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Contest: Cinequest[Post New Comment re: Cinequest]

Michael Strode Author: Michael Strode Posted: 05/24/2007 12:46 PM
Ignore Lori de Ravello's comment - she posted the exact same quote about FirstGlance, same day, three minutes later.

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Michael Strode Author: Michael Strode Posted: 05/24/2007 12:45 PM
Ignore this person's comment - she posted the exact same quote for Cinequest, same day, three minutes earlier.

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Contest: Disney/ABC[Post New Comment re: Disney/ABC]

Francis Regalado Author: Francis Regalado Posted: 05/16/2007 09:24 AM
Hi, I am joining the Contest just for fun but who know what will the futre might bring!! Anyways do you know any Free Contest like this? CBS,perhaps? Thanks

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kenneth shelden Author: kenneth shelden Posted: 05/15/2007 04:28 PM
Script Savvy does holds a great competition. They were extremely punctual about deadlines and results, which made it easy for us writers to know what to expect. The feedback was quality insight and useful criticism - the kind that script doctors charge an arm and a leg for. And with the amount of attention I received for my script, I was able to sign an option agreement merely a few months after results day.

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

Marc Calderwood Author: Marc Calderwood Posted: 05/14/2007 11:16 AM
Life is filled with "if's." If pigs had wings their ability to fly would still be determined by a number of other facts, chiefly the size of wing to pig. The CineStory competition is much like this scenerio. If you end up in the finialist group you will be invited to attend four days that will change your screenwriting process forever; and for the best. You may possibly have to pay for this "prize" if you are not the first place script. If You're smart you'll dig change out of the couch and make it happen. If you make the semi-finalist list you might be invited if spaces are available. If you don't make the finals or semi-finals quite whinning and write a better script.

If the organizers of the competition get just a little bit more organized you will find out where you place when they promise, if not then you'll have to wait and be patient (grasshopper). And, if you attend and have been upset with them over communication or timing or anything else, by the time you leave, you'll love them.

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

Mike McGeever Author: Mike McGeever Posted: 05/06/2007 02:21 PM
Cinestory gets my top, 5 star rating.

I’ve been lucky enough to win or place in more than 20 contests, some better than others. Some contests offer cash; others work like crazy to promote your scripts, while others have introduced me to extremely kind people who have taken an interest in improving my work.

Cinestory was totally unique, and unlike any contest I had ever experienced. First off, unlike most contests, where the best prizes go to only the top two or three, the prize in Cinestory was shared equally by the winner, the finalists, and the semifinalists.

And what a prize it was: a chance to sit down with industry professionals who have read your script and ask them any question you could think of, over a course of a 3 day screenwriting retreat.

It is a chance to learn about Hollywood, of course, but more importantly, it is an opportunity to learn about writing, and to become the writer you want to be.

Countless screenwriting conferences offer panel discussions. Now imagine the panel with only 8 or 9 audience members, and imagine that the panelists have actually read the scripts of the screenwriters who are asking the questions.

Doesn’t THAT sound interesting?

Most writers view contests as a way to sell their scripts. Cinestory isn’t some insane pitch fest that promises you will sell your 7 scripts over the weekend. Rather it’s about understanding why your script hasn’t sold, and the work you need to do to make your dreams a reality.

That being said, being a Cinestory writer is an incredible opportunity to earn future success. This year we had the unique opportunity to enjoy the film that won the first Cinestory contest, and a chance to meet the screenwriters who (among other things) went on to win an Academy Award nomination for their outstanding CHILDREN OF MEN script.

Criticisms? If you fastidious about your accommodations or you expect a not-for-profit event that is supported through the kindness and generosity of volunteers to run with military precision, then you will be disappointed. You will not agree with everything that is said, and some of what is said (about Hollywood or about your script) may drive you crazy. Is it possible to have a genuine learning experience that DOESN’T challenge your ideas?

Every participant I talked to left the conference feeling inspired, confident, and hopeful. And in an industry filled with rejection, where the chances for success are tiny, that is the greatest prize of all.

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Contest: Slamdance[Post New Comment re: Slamdance]

Keith Davidson Author: Keith Davidson Posted: 05/04/2007 07:37 PM
I entered two scripts but only received feedback on one. After a number of phone calls on my part, and empty promises on theirs, I never got my feedback (which was why I entered the contest in the first place). Let's hope it's run better this year.

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Robby Brayton Author: Robby Brayton Posted: 05/03/2007 11:04 AM
I entered the Script Savvy contest looking for solid feedback on my screenplay and although I had investigated other contests and read all of the comments from past participants of this contest, I was still concerned about the process and results that I might receive. I doubt no more, this experience has been fantastic! That being said, I cannot speak for the contest itself because the winners won’t be announced for several months. In an attempt to keep this brief, I would suggest future contestants read and believe all the positives comments already listed for Script Savvy. I found them to be true and would recommend this contest to anyone looking to improve their skills. To expand a bit, Donna White was personal, professional and deeply appreciated; the excellent, in depth feedback was received immediately before the completion of the contest; and the feedback provided comments and grades for categories consisting of writing essentials, dialogue, characters, plot, originality, and marketability along with offering suggestions for recommended reading material for further development. My experience couldn’t have been better. Thanks again Script Savvy!

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Ben Fiore Author: Ben Fiore Posted: 04/29/2007 05:36 PM
My experiences with the Gimme Credit Screenplay Competition have been great. The feedback was extremely helpful as well. This is a truly professional and respectable contest.

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Camille Vizzavona Author: Camille Vizzavona Posted: 04/25/2007 09:20 PM
Entering this contest you will waste your money and waste your time. Do yourself a favor and pass.

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Art Williams Author: Art Williams Posted: 04/24/2007 12:34 PM
This contest is a joke. Sorry Aimee. Congrats though. Their website is horrible. I e-mailed them about how old the articles on it are and other concerns I had. They didn't even respond (how rude). I did notice that they slightly updated the site after my e-mail (and I really mean slightly). Nevertheless, most of the site articles are from early 2006 (It's the 2nd quarter of 2007 now).

They don't give you any updates on their previous winners and how winning their contest has improved their careers, leaving you to believe their connections are weak. They talk alot about current hit comedies on their site though. Those people already have deals! Contest are supposed to be for people trying to get deals through contacts and recognition. If I want to read about how much money seasoned comedy writer's are making there are 100's of websites far better than findthefunny.com to go to.

To add insult to injury the so called awards banquet was like $45.00/person. Wow, what a joke. I don't find the funny at all and you shouldn't either. Put this contest to bed.

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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

Harvey Papush Author: Harvey Papush Posted: 04/20/2007 11:24 AM
Pdf submission of my script was simple, they met their announcement deadline, and my script was listed in the semi-finals. What more could anyone ask for? I found it to be a smooth-running operation.

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Aimee Parrott Author: Aimee Parrott Posted: 04/18/2007 06:28 PM
This is a great monthly contest. I first got to know Chris Messineo through the NYC Midnight forums, and was glad to jump on board with MoviePoet when he invited me to join. The thing that makes MoviePoet special is the opportunity to network with other writers and filmmakers. The other writers have proved to be a wonderful source of information and inspiration, and the monthly contests provide an opportunity for us to read and comment on one another's work. I highly recommend both the site and the contest.

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Mark A. Daniels Author: Mark A. Daniels Posted: 04/18/2007 04:23 PM
This has been a great experience with the Gimme Credit Screenplay Competition. The communication has been great.

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Julie Stewart Author: Julie Stewart Posted: 04/18/2007 02:51 PM
A sincere thank you to Chris Messineo and to the whole of the Moviepoet community. I new to writing screenplays and after writing 3 MoviePoet scripts and receiving 2 sets of results and reviews my learning curve has almost flipped over itself.

I am using these short assignments to experiment - yes it would be great to be placed - but I have so many bad habits to get rid of, and so much more to learn.

I am working on my second full-length screenplay and it is progressing very well (in terms of output) due entirely to the influence of MoviePoet - I can sit down and write 5 or 6 pages without feeling daunted. I jump around my story, writing bits and pieces of scenes here and there, it feels so alive and organic, I do this each day - and the pages are mounting.

Another huge plus is that I get to read the scripts of other MoviePoet members and to comment on them and then to read how other people responded to the same scripts.

Finally, I am comforted to be with other writers - none of my 'in the flesh' friends and acquaintances are writers and I sometimes thought that my view of the world was abnormal, and that the fact that I have many inner worlds and that my fictional characters are real people to me were signs of some strange mental aberration ... it's great to know I'm not alone !

This is a great contest supported by a superb community and hosted by a talented, gracious and caring founder in Chris Messineo.

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

Rzwan Cabani Author: Rzwan Cabani Posted: 04/14/2007 01:56 PM
Craig Kellem has been the catalyst for countless writers getting their screenplays optioned, finding an agent, and even being produced. I have worked with Craig from my very first script, which won his contest, and received over 20 industry requests. My second screenplay also won and received 30 requests. I'm currently working with Craig on my third. He has not only helped me become a writer, but has helped me realize a childhood dream. Winning his contest garnered alot of attention for me which lead to me recently optioning both of my screenplays and signing with an agent. His background as an agent, producer and development executive give him the credentials to take your script to the next level. I'm sorry Gil Brailey wasn't satisfied, but you won't please everyone and James Ossi's comments are simply ridiculous. I and many others are examples of Craig's fine work.

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Contest: Slamdance[Post New Comment re: Slamdance]

SHARON SHIPLEY Author: SHARON SHIPLEY Posted: 04/14/2007 01:20 PM
A GOOD UPDATE. AFTER THREE EMAILS ON SUBJECT OF SCRAMBLED INCOMPREHESIBLE LOG LINE SUGGESTIONs FROM READER, JOHN STODDARD LOOKED INTO IT AND AGREED WHOLEHERATEDLY. HE INSTANTLY SET ABOUT TO MAKE THINGS RIGHT. ALL WELL NOW. I'M RELEIVED BECAUSE THIS CONTEST HAS A GOOD REP.SS

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SHARON SHIPLEY Author: SHARON SHIPLEY Posted: 04/04/2007 01:12 PM
"A stunning widow takes him men acting as a black widow would in 1889 Austin, Indiana." This is the suggested log line Slam dance angelbaby horror competition sent me! They still have not commented or answered many emails a complete insult to anyone wishing to enter-- at your own risk! ss

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Contest: Writers On The Storm[Post New Comment re: Writers On The Storm]

LAUREN PETERSON Author: LAUREN PETERSON Posted: 04/02/2007 09:28 PM
This is the "evaluation" I got on a script that didn't make the first cut at WOTS yet won another competition and got "Recommends" from two professional coverage companies. After I complained, Mr. C. read the first 30 pages and replied that would stand by the first reader's eval. (???) DECIDE FOR YOUSELF...

WOTS EVALUATION: Interesting set-up though at times it feels a little too close to ‘ Dawn of the Dead’ for the reader’s taste and that may hurt its value in terms of originality. Also, the girls can get a touch annoying and feel one note at times so the writer may want to reconsider filling the cast with a little more variety. Lastly, the script feels kind of short now, barely clearing 90 pages. There’s room here to fool around with a few more set pieces so why not give it a try? Overall, competent writer and a fair effort. Since the author obviously has good potential as a writer, we highly recommend checking out Writer’s Boot Camp (www.writersbootcamp.com) WBC has intensive training (offered in LA and NYC and also online) – a 22-week Think Tank professional-level membership in which you will complete a first draft under their tutelage. The program includes coursework, staff support, lectures and panels, and of course lots of writing. They also offer a 6-week Basic Training program. We’ve found no better way to really amp up your career in a short time, and these guys have more success stories than we can count. Also well worth considering is the UCLA Professional Program in Screenwriting ETC.ETC.

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Michael Buchanan Author: Michael Buchanan Posted: 04/01/2007 09:19 PM
Excellent competition. I'm new to script writing and contests, and was very concerned about submitting my hard work to someone I have never met. Rest assured, however, the process was seamless and, more importantly, the organizers respond to your questions right away. The feedback they provided was incredible; I believe it will really give my script a big boost. Thanks Script Savvy!

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Contest: Tennessee[Post New Comment re: Tennessee]

Mary Huckstep Author: Mary Huckstep Posted: 03/29/2007 09:35 PM
So, I won this contest in 2005. The best thing about that is that it qualified me to enter the Contest of Contest Winners (although being a Nicholl quarterfinalist actually did the same thing). Second, I got to use their membership in the HCD online, so that saved some bucks. Of course, the number one reason to enter a screenplay contest is to gain the attention of folks in the industry. Well, the TSA has a long list of industry contacts on their website, but I doubt any of them heard about my win -- unless they went on the TSA website and read about it. I never heard from one industry contact, so the thrill of winning was short-lived. Bottom line -- these are nice folks who do what they can, but in the final analysis they don't offer much else besides encouragement.

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Mary Huckstep Author: Mary Huckstep Posted: 03/28/2007 10:33 PM
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.)

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

Mary Huckstep Author: Mary Huckstep Posted: 03/28/2007 10:17 PM
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.

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Aimee Parrott Author: Aimee Parrott Posted: 03/28/2007 01:10 PM
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.

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Martin Stack Author: Martin Stack Posted: 03/25/2007 11:11 AM
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.

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Michael Smith Author: Michael Smith Posted: 03/23/2007 08:43 PM
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.

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Michael Smith Author: Michael Smith Posted: 03/23/2007 08:26 PM
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.

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

Michael Smith Author: Michael Smith Posted: 03/23/2007 08:20 PM
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.

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Michael Pallotta Author: Michael Pallotta Posted: 03/22/2007 08:17 PM
I will simply reiterate all of the comments with a very loud...THIS IS THE BEST. That said, I strongly recommend you enter this contest.

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

t potter Author: t potter Posted: 03/21/2007 07:25 PM
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.

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Aimee Parrott Author: Aimee Parrott Posted: 03/20/2007 11:00 AM
Thanks, Patrick, for confirming that our experience was not unique. I just found out that the website was down today.

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Patrick Rodio Author: Patrick Rodio Posted: 03/18/2007 11:37 PM
Got the same run-around about notifying the winners before posting the list of finalists, etc.

Now, their site is DOWN and has been for about a week, and any emails I've sent have been returned, so I guess they've folded. Think they'll refund out entry fees? Ha.

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John Bain Author: John Bain Posted: 03/18/2007 12:43 PM
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.

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Tina Juarez Author: Tina Juarez Posted: 03/14/2007 01:05 PM
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!

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t potter Author: t potter Posted: 03/13/2007 06:49 PM
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.

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

chris dauer Author: chris dauer Posted: 03/02/2007 02:19 PM
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.

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Aimee Parrott Author: Aimee Parrott Posted: 03/01/2007 03:31 PM
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.

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Colleen De Maio Author: Colleen De Maio Posted: 02/28/2007 05:31 PM
Susan Gil says: "I can not fathom how people come on here and state whatever they want without any validity."

That's ironic, since I've been posting at this site for years, and Ms Shill -- Oh, I mean, Ms Gil -- showed up out of the blue merely to defend this "contest."

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SHARON SHIPLEY Author: SHARON SHIPLEY Posted: 02/26/2007 02:03 PM
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.

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

Dave Vaughan Author: Dave Vaughan Posted: 02/21/2007 09:56 PM
The disgruntled entrant who was unhappy with his feedback got some. I haven't yet. If the contest officials read the comments; can you clarify? Thank you.

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

James Ossi Author: James Ossi Posted: 02/20/2007 02:52 PM
Their feedback on my script was pretty stupid ... no, actually it was very stupid.

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Contest: Moondance[Post New Comment re: Moondance]

James Ossi Author: James Ossi Posted: 02/20/2007 02:43 PM
Sandalwood scented candles, paisley ceramic turtles, and pastel plastic unicorns.

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Rian van Spaandonk Author: Rian van Spaandonk Posted: 02/20/2007 07:18 AM
Hi Lin,

I was a semi-finalist and was very curious to find out who won with what. Like you, I have not heard anything since.

Sounds like a scam to me. Or poor management. Unfortunately, as until now, they seem to have been doing fine.

Maybe we should email them again?

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

Thomas Herring Author: Thomas Herring Posted: 02/18/2007 02:24 AM
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.

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Jack Brinkerhoff Author: Jack Brinkerhoff Posted: 02/15/2007 02:29 PM
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!

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Contest: Scriptapalooza Features/Shorts[Post New Comment re: Scriptapalooza Features/Shorts]

Chris Roman Author: Chris Roman Posted: 02/15/2007 01:18 AM
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.

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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

Chris Roman Author: Chris Roman Posted: 02/15/2007 01:04 AM
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.

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VerLynn Kneifl Author: VerLynn Kneifl Posted: 02/13/2007 07:46 AM
Cameron Counts goes far beyond the norm. I was startled at the personal attention I received here. Cameron plainly cares about writers. I highly recommend the Get Initiative competition.

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Eileen Tiller Author: Eileen Tiller Posted: 02/10/2007 06:32 AM
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.

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

James Ossi Author: James Ossi Posted: 02/08/2007 03:31 PM
Nice. ... Professional. ... Intellectually superior. ...

... It’s more than that ... the guy’s a distinguished, essential spirit that radiates light and sweet music.

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Contest: Cinequest[Post New Comment re: Cinequest]

Diane Johnson Author: Diane Johnson Posted: 02/08/2007 12:12 PM
I was notified by email that I did not make the cut in this contest. No coverage, but they were both curteous and prompt about notification and followup answers to my questions.

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Diane Johnson Author: Diane Johnson Posted: 02/08/2007 12:02 PM
I was pleased to be a top 4 finalist in the competition, but disappointed in the complete lack of feedback on the script. As a finalist, I expected some kind of feedback.

Even so, the promoters were very proactive in contacting me about my status, and congratulating me for it.

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Contest: Austin Fest Film[Post New Comment re: Austin Fest Film]

Aimee Parrott Author: Aimee Parrott Posted: 01/31/2007 06:50 PM
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.

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Aimee Parrott Author: Aimee Parrott Posted: 01/29/2007 05:39 PM
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.

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Contest: Waterfront[Post New Comment re: Waterfront]

Mike McGeever Author: Mike McGeever Posted: 01/26/2007 10:22 PM
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.

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Contest: Cinequest[Post New Comment re: Cinequest]

Barry Leach Author: Barry Leach Posted: 01/26/2007 02:32 AM
I entered this contest a couple of years ago with the worst piece of writing since the invention of papyrus. I was placed in the semi-finals. Draw your own conclusions!

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James Ossi Author: James Ossi Posted: 01/24/2007 09:56 AM
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.

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Christopher Johnson Author: Christopher Johnson Posted: 01/18/2007 05:46 PM
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.

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Angela Comer Author: Angela Comer Posted: 01/18/2007 05:28 PM
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!

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

SKIN MEAD Author: SKIN MEAD Posted: 01/18/2007 11:09 AM
I have found Paula Brancato to be very responsive to email. She has great suggestions and is one of the best encouragers around.

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Contest: Slamdance[Post New Comment re: Slamdance]

SHARON SHIPLEY Author: SHARON SHIPLEY Posted: 01/17/2007 06:32 PM
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!

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Mike McGeever Author: Mike McGeever Posted: 01/11/2007 04:52 AM
FANTASTIC followup! Script Savvy followed up with everyone they sent my script to, to make sure they received it and I knew the status.

I got an e-mail from another finalist who received the same attention. Precious few contests follow-up. Kudos to Script Savvy!

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Contest: NYC Midnight[Post New Comment re: NYC Midnight]

Aimee Parrott Author: Aimee Parrott Posted: 01/10/2007 11:30 AM
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.

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Jorge J. Lomastro Author: Jorge J. Lomastro Posted: 01/09/2007 07:17 AM
Pass on this one.

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

karen goldfarb Author: karen goldfarb Posted: 01/04/2007 01:04 PM
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..

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

Andy Reichert Author: Andy Reichert Posted: 01/03/2007 04:51 PM
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.

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susan burns Author: susan burns Posted: 12/27/2006 07:32 PM
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.

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Contest: Shriekfest[Post New Comment re: Shriekfest]

Phil Clarke Author: Phil Clarke Posted: 12/27/2006 04:01 PM
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.

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Phil Clarke Author: Phil Clarke Posted: 12/27/2006 03:40 PM
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.

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Contest: Moondance[Post New Comment re: Moondance]

Arthur Kanegis Author: Arthur Kanegis Posted: 12/24/2006 09:47 AM
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.

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Colleen De Maio Author: Colleen De Maio Posted: 12/17/2006 07:31 PM
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.

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Nick Carr Author: Nick Carr Posted: 12/14/2006 01:30 AM
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..."

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Gene Langlais III Author: Gene Langlais III Posted: 12/11/2006 03:11 PM
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.

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Barabara Frances Author: Barabara Frances Posted: 12/10/2006 02:03 PM
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.

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Douglas Knox Author: Douglas Knox Posted: 12/05/2006 10:03 PM
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.

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Terry Frazier Author: Terry Frazier Posted: 12/04/2006 01:45 PM
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.

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Haik Hakobian Author: Haik Hakobian Posted: 12/04/2006 11:56 AM
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

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Mike McGeever Author: Mike McGeever Posted: 12/04/2006 04:08 AM
This was an extremely worthwhile contest. The prizes were significant, and they were delivered in a timely matter. The notification was on time (actually, it was even a day ahead!)

Most importantly, the contest coordinator was very kind and seemed genuinely interested in helping me and the other winners promote our scripts. I am VERY glad I entered Script Savvy.

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

Gil Brailey Author: Gil Brailey Posted: 11/21/2006 02:32 PM
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.

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Kyle Sullivan Author: Kyle Sullivan Posted: 11/16/2006 07:32 PM
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.

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Margaret Ellen Author: Margaret Ellen Posted: 11/16/2006 07:06 PM
This competition has been a fantastic experience, I happen to think that everything they are offering the screenwriter is very valuable.

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Contest: Austin Fest Film[Post New Comment re: Austin Fest Film]

Leslie Ann Campbell Author: Leslie Ann Campbell Posted: 11/13/2006 10:50 AM
WOW - they sure were fast at telling me that I was eliminated! LOL! Seriously, I appreciate a contest that meets it's deadlines.

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Contest: Scriptapalooza Features/Shorts[Post New Comment re: Scriptapalooza Features/Shorts]

Robert Garmany Author: Robert Garmany Posted: 11/07/2006 04:23 PM
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.

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Ken Gayton Author: Ken Gayton Posted: 11/06/2006 06:21 PM
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.

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Kyle Sullivan Author: Kyle Sullivan Posted: 11/03/2006 04:16 PM
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.

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Contest: Worldfest - Houston[Post New Comment re: Worldfest - Houston]

Timothy Jay Smith Author: Timothy Jay Smith Posted: 11/03/2006 04:11 PM
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.

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Cameron Counts Author: Cameron Counts Posted: 11/01/2006 08:29 PM
Yes, it does take time,....plus I had to take time off for personal reasons. I've posted several explanations and apologies for the delays on the contest homepage.

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Kyle Sullivan Author: Kyle Sullivan Posted: 10/26/2006 05:45 PM
Oh, and just to clarify -- they actually CHARGED me for this two-bit coverage. And it cost me a hell of a lot more than two-bits. So be warned.

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Kyle Sullivan Author: Kyle Sullivan Posted: 10/26/2006 03:13 PM
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.

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VerLynn Kneifl Author: VerLynn Kneifl Posted: 10/26/2006 12:33 AM
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.

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Contest: IndieProducer iP[Post New Comment re: IndieProducer iP]

John Simpson Author: John Simpson Posted: 10/25/2006 01:15 PM
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!

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Dave McLeod Author: Dave McLeod Posted: 10/24/2006 01:33 PM
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.

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Ashley Hodgson Author: Ashley Hodgson Posted: 10/23/2006 11:25 PM
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.

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Ashley Hodgson Author: Ashley Hodgson Posted: 10/22/2006 06:08 PM
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.

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

Charlies Jones Author: Charlies Jones Posted: 10/21/2006 11:09 AM
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!!

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David Campbell Author: David Campbell Posted: 10/19/2006 10:36 AM
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

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Terry Frazier Author: Terry Frazier Posted: 10/19/2006 03:18 AM
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.

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Mike McGeever Author: Mike McGeever Posted: 10/18/2006 09:32 PM
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.

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Dion Owens Author: Dion Owens Posted: 10/18/2006 04:19 PM
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.

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Cate Salenger Author: Cate Salenger Posted: 10/18/2006 03:20 PM
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.

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