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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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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

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

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

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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Contest: Gotham Screen[Post New Comment re: Gotham Screen]

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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Contest: Slamdance[Post New Comment re: Slamdance]

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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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

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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Contest: Gotham Screen[Post New Comment re: Gotham Screen]

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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Contest: Cinequest[Post New Comment re: Cinequest]

Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 11/28/2007 04:13 PM
I'M JUST WONDERING -- DID THE ONES WHO WON THE MONEY THAT CINEQUET SAID THEY WOULD SEND IT?? THE FIRST ONE IS SUPPOSED TO GET $2,000.

MANY OF THE ONES I’VE READ ABOUT HAVE NOT SAID ANYTHING ABOUT GETTING THE MONEY. I’VE NEVER HEARD IT. JUST STRANGE.

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jaime arturo rodas del rosario Author: jaime arturo rodas del rosario Posted: 11/27/2007 09:12 PM
very good...movie

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

James Ossi Author: James Ossi Posted: 11/27/2007 08:43 PM
About an hour after my last posting here another pretty large production company asked to see my script ... all do to this contest. Thanks again, Howard. You’re all right.

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

James Ossi Author: James Ossi Posted: 11/27/2007 05:30 PM
Well ... soooo ... Ginia Desmond proudly exposed herself in this contest but it’s not just the wacky, wise people here. THIS IS THE CONTEST OF CONTEST WINNERS fa-cryin’-out-loud. If you place here you bet you’ll “get hit” as Ginia says. Personally, I’ve placed and have had my script read all over the goddamned place. It’s getting close. It’s exciting. (And the C of C people are a gas.)

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Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 11/25/2007 06:04 PM
Hello Friends -- Yes, I am also wondering about Lighthouse -- and when they will finally tell us who is the winner. I sent them all three of my screenplays. I sent them $135.00. The people sent me all of my 3 screenplays as they said “rating comments”. That was about a month ago (?) It seemed like they liked 2 of them pretty much. Great. But they were going to find us who winners in 11-15-07... I wrote them a couple of times after that. They have not said anything-- or told me maybe it would be 12-1-07. That’s strange. I’m still waiting.

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Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 11/25/2007 04:45 AM
HELLO FRIENDS-- I SENT ALL THREE OF MY SCREENPLAYS ON $120.00, ON 6-25-07. ANNA SIRI TOLD ME THEY HAD GOT ABOUT 1200 PEOPLE’S SCREENPLAYS. THAT WAS ON 8-5-07. WELL, I NEVER GOT OR WAS TOLD ANYTHING. I WAS NOT TOLD A THING ABOUT MY SCREENPLAYS. NOTHING. I WONDERED IF ANYONE EVEN READ MY THREE THINGS. I WILL NEVER NO. BUT I WILL NEVER NEVER NEVER TAKE MY SCREENPLAYS TO THEM.

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Contest: WMCm Monthly Contest[Post New Comment re: WMCm Monthly Contest]

Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 11/24/2007 07:41 PM
YES, FRIENDS -- I HOPE YOU GET YOUR MONEYS BACK!! THEY SEEM LIKE THEY ARE REALLY BAD BAD BAD. I WILL NEVER PUT MY THINGS TO THEM. WE SHOULD TELL IT TO FREDERICK MENSCH!!

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Tyler Smith Author: Tyler Smith Posted: 11/19/2007 01:52 AM
The feedback I got from this contest was useful. I didn't win or place or anything but the comments helped me make improvements on my script.

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Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 11/18/2007 05:58 AM
Thanks Colleen -- You sounded great.I THINK THE PEOPLE ARE CRAZY AND DRINKING PEOPLE. NONE OF US SHOULD PUT OUR SCREENPLAYS TO THEM.

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Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 11/18/2007 03:41 AM
Hello Friends-- Well this is very very strange. I sent two of my screenplays in at 9-4-07-- about 60 days before today when I sent my screenplays. The man never said nothing nothing nothing. Never said hi, by and take a good nite. Didn’t say a dammed thing. Never go to this one.

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Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 11/18/2007 03:20 AM
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Contest: Gotham Screen[Post New Comment re: Gotham Screen]

Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 11/18/2007 02:38 AM
Well, friends-- these people never told me a dammed thing. I sent my THREE screenplays way back in 7-12-07. They did not tell me they got my screenplays as it worried me. Did they really get them?? Finally they had something, yesterday. 90 days since I sent my stuff. 20 people were in there. The “SEMI-Finalists”. I never was told how many other’s got there. I finally asked them how many they had. They told me they didn’t want to tell anyone how many--but that there were about a several hundred. Well, I wonder what the people will get when they “WIN”. Probably a “Final Draft” and they could go to “Gotham Screen” their place to say hello.

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Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 11/18/2007 02:35 AM
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Contest: Nevada Film Office[Post New Comment re: Nevada Film Office]

pat crawford Author: pat crawford Posted: 11/13/2007 02:34 PM
I have been a finalist in many competitions and was excited about this 2007 Nevada contest because my entire script takes place in Las Vegas. This particular script has already been a finalist in several competitions and won a staged reading in Hollywood just this month. Not only did this script not place in this competition, I received a scathing reader's report that began by putting the script in the action/adventure instead of romantic comedy genre!?! The report was poorly written with typical film student cliches. I heartily recommend a pass on this unprofessional contest.

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Contest: American Gem Short[Post New Comment re: American Gem Short]

Annie Elizabeth Ryan Author: Annie Elizabeth Ryan Posted: 11/06/2007 03:53 PM
Gem is done in a very professional way and is a good gage for how one's script performs amongst other writers. I wish there was a little more feedback, but the experience was a very positive one. The round elimination emails were very appreciated and done in a positive manner.

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Jack Richards Author: Jack Richards Posted: 11/05/2007 02:42 PM
It's obvious that Cameron really cares about his writers and does everything he can to bring their works to the attention of those who can make it happen. Because he has so many irons in the fire, it's difficult for him to observe the timelines he sets for the competition, but if one is patient he/she may be pleased with the relationship that is formed. I would certainly recommend Get Initiative to all writers.

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

Harvey Jacobs Author: Harvey Jacobs Posted: 11/02/2007 11:21 PM
My writing partner and I 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 Prince Charming and I like that the suggested theme might be compromise. It's something most married couples must experience. Prince Charming and Cinderella shouldn't be exempt! 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. Donna Brodsky and Harvey Jacobs

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

Harvey Jacobs Author: Harvey Jacobs Posted: 11/02/2007 11:15 PM
Harvey and I 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 Prince Charming and I like that the suggested theme might be compromise. It's something most married couples must experience. Prince Charming and Cinderella shouldn't be exempt! 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. Donna Brodsky and Harvey Jacobs

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Larissa Olick Author: Larissa Olick Posted: 10/30/2007 05:39 PM
What kind of competition only reads the first 10-15 pgs. of an entry? I was a very young, new writer when I entered this, and didn't know any better. Now I do. This competition is an absolute rip off. It has no significance what so ever, and you will just get a ton of junk mail. Enter other competitions: Nicholls, Disney Fellowship, Shriekfest, and Screenwriting Expo. I do not recommend this competition!

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

Mary Huckstep Author: Mary Huckstep Posted: 10/29/2007 02:49 PM
My script, TO CATCH A KEEPER, took third place this year (2007). Story Pros has been very professional and prompt in communicating results and sending prizes. I haven't had many requests for scripts, though. Overall, it's been a nice experience, but not necessarily one that opened up a lot of doors for me. To be fair, my story is an indie set in Scotland, so many Hollywood pros don't see it as a highly commercial story. But personally, I likee my story, and I'm glad Story Pros liked it, too. :-)

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Larissa Olick Author: Larissa Olick Posted: 10/28/2007 07:40 PM
I entered The Duke City Shootout through The Screenwriting Expo short contest. My emails were answered promptly (and very friendly!). I was impressed. I've only had one other competition director (Shriekfest) who responded to emails so quickly and clearly. I highly recommend this contest. Well done!

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

Phil Clarke Author: Phil Clarke Posted: 10/28/2007 07:37 AM
I submitted a script into Cycle VI. This is the fourth time I've entered it and I am very happy with the competition and the organizers. The feedback is helpful and you don't wait forever to get it.

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

Christopher Davis Author: Christopher Davis Posted: 10/28/2007 06:22 AM
The feedback is excellent! I received 10 pages of coverage, unbelievable. And all of it very useful for my next rewrite. I would highly recommend this contest (with basic coverage) to anyone and everyone. Many, many Thanks to you Cheryl & Molly

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

Christopher Davis Author: Christopher Davis Posted: 10/28/2007 06:22 AM
The feedback is excellent! I received 10 pages of coverage, unbelievable. And all of it very useful for my next rewrite. I would highly recommend this contest (with basic coverage) to anyone and everyone.

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Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 10/18/2007 08:31 PM
Hi friends-- Yes I do believe the Savvy is great. Donna called me! I felt strange as I can't talk because I died and can’t do things I used to do. She’s a beautiful girl. So sweet too. ~~~~~~~She sent my three “feedback” things that very day as I told you I had not got them. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I just don’t no where the first ones she had sent me, had gone. Anyway, yes this is the best place to send your writings as they can help you change things --- and other stuff

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Toby Cook Author: Toby Cook Posted: 10/18/2007 04:49 PM
The feedback I received was very insightful - and the most detailed that I have received from a contest. I also received the feedback in a timely fashion.

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Sue Shavers Author: Sue Shavers Posted: 10/18/2007 11:22 AM
My second time to enter this contest, and I'll do it again. I like to use them as a sounding board for early drafts. they are pretty much to the point about things, but nice enough at the same time.

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Jeff Jenkins Author: Jeff Jenkins Posted: 10/17/2007 11:31 PM
The contest was a waste of time. The judging and so called "coverage" stinks.

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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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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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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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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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