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

Devi Snively Author: Devi Snively Posted: 07/31/2011 01:04 PM
I often enter contests that provide feedback with varying results. Regardless, it's a good way to get a wide array of objective feedback from a potluck pool of readers. Sometimes one clearly comes across an overworked, underpaid, bitter failed writer who can barely string a sentence together, much less offer helpful feedback. Other times one receives super insightful constructive criticism that really helps improve her script immeasurably. I entered 2 screenplays in Storypros and was both impressed and grateful for their amazingly thorough, thoughtful and super helpful feedback. The attention to detail was top-notch, offering 2 pages of notes regarding structure and typos (I am usually commended in these areas and was stunned to find how many had slipped through the cracks.) I also learned some new things about obscure format issues. The next few pages of notes were about story and these, too, were immensely helpful. The reader wasn't trying to rewrite my script the way s/he wanted it, but rather pointed out weak spots and offered some ideas as to how I might strengthen them, while maintaining my own vision. This is the most helpful kind of feedback. An nice touch is they included page numbers when citing different issues. Communication was fast, friendly and accommodating. Storypros is a very professional group and seems to take pride in their services - well worth the investment.

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Dean Rocissono@aol.com Author: Dean Rocissono@aol.com Posted: 07/29/2011 05:38 PM
Finally got my judge's notes back from AAA contest today.

Just wanted to say that judge #22's notes were insightful and useful. A good job on the judge's part.

As for my notes being months late (probably not the judge's fault in any way) I am nearly speechless!

There's my final comment on the issue. Hope this helps.

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

Ryan Christopher Churchill Author: Ryan Christopher Churchill Posted: 07/26/2011 01:29 PM
Advanced to the second round. Great feedback. Worth the money for sure.

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Contest: Cynosure [Post New Comment re: Cynosure ]

Michael Edwards Author: Michael Edwards Posted: 07/24/2011 10:18 PM
Cynosure is on the level.The reader who commented on my screenplay pointed out every weak spot,which made me mad but when 3 days later,I sat down to do rewrite her remarks smoothed the way . If you don't win it's still a great contest.After rewrite I've entered Austin Film festival's screenplay with "Blue Room." See you there "Mike the Roughneck."

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Contest: Slamdance[Post New Comment re: Slamdance]

Sparky Slamdance Author: Sparky Slamdance Posted: 07/21/2011 01:47 PM
CALLING ALL SCREENWRITERS:

The deadline for the 2011 Slamdance Screenwriting and Teleplay Competition quickly approaches.

DEADLINES: Final Deadline: June 11 - July 29, 2011

By Filmmakers, For Filmmakers

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Contest: Creative World[Post New Comment re: Creative World]

Bryan mora Author: Bryan mora Posted: 07/20/2011 09:42 PM
While my script is ''undecided'' by the reader to move forward in the competition, the insight and ideas offered through feedback has been valuable nonetheless. Even if circumstances let to my script being passed up in preliminary rounds, I couldn't imagine myself regretting entering.

Another thing that should be noted is the guidance offered by Heather. She is quick and caring to any and all questions.

Anybody who is unsure of entering Creative World Awards shouldn't worry. Majority of the comments here seem to favor CWA and I am no exception!

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

clayton robinson Author: clayton robinson Posted: 07/18/2011 01:48 PM
I echo the previous comments completely. I like the categories they offer so that scripts compete among scripts of the same genre, and I also appreciate that screenplay festival offers two deadlines, and stands by them. They don't give writers that additional week after the rest of us stay up all night shooting caffeine and cramming for the listed deadline. Or maybe that's just me. Enter this one and you will receive a fair chance and a true read.

c.m. robinson

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Contest: TLLjournal[Post New Comment re: TLLjournal]

Eli Kornstein Author: Eli Kornstein Posted: 07/16/2011 07:29 PM
Three Lines Or Less is bang for your buck and tests the strength of the sole piece of writing that most production companies will often barely blink at, let alone consider in today's world of thousands of aspiring screenwriters. Having placed recently in the Top 5 loglines of June's competition, I can confirm that Jared Dunne (who cordially notifies you personally) runs an efficient, convenient, and very professional contest that garners results. I received a script request within days after the results were posted. Save yourself the Subway sandwich and cookies and allocate the ten dollars to entering this contest.

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Contest: L.A. Comedy Fest[Post New Comment re: L.A. Comedy Fest]

Jay Williams Author: Jay Williams Posted: 07/15/2011 09:24 PM
I don't even know if they had a contest.

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Contest: Creative World[Post New Comment re: Creative World]

Ryan Christopher Churchill Author: Ryan Christopher Churchill Posted: 07/15/2011 03:44 PM
Echo the previous couple of comments. Very good feedback from scorecard and reader comments. Insightful, helpful and worth the coin.

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June Escalante Author: June Escalante Posted: 07/11/2011 05:46 PM
Just recently won first place in the 2011 contest and I have already got my check and several of the prizes from their sponsors. I am very happy with this contest.

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

Basil Sunshine Author: Basil Sunshine Posted: 07/11/2011 02:03 PM
After further reflection and reading some of the comments below, I do not recommend this contest. This pains me, because I loved "The Living Wake."

I have no proof that anyone read my script. None whatsoever. They jump straight to the Top 20 scripts with no semi's, which implies that they do not read all the scripts in enough depth to measure them against the whole. (Same script is currently in Round Two, top 25%, at PAGE Awards... they emailed to tell me that).

Apparently they are not using an anonymous process. Screenwriters that any of the judges have mentored should not be allowed to enter the particular script that was worked on in this contest. Knowing your boss or colleague or whatever mentored a particular screenwriter on the script you are judging would of course have an influence on your opinion as a judge. That should be obvious, yeah?

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

Basil Sunshine Author: Basil Sunshine Posted: 07/11/2011 01:53 PM
They sent an email to let me know my script advanced to Round Two (Top 25%) which was epic! Very nice of them to let you know that!!

I agree, Jennifer and Zoe are awesome. Lightning fast responses.

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Contest: TLLjournal[Post New Comment re: TLLjournal]

Michael Pallotta Author: Michael Pallotta Posted: 07/10/2011 11:24 AM
I received word I was a runner up for the June entry, complete with a very useful prize. Professionalism is evident from top to bottom with great prizes and all for a modest entry fee. Just a note to say I've already submitted my July entry.

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Contest: Creative World[Post New Comment re: Creative World]

David Vincent Author: David Vincent Posted: 07/08/2011 09:51 PM
I'm impressed. Wrote my first screenplay and needed someone outside of family and friends to read it, I mean really read it and get back to me with informed opinion and suggestion. Recieved my scorecard today and was blown away with how detailed, comprehensive and insightful the assessment was. As a result, my revised draft will be cleaner, stronger and more viable. Regardless of how I fare in the contest itself, I consider my entry into this contest as a big win.

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

Philip Sedgwick Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 07/08/2011 12:52 PM
Just got an e-mail from Fade In in reply to asking about the finalists.

They said next round would announce 8/31.

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

Zoe Mavroudi Author: Zoe Mavroudi Posted: 07/06/2011 04:41 AM
I won an honorable mention at the recent Screenplay Festival contest in the action/adventure category. I've been getting a steady stream of logline requests and some script requests as a result. Screenplay Festival is professionally run and different from most contests in that it gives out awards and honors separately in a total of five categories, which I think increases your chances of being judged based on the quality of your writing rather than your choice of genre. I highly recommend this contest.

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Matthew  Gilleece Author: Matthew Gilleece Posted: 07/05/2011 02:57 PM
They finally announced winners!!

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

Basil Sunshine Author: Basil Sunshine Posted: 07/05/2011 12:13 PM
I wish I'd read the fine print...

They jump straight to the top 20 with no semis and do not utter a single word about your screenplay if it didn't place.

Not knowing if you came in #21 or #3000-something is kind of a huge bummer.

Also they didn't email that the results were in for something like 5 days after they'd been posted on the website, which was just kind of odd.

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Lyn Watters Author: Lyn Watters Posted: 07/03/2011 01:34 PM
I entered this contest last year and became a finalist. There was several problems I encountered along the way. First of all I paid to have a script analysis but never received one. And several times they delayed announcing who had gone on to the next step. They were also fairly slow in answering emails.

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

Dave Vaughan Author: Dave Vaughan Posted: 07/02/2011 10:57 PM
It seems amazing that you close the entries on May 15th and, out of over 3000 screenplays to judge, you can come up with 20 finalists 45 days later. How can you read that many scripts in such a short span? How many scripts do you reject by the tenth page? The purpose, other than promoting four scripts (are you inferring that there are that few worth a look - is for aspiring writers to test the waters on how well their script compares to the other 3000. You do a disservice to all the rest who paid their money. The rest, through random selection, receive door prizes. How many entrants are wondering if they were 21st or 100th or, heaven forbid, last in class? It is also interesting that you get such excellent results from the 'students' you direct for up to a year before entering.

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

charlie robinson Author: charlie robinson Posted: 07/02/2011 02:37 PM
I have only good things to say about the people at Screenplay Festival. They keep all writers up to date, and when they do run behind, they let you know about it instead of leaving the writer to guess. I advanced with one script and failed to advance with another script, and I learned about my status on both of them as contest results filtered in. I am getting requests for the loglines, so I hope this will lead to people who wish to read the script. I rarely advise people to enter contests, but in the case of Screenplay Festival, I say go for it.

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

Guillermo Gomez Author: Guillermo Gomez Posted: 07/01/2011 09:15 PM
This is a very professionally run contest that seems to really grasp what you're trying to get across on your screenplay. I've entered it in the past and will continue to do so in the future. This is the first year I've won (Honorable Mention for Action/Adventure) and have been pleasantly surprised at all the requests for loglines I have been receiving from different companies. The contest staff responds to questions quickly and make great effort in seeing that the entrant is taken care of. Highly recommended!

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

Brooke BUffington Author: Brooke BUffington Posted: 07/01/2011 09:56 AM
I entered this contest for the first time this year (2011), and have been impressed by the professionalism from entry to award. As a top 20 finalist I received a personal phone call from the contest manager to inform me that our script had been choosen. He then went on to explain that he had personally read the script and was excited about its potential. To not only speak with a real live person, but then to hear that he had read my script was much more than I expected. Not only are there prizes involved, but more importantly Scriptpipeline works to get the writers in contact with industry professionals that are going to impact their career. I am looking forward to the one-on-one script consultation, pitchfest opportunity, and the awards ceremony. I would recommend this contest to all aspiring screenwriters and will definitely be submitting in the future.

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Dean Rocissono@aol.com Author: Dean Rocissono@aol.com Posted: 06/30/2011 09:02 PM
AAA is the absolute worst contest I have ever entered. Their customer service is non-existent and I seriously question their integrity. What follows are a couple e-mail correspondences between myself and AAA Contest:

Dated 3/11/2011 Dear AAA contest, I entered your feature screenplay contest online a couple weeks ago, but never received an entry confirmation e-mail, or number. Can you please verify that my script has been successfully submitted? Thanks, My name here

AAA'a response on 3/14/11:

I can confirm your entry.

That is the complete e-mail response.

I responded to that e-mail the same day as follows:

Hi AAA, I received your e-mail stating that you can confirm my entry and was wondering if you would do so? Please send me a receipt or entry number containing my name and screenplay title. Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you soon. Sincerely, My name here

They completely ignored the e-mail above and never sent me a reply.

After repeated missed results deadlines, they finally announced the round one results and were supposed to e-mail out two pages of judges notes to the entrants. They did not do so, so I e-mailed them the following message on 5/26/11:

Dear AAA Screenwriting Contest: I haven't received my judge's written feedback, as of yet. Can you please let me know when I can expect to get that? Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you. Best, My name here The following is their response e-mailed to me on 6/1/11:

You should receive it after the winners are announced.

CS

The winners have been announced and I still have not received my judges notes and am going to e-mail AAA on this matter in just a few moments. Did anyone really read my screenplay, or did I give my money away to greedy con artists? I don't know, but hope to find out. I'll let you know how this saga ends.

Hope this helps with your decision as to, or not to, enter the AAA Contest or its sister contest, The Screenwriting Expo Contest.



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Dean Rocissono@aol.com Author: Dean Rocissono@aol.com Posted: 06/30/2011 08:32 PM
I have entered this contest in the past and wasn't impressed. Now that I know it is administered by the same folks that hold the AAA Screenwriting Contest, I understand why. AAA is the absolute worst contest I have ever entered. Their customer service is non-existent and I seriously question their integrity. What follows are a couple e-mail correspondences between myself and AAA Contest:

Dated 3/11/2011 Dear AAA contest, I entered your feature screenplay contest online a couple weeks ago, but never received an entry confirmation e-mail, or number. Can you please verify that my script has been successfully submitted? Thanks, My name here

AAA'a response on 3/14/11:

I can confirm your entry.

That is the complete e-mail response.

I responded to that e-mail the same day as follows:

Hi AAA, I received your e-mail stating that you can confirm my entry and was wondering if you would do so? Please send me a receipt or entry number containing my name and screenplay title. Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you soon. Sincerely, My name here

They completely ignored the e-mail above and never sent me a reply.

After repeated missed results deadlines, they finally announced the round one results and were supposed to e-mail out two pages of judges notes to the entrants. They did not do so, so I e-mailed them the following message on 5/26/11:

Dear AAA Screenwriting Contest: I haven't received my judge's written feedback, as of yet. Can you please let me know when I can expect to get that? Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you. Best, My name here The following is their response e-mailed to me on 6/1/11:

You should receive it after the winners are announced.

CS

The winners have been announced and I still have not received my judges notes and am going to e-mail AAA on this matter in just a few moments. Did anyone really read my screenplay, or did I give my money away to greedy con artists? I don't know, but hope to find out. I'll let you know how this saga ends.

Hope this helps with your decision as to enter the Screenwriting Expo or the AAA Contest in the future, or not.







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

Robert Watson Author: Robert Watson Posted: 06/30/2011 11:10 AM
I recently won the Comedy Grand Prize. All of the prizes, including the check, arrived within 2 weeks. Most importantly, I've gotten a lot of requests to read the script. Some came from the direct efforts of Screenplay Festival (lots of logline requests, which have led to several read requests); and some came from two of the prizes - the Inktip listing and the Script Delivery service, both mentioning the win (a dozen read requests so far). Not much more you could ask for from any competition. And recently, I received a logline request because of my Honorable Mention last year. Screenplay Festival really works to get the Winners and Honorable Mentions out there.

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

Janet Hogate Author: Janet Hogate Posted: 06/29/2011 07:13 PM
I am just BLOWN AWAY by this contest. I received an honorable mention in the Family category which means Im one of about 25 others and I have been getting more opportunities than any of the other 10 contests that I ended up in the top 10 (in which I didnt receive any). So far I have received almost a dozen request to see my log line from producers and agents and from them a couple of requests to read my script. I am so EXCITED. Its my very first request to read my script and I have been at this for almost 5 years. I cant believe how dedicated they are to getting us opportunities. THEY ARE THE BEST. EASILY.

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

Rhonda Ewing Author: Rhonda Ewing Posted: 06/28/2011 11:50 PM
My partner Ronald L Marchand and I entered the Screenplay Festival competiton winning honorable mention in 2011 and to our delight have been getting a steady stream of requests for our logline and most recently one for our script as well.

Of all the contests we've entered over the years this competition has given us the most attention.

We would highly recommend entering Screenplay Festival. They have been very professional and give immediate feedback when requested. We will enter future projects in this contest.

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Jim Corona Author: Jim Corona Posted: 06/27/2011 11:02 PM
I received the following correspondence from the Better Business Bureau:

"Complaint ID#: XXXXXXXX "Business Name: ScriptSavvy

"The Better Business Bureau has made several attempts to contact the business regarding the above referenced complaint. We regret to inform you that we have not received a response from the company despite our best efforts.

"The BBB develops and maintains Reliability Reports on companies in our service area. In the case of your complaint, the company's failure to promptly give attention to the matter will be reflected in the report we give to consumers about them for three years. This information is available to the public and is frequently used by potential customers.

"The BBB regrets that it was unable to assist you in reaching a resolution to your dispute. If the company has contacted you in the interim, please notify the BBB immediately."

I think that pretty well sums it up.

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Contest: Creative World[Post New Comment re: Creative World]

Ken Glover Author: Ken Glover Posted: 06/27/2011 04:34 PM
I love this comp! Excellent feedback, pros and cons of your SP, and spot on. If I had more money and knew what I would get for the money in THE FIRST ROUND I would have entered three other screenplays, just so I could re-write them per their reviews. Heck, next year, when I finish my 'dream masterpiece' I'll enter it and pay for the extra feedback just to tighten the script! Love it.

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Philip Sedgwick Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 06/25/2011 03:02 PM
To be clearer (don't deal with Skype IM's while doing posts even if the director is needing one more pass before shooting), I was attempting to forward documentation of my entries to New Island.

Regardless, I never received the promised notes on my scripts, nor any notification of the contest's conclusion, nor was it posted on the website as promised in previous e-mails.

To me, the comment about not posting the winner for confidentiality reasons fails my sniff test. Why would a person enter a contest where promotion and exposure was part of the deal if they wanted to keep their script a secret.

Anyway, just wanted to report on this contest. I'm done with it.

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Philip Sedgwick Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 06/25/2011 02:59 PM
Moments ago, the e-mail forwards of the PayPal receipts that I used paying for this festival bounced.

So their previous reply was without the benefit of the receipts evidently, however...

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Philip Sedgwick Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 06/23/2011 03:52 AM
And their answer is:

Dear Philip C Sedgwick Thank you for your email. We received a very small number of entrants to ROMCOM however unfortunately in reviewing your scripts you were not selected or short listed. A winner was not announced publicly at a request of confidentiality and protection of the work. Due to a variety of reasons the ROMCOM will not be running again in the future. Its a possibility that you may have overlooked or not received these emails. We wish you all the best for your future endeavors in writing.

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Robert Blacka Author: Robert Blacka Posted: 06/22/2011 07:51 PM
For the benefit of writers that submitted to Script Savvy and received nothing like me, I would like to share my experience with Jim Cirile's Coverage-Ink. I sent in my script for the standard coverage and he got right back to me with a date when the coverage would be completed, about 2 weeks. I was skeptical, but sure enough, 2 weeks later, there it was, in my inbox. It was excellent! I can't say enough for the reader. The reader really understood what I was trying to convey in the story and pointed out where the story worked and what I needed to do to improve it. There is no doubt in my mind this reader really spent a lot of time with my script and really wanted it to work. The insight and personal attention was unbelievable. I know this is a shameless plug, but I can assure you I have no absolutely NO connection with Jim Cirile or Coverage-Ink. This is only in the interest of helping others that are in a similar situation to what I was in. I only wish I would have known about Coverage-Ink way back in October and sent it there instead.

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Philip Sedgwick Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 06/22/2011 12:21 PM
Today I sent a firm, frustrated e-mail to New Island Productions and I got a response! After 3 and a half months. Of course I had to promise that I would file a complaint with PayPal.

They said the feedback and results was returned weeks ago. They asked that I forward my PayPal receipts to them so they can find out what happened to my entries... evidently they were lost after I had received the e-mail confirming that results would soon be sent to me??

The e-mail did indicate that there had been changes and did not address why the winners were not posted on the new New Island Productions website which is only a blog site with contact information virtually invisible.

I'll post again when I hear more.

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Contest: Eerie Horror[Post New Comment re: Eerie Horror]

Michael Gibrall Author: Michael Gibrall Posted: 06/20/2011 07:07 PM
Emails listing semifinalists and finalilsts were done in a timely fashion. After winning for the Best Feature Screenplay, two of the judges talked to me about my script. Very kind and courteous people.

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Contest: trackingb.com Original TV [Post New Comment re: trackingb.com Original TV ]

Jay Williams Author: Jay Williams Posted: 06/20/2011 03:50 PM
I think this contest is excellent in all respects--except that it only identified the winner and the five finalists. Unlike almost all other contests there was no quarter or semi-finalists listed to help an applicant better know how he or she faired. It would also be helpful to know how many scripts were entered.

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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

Paul Stefan Wolff Author: Paul Stefan Wolff Posted: 06/20/2011 03:47 PM
Living in Nuremberg, Germany I'm really out of any reach for Hollywood. And even in Germany I haven't sold anything.

But, lucky me, WriteMovies accepts also SP's in German and I've made the 3rd place in the 26th contest and we are now working to sell it in Germany.

I've been writing for 11 years now and ranking 3rd is in first place a great "payback", knowing now that I was not wrong in doing it.

I appreciate Alex for handing my screenplay over (and pitching it first!!!) to production companys I've never dared of contacting like the biggest fish in Germany with several Oscar Nominations and German Blockbusters.

So, if you're a writer, get dressed! Cuz we (the past winners) are still writing and WriteMovies is the place where the first battle takes place. Sure, you've got a chance, but you better be good!

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Penelope Swan Author: Penelope Swan Posted: 06/19/2011 01:24 PM
Every time Craig talks to me about one of my scripts I feel like my head has been cracked open and another mother lode, installed. Yes, winning this contest is over the moon, but it is having this man as a script consultant that counts. He works your butt off and pounds your heart into a wad but you can feel yourself changing from a Wannabee to a Screenwriter.

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kathy reaume Author: kathy reaume Posted: 06/18/2011 03:00 PM
If they are not responding to the BBB, that means no refunds, doesn't it? Sigh.

I'm umemployed and was taking a chance to see if my script would place in the top four. I just wanted access to the sponsors (if my script was good enough).

Lesson learned!

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Jim Corona Author: Jim Corona Posted: 06/17/2011 06:56 PM
Abbie, don't be surprised that they don't answer your emails (or phone calls either). The Better Business Bureau in Austin informed me that Donna & Co. have stopped responding to them, too!

What was that corny old saying our parents used to tell us? Oh yeah: Actions speak louder than words.

Or in Script Savvy's case: IN-action.

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tom streich Author: tom streich Posted: 06/16/2011 02:40 AM
Tried to enter - very flakey website and no contact information... their phone number is a generic voicemail - no one ever answers - I suspect this organization is not legit - not at all. Stay away from this outfit.

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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

Matthew  Gilleece Author: Matthew Gilleece Posted: 06/14/2011 10:42 AM
Alex Ross has been great. Like he did with Martin who posted below, Alex has been working with me on my logline, trying to get it just right.

We finally got one that he thinks could work, and he'll be submitting it around, so here's hoping someone bites. (If not, no one can say Alex didn't try.)

And by the way, Alex didn't have to do any of this - I didn't place first, second third (I did get "Distinction" though, in #26). He just believed in the script enough to get behind it.

Great contest, I highly recommend it.

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

Michael Pallotta Author: Michael Pallotta Posted: 06/11/2011 09:57 PM
First I must apologize for not commenting about thid contest sooner. I have entered this contest for the past three years with fair to good results. In 2o1o my script won the Best Fantasy Award. That is not the point. What is the point is the total dedication and professionalism of Mara and her team. Best of all, all prizes are delived as promised with wondieraful comments by Mara. One of the best contests out there today.

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Contest: Slamdance[Post New Comment re: Slamdance]

Marjory Kaptanoglu Author: Marjory Kaptanoglu Posted: 06/11/2011 03:57 PM
My short screenplay, Dead in the Room, won the Slamdance Short Screenplay Competition in 2010. I couldn't be happier with my entire experience. First I got the phone call from Peter Baxter in September informing me of my win. Next came an invitation to the awards ceremony in LA in October, which I attended. Very nice event at the WGA building, where I met other winners and industry folk in attendance. My prize was that Slamdance would produce my film in time to show it at their festival in January. Not much time, to say the least. But Peter immediately secured Adam Pertofsky, an Oscar-nominated director. The film was shot in December, I was invited to observe on set, and I ended up in the film as an extra. Then I saw the film for the first time at the premiere in Park City, opening night of the 2011 Slamdance Film Festival. The film is exactly as I hoped it would be, first rate all the way. Now it's continuing to play at festivals; so far it's shown at Nashville, Breckenridge, and Ventura (upcoming). Thanks to Slamdance, I have an outstanding calling card for my writing. I attended the Slamdance and Nashville festivals, and hope to follow the film to a few more. I really can't imagine a better opportunity for your short script than to win the Slamdance competition.

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Contest: TLLjournal[Post New Comment re: TLLjournal]

June Escalante Author: June Escalante Posted: 06/08/2011 07:23 PM
I entered this contest last month and got to the top 25. The loglines were sent out this morning to industry and I already got a script request. I think this is worth $10.00 of anybody's money.

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Contest: Cinestory[Post New Comment re: Cinestory]

Greg Daubenspeck Author: Greg Daubenspeck Posted: 06/07/2011 05:36 PM
Those who are skeptical of the contest and retreat, please know the facts before posting negative comments. I was a finalist in 2004 and again in 2008 and attended the retreat both years. If I had been disappointed, do you honestly believe I would have attended the retreat a second time? It is an amazing experience. The cost of the retreat pays for your room and board. This organization is endorsed by the Academy Foundation. It is above board and far exceeds expectations. The industry professionals who participate in the retreat donate their time. These are top level professionals, who read your script(s) and provide detailed, one-on-one meetings with you. I challenge you to find anything even close to comparable at any other contest.

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Joseph Casner Author: Joseph Casner Posted: 06/07/2011 01:52 PM
Entered in March of 2011 hoping to get some feedback before revisions. Their deadlines came and went as they continue to change their excuses for the delay. Script Savvy is a scam and contact the BBB in Austin, TX to file a complaint.

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Robert Blacka Author: Robert Blacka Posted: 06/05/2011 10:16 PM
Stuart, good idea about the Report Card. I wouldn't want anyone else to experience the incredible disapointment I had to deal with. I was really looking forward to getting the feedback for future revisions and possible contest submissions. Been waiting since October 2010. The money was taken from my CC right away. Never received the feedback. And I'm not the only one.

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Contest: Slamdance[Post New Comment re: Slamdance]

Robert Watson Author: Robert Watson Posted: 06/03/2011 03:41 PM
I took Second Place in the Feature category in the 2010 competition. The award ceremony was in L.A., where I live, and they treated us all in a way that made us feel "honored." They really respect writers, and I highly recommend Slamdance.

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Contest: Creative World[Post New Comment re: Creative World]

michelle bornstein Author: michelle bornstein Posted: 06/02/2011 10:32 PM
John, thanks for the info! I did receive above 7.5 so I guess that's a good thing! Wonder what they would say to you if it was lower? Would they tell you your script is not proceeding before they announce quarterfinalists?

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Contest: Creative World[Post New Comment re: Creative World]

john karopa Author: john karopa Posted: 06/02/2011 10:31 PM
yeah the website says it announces the Preliminary Qualifiers on Aug 15th, a week before the Quarterfinalists are announced (not sure if it will list it on the site itself or if you get an email)

If you get below a 7.5, the scorecard doesn't necessarily tell you that you aren't moving on, although the judge may make a comment like "a strong revision of this draft could potentially earn a "consider"(similar to an "undecided") in the future."

So I believe you need at least one more judge to give you a 7.5+ to make it to the prelimary qualifiers. good luck

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Contest: Creative World[Post New Comment re: Creative World]

michelle bornstein Author: michelle bornstein Posted: 06/02/2011 09:56 PM
John, thanks for the info! I did receive above 7.5 so I guess that's a good thing! Wonder what they would say to you if it was lower? Would they tell you your script is not proceeding before they announce quarterfinalists?

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Contest: Creative World[Post New Comment re: Creative World]

john karopa Author: john karopa Posted: 06/02/2011 03:19 PM
hi michelle

I entered this contest too and spoke to Heather about the judging. If your average combined score is 7.5 or above, "undecided" means it is good enough to be read by another judge to determine whether it makes the preliminary finals. Im guessing if the second judge doesnt like it, they probably get a third judge to break the tie

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Contest: Creative World[Post New Comment re: Creative World]

michelle bornstein Author: michelle bornstein Posted: 06/02/2011 09:42 AM
I just received my first feedback from this competition and it was detailed and helpful. They did definitely take the time to read it thoroughly and some points they made were quite good. A couple of questions I was hoping others could help clarify:

1) How do you know if scoring is "good". It's 1-10 scale, but don't know what range winners fall in.

2) They told me my standing is "undecided, and going through a second preliminary review or something to that effect. Do they just tell everyone this, or is it a nice way of saying you're probably not going anywhere?

Thanks to anyone who can shed some light on this.

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Francis Abbey Author: Francis Abbey Posted: 06/01/2011 11:17 PM
I won the April 2011 contest. I was notified in a timely manner, on the last day of the following month, however the top ten scripts can be tracked on the site's leaderboard. I also requested the script analysis, which proved very helpful. The analysis was a bit on the short side, but appropriate to the price. I'm writing this just a few days removed from the competition, so I can't yet testify to the industry impact. That said, I think this is a very good contest for the money (particularly for people who hate waiting for results) and would recommend it for the analysis alone.

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Stuart Crafton Author: Stuart Crafton Posted: 06/01/2011 04:52 PM
Jim--no need to apologize. Everything you mentioned deserves to be said three times! I've also contacted the BBB--no sign of a refund yet but am keeping my fingers crossed. It's interesting to me that the "Report Card" for Script Savvy still rates it so highly. I'm not sure what it takes to bring those marks down to a more reasonable number, but hope that everyone who feels burned by Script Savvy will take the time to share their feelings on the Report Card so that people who only look at that and don't read the comments will get a better idea of what Script Savvy has become.

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Contest: Creative World[Post New Comment re: Creative World]

Devi Snively Author: Devi Snively Posted: 06/01/2011 12:27 PM
I just entered this contest for the first time on a whim with 3 features and a spec pilot as I was eager for some outside feedback and got an e-mail about this contest just prior to their deadline - a total impulse purchase - and a surprisingly good one. They have been ultra organized and personable as others have commented and I was stunned to get such thorough, constructive and very helpful feedback on all 4 submissions so quickly. I'm especially blown away, because it was so detailed - they clearly took care and time with each entry. They even pointed out a 3-word place-holder (I'd written "insert miracle here" in a previous draft) that I'd accidentally left in a block of action. They are the first to catch that for which I'm grateful. The feedback was also very open-minded and non-judgemental offering practical advice (like suggestions as to how I might make the film more indie or mainstream when it's currently somewhere in between.) I will definitely enter this one again - a great deal for super helpful feedback.

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Philip Sedgwick Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 06/01/2011 11:06 AM
I have e-mailed to the New Island Production website twice in the past month with no response, including an e-mail on Monday. Nothing.

At the beginning great communication. Since the "we'll post winners on our flashy new website and send you comments e-mail of three months ago, not a peep.

I have filed this contest in my "will never hear from them again" folder.

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Naomi Lamont Author: Naomi Lamont Posted: 06/01/2011 04:46 AM
This is a really great contest, and whether you come in the Top 3 or not, the feedback alone is well worth the entry fee. I highly recommend it to anyone who's thinking of entering.

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James Acker Author: James Acker Posted: 06/01/2011 12:14 AM
I entered this back in February. I got the email in March saying they'd be delayed but nothing since.

What's happening?

Not cool.

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

Philip Sedgwick Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 05/31/2011 10:11 PM
Semi Finalist list just posted on their site.

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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

Philip Sedgwick Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 05/31/2011 03:56 PM
Recently received an e-mail that 27 first round results will post on July 1.

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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

Rash Kazvin Author: Rash Kazvin Posted: 05/28/2011 04:14 PM
Dude- Fuddy. Results have been up for a month! http://www.writemovies.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=606%3Acntests26resulttext&catid=59&Itemid=147&lang=en

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

Brian Wind Author: Brian Wind Posted: 05/27/2011 08:27 PM
The MoviePoet feature contest is one of the best around. There are 3 stages to the contest. First you just enter your title and logline. The top 30 loglines advance to the semi-finals where you submit your first 10 pages. The top 10 semi-finalists advance to the finals.

At every stage of the competition, entrants receive anywhere from 30-60 peer critiques on their work. This is invaluable for polishing your story for the next rounds and honing your craft in general.

The contest is free and website's forum is very active. The contests/websites owner, Chris Messineo, is great guy and extremely accessible for questions, comments or concerns.

While there are no prizes, there's also no cost and for the cost of zero dollars, you just can not beat the amount of feedback received here.

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Jim Corona Author: Jim Corona Posted: 05/26/2011 06:39 PM
Sorry for the repeated submission.

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Jim Corona Author: Jim Corona Posted: 05/26/2011 06:31 PM
I'm not much of a contest person. This is the 3rd contest I've entered over the years. I rank Script Savvy 4th.

A distant 4th.

I've been a full-time freelance writer for more than two decades and put my five kids through private elementary and secondary schools solely on my writing income. Had I acted as UNprofessionally as S.S., I wouldn't have lasted two days. (And saying "unprofessional" is giving them the benefit of the doubt.)

It's simple: they took my money, they didn't deliver the service, and the promises they've made are lies.

For those who are interested, here's the link to the complaint listing for Script Savvy on Austin's Better Business Bureau:

http://www.bbb.org/central-texas/business-reviews/transcription-service/scriptsavvy-in-austin-tx-90091002/complaints

I'm sure you'll see more complaints registered there soon.

I realize registering a complaint will likely accomplish nothing to my benefit; but to stand back and allow Donna to step on me is telling her I think it's okay to step on other writers, too. And I won't stand idly by for that.

And Donna, if you're reading this: Forget the excuse about your mom. I lost my father, and am in the process of losing my mom. I don't use that as an excuse to screw others. I don't know of any decent person who does. Life hasn't given you permission to defecate on the hard work of every writer who trusted you to treat them with civility.

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Jim Corona Author: Jim Corona Posted: 05/26/2011 06:17 PM
I'm not much of a contest person. This is the 3rd contest I've entered over the years. I rank Script Savvy 4th.

A distant 4th.

I've been a full-time freelance writer for more than two decades and put my five kids through private elementary and secondary schools solely on my writing income. Had I acted as UNprofessionally as S.S., I wouldn't have lasted two days. (And saying "unprofessional" is giving them the benefit of the doubt.)

It's simple: they took my money, they didn't deliver the service, and the promises they've made are lies.

For those who are interested, here's the link to the complaint listing for Script Savvy on Austin's Better Business Bureau:

http://www.bbb.org/central-texas/business-reviews/transcription-service/scriptsavvy-in-austin-tx-90091002/complaints

I'm sure you'll see more complaints registered there soon.

I realize registering a complaint will likely accomplish nothing to my benefit; but to stand back and allow Donna to step on me is telling her I think it's okay to step on other writers, too. And I won't stand idly by for that.

And Donna, if you're reading this: Forget the excuse about your mom. I lost my father, and am in the process of losing my mom. I don't use that as an excuse to screw others. I don't know of any decent person who does. Life hasn't given you permission to defecate on the hard work of every writer who trusted you to treat them with civility.

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Jim Corona Author: Jim Corona Posted: 05/26/2011 05:50 PM
I'm not much of a contest person. This is the 3rd contest I've entered over the years. I rank Script Savvy 4th.

A distant 4th.

I've been a full-time freelance writer for more than two decades and put my five kids through private elementary and secondary schools solely on my writing income. Had I acted as UNprofessionally as S.S., I wouldn't have lasted two days. (And saying "unprofessional" is giving them the benefit of the doubt.)

It's simple: they took my money, they didn't deliver the service, and the promises they've made are lies.

For those who are interested, here's the link to the complaint listing for Script Savvy on Austin's Better Business Bureau:

http://www.bbb.org/central-texas/business-reviews/transcription-service/scriptsavvy-in-austin-tx-90091002/complaints

I'm sure you'll see more complaints registered there soon.

I realize registering a complaint will likely accomplish nothing to my benefit; but to stand back and allow Donna to step on me is telling her I think it's okay to step on other writers, too. And I won't stand idly by for that.

And Donna, if you're reading this: Forget the excuse about your mom. I lost my father, and am in the process of losing my mom. I don't use that as an excuse to screw others. I don't know of any decent person who does. Life hasn't given you permission to defecate on the hard work of every writer who trusted you to treat them with civility.

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Philip Sedgwick Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 05/26/2011 04:09 PM
Just got an e-mail from Eric saying their yahoo e-mail has been hacked. He cautioned not to open any e-mail links.

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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

Carolyn Kras Author: Carolyn Kras Posted: 05/25/2011 05:29 PM
I have entered and placed in a number of competitions, but Writemovies.com has been the most helpful of the bunch in terms of getting the script to the right people and gaining exposure. Alex Ross, the head of the company, is very smart and professional. You should definitely enter this contest, it's a great one.

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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

abby rockwell Author: abby rockwell Posted: 05/24/2011 03:22 PM
Great contest.

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Contest: ScriptVamp/Feature[Post New Comment re: ScriptVamp/Feature]

Teresa Lewis Author: Teresa Lewis Posted: 05/24/2011 01:42 AM
I have competed in several top contests for feedback, won a few, placed in most, and many were very professional -- but none have come close to ScriptVamp in the depth of analysis or closer to industry style coverage. You can deduce immediately that the guys at Script Vamp actually read your script. The detailed feedback is clear, articulate and intelligent and their continued support is incredible. I would definitely recommend Script Vamp and will enter more scripts there in the near future. www.tllewis.net

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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

andrew hess Author: andrew hess Posted: 05/23/2011 04:20 PM
Look, the head of the company called me, took me out to dinner, introduced me to a bunch of players. Where the hell does that happen?

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

andrew hess Author: andrew hess Posted: 05/23/2011 04:14 PM
I mean it's not the Nicholl- but what are the chances of winning that? + Look at the stats of their winners over the years who made it? If you get into the contest game, there's like 2000 thousand of these things. Go for a big one and a back up that has been around and people know. The rest, waste of space.

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Benjamin Yoblick Author: Benjamin Yoblick Posted: 05/22/2011 02:35 PM
I received the 2nd place honor in the Big Idea Writers Challange fo TV. I especially liked this contest because the feedback was VERY through including good and constructive elements to really help me push the script even further. best of all, it was read by numerous readers as well as a professor, and the feedback was logged and connected to the readers. This is VALUABLE feedback. Still waiting to see if the placement generates any further reads.

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Andrew Noble Author: Andrew Noble Posted: 05/22/2011 11:45 AM
Hi, I've just entered the 2011 contest, and from I read, Julie is the lady to talk to about my script.

Some contests so far this year have been seriously disappointing. Not because of delays or updates, but because of their readers.

How can 6 contests slate my sci-fi script, while 6 others enter it into their finals? I always thought that a scripts construction and content were its selling point, but I now realise that that's wishful thinking.

Personal perception, and the readers likes and dislikes, are what makes-or-breaks the script, and it's that what I find annoying.

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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

Albert Dole Author: Albert Dole Posted: 05/21/2011 01:49 PM
Thumbs up. They had this great luncheon for the top writers, so I gotta meet a lot of producers and agents over panfried ahi tuna!

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

Albert Dole Author: Albert Dole Posted: 05/21/2011 01:45 PM
S'up? I reached the semis in the Nicholl Fellowships and it did zero for me. I didn't win AEX either but must have been top 5 cos they sent my script out to several companies as a "must read". So I got six meetings, but no sale yet. But hey, I am talking to a lot more filmmakers than I was!

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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

Herbert Stanley Author: Herbert Stanley Posted: 05/20/2011 03:25 PM
I'm with Rash on that one. There are so many bullshit contests out there run by people who have never made a movie in their lives. These guys are filmmakers, have been around for ever, got a winning script made by Warners etc. I got dumped in the semis, but will be back.

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

Rash Kazvin Author: Rash Kazvin Posted: 05/20/2011 03:16 PM
Wasn't sure about this one. But they posted my script on their site and I got 27 reading requests. Best $29 I ever spent on my writing career!

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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

Rash Kazvin Author: Rash Kazvin Posted: 05/20/2011 03:11 PM
Cool! I got into the finals (with an alias) and got my script on the desks of 8 studio based production companies and several agents by cold calling and mentioning the contest. Everyone knows it, it's been around for a long time. Totally stoked! Hope it works for you other guys too.

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

Herbert Stanley Author: Herbert Stanley Posted: 05/20/2011 03:03 PM
Nifty little contest! They don't get too many subs so it's easy to win. Agents etc. don't know that, so you end up with a "win" on your resume and that opens doors. It got my script read by four agencies, 5 managers and several production companies. I signed up with a manager and am getting meetings. Could not ask for more. Herbie

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Bobbette Findley Author: Bobbette Findley Posted: 05/19/2011 05:26 PM
I entered the August 2010 contest and am still waiting on my feedback or a refund. Of course, I am not expecting either at this late date. I will never enter this contest against, even if I do eventually get some type of response, and would advise all to stay away.

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Matthew  Gilleece Author: Matthew Gilleece Posted: 05/18/2011 11:28 AM
I'm amazed that they can get away with not announcing a winner, and flat-out not providing the services they were paid for.

This is not like "Scripted for Pros", where we don't know for sure who ran it - there were actual names associated with last year's Exposurama.

Of course, they'll probably say they're no longer involved with it, and don't know what's going on...

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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

michelle bornstein Author: michelle bornstein Posted: 05/17/2011 01:29 PM
THANK YOU! I keep checking the twitter feed and website - nothing. And technically it's four weeks past the initial deadline, it was extended...

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Contest: Tennessee[Post New Comment re: Tennessee]

peter kremer Author: peter kremer Posted: 05/14/2011 09:37 AM
AND THE 2011 FINALISTS ARE...

1st Place

The Shoe Box by David Deverell

After a man has a debilitating stroke, his best friend discovers the secret existence of two estranged sons that he had abandoned when they were kids, and reunites them while uncovering the shocking circumstances that forced him to abandon them in the first place.

2nd Place

A Simple Bridge by C. M. Robinson:

Nathan Turner moves his family from the city to his small home town, and finds the town mired in a fifty-year feud over a glove, a bridge, and a pig. With his future on the line, Nathan uses humor and grit to mend the wrongs of the past, and in his effort, he revives a forgotten town.

3rd Place

For Tomorrow We Die by Lonas Taylor

In 1927, a sadistic G-man and his female partner search for a lost palooka and find their worst nightmare: A Communist plot to brain wash the United States of America.

Congratulations to our Winners!

Congratulations to our semi-finalists! We wish to thank all that have entered for their support!

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JL McCants Author: JL McCants Posted: 05/12/2011 11:02 PM
Are you sure you entered in December? I remember the website saying the contest was closed to entries for November and December 2010 - due to the holidays I think. There wouldn't have been any winners for those months.

The last monthly contest in 2010 was for October. Then the contest resumed in January 2011.

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Contest: ScriptVamp/Feature[Post New Comment re: ScriptVamp/Feature]

Tracy Williams Author: Tracy Williams Posted: 05/12/2011 08:38 AM
I don't participate in many contests and am selective about the ones that I do enter. I decided to take a chance with Script Vamp because of its good ratings and offer of feedback. They are very professional, dependable and prompt with e-mail. This is no small thing considering the lack of integrity and communication from many contests that are out there. The feedback is thorough and insightful--more than worth the price of admission.

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

John Connell Author: John Connell Posted: 05/10/2011 09:53 PM
Seems to me that a lot of you complainers should stop wasting money on contests and get your scripts into the hands of someone who can help get them made into movies. When all is said and done, except for a few highly respected contests, most are a waste of time. Nobody cares what your piece of crap did in a contest. Is it worth making? That's all that counts. Spend your money on marketing, not contests.

"Having said that," I'll see you on the finalist list in the next Page. :))

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

John Connell Author: John Connell Posted: 05/10/2011 09:29 PM
Jenn and Zoe deserve their own award! 'nough said.

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John Connell Author: John Connell Posted: 05/10/2011 09:27 PM
A complete disaster. Everyone seems to have disappeared. I waited a year for notes. Nothing.

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Philip Sedgwick Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 05/10/2011 02:49 PM
Anybody else enter this contest?

Because I love Aussie films, I entered three shorts last December.

Initially I had difficult with the festival website. My Internet security kept rejecting the site as dangerous (I use F-Secure). They were good about e-mailing on this matter and just before the submission deadline last December that issue was repaired and I could safely access the site.

As the announcement date, Valentine's Day rolled around, they e-mailed that they needed a bit more time to get feedback together. Fair enough.

On March 7th I received an e-mail that results were decided and again, they were prepping notes for writers. They indicated they would launch a new site and then post winners and send feedback.

I e-mailed back that day and received another e-mailed that seemed to say they had winners. But that was the end of it.

For a few weeks, New Island Productions.au disappeared from the web. Now they're back with a flashy site, film comments, and enough Twitter posts to back up a billabong.

But since March, I have e-mailed about three times asking for status of the contest. Nothing back. Yesterday I decided to use the onsite e-mail form just in case the previous e-mail address had been eaten by the Tasmanian Devil. Nothing again and again.

Anybody else have any experience with them? I'm surprised because at the beginning the communication was quite good. Since the "we'll get back with you soon" e-mail, nothing.

I am not encouraged that the Twitter posts made on the site seem to originate from unemployed writer.

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Mike Dean Author: Mike Dean Posted: 05/05/2011 08:56 PM
Over and over again screenwriting professionals tell newbies the importance of the logline. This contest forced me to find the essence of my story in very few words. A great tool I know have to attack the rewrites! Amazing prizes as well for a more than fair entry fee. Thanks Three Lines or Less!!

-Mike Dean

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Stuart Crafton Author: Stuart Crafton Posted: 05/05/2011 11:31 AM
To anyone thinking of sending a script on to Script Savvy, please take a moment to read a few comments about my experience: I entered a script in January, paying $59 for the entry fee and standard feedback. I wasn't that concerned at first when the results and feed back weren't given at the published time. There were some problems with the contest, but after all the information that had been posted that spoke highly of the feedback and the professionalism of this contest, I wasn't that worried. As time has gone on though and the days have turned into months, I have serious concerns about the legitimacy of this contest. As of this date not only have I received no feedback from Script Savvy but none of my emails, starting on April 18th, have been replied to! No feedback, no explanation, no reply to eamils: This is extemely sloppy at the best, criminally negligent at the worst. Perhaps this contest will get back on track in the future but for now I would advise anyone to avoid it like the plague! If your experience ends up like mine not only will you be throwing your money away but, even worse, you will not be respected as a writer. And that, for me, is the Death Knell for this contest, and would be for any screenplay contest that treats writers with such disdain and contempt.

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Matthew  Gilleece Author: Matthew Gilleece Posted: 05/04/2011 11:11 AM
Bad news, Christopher. It's definitely a scam.

On the MovieBytes Bulletin Board, Annette Van Duren herself made the following post (probably talking about you):

http://www.moviebytes.com/messageboard.cfm?action=DisplayMessages&topic=7100

''Hi everyone - I found out about the contest today from someone who had entered and contacted me to follow up.

I have nothing to do with this contest and hope the person running it is prosecuted. We looked up the address - it is a floor of an office building in Beverly Hills that rents space and desks to various people.

I am contacting the Fraud division of LAPD. Bertha Garcia at the Writers Guild of America West would also like to speak with people who have fallen victim to this scheme to find out where scripts were sent and how payments were made.

I don't take new clients, but wish all of you the best with your screen writing careers.''

I disputed the charge on Paypal, not sure if it'll work. Their Paypal account is now defunct.

I'm going to be REALLY careful which contests I enter , if any, from now on&

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Christopher Canole Author: Christopher Canole Posted: 05/03/2011 02:03 PM
I suspect this contest is a scam. I called the phone number listed on Withoutabox which turned out to be the number of the guy who designed the web site. I called the talent agent Annette Van Duren listed as the director on the web site and she had no idea what I was talking about. If you try to use the contest email you get a closed page. If anyone has a legitimate phone number for the contest please post it.

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Travis Opgenorth Author: Travis Opgenorth Posted: 05/02/2011 11:04 AM
I just found out that the announcement for the AAA contest was pushed back again. I've entered five contests so far this year, and this is the third one to have pushed back it's announcement date. It's also the second one to have extended its submission deadlines.

I understand there are any number of x-factors that can derail a schedule, but when you extend deadlines to allow for more entries, then fail to meet your announcement deadlines... I find that a bit frustrating.

I find extended deadlines frustrating to begin with. I work hard to meet the initial deadlines posted by competitions and would prefer that competitions only judge those scripts submitted before those deadlines, but that's just me.

I bear no ill will toward AAA. I've entered in the past and may do so again in the future. I've never had a problem with AAA until now, and I wouldn't have even cared about the delays, but as I mentioned, this is now the third competition to move its announcement date so far this year. I'm just hoping this doesn't become the norm for screenplay contests.

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James Schmidt Author: James Schmidt Posted: 04/26/2011 09:31 AM
Is it April 12th yet? No... it's two WEEKS after April 12th. Still no announcement that I can see - they didn't even bother changing the announcement date on their website.

I'm glad I didn't enter this one. I knew, just from the awkward way the website is worded (have you read it?? It needed a few more passes...) that this would be yet another contest that doesn't meet its deadlines.

I feel bad for you guys, I really do.

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