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

Michelle Patton Author: Michelle Patton Posted: 04/15/2014 12:08 AM
I entered this contest recently and had a question about it so I sent them an email. I received an email back from Zoe Simmons within about 5 minutes that fully answered my question and made me feel even better about entering this contest than I already did! The people running this contest are incredibly nice and very helpful! :)

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

Patrick Gamble Author: Patrick Gamble Posted: 04/13/2014 06:41 PM
Hi I found this competition OK. I ended up a finalist but the problem is the top 25% of entrants were also finalists.

My main criticism with this competition is too many entrants made the semi-finalist (50%) and finalist (top 25%) cut. This means there are a large number of aspiring writers (me included) that can claim to be finalists - but should the top 25% be categorized as Finalists. Sure it gives alot out there the warm fuzzies but I think really a finalist should be the top 10% or even less. When the semi-finalists were announced, it was stated that as there were so many entries this year they had lifted the bar so the top 50% were semi-finalists. Well I'm no mathematician but this makes no sense. Regardless of whether you got 300 entries or 3000 if the percent cutoff was say top 25%, a higher number of entries for the year makes no sense to lift the bar. Actually, extra contestants would make more sense to lower the bar. Anyways I think if the contest left the semi-final cut-off to say 25% and finalist to 10%, then regardless of number of contestants etc this would be a good rule of thumb. As it was the winners were decided from the top 25% of contestants and I really think this meant there was alot more pressure on the judges in the last month. If they had culled the numbers down to a more manageable number, this would have made more sense.

My other main criticism is the vague details given on when the next announcements would be made and the long time it took to finally announce a winner - over 7 months (1 September to early april). Often details would be given, Winners announced next month etc, but no actual dates given. I think most people love knowing exact dates on when announcements will be made. Judges and organizers should be able to provide exact dates on when announcements will be made else they are failing at delivering on these important milestones in a competition

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Contest: KCWIFT Short[Post New Comment re: KCWIFT Short]

Sarah Micklem Author: Sarah Micklem Posted: 04/10/2014 05:33 PM
My short script, The Necromancer's Maid, was selected as a finalist for the 2014 contest. I was able to go to Kansas City for the event and hear the 6 finalist scripts read by actors. This was helpful as it was my first chance to hear anything I'd written read aloud by actors. It was equally important to hear the different approaches taken by the other writers. They screened a short film by one of the finalists -- an opportunity offered to all of us. Above all, let's hear it for support for women in films!

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Contest: FilmMakers[Post New Comment re: FilmMakers]

Athena Smith Author: Athena Smith Posted: 04/04/2014 09:51 AM
The finalists will be announced April 30. I agree with the comments on this site pertaining to the frustration of their website. It should be simple simon to find announcement dates and updates about their contest. I've spent WAY too much time trying to find any information on the site - what they do is send an email with the information so you... must... wait...

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

Sean Ryan Author: Sean Ryan Posted: 03/26/2014 02:47 PM
I came second in the contest last year and was very impressed by the level of support and the quality of the coverage reports from Writemovies.

It encouraged me to rewrite my script and polish it enough to enter again. I was delighted to win and received my prize and reports right away, without delay.

The coverage reports/feedback are the real value in this contest as the reader's produced some of the best script coverage I have ever read. That included coverage from some top rated sites/readers that cost me a small fortune. The writemovie readers are paramount to gym coaches. If you are willing to push yourself and work harder, you will get the full value of their feedback/notes.

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

Sean Ryan Author: Sean Ryan Posted: 03/26/2014 02:46 PM
I came second in the contest last year and was very impressed by the level of support and the quality of the coverage reports from Writemovies.

It encouraged me to rewrite my script and polish it enough to enter again. I was delighted to win and received my prize and reports right away, without delay.

The coverage reports/feedback are the real value in this contest as the reader's produced some of the best script coverage I have ever read. That included coverage from some top rated sites/readers that cost me a small fortune. The writemovie readers are paramount to gym coaches. If you are willing to push yourself and work harder, you will get the full value of their feedback/notes.

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

Sean Ryan Author: Sean Ryan Posted: 03/26/2014 02:37 PM
I came second in the contest last year and was very impressed by the level of support and the quality of the coverage reports from Writemovies.

It encouraged me to rewrite my script and polish it enough to enter again. I was delighted to win and received my prize and reports right away, without delay.

The coverage reports/feedback are the real value in this contest as the reader's produced some of the best script coverage I have ever read. That included coverage from some top rated sites/readers that cost me a small fortune. The writemovie readers are paramount to gym coaches. If you are willing to push yourself and work harder, you will get the full value of their feedback/notes.

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

Chip Casner Author: Chip Casner Posted: 03/18/2014 03:55 PM
I won the 2014 Screenwriting contest with my script, "Easter Island." Received a generic email (not even addressed to me) stating I could purchase a paper certificate for $15 or a trophy for $100... FOR WINNING FIRST PLACE/GRAND PRIZE!!! No money, no prizes, just more costs! This contest is a scam. To recap, if you win their "Grand Prize" you get the opportunity to buy a paper certificate for $15... TOTAL FRAUD & B.S!

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Contest: Rome Independent[Post New Comment re: Rome Independent]

Paul Taddy Author: Paul Taddy Posted: 03/18/2014 10:01 AM
The Festival began on Sunday the 16th and the three finalists were published on the web site only today, the 18th. As a participant I haven't received by email any notification. Among the three finalists there's a son of a famous Italian director, now passed at a better life. I'm an Italian and few years ago I decided that I would have never applied at anything anymore in my country. But as you see I didn't resist. Save your money!!!!

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Contest: Emerging Screenwriters[Post New Comment re: Emerging Screenwriters]

MICHAEL BIERMAN Author: MICHAEL BIERMAN Posted: 03/15/2014 05:03 PM
So far, my experience has been quite positive. The only negative was that the announcement dates were all shifted back. I entered quite late, and received my notes very quickly. There was a plot summation of my ENTIRE script, which clearly showed the reader had finished it. The analysis was thoughtful, and because the reader liked the script so much, admittedly "picky." While I disagree with one of the picky points, the other is justified. I have fixed the very minor issue by adding a single line of dialogue. The notes were a full two pages long, and well thought out. I will have to see how I finish based on the high compliments in the notes such as "Production ready", "This script is in great shape", and "Very well-executed script", but to date this contest has been professional and well worth the entry fee.

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

Michael McCormick Author: Michael McCormick Posted: 03/15/2014 08:05 AM
I did not like this contest at all. It seems that the people that read these are college kids trying to grade you like a teacher. This isn't a final exam. I have entered contest where I would get a 9 out of 10 across the board on ALL categories. Here it was nit picked and advised I resubmit (for a fee of course). The judge also thinks my villain is the main character. The main character is introduced about page 9. I don't think he read it that far. Waste of money.

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

william georgi Author: william georgi Posted: 03/12/2014 07:22 PM
I really appreciated the good feedback. Price is reasonable, especially considering the quality of feedback. I'll probably enter again in future years...

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

Rick Meyer Author: Rick Meyer Posted: 03/12/2014 05:29 PM
Really excellent feedback I am extremely impressed by the way they deal with breaking the scripts down piece by piece. The coverage commentary is as good as any I have ever received. Kudos.

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Contest: Beverly Hills Screenplay[Post New Comment re: Beverly Hills Screenplay]

Michael Sieve Author: Michael Sieve Posted: 03/12/2014 10:48 AM
The ISA membership is a super nice touch. Truly, that alone is significant. I was thrilled to win first in the short script competition and this being the inaugural year makes it all the more exciting. Still waiting on my prize package, though.

I am definitely coming back next year.

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

Taylor Albertson Author: Taylor Albertson Posted: 03/12/2014 10:24 AM
Some of the best feedback I have ever received. They leave notes directly on your script. And I echo the formatting comment - I thought mine was fine since no one else ever commented on it. Now I know.

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Contest: FilmMakers[Post New Comment re: FilmMakers]

Patrick Gamble Author: Patrick Gamble Posted: 03/12/2014 04:58 AM
I've just checked and found that I didn't make the semi final cut. I don't know if I was delusional or having a manic pahse but really thought my screenplay would have gone a bit further. Making the Qtr finals it really built my hopes up and Im more depressed over missing out on the semi then earlier attempts where I got no where.

I guess this business is a subjective thing and I wish all that made the semis the best of luck

Having gotten that off my chest, I'd like to say two big criticisms of this competition. First category one you group together a half dozen genres - category 2 and 3 is drama and comedy. So if your screenplay is fantasy, horror, thriller or family you are at a distinct disadvantaqge.

Point 2 - the feedback was terrible. I had no idea when the finals, semi finals etc were being announced. Still unclear when finalists are being announced. Point for you organisers - you are all probably professionals and experts in your craft but we - the entrants - who enter your contest just see you as a disorganised. You should - from day one - have clear dates on when announcements are to be made, Note something like - sometime in March/April, Look at Page and other contests that have their $##@$ together - they will give you specific dates you can rely on

Cheers

Patrick

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Contest: FilmMakers[Post New Comment re: FilmMakers]

Patrick Gamble Author: Patrick Gamble Posted: 03/12/2014 03:17 AM
I've just checked and found that I didn't make the semi final cut. I don't know if I was delusional or having a manic pahse but really thought my screenplay would have gone a bit further. Making the Qtr finals it really built my hopes up and Im more depressed over missing out on the semi then earlier attempts where I got no where.

I guess this business is a subjective thing and I wish all that made the semis the best of luck

Having gotten that off my chest, I'd like to say two big criticisms of this competition. First category one you group together a half dozen genres - category 2 and 3 is drama and comedy. So if your screenplay is fantasy, horror, thriller or family you are at a distinct disadvantaqge.

Point 2 - the feedback was terrible. I had no idea when the finals, semi finals etc were being announced. Still unclear when finalists are being announced. Point for you organisers - you are all probably professionals and experts in your craft but we - the entrants - who enter your contest just see you as a disorganised. You should - from day one - have clear dates on when announcements are to be made, Note something like - sometime in March/April, Look at Page and other contests that have their $##@$ together - they will give you specific dates you can rely on

Cheers

Patrick

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Contest: Fresh Voices Feature[Post New Comment re: Fresh Voices Feature]

Fresh Voices Author: Fresh Voices Posted: 03/11/2014 02:55 PM
Hi Claire, I cannot find an entry under this name in our database and so I am unable to read your evaluation and see if I can help.

We take your concerns seriously. If you wish to contact us directly at contact@fresh-voices.com, we will gladly look into your case and see if we can resolve your complaint.

Respectfully,

Seth Reynolds Coordinator Fresh Voices

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Contest: Emerging Screenwriters[Post New Comment re: Emerging Screenwriters]

MJ Gardner Author: MJ Gardner Posted: 03/10/2014 03:50 PM
Stay away. They offer script coverage as part of the deal and 8 months later I haven't received anything.

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Contest: Fresh Voices Feature[Post New Comment re: Fresh Voices Feature]

Claire Baily Author: Claire Baily Posted: 03/08/2014 12:24 PM
Very questionable feedback. It was obvious that the reader did not read the script carefully or at all. The logline was all wrong, the reader even misspelled my name. The suggestions regarding the structure showed no knowledge in a one hour TV pilot structure. The reader had some very weird suggestions that don’t even make sense. Even the compliments are doubtful.

To me, it just seemed very unprofessional. I’m 99% sure this was not a savvy reader, but a hired reader or an intern with no qualifications to give feedback that might ruin a novice writer’s script, especially when it comes to structure. It’s a shame that such inexperienced and clueless judge determines your chances at a contest. I entered this contest for the fun of it, as it’s not like the major contests that are the golden grail. But that feedback was money down the drain for sure.

Before anyone accuses me of being bitter, I should state that this was the first time ever that I didn’t have anything(!) to take from a coverage, and that the same script has received great feedback from other judges and readers. On the same week, I submitted the same script someplace else, which will remain unnamed. The reader was a well-known manager, who will also remain unnamed. The manager raved about the execution, and gave the structure a perfect score. The script has received a “Consider” grade.

Anyway, thanks to lousy work and an inexperienced judge, my contest entry was doomed along with my money. These things happen. But if you’re entering this contest, be aware of its judges. They might screw your chances and take your money while doing so. Because at least some of them seem to be inexperienced and unqualified. Enter at your own risk.

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Contest: Script Pipeline First Look[Post New Comment re: Script Pipeline First Look]

Debbie Lollie Author: Debbie Lollie Posted: 02/28/2014 01:46 PM
The management team at Script Pipeline is professional and courteous. Ever since the contest results were announced, they've been in constant contact and acted timely as scheduled. They have demonstrated true dedication to their stated objectives and provided great support! I'm so impressed.

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Contest: Script Pipeline Movie Idea[Post New Comment re: Script Pipeline Movie Idea]

Mark Stouffer Author: Mark Stouffer Posted: 02/27/2014 05:26 PM
Writing is a lonely job ... unless you're Joaquin Phoenix in "her," in love with his computer. Otherwise it's just you and the four walls you're in. That's why I so appreciate the folks at Script Pipeline. After winning their Great Movie Idea Competition, they're now in my trench, available to help and bounce ideas off of. And if their expert advice isn't enough, the prize money they just paid us is sweet indeed.

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Contest: Script Pipeline First Look[Post New Comment re: Script Pipeline First Look]

Alan Koenig Author: Alan Koenig Posted: 02/27/2014 01:18 PM
The team at Script Pipeline is extremely professional and amazingly insightful. The support they've shown me has been invaluable and super generous. I'd definitely recommend them to any new writer.

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

Stephen M. Hunt Author: Stephen M. Hunt Posted: 02/27/2014 11:23 AM
No other competition has challenged me re formatting and it follows that my formatting (which I thought was OK) has improved dramatically - I now get compliments on it such as "..expert..! Many thanks Reel Writers!

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Contest: Wildsound/TV[Post New Comment re: Wildsound/TV]

Jessica Seguin Author: Jessica Seguin Posted: 02/27/2014 09:36 AM
Wildsound was a great experience for me. The feedback I got was excellent and nailed all the issues I was having with my script, making it a much stronger piece once I finished the edits. It was great to see the table reading they did of my script and the way the contest team really got behind my project was very affirming. Overall, I recommend this contest.

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Contest: Scriptapalooza[Post New Comment re: Scriptapalooza]

Jordan Rane Author: Jordan Rane Posted: 02/26/2014 01:12 AM
Scriptapalooza's dedication to supporting, promoting and improving screenwriters and their material in an industry with no easy "ins" makes it more than just a competition. As a contest, I found it extremely well-organized, aboveboard and professional. As a feedback source, the coverage I received was smart, helpful, timely and (sorry, mom) refreshingly unsugar-coated -- an invaluable investment on its own. There are many good reasons to enter this competition and I'm definitely grateful for all of them.

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Contest: Scriptapalooza[Post New Comment re: Scriptapalooza]

Wendy Decker-Elias Author: Wendy Decker-Elias Posted: 02/25/2014 08:14 PM
As a frequent submitter over the years and a quarter-final, semi-finalist, top-10 finalist and 3rd place winner, all I can say is that this is the best screenwriting competition there is in the entertainment writing world. Mark works for the writers, whether he's promoting the ones that place or fostering the ones still making their way to becoming placed writers. To actually have a competition that does what it says -- get your script in front of eyes that might actually make your writing dreams come true. Scriptapalooza is not only worth the cost of admission, it's a source of pride to have it on your resume.

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Contest: Shore Scripts[Post New Comment re: Shore Scripts]

Simon B Author: Simon B Posted: 02/24/2014 08:41 AM
Really good contest with some great judges. They emailed me back with answers to my questions within 24hours which I think is always a good sign.

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Contest: Zed Fest[Post New Comment re: Zed Fest]

J Steele Author: J Steele Posted: 02/23/2014 04:45 PM
That guy is right. They did not announce the winner until around the new year.

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

Gwladys Roze Author: Gwladys Roze Posted: 02/21/2014 03:56 PM
This was my first contest as well, and did not expect to win first place. However since my entry, I never heard from them anymore. Any news at all is just outrageous. It's not correct to me. Bad contest.

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Contest: Scriptapalooza[Post New Comment re: Scriptapalooza]

rajko stiglic Author: rajko stiglic Posted: 02/21/2014 02:17 AM
I think that not getting a response is a bad thing, but I never ever had such experience with Scriptapalooza. Mark must be a very busy man but he always responded, sometimes with only two encouraging words. What about readers? They are like spectators, fickle. Writers carry on writing; somebody will love your work. I trust Scriptapalooza people, they are pertinent and serious about screenwriting.

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Contest: Wildsound/TV[Post New Comment re: Wildsound/TV]

Andy Corrola Author: Andy Corrola Posted: 02/16/2014 10:04 PM
Just saw the below comment and I agree totally. They nailed the feedback on my TV spec for Mad Men. Obviously they know what they are doing and it set me up for a rewrite. And they are pretty cheap in comparison too to other contests. I definitely got my money back and then some.

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Contest: Wildsound/TV[Post New Comment re: Wildsound/TV]

Micah Goldman Author: Micah Goldman Posted: 02/16/2014 09:10 PM
Wildsound provided my writing partner and I excellent feedback. The feedback indicated to us that they took great care in reading the script and really understood what we were trying to do. In addition, it was also clear that the judges involved really understood television script format and were fans of the show we were doing a spec script of. Also, they performed the script in a table read as promised and did an impressive job.

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Contest: Slamdance[Post New Comment re: Slamdance]

steve randall Author: steve randall Posted: 02/16/2014 01:28 PM
I know one of the judges of this contest, his name is Howard and he is a completely unsuccessful screenwriter/egomaniac/ disability bum. the contest justifies its high price by saying you, get coverage by an industry professional, but he isn't one. If you enter this contest and you get critiqued by him, you are paying for something you could get for free at one of his meet-up groups in LA. He will be more than happy to give you his mean, worthless comments there. He says all he cares about is the story, but he will spend an hour criticizing your stage directions.

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Contest: Wildsound/TV[Post New Comment re: Wildsound/TV]

kent flaagan Author: kent flaagan Posted: 02/05/2014 01:40 PM
The short I entered "The Rooster Must Die!" was given scathing comments that it wasn't any good. The same short was produced in England a year later. Check it on IMDb. This contest gets my two thumbs down.

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Contest: Nashville Fest[Post New Comment re: Nashville Fest]

Susan Bear Author: Susan Bear Posted: 02/04/2014 01:51 PM
Impressed so far!

Last night, the last day to submit, I entered my script into the Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting competition.

While submitting online, by accident, I clicked on "Submit" twice and was charged twice.

As soon as I discovered this error, I called the film festival office and got Michael Wood by phone immediately. I explained what had happened. Within a couple hours he personally emailed me telling me my duplicate submission charged was voided.

I am really impressed by how fast he took care of it... even on the day after their submission deadline... when I know they must be very busy! Thank you! I'm looking forward to find out what the turn out is for their first screenwriting competition. Best of luck to all who entered.

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Contest: Nashville Fest[Post New Comment re: Nashville Fest]

Susan Bear Author: Susan Bear Posted: 02/04/2014 01:50 PM
Impressed so far!

Last night, the last day to submit, I entered my script into the Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting competition.

While submitting online, by accident, I clicked on "Submit" twice and was charged twice.

As soon as I discovered this error, I called the film festival office and got Michael Wood by phone immediately. I explained what had happened. Within a couple hours he personally emailed me telling me my duplicate submission charged was voided.

I am really impressed by how fast he took care of it... even on the day after their submission deadline... when I know they must be very busy! Thank you! I'm looking forward to find out what the turn out is for their first screenwriting competition. Best of luck to all who entered.

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Contest: Nashville Fest[Post New Comment re: Nashville Fest]

Susan Bear Author: Susan Bear Posted: 02/04/2014 01:47 PM
Impressed so far!

Last night, the last day to submit, I entered my script into the Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting competition.

While submitting online, by accident, I clicked on "Submit" twice and was charged twice.

As soon as I discovered this error, I called the film festival office and got Michael Wood by phone immediately. I explained what had happened. Within a couple hours he personally emailed me telling me my duplicate submission charged was voided.

I am really impressed by how fast he took care of it... even on the day after their submission deadline... when I know they must be very busy! Thank you! I'm looking forward to find out what the turn out is for their first screenwriting competition. Best of luck to all who entered.

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

Phillip Hardy Author: Phillip Hardy Posted: 01/30/2014 02:34 PM
Thanks to the folks at Creative Scope for selecting The Willing as one of the finalists. I am grateful for their recognition of my work.

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Contest: Nevada Fest[Post New Comment re: Nevada Fest]

Michael Sieve Author: Michael Sieve Posted: 01/29/2014 11:19 PM
Wonderful people to work with. I won a trophy for my screenplay but when I received it, it had been damaged in shipping. A quick email or two later, and some very kind words on their behalf, and a new trophy was sent. No fuss, no muss. So pleased for their professionalism.

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Contest: Zed Fest[Post New Comment re: Zed Fest]

Myke Friscia Author: Myke Friscia Posted: 01/29/2014 11:00 PM
Awesome, thanks for the clarification. There was to be an announcement on Halloween about who won and there was none. There were no posts on your Facebook page or site about winner. Am I lying about his, or did you announce winner on Halloween? You announced the winner 40+ days later. My 3 emails to Zedfest inquiring about contest before hand were never responded to. So I have a right to post about my experience. And my experience was that I made a finalist and checked on Halloween to see who won. Nothing. I kept checking for 5 weeks. Nothing. Instead, the contest info was deleted. According to Moviebytes listing: "Script Pipeline Writers Database will provide the Top Finalists a one-year membership." "•Scripped is offering a Lifetime PRO subscription to our Top Finalists" So your now saying the Finalists were not promised prizes? Are you saying you DID announce on Halloween 2013? I didn't see it. I was given 1 complimentary pass via email to the fest for entering, as I assume all were. Tell me I'm lying and that you announced the winner on your web site on Halloween and I'll delete my comments and post an apology of how wrong I was. If I was wrong, I'll admit it no problem.

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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

michael donohue Author: michael donohue Posted: 01/29/2014 07:49 PM
I entered WCM34 and purchased the option to for professional coverage. They offered the best service and advice that I have experienced. Specific issues with character development and execution were addressed and the criticism given was done professionally and courteously. They made me feel like they really do care about the writers who enter their contest and that they want to help us to succeed. I would highly recommend their service and contest.

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

Patrick Gamble Author: Patrick Gamble Posted: 01/21/2014 05:19 PM
Hi

I had a similar experience with my feedback - the one page feedback I found to be not encouraging but totally demoralizing with a comment such as - "Comes across as a Smurfs inspired story only not as good." Well if the reviewer had bothered to have read the script that would have realized it had nothing at all to do with the smurfs except that they're both animated family film scripts. I got this review months ago and it still really bugs me every time I read it. It indicates the reviewer did not at all review it and it came across as amateurish.

Reviewing a screenplay is a subjective exercise but it annoys me when its clear the review was poorly done. I personally think my script runs circles around the smurfs. I am still entering the same script in other competitions. Blind faith? Perhaps. I now look at this negative feedback as one of the many obstacles a struggling screenwriter needs to get past.

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Contest: Zed Fest[Post New Comment re: Zed Fest]

Zed Fest Author: Zed Fest Posted: 01/17/2014 08:06 PM
This comment is to a response to the person that posted inaccurate comments about us on 1-4-2014 and is claiming we did not contact him. there's a very good reason for that YOU DID NOT WIN! someone else did that's how Contests work the winners did get notified. He did not make the cut so he is upset, I'm sorry he did not make the cut but that is how judging works. I hope he finds a contest that has the time to contact all people who only made the semifinals and let them know they lost. He is the amateur and is obviously not aware that contests only contact the winners, he did not win or place the Finalists so he does not get contacted. There are too many entries to do what he expected. In addition I personally gave him a free pass to The Film Festival and did not have to he is still unhappy, some people are ungrateful, no matter what you do for them they are not happy. No one ever promised any prizes to him and take it back that was in his imagination. Sorry but I had to rebut his comment because he is unfair and keeps posting lies about us, We are self funded we are a small Festival but gaining popularity so there a lot of people who enter our contests and we are grateful for that, and we treat people fairly and with dignity. This man could have always contacted us by email or in person when he came for free to our FILM FESTIVAL in NOV 2013 he had a ton of chances to say something to us if he had questions before he started posting erroneous comments about things he knows nothing about. I guess when you loose you're mad and you want to take vengeance, which is unproductive I would suggest to this person to keep writing and read books about technique so the outcome is the one he wants next time. also there is such a thing as being a gracious contestant and accept the loss with dignity. SINCERELY ZED FEST FILM FESTIVAL

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Contest: Zed Fest[Post New Comment re: Zed Fest]

Zed Fest Author: Zed Fest Posted: 01/17/2014 03:29 PM
Zed Fest regrets the technical snags that were experienced regarding the posting of the finalists and winners of our 2013 screenplay contest, and the possible misunderstanding regarding prizes promised to finalists. The winners had been duly notified and appropriate prizes and awards have been distributed. We put a lot of effort in putting together a fun and empowering festival, and enjoy a strong report with participants who wish to interact with us directly. If you are a past or potentially future participant in a Zed Fest contest please feel free to contact us at zedfest@gmail.com and we will be more than happy to help you with any concerns you may have.

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Contest: Emerging Screenwriters[Post New Comment re: Emerging Screenwriters]

Zachary Jansen Author: Zachary Jansen Posted: 01/14/2014 08:43 AM
The most disappointing thing about this contest is that they kept pushing back the date entrants were to receive feedback. First it was by November 1, then it was some time in December. It finally arrived -- and after reading the feedback I had great doubts my script was even read in its entirety -- about January 11/12. Yep, 2.5 months after the initial date (I wonder if you'd be able to enter the contest 2.5 months late...).

On top of that, and as I mentioned above, the "feedback" received barely mentioned the content of the script; the majority of its two pages read like a beginners' screenwriting book, focusing on improper formatting. I've worked with numerous other writers, directors, and producers, and this is the only contest that's remarked negatively on my formatting -- seriously, with Final Draft/Movie Magic it's near impossible to format improperly.

I don't think I'd be as frustrated and disappointed if the "feedback" had more to say about the content of the script. But it appears that the reader probably only read the first five pages, quickly skimmed the middle, and read the last few pages because the reader barely mentioned anything about story or character or dialogue. The reader also categorized the script in the wrong genre, which, if they had read the whole script, would've been impossible to do -- they said it was a horror, yet when I'm asked what genre the script is, I go back and forth between comedy or drama. Sure, there are some suspenseful moments, but nothing close to horror. What's funny is that I was actually praised for my creative references to "Jaws" (closer to horror than my script) that occurred throughout the script. Yeah... there's only one (maybe two if you want to stretch it) "Jaws" reference in the script. I have to think that the reader saw the one reference and, going with their misconstrued genre label, assumed there were others.

I looked back at my records and saw I'd entered this contest before, a few years ago. And the "feedback" I got this time could've been paraphrased from that first review. But before anyone starts saying that it's my fault for not learning formatting in the subsequent time: that first script has been optioned, as is, and the producers said when they first opened up the script they knew the writer was on top of his game because it was formatted perfectly. Other producers I've worked with have had similar things to say. I'm a professional writer: I'm going to make sure I do the easiest part of my job correctly, even if a recycled, cookie-cutter piece of "feedback" from an unprofessional, disorganized contest says otherwise.

Please, everyone, avoid this contest. Just from looking at the report card on here on MovieBytes, I see I'm not alone in thinking how disappointing (and frustrating) this contest is. Save your money (and time) and find a more reputable and reliable contest to enter.

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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

John Edward Flynt Author: John Edward Flynt Posted: 01/10/2014 11:44 AM
This contest has always been one of my favorites and is very professional in its operation. I recently received some excellent feedback from them; it was concise and clear, unlike feedback received from OTHER services (in those cases, the reviewer often got facts and names wrong, proving that they barely skimmed it to the end).

WriteMovies Development notes were the very best I've ever gotten. The reviewer understood every facet of my script (though not always agreeing with me), and showed how professional they were in their comments, as well as fully understanding the point of my story.

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Contest: Wildsound[Post New Comment re: Wildsound]

Laura Morton Mattingly Author: Laura Morton Mattingly Posted: 01/10/2014 10:29 AM
I had the opportunity to have my script read in the fall by an extremely talented cast, which was a wonderful experience - and something rare for a writer. I've entered the screenplay contest a few times in the past and will continue to do so because of the insightful and detailed feedback. They provide extremely useful analysis. - great contest. great feedback. great to work with on ever level. -

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Contest: Fifty-Fifty Unlimited[Post New Comment re: Fifty-Fifty Unlimited]

Tony Scott Author: Tony Scott Posted: 01/09/2014 03:28 PM
Total Scammers. Never heard anything back at all.

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Contest: FilmMakers[Post New Comment re: FilmMakers]

Craig Gusmann Author: Craig Gusmann Posted: 01/09/2014 02:48 PM
Ted, I received an email on December 10th that listed those who made the Second Round Qualifying. It also said that the Quarterfinalists would be announced on or before January 25th. You're right, information has been nearly impossible to come by for this particular contest.

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

Tony Scott Author: Tony Scott Posted: 01/09/2014 02:42 PM
Matt,

What did I win? I won money, and a copy of Final Draft. I won bragging rights, and some additional credibility about my script when I talk to people -- and trust me, when you mention to a manager, agent, producer, director or actor that your script has won or placed in several competitions, they are more inclined to POSSIBLY read it.

But what you want to know is, how do you turn a contest winning script into a movie?

No contest can guarantee that. Take a look at the history of the Nicholl Fellowship. According to their website, out of 126 Finalist scripts from 1996 to 2012, only 17 have been produced. Of course, plenty of scripts that weren't finalists, semifinalists or even quarterfinalists in the Nicholl have been produced, and plenty of scripts from first time writers that were never entered into the Nicholl have been produced.

As to my winning script, it is currently in the hands of a major teen pop star who is looking to transition to acting -- if they were attached, we'd easily guarantee $20 to $30 million in box office domestically, and a lot internationally. A major Director has expressed interest. The script clearly helped me gain representation, along with the rest of my body of work to date.

Did the Contest of Contest Winners (or any other contest) do that for me? No. I did all that myself by networking, making connections, generating interest, and pushing forward. Did the win help in that effort from a credibility standpoint? I'm sure it did, and I definitely mention it all the time.

Every writer has to take responsibility for their own brand and own success. The likelihood of it coming to you just because you wrote a winning script is very low. Sure, it happens occasionally, and we've all heard those stories. But they are the very rare exception. Being a finalist in the Nicholl will definitely help you gain representation, but even that won't guarantee you'll get repped, and it absolutely won't guarantee that your winning script will ever see the screen. Unfortunately, this is particularly the case for feature films. For most writers, the common wisdom today is that it is easier to break in to television -- and the rewards and control you have in that medium are very attractive for creator/writers, and those who can become show runners or creator/writer/producers.

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Contest: FilmMakers[Post New Comment re: FilmMakers]

Ted Gurich Author: Ted Gurich Posted: 01/07/2014 05:51 PM
Got an email in November that I advanced. But nothing since. Can't even find an email address to ask them when and if final results will be posted. It's 2014, what happened to this contest?

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Contest: Table Read[Post New Comment re: Table Read]

harold l brown Author: harold l brown Posted: 01/07/2014 10:11 AM
Submitted script for 2013 contest. A couple of days before announcing semi-finalists I got an email asking me to resubmit PDF as file was corrupt. I question the ability to serious consider a script on the weekend before they are about to announce the Semi-Finalists. I will not be entering this competition again.

They should have just refunded my payment and told me they were late in processing my entry and unable to fairly evaluate it.

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Contest: Writer's Digest[Post New Comment re: Writer's Digest]

Michael Balin Author: Michael Balin Posted: 01/04/2014 12:16 AM
My first screenplay entry took second place and I received a nice cash prize and free books! I was pleasantly surprised and very happy with their professionalism. My second screenplay took eighth and I still received some cash. I will continue to enter both screenplays and stage plays.

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Contest: Zed Fest[Post New Comment re: Zed Fest]

Myke Friscia Author: Myke Friscia Posted: 01/02/2014 10:48 PM
40+ days after "Halloween annoucement" and several complaints later, they reposted their finalists back on their web site after deleting all info like the contest never existed. Only when they reposted, I was no longer a finalist. I guess that will teach me! No contact about promised prizes to finalists. Outstanding professionalism!

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Contest: Wildsound[Post New Comment re: Wildsound]

Michael Sieve Author: Michael Sieve Posted: 01/01/2014 09:23 PM
I recently entered and won a reading. WildSound took my feature screenplay and pushed it back to me with some solid compliments as well as concerns as it regarded structure. As a writer, I recognized that my script had some issues but it was not until I read the feedback that I understood, truly, how to apply the fix.

With that said, I was invited me to enter the script again and was told that if the changes had been addressed, that my script would likely be ready for a reading

To the point, I was pleased with the script analysis. Their advice helped me craft a more significant product. And a few days ago, I was notified that I had won a reading.

WildSound provided significant coaching and understanding as to my scripts strengths and weaknesses. To win again would not be the point. To simply submit everything I write from here on out is all I feel I need to take all of my projects to the next level.

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Contest: [Post New Comment re: ]

Lee Terry Author: Lee Terry Posted: 12/19/2013 11:44 AM
Re Julie Gray, JUST EFFING ENTERTAIN ME:

I paid for the Final Draft PLUS Notes screenplay service, quote: "Three pages of notes, comments and feedback on your script, an expert logline, and ratings in every major category. PLUS notes on each page using the Final Draft Script Notes Function".

Where were the promised notes from Ms. Gray on every page? This was a feature script, yet there was 14 notes total (some of which were nonsense, such as telling me I probably spelled Chevy "Camaro" wrong [I didn't] and not one but two notes telling me her problems with the verb "pelt"). There were no notes at all on the last third of the script.

Ms. Gray didn't, however, forget to include the hyperlink so I could buy her book.

Lee

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

Leslie Henderson Author: Leslie Henderson Posted: 12/13/2013 02:54 PM
I was a finalist in the Hollywood Screeplay Contest 2013, family films category. Never received any of whatever the awards were supposed to be for finalist. I've written to them twice to see if I could get a response, but thus far, I've not heard one word. If I don't hear back from someone before the year is out, I doubt I will enter this contest again.

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Contest: TLLjournal[Post New Comment re: TLLjournal]

Don Fried Author: Don Fried Posted: 12/10/2013 05:24 PM
I've entered Three Lines or Less Logline contest 4 times now, and I've won a grand prize, first runner-up, third runner-up, and made the finals the other time.

One of the goodies for the grand prize was a marketing blast from SellaScript, which resulted in a contact through which the screenplay was optioned.

The other prizes, which have included script analysis, have also been very valuable.

Jared and the folks at TLL are very responsive. I recommend this contest very highly.

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Contest: Screencraft Action Thriller[Post New Comment re: Screencraft Action Thriller]

Mark Donnell Author: Mark Donnell Posted: 12/10/2013 05:11 AM
How do I submit my script?

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

Nate Lane Author: Nate Lane Posted: 12/07/2013 07:50 PM
I entered into the short script contest for the 2013 Eerie Festival. I was notified that my script made the finals and it was posted on their website. They allegedly announced all the contest winners during the festival, which happened many months ago. They didn't post the winners on their website nor Facebook page. No idea if my script won. No idea who won. No one will respond to my inquiries via email or Facebook. Unprofessional and disappointing.

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Contest: Austin[Post New Comment re: Austin]

Lee Terry Author: Lee Terry Posted: 12/04/2013 06:08 PM
My script "Descent of Ron" got to the Second Round and then was eliminated. Not great news, but not terrible.

I received general notes from the two Anonymous Readers, one very positive, one very critical.* They contradicted each other quite a bit, but this only shows it's subjective to some degree. Each briefly went over Concept, Character, Plot and Dialogue.

I plan to enter AFF again.

LT

*If your script has a complex story (from Truby's definition), it's probably won't do as well in any contest's first and second round FAST reads.

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Contest: Scriptapalooza[Post New Comment re: Scriptapalooza]

Lee Terry Author: Lee Terry Posted: 12/04/2013 05:43 PM
I entered Scriptapalooza and also received coverage from them, from a judge known by 'ZS'. 'ZS' gave my script a "POOR" in EVERY category, and from his very brief comments it was obvious he hadn't even really skimmed the script, much less read it through. This coverage is on the same draft of "Descent of Ron" that was a SECOND ROUNDER in the latest Austin Film Festival screenplay competition (admittedly not great news, but miles from "POOR"s in every category).*

I spoke to Mark Andrushko who, although he didn't like the extremely skimpy look of this all "POOR"s coverage, said that he knew 'ZS' personally and that he was one of his better readers. Hmm.

Mark A. also said he'd pay for another reader to cover my script, and the resulting schizophrenic feedback was in some parts from a reader who said the script was very funny and effectively written (which may or may not be sincere, not a TON of details in coverage), and a reader who called the villain Ghost Whisperer instead of Ghost Hunter, contradicted the good comments, got basic plot elements wrong, and H-A-T-E-D my "hero"'s guts. Again, hmm.

Enter the competition if you must--I won't again--but just know you might get 'ZS' in charge of your script's fate.

LT

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

Basil Sunshine Author: Basil Sunshine Posted: 12/03/2013 02:44 AM
BlueCat, the only contest that will disqualify you for having a pen name.

I really do not understand this policy. What does BlueCat know that the US Copyright Office & the WGA don't? There is no reason a pen name should disqualify anyone as long as the legal name is also provided.

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Contest: Zed Fest[Post New Comment re: Zed Fest]

Myke Friscia Author: Myke Friscia Posted: 11/25/2013 09:10 PM
26 days after "Halloween announcement" and nothing. No emails to the 6 finalists. Nothing on their site or Facebook page. Instead, they deleted all info about the contests and the names of the finalists. Think of the disappointment to the six writers. Think of the good companies that loan their names as sponsors to the contest and donate prizes.

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

Glenda Ganis Author: Glenda Ganis Posted: 11/22/2013 02:22 PM
I was a finalist in the last Script Pipeline contest and the care, attention and efforts given to me by Matt Misetich and Dave Kline touched my heart. These men are gems in an industry that is not known to foster warm feelings in writers. I highly recommend entering their contests.

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Contest: Wildsound[Post New Comment re: Wildsound]

harold l brown Author: harold l brown Posted: 11/18/2013 02:04 PM
I have written several screenplays with feedback requested from Wildsound, along with a novel. The feedback was EXCELLENT. I personally use Wildsound with any project that I consider important, in terms of having an assessement.

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

Anna Little Author: Anna Little Posted: 11/17/2013 07:20 PM
I'm so indebted to BlueCat for their helpful, insight analyses. Both readers gave poignant notes and clear direction. I'm overwhelmed with this competition. The quality of the analyses is incredible! This is a must-do competition! Thank you so very much!

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

Melissa Emery Author: Melissa Emery Posted: 11/15/2013 02:58 PM
This contest is just a few years old but I expect it to be one of the more significant ones soon. I entered The Happy Writers contest last fall. The organizer, Joey, is amazing and so well connected in the industry. His goal is to connect writers with producers, agents and managers who can make projects happen.

Joey is extremely supportive and a great champion for writers. He is truly passionate about making big things happen for writers. This contest is just one way of doing that.

The Happy Writers offers many services. I took advantage of "Perfecting Your Pitch" which was incredibly helpful. I had no idea why my pitch didn't work before working with them. But they helped me hone in on the essence of my story. I then used the pitch they helped me to perfect in the industry pitch sessions they offer. To date, my scripts have been requested by Rat Entertainment, Informant Media, Panay Films, Odd Lot and Gotham Group just to name a few. I am so grateful for The Happy Writers!

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Contest: Wildsound[Post New Comment re: Wildsound]

Ginger Cohen Author: Ginger Cohen Posted: 11/14/2013 09:13 AM
Agreed. Really got a lot out of submitting. Made my script a lot better.

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Contest: Ohio Independent[Post New Comment re: Ohio Independent]

Penny Minor Author: Penny Minor Posted: 11/13/2013 04:15 PM
I was hoping for more feedback other than merely how high my screenplay scored. I was hoping I would get some constructive criticism. Maybe my expectations were out of line.

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

Xavier Burgin Author: Xavier Burgin Posted: 11/12/2013 03:39 PM
Really good feedback on screenplays. The competition is great!

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

Rebecca Boyd Author: Rebecca Boyd Posted: 11/12/2013 08:42 AM
Blue Cat is unquestionably the best contest I've entered so far. The readers keyed in on specific things that I had been struggling with, and their suggestions are immensely helpful. I have cut out and then added back my opening scene more than once, unsure of whether it worked or not. Now I can be confident that it needs to go, and that what will become the new opening scene is as good as I hoped it was. Just having that single problem solved in itself makes my entry fee well spent, but the readers also gave me a host of other really helpful suggestions. Blue Cat is awesome!

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

Martina Boerst Author: Martina Boerst Posted: 11/11/2013 10:48 PM
This is one of the best contests I've ever taken part in. Their script analysis is insightful and useful.

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

Pedro Vasquez Author: Pedro Vasquez Posted: 11/11/2013 08:31 PM
BlueCat gave me prompt and succinct feedback on my most recent screenplay. Their notes were invaluable. I'm sure I'll be using their service again.

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

Phillip Hardy Author: Phillip Hardy Posted: 11/11/2013 07:31 PM
Blue Cat readers provided me with solid, constructive feedback and I look forward to seeing contest results.

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

Tracey Robinson Author: Tracey Robinson Posted: 11/11/2013 06:00 PM
To enter a contest and receive feedback is huge. Especially when you can tell that your script has been read and not skimmed over. The advice I received is clear, to the point and very helpful. Thank you.

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

Claudine BA Author: Claudine BA Posted: 11/11/2013 01:23 AM
The analysis was very valuable, detailed, and to the point. The reader really took the time to thoroughly read and pick up on all the small little details. Thanks to the feedback, I now have a better sense to make my story work better, get my message across, and write a stronger script. Thanks.

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Contest: Zed Fest[Post New Comment re: Zed Fest]

Myke Friscia Author: Myke Friscia Posted: 11/06/2013 04:43 PM
Their big annoucment on Halloween of their screenplay contest never came. 7 days later, still never came. Festival has came and went. no contact about promised prizes. Diappointing and no excuse for not following through. That would NEVER happen with Shriekfest or Screamfest. That's why they get 1000's of entries. If they say they are going to annouce on Halloween, then you can bet they will. Just be warned not to expect fest to stick to what it promises.

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

jane therese Author: jane therese Posted: 11/06/2013 12:55 PM
I have been writing my screenplay over the course of a few years. It's a true story and well like everything that we are passionate about, sometimes it's best to let a few scenes go. I have had the same opinions from diifferent people in about a three weeks time. But with Blue Cat critique,I was able to "see" what I was doing wrong. They are sooo helpful and so right on target!! Thank you a hundred fold for allowing me to see the full potential of my script!

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Contest: Wildsound[Post New Comment re: Wildsound]

Robert Ward Author: Robert Ward Posted: 11/05/2013 02:58 PM
I have entered many contests over the past seven years. I was very impressed with the customer service at Wildsound. I had a question regarding my entry this year and I was contacted back immediately. I like that in a contest. Also, I was given feedback from Wildsound on my script and what I received was extremely helpful and detail oriented and it assisted me greatly in crafting my rewrite. The feedback from Wildsound strengthened my script to the point where it's placing better in other contests as well.

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

Aditya V Author: Aditya V Posted: 11/05/2013 03:48 AM
I love the fact that they gave crystal clear feedback, way ahead of what I expected (I think it was in 2 weeks of me submitting) , I am looking forward to their second round of feedback and participating in the contest.

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Contest: FilmMakers[Post New Comment re: FilmMakers]

Patrick Gamble Author: Patrick Gamble Posted: 11/03/2013 06:02 PM
OK.. not sure if anyone else reads these comments but for what its worth - its the top 25%

I tried to find out dates on when finalists etc are announced and search the website but could not find anything If anyone has a link or info on this - could you please provide

thanks

Patrick

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

Stephen M. Hunt Author: Stephen M. Hunt Posted: 11/02/2013 05:28 AM
I'm a Fade In 2013 semi-finalist and have very mixed feelings about this competition. Of course, I'm delighted to have placed and I congratulate this year's winners.

I've enterred many competitions and Fade In is easily the most frustrating. One reason is its taken well over year to start and finish - that's pretty poor. Also, they're not good at keeping deadlines or keeping contestants properly posted, not even with their twitter facility.

Unlike most contests, Fde In merge their finalist and winners round into one - yuk!

The upshot is that Fade In frustrate so many of their contestants that their moviebytes score card is a lowly 2.5! I hope Fade In get their act together and start running a competition to rival the professionalism of the other main contests.

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Contest: Fresh Voices Feature[Post New Comment re: Fresh Voices Feature]

Stephen M. Hunt Author: Stephen M. Hunt Posted: 11/01/2013 05:02 AM
I'm the 2012 Fresh Voices Grand Prize Winner so yes, I'm bound to be a tad biased, now. But here's a few simple facts...

I found their feeddback / analysis consistently inspiring. I am 63, English and live in France meaning you don't have to be 30 and live in LA to do well in this competition - everyone has the same fair chance.

All promised prizes were delivered and they continue to actively promote "Precious Vengeance", my winning script.

In short - if your script is of a high enough standard, it'll do well in this competition.

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

James Edwards Author: James Edwards Posted: 10/31/2013 09:50 PM
Thanks, Paul.

Onward and upward, for all of us....

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

paul undari Author: paul undari Posted: 10/31/2013 09:40 PM
You hit it on the head, James. Jeff and his staff don't shy away from any material. Gotta love a contest where you know you got an equal shot as everyone else. Oh, congrats. Happy to see your name on the billboards.

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

James Edwards Author: James Edwards Posted: 10/31/2013 11:08 AM
Thanks, StoryPros. Just got my check and prizes for this year's contest (I was awarded 1st place in the SciFi-Horror Division).

This is THE contest that rewards new and different ideas and concepts.

Of course, you still have to have good structure, intriguing characters, and all the other bells and whistles of good screenwriting -- but, unlike so many other venues, StoryPros doesn't take away points at the first hint of ORIGINALITY. Matter of fact, that seems to be what separates the sheep from the goats when it comes to progressing here. And I for one really appreciate readers whose creative imagination is on the same level as that of the writer.

Thanks again, StoryPros. I expect to be back in the running with the International contest, and the Awards, next year. And I expect the competition will only be increasing in quantity and quality.

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Contest: Write Reality TV[Post New Comment re: Write Reality TV]

Taylor Albertson Author: Taylor Albertson Posted: 10/31/2013 08:09 AM
Entered the contest and they had trouble retrieving my entry. So they emailed me, told me and asked me to simply email my entry to them. That part was real honest and worthy of a comment, since I would never have known. Look forward to the rest of the contest.

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Contest: Action On Film[Post New Comment re: Action On Film]

Patricia Poulos Author: Patricia Poulos Posted: 10/30/2013 09:23 PM
What an experience! From the time of submitting my script, the acknowledgement and communication has been wonderful. A truly wonderful encounter with a team doing so much. I will look forward to submitting next year.

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Contest: TLLjournal[Post New Comment re: TLLjournal]

Stephen Kogon Author: Stephen Kogon Posted: 10/30/2013 04:09 PM
The logline for my script, "Guardian Angels," was the grand prize winner for the August/September contest, and one of the prizes was Total Script Express from SellAScript.com.

Through that my logline was just sent out to hundreds of companies, and already my inbox has been flooded with requests to read the script! I also received the hard copy version of the "Hollywood Screenwriting Directory," which is a very handy tool... All this for just a $10 entry fee is really terrific!

I'm so glad I found out about this contest.

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

Michael McCormick Author: Michael McCormick Posted: 10/28/2013 06:33 PM
The feedback from two well informed people is actually worth the price alone. Throw a contest on top of it and you got something pretty killer going.

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

Barry Estelhomme Author: Barry Estelhomme Posted: 10/28/2013 04:21 PM
Awesome contest! I entered and they gave me the feedback 2 weeks ahead of the scheduled date. Bluecat provided a different POV and I strongly recommend this contest.

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

John Adcox Author: John Adcox Posted: 10/28/2013 02:57 PM
The feedback from the contest was lightning fast and very, very helpful. I am grateful!

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Contest: FilmMakers[Post New Comment re: FilmMakers]

Patrick Gamble Author: Patrick Gamble Posted: 10/27/2013 09:14 PM
I'm pleased to be through the first round qualifiers but would love to have an idea what this translates to. Does anyone know? Is this the top 50%, top 20%, top 500 entries? I

Thanks

Patrick

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

Patricia Poulos Author: Patricia Poulos Posted: 10/26/2013 04:28 PM
I am so grateful to have had the opportunity provided by BlueCat. A writer really knows when alerted to a deficiency whether the comment is warranted. I have found that the constructive critique given would have been obvious to other readers of my work. The final reading requested expansion. I only hope that in doing so, I have not undone the positives in the script as previously submitted. I have found their comments invaluable and will carry these forward to other of my scripts.

Thank you for the opportunity to leave a comment. which I feel has assisted me in filling in the gaps which I am sure many readers of my submissions to other competitions have

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

paul undari Author: paul undari Posted: 10/25/2013 08:19 PM
For those of you who may be new to screenwriting and to the contest circuit, I am a veteran. I would endorse only a few. This is one contest that will soon rival the best of them, if they don't do so now. IMHO, this is hands-down the most hands-on with their winners.

I love Jeff at StoryPros and the experience I had with Fresh Voices. Each did everything they could for me. And I'm a better writer for having worked with them. But in light of my vast improvement of craft, I can now incorporate feedback like I've never been able to do so before.

Heather Waters, co-founder of CWA, has spent hours upon hours of her time with me. And she has done this even after she helped me secure an agent. In fact, I happen to know personally that she pushed hard for all of the winners of CWA to get representation, not just the grand prize winner.

So much about CWA represents everything you'd want in a contest. They don't even post on their website the countless past winners and finalists who have gotten options. They probably will now after I told them that such info would be helpful to the writer looking for the best contests to enter. And the best contests are the ones that can advance your career. Period.

Heather and Marlene at CWA genuinely run a contest for the love of film.

Do yourself a favor and enter this contest next year. All of my friends on this site and other sites do so and have done so. And all of them are either contest winners themselves or optioned writers or represented writers. And I have never, ever, heard one bad thing about this contest.

Most importantly, ask yourself why you want to be a screenwriter. If it isn't to see your words on the screen, then you're in the wrong profession. CWA, as far as I know, is the only contest that will offer the winning script a guaranteed IMDB credit and entry into an international festival by producing a short film of your winning script. I know other contests do something similar, but they do so for the winning short script, not the feature.

The advantage of having a short of your feature is that it can then be used as a powerful marketing tool to get your feature produced. I will take passion over just about anything else in any team-related effort. You won't find more passionate folks than at CWA.

If anyone wishes to reference me, you need only look on the "message board" in this website to know I am not an "unknown entity" lauding the merits of a self-serving contest.

And while I'm at it, for the rest of you, do try and make yourself known by introducing yourself in the threads on this website. It'll help your ambitions if you can prove yourself as a writer or even as just a cool person. (I disqualify myself from the latter.)

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

paul undari Author: paul undari Posted: 10/25/2013 07:51 PM
Taylor,

That is not why we buy coverage. Coverage = Judging your script to determine its market worthiness. Consultation = feedback to improve your script. Coverage is the last thing you should seek; it implies that your script is ready for market.

I don't mean to single you out, but I'd hate to see a writer waste money on coverage. What BlueCat offers is feedback.

And while we're on the subject, I will admit that this year, my feedback was worth the price of admission. One was honest and fair. The other was written by someone who is probably more concerned with textbook precision, which is to say, the reader was as concerned with impressing himself as with impressing me. I say this b/c the tone of the notes of the latter seemed to follow a paint-by-numbers scheme. Despite this, the content of the feedback was something I couldn't ignore. And now my script is vastly improved -- enough to have confidence to send to my agent.

I'm still considering whether to resubmit as my script may very well be optioned before BlueCat announces its winners. But for $40 more, the value of resubmitting seems to weigh in favor of doing so just in case things don't pan out. And in this business, things rarely do.

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Contest: Fresh Voices Feature[Post New Comment re: Fresh Voices Feature]

LM BUTLER Author: LM BUTLER Posted: 10/25/2013 04:01 PM
Shortly after posting my first comment, I received feedback from FRESH VOICES. All I have to say is: ENTER THIS CONTEST! Very professional.

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

Taylor Albertson Author: Taylor Albertson Posted: 10/24/2013 11:02 AM
Re-did my short into a feature and entered the contest again (for those counting that is two times this go around). Again received great analysis from two readers (as opposed to one with the short). Again found the analysis to be helpful with specific page numbers listed so I know they actually did read it.

While the analysis is helpful I am greedy and wanted a wee bit more detail. But that is why we buy coverage isn't it.

I would like to point out that I entered two weeks ago and already received my analysis so that I can do re-writes and re-enter before the deadline to do so. So they kept their word in their promise that if I did enter by a certain date I would get my analysis in time to re-write and re-enter.

Looking forward to the rest of the contest and seeing my results.

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