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Going out in the mail today (for rejects, 1st, 2nd rounders).
The real good news is coming via phone call -- semifinals.
Good luck everyone!
Has anybody received their letter or phone call yet?
Watching for today's mail with some dread...
I've been reading that some people have been getting letters.
I entered 3 scripts. I received 2 rejections on Friday and nothing from Austin in today's mail (Saturday). So I wait...
I got my rejection letter. Good luck, everyone else.
I also entered three projects and got two rejection letters today. Good news or mail delay? This is about to be the longest long weekend ever, Mr. Postman.
One rejection in yesterday's mail. Nothing in today's mail, and no phone call. Still waiting on one.
Rejection came. At least there was some novelty in getting my first snail-mail screenplay contest rejection!
Has anybody gotten a second rounder letter yet? Wondering if those went out a couple days after.
I got 3 rejection letters (and a received a 4th rejection where I took a stab at Latitude award). Still waiting on script #4 and no mail on Monday. It is my one that's done the best elsewhere (Artifice), so hopefully.....
Whatever! Good luck to my comprades who are still awaiting that "other" letter - I hope it's a phone call for you instead!! To those who already know for sure they came up completely empty, hang in there. I tanked with a few scripts that have done very well in other contest. Luck of the draw (readers) sometimes and the competition is tough, as we all know.
I'm curious- is it worth going to Austin if you're a second rounder? Or is it better to go as a semi finalist?
"I'm curious- is it worth going to Austin if you're a second rounder? Or is it better to go as a semi finalist? "
I've heard nothing but positives on this contest. I'm considering going if my other script made second round. Second round is still top 10%.
I made the second round the last two years, and I regret not going. This year, I've already committed to going, bought my badge, bought a fairly cheap non-refundable plane ticket, and booked a hotel room through the festival. Pretty expensive trip. Unfortunately, my previous second-rounder didn't make the cut this year, and I'm still waiting to hear about the other one. I'm hoping the other one advances, but I'm going either way. On the plus side, I was one of five early registrants chosen to have lunch with John Lee Hancock, and there's a panelist I particularly want to see. If you're second round, and you can afford it, I'd go (particularly if you're a good schmoozer, since I hear the opportunities to meet industry people is better here than most festivals, expos, etc.). Have you already heard that you made the second round?
Steve and S,
Just two examples of some of the good things that can happen at Austin.
1. Last year I signed with an agent I met at Austin.
2. A friend I made at Austin over the years turned out to have a job as a reader at a company that is considering one of my scripts. When I called to ask if it had crossed his desk he contacted the person in charge and moved it to the top of her list.
thanks for the feedback, guys
I made second round last year and regretted not going. I've submitted again this year but am not holding my breath- in the event I do make it though I'll definitely be going!
I went as a Second Rounder two years ago am very glad I did. Advice at Austin led to me getting an agent. Plus, I made connections and had a great time.
Still waiting to hear this year...
Thanks Heather and Irin...I'm leaning towards going. Steve
I got a second round letter for the script I entered, today.
Just got a huge stack of mail and nothing from Austin. No phone calls. Is anyone else still waiting?
I just got my second round notification. I live in CA.
I haven't heard that anyone has gotten a call yet. Since you didn't get your letter today, Irin... maybe you're getting a call soon:-)
Last time I made the 2nd round, I didn't go and regretted it. I'm thinking I may go this year, although it sure is a heap of money.
Irin I got my second rounder today and I'm in England, so you'd have thought you'd have got the mail before me (which is a good sign for you :)) I heard from a couple of people who contacted Austin that they were starting the phone calls on Monday (whether that was reliable or not though). Just make sure you don't go under any tunnels and lose signal on your phone!Really hope you make the cut.
Just mentioned it to the mrs and I think I'm gonna go over for it next year. You guys speak so highly of it!
I don't like to get my hopes up. Let's see what happens. But now I keep checking my phone. Ug!
I actually live only about three hours away from Austin and I just got my letter today.
I hate my life. No love from Austin. I make the worst choices.
Last two years, I make the second round, and decide I can't afford to go. This year, I commit to going, buy the badge and plane ticket ahead of time, both non-refundable, of course. And the script that made the second round the last two years - nothing. The new one that's already made two finals - nothing.
Have I mentioned that I make bad choices? And that I hate my life? Today, anyway. I'll probably like my life again tomorrow.
Congratulations to the Second Rounders who are progressing no further. And good luck to those still in the running.
If you go, I'll see you there. You can't miss me. I'll be the one passed out in the bar at the Driskill.
Sounds like something I would do:-)
But surely, Robert, you have so many impressive contest credits that will give you bragging rights at Austin. Plus the one script that you can say placed in the second round, no reason to mention which year.
It seems to me that most events at Austin are open to all, except for maybe a couple of round table discussions for 2nd rounders and whatever special events are planned for semifinal and above. But Irin, for ex., went as a 2nd rounder and is raving about the experience. You ought to be able to get as much out of it, even if you're not a 2nd rounder THIS year.
Thanks, Marjory. If you go, you'll know where to find me. Wake me up and introduce yourself.
As a Second Rounder - I think there were there events that I was invited to that I wouldn't have been had I not placed (Semis and Finalists were invited to more). I think it was a roundtable, a seminar, and drinks at a bar across the street. Also, you get "Second Round" on your badge. But there were many people who didn't place, some people who didn't even enter - and it's just as easy to network (let alone learn and have fun). You'll still get so much out of it. Did you get the Producers Badge?
Irin, I missed the free drinks. Not that there's any shortage of drinks in Austin:)
Yep, got the Producer's Badge. Spent as much as possible.
I just made reservations so look forward to meeting some moviebyters there! ARTIFICE made second round but that was the end of the road. It's still in semis at Page though....just enough to remain hopeful! Later! Steve
I've decided to go! Steve, Robert: would love to meet you and other M'byters.
Robert, I'll be the woman passed out at the table next to you.
Robert...I just read your tale of woe!! I'll take a Sharpie and write "Perennial 2nd rounder" on your badge!! See you there....Steve
Found out today that I'm a Second Rounder but I won't be able to make the festival this year. Best of luck to everyone going...
Entered three scripts; got rejections on two last week but I was pleasantly surprised to get a 2nd Rounder letter for "Hunting Blind" in today's mail. I went last year when "Knuckleballer" was a 2R, and it was a great experience. I've got a room reserved at the Driskill, but circumstances beyond my control may keep me away, which is a bummer, as this script is much more commercial (and even set in Texas.) We'll see. Congrats to all and as Irin said, whether you placed or not just GO! It's a great event for writers!
Just got my letter -- second rounder! First timer, though I've been sending scripts to Austin for the last five years. I'll be coming too. Hope to see many of you there.
So cool that so many MBers are going! I really want to hang out with you guys. I've got a room reserved. My wife and I are going to talk about it this week and make a final decision, but I've been mentioning it since last year - lol.
Alas, no love for me either. BUt I'm still going to try to attend! Sounds like the Driskill is the place to be?
I booked the Stephen J. Austin Intercontinental (or whatever it's called) because it costs a bit less and it's also one of the conference hotels. The Driskill looks like it's practically across the street, so if no one's at the Austin, I'll just mosey over to the Driskill bar.
The Driskill the main location, most of the conference stuff takes place there and people hang out at the bar. But yeah, its the most expensive. The Stephen Austin is directly across the street, a little cheaper, and some of the conference stuff takes place on the 2nd floor there.
Many of the guests are housed at the Intercontinental Stephen F. Austin so if you stay there, have your elevator pitch ready.
I'm not going this year darn it. And just when it seems so many MB'ers are.
Mike Murphy -- wasn't that the script you practiced pitching last year? Congrats on making the second round with it.
Irin -- hope your phone rings soon
And the same for everyone waiting and hoping.
Congrats to everyone who progressed. No joy for me this year.
Nuts, no Austin this year- rejected. Robert if it's any consolation I'm feeling pretty dumb myself for not going to Austin when I was a second rounder! At least my frustration is tempered by an unexpected finalist ranking in Slamdance.
Hopefully I'll see you guys next year!
S, congrats on Slamdance. Marjory and I are still in that one, too.
rejection letter + not going to Austin= bad year.
Congrats to all who made it and dang nab it, sounds like it will be a fun party of MBers.
S, Marjory and Robert,
Congrats on Slamdance!!!!
Don, come anyway!
Thanks, Heather! Hope I get to meet you in Austin.
Congrats to S. and Robert on Slamdance!
My letter from Austin said my screenplay made it to the second round...then was eliminated.
Thanks I think?
Oh well. Next year.
Matt, making it to the second round is excellent! Congratulations!
You're ahead of 90% of entries. Sounds pretty good to me.
I'm in the same boat of those that were planning on going if they didn't get axed. Oh well, next year.
Congrats to those that advanced, and to those going: have fun! Austin is a great town.
Is anyone out there still waiting for results? Anybody gotten a call? I've heard on two out of three so far. Nothing still on the last one.
Hey Melisa - we met in Austin in 2008. As surreal as it is to me, I still haven't heard about all 3 of my Austin submissions (a slapstick comedy, a family comedy, a drama).
Congrats Matt, Robert and S.
Irin - I remember you, but wasn't sure if you'd remember me! So great to hear of your successes since then! Thanks for the update; glad I'm not the only one. I'll be crossing my fingers for you on your three projects, and checking in here to see how it all goes. Best of luck!
I definitely remember you. I even have you in my contacts list. Hopefully we'll meet up again in Austin.
But trying not to get my hopes up too much. Getting harder to believe that though with each day that goes by. Fingers crossed for tomorrow for us...
I'm rooting for both of you. Let's hope the delay means a phone call is coming.
From what I can tell, it looks like Irin, Melissa, Heather and Stephen Hoover are still waiting for notification. Here's hoping you four made it through to semis! It seems they could have done the notifications a little better. The waiting must be excruciating.
Looking forward to meeting some of the gang in Austin. Irin directed me to the article Heather wrote a few years ago re: AFF. It's very helpful and I recommend it. On Irin's and Heather's recommendation I went back and upgraded to a producer's badge. I rationalized that there would be food at the additional events for producer badge holders, which would reduce meal expenses (work with me here, I had to sell this to my wife). The discount on the Producer badge for 2nd round was helpful too. Thanks you guys! Steve
Thanks for the good wishes and for the compliments on the article. I'll be updating it to reflect all of this's yearls info, dates, speakers, films etc. and will get it posted ASAP.
I'm really looking forward to meeting you and the rest of the MB crowd. In the past we've tried to meet up for coffee on the first day of the conference in the Driskill restaurant. Maybe this year we can get a group photo to send to Frederick so that he can put faces to all the people who post here.
I'm really thankful to be part of such a supportive group!!!
Sorry for all the typos. Never write anything before you've had your coffee:)
Definitely the right call getting the Producers Badge - trust me. I'm very glad I did two years ago. Can't we just buy Austin Film Fest t-shirts to make it up to our wives?!
Irin wrote: "Can't we just buy Austin Film Fest t-shirts to make it up to our wives?! "
I like it! "My husband went to Austin Film Fest and all I got was this steenkin' t-shirt." Sounds like a potential line from Machete II - quick, send it to Alvaro. He'll owe us big time!
We should start a new thread in a couple weeks to determine who's attending from moviebytes. If Heather starts the thread, wait until after having coffee!
Heather, thanks from me too for the article you wrote about Austin. It was very helpful, and I look forward to the update.
Like the t-shirt idea, Steve, except I need one that says "wife" instead of "husband."
See you in Austin Marjory. Looks like MB will be well represented there! Steve
Just got the call!
HORROR COMIC is in the semis!
Congrats Stephen! Horror Comic is on a tear.
Congratulations, Stephen. Hope to see you there.
After reading all the posts of people going, I wish I could get the time off to go! I wish everyone Lucky Networking...
Congrats Stephen! Just sent an email too but this is more public. Way to go! Steve
Heather, where is your article? I'd like to read it. Thanks.
Also just got THE CALL! My screenplay, THE DO LIST is in the semifinals, comedy category. So excited!
Congratulations to you, too, Stephen! Looking forward to meeting people there! YAY!
Congrats, Melisa!! See you there!
Looks like I'm going to be heading to Austin this year. Just have to take advantage of the networking opportunity. Looking forward to meeting the MBers!
We need to pick a when/where to meet up!
I got THE CALL. Of course after clutching my phone all day it rang when I walked away and my husband grabbed for it and dropped it and we lost the call. Had to call back and wait on hold (for about 15 seconds, but it felt like hours)
Our script 'Bride-sided' is in the comedy catagory.
Melisa, proud to be in that pond with you - congratulations. Congratulations Stephen!
Thanks everyone for the support! It's going to be fun seeing and meeting all of you.
Now we just have to wait and see if Irin gets some kind of special award for the most scripts to make the semis ever.
Clarification. Not that I know anything about Irin's status. I'm just assuming since he's so awesome and it looks very, very likely.
Congrats Stephen, Melisa, and Heather! All the best!
Congrats. and good luck Stephen, Melisa and Heather. And, good grief, Irin just call them! The anticipation is killing us. Congrats to all of the 2nd rounders too.
Congrats again Heather, congrats Melisa!
I still haven't heard. I don't know.
Irin, I think they're keeping you until the end as a treat. I bet they've never met anyone who has done as well as you have before!
Congrats Stephen, Heather and Melisa! Irin...what's the story bro? Why are they torturing you?
I just called Austin and bad news, good news. Due to a computer glitch, my letters went to my old mailing address from 2 years ago. The good news is that one of my scripts ("Miss Christmas") did make the Second Round. The bummer is that I would've been thrilled with that result last week and planned to go to Austin if I got that, but instead I'm totally depressed. I'm going to sleep on it over the weekend.
I really think Austin ought to reconsider their notification process. I mean, at this point anybody is going to figure that they must be getting the call, not the letter. And then to find out it was a glitch!!! That is just not fair.
But I hope after you get over this annoyance, you will decide to come. A 2nd round placement is great, and like you implied, it's only that having had the expectation of a semifinal placement, it now seems a bit disappointing.
Oh. Irin, Im so sorry for telling you to call them. But, second round is really good. Congrats. Have fun at Austin, all of you. And I think all of you should tell them while you're there that we think they pulled a dirty trick on Irin. Computer glich or not.
Thanks for all the kind words everyone!
Heather - Congratulations to you too! Even the title sounds funny! Good luck and I hope to see you there.
Irin - Wow, what a drag. I know how you must be feeling, but I wholeheartedly agree with Marjory. You should be genuinely proud of your achievements. I really hope to see you at the conference!
Irin, that is torturous. I'm bummed out to read that. Basically I had the same result. Three entries, one got to second round. But to find that out like you did... Man, that really put you through the ringer. Hang in there, dude.
Huge congrats to Stephen, Melissa and Heather!
Congrats to all in the semis. Heather, you're on a roll!
And Irin, you don't need no stinking phone call. Second rounder is great news.
AFF told me there were 20 semifinalists out of 4400 scripts.
2nd round.... is that really 440 scripts? Find that hard to believe. I'd think you were top 5% getting that letter.
SFs = top .5%
That's a major cut. Not sure if you call them if they'd give you a 'top 100 / top 50 scripts' indication. Nicholl does let you know how close you were; other contests may not.
At that point the scripts are on equal footing -- just down to judge taste and getting a judge that responds. Same script for me has won contests and bombed out in others.
FORGET ABOUT CONTESTS!!!!!
Start meeting producers and other filmmakers. Get someone to make your movie. Start working the phones.
Goal: FILMS MADE FROM YOUR SCRIPTS.
I decided to not enter Expo or any more contests. Got enough positive feedback, prizes, etc. from contests. Think I was falling into a danger zone of having that being my goal. It's not.
Wrapping these up and then pounding the pavement and working the phones. Buy lunch for some film commissioner office person. Get in sales mode. Graduate!
I say that as a fan of your writing and wishing the best for you. And also lecturing myself a bit. :-)
I only started writing a couple years back and entering contests a little over a year ago. In the beginning I entered anything and everything to get an idea of how things run but have narrowed my selection down to a few where I actually have a shot at acquiring something practical:
- Austin provides great networking opportunities - after entering CSSC my short script was optioned- it's now in production, and I made a few great contacts - Bluecat gives great feedback
Cash prizes and certificates are nice and all but for me have outgrown their usefulness. And while Nichols has been described as the gold ring of contests I'm daunted by the number of applicants. Hopefully I'm going about this right way?
I went to Austin for the first ten years of its existence. Great festival. Here are a couple suggestions from experience.
1. Get there early. There are activities before the festival "officially" starts. 2. Make a daily list of all the events (parties, movies, lunches, panels,,...). Go through their festival book carefully and use a highlighter. Make sure you know where all the venues are. You will probably miss parties, etc. if you don't do this. I missed a bunch the first year because I didn't do this (some parties, etc were listed on different pages). 3. You can buy something other than a T-shirt if you aren't a T-shirt person. You can buy a sweatshirt that is just "Austin." 4. Try to squeeze in a nap if there isn't anything going on that you want to attend. If you can't sleep hang out. 5. If you aren't an extrovert, find a friend who is. Can help at the parties. 6. Share a room to save costs. I did this twice and it was a great experience. Had someone to talk to at breakfast and the hotel expense was less.
Best of luck to everyone who placed or is going. Most of all, have fun.
Paula....thanks for the tips! Very useful.
Irin...are you back with us yet? Will shoot you an email. It stinks the way this thing went, but trying to figure out a way to get you to go to Austin. It will definitely be worth it based upon all the comments posted, some of which are your own!
Get your butt down there, Irin! Ali and I'll buy you a beer at the Driskill bar. :o)
Paula, awesome tips. I heartily agree with all of them.
A few years ago we started getting the Moviebyters to meet for cinnamon rolls in the lobby of the Driskill on Thursday or Friday morning. John and Julie and I started it with the idea that if we meet as early in the week as possible then there's more chance that we'll get to recognize each other in the halls. I think this would be our fourth year.
We can tentativy plan that if everyone wants to.
Of course, I won't have much heart for it if Irin isn't there (Please come Irin!!!!!)
Sorry I've been off the board - my wife's birthday and we had a big party here, lots of set up and clean up. I have to admit, I was down in the dumps yesterday morning, but feeling better now.
I don't want you guys to think I"m ungrateful about the Second Round placement. It's honestly all I was hoping for. It just happened in such a tough way. My wife and I are going to chat about me going to Austin tonight as we planned and I'd like to go if it's possible with the kids/babysitting.
Thanks for the all the nice words, the offers (beer - Len & Ali, cinnamon rolls meeting - Heather). I really want to see you guys who I haven't seen a while and meet the rest of you.
Stephen - as usual you're right. Thanks for the words. On the Semi cut - it is actually the top 1.5-2% You're in the top 20 of your genre group. There are just a few groups (drama, comedy, latitude, TV, etc.) which will total about 75 scripts. In a few weeks, they announce the Finalists - a few from each group. All the Semis are listed in the AFF catalogue.
Irin - you could make it a family vacation especially if you take a few extra days. There are lots of kid-friendly (even very young kid-friendly) things to do around Austin. there's a drive- through animal park not too far from Austin they would love. Pools,... If they are older there's the Alamo (a drive but still not too far).
Our daughter just turned 2 and our son is 10 months old - even going for pizza is difficult! But maybe in a few years.
Sorry I'm so late to the game! Stephen, Melissa and Heather -- congrats! That's great.
Irin: Hope you find a way to go; it's killing me that I won't make it this year. Looks like a huge turnout for MB'ers and having gone last year I feel like I wouldn't be lost.
Mostly, congrats to all y'all Semifinalists and 2nd Rounders; hope I didn't miss anyone.
Congrats, Heather, Stephen and to the other semi-finalists and second-rounders. Couldn't be more excited for you, especially Heather, given your generosity in helping so many of us "take the town" in Austin over the years. THUMBS WAY UP!!!!!
Wish I could join y'all but the wedding of our first-born is the main event for October. Have a blast!
Congrats, youse guys.
I'm gonna channel my jealousy into writing a new kick-ass script so I can join you all next time.
Irin, you deserve to go. I've got several round trip tickets that I won't use in a lifetime. No strings attached. You just seem like a good person/writer who deserves to go. My script got shot down, yada, yada... Haven't decided if I'll go or not. Let me know.
How fitting that your post was #100! What an amazingly generous offer. You're my new favorite person.
I hope Irin takes you up on the offer, but even if he doesn't this is the nicest thing I've seen in a long, long time.
Nice of you to say. Firstly, I like his concept, secondly, I was able to go to L.A. last week to make a few pitches, and thirdly, I need the Karma.
Wow Michael - that's beyond generous and I couldn't accept it, but really nice of you to offer that.
I just need to confirm that my parents can help out with the kids for two days, and then I'll be going down to Austin to meet and hang out with you guys. Will let you know and then we'll take a roll call.
Thanks again Michael.
Of course you could accept. I only hope it's for your "Out of Sync." s.p. If not no big deal anyway. Of course it's a S.W. Airline ticket meaning you'll have at least five connections, four layovers you'll probably catch some marky mark and the funky bunch, but hey, it is a free ticket, and if you want, it's yours for the taking. Ain't but a thing, the only thing I'm regretting is that you'll probably find another screenplay that I could've written out of it. Either way, let me know. Again, no biggie. You've earned it.
However, if you do take me up, you will have to buy me a beer. I insist!
Thanks again. But really I couldn't take it. Incredible of you to offer. If you go to Austin or we meet at another festival, I'll buy YOU a beer.
Holy Cow....that's some awesome generosity. Since everyone is feeling so generous, I thought I'd jump in to the fray.
Irin, Michael...you can BOTH buy me a beer in Austin. Wow, that really does feel pretty good!
Seriously, I'm buying...good luck with the child care Irin. Steve
I'm going!!! See ya there.
See? I told you guys Michael's the best. GOOD LUCK, everyone and have fun in Austin.
Irin, buy me A BEER. I don't drink just A BEER, but maybe we can hoist a couple some time. Best of luck!
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