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I was happy to learn last October that I had come in third place in the drama category in the 2006 competition. I got my coverage and my prize in the mail, but the resulta were NEVER posted on the website. I made inquiries, and Peter Scott assured me that he was updating the website and it would be well worth waiting for. Well --that was four months ago, and I'm still waiting for it. I'm a winner, but the only folks who know it are my husband and my cat. That's not what I call good exposure. I just hope Peter's mother hasn't died, or he isn't in a coma somewhere, because then I'm going to feel terrible about writing something negative about his contest. I'm sorry folks, but it really sucks to have my publicity (or the lack of it) in the hands of people who don't do what they say they will. Abraham Lincoln said that when you've written an angry letter, you should put it in the fire. Well, here it is folks, so BURN BABY BURN! (Sorry, Peter.)
As a finalist this year, I truly wanted the exposure more than anything. Unfortunately, the folks in charge have had "a slew of good luck," as they've experienced breakthroughs in their own careers, and have had to postpone indefinitely giving the finalists all the media hype which they had promised. Sigh. In addition, I never got any notes from them, even though they kinda acted like I did. I surmise that these are very well-meaning folks who got caught short-handed this year and couldn't deliver, as promised. While I am trying to be compassionate and understanding, still I'd like a breakthrough in MY CAREER -- and I thought I had it until the directors (along with a couple of other directors who also dropped the ball when I won or placed in other contests this year) basically didn't deliver on their promises. It's a big thrill to come this far, and a terrible let down not to hear from one industry professional. If this situation turns around, I will quite happily get online and correct this report.
We had a very positive experience with this contest. When we had trouble submitting our script online, we received very quick responses to our questions. We were just named a semi-finalist, and not only did we get a very nice e-mail about it, it came a couple of days earlier than the posted announcement date. This is a huge improvement over the other comedy contest we entered this year (Expose It) which never announced winners at all. It remains to be seen what effect doing well in this contest will have, but we're happy with our experience so far.
ScriptSavvy is the first contest I have ever entered and I am very pleased with the professionalism and quality of the feedback I received. I had passed it around to several freinds for their advice, which helped out tremendously, but I really needed feedback from unbiased industry professionals to see if my screenplay could stand on it's own. Your encouraging feedback has assured me that not only was my screenplay read in detail but that the readers also enjoyed the story. ScriptSavvy is a must for any writer working to perfect their craft.
sent two scripts for the 2007 contest - one did not make round 2 - and I was impressed with Bonnie's feedback - gave me a lot to think about - and was DEFINITELY worth the price - the other script did make it to round 2, but sadly was stopped there -- regardless though, the feedback from Andy was great. I found this to be a great contest. The idea of the contest is brilliant - it is true -- if you want to sell in Hollywood (as oppose to write something you yourself will produce) then those first 20 pages better sing! The contest is worth it, just to find out if your first 20 pages are good enough to get past the fabled Hollywood Reader. But you get more than just that with this contest (at least I did) - you get some feedback that will help you take your screenplay to the next level. I will definitely enter this one again with future scripts and will recommend to my friends.
I was a semi-finalist in this contest for 2007 - and I found this contest to be run very professionally. Wish I had won - but hey, don't we all? As others have posted - they are very clear in the feedback you get exactly where you placed (based on points scored) with the other entrants -- and that is very cool. Usually you don't ever know even how many people entered -- and what percentage you placed at. I liked the grid of various points your script is scored on -- and again, always letting you know how you placed against the others in the contest. As a semi-finalist I also was judged in both rounds, and was privy to two sets of comments as well. Although short - all comments were very helpful and well thought out. Cynthia runs the contest well -- she is pleasant to communicate with if you need to -- and deadlines were always met -- in fact, they notified before the deadlines. I give this contest a 100% - well worth your time -- worth the feedback alone - albeit short - but it don't cost you much. I will enter this one again with future scripts - and will recommend to my friends.
I was a Finalist in this contest in 2007. I had a very pleasant experience with this contest. Frank was polite and on time with communications. The feedback I got back was short, yes -- but succinct, to the point and definitely helpful. I would highly recommend this contest. Some contests out there you never hear from -- even if you don't win this one, you will get feedback, and you will be notified -- that's worth the cost alone -- and Frank is doing a great job at administering this contest. I will enter again - and will recommend to all my writing friends.
I highly reccomend this contest. Certainly one of the best. Yeah, they run a little late on the ol' deadlines sometimes but that's because they're really putting some heart and soul in this competition. I found the feedback very helpful in rewritng my screenplay.
The feedback I received from the readers was remarkably helpful. Not only did they flag the flaws, but they suggested paths to improvement - what more could a writer ask for? Their positive and respectful guidance inspires rather than deflates. I'm pumped for a re-write.
The feedback included not only specific suggestions for ways to strengthen my script, it pointed to what worked in the script and (more importantly) why it worked. Building on your strengths as well as working to correct your weaknesses is a good way to grow as a writer. A very writer supportive contest!
A very well run competition. All inquiries and questions handled quickly and professionally. I was a semi-finalist so recieved feedback from both rounds (one from the first judge who only read the first thirty pages, and one from the second who read the entire script). In both cases I found the feedback brief but very helpful in shaping up my script. I guess that's all I ask for in a competition. I will definitly enter this one again.
I noticed two of the finalist with Contest Of Contest Winners didn't make it to the quarterfinals of the current AAA Contest. Two other finalist didn't make it out of the quarterfinals. No finalist make it beyond the quarterfinals of AAA. And this is the best of best. AAA hasn't announced their finalists yet. All contests are subjective. Good luck and keep writing.
Just an update. We are now more than a month and a half past the promised announcement date, and we still have not heard how we did. The list of winners is not posted on the website. Unless some tragedy has befallen everybody involved with this contest, this is really unacceptable.
Slam Dance Horror 'competition' is a total scam and an insult.
Below is their Reader's suggested Log line'!
A stunning widow takes him men acting as a black widow would in 1889 Austin, Indiana.
I'm not certain what language the reader speaks or if he/she is totally sane. If you enter this contest you have more money than brains.
My TV script for Smallville placed as one of the ten finalists in this years competition. Last year I made it to the quarterfinals in the Scriptapalooza competition with a sci-fi screenplay. If anything, I'm building ammo to use to get an agent. I recommend both competitions. It can't hurt.
They clearly don't read the entire screenplay when making their decisions. How ridiculous would it be if critics made their assessment of a movie after watching only the first 20 minutes. I certainly will never enter this contest again!
Well, I might not have even been placed in the quarterfinals, but I will try again. The same script that didn't even get noticed in this competition is doing well for the writemovies.com TV competition. I believe that means Scripta... sets their bar much, much higher and I have to become an even better writer to be recognized. I will be entering again.
I find it interesting that people are complaining about not being notified of advancing. In this business, you are lucky to be contacted at all. I will say that my emails have been unanswered when I had to change my email address/contact info. But other than that, this contest is well above most out there. I'd rank it in the top 5 screenwriting/teleplay (non-fellowship) competitions out there.
I sent my script and $50 based on the comments I read here, though I should have noticed that the last comment dates back to 2005. I also should have noticed that this "monthly" competition has not posted a winner in over 5 months. My check was cashed over 3 months ago, and despite my SASE and email attempts, I have not received the "brief" feedback on my script. The website reads: "Scripts postmarked by the 15th of each month are eligible for the following month's contest (6 weeks from the deadline date)." I have held off posting this comment to give these folks the benefit of the doubt, but at this point I'm thinking that - even in this business - when someone takes your money, they ought to have some intention of doing what they agreed to do. So to all of you other poor and struggling screenwriters out there, use your $50 elsewhere.
I would definitely recommend this contest. We've entered twice. The first year, we didn't make it past the first round. The second year, we made it to the second round (top 10%) and just getting that far has made a difference in people being willing to read our script. We'll definitely enter again this year.
My husband and I entered this contest at the end of 2006, and we are very disappointed with the lack of professionalism exhibited by the contest. When we entered the contest, their website said winners would be announced on January 12th. Two weeks past that date, the website *still* says that winners will be announced January 12th. We sent an e-mail to the contest on January 13th asking when the winners would be announced, and on the 15th we received an e-mail telling us that we hadn't finished in the top 3, and that the rest of the results (finalists, semifinalists, etc.) would be posted "as soon as the winners had been notified." I can't imagine why it would take over 2 weeks to notify three people that they have won a contest, but in my opinion this delay is totally unprofessional. I would never enter this contest again, and strongly suggest that others think twice before wasting their money on it.
I won the screenplay competition last year, and the people who ran the film festival were incredibly kind and gracious to me. At the festival I had a chance to speak to filmmakers, meet a lot of very interesting people, and see some terrific movies. The people who run the Waterfront Film Festival are truly a class act.
When other competitions tell me the weakness in my screenplays my massive ego shirks it off, “They skimmed it, didn’t understand it. Jerks. I don’t trust them.” But ScriptDoc is way different. The reader is unadulterated “Good.” ... Deep. Profound. And his kindness is aimed to help me despite my ego. I respect that. More, he understood my quirky, off the wall screenplay. If he can do that, if anyone on Earth can do that, then they’re goddamned geniuses.
DO NOT, I REPEAT DO NOT, DO NOT, DO NOT ENTER THIS CONTEST OR ANYTING AFFLILIATED WITH STUDIO READERS. GO TO THE WEBSITE AND YOU WILL SEE THEY ANNOUNCED THE WINNERS BUT DECIDED NOT TO GIVE OUT HE CONTACT INFO OF IT'S WINNERS BECAUSE THERE ARE NONE. THE NAMES AND SCREENPLAYS ARE FAKE. I HAVE DONE MUCH RESEARCH. I HAVE A WRITER'S CREDIT WITH WARNER BROTHERS AND I GOT SOME INSIDE INFO. STAY THE HELL AWAY FROM THEM. I EVEN SENT THE SCREENPLAY AGENCY A LOGLINE THAT SAID ROACHES AND RATS FIGHT BATMAN AND HIS NEW SIDEKICK ROACHDUDE IN ROACH INFESTED ROACH CITY. THEY SAID IT WAS THE BEST ONE AND THEY WERE EXCITED TO SEE THE SCREENPLAY. I SENT THEM A FAKE SCREENPLAY WHERE EVERY LINE WAS THE SAME AND THEY SAY THEY LOVED IT. STAY THE HELL AWAY FROM THEM.
I had the honor of winning the Comedy Category in 2005. It was one of the best experiences ever! You can choose to direct your short or not. I chose to fly to NM and direct my script. Lost my job in the process, but it was so worth it. I have a film that I love and I get to submit to festivals. My short premiered in 3 festivals last year. The crew and the people of the festival were absolutely wonderful and supportive. My advice, submit every year until you win. This festival will only get better!
The 'feedback' given was incomprehensible--no syntax, a totally meaningless jumble of words. The reader was obviously asleep at the switch and uncaring. Not what I expected from the money expended and their reputation!
I've entered this contest twice with my writing partner. The first time we did not advance to the finals, but in 2006 we did. This is a unique and fun contest with an extremely active writers' forum. Since the genres and topics are assigned, you're really forced to think on your feet. We came up with an idea that we never would have had without the genre/topic prompt we got, and we've since expanded it into a feature-length script. Writers are encouraged to post their scripts for critique by other writers, and the feedback we received was, for the most part, extremely thoughtful and intelligent. I would do the contest again just for the experience of participating in the forum discussions, and would recommend it to anybody who wants to give themselves a kick in the creative pants.
I highly recommend this contest. The feedback I received was thoughtful, insightful and constructive. I think they did a great job.. and I didn't win, place or show... but still, it was a very good experience..
Yes, I paid for a critique 4 months ago and have been informed 3 seperate times over 2 months that I would have it by end of the week. Now they are entirely unresponsive. My first negative experience with script consultants thus far -- if only I was aware of the previous comments. Now my energy is devoted to getting my money back for services not rendered.
I usually cringe when I see competition feedback in the subject line of an e-mail. My feedback experience has been rather bleak, i.e., "Slash and mutilate" and call it constructive criticism.
Script Savvy gave encouraging, pragmatic feedback. I'd recommend this contest heartily.
I won second place for a sci-fi script in 2004 and was a finalist with a short in 2006. I look forward to entering this competition in 2007. Whenever I had a question, Denise would answer it within a day or two. Anyone with a script (or movie) in the sci-fi/horror.fantasy genres should enter this competition.
Susan Gil is a producer who has been using Studio Readers for years? Why can't I find her name anywhere when I Google it? Or run it through IMDB? She can't be much of a producer if no one has heard of her.
At a time when too many movies glaborize or trivialize violence, Moondance stands out by awarding the Columbine award to scripts and movies with a good story about exceptional and compelling characters who want to make the world better, against seemingly impossible odds, and who employ a variety of nonviolent means to do so– using the power of law, humor, public exposure, ingenuity or just plain guts. I was thrilled to have my screenplay which was inspired by a true story, win this highly coveted award in 2005. "One! The Garry Davis Story" is based on the dramatic life of the first official world citizen.
The forthcoming movie, described at www.onefilms.com, received a major boost by winning in this important international contest -- which is for men and women and people of all ages.
These people are infamous con artists affiliated with "The Screenplay Agency" (though they regularly change their company's name to elude criminal prosecution. http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?p=467707 It's unfortunate that they're even listed on a respectable site like Moviebytes.
Really really disappointed with the way the contest was run, and I base this on the critique I got. It is quite clear that the reviewer paid little attention to my screenplay, even getting the main character's name wrong in the coverage. This has nothing to do with a positive or negative review of the script - I am very welcome to any comments that can help me refine my work. What kills me is that it's clear from the coverage that the reviewer read about 10 pages, breezed through the rest and churned off formulaic coverage with a few references to other TV shows. I emailed the head of the contest, who apologized and said he'd get my script to a second reviewer. Very nice of him to do this, and my hopes were lifted. Never heard back. Ah well. Again, I know I might be coming off as a writer who is angry that a reviewer didn't like his screenplay. This isn't the case. It would be more akin to your writing a mystery, and the review beginning "So in your sci-fi script..."
When I first saw this contest on MovieBytes and read the reviews, I thought to myself, this sounds a tad too good to be true. I wrote Cheryl & Molly and asked if I could get a sample of their coverage. To my mild consternation, they couldn't provide any, but instead referred me to the reviews here on MovieBytes. But I was especially impressed with the fact that they offered to address specific questions about your entry in their feedback. Well, based on some notes I received from a fellow writer, I had some concerns that I wanted a second opinion on (mostly so I could prove him wrong). So I figured, what the heck? If they screw me, I'll just call down the wrath of an angry Deity upon them.
A few weeks later, I received my feedback in the mail...and was AMAZED. Not only did they read my entry so thoroughly that I could tell they "got it" completely, but the notes they provided were excellent, specific, polite, encouraging, and USEFUL. What they provide is page after page of *constructive* criticism. After reading it, my head was spinning with ideas on how to make my screenplay better. I think this is why they call it "A Feeding Frenzy"--giving notes like theirs to a creative mind is like throwing raw meat into a shark tank.
How can two people provide so much timely and in-depth notes to so many entrants of varying degree of talent without going absolutely bonkers? No freakin' clue. My best guess is that they are blessed by the aforementioned Deity. If not, they certainly should be.
Now, some of you may balk at the absence of a monetary prize. Well, if you're really so good that you'd actually win such a prize in a contest, then yeah, A Feeding Frenzy isn't for you. But if you aren't a "Master of the Craft" just yet--but sincerely aspire to become one--then enter early and enter often. A FEEDING FRENZY should be the first stop of every beginning screenwriter with an iota of raw talent...because someday you just may look back from the vantage of a professional screenwriting career and realize that there was a monetary award after all.
Very organized. Questions are answered promptly and courteously. The feedback is the best - thorough, yet kind. I really got the sense that these folks are indeed on the side of the writer. Overall, excellent contest.
The coordinators should be commended for doing an excellent job with this contest. They announced results early and promptly delivered feedback. The comments I received were very helpful. I could tell the readers "got" my script, even though it is not "high concept." And to top all that, I've already received reqeusts to read my script. I highly recommend this contest.
Excellent, thoughtful, detailed feedback (with scores) from two readers (combined). At last, evidence that my screenplay was actually read from FADE IN to FADE OUT. The comments are succinct and get straight to the heart of the matter. They don't hesitate to suggest areas which need attention, but they don't tell you to write a different screenplay. The readers suggested two particular quick changes which I had already made, based on similar comments from A Feeding Frenzy. The fact that I got the same suggestions from readers at two contests doubles their credibility. I highly recommend this contest. It's worth the entry fee just for the highly professional feedback.
I never knew there could be so much personal caring in this industry. When I entered this contest, along with several others, I expected no more than to read whether my script was chosen or not. I received so much more from Script Savy. Besides receiving extremely helpful comments on the script, strengths and weaknesses, I received encouragement. I've been working on this project so long, I can no longer judge if I've got it right. Donna, the coordinator, and the judges, have reassured me, I have. I did score within the top ten this year, but I believe they would have been just as kind and helpful if I hadn't. Sincerely, Haik Hakobian
First of all I was asked to look again at the first 20 pages and pay another $60 dollars as the pages were "not clear". I did this and no mention was made of those pages again. Craig made mention on the phone of things that were writ large in the script, which proved to me he hadn't even read it. He missed things all the way through and seemed bewildered by anything that wasn't absolutely spelt out. I got one main note with which I did not agree. My script came back with lots of ticks. No ideas, no comments about characters or structure or theme. No inspiration or interesting comments. Absolutely nothing at all. Plus, Craig had no knowledge of There's Something About Mary, a modern comedy classic, which I thought strange as he professes to be such an expert on comedy. He also thought it was made by the Coen brothers. As I have already had a feature film made, and as a professional TV writer working in the UK, I have used many consultants over the years but this was without doubt the least value for money, and Craig the least knowledgable of all I have dealt with. I have managed to prevent a couple of colleagues "consulting" this person, so that's something I suppose. I consider the money I paid to him completely wasted.
Okay...I have to make one last addendum in regards to my negative reaction to this competition. John Stoddard, the competition director, contacted me and tried to address my complaints about the person who "read" my script. He even offered to let me have a second read at no charge. I truly appreciate his willingness to deal with problems like this and try to come to some understanding...and I have to admit, I overreacted. My comments stemmed more from frustration than anything else. Considering the new sponsor they have, even though they won't work for my script, I'm sure they will for many others. So good luck to those who enter.
My script was judged as a semi-finalist. I truly believe that helped get me taken more seriously as a writer and also helped me find an agent. Scriptapalooza seems to really try to help writers like myself get their foot in the door. I can't thank them enough for their help.
Agree with the crash screenwriting course comment from above. For the begininning screenwriter this is fantastic feedback. I found the notes very helpful and extremely extensive. It can help me make not only the script I sent them better, but it will also strengthen all of my other screenplays. And make it easier to write.
And here's the latest -- apparently no scirpt decent enough to win has been entered into their competition, so far, so they have "extended the deadline" to give more people "time to enter." So...there's $90 bucks down the drain. I guess it's time for me to admit I have no EARTHLY idea what I'm doing and go back to painting portraits.
I won the Gold Remi in 2006 for Original Drama. Sounded good and felt good. But I've not had one inquiry about my screenplay, which suggests that WorldFest is not connected to the movers and shakers. They are DEFINITELY into marketing themselves and their paraphernalia (with regular e-mails) but fail to market their screenwriters. Like other international film festivals with a sideline screenwriting competition, they don't even mention their winning screenwriters on their web page. I wish I had better things to say; but, I enter these contests for some exposure, and Worldfest provided zip.
The person who did coverage on my script did not really read it. There are several errors just in the synopsis.
1. The lead's mother did NOT kill herself.
2. A villain does NOT tell another character he will kill him if he doesn't kill the lead.
3. The lead does NOT do what is claimed he has done at one point, at all.
And that is only the beginning. Is it that much trouble to have people pay attention to what they're doing? When this happened with the last script I entered, I assumed it was just from the compexity of the story. Now I know it's just plain laziness, at best.
I won't be entering, again; this is a waste of my time and money.
Wow. This was the most extensive feedback I've ever received from a contest. Molly's notes were simultaneously encouraging and incisive. In other words, HELPFUL feedback. It was obvious she had read my script carefully and put a great deal of thought into her notes. Even though I didn't win, I rate this contest very, very highly.
RE "What did anyone get from this contest...?" Besides the comments I have made previously, here is what has happened since. My IP 2004 top ten finalist screenplay LUDWIG THE GREAT is now under option, and it was IP that recommended two very competent and trustworthy entertainment attorneys to me to help close the deal. In addition, even though I had no entries in the IP 2005 screenplay contest, I was emailed an offer to volunteer for the Gala. I did, and THAT was a wonderful experience also! A long day (about 18 hours), but I got to see how a red carpet awards ceremony was set up from soup to nuts, and even got to chat with MC Dave Foley for about twenty minutes during lunch when he came in to rehearse. I also met other volunteers who wer among some of the brightest, imaginative, most articulate and most promising talents in Hollywood. It was a real honor to work alongside them and share ideas and experiences. Once again, a ten-star recommendation for IP! It would be a great experience for any writer who makes the Top Ten, and the prizes just keep getting better. Go to ther website and see for yourself!
Is there a listing of finalists and winners for this year's screenwriting competition (specifically shorts)? I made it to the semis, but haven't heard anything beyond the posting on the Screenwriting Expo 5 site.
I was impressed that Jim kept people up-to-date on the Done Deal message board. He did a very good job of communicating his progress there. It shows he cares about the writer's experience with the contest. Warning on genres - there will only be 4 selected from the list of 9 or so genres, so you're competing with everyone, not just those in your genre. The prizes in this contest are certainly better than most other contests can offer.
I appreciated that they kept deadlines and I was encouraged by the feedback they gave.
The purpose of contests, for me, is to judge whether my product is ready for the market. There were several problems with Red Inkworks in terms of achieving this goal:
(1) their only negative feedback was regarding the binding of my script. I used 3-rings instead of brads, and am very glad that they chided me to prevent me from doing so in the future. However, I had been hoping for some constructive criticism on my writing, unless it were to win the contest. (2) It is unclear to me that the finalists were read by the same person. Their feedback e-mail switched back and forth between first person (“imo”, “I consider ”) and second person (“the reader notes”). (3) They did not say how many contest entrants. I don’t know what it means to be #21. Is that #21 out of 107 or is it #21 out of 1007? They said it was ready for the market, but I’m from Missouri and I find it difficult to believe that the top quarter of screenplays are all ready for the market. Number of entrants would have been helpful.
Having said this, I did feel encouraged by the comments and in general I think it could still be a useful critique for many writers – I am only one observation.
Major League Rippoff. For the 2006 competition, they were supposed to announce semifinalists on September 1. Then, without any explanation on the Web site, the date slips to October 1, 2006. Then October 10. *Then* October 20 -- and still no results posted. No explanation. Phone not answered. E-mail not answered. Maybe they were legit or semilegit at some point, but for whatever reason they have completely fallen apart. DO NOT APPLY!!
I received the "Basic" coverage offered to early contest entrants. Having previously paid a different company for analysis that turned out to be sloppy and shallow, I expected little from this one. However, I was pleasantly shocked to receive from "A Feeding Frenzy" ten pages of in-depth, specific coverage. It was obvious Cheryl read my script RAIL TALES from cover to cover. Her suggestions were invaluable, and I incorporated most of them in my subsequent rewrite. She also answered questions I asked her weeks later.
I obviously recommend "A Feeding Frenzy" strongly.
David A. Campbell
I submitted my sci-fi horror screenplay, Blue Ground, which did not make the cut in this contest. Nevertheless, the coverage I received was excellent. Most of it "rang true," so I immediately sat down and started planning a revision, then executed it. The result is a much better screenplay, which is now getting serious looks and high praise at production companies. I have received coverage from other contests and I have bought coverage, but never have I received coverage as accurate, detailed, thoughtful and useful as what I got from Miss Molly at A Feeding Frenzy. I'm inclined to rush off and marry her so that I can get kitchen coverage on my screenplays, but, alas, I hate to drive. By the way, the coverage I received was just from entering the contest; I didn't pay extra for it. What a deal! Before you waste your money somewhere else, send your script to Molly and Cheryl.
I have recommended AFF to numerous people who asked me which contests to enter because of the outstanding coverage. Their notes were insightful, detailed, and EXTREMELY constructive. I believe AFF earns their rave reviews because of their genuine desire to help writers make their work better. They know how to offer criticism in a way that makes the writer want to write better. This is a very worthwhile contest.
I realize that it takes time to read every script. But this competition starts up without releasing the results of the last two or three competitions. It's 2006 and the results of late 2005 aren't in. Not good.
This contest was a complete surprise. After entering many comnpetitions and receiving feedback when available, I was overwhelmed to received an in depth, intense analysis of my script - feedback that would have cost hundreds of dollars, if not more, from a consultant, and more precise, carefully thought out, and professional than I've ever received. Cheryl and Molly know what makes a great story, and how to improve what you have, regardless of where you're at with it. I'm so grateful for their help.
I made quarter finalist with my script Highway Rose, the Film Makers team respond my email about deadline and copyright etc, and they have been timely in their notifications of advancements. Most important to me, it is an “international” competition. I had wonderful experience so far, now I am hoping I can get some feedback and requests.
The terrific, detailed notes and explanations were just what I needed to give my script the legs it needed. It's obvious that A Feeding Frenzy is dedicated to helping writers reach their goal of becoming professional screenwriters.
Not only do we now have Creative Screenwriting as a sponsor (1 year free to finalists), Final Draft just hopped onboard!! Final Draft software to winner, Syd Field's Screenwriting Workshop DVD to 2nd through 5th place!!
I won the Grand Prize in 2002. Whoopee! That meant I was paired with a director to produce a cut of my screenplay. How exciting! Until it turned out to be a travesty. He butchered my work (I've NEVER come closer to slugging someone). The RIIF staff were totally disorganized, and to this day have never sent me what was promised. I spent a lot of money to attend an awards ceremony and walked off with a clock that doesn't work. No contacts or access to the industry whatsoever. A totally meaningless contest. Send in your script if you want to have a 'feel good' experience if you win, but that's all you will get. Otherwise, save your money. A complete waste of $$$ and energy.
I made quarter finalist with my script TRANS. The Filmmakers International Screenwriting Awards have been timely in their notifications of advancements. They treat writers with respect. I value and appreciate their professionalism. I have no idea if my script will will move up in the contest, but I do not think 7% is outrageous for a possible script sale. If that's what it takes to recompensate them for their work and the benefit of their connections, I think it is fair.
Denise gets an A+ for running a wonderful contest. She is very attentive, putting a great deal of effort and care into the contest. If you are a finalist, she is very quick to shoot you an e-mail about any interested parties. On her own, she is quite responsive to general queries and such. Possibly the best expereience I've had with a contest. (Being a finalist doesn't hurt...)
I just made it to the Quarter-Finals, so I'm still hanging in there. I like the constant news updates regarding where you stand if you make the cut. I think it's very well run and could help an aspiring writer's career. I've been a Writer's Arc Fellowship Finalist twice and finished 3rd in An Abbreviated Screenplay Contest, so I'm hoping to win this contest so I finally have a winner!
My screenplay ON A FIELD OF LEGENDS made the top fifty last year and I got some great requests from it. This year my latest, THE WAY OF THE DODO, is a quarterfinalist, I expect to get some requests from that also. A great contest.
I decided to submit my screenplay for feedback and Cheryl called me up to let me know that she had received my script, plus wanted to talk about my concerns posted earlier. She was very nice, and informed that the competition was two years old, and had gotten writers representation based on the feedback given. I was impressed that, not only was she able to spot that I was the one who posted the comment. But wanted to talk to me about any concerns that I might've had. I look forward to getting the feedback for my script. And getting it back within two-three weeks is amazing. I think it speaks highly to Cheryl and Molly that they are really invested in their consultation, and are dedicated to giving writers the best for their money.
I was listed on their website in the top 25%. One of the most gratifying experiences I've had that didn't require the presence of a second person. This is exactly what all contests should do, give entrants as much chance as possible to place by providing "top 25%" lists, quarter-finalists, etc. It gives aspiring writers something, however meager, to put on their cover letters. Too many contests acknowledge only finalists and winners. Thanks, Expo!
I have to agree with people concerning Jim Cirile. He did accept feedback on his competition from me, and he gave me fresh input on the first act of one of my scripts. And he acknowledged the sales promo attached to each bit of coverage was overkill. So I'm taking back my concerns about this competition. Anyone who's willing to go as far as Jim did to address the displeasure of his participants is worthy of anyone's respect.
Although I didn't advance (and I think it would be beneficial for Acclaim to offer quarter-finalists and semi-finalists segments for those of us trying to build a resume, rather than finalists only), I appreciated the personal notification letter containing a paragraph of very relevant comments on my script; the vast majority of these contests don't give you any feedback unless you pay extra for it. All in all, an above-average experience. I'll definitely try again!
I should add that I did contact Jim directly and he was quite helpful. We had an excellent e-mail exchange. I did not post that information - thinking Jim would be flooded with requests for more feedback and may not be able to provide the same assistance that he gave me. I should have found some way to edit my original comment though. My apologies to Jim who was A+ in his follow-up.
Well, Jim Cirile went above and beyond to put all of my concerns at ease. After posting his comments on here, he contacted me directly via email and made the same offer to read the first Act of my script. Two days later, I received his feedback. I've entered many contests, and this was certainly a first. It proved to me that Mr. Cirile initiated this contest with the best of intentions and does care about its entrants' perceptions. And by being receptive to the criticisms posted on here and polite in his demeanor, he has gone a long way in changing my perception of his contest. I would now strongly consider re-entering next year.
I actually made it to the quarterfinals on my second try. It gives me hope that I'm heading in the right direction. I've made contact with a few people 'in the business' at a writing conference and got good feedback about Scriptapolooza. I've sent the same script to a few other competitions but got blown out at the gate. I'll try again next year with a different script. For my money it was worth it.
I can take harsh criticism...if it's accurate. One reader downgraded me severely due to 'mistakes' that were her OWN reading errors. Another reader gave me a score of 12 out of a possible 42, and told me to use my prize-winning script as a 'learning tool'. I think with this many complaints, BBL might look into the quality of its reader pool.
This is an added comment to the previous one in the list... Now that I have received a letter notifying me that I'm a semi-finalist, I can comment more on the feedback that I've received. And my position still stands - every reader, no matter how professional, will be colored by their personal tastes and opinions. The brief comments didn't bother me, because they still gave me an indicator of what worked for some and not for others. There are so many contests that give no feedback whatsoever, and cost twice as much to enter.
As any contest with feedback, this is a mixed bag. My script has gone through two other feedback contests (Red Inkworks and Feeding Frenzy) as well as a script doctor and the notes I received from the SlamDance judge was superficial at best. He/she made comments that had nothing to do with the story and apparently didn't comprehend parts of the story that other judges had no problem understanding. Makes me wonder how closely it was read. But as I say, it's a mixed bag. I am sure they have insightful judges. I wasn't expecting to win but was really more interested in the feedback. Unfortunately, I got someone who's insight and critique lacks experience. But when you play with donkeys sometimes you get an ass.
I was notified of a second place in this contest, and asked not to reveal the winners for a week. Then the page disappereared and no winners were ever announced on moviebytes or the accolades site.
I have written to them several times. They say, send us your address, which I did. They try to act like I'm asking about the accolades feature competition, but don't reply when I keep asking. Hey, what happened to this contest. I paid, I placed, the thing vanished. What gives?
I haven't yet decided it this is flakiness or fraud. Anybody out there find anything out?
Just wanted to post something positive about this competition. When I sent in the wrong draft, Barb was incredibly helpful, and also when I had problems accessing the web site. So great to have a personal reply immediately. It is very rare to have such efficient responses from a screenwriting competition. I am very impressed.