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The contest rules on their website should be more clear in my opinion. Right now it says you grant them the "exclusive right" for 90 days to submit your material to various third parties. Does this mean you lose the right to let others (or even yourself) submit your work elsewhere? It says "exclusive". Also, they should make it 100% clear that even if you win, accepting any option package remains entirely at your discretion. I can't imagine that by entering this contest you grant them an "option to enter into an option", but it should state somewhere that acceptance of any deal with a them or a producer, etc. must be mutual.
Semi-finalist list came out last week but disappointed didn't receive an email or anything. This contest is open to everyone - which I guess that means a lot of seasoned writers enter as well but I noticed in the semi-finalist list some entrants have multiple entries in the semi finalist list. Kudos to them and hope one day to be in their league but would love to know whether the semi finalists relate to shorts or features.
I agree. It is not acceptable to run a business this way, because that is what it is, a business. And we as seasoned, or unseasoned, writers deserve to be treated with respect.
I am currently trying to figure out where American Gem competition has gone. Anyone know?
Contests should email entrants of the results. This one never did. When I sent an email saying I wasn't notified I was told to check my spam box. I did. I received the "thank you for your money" email but no results email.
Crap contest. Took my money and offered nothing, not even notes.
"Hello ---- , We here at the Los Angeles Movie Awards would like to thank you for your script submission to our 2015 competition. We regret to inform you that your project [name redacted] was not chosen to be awarded this season. bla bla bla"
I submitted a silly comedy script, and I was pleasantly surprised the amount of attention and care the story was given in their coverage. Plenty of helpful comments to punch the story up a notch. Especially for newer screenwriters, it's very well run.
Screencraft hold different genre contests - I've entered a few but never even reached the Qtrs in any of them to date. The judges seem high profile, industry exposure for the top 5 and I haven't heard any bad press regarding Screencraft. Also there is only a small handful of contests that specialize just in sci-fi. There's also the Austin Other Worlds SciFi contest which also provides feedback too. I entered both.
Also great thing about this contest is you don't need to wait 6 months for the results
I found out my script had somehow ended up in WILDsound by my having submitted via Film Freeway to the FEEDBACK Film and Screenplay Festival. I had skipped WILDsound earlier because this was my first-ever screenplay and didn't want to put it up for such consideration.
The connection between these fests was not explained at FF, and caused some confusion when I got feedback addressed to somebody named "Jack" -- not my name, btw.
Anyway the feedback I got (& paid for!) was pretty good, and was illuminating vis-à-vis what the generic Hollywood reader is looking for and what they think is important.
Entered this contest and my script was an Official Selection. It really is well run, and communication was great. I got my certificate in the mail with a personalized post it note attached! Who does that? Recommend.
I have just finished my first horror script and am looking at current open contests. I was considereing entereing this contest but the online submission was off putting. It seems it's a bit more geared towards entering via post film submissions and this was the one thing that put me off. Good to here positive feedback on this contest and I'll reconsider it now - but note to contest organizers - I feel the online submission process does not inspire confidence for a prospective entrant to enter
Full disclosure: I won the Grand Prize here in 2015 ~ so inevitably you're not going to hear one bad word out of me about this contest!
But win or lose, it would have made no difference ~ because for me the Nashville FF Competition was a pleasure to deal with in every way.
For a start, the entry fees were really reasonable compared to many other contests.
I had a query going in, and it was answered quickly and courteously by Josh.
When I made the finals I was given a Gold Pass to the entire Festival ~ plus flight vouchers with Southwest Airlines.
On that, keep in mind that this competition is part of an actual film festival ~ one of THE most established in the States. A lot of contests, even some of the biggest, have no festival ~ which means that, even if you win, there's nothing to go to, hang out, network at, except possibly a formal one-night presentation ceremony ~ if that.
Nashville FF is a fascinating showcase of indie film, run by a team of really wonderful and hospitable people, who made my visit a pleasure.
Enter now! This one is going to get bigger and bigger!
I want you all to know what a class act Shriekfest and founder Denise Gossett are. This fest is small but wonderful! Held at Hollywood's Raleigh Studios, the fest is fun and you really get to interact with the other attendees.
I had a finalist screenplay in 2014, and it was worth the trip to LA to attend the festival. The screenplay contest is very much worth your time.
I came second in Big Break in 2008 and won the Grand Prize in 2013, gaining me representation (twice) and winning me two trips to Hollywood. I know the former contest director and the current contest director as a result, and have also met the Final Draft CEO and several of the contest readers, so I can personally attest to how hard they work to champion the winners and the runners up. The contest also attracts some great judges. I don't know why the contest has such a low rating on MovieBytes(!), but I would strongly reccommend entering. There's a reason it has the second highest number of entries every year. Of course you should enter as many contests as you can, but this is a good place to start.
Hi Trent -- we were in receipt of your kind response to the entry confirmation e-mail you received, thank you for that. It's true we do not provide feedback on all entries, but this is because we offer more in-depth feedback for a deep discount. Nonetheless, we do read all scripts submitted to our contest. If you have any further concerns please feel free to e-mail us, and we'll do what we can to address them. Thank you!
I've never entered this contest and only started entering contests at all this spring so I admit I am not an expert on all this. But it does seem odd to me that bluecat guarantees that if you enter by june 15 you will get feedback by july 1. Holy crap do they have roboreader working for them. That's a lot of scripts to read.
WARNING: In my opinion this contest is a SCAM. Very foolishly, and being new to the competition circuit, I believed their nonsense online and paid for coverage in addition to entering. What a waste of money! I have received better coverage for free. Now I know why. Read this before you send them your hard earned cash:
I suspect that if you enter all six of their "competitions" it is only read once (if that) and the money all goes into the same pocket.
Refuse to enter The Fresh Voices competition again since the winner last year was an EXACT duplicate in plot for that Tom Cruise movie where the guy keeps dying in a war and perfects his technique...can't remember the title. But the winning script had the exact same plot in that the protagonist was just dying over and over again while trying to save his wife. Personally, I wouldn't care how good a script was, if it had the exact same plot as a movie that came out less than a year ago then I wouldn't advance it as a reader.
A lot of stuff is just retreads anyway...I'm focused on TV anyway.
I was a finalist in the Women in Cinema competition and it was noted that all finalists would get feedback for their scripts. I haven't seen or heard anything since entering this competition. Just curious of anyone else wonders about this.
One of the biggest positives with this competition, besides how well things are run, is the feedback I received. The notes were so good that I was able to completely rewrite the screenplay and make it much stronger. The feedback also allowed me to strengthen the novel version of the screenplay that I'm currently writing.
The mystery of how to craft a great logline was totally overwhelming to me. So, I entered this contest hoping to gain a little knowledge from the feedback. I was blown away by the level of feedback. It was not only solid feedback specific to my logline, it also taught me general principles of logline writing that I can apply in the future.
I rewrote and resubmitted and the feedback was no less helpful. For the price, I felt totally comfortable paying for the additional entry. And my last version was a monthly finalist! I can't say enough about my experience with this contest. Fantastic!
I would like to make three constructive suggestions to make this screenplay festival even better.
1. Definite announcement dates advertised
2. Make months between final deadline and announcing winners shorter - I think this was around 6 mths - way too long.
3. Make Qtr finalists only top 25%. Introduce a sem Finalist list of top 10% and finalists only top ten. Doing this will free up schmucks like me from following it for months on end.
IFIPG's website is down as of April 7, 2015. Without announcing final results of their maiden voyage feature screenplay competition. Supposed to announce final results April 17th. I'm wondering if as a contest, they're down for the count.
I'd be interested to hear more on what you've received and your experiences coming second in this contest. I'm interested in the contacts you've made, if this has lead you to being signed by anyone and the money and other prizes.
I've entered it previously and entered the current one but always bomb out around the semis or finals.
A minor criticism is their web site could be improved as its always hard to find result for the previous contests on their site. There's probably a trick to it but I think there could be links etc added to the site to make previous results more easily obtainable
Correction: I entered the WMC LAST year and was lucky enough to finish 2nd in the WM36 contest.
The staff have been very helpful Tess is super as is the rest of her gang. I may have bombarded them with a million questions (Math was never my strong point) but she and they were extremely helpful and professional.
I know there are many screenwriting contests out there but WMC is worth entering.
I entered the WMC lsy year and was lucky enough to finish 2nd in the WM36 contest.
The staff have been very helpful Tess is super as is the rest of the staff. I may have bombarded them with a million questions (Math was never my strong point) but she and they were extremely helpful and professional.
I know there are many screenwriting contests out there but WMC is worth entering.
I made two comments regarding this contest. The first was glowing, the second related in the light feedback. I did send an email to reel writers highlighting my disappointment with the feedback for cycle 3 and how I was of two minds to re-enter this contest again.
Overall I still look at the experience of entering Reel Writers as positive - it's like a boot camp for the novice screenwriter which in many ways I still am and it bought me a long way regarding the basics. Every one should enter it atleast once.
My last comment was regarding the feedback which I felt was not as good as the feedback I received the first time I entered. Maybe the first reviewer may have gone above and beyond what was expected and my expectations were raised so I was a little disappointed when I didn't receive the same great feedback the second time.
I also feel it's important everyone has the freedom to express their honest feelings on their experiences on contests without guilt. Overall, if you look at both my comments well I think you guys faired well and I honestly believe you still offer a great service to the novice writer. I was entering a ton of contests and getting no where and this contest taught me the importance of formating and the importance on making those first 15 pages zing. Not long after entering this contest, I reformatted my script at the time and entered it into the Final Draft Big Break and it made it as a top ten finalist in the Family category.
Patrick, agree completely.
And obviously I'm not just some "disgruntled writer" as my script won gold in the Page Awards, which is much bigger and prestigious by far. I got what I wanted from the contest circuit including management.
My main issues with Bluecat were the quality of the feedback and the 2nd charge for resubmission BASED on that poor feedback. It's really just a revenue driver since everyone can resubmit instead of earning that chance by getting into semi or finals.
I have no problem not advancing. My script won enough and I'm not greedy. Some readers simply won't like an idea, even when well executed. You can't get around that. I sent them an e-mail about this even before knowing I had not advanced beyond the quarters. Maybe they got mad at me! But I think writers should go for the biggest contests 1st.
As founder of this contest, I'm happy to see positive comments from those who've embraced the intent of the contest, which clearly concentrates on more than just story. I'm troubled to see negative comments from contestants who chose to air their grievances here publicly rather than to the contest administrators who, given the chance, could have addressed the concerns.
If your intent is to just get a "win" then this isn't the contest for you. RW operates like many other contests, yet with an added emphasis on the presentation of the script. The first 15 pages are so important that if they aren't great, a Hollywood reader won't read the whole thing. Thus much of the judging criteria concentrates on the early pages & the level of "polish," which does include some minutiae.
In the 2015 revamping of the contest, every judge reads every word of the screenplays they're assigned. Without exception. Just as was the case in past cycles for Round 3, the scoring is set up in such a way that a judge can't "fake" it with a partial read.
And every judge is an industry professional. Not a professional "reader."
Your comments really hit the nail on the head with some issues with this contest. I got some really positive feedback and I felt I was a shoe in for some major prize. I entered three scripts and entered them twice and for two of them, I followed the advice from the first feedback and got glowing feedback for the second reviews. But no progress at all into the top 10%. I don't enter these contests just to get some warm fuzzies but to win or atleast get a place.
Maybe my work isn't up to the standard to be in the top 10% but if that's the case I'd like some indication that it falls short cause of X, Y and Z and not some glowing feedback that eludes me to believe I'm onto a winner. That's just plain cruel
My screenplay was the Gold Prize winner at page, 1st Place winner at Fresh Voices and top 3 at Final Draft Big Break.
Due to the win at Page, I now have management and am getting those studio reads we all hope for, so I'm very happy these last few months!
The SAME script was entered into Bluecat. I received feedback on schedule, but the quality of the feedback was poor.
It was a few paragraphs that basically said my script was WELL DONE and there was little to criticize. The reader went on to make a couple of technical notes and that was that. As someone who has done professional reading/editing, the notes were as far from professional as I could imagine. I was then offered the "chance" to resubmit my screenplay for a 2nd full charge.
EVERYONE gets the chance to PAY TWICE based on some very crude notes? Has anyone ever seen real script coverage? It can be 10 pages or more. Who thinks that they could follow 1/3 page of crude notes and elevate their material significantly?
Most submitted scripts are not even close to professional level. That's the reality. But many will simply pay twice thinking they have a chance. Other contests ONLY allow re-submissions to finalists. That makes sense. Taking money from the others is just that: Taking money.
Bluecat may be able to help you, but I suggest entering contests like Page or Final Draft to see where you stand. Those are career changing contests as is Nichols.
In Bluecat I did not resubmit. And since I got primarily positive feedback, what was there to resubmit? I got as far as the quarter finals. It didn't matter as Bluecat could do nothing for me. The bigger contests already got me management, which is the whole point.Still, I was mildly annoyed to only get that far with a script that had done so well with bigger contests.
So consider carefully where you enter. The 2nd submission "open to all" is a poor system and seems to exist as a revenue generator overall.
Finally, check those success stories! Contests like Page have some heavy duty results that are unmatched. Even getting into the semi-finals of Page can get you attention.
Finally...I should say this...You may have written a best screenplay about zombies and get two readers who hate zombies. That's it! You're done! So even good material doesn't always get to the final rounds.
Best of luck to all!
I entered this a few years back and as well as having to send a hard copy, I sent it from Australia which was a lot of money to send. I'd probably only consider entering again if you could upload online and the cost was more competitive
I never received anything other than a confused email from them in response to my inquiry as to whether or not they had in fact received my submission. This is an expensive competition ($75) AND you have to submit a hard copy. I had to initiate all communication. They could never verify what happened to my submission (and of course didn't offer to return the fee). They may have wonderful intentions but they seem to be terribly organized and horribly run. For this hefty a submission fee they need to get their act together.
After writing my first teleplay I entered it into several festivals with the intention of gaining feedback to better my script. As a first-timer, I wasn't overly confident with my abilities. After entering my pilot (Eraser) into WildSound I was extremely surprised and grateful to discover that I had won a live reading. The confidence boost was incredible. Not only did they provide me with some of the best constructive feedback I have received from competitions to date, they understood the direction I was taking with the my concept and the tone I was attempting to create far better than any other reader. Mathew also offered me the opportunity to deliver another rewrite with consideration to their feedback which I was extremely for. The reading itself was immensely satisfying. Not only were the actors professional and respectful to the characters, they seemed to have been cast somewhat based on the character descriptions too!
For anyone starting out, I cannot recommend a better competition to enter. Since rewriting my script based on their constructive criticism I have placed in a handful of semifinals and finals that I don't believe I would have reached without their feedback and continued support.
I sometimes find these web sites confusing but I was going to enter FilmMakers and was not aware that it had another competition finishing up now. The DEtails page indicates the REgular deadline is 30 April
I can see there is a lot of positive feedback regarding Wildsound. My experience was ho hum.
Firstly I entered in December just before Xmas to take advantage of a special. I followed the instructions to the T and sent off my script. I didn't hear from anyone for weeks and weeks and when I contacted them and after a alot of emails they said they never received my screenplay but received my payment. The script - I finally found out - ended up in their spam folder and was lost. I was told I'd get the feedback by the end of January.
Mid February no feedback. I contacted them and they told me they'd sent it. Now I work at a University and I know every piece of email I get and what ends up in the spam folder. I'm not saying it was never sent its just that my track record to date for losing emails is well - just this one.Anyways it was resent.
So after all that chasing up I finally received the wildsound feedback. The feedback indicates the reader read everything. Found the feedback OKAY - not great but OKAY. Had a couple of suggestions on improving and mentioned need to fix up grammar. Overall I'll probably not re-use this service unless its on special. The feedback was average and the technical issues on their end were too numerous.
Okay. I admit it. Co-author Laurie Larsen and I were a little skeptical. We weren't convinced WILDsound could do an effective table reading of our screenplay with a limited cast. They absolutely blew us away. They came up with an amazing presentation using two talented professional actors as the main characters and three playing revolving roles. As an added bonus, the administrator is extremely helpful and responds promptly to questions. This is the overall best experience we've ever had with a contest.
I thought I would comment about someone's comment here that "Not in a million years" would someone place in a competition with a first effort. Well: I had no training except for two books I purchased and no one to help me, but I wrote my first (and, to date) only screenplay and entered a dozen of the contests I found on MovieBytes. In 2013 I won four competitions and was one of five finalists in a fifth. On one of the competitions I was given a two weeks' vacation for two in a resort. Alas, I wasn't able to go.
Just got my feedback and I love the way it was structured. They scored it overall, and then showed me how I scored in the subcategories that made up the total score: theme, characterization, dialogue, etc.
A great experience! This was the first contest I ever entered and I picked the right one! The feedback was wonderfully helpful and spot on, the administrator was responsive, and I was thrilled with the table read of my winning scene. What a rush to see my writing come to life! I'd recommend this contest for new and seasoned writers.
My script THE THIRD BOMB won 5th place and $2,000 USD in 2014. Of course I am excited, but I should also note that I received my feedback from them within a good amount of time. The notes were thorough and professional and have helped improve my script beyond the version that won in 2014.
Two problems with this site I experienced - (1)you can get soul destroying review from some idiot who has no idea what they are talking about; (2) you can then get one of their 'citizens' endorse the soul destroying review by rating the review highly without even reading your script. The system is flawed but no one wants to address it.
On the flip side some competitions which offer feedback can give you the warm fuzzies and tell you how wonderful your script is without addressing any issues with the script. Writer thinks he or her has the perfect script until they find out they don't even make it into the quarter finals.
Guess something in the middle is best. But problem with talentville is some peers have zero empathy and zero idea what they are talking about
From my own personal experience of this contest - it really can't be called a competition - this contest, is very poor. The feedback is provided by other users of the site and can vary from a few lines to full indepth notes.
Unfortunately though, having someone actually provide you with feedback can be a problem as a "member" of the site must be prepared to give you feedback. There is a group of "members" who will judge if you are worthy of their feedback, and if they don't believe you measure up, will not provide you with any feedback. I know someone who purchased feedback on the site and is still waiting over a year later for this.
As I say, from my personal experiences, I would avoid this at all costs.
However, I felt obligated to post/reply regarding some of the content of your original post.
As prior noted, I'm the winner of a feature-length category. While I realize that there are a total of nine different categories in that arena, I received no contact from you prior to your posted comments about the contest.
Also, you made comments regarding winners not being on Moviebytes and implying that the names were fictional.
Both of those posts were made the day the list and contest results went out. There was little or no time for any person(s) to reply to any inquiry before your postings.
I cannot speak for any communication attempts you made with the contest, it's director or staff. However, as you see, I reply when I have the time.
For what it's worth, I received my notice from the BHSC that day and and a brief e-mail exchange with reply a few hours later.
Thus far, my experience is a pleasant one and as expected. Is it possible you're contacting the wrong address? I noticed in your latest post the work, "The Raven's Treasure" which you mention listed in the Romance category.
Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest does not have a Romance category.
Nevertheless, I remain available for any questions, comments or thoughts regarding this contest with you or anyone else who ventures to this page.
One would think that considering the pedigree of the sponsor, that out of 125 winning scripts in the last 25 years that the screenplays that were produced as movies would have recognizable titles. Truth is, few hit movies have been produced from the screenplays that won the Nicholl. Obviously there is a disconnect here in that there's a major difference between a literary piece that wows the Nicholl judges and a script that Hollywood recognizes as bankable and wants to make into a movie.
Chris -- When no one answers my notes and does things that are not correct like I've been told for 20 years, you do begin to wonder. All contests usually start with semi-finalists, finalist & then is the winners. Several years ago BHSC worked much better on their contests. In the beginning of this, my money had gone to Las Vegas which made me nuts. Whatever.
This is my third year entering this contest. This year it was for a short script. The feedback was excellent, the reader was familiar with Christian themes and did not shy away. His or her comments were very helpful.
I'm wondering also. I didn't get a note or anything since I started with my screenplay on 6-3-14-- six months ago. I keep looking at BHSC's and the only thing on their page was a place to enter your screenplays again. Very strange. I had already looked about the amount that I had paid for my entering, and the money had gone to someone in Las Vegas, which was very strange. I wrote BHSC many times -- no answers. So I wrote to MovieBytes & soon after that, BHSC sent me where to to see the winners. Who were they? I wonder. Were any of them in this MovieBytes like we are? Or did they make up these winner people? I guess we will never no.
The communication, organisation and feedback these guys offer are fantastic and scriptwriters of all disciplines and experience should be jumping at the service WILDsound provide. The best thing about it is they are as enthusiastic as you about your work. Thank you to everyone involved with WILDsound.
I've received 5 reviews so far from Bluecat to date - all for last years comp for three scripts I entered. So far the five I received have been good and insightful - I'm still waiting on the sixth and fingers crossed.
I can understand how frustrating when you get a review and the reviewer comes back with something that indicates he missed some key point - when this happens to me you have to disregard the rest of the review regardless of whether there might be something of value. The review becomes null and void.
I'd send Bluecat an email on this - tell them what happened. They seem decent to me but I guess the law of averages there is the occassional crap review that slips thru the cracks. But don't give up on them as I reckon they're probably head and shoulders baove most other comps
Most comps are full script, so I thought this might be a good opportunity to test out my ideas from the seed level. I submitted 2 loglines and was wow-ed by how thorough and creative the feedback was. Really excited about fleshing out these ideas some more now. For under 10 bucks it was totally worth it!!
I am less than impressed by this competition. It is obvious to me that only the first two pages and the last one were read. The commentary I received isn't worth a damn. Ironically the two screenplays that were submitted placed very highly in one of Hollywood's most respected screenplay competitions, and either won or were highly placed in four others.
What strikes me the most is that so much attention was paid to minutiae such as formatting (which, to a minor extent, deviated from the norm, with very good reason). This obviously took precedence in the mind of the Reel Writers assessor, at the expense of story and substance.
It seems to me that some pathetic college kid was given a prescription for assessment, and anything that deviated from that prescription was instantly jettisoned.
If you are a writer with a single whit of creativity in your bones I recommend you give this competition a miss. Don't waste your money. I have serious misgivings about the quality, and literacy level of, the assessors.
I entered this contest after getting some excellent feedback when I entered in cycle 2. My aim is always to atleast get to the third round selection so I'd get feedback on the whole script - else the cost of entering is way too steep. Having resubmitted after round 2 to again get full Round 3 script feedback I felt this time the feedback was too light. It's stated that feedback will be a minimum of 250 words. Well I think my feedback was just over the 250 words minimum. The feedback was very light compared to cycle 2's feedback and rather disappointing for the cost
Please could moviebytes check into these scam competitions before placing them on their contest lists. It would save the amateur screenwriter a lot of time and money. Maybe there needs to be more criteria to be placed on this site. Just a suggestion.
Patrick...Having people read for you is a lot of help. But in the end it all comes down to taste, assuming you've hit some of the basic notes, which I'll list:
1) No typos or as few as possible
2) Do your research, even on mundane stuff.
3) Never describe ANYTHING that is not SHOWN on screen.
4) If you're going to depart from classic structure, have a good reason.
5) Don't write what you've already seen.
If you got into top 10, that's GREAT. That means you are writing at a solid level. I'm not much for coverage. I've gotten some and often found it badly written and unfocused. Then again, I got GREAT feedback from the Austin Film Festival (The biggest raves I got) yet I never came close to winning!
The contest circuit is SUBJECTIVE as is the whole evaluation process. If someone doesn't like a script about rabid penguins, it won't move, no matter how well you've written it.
I posted my comments here because I see several negative reviews for the Big Break Contest and I know they are a HIGHLY respected contest. Once you enter they really owe you nothing but a read. If your material doesn't connect, you're out. It's just that simple. Last year I didn't get into the first round! This year I'm in the top 3 and won other contests and management. You have to keep pushing, love movies and strive to put your blood into the pages. Best of luck to all and thanks again to FD Big Break.
Well done Robert and good advice. My script reached the top ten in the Family genre this year but it's about my tenth draft and every time I finish a draft I finish it's gold and a couple of weeks later I think it's trash. The mind certainly plays tricks and it's ahrd to be objective on your own stuff.
Once again congrats and good to see ahrd work does pay off
Okay maybe I;m justa bit miffed for not even making the qtr finals but I am confused how the winner won for a script that has been in development since 2012 - http://www.curtisbrown.co.uk/claire-fowler/little-house/
My assumption would be that if something has already been made into a film then that script would not be a viable contender
Also I should add I did like the script for the third place winner but the subject matter etc for the winner and runner up were atypical
I'll probably have second thoughts before entering in this contest in the future
Okay, let me get this out of the way first...It's VERY hard to win these contests and you really need to work hard and read a LOT of scripts to do well at all.
This year my script won GOLD in the Page Awards, also took 1st place in its genre in the Fresh Voices contest and finished in the top 3 in the Final Draft Big Break contest. Not a bad run!
Because of this I acquired management and my script is being shopped around. It's very exciting.
But it was VERY hard. In last years Final Draft contest I did not make the 1st round with the same script, and that's because I had not done enough work and refined it. It was the improved versions that won contests and got things moving. I think that many writers knock out a 1st, 2nd and 3rd draft and believe they have something, but a lot of the time they're out-of-touch with the realities of this industry. Depending on the type of script you're writing, you may need 20 drafts to get to that winning version. In some respects you have to write at an even higher level than if you were a working writer!
The backlash of dissapointment is palpable, but it's within your power to regain control and write something special. You just have to do the work.
As for Final Draft, the contest is REAL. If you do well they MIGHT get you noticed or even sold. The odds are really up to you. I won some and I lost some. Tastes vary and a uniform result is not likely on the contest circuit.
In my opinion you should "swing for the fences" and enter the bigger contests like this one. The worst thing I can say is that they were a bit late on some announcements, but that's really not meaningful if you made the finals or won. Bottom line: This is a great contest with the power to change lives.
Don't make luck part of your plan. Get to work and write!
WILDsound has been a treasured consultant in every way. Their time and expertise are amazing and so supportive for our writing excellence and success. I'm forever grateful and will submit every future screenplay I write. Thank you!
I've entered this contest a few times and even had the good fortune of winning one year. Unfortunately nothing whatsoever came of that victory -- I did not get a single phone call or email from anyone in the industry, which was pretty disappointing. Also, they're not great about meeting their own announcement deadlines. Overall, not a bad experience, but not quite up to the high standards of the Page International or Scriptapalooza screenwriting contests...
I was lucky enough to be a Page winner last year, and I have nothing but good things to say about this contest. Every step of the way, Jennifer and Zoe do it exactly right. They meet their deadlines, respond to email queries, deliver their prizes on time, and do their best to advocate for the winners. Also, great feedback from their readers. Overall, probably the classiest and most prestigious of independent contests (meaning, not associated with the Oscars, Austin Film Festival, etc). If you only enter one contest, seriously consider making it this one...
Like its sister contest, the Scriptapalooza feature contest, Scriptapalooza TV is a classy operation. Scripts get read and evaluated honestly, and they meet their deadlines. Very responsive to emails, and the fact that they advocate for (and publicize) not only the winners but also the finalists is very cool. Thumbs up!
I was a Scriptapalooza feature contest runner up a few years ago, and I found the experience to be a positive one. Mark Andrushko, who runs the contest, is a class act. He is knowledgeable and dedicated, and I genuinely believe he does his best to advocate for the winners and finalists in his contest. The feedback I've gotten from his readers has also been very solid, insightful and constructive. Overall, I think this is one of the best contests for would-be screenwriters -- and believe me, I know from experience, having entered many over the last five years. There are definitely some sketchy contests out there, but this is not one of them. Strong recommend.