi Author: James Ossi Posted: 09/05/2007 10:29 AM
The comments were smart. They were from a person who is able to see invention, art, emotion and depth. And, and, and, if you do fairly well in this contest, they’ll push your script.

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Actor Cordell Author: Actor Cordell Posted: 09/03/2007 03:25 PM
Notification date was July 30; then Aug. 15, then finalists Aug. 30, winners Aug. 31. No answer to e-mails; phone calls get only "leave massage."

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

Larissa Olick Author: Larissa Olick Posted: 09/01/2007 12:52 AM
My writing partner and I were a top finalist a couple of years ago. We actually did get a lot of reads off this placement, espc. since an Inktip positing was part of the prize. Slow to communicate, but I still liked this competition. I wanted my script read by industry people, and placing in Acclaim did that.

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t.tara turk Author: t.tara turk Posted: 08/30/2007 09:41 AM
I was actually a participant and find the above comments rather inconsistent with my experience. There were writers of varying ages in both television and feature divisions. Having gone through the interview process and having gotten feedback, my experience with both was very positive. I actually stay in touch with many of my co -Cosby kids still. I will say that this program does not ultimately seal your chances of becoming a working writer. It's more of a workshop than a springboard. However the resources you get are valuable. I encourage everyone to participate if they can. Also, one of the reasons WGA members may be ineligible is because most of us other writers are trying to get into the WGA! The workshop is more about preparation for the opportunity to write for a living.

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Colleen Keogh Author: Colleen Keogh Posted: 08/28/2007 11:37 AM
The feedback was very helpful and quick. I submitted to Script Savvy for the feedback about a month before this contest and still haven't heard anything from them. Movie Script is worth it. Great communication and very fast. The notes were very thorough.

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

Colleen Keogh Author: Colleen Keogh Posted: 08/28/2007 11:23 AM
It does appear that people who place in this contest do well but the problem is placing. They got over 3400 entries. I did make it to the quarterfinals which is good but how much are they able to read of anyone's script? With so many scripts to read are they really able to read each one? It was okay but I am not sure if I would enter it again.

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Contest: Cinequest[Post New Comment re: Cinequest]

Larissa Olick Author: Larissa Olick Posted: 08/26/2007 06:27 PM
I placed in the top 10% in last year's competition with a script that was also in the top 10% of The Austin Film Festival's Heart of Film Screenplay Competition. Unlike some film festivals, Cinequest did not give me any referrals to agents/managers/production companies, BUT I did find out that when I contacted these people myself and mentioned my placement in Cinquest most wanted to read the script. So, you do have to do the schmoozing yourself, but it does get results. I was very happy with just my top 10% placement.

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Contest: Shriekfest[Post New Comment re: Shriekfest]

Larissa Olick Author: Larissa Olick Posted: 08/26/2007 06:12 PM
Shriekfest is different from the other competitions/festivals I placed in, in that Denise & Todd seemed to really care about getting your script read by the right people. They answered questions promptly, were very friendly, and promoted both the films and screenplay finalists well (i.e. interviews with Tomorrow Pictures Television and Dark Romance). If you do place in Shriekfest I definitely recommend you go to the networking parties. Denise introduced me to many wonderful people, and I made great contacts.

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Contest: Shriekfest[Post New Comment re: Shriekfest]

Larry Whatcott Author: Larry Whatcott Posted: 08/26/2007 03:11 AM
I can echo Alan's comments. I was a Top 20 feature screenplay Finalist in 2006 (out of 370 entries)Shriekfest is one of the best gig's in town, thanks to Denise and Todd.

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Contest: Shriekfest[Post New Comment re: Shriekfest]

Larry Whatcott Author: Larry Whatcott Posted: 08/26/2007 03:11 AM
I can echo Alan's comments. I was a Top 20 feature screenplay Finalist in 2006 (out of 370 entries)Shriekfest is one of the best gig's in town, thanks to Denise and Todd.

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Larry Whatcott Author: Larry Whatcott Posted: 08/26/2007 03:07 AM
I entered this one about 18 mons. ago, got a 2nd Place "honorable mention" certificate in the mail and absolutely nothing happened! No one ever emailed me and they didn't lift a finger to promote my script. Pass on this one and save your money!

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Contest: Slamdance[Post New Comment re: Slamdance]

Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 08/25/2007 12:15 PM
Well this was pretty strange. I am sending you all what I said:

"Just a small thought... Sorry, I can’t right much because I fell out my new house and almost was dead --- and was bad for about 2 years. But here goes. Yes, Slamdance got 2,200. That was SO many. I can hardly believe that my three different screenplays did not get just ONE of the “Round Results” on yours. Just a month ago someone else had 3,519. One of mine got on the Quarter (only 311). I just can’t believe that just ONE of mine did not get on the first one of yours. Just so strange. Well, I do not care about money -- I just want someone to make a movie of mine. It bothers be bad because I saw 2 of the very same ones on the “Round” who had #4747 and #4858. I can’t believe that one person has the same one to get two on the “Round”. What ever. I don’t think I will never send my 3 screenplays to the Slamdance. Connie Tonsgard"

Well that's it. Like I said -- I will never send mine again to Slamdance...

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

Lois Wickstrom Author: Lois Wickstrom Posted: 08/23/2007 07:51 PM
Send them horror, thriller or romance. They really don't want anything else.

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Contest: Moondance[Post New Comment re: Moondance]

CarrieAnn Lee Author: CarrieAnn Lee Posted: 08/22/2007 03:38 PM
When I wrote my first screenplay, I was bold enough to send it to the Moondance Film Festival, without having had it read or critiqued by anyone. Needless to say it was full of weak spots and format errors. The readers at Moondance felt the story had promise and kept it alive till the finals. Elizabeth English called my home on more than one occasion to talk to me about it. I can't tell you what that did for my confidence as a new writer. I think it's great that there is a film festival and writing competition that encourages strong female roles and genres other than sci-fi, action/adventure and horror flicks. The protagonist and main characters tend to match the sex of the screenwriter and most of the forementioned genres are written by men. AND that's where Hollywood is plunking its money down (for now). So, I am all for Elizabeth's quest to bring about some change. Most female scriptwriters as a rule don't cater to the Hollywood desire for "high concept." Don't misunderstand me - I'm not whining about sexism, just the power of money. Making movies is a business and they are going to continue to invest in the money makers. So, if you want to bring about change, be careful where you spend your dollars at the movie theater! Moondance promotes some wonderful films. I attended the festival in 2002, 2004 and will again this fall. (By-the-way, I have since placed in the finals for 13 contests, placed third in three and have won two. Moondance is where I got started.) Thank you Eliazbeth for that boost of confindence back in 2002!

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

Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 08/21/2007 05:45 AM
Hmmm. I had thought of sending mine the next time -- before you three people had told us. Thanks for telling us. I am wondering if some of these people drink too many booze when they are supposed to read our great screenwriting. I had several things happen to me -- read the few things I have written this year -- . I had fallen off my new house and almost died and it took me a whole year to get me as a person. I thank God that my 3 screewritings were already done. You can write to me any time if you want to. I am great at reading people’s things and would tell you.

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Thomas Herring Author: Thomas Herring Posted: 08/17/2007 04:04 AM
My first time entering the bluecat competition got to the quarterfinals. I was surprised and can't wait to hear what the feedback will say. hopefully I can improve the script for the next go round.

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

Thomas Herring Author: Thomas Herring Posted: 08/17/2007 03:57 AM
This was my first time entering the super short cycle V. I made it to second place. Haven't heard any feedback yet but I just found out a few days ago. Be interested in what they have to say. Anyway, this should help build my resume so I can hopefully find a manager or agent. It can't hurt.

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

Thomas Herring Author: Thomas Herring Posted: 08/17/2007 03:49 AM
I say use whatever you can get to get an agent or manager's attention. Speaking of which another one of my spec teleplay's got to the quarter-finals. I wrote another Smallville sample. I like that show.

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

Ken Gayton Author: Ken Gayton Posted: 08/17/2007 02:01 AM
Entered two scripts in this contest and had two different experiences. The script that I sent in for an early deadline got decent feedback, on time, deadlines met. The second script that was sent in towards the deadline. Was lost for a moment, but placed past the first elimination. However didn't receive feedback till I contacted them after August 7th. The feedback seemed rushed, and wasn't as in depth as the other one I received. So I guess the lesson is to get your scripts in early.

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Harvey Papush Author: Harvey Papush Posted: 08/08/2007 01:02 PM
See the July 29, 2007 interview with the January, 2007 winner of this contest. He lambasts it for not only getting him no industry inquiries or interest in his script whatsoever, but also for not even sending him the promised "prizes".

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John Simpson Author: John Simpson Posted: 08/07/2007 05:19 AM
I finished as a Seminfinalist in the Expo 5 AAA competition in 2006. This figured out as the top 39 out of over 1200 entries. My prize package just as a Semifinalist (DVD, free pass to the Expo and much more) more than covered my entry fee.

I am actually here more to promote the CS Weekly Expo itself than the contest, which is also excellent.

But if you're an aspiring screenwriter like me, the CS Expo is a MUST! It's four days of lectures and seminars from some of the top people and prodcos in the industry, and outside of all that it's like a circus for humans! A real great time spent with like minds. I met some great people there whom I am still in contact with. Also, I learned some invaluable information on pitching by Ken Rotcop, and you cannot break into or survive in this business unless you can successfully pitch your ideas.

The contest is worth entering, and the prizes are great, but nothing can compare to the experience of the CS Expo itself. One way or another, it will be an experience you will never forget. I could recommend none higher.

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

Natasha Blazic Author: Natasha Blazic Posted: 08/07/2007 03:08 AM
They promised analysis by July 01. Well, now is August 7 and I still haven't got it. I sent an email out 2 days ago asking for their feedback - no reply! Was my screenplay read at all?! How disappointing!

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Contest: Scriptapalooza[Post New Comment re: Scriptapalooza]

Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 08/06/2007 08:20 PM
DARN!!! Well, one of mine got into the Quarterfinaliste. There were 311 people under the total 3,519--so many! But damn! I did not get into the Semifinalist. Well that tells me--I will not do it again because there are just too many screenwritings. I want someone who will really "get" mine and want to make a movie. I do not care about money or be told to everyone that I am winning. I want a MOVIE!

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

Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 08/05/2007 07:10 AM
Well I just wondered why I didn’t get the Quarter, as they had only got mine 1,200 (and I had gotton 2 of mine at another one’s that had 3,411). All are different. (Another one that had only 300, wanted 2 of mine which she has never done before. Never.) So what I want to tell you, Every place is different, different, different. I think that you all should try each one. If you have not got anything, and you no your thing was really good, never do that person again. Got it??

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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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