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

Jeffrey Howe Author: Jeffrey Howe Posted: 05/04/2016 10:37 AM
I feel fortunate to have won the contest last year on a number of levels. At Sunscreen Film Festival-West, Howard and crew took the time to explain a lot of things I needed to know as a newcomer to the field, and the one-on-one discussion about my screenplay "Robo4ce" was extremely helpful. Howard has a talent for finding those key moments in a script where a few changes can make something good into something exceptional.

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

Diane Johnson Author: Diane Johnson Posted: 04/28/2016 02:56 PM
Recently entered this comp, and while it's too soon to submit an official report (results are 5 months away), I can honestly comment on the professional feedback you get if you pay for the option. I received a three page report that was truly constructive criticism at its best. I can say that both as a recipient of feedback and as a competition reader in my own right. I was very surprised by the expedient receipt, believing that I wouldn't see that feedback until the competition was at a close and finalists were determined. So if you enter this competition, consider paying for the feedback.I don't recommend that very often.

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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

Patrick Gamble Author: Patrick Gamble Posted: 04/21/2016 10:21 PM
They were a very consistent contest and start of last year the wheels seemed to fall off. 2015 was a dreadful year for them and I did attempt to bring to their attention the state of things. See it takes years and years to build up a good reputation and it only takes a short time to tarnish that good reputation. A couple of times I contacted them it was some excuse that they were making a movie or something. Well I found this to be a poor excuse - there obligation to all that entered was to run a good contest which they have in the past and to notify folks as per the schedule and if dates were to be missed then to let all know - pretty much to manage contestants expectations.

This year they have a new web site and a new look and I hope they return to their previous former glory but time will tell.

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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

Dee Dee Author: Dee Dee Posted: 04/21/2016 09:16 AM
I entered two scripts. Both made Q/F, one made it to the semi-finals. They missed all the deadlines for announcements and did not send any notifications at all.

If WMC expects to be taken seriously, they need to behave professionally.

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Contest: Depth of Field[Post New Comment re: Depth of Field]

Maja Ramirez Author: Maja Ramirez Posted: 04/20/2016 07:16 PM
Happy to be sharing a respectable third place with only two other scriptwriters in the Spring 2016 competition! Thanks to Depth of Field International Film Festival!

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Contest: Cinestory Feature[Post New Comment re: Cinestory Feature]

Maren Curtis Author: Maren Curtis Posted: 04/19/2016 10:18 AM
Attended the Cinestory Retreat in 2015 - I would highly recommend it to anyone seriously pursuing a screenwriting career.

The workshop sessions are pretty evenly balanced between writing craft and making a career in Hollywood. The one-on-one sessions are a solid two hours of insightful feedback & open dialogue with established industry professionals.

The mentors leading the panel workshops and one-on-one sessions (managers, producers, and writers) and the co-attendees finalists were all very high caliber. As a result, the entire retreat was an enjoyable, intense professional experience.

I learned some great skills and tricks that I've since applied to my writing. And probably most valuable for me, was the opportunity to establish personal connections and friendships - both the mentors and co-attendees - that have since become part of my professional writing network.

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Contest: First 10 Pages[Post New Comment re: First 10 Pages]

Dan Fitzgerald Author: Dan Fitzgerald Posted: 04/10/2016 02:13 PM
Addendum:

I'm posting the Producers Response Report, as I have not seen it done this way in any other contest that I have entered. I have omitted their response to my entry.

Question 1: Is the title compelling? (At the minimum, does it convey genre or storyline?)

Question 2: Is the lead character introduced in a powerful (bold or interesting) way, so as to attract marketable talent?

Question 3: Is the opening scene enticing, exciting, or engaging?

Question 4: Is the main character’s initial goal established?

Question 5: Are the stakes established? (In other words, does the writer establish what will happen – the consequences – if the goal is not achieved?)

Question 6: Is the obstacle (antagonist, personal flaw, or situation) which may prevent the main character from achieving the goal established?

Question 7: Is the dialogue interesting, and not simply perfunctory?

Question 8: Is the tone of the genre successfully conveyed?

Question 9: Is the description succinct and impactful, and not “heavy”, novelistic, or unnecessary to the story? Does it reveal only what can be seen on screen? Does it avoid (or limit) directorial instructions?

Question 10: Is the script format industry-standard and free of typos?

Question 11: Is the writing professional level for a producer’s consideration?

Question 12: Based on the first 10 pages, would you continue to read and consider the script?

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Contest: First 10 Pages[Post New Comment re: First 10 Pages]

Dan Fitzgerald Author: Dan Fitzgerald Posted: 04/08/2016 05:06 PM
I found this contest just a few days before its closing date, and just received the feedback. It came in the form of a 12-Question Producers Response Sheet. I seem to have scored well, and the concerns they brought up have already been addressed in the latest draft.

Despite having some formatting issues, they felt my story was interesting. I'm a technical person by nature, and I typically crave more detail, but what I got back was far superior to what I have gotten from other contests.

As of this writing, they haven't announced the quarter finalists or winners. I'm happy with what I got, in part because they seem to have liked what I wrote.

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

Dee Dee Author: Dee Dee Posted: 04/02/2016 03:20 PM
Finally received notification of the short screenplay results. I placed in the top ten. It only took 9 months! Counted 544 quarter-finalists, so I'm not sure exactly where this leaves me overall.

Whilst I appreciate email notifications of surviving each round, (1st, 2nd, Q/F, S/F, F) it is utterly absurd that one is invited to submit another version of their script/story (for an additional fee) at each and every level with no stat of the applicant's entry ever given.

This modis-operandi gives the impression that American Gem is nothing more than a cynical income generating enterprise that exploits hard working, aspiring writers. In order to be taken seriously by the writing community, I suggest that only semi, and finalist be invited to resubmit (after receiving notes from judges). This would also speed up the disgustingly long assessment process.

The effusive praise heaped upon this contest by Moviebytes is not only suspicious, but downright contradictory to every private communique I have received regarding this contest.

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

Andre Campbell Author: Andre Campbell Posted: 03/25/2016 06:35 AM
I actually had to ask for my feedback as it was not sent to me. Very strange!

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Contest: Amazon Studios [Post New Comment re: Amazon Studios ]

Dee Dee Author: Dee Dee Posted: 03/20/2016 01:12 PM
A repeated warning for the young and impressionable: Don't be so quick to sign it all away. Read preceding comments and save yourself!!!!

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Contest: Screamfest[Post New Comment re: Screamfest]

Eddie Money Author: Eddie Money Posted: 03/12/2016 01:38 AM
Entered this in 2015 and the feedback was poor. Not only did they get the characters name's wrong but also misspelled my name, and the title of my script. What's wven worse was that they mentioned things that never happened in my script!!! Wtf?! I have to say this was the biggest waste of money that I've ever had the pleasure to enter.

This absolutely is a horrible horror contest.

Save your money and time, their readers are trash and so is this contest.

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

Patrick Gamble Author: Patrick Gamble Posted: 03/01/2016 03:30 PM
Hi Congratulations to all that made the semis - I made the Quarters but went no further.

I found the feedback to be okay - nothing special but it's good if you enter the script early enough to get the free feedback.

I entered three scripts - two with feedback and unfortunately the feedback offered I wasn't able to use. The one I entered late without feedback made the quarters but that's as far as it went.

Note to organizers - you guys run a professional contest BUT you should factor in the cost of being able to resubmit quarter finalist costs into the initial costs. I am a bit ticked off I did a complete rewrite and worked my ass of and had to pay another fee to cover this resubmit. Look at the PAGE model - I still haven't cracked the Page ceiling but they allow quarter finalists to resubmit without any additional costs.

Really when you think of it, most contests would re-read scripts after they reach the quarters so the fact that it's a new script or the original script should make no difference to the work load. It's only the logistics of replacing the existing script with the latest and a good system in place should handle that for you anyway.

So in short - I found the fact I had to fork out more money to resubmit after making the quarters - I found the contest to be quite expensive. I'd probably only enter this contest early in the future and will avoid any urge to resubmit if I make the quarters. The feedback was hit or miss but still of value if you enter early

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

Dee Dee Author: Dee Dee Posted: 03/01/2016 05:59 AM
Good for you and congratulations! I wish you well and look forward to seeing your movie on the big screen someday. Please keep us posted.

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

Birgit Myaard Author: Birgit Myaard Posted: 02/29/2016 12:21 AM
I was honored to receive the $10,000 Kairos Prize for my screenplay THE HAND OF A WOMAN. (Logline: When a reluctant warrior refuses God's call, the biblical prophet Deborah finds that the fate of Israel rests in the hand of a woman.) I'm temporarily living in the remote, Outback town of Alice Springs, Australia, so I was amazed that the Movieguide organization actually flew me halfway around the world to receive my award at the Movieguide Awards. Sadly, I didn't get the Grand Prize of $25,000, which means my script didn't get producer reads at studios, but I'm hopeful that having been awarded $10,000 this script will get noticed by agents/producers.

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

judi Blaze Author: judi Blaze Posted: 02/28/2016 05:57 PM
As I mentioned, I wrote to them and here is an email I got from the American Gem folks, via Fred, who was very helpful.

"Hi Frederick,

Thanks for letting us know. Can we have access to that thread so we can comment?

American Gem Literary Festival closed in August (including our partner sites that require additional time) with 1445 submissions in all. We allow our readers and judges 20-30 days per round. We have two qualifying rounds so the right scripts advance to the quarter-finals. The finals are to be announced on March 3rd. We inform all contestants via email about announcement dates and in the same email we state where contest updates can be found 24/7; the home page of the filmmakers.com site under heading "American Gem Contest News", and the contest "results page" http://filmmakers.com/contests/short/2015/win/index.htm

We have three Screenwriting Contests run separate because of partnerships per contest are different.

Regards,

Eric

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

judi Blaze Author: judi Blaze Posted: 02/27/2016 10:01 AM
This is a comment about the American Gem competition put on by these folks. It has been over a year now. Last I heard I was a semi-finalist. It is incredibly hard to get in touch with organizers, it is even harder to believe that they continue to post competitions when this one goes as long as it has without resolution. I just sent this note to them.

"There are several of us who are wondering what has happened to the American Gem competition. It has been over a year and it seems to go on and on while you folks post more contests????"

No competition should take this long. I have seen several people on Moviebytes complain about this and know that next year, people like me will not take the bait.

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Contest: 100 Screenplays[Post New Comment re: 100 Screenplays]

Alvin Easter Author: Alvin Easter Posted: 02/26/2016 01:24 PM
I'm pleased that this contest honored my script because this script wasn't the conventional, by-the-numbers entry which many source books recommend. I did receive some "nibbles" from various production companies after winning the "100 Screenplays" contest but nothing resulted. However, I knew my script, a period piece, would be a tough sell. I was pleased by all aspects of my experience with "100 Screenplays" and the prize money really came in handy.

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Contest: Wildsound[Post New Comment re: Wildsound]

Luqman Raymond Whittinger Author: Luqman Raymond Whittinger Posted: 02/24/2016 03:08 PM
WILDsound has been a very useful tool to develop my screenplay scripts. Even if you do not win the notes are excellent quality and good value. I would recommend the festival to ant aspiring writer.

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

Gary Buglass Author: Gary Buglass Posted: 02/09/2016 03:15 PM
I was a finalist in 2011 for this contest and found the whole experience underwhelming. They promote an awards banquet where you can attend a gala dinner, collect your certificate and apparently "network with producers and agents at the reception".

I attended the dinner and was given a mediocre meal and they seemed to rush through the whole event. Not one agent or Producer in sight. You were rushed out as quick as you arrived.

They also promise to promote all finalists for a whole year but that did not happen. I would recommend another contest to everyone, not this one.

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Contest: ScreenCraft SciFi[Post New Comment re: ScreenCraft SciFi]

Patrick Gamble Author: Patrick Gamble Posted: 01/31/2016 05:15 PM
Good to hear the feedback was helpful. I'm usually so poor I can't afford the additional fee for feedback but find if you enter early enough, the early fee offsets the feedback costs.

Also I'm desperate to get good feedback cause sometimes when you do pay for it and get it, it's disappointing.

I'll maybe have another look at these contests. However, I do think the organisers need to estimate longer annoncement dates. I think they are too optimistic and make announcement dates too soon, if they stated longer dates, then they'd be able to better meet these dates AND they'd be managing entrants expectations better and everyone happy.

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Contest: ScreenCraft SciFi[Post New Comment re: ScreenCraft SciFi]

David McQuillen Author: David McQuillen Posted: 01/31/2016 08:38 AM
I was a quarterfinalist last year and agree that the notification process for contestants could be improved upon, with individualized congratulations or sorry you didn't advance emails for each round rather than a "check the list" notification, but this contest is definitely worth it for the notes.

I paid the higher fee, as I did in several other contests last year, and Screencraft's coverage far exceeded that of any other competition I entered, including Nicholl's.

More in depth, more genuinely helpful and specific, and most importantly, delivered by someone who clearly had a great feel and passion for what's unique to the science fiction genre.

I think this contest is a must for all SF screenplay writers.

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Contest: ISA Fast Track[Post New Comment re: ISA Fast Track]

David Baugnon Author: David Baugnon Posted: 01/27/2016 03:00 PM
I've been fortunate enough to win several contests (and many of them make you pony up even more $$ for trophies or even a certificate) but the ISA Fast Track flew me out to LA, put me up in a swank hotel on Sunset and shuttled to to 9 different meetings over the week-including CAA and the head of production at the Weinstein company. Max and Felicity at ISA couldn't have been nicer and what can I say, I'm still reaping the benefits from that trip. Very much worth the effort!

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Contest: WeScreenplay[Post New Comment re: WeScreenplay]

Patrick Gamble Author: Patrick Gamble Posted: 01/26/2016 05:24 PM
I missed out on making it into the semi finals but just want to add this contest adhered to all its announcement dates, it was run professionally and my experience overall was good. Their prices on feedback are also very reasonable. I'll definitely be entering this one again.

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Contest: Other Worlds Austin SciFi[Post New Comment re: Other Worlds Austin SciFi]

Patrick Gamble Author: Patrick Gamble Posted: 01/20/2016 06:55 AM
Before I get a deluge of replies, I did end up getting feedback on this contest and it was quite insightful and thorough. Not bad for an added service that didn't cost any extra

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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

Linda Morganstein Author: Linda Morganstein Posted: 01/15/2016 02:15 PM
I entered the yearly contest "39" and results for the quarterfinals were supposed to be posted December 8. So far nothing and no response to emails. Does anybody know what's going on?

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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

Linda Morganstein Author: Linda Morganstein Posted: 01/15/2016 02:15 PM
I entered the yearly contest "39" and results for the quarterfinals were supposed to be posted December 8. So far nothing and no response to emails. Does anybody know what's going on?

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Contest: Other Worlds Austin SciFi[Post New Comment re: Other Worlds Austin SciFi]

Patrick Gamble Author: Patrick Gamble Posted: 01/14/2016 06:06 PM
I'm wondering if anyone has received their feedback on this contest as yet. The feedback was initially on offer to all entrants to this contest but later I got an email indicating that it was only available to those who requested it. They mentioned that some entrants didn't want feedback - which I find strange cause I'd definitely get feedback for every contest if I could only afford it.

So I'm wondering if anyone else has received this free feedback yet. I know its the first year this contest has been run but I've sent off two emails asking about the feedback and have had no reply.

thanks

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Contest: Adapted[Post New Comment re: Adapted]

Maria Lennon Author: Maria Lennon Posted: 12/23/2015 12:24 PM
I am impressed how professional this contest is managed. Every announcement was on time. When I asked a question via email before entering, it was answered promptly and clear. The feedback was extremely helpful.

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Contest: True Story[Post New Comment re: True Story]

Maria Lennon Author: Maria Lennon Posted: 12/23/2015 12:15 PM
The company is professional and right on time with all announcements. The feedback I received was very helpful I was so impressed that I entered two scripts into the competition. This contest is recommendable.

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

Dawn Howard Author: Dawn Howard Posted: 12/15/2015 10:19 PM
I was delighted to find one of my favorite screenplays, "Baba Yaga", among the second round finalists. I'm always happy to see FilmMakers International in the sender field of my inbox!

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Contest: Breaking Walls[Post New Comment re: Breaking Walls]

Andrew Brown Author: Andrew Brown Posted: 12/03/2015 08:18 PM
In reference to my other message, the support team responded to me immediately and assisted me on entering this years contest.

Thank you support team.

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Contest: Breaking Walls[Post New Comment re: Breaking Walls]

Andrew Brown Author: Andrew Brown Posted: 12/03/2015 07:46 PM
I entered this years contest. Made payment with Paypal and received a message that said my payment didn't go through. When my email says it did. $45 dollars. I sent a message asking how to send my script in, now just waiting to hear back.

Hopefully I didn't just waste my money.

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Contest: WeScreenplay[Post New Comment re: WeScreenplay]

Robert Sivigny Author: Robert Sivigny Posted: 11/26/2015 07:15 AM
My script, "Gravity's Pull" was a finalist in the 2014 contest. The contest was run very professionally, we received email notifications on each round, and we were able to view the judge's scorecards (btw, one of the judging criteria is script formatting (I didn't know), so that matters). The finalist prize was 1-year membership to ISA connect, which I never used due to lack of time, and the founder sent out personalized email of congrats.

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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

Jacqueline Hicks Author: Jacqueline Hicks Posted: 11/22/2015 02:37 PM
There's an explanation for the delay on their website. Check it out.

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Richard Fisher Author: Richard Fisher Posted: 11/19/2015 11:00 AM
When clicking the Web: click here contact through Moviebites it opens on a Sex ad page.

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Contest: American Zoetrope[Post New Comment re: American Zoetrope]

Robert Sivigny Author: Robert Sivigny Posted: 11/16/2015 06:50 PM
My script was a finalist for the 2014 competition - I got a notification email, and a chance to revise my script, as the finalist prize was it was sent out to a bunch of places. Nothing came of that. A few months later the producer from American Zoetrope called to congratulate me. The best thing about it is that Francis Ford Coppola read my script - then again, he didn't pick it to win...

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Contest: Screamfest[Post New Comment re: Screamfest]

billan lee Author: billan lee Posted: 11/16/2015 03:27 PM
I have to say this contest seems very poorly run for the screenwriter's side.

No updates at all until the end of the Festival.

I cannot recommend this to any screenwriters as a few of my friends did not receive any updates at all.

There are better contests out there.

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

Giuseppe LiMandri Author: Giuseppe LiMandri Posted: 11/14/2015 11:09 AM
I submitted a short script and I was very disappointed with the quality of the review. The comments were very general and I am convinced they were cut and pasted from somewhere else. Maybe I was unlucky with my reviewer but there are many other contests with offer much more professional and useful comments. I will not enter this contest again.

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Contest: Wildsound[Post New Comment re: Wildsound]

Richard Fisher Author: Richard Fisher Posted: 11/13/2015 04:51 PM
I also found Wildsound to be very professional. Possibly it's because they are a Canadian company.

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Contest: West Field[Post New Comment re: West Field]

Alex Templeton Author: Alex Templeton Posted: 11/06/2015 08:45 AM
Addendum: typical for crap contests, no notification given. They take your money and run.

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Contest: West Field[Post New Comment re: West Field]

Alex Templeton Author: Alex Templeton Posted: 10/20/2015 11:53 AM
I submitted for the 2015 West Field, was promised notification by 16 October 2015, and 4 days later have received no notification.

Must conclude West Field is run by a bunch of flakes.

Cannot recommend.

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Contest: ScreenCraft SciFi[Post New Comment re: ScreenCraft SciFi]

Dee Dee Author: Dee Dee Posted: 10/14/2015 07:33 PM
I am in exactly the same boat as Patrick, and agree with him 100%.

If contest organizers expect to be taken seriously, be professional or risk tarnishing your reputation in the screen writing community. The callous disregard, or should I say contempt, with which some competition organizers treat writers does them no favors. It will ultimately damage their business. There are some an old sayings that seem appropriate:

Don't sh*t where you eat, and:

The customer is always right.

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Contest: ScreenCraft SciFi[Post New Comment re: ScreenCraft SciFi]

Patrick Gamble Author: Patrick Gamble Posted: 10/14/2015 06:28 PM
Well finally the wait is over and seems I made the quarter finals but missed out on the semis. At least I have finally cracked the screencraft glass ceiling and made the quarters although so did 260+ others (Whoop De Doo!).

There was no emails to alert me of this. I sent an email to the organizers late September when the Semis would be announced. Was told it would be a couple of weeks and the readers were busy reading (subtext - "stop bothering us - we're busy!")

Comment to organizers - you have a real shot at running a real professional contest. However, the fact that you don't give any clear announcement dates and don't email anyone when you do is a huge pain in the bum.

We had 260+ quarter finalists. Okay maybe most of these 260+ are more relaxed about awaiting the semi finalists results but lets say on average everyone is wasting 5 minutes a week searching for these announcements. Do the math - that's a lot of wasted time when you spread it over 260+ contestants (possibly a script or two). And I made a note of the original announcement date for the winners and it was originally down for mid Septmeber. I know cause I made a note of it and then somehow it got altered to mid October.

Heads up - people - all people like certainty - certainty when an announcement is going to be made, when winners are going to be announced, when the number 5 bus leaves. We all live by it. So it beats me why you're incapable of giving contestants some kind of certainty.

cheers

Patrick

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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

Paul Sargia Author: Paul Sargia Posted: 10/14/2015 03:02 PM
I entered writemovie.com's September contest a day before final entries were due. I also paid for feedback. I was told I would get the feedback within 10 days. And the website said the contest finalists would've announced on October 5th. I also entered the October monthly contest on October 2nd with another script whose results are supposed to be announced in early November. However, I also asked for feedback again, and once more, the confirmation email sent time said I would receive it within 10 days. It is now 11 days since the finalists of the September contest were supposed to be announced. The website still posts only August's winners. And it is now 21 and 13 days that the feedback a are past due. I've written to them twice and have received no reply. The last email stated that I was reporting them to the Better Business Bureau if I don't get what was promised by this Friday the 16th. Still no response!! I don't get it!!!! Has anyone else had the same problem?

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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

Paul Sargia Author: Paul Sargia Posted: 10/14/2015 03:02 PM
I entered writemovie.com's September contest a day before final entries were due. I also paid for feedback. I was told I would get the feedback within 10 days. And the website said the contest finalists would've announced on October 5th. I also entered the October monthly contest on October 2nd with another script whose results are supposed to be announced in early November. However, I also asked for feedback again, and once more, the confirmation email sent time said I would receive it within 10 days. It is now 11 days since the finalists of the September contest were supposed to be announced. The website still posts only August's winners. And it is now 21 and 13 days that the feedback a are past due. I've written to them twice and have received no reply. The last email stated that I was reporting them to the Better Business Bureau if I don't get what was promised by this Friday the 16th. Still no response!! I don't get it!!!! Has anyone else had the same problem?

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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

Jason Swingle Author: Jason Swingle Posted: 10/08/2015 01:57 PM
???????????????

attempted to enter screenplay competition four (4) times... no indication entry was rec'd.

they do not (to date) respond to email queries about web glitches.

strange.

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

Linda Ujifusa Author: Linda Ujifusa Posted: 10/08/2015 01:33 PM
To those of you reading this to decide whether to enter, I say, "This contest rocks - do it!" Of course, I won First Place in the SciFi/Fantasy/Horror category of the 8th Annual StoryPros Awards Contest. But, the facts are, I got: thoughtful, helpful critiques that clearly showed my scripts had been read carefully; all the promised prizes; and kind, quick responses to all my questions. Jeff Swanson and the folks at StoryPros are really great. Good luck!

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Contest: WriteMovies Monthly (WMCm)[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies Monthly (WMCm)]

Patrick Gamble Author: Patrick Gamble Posted: 10/03/2015 12:32 AM
I've entered the WMC contests a few times and always found them to be fairly consistent. They are sometimes a few days behind in their announcements and I don't think they send out an email but this is typical of most contests - I think contests like Page and Final Draft that email you and give definite announcement dates that they adhere to are more the exception to the rule.

I think the 90 day exclusive rights might be just where they receive in their hot little hands the 'perfect' script which probably happens once in a blue moon. They probably want to have the opportunity to try and find someone to buy the script for 90 days. Its probably not an issue for 99.999% of contestants and although I haven't read the fine print on many of these contests, the fact they've been around for a while, I don't think it would be a big concern.

cheers

Patrick

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Contest: WriteMovies Monthly (WMCm)[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies Monthly (WMCm)]

Tal Almog Author: Tal Almog Posted: 09/30/2015 09:35 AM
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.

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

Patrick Gamble Author: Patrick Gamble Posted: 09/27/2015 05:48 PM
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.

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Contest: Writers Store Insider Screen[Post New Comment re: Writers Store Insider Screen]

Linda Morganstein Author: Linda Morganstein Posted: 09/25/2015 07:29 AM

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Contest: WriteMovies Monthly (WMCm)[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies Monthly (WMCm)]

judi Blaze Author: judi Blaze Posted: 09/20/2015 10:11 PM
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?

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Contest: WriteMovies Monthly (WMCm)[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies Monthly (WMCm)]

Paula Smith Author: Paula Smith Posted: 09/20/2015 01:45 PM
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.

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Contest: L.A. Movie[Post New Comment re: L.A. Movie]

Alex Templeton Author: Alex Templeton Posted: 09/18/2015 07:42 PM
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"

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Contest: Wildsound[Post New Comment re: Wildsound]

John Thomas Author: John Thomas Posted: 08/26/2015 08:45 PM
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.

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Contest: ScreenCraft SciFi[Post New Comment re: ScreenCraft SciFi]

Patrick Gamble Author: Patrick Gamble Posted: 08/15/2015 05:29 AM
talk about not having to wait long - I didn't realize but the qtrs for their Horror contest is already out. Dang - they've blown me off again!!Doh!

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Contest: ScreenCraft SciFi[Post New Comment re: ScreenCraft SciFi]

Patrick Gamble Author: Patrick Gamble Posted: 08/15/2015 03:04 AM
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

Regards

Patrick

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Contest: ScreenCraft SciFi[Post New Comment re: ScreenCraft SciFi]

brian thomas Author: brian thomas Posted: 08/14/2015 09:44 PM
None of the many screencraft entries here have any comments on them. Is this one worth entering?

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Contest: Wildsound[Post New Comment re: Wildsound]

Alex Templeton Author: Alex Templeton Posted: 07/21/2015 05:58 PM
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.

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

Alex Templeton Author: Alex Templeton Posted: 07/21/2015 05:32 PM
My first-ever screenplay MARIE’S NUTCRACKER: Official Finalist in 2015 Colorado Film Awards, July 2015. Yowza!

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Contest: Winnipeg Real to Reel[Post New Comment re: Winnipeg Real to Reel]

Taylor Albertson Author: Taylor Albertson Posted: 07/20/2015 09:01 AM
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.

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Contest: Shriekfest[Post New Comment re: Shriekfest]

Patrick Gamble Author: Patrick Gamble Posted: 06/21/2015 08:33 PM
Hi

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

cheers

Patrick

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Contest: Women In Cinema[Post New Comment re: Women In Cinema]

judi Blaze Author: judi Blaze Posted: 06/21/2015 02:17 PM
Regarding Women in Cinema Competition. I was a finalist and was given feedback on my script. Good feedback that urged another rewrite out of me.

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

Brian MacEvilly Author: Brian MacEvilly Posted: 06/21/2015 07:57 AM
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!

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Contest: Shriekfest[Post New Comment re: Shriekfest]

Jerron Spencer Author: Jerron Spencer Posted: 06/20/2015 10:55 PM
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.

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

Nicholas Horwood Author: Nicholas Horwood Posted: 06/16/2015 08:57 AM
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.

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

Patrick Gamble Author: Patrick Gamble Posted: 06/15/2015 10:14 PM
Congratulations to all the Winners. I made it to the Finals but alas not my time yet. But am proud to be in the same league as a lot of good writers who also made the finals.

Maybe next year

cheers

Patrick

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

 StoryPros Author: StoryPros Posted: 06/13/2015 12:10 PM
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!

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

Trent Meunier Author: Trent Meunier Posted: 06/11/2015 02:35 PM
I was pretty disappointed to not get an email, or any feedback whatsoever. You would think for $60 they would at least prove that they read your script.

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

brian thomas Author: brian thomas Posted: 06/08/2015 08:18 AM
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.

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

keshia thomas Author: keshia thomas Posted: 06/01/2015 01:35 PM
I purchased an analysis w/ the speedy turnaround and NOTHING! This is a scam. I have contacted the BBB for an investigation and my refund. I would highly recommend statying away from this company.

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Contest: Scripped.com[Post New Comment re: Scripped.com]

Jacqueline Hicks Author: Jacqueline Hicks Posted: 06/01/2015 07:55 AM
They've shut down.

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Contest: Los Angeles Screenplay[Post New Comment re: Los Angeles Screenplay]

Dee Dee Author: Dee Dee Posted: 05/26/2015 04:58 PM
WARNING! SCAM ALERT!!

You had better read this before sending them your money. Given my experience with their other competitions I wouldn't trust them as far as I can spit.

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20141217/dunning/chicago-screenplay-contest-unravels-amid-accusations-complaints

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Contest: Las Vegas Screenplay[Post New Comment re: Las Vegas Screenplay]

Dee Dee Author: Dee Dee Posted: 05/26/2015 04:54 PM
SCAM ALERT! Read this before you send them your money:

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20141217/dunning/chicago-screenplay-contest-unravels-amid-accusations-complaints

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

Dee Dee Author: Dee Dee Posted: 05/26/2015 04:51 PM
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: http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20141217/dunning/chicago-screenplay-contest-unravels-amid-accusations-complaints 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.

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Contest: American Movie Awards[Post New Comment re: American Movie Awards]

Dee Dee Author: Dee Dee Posted: 05/26/2015 04:40 PM
SCAM ALERT!!! Do not be fooled by the fancy website and claims to fame. These creeps are responsible for the Chicago Screenplay Competition debacle.

See: http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20141217/dunning/chicago-screenplay-contest-unravels-amid-accusations-complaints

I have serious doubts over the legitimacy of the report card on Moviebytes.

Do not give these creeps your money.

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

Deborah Reece Author: Deborah Reece Posted: 05/26/2015 01:36 PM
Most contests are bull, but I will enter a few.

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.

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Contest: Women In Cinema[Post New Comment re: Women In Cinema]

Dee Dee Author: Dee Dee Posted: 05/24/2015 09:01 PM
I too was a finalist in Wicint, and other than being notified I was a finalist, have not heard another word since.

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Contest: Women In Cinema[Post New Comment re: Women In Cinema]

judi Blaze Author: judi Blaze Posted: 05/21/2015 07:02 PM
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.

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

Maja Olsson Author: Maja Olsson Posted: 05/16/2015 08:02 PM
When do you get feedback? I would like to make revisions in time to submit to another contest by July 15th. How does the Acclaim TV competition compare to the film one? Anyone know? Thanks.

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

Maja Olsson Author: Maja Olsson Posted: 05/16/2015 08:41 AM
When do you get feedback? I would like to make revisions in time to submit to another contest by July 15th. How does the Acclaim TV competition compare to the film one? Anyone know? Thanks.

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

Maja Olsson Author: Maja Olsson Posted: 05/15/2015 10:06 PM
When do you get feedback? I would like to make revisions in time to submit to another contest by July 15th. How does the Acclaim TV competition compare to the film one? Anyone know? Thanks.

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Contest: Wildsound 1st Scene[Post New Comment re: Wildsound 1st Scene]

Robert Ward Author: Robert Ward Posted: 05/04/2015 02:21 PM
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.

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Contest: L.A. Screenwriter Logline[Post New Comment re: L.A. Screenwriter Logline]

Megan Bickel Author: Megan Bickel Posted: 04/30/2015 12:18 PM
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!

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

judi Blaze Author: judi Blaze Posted: 04/28/2015 07:15 PM
I noticed semi-finalists were not mentioned, is that usual. I'm new so don't know. Thanks

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

Patrick Gamble Author: Patrick Gamble Posted: 04/20/2015 07:04 PM
Congratulations on all the winners.

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.

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

Steve Warren Author: Steve Warren Posted: 04/20/2015 08:20 AM
They're asking $99 entry fee for a TV Pilot script. That's just too much and smacks of taking advantage of desperate writers.

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Contest: IFIPG[Post New Comment re: IFIPG]

Phillip Hardy Author: Phillip Hardy Posted: 04/07/2015 05:47 PM
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.

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Contest: WriteMovies Monthly (WMCm)[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies Monthly (WMCm)]

Patrick Gamble Author: Patrick Gamble Posted: 04/04/2015 06:18 PM
Hi

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

cheers

Patrick

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Contest: WriteMovies Monthly (WMCm)[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies Monthly (WMCm)]

Nick Amatuzio Author: Nick Amatuzio Posted: 04/04/2015 12:50 AM
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.

Good luck!

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Contest: WriteMovies Monthly (WMCm)[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies Monthly (WMCm)]

Nick Amatuzio Author: Nick Amatuzio Posted: 04/03/2015 06:17 PM
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.

Good luck!

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Contest: [Post New Comment re: ]

Patrick Gamble Author: Patrick Gamble Posted: 04/01/2015 09:37 PM
Hi

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.

So kudos to Reel Writers

cheers

Patrick

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

Robert Brody Author: Robert Brody Posted: 04/01/2015 08:45 PM
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.

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Contest: [Post New Comment re: ]

Tammy Gross Author: Tammy Gross Posted: 04/01/2015 01:49 PM
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."

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

Patrick Gamble Author: Patrick Gamble Posted: 03/30/2015 07:18 PM
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

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

Robert Brody Author: Robert Brody Posted: 03/29/2015 12:37 PM
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. Hmmmmmmm. 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!

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Contest: Moondance[Post New Comment re: Moondance]

Patrick Gamble Author: Patrick Gamble Posted: 03/17/2015 10:56 PM
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

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Contest: Moondance[Post New Comment re: Moondance]

Bettina Moss Author: Bettina Moss Posted: 03/17/2015 02:25 PM
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.

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

James Jackson Author: James Jackson Posted: 03/16/2015 07:36 AM
Is that Chris Mundy in the listed 2015 finalists the same Chris Mundy that's a writer-producer? Interesting title. I'd like to know what the log line is.

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