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Contest: A Feeding Frenzy[Post New Comment re: A Feeding Frenzy]

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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Contest: Red Inkworks [Post New Comment re: Red Inkworks ]

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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Contest: A Feeding Frenzy[Post New Comment re: A Feeding Frenzy]

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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Contest: A Feeding Frenzy[Post New Comment re: A Feeding Frenzy]

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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Contest: A Feeding Frenzy[Post New Comment re: A Feeding Frenzy]

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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Contest: A Feeding Frenzy[Post New Comment re: A Feeding Frenzy]

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

Ruili Sun Author: Ruili Sun Posted: 10/17/2006 10:38 PM
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.

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Contest: A Feeding Frenzy[Post New Comment re: A Feeding Frenzy]

Rick McCormick Author: Rick McCormick Posted: 10/17/2006 09:41 PM
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.

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Cameron Counts Author: Cameron Counts Posted: 10/17/2006 06:07 PM
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!!

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Contest: RIIFF/Rhode Island [Post New Comment re: RIIFF/Rhode Island ]

Timothy Jay Smith Author: Timothy Jay Smith Posted: 10/16/2006 05:46 PM
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.

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

Lydia Rawlings Author: Lydia Rawlings Posted: 10/12/2006 12:33 PM
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.

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Contest: Shriekfest[Post New Comment re: Shriekfest]

Harry Bauer Author: Harry Bauer Posted: 10/11/2006 01:27 PM
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...)

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

Brian G Walsh Author: Brian G Walsh Posted: 10/11/2006 10:59 AM
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!

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

Julius Nicky Author: Julius Nicky Posted: 10/10/2006 09:25 PM
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.

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Contest: A Feeding Frenzy[Post New Comment re: A Feeding Frenzy]

Ken Gayton Author: Ken Gayton Posted: 10/09/2006 11:39 PM
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.

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Harvey Papush Author: Harvey Papush Posted: 10/06/2006 03:06 PM
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!

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paul byrne Author: paul byrne Posted: 09/27/2006 07:54 AM
Great competition - worth your while. Dead-on feedback and good connections if you're a finalist. Highly recommended !!

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

Kyle Sullivan Author: Kyle Sullivan Posted: 09/26/2006 08:17 PM
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.

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

Harvey Papush Author: Harvey Papush Posted: 09/24/2006 06:05 PM
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!

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

Harry Bauer Author: Harry Bauer Posted: 09/24/2006 03:52 PM
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.

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

mike riccardini Author: mike riccardini Posted: 09/21/2006 11:29 AM
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.

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

Thomas Herring Author: Thomas Herring Posted: 09/21/2006 05:18 AM
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.

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Contest: Big Bear[Post New Comment re: Big Bear]

Anita Skibski Author: Anita Skibski Posted: 09/11/2006 03:36 PM
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.

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Contest: Big Bear[Post New Comment re: Big Bear]

Diane Johnson Author: Diane Johnson Posted: 09/10/2006 03:24 PM
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.

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Contest: Slamdance[Post New Comment re: Slamdance]

Cortney Hamilton Author: Cortney Hamilton Posted: 09/08/2006 04:04 PM
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.

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Lin Robinson Author: Lin Robinson Posted: 09/06/2006 06:07 PM
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?

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

Gil Brailey Author: Gil Brailey Posted: 09/05/2006 01:23 PM
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.

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

Gil Brailey Author: Gil Brailey Posted: 09/05/2006 01:08 PM
Just wanted to post something positive about this competition. Although I have only just entered, I needed help with a couple of things, and found Rick as helpful as could be. I made a couple of mistakes re: the payment and sending the wrong draft, and was amazed at how patient and understanding he was. It's great to actually have a response from competition organizers, (usually it is the automated email) and in this case from someone who seemed genuinely keen to solve problems. There is also a sense from this competition that the organizers have a real commitment to the writing process.

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Contest: Big Bear[Post New Comment re: Big Bear]

Diane Johnson Author: Diane Johnson Posted: 09/05/2006 11:11 AM
I consider my chances at winning any contest as a craps shoot. And I've been around long enough to understand that all judging - no matter how professional the readers - will be colored by personal tastes and opinions. So I was really excited when my script made it to the quarterfinal round.

Doing well in any contest will increase your chances at getting further in your career if you know how to capitalize on it. And Big Bear is a good deal for the money, when you look at the rising costs of entering contests.

Unfortunately, as of this posting I haven't gotten any feedback about my script. And I found out about my status as a quarterfinalist because I was randomly searching the site - no email to cue me in that I had reached the quarterfinals. That was a disappointment.

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Contest: Rod Serling[Post New Comment re: Rod Serling]

Paula Smith Author: Paula Smith Posted: 09/05/2006 10:47 AM
I was extremely impressed with the professionalism of the individuals running this contest.

I was notified of my Finalist standing on time and then about a week later I was notified of my winning First Place. I received the check and the goodies within a short time.

I'm in the process of trying to film my short. I have my location (which was no easy task since it takes place in a prison) and now I have to raise funds for the shoot.

Cynthia and others running this contest were cordial and professional and did what they said when they said. You can't ask for more than that.

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Gil Brailey Author: Gil Brailey Posted: 09/04/2006 03:37 PM
I should have listened to the other postings. I have been trying to contact the organizers to ask whether they received the scanned release form. Just in case, I faxed it, but heard nothing. An automated email says once they have received payment they will confirm entry, but I have paid them and still no confirmation. The whole thing is very strange.

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

Kim Townsel Author: Kim Townsel Posted: 08/31/2006 09:06 PM
Frank Douza e-mailed me last Friday, August 25, 2006, to notify me that I won. I received the check and my notes today. The notes were helpful without being mean, and encouraging without being flowery. I am a very happy writer. :)

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

Gil Brailey Author: Gil Brailey Posted: 08/23/2006 01:30 PM
Have you noticed that two of the earlier comments are basically the same, although apparently from different entrants? Spooky huh? And suggests that someone connected with this competition is sending in their own fan letters.

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Contest: A Feeding Frenzy[Post New Comment re: A Feeding Frenzy]

Michael Weinstein Author: Michael Weinstein Posted: 08/12/2006 11:20 PM
I received Honorable Mention this year for my first script. Aside from the honor of placing in the contest, I was especially grateful for the encouragement and the thoughtful, helpful feedback I received from Cheryl --whom I intend to work with to further develop my script. I highly recommend this contest.

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

Hanna Yohannes Author: Hanna Yohannes Posted: 08/09/2006 06:10 AM
I'm glad to see that I am not alone in my suspicion of the competition. I actually don't believe my script was read, and am actually inclined to think that the organizers merely handpicked scripts that had done well in previous competitions. The mini-analysis was totally useless as the comments provided were incredibly general and vague. The comments I received could have probably applied to every movie I have ever seen. Yeah, it's only $35 bucks, but unless you're use to flushing money down the toilet or have done well in other competitions, I would strongly suggest skipping this one.

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Contest: Slamdance[Post New Comment re: Slamdance]

Kyle Sullivan Author: Kyle Sullivan Posted: 08/08/2006 03:24 PM
This is a very well-run competition and, for those who do advance in it, it can be an asset, I'm sure. But it's still just your typical script contest interested only in steady mainstream scripts that adhere to the Syd Field rules...which surprised me. You see, I sent them a script where I played around with the timeframe as well as the rules of screenwriting, thinking if anyone would get it, the people at Slamdance would. I'd already given the script to a couple of directors I knew, both of whom loved it. Said it was amazingly visual and one wants to option it to try and raise money to make it...which I may well do; he already has a couple of indies under his belt. I also gave it to an award-winning cinematographer I know, who also loved how visual the story is and how the back-and-forth timeframe helped tell the story. I gave it to some actors I know who loved the depth of the characters, their arcs, how true they were to themselves and how they interplayed with each other. Not one of them, not ONE, had any trouble following the story as they read it. Yet EVERY "reader" who's had to do coverage on it HATES the script and butchers it in their coverage. They whine about how the pages are too heavy with description and how it sometimes makes no sense and there are too many flashbacks and on and on. Yes, it's not an easy read. Yes, you have to pay attention and try to visualize the story as you go through the script. And I understand they have a hundred scripts they have to give coverage on a week, so they prefer simplicity to complexity. And I know to expect that from the studios...but I did NOT expect it from a competition that wants to be considered counter-culture. So...the lesson is, if you have a script that's different, don't send it to any of the contests. They don't like different. They don't like you to play with structure. They don't like you to do a damned thing more than kiss Syd Field's ass and do A-B-C-D and please leave the "creative" decisions to those who truly matter -- anyone other than the writer. Better to try and make it on your own. Less waste of money and effort involved.

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

mike riccardini Author: mike riccardini Posted: 08/07/2006 12:44 AM
Like Mr. Sullivan above, I too am suspicious of this contest being more of a promotional tool than an event to celebrate and assist amateur screenwriters in their quest for industry success. I felt it would be reputable after reading an endorsement in Creative Screenwriting magazine, but every step of the way it seemed like this contest was all about pimping the coverage service and, in turn, pimping the writers who have already used that service. To a point, I can certainly understand that motivation. But I couldn't help but feel they allowed this to become a conflict of interest. No doubt I'm very curious to know exactly what percentage of advancing writers had already forked over the dough for the coverage service. And, while I did receive the mini-analysis that corresponded to my script, it would've been nice if the correct title were mentioned in the rejection email, instead of the title I'm assuming came directly before mine in alphabetical order. It may seem like an insignificant detail or a simple oversight, and maybe it was. But when you're already suspicious, reciting an incorrect title doesn't win you back any points.

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Contest: A Feeding Frenzy[Post New Comment re: A Feeding Frenzy]

Hanna Yohannes Author: Hanna Yohannes Posted: 08/04/2006 10:13 PM
Cheryl rocks! For a mere $75 bucks, she gave me the best coverage ever. I honestly did not bargain for the analysis provided, and am truly grateful for the attention the script was given. I do not know what else to say, but thanks a million!!!

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Kyle Sullivan Author: Kyle Sullivan Posted: 08/04/2006 01:00 PM
Okay, first the good aspects about this competition -- they notified me of my script's progress like they said they would (especially since I provided two SASEs). And the letters they sent me were polite and encouraging. Plus I made it into the semi-finals, which is always nice.

That said, the "feedback" given me on my script was next to worthless, and the whole thing came across as a plug for "The Writer's Boot Camp" (they even enclosed a flyer for it). Nothing irritates me faster than to think a competition is just a front to make someone money...not from the entry fees but from their side business of "helping make your script better according to the rules of Syd Field and his ilk."

The thing is, this contest falls under the 97.5% of screenplay competitions that mean nothing to the film business, something I finally had hammered into my thick skull by a producer I met. She told me, "If it's not the Nicholl or one of the fellowships affiliated with a studio like Disney or Warner's, while it's nice if you win, you're wasting your money...because these awards will do nothing for your script. Put your time, energy and money into getting it read by people who can get it made. It's harder to do, but an award really won't help you do it and may just take your focus away from what matters."

And she's right. In the years I've been doing this I've won three competitions, placed second or third in five others, made finalist and semi-finalist almost a dozen times, and I'm no closer to getting a script sold than when I first started pushing the contest route. So...I have two more..no, three more competitions to hear from, and that will be that.

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Contest: Nicholl Fellowships[Post New Comment re: Nicholl Fellowships]

Christopher Canole Author: Christopher Canole Posted: 08/02/2006 02:40 PM
If Greg Beal writes a personal note on your rejection letter saying you were in the top 10% the thing to do is REWRITE and submit it the next year. I did and now I am a 2006 Quarter-Finalist. Above all REWRITE and then win.

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Vincent Rocchio Author: Vincent Rocchio Posted: 07/30/2006 02:53 AM
I saw so many positive things about this contest that I entered it--twice.

I entered it because it seemed like a really good test of how much "mainstream" appeal a script would have. I mean, come on, if you have an "arty" script, best go to Austin or Sundance.

My first test drive of this competition was very disappointing. Based on a true story, my script was dumped on for being "ethnically insensitive" which was a more polite way of calling my script anti-semitic. Hey, guess what reader? It's a true story.

So why did I enter again? The second time around I felt like I had a much less politically controversial film that was definitely more mainstream. And since the script was making it out of the opening rounds of several competitions (and eventually placed in the finals of two big competitions), I thought the "mainstream test" of American Accolades would be worth another try. Well, you know what they say: Screw me once...

There are only two words to describe the judging of this contest: incompetent and boilerplate. Precisely what my script has been praised for in other contests was criticized in this one. And yes, only finalists get full coverage, but still, the quick summary here was in complete opposition to what other reviewers found positive. That's not just a matter of "personal taste" it's a matter of being able to judge craft accurately--this competition does not. I almost envision that somebody spun the "boiler plate wheel" to dismiss my script.

I see a ton of comments praising the contest coordinator. I fail to see the relevancy. The contest coordinator does not judge scripts. You submit, you get judged, it's over. Unless something goes wrong along the way, a contest coordinator is a non-entity. I'm sure he is a nice guy, but it doesn't effect the outcome.

The bottom line of this contest for me is that the opening round judging is poor--and that's polite. I cannot recommend enough that you stay away.

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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

Ken Gayton Author: Ken Gayton Posted: 07/26/2006 11:10 AM
I have to agree that this isnt a writer friendly contest and the deadlines are constantly pushed back, however, this is one of the few contests where they actually list some movies that have been made as a result of winning. And that have IMDB credits to back it up. Its up to you what you'd rather have, a friendly contest that gives great feedback, or a contest that can actually get your movie made.

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Kyle Sullivan Author: Kyle Sullivan Posted: 07/20/2006 08:23 PM
This contest is more geared to narrative and non-ficiton writing than it is to screenplays, and those people are dead serious about helping their writers in any way they can. I got 2nd place for my script and, while I doubt it will help me much here in Hollywood, it never hurts to have someone besides friends and family say you're good at what you want to do. I appreciate the positive attitudes and vibes sent out to all writers by this organization and wish them well. Now that I'm writing a novel, I may become an actual member and send that in next year.

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Contest: Moondance[Post New Comment re: Moondance]

Maree Gutterson Author: Maree Gutterson Posted: 06/28/2006 04:35 AM
My mistake. My prior posting should have read: This year's competition had more winners than finalists in three categories. I received short shrift from Elizabeth English when I politely pointed this out. Disappointing.

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Contest: Moondance[Post New Comment re: Moondance]

Maree Gutterson Author: Maree Gutterson Posted: 06/28/2006 04:29 AM
This year's competition had more winners than finalists in three categories. I received short shrift from shrift when I politely pointed this out to Elizabeth English. Disappointing.

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spec writer Author: spec writer Posted: 06/27/2006 06:43 PM
I won last year. I did get my prize money but that's about it. No reception where I would get to meet agents, showrunners, etc., but most importantly, no real feedback on how to improve. If you are looking for a manager who can give you solid notes and send your work out, then don't bother with this contest. If you just want to win a $1000 and build your resume a bit, then go for it. But don't expect much. I am pretty much back at square one after winning this thing.

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Contest: PAGE International[Post New Comment re: PAGE International]

Dave McLeod Author: Dave McLeod Posted: 06/26/2006 06:07 PM
I submitted to this competition last year (made it to quarter finals) and again this year. Out of all the competitions I've entered, this one has been the most professional. Jennifer (contest coordinator) is great! All my inquiries, no matter how small or insignificant, were answered in a timely and extremely professional manner. I can't really comment too much on the how important the competition is, or the feedback, because I only made it to the quarter-finals last year and I didn't request judges feedback.

Dave

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Paul Hastings Author: Paul Hastings Posted: 06/25/2006 10:15 PM
I was a finalist in the 2003 contest- my first screenplay and my first entry. Naturally, I was quite excited. I received no inquiries from any producers/agents, but didn't expect any. They forwarded to me a few of the readers' comments and made a couple of helpful suggestions- these I found to be very useful and encouraging. As I am new at this game, I can't compare this to other contests, but they did everything they promised in a professional way.

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

Harry Bauer Author: Harry Bauer Posted: 06/10/2006 09:46 PM
In a world of contests that leave you hanging high and dry, it is a RELIEF to get a contest with feedback. In the same breath though, don't expect your mini-analysis to give you the wonderful nuggets that will turn your script around. The comments were brief and left me with only one thought to walk away with, and a very vague thought a that... ( a second half that lags) ...sure that gives me something to think about, but far too broad to focus on without having a betting sense of the reader's taste. The rest of the comments were far too vague to do anything with. Only 3 critiques in total: very short and simple. Not terrible and awesome compared to ZERO comments, but if you enter - don't expect the mini-analysis to be significant.

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Contest: Slamdance[Post New Comment re: Slamdance]

LAUREN PETERSON Author: LAUREN PETERSON Posted: 06/04/2006 05:40 PM
UPDATE Regarding my post on 4/7/2006. Mr. Stoddard contacted me, very concerned about my experience with the contest, and has offered complimentary coverage on one of my scripts. I think that's classy.

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Contest: Red Inkworks [Post New Comment re: Red Inkworks ]

Ken Gayton Author: Ken Gayton Posted: 06/02/2006 06:11 PM
This contest was professionally run. All deadlines were met. However, I can't share the same enthusiasim about the feedback as everybody else. All the constructive criticism was accurate, and helpful. However, it only focused on one aspect of both of my screenplays. And the positive feedback was nice, but very general. They did outline specifically how I could change my one writing flaw that was pointed out. But I was hoping for more. It is a contest that nurtures writers, and is probably best for the beginning screenwriter(which I am). I may enter this contest again with the reworked screenplay to see if the feedback changes at all.

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Contest: A Feeding Frenzy[Post New Comment re: A Feeding Frenzy]

Ken Gayton Author: Ken Gayton Posted: 06/02/2006 06:06 PM
I was wondering if anyone actually sold a script through this contest. Getting great feedback is wonderful, but they offer that year round. What's the difference between paying the money to have them give you coverage on your script and entering the contest? Feedback is great, but has anybody sold a script or made it into a movie through this contest?

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

Kyle Sullivan Author: Kyle Sullivan Posted: 06/01/2006 01:42 PM
Y'know, I get the feeling this "contest" is really just a promotional tool for Writers On The Storm's script coverage service. I entered two scripts -- one of which has won awards, elsewhere -- and I didn't even make it to the quarterfinals. However, it looks like people who went through the sponsor's script analysis process prior to entering had 2-3 screenplays make it.

I dunno, maybe it's just disappointment talking (I'm aware enough to acknowledge that possibility) and those who DID get coverage from these people first were just able to streamline their scripts to exactly what this group is looking for, but can you really take a writing competition seriously when they don't even know how to list the screenplays' titles correctly in their press releases? Things like that raise FAR too many questions in my mind.

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Contest: Nantucket[Post New Comment re: Nantucket]

Leslie Ann Campbell Author: Leslie Ann Campbell Posted: 05/30/2006 03:55 PM
It seems to me that what concerns most people is not knowing what is going on with their script. Did they make semi-finals? The finals? I know that is what upsets me; I just hate not knowing. Nantucket was very professionally run. I received a very professional type written letter in the mail notifying me that I had not made their finals. I would enter this contest again.

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

SJEM SJEM Author: SJEM SJEM Posted: 05/23/2006 08:41 AM
I entered this once but wouldn't do it again. Paying $50 and not even getting feedback or a courtesy email just seems like a waste of time. I'm unclear how they read your script and I'm also unclear if the people who have won have gone anywhere with the writing. Lastly, it seems that the prize money comes out of the people entering which seems a bit much.

Perhaps I'm being overly critical but in the future I'm only entering contests that can help me like Nicholl or Chesterfield or Disney.

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Contest: Red Inkworks [Post New Comment re: Red Inkworks ]

Orlanda Szabo Author: Orlanda Szabo Posted: 05/19/2006 03:34 AM
Once again Larry and his Red InkWorks competition have outdone themselves. Thanks for choosing my script as a Top 50 finalist. :-) And making me really think with your notes.

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Contest: Red Inkworks [Post New Comment re: Red Inkworks ]

Linda Armstrong Author: Linda Armstrong Posted: 05/08/2006 12:14 AM
After waiting nine months for results from another (unnamed) competition, discovering the professionalism and timeliness of Red Inkworks was almost overwhelming. If you can only enter one contest a year, make it this one. Red Inkworks is absolutely worth the entry fee.

And for all you other contests out there that drag writers around like worn out chew toys -- this is how a competition should be run.

Excellent to work with.

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Contest: Slamdance[Post New Comment re: Slamdance]

Margaret Ellen Author: Margaret Ellen Posted: 04/28/2006 01:01 PM
I pity the screenwriter that hasn't heard about Slamdance!!! I just got back coverage within a few weeks of submitting and could not be happier. Everything you expect of a reputable competition with a lot of extras. They've got a great program.

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Kevin Holmes Author: Kevin Holmes Posted: 04/27/2006 01:31 AM
I would recommend that people not enter this contest. However, if they do enter, definitely do not pay an additional fee for an evaluation. Based upon the comments here, I am apparently not the only person who did not receive their evaluation. There seems to be a trend towards people not receivng the evaluations that they paid for. I paid the additional $15 fee, made two polite requests for the evaluation (both after the winner was announced) but never received even a response, much less an evaluation. Perhaps a name change to FindThePhony might be in order.

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

James Edwards Author: James Edwards Posted: 04/14/2006 02:54 PM
April 14, 2006: I have now received my coverage AND a refund -due to lateness. The coverage was very good, highlighting an area of the screenplay that I had not considered relevant, previously.

Therefore, I withdraw the negative and sarcastic comments I made above. While the miscommunication may have been on Screenplay Festival's part, the antagonistic response was my own. And, as I said before, while their lateness in answering was aggravating, this seems to be standard in contests nowadays. I certainly wouldn't want to discourage them from con-tinuing their coverage program, as this is really the only way the writer can be sure what he's sent in is actually being read.

My apologies, and next time I'll complain more than once before making a negative comment.

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

James Edwards Author: James Edwards Posted: 04/08/2006 04:45 PM
While it's still fortunate I didn't hold my breath, I HAVE received word from Contest Coordinator Rick Reynolds that my screenplay was one of three that slipped through the cracks, being sent to the judges before being covered, and that coverage would come through this Monday (Apr 10). If this is the case, then I will retract the harsh words of my initial posts - all the more so since this is not the only contest with a time lag problem.

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Contest: Slamdance[Post New Comment re: Slamdance]

LAUREN PETERSON Author: LAUREN PETERSON Posted: 04/07/2006 04:17 PM
You mean Scamdance??? I entered on deadline day. WORST contest I ever entered- and the most expensive. Entered a script that semifinaled in a big contest, made the top ten percent at Austin and top ten list on Triggerstreet. I thought it would at least place at Slamdance and the coverage would help me tweak it into a winner. The reader obviously rushed/skimmed/didn't give a damn or English was her second language. I was shocked. Phone consultation wasn't even offered- I wish it was. I complained to the director- he apologized, said she was a "new reader" for them, that I could re-enter the script and he'd read it--for another 75 bucks! No thanks.

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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

Vincent Rocchio Author: Vincent Rocchio Posted: 04/05/2006 11:34 AM
I find it hard to believe that there would be any positive comments about this contest. Two words: "Competition Mill". Writemovies especially taught me a valuable lesson. If you go to a competition's website and cannot find the one you entered because there are so many contests there STAY AWAY. Writemovies is the quintessential take your money and run contest. I made it to the finals of this competition, and never once received individual notification that I was advancing in the competition. I had to find out on the internet searching for the site where I had placed in another competition. As with many competitions, Writemovies is not about finding scripts nearly as much as it is creating a sales and marketing database. They flood your email with services and other things to buy. Who needs it?

They like to present themselves as being "all about the writer". Yeah? Well how's this for sensitivity to writers. After receiving no notice from them for the entire competition, I looked in my email one day and found a message header: "And the Winner of the WriteMOvies Competition is..." Then you open up the message to find out that you did not win. Now, think about that. Of 70 finalists, 69 are going to open that message only to be disappointed. That's sensitive?

And the other thing about this contest that others found so positive should really be a warning to others. I lost out to a book, and not only that, a book written in another language. How dumb is that? A screenplay is at best, only a blueprint. Its never really going to be able to hold its own against a book. Now, if a competition wants to open itself up to other forms of writing, great, make categories, duh....But having screenplays compete against books strikes me as particularly not very involved in assessing and comparing the submissions. For a reason: this competition is not about scriptwriting, it's about making money. Stay away.

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Contest: Fade In[Post New Comment re: Fade In]

Vincent Rocchio Author: Vincent Rocchio Posted: 04/05/2006 11:22 AM
I entered this year's Fade-In contest--2005. Although I received notice in the mail that I made it to the Quarter-Finals, that was the last notice I received, and the contest missed it's deadline by a fairly outrageous amount of time: deadline was Nov. 15 and winners were to be announced by Feb.15. They did not even get around to announcing the semi-finalists until the first week of April. Yeah, that's pretty lame. Rather than look at that in moral terms, though, I think the potential entrant should look at the consistent deadline problems this competition has in business terms. Like many contests, this is conducted as a marketing strategy and as part of a competition mill. Any organization running more than one contest a year is, in my view, not a contest to enter. They are more interested in you for your marketing and cash potential than your writing potential. There are plenty of really big, once a year script writing contests that are only that: contests. Not part of some writing or media business looking to improve cash flow.

Any contest is going to have good posts from people who scored big. The true measure, to my mind, is the people who did well but did not win prizes. How were they treated? With no feedback, no personal notice, no apologies for lateness, and fairly rude response when I made an inquiry, I conclude that this contest is not run well or for the sake of finding good scripts, but to make money. Stay away. I know I will.

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

Vincent Rocchio Author: Vincent Rocchio Posted: 03/15/2006 07:16 PM
I have to say I'm one of those people who are going to line up with the "amatuer hour" perspective on this contest. I submitted a very un-hollywood, Antonioni-esque script that was also highly political and received no feedback. Since feedback was supposed to be the upside of this contest, that pretty much sinks it in my opinion. So this contest treats a couple people really well. Big deal. For me it was a typical contest that took my money and I never heard from again except to hear that I lost. This contest has gotten a lot of points from people as being very "writer friendly". Take that with a grain of salt. It is clearly a one-man show and is not for those who are experimenting with narrative forms.

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Vincent Rocchio Author: Vincent Rocchio Posted: 03/15/2006 07:03 PM
I didn't think much of this contest. First, it's not clear to me why two organizations are combining for a contest. This is the first contest out of 3 others that my script did NOT make it out of the first round. Hey, it happens, but I have to say, I'm not eager to enter any contest that fills my email with their "workshops" and other things for me to buy. Sorry, no. I'm interested in winning contests and advancing my work, not purchasing services. I'm also suspicious of any contest that asks for "anonymous" feedback before the competition is over. Coincidentally, I gave them very negative feedback. That's just coincidence though. All I got out of this contest was junk email. I'm completely unimpressed.

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Contest: PAGE International[Post New Comment re: PAGE International]

Annie S. Cian Author: Annie S. Cian Posted: 03/15/2006 05:13 PM
I have been so impressed at their professional conduct in the past that I have entered another script in the 2006 competition and once more I must say I am not disappointed. If it is possible they have become more forthcoming and extremely helpful in their handling and communicating skills, which in itself is very encouraging and confidence building for an author. A week ago I submitted a few questions to them and within the hour I received my reply. At the same time I forwarded the same queries to another contest organizers who always advertise in the front pages of the Movie Bytes, and I am still waiting for an answer. Ironically they always sent me number of e-mails every week to remind me of their deadline. That gives me a lot of food for thought in regards to their way of conducting these competitions. I would like to stress that this is the difference that makes PAGE invaluable to me.

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

Graham Moes Author: Graham Moes Posted: 03/14/2006 10:10 PM
More than just a contest, the Kairos Prize is backed by two major, well-established, well-funded entities with bona fide contacts in the industry -- dozens of which were present at the awards ceremony. I entered two scripts -- one went far, one didn't, but the feedback even on the rejected project was thorough and professional. Highly recommended in all respects.

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Heather Hughes Author: Heather Hughes Posted: 03/14/2006 09:19 PM
This contest accepted my script and check and then suddenly the screenplay part of the contest dissapeared. I emailed and got no response.

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

david anthony Author: david anthony Posted: 03/14/2006 09:03 PM
I find it interesting that any opinion other than favorable could be given of this contest at this point since it is in its first year. Time will tell if it will aid in the advancement of careers. Regardless, my experience with this contest has been great and I'm glad it exists, if only to give Christians a voice in Hollywood.

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

James Edwards Author: James Edwards Posted: 03/13/2006 12:18 PM
3/13/06: Still have heard zilch from Screenplay Festival about my screenplay "gOD's mAn". I will post if and when the coverage arrives. Needless to say, I'm not holding my breath.

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Harry Bauer Author: Harry Bauer Posted: 03/09/2006 10:29 PM
When you enter multiple contests, every dollars adds up, esp. when you are an admin. assistant by day... "sheesh!" to the prior comment of lighten up! I should have read these comments before I entered. The contest feedback comments were reserved to a few scribbles. One comment made it clear that the reader was not very perceptive. Stay away from this contest! I got a 'no' for having three dimensional characters, and yet my nerdy leads weren't allowed to "stroll" as a form of walking because a "hyper character wouldn't stroll" Hmmm... would you call that a one-dimensional character or a three-dimensional character? I did get a handy list of walking verbs. Was that worth $20? I don't know. You tell me.

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

Anita Skibski Author: Anita Skibski Posted: 03/08/2006 08:04 PM
If you qualify to enter this contest, you're taking on the best of the best. And if you make the top ten, people take notice. I've gotten four script requests since the results were posted. Keep your eye on this one.

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cindy keller Author: cindy keller Posted: 03/04/2006 05:48 PM
I was a winner in their 2005 Contest with my script, "Tattoo". I received my copy of the DVD, "Boneyard Tales III", in the mail two days ago.

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Contest: Big Bear[Post New Comment re: Big Bear]

SHARON SHIPLEY Author: SHARON SHIPLEY Posted: 03/01/2006 11:26 AM
I TOO FOUND THE BIG BEAR SCREENPLAY COMMENTS, TOO BRIEF SNIDE AND SHALLOW, PARTICULARLY SINCE THE VERY SAME SCRIPT, SARY'S GOLD, WON THE SCRIPT PIMP GRAND PRIZE NOT TWO MONTHS BEFORE.

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

Donald Rosenblit Author: Donald Rosenblit Posted: 02/28/2006 12:44 PM
HOORAY…My screen play ROD WEILER PRIVATE EYE DOG IN PLAY DEAD was the 3rd prize winner of The Writers Place 2005 screenplay competition. I think that the best thing that I can say about The Writers Place is that they made me feel like I was the only one that entered their contest. They could not have been more pleasant. They were very professional but at the same time made me feel like an old friend. Their response to several of my e-mails was immediate and helpful. Then they proceeded to provide me wonderful feedback that will help make my 3rd prize winning script a 1st prize winning script the next time around.

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Anita Skibski Author: Anita Skibski Posted: 02/27/2006 06:46 PM
Tedious excuses for their incredibly long judging period. They only charge 20 dollars because they're only reading 20 pages of your script. Feedback was useless and convoluted. My scripts are doing great elsewhere.

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Contest: Valley International[Post New Comment re: Valley International]

Stefan Stenudd Author: Stefan Stenudd Posted: 02/27/2006 03:51 AM
They seem to have no system of quarter and semi finalists. Their website gives the same six script names for "Official selection" and "Category Award Nominees". That's a bore. On the other hand, although my script is not among them, I have to say that the chosen scripts seem to be quite interesting.

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

James Ossi Author: James Ossi Posted: 02/25/2006 11:25 AM
Gadzooks, I didn't win again. Well, shoot.

But, oddly, Frank Drouzas's comments on my script were accurate and helpful, actually. Furthermore, unlike feedback from other competitions, his many criticisms weren't insulting. He never uses words like "idiot" or "moron." This, for me, is a step up, is a compliment. And I am thrilled. Thanks Frank. You're okay.

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

candace brasseur Author: candace brasseur Posted: 02/24/2006 07:34 PM
Great feedback, concise and very specific. It is evident that a great deal of time is spent on each script entry. Email notifications were always on time and encouraging. A very enjoyable experience.

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Contest: A Feeding Frenzy[Post New Comment re: A Feeding Frenzy]

Eric Blakkestad Author: Eric Blakkestad Posted: 02/20/2006 07:58 PM
They don't just beat the competition, they CRUSH IT!!! I mean, this is feedback at it's best! This is take no prisoners, firing on all cylinders, we're blowing our competitors out of the water like it's friggin' Pearl Harbor folks!

To put it more mildly, phenomenal coverage. They not only thoughtfully read my script but digested the material and came back with outstanding advice on theme, character arc, dialogue and lots more. I'm grateful to these wonderful ladies for the marvelous treatment and positive reinforcement, feedback and coverage I received on my story.

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Heather Hughes Author: Heather Hughes Posted: 02/16/2006 05:09 PM
I had to write this in response to the other comments on this film festival. I am a first time screenwriter. I entered the SDFF with no prior experience, no studio connection, and no agent. My script Zig Zag placed in the top ten at this festival. I received a wonderful phone message from Joel Eisenberg, the director of the contest, congratulating me and wishing me good luck. (I still have the message saved on my answering machine becuase it was such a gracious and lovely touch.) Although I did not win Joel has been accessible and helpful since the contest. He has started an email group for screenwriters to share their questions and ideas and continues months after the contest to be gracious to all with his time and encouragement.

I highly encourage you to enter this contest!!!

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

Richard Haber Author: Richard Haber Posted: 02/10/2006 12:34 PM
I was the winner of this contest and I found the reader's report quite interesting and smart, with constructive criticism and suggestions that will certainly be helpful in a future rewriting.

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Contest: A Feeding Frenzy[Post New Comment re: A Feeding Frenzy]

Anita Skibski Author: Anita Skibski Posted: 02/06/2006 09:50 AM
Simply the best coverage anywhere. They give detailed and knowledgeable notes on your entire script, because they READ the entire script. The personal attention, the clear desire to HELP you, and the perceptive comments on a script make this competition a Do Not Miss.

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

James Edwards Author: James Edwards Posted: 02/04/2006 09:39 AM
Sent screenplay "gOD's mAN" for Screenplay Festival contest coverage, shortly before Sept. 1, 2005. Followed up mid-December. Reply: "We're busy. Be patient." Well into February, still no response. Ergo, I post this comment: Avoid Screenplay Festival at all costs.

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Contest: A Feeding Frenzy[Post New Comment re: A Feeding Frenzy]

Ronald Vincent Author: Ronald Vincent Posted: 02/02/2006 10:05 PM
Feeding Frenzy provides detailed coverage that strengthens the focus, the theme, and the heart of a story. They understand writers and have a gift for sharing insights that make a script better in every dimension. I have recommended this competition to my closest friends who are writers.

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Massimo Park Author: Massimo Park Posted: 01/31/2006 09:37 PM
As a beginning writer, i've only entered 4 screenwriting contests, including the Brass Brad, but i've found that all the other contests i entered also extended their deadlines, so i'm beginning to think this is the norm, which makes sense if one considers the fact that when a contest posts their deadline info, they do so blindly, i.e. without knowing exactly how many entries they will have. so, if they are suddenly overwhelmed, can we blame them?

i think we can only place blame if the contest doesn't have the courtesy to inform their contestants that there have been delays, which was NOT the case with the Brass Brad.

in fact, i received a personal call from the founder of the contest, Kimberly, notifying me of the delay (not sure if this was because i was a semi-finalist, but it sure was nice, especially considering that i live in Toronto, Canada, so it was a long-distance call for Kimberly who lives in California).

although i didn't place as a winner/finalist, the personal phone interview i had with Kimberly provided me with many insights, and the judge's scorecard i received was very helpful in steering me in the right direction with regards to revisions.

perhaps the best comment i can make about this contest is that it's NOT some way for Kimberly to push contestants into spending money. yes, she sends us promotional material, but this is de rigeur as they are her sponsors. i think Kimberly is genuinely interested in helping out her writers, and i am looking forward to entering the mentorship for 2006.

thanks, massimo

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Contest: A Feeding Frenzy[Post New Comment re: A Feeding Frenzy]

Joel Doty Author: Joel Doty Posted: 01/28/2006 07:23 PM
I received much better comments from this contest than I did from a "paid reader" I even received additional coverage beyond what I paid for because the reader felt my script had so much potential. Definately worth every penny.

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Contest: A Feeding Frenzy[Post New Comment re: A Feeding Frenzy]

Tina Juarez Author: Tina Juarez Posted: 01/27/2006 05:53 PM
The quality and detail of the feedback I received on my script was at such a level I felt I was enrolled in a graduate level seminar in screenwriting! And the encouragement from Molly was so genuine, so heartfelt and personal, I truly believe she is one of those rare people whose greatest joy is helping other people realize their dreams.

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Contest: A Feeding Frenzy[Post New Comment re: A Feeding Frenzy]

Kelly Parks Author: Kelly Parks Posted: 01/27/2006 01:07 PM
Amazing coverage! I'd had dozens of people look at my screenplay and I'd received a variety of vague comments but Cheryl & Molly did what no one else had done: they told me specifically what I was doing wrong. That's the feedback you need if you really want to sell your work.

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

Fred Miller Author: Fred Miller Posted: 01/24/2006 01:02 AM
My experience with BlueCat was extremely positive. I received written feedback which I thought was well-thought out and constructive. I feel that it was an excellent opportunity to get some comments on a script that I had been working on for awhile, with little to no feedback. I would recommend anyone who wants to try out a contest, that this would be a good one to try out.

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

David Bertoni Author: David Bertoni Posted: 01/18/2006 07:09 PM
Incredibly helpful notes. Not a lot of empty fluff. Hard hitting and helpful. Worth the cost of admission alone.

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Contest: A Feeding Frenzy[Post New Comment re: A Feeding Frenzy]

Bret Ootes Author: Bret Ootes Posted: 01/16/2006 04:28 PM
Cheryl and Molly were extremely professional in their critique of my screenplay, ATOMIC EYE. I am currently working on a rewrite and their words of encouragement have already come in handy. It means a lot to any writer just to have his work read let alone to have professional guidance. Once again, thank you for all your help. Bret Ootes.

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Contest: PAGE International[Post New Comment re: PAGE International]

Harvey Papush Author: Harvey Papush Posted: 01/11/2006 03:51 PM
I entered in 2005 and did not place but, like other posters, I was impressed with the fast, personal and concerned responses from Ms. Berg to emailed questions. More importantly, their professional feedback, which I've purchased from them for three screenplays independent of the contest, is extremely helpful, honest, professional, and reasonably priced.

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Kimberly Seilhamer Author: Kimberly Seilhamer Posted: 01/10/2006 10:35 PM
The notification deadline was pushed to December -- as stated on the website and on our phone message system. This was necessary to accommodate the judges. This information was posted the first week of November. Semi-finalists were notified via phone (or email if necessary)in November and December.

We have strived to provide each writer with a positive, supportive, and personal experience. All emails were answered in a timely manner and any phone messages were returned within 48 hours.

Sincerely,

Kimberly Seilhamer Founder The Brass Brad Screenwriting Mentorship Award '06

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