We are a company run by and for writers and filmmakers.
Our objective is to find hot new writers whose careers we can help launch either at the studio or indie levels, or as TV writers (longform, sitcom, not reality). We also work with playwrights and have access to a number of major theaters in the US and England and also work with novelists, as we have access to most of the major publishers. We are particularly keen on comedy writers who can punch up existing material and catch the eye of a Showrunner.
The head of the company Alex Ross has attended over 980 pitch meetings at the studios, most of these with the heads of production. He is one of the few producers who has been able to walk in unproduced writers into meetings of that level.
The company specializes in working with new writers. Amongst others Alex discovered Andrew Niccol (Academy Nominated for THE TRUMAN SHOW) and Iris Yamashita (Academy nominated for LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA).
We take our job very seriously and will work with you in a very nurturing way to get you up to speed.
We work with some very well known and effective producers who are ready, willing and able to pay first time writers to option the right script. If they are interested you get to keep all of the option money - we do not charge a fee.
The winning project will be submitted to dozens of agencies and production companies in the US and Europe. The contest winner and their project will be promoted on our home page in prime territory, so that the hundreds of industry professionals who visit our site can take a look at it.
We guarantee the winner representation.
Notification: 5th of the month after the contest closes.
$2,400 in Cash and Prizes to the Winner.
1st Place: $200 Cash + $500 in prizes + Script Mentoring
2nd Place: $500 in prizes + Script Mentoring
3rd Place: $200 in prizes + Script Mentoring
Included for the winner is a FULL YEAR of script mentoring, providing detailed development notes on all re-writes.
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Christine Stevens DeLorenzo's By Permission of Heaven has been named "Script of the Month" for July by the A/Exposure Screenwriting Competition.
Aric's Iverson's Fallacy has been named "Script of the Month" for February by the A/Exposure Screenwriting Competition.
Dave Abrams has been named winner of the November, 2006 A/Exposure Script Competition for his script CRAWLER.
The winner of the December 2005 WriteMovies.com A/Exposure monthly screenwriting competition is Michael Hemmingson, for Stations.
The winner of the latest WriteMovies.com A/Exposure monthly screenwriting competition is Christopher C. Canole for FELIX THE FLYER.
An interview with screenwriter Christopher Canole regarding the A/Exposure Writing Competition.Q: What's the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what's it about?
A: Felix the Flyer
The true story of a young Cuban mailman who ran the 1200 miles of the Mississippi from New Orleans to St. Louis to reach his goal of running in the 1904 Olympic Marathon. The Marathon itself is one of the most infamous Olympic stories in history; filled with cheating, drug abuse, racism, torturous conditions and non-stop twists and turns that changed the very nature of Marathon races forever. Felix is an inspiration for all underdogs seeking to cross their own finish line with pride.
A: Waiting for the results of a yearly contest can be agonizing, so I decided to enter one of the “monthlies” knowing even though there are no early rounds to verify my script amongst thousands submitted, I would only have to wait a month to see if I was the one and only script chosen by the A/E WriteMovies.com judges. After being announced as a winner in the 2004 Screenplay Festival contest last year I decided to re-write Felix and enter it into many of the top contest as I could afford. So far Felix has made the semi-finals in the Scriptapalooza, Page International and San Diego Film Festival, as well as the quarter-finals of the AAA Screenwriting and FilmMakers International, and I received a hand written note from the Nicholl Fellowship saying Felix was in the top 10%. As I wait on many other contest results I have submitted many of my other scripts to contest, and enjoy entering 24-hour competitions like the Writer’s Arc and NYC Midnight Madness.Q: Were you satisfied with the adminstration of the contest? Did they meet their deadlines? Did you receive all the awards that were promised?
A: The WriteMovies.com organizers were very efficient in both notifying me in advance of the posting on their web site, sending me my winnings within a week, and constantly contacting me during my month of victory to see what more they could do to make my victory be noticed in the industry.Q: Were you given any feedback on your script? If so, did you find the feedback helpful?
A: The best part of this contest is the feedback. Each winner has a lunch with an industry executive, who happened to be a former head of productions at Universal Studios and now independent producer, Tom Craig. During our meeting I gained valuable insight into the value of screenplay contests. He pointed out it is often just as important to make the semi-finals of a contest like Scriptapalooza or the Page International as to be a finalist or overall winner, because the winner is often selected by a judge who is interested in one particular kind of screenplay. Advancing through the early rounds is an indicator your work was appreciated by many more individuals who have the hardest task of all, filtering from 6,000 to 60 screenplays rather than from 20 to one. After all, my semi-final script in last year’s Scriptapalooza contest was optioned by TripleTake Media for a third of the winner’s prize.Q: Has your success in this contest helped you market your script? Were you contacted by any agents, managers or producers?
A: The win in this contest added momentum to my previous win in which the manager Leslie Rabb of RPM International took me on as one of her clients. And believe you me, a manager like Leslie is worth a hundred contest wins.Q: What's your background? Have you written any other screenplays or television scripts?
A: I am a union set photographer and actor who decided it was time to create my own stories. In the past three years I have written ten screenplays: Bloodgroove (60’s college story), Drawn Together (political thriller), DVD Day (science fiction doomsday), Spring Snow (Mishima novel adaptation for my PhD in literature), Runaway Horses (Another Mishima), Z.I.A. (Family Zoo story), Counter-Clockwise (Science fiction romance), Felix the Flyer (sports biography), Pen Dragon (comic book fable), and The Last Limo (post 9/11 American Odyssey).Q: Do you live in Los Angeles? If not, do you have any plans to move there?
A: I live in La Jolla, California and thanks to Amtrak I head up to LA every time someone needs a face-to-face.Q: What's next? Are you working on a new script?
A: Due to my background as a fencer, and popularity of my two female lead character scripts on the Inktip.com web site (1300 downloads in just four months), I am currently writing “Her Swastika Sword” a sports bio-pic about Helene Mayer the Jewish-German Olympic fencer who crossed-swords with everyone from the American Olympic committee to the Nazi organizers for her own mysterious motives. Fortunately, during my lunch with Tom Craig he let me know his interest in Felix the Flyer was to shop it around as a part of an Olympic Games television series. So maybe winning a monthly contest like WriteMovies.com can produce just as much buzz as one of yearly contests.