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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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Contest: 20/20[Post New Comment re: 20/20]

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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Contest: 20/20[Post New Comment re: 20/20]

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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Gabriella Messina Author: Gabriella Messina Posted: 01/06/2006 10:11 PM
Since I always enter contests, not with the expectation of winning but with the assurance that someone is going to read my script, I consider every contest entry to be a success in and of itself. I found my experience with this contest to be extremely positive. I appreciated the timely notifications of receiving my script and, to my utter delight and amazement, notification of my winning Third Place this year. Not bad for my first script/ first contest, if I do say so myself. I was not able to personally be there at the film festival to receive my award, but I was very impressed by the kindness and amiability of the contest organizers, in particular Mr. Jonathan Lipp, in seeing to it that I received my plaque, etc., at my convenience. I would rate my overall experience as positive and would certainly not discourage anyone from sending their script to this, or any other, contest.

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

Mike Murphy Author: Mike Murphy Posted: 01/06/2006 04:06 PM
This competition surpassed all my expectations. I received ten pages of extensive notes that went into the details of my story. Cheryl and Molly put forth the extra effort that makes their contest stand tall in a field of many. If you are going to invest your money in a contest, than I suggest you put A Feeding Frenzy at the top of your list.

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

Mike Murphy Author: Mike Murphy Posted: 01/06/2006 01:59 PM
I echo the comments of Ken. I truly believe this competition will grow into one of the more prestigious contests. I have already received four requests from producers and management companies. Getting read is what it's all about.

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Contest: Scriptapalooza[Post New Comment re: Scriptapalooza]

Mike McGeever Author: Mike McGeever Posted: 12/10/2005 12:02 AM
As a finalist (top 30) in the 2005 contest my experience was a good one. Results were prompt and communications clear. It seems a number of the winners have gotten options, agents, or notice. Congratulations!! Negatives? I didn't receive any requests for my script, so other than making me feel GREAT it didn't accomplish much. I was hoping that making it to the top 1% might attract more notice. My opinion? With 4,000 competitors the chances that any one script will come out on the very top are small, but the payoff is big enough for the 5 or 10 that do that it is a worthwhile lottery ticket. I would enter Scriptapalooza again, and I'm grateful that my script was considered. Thank you Scriptapalooza!

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

Timothy Kernc Author: Timothy Kernc Posted: 12/02/2005 07:36 PM
I was pleasantly surprised at the length of coverage and detailed notes I received for my winning script, LIVE NOT ON EVIL. The professionalism, communication, and willingness to talk with me were truly refreshing in this highly competitive and typically impersonal world of amateur screenwriting. It's nice to see a contest actually meet their dates and commitments.

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Contest: 20/20[Post New Comment re: 20/20]

Phil Clarke Author: Phil Clarke Posted: 11/24/2005 09:47 AM
I entered and was a finalist in this competition once and will not enter again. They start up the next contestbefore they finish judging the previous one. The feedback I received had mistakes in it, some which I feel affected the judge's opinion One such mistake stated that I should have introduced a particular character earlier than page 56; the character was introduced on page 6. I e-mailed the competition people about this, but never received a reply.

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Contest: FilmMakers[Post New Comment re: FilmMakers]

David Campbell Author: David Campbell Posted: 11/21/2005 10:28 AM
A very positive experience. With Filmmakers Int'l, I know I'm on the right track because my submitted script was judged to be in about the top 3%. With some other contests, there's no feedback; it's Pass/Fail only.

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John Dart Author: John Dart Posted: 11/16/2005 09:29 PM
My writing partner and I were Grand Prize winners of this contest in 2004. I can say without a doubt that we had a positive experience. All prizes were awarded as advertised and in a timely manner including an expenses paid trip to the Austin Film Festival and a two page write up on us in Writer's Digest magazine. We received quite a few requests from producers, etc. after they announce the winners. We are re-entering the 2005 contest based on our experience in 2004. This is a very legit contest/organization.

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Jeff Williams Author: Jeff Williams Posted: 11/09/2005 09:28 AM
I would hestitate to enter any "one page" type contests, gang. Truly, what can you tell about a story in one page that could possibly win a contest? Much better rewards would come from sending your one page to reputable agents and producers and let them decide on its value. Just my two cents...

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

steven arvanites Author: steven arvanites Posted: 11/07/2005 11:50 PM
I just got 3rd place in the present competition. YAHOO! Even if I came in 309th place, this is a quality competition. The notes I recieved were worth $100's. Larry is quality. And a great creative bargin. I'm a fan for life. It's all about his well written, thoughtful and smart notes, guys!

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Kyle Sullivan Author: Kyle Sullivan Posted: 11/02/2005 02:58 AM
When I entered a different competition offered through scr(i)pt magazine, I was informed of my progress. I didn't make it then, but I felt good about the whole process. But THIS time? I'm still waiting to be notified that I didn't even place in this contest; I found out my status when Moviebytes posted their press release. I expected better...which is probably my own damn fault. Won't happen again.

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Kyle Sullivan Author: Kyle Sullivan Posted: 10/28/2005 03:01 AM
Now this was a well-run competition. I was kept updated on my progress, and the Expo itself is a wonderful off-shoot of the contest. I may not have won, but I feel like the people involved gave my script a decent chance. In fact, I'd have liked some feedback on it from them; they really seem to know what they're doing. So much so, I'm attending the upcoming Expo in November...and I hate going to those things.

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Contest: Indie Gathering[Post New Comment re: Indie Gathering]

Kyle Sullivan Author: Kyle Sullivan Posted: 10/28/2005 02:56 AM
This competition was well-run and everything happened when they said it would. I only received an "Honorable Mention" laurel for my script, which was posted online, but I still felt good about the overall experience. I don't know how much the festival will help my script get made, but it certainly won't hurt it.

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Contest: Horror/Sci-Fi[Post New Comment re: Horror/Sci-Fi]

Kyle Sullivan Author: Kyle Sullivan Posted: 10/27/2005 03:11 PM
I sent a newly rewritten script into this competition just to see what would happen. To be honest, I didn't really expect it to go anywhere (its hero is gay and it has major religious overtones), but neither did I expect to be completely ignored by the people running this competition. I have yet to receive notification of the results, and the last time I checked they hadn't even listed on their website. I learned the reults only because they HAD notified MovieBytes.com. Not only is that unprofessional, it's exptremely impolite.

I'm hoping this happened because they're new to this and don't realize the importance of simple updates or even specified time frames for when competition decisions are made, and is not because of the subject matter. It's not like they're the only ones to pull this nonsense; I'm still waiting to hear back from "scr(i)pt magazine" about when the finalists will be announced for a horror competition they offered but which is not even posted on their website...and they've been doing these contests for years. So I guess we'll see how things go...but I'm not bothering with the IHSFS Competition, again.

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Mike McGeever Author: Mike McGeever Posted: 10/24/2005 06:33 PM
There was some delay in the notification, and I was confused at first because I got a message that I had lost and later a message I had won. One critic liked my script and another hated it, but I thought all of the criticism was constructive and (more importantly) instructive. I got a strong sense of what didn't work for them, and I did feel like the reviews were thoughtful and not rushed or sloppy.

I finished in the top 30, so I made neither the top 3 or the top 10, but I thought the critique and the very nice e-mails I got from the contest director made this a very worthwhile experience. I was a loser, but the feedback gave me something concrete to work on.

I also thought the "party with the agents" approach was novel, and although I couldn't attend I appreciated the unique chance this gives you to sell your work.

As a side note, they did say an agency wanted to see the loglines for some of the top 30 scripts, so even "losers" such as myself got a second bite of the apple, which was, I thought, very nice of them.

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

Jay Natelle Author: Jay Natelle Posted: 10/21/2005 12:49 PM
The coverage was stimulating and provocative. I could tell that they had put their hearts and minds into it. Their sensitivity to the vulnerability of a writer in front of criticism is, in my opinion, a very important aspect of the quality of the notes given. I had the feeling that the comments they made were about my script and where I seemed to be going with it and not about the script that they would have written had they been me. Thanks ever so much to Cheryl & Molly.

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

Jorge J. Lomastro Author: Jorge J. Lomastro Posted: 10/13/2005 06:22 PM
Ah... It's so nice, though rare, to be able to say this about a contest. I RECOMMEND it highly. You go, Larry!

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Jorge J. Lomastro Author: Jorge J. Lomastro Posted: 10/13/2005 06:11 PM
Put simply, do yourself and all other writers a favor. PASS on this contest. There are plenty of reputable contests available to spend your money on.

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

gary mangelsdorf Author: gary mangelsdorf Posted: 10/12/2005 06:00 PM
One word desribes the professionalism and dedication of Craig and Judy Kellem -- incredible. They are tireless in their work and brutally honest in their opinions. But in a good way! They'll keep working with you until you get it right. You couldn't ask for a better script consultant than these two. Their credentials obviously speak for themselves. Lucky for us they're even available! Gary Mangelsdorf

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Cheryl Compton Author: Cheryl Compton Posted: 10/12/2005 03:05 PM
I agree with Trish 100%. It was less than 3 weeks from the day I mailed the application and script to the day I got a "thanks but no thanks" email. Our script has done quite well in many contests, so I'm very surprised by their quick elimination. Live and learn. Don't waste your money. There are many better run contests.

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

Larry N Stouffer Author: Larry N Stouffer Posted: 10/06/2005 12:08 PM
I entered and did not place. When I do place in a contest I always say I caught a good reader. When I do not place I say I caught a poor reader. You know where this is going... The notes I got - and I must say that to get notes at all is a plus, as most contests send you nothing - were extremely weak. My thinking is whomever sent them is relatively inexperienced in the craft. So be it. Obviously you aren't going to get a real pro doing this stuff or the entrance fee would be unapproachable for most screenwriters. Do I recommend this competition? No. Do I suggest you avoid it? No. I only recommend you not have high expectations. And don't take the notes too seriously.

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

Dan Wedeking Author: Dan Wedeking Posted: 10/03/2005 01:28 PM
I was wondering if anyone got anything out of this other than getting to attend a big gala? Anyone get an option or representation? Let me know (getting to attend a big gala isn't reason enough to enter a contest - if something that advanced your career as a result of your placement is)

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

Jennifer Brasher Author: Jennifer Brasher Posted: 09/26/2005 05:30 PM
My screenplay Lonely Teardrops had the honor of placing 2nd this year, and IP had a fabulous awards ceremony in Beverly Hills (Feb 2005, the Fri night before the Academy Awards). All I can say is WOW, what an evening! I've been to several other award ceremonies this year, and none could touch this one in professionalism or glamour. Truly a lifetime hightlight for me. Plus Kerry was extremely helpful and got me meetings with an agent and manager. This contest is definitely worth entering.

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Kyle Sullivan Author: Kyle Sullivan Posted: 09/25/2005 08:02 PM
1. They kept delaying the notification date -- first it was Sept, 1st then the 20th then the evening of 24th and wound up being the morning of.

2. They didn't get the name of my script right, at all from what I can tell.

3. Feedback won't be coming till two months AFTER the notification date. Somehow, I don't expect it to be worthwhile.

4. When they finally informed everyone as to the what, when, how and where of the seminars that you get to attend for free just by entering, all of them have been offered elsewhere.

Listen, I've won several competitions and lost probably five times as many, but this is the first time I felt like I was being dissed by the people running things. I mean, seriously -- how hard is it to make sure you got the title of the script correct in the notification you're sending to the writer?

My advice, spend your money on a competition that has a real track record -- like the nicholl or Chesterfield or even the Writer's Digest series.

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

Beverly Abbott Author: Beverly Abbott Posted: 09/25/2005 11:58 AM
I was a top ten finalist and thought that the event was ran very professionally. The buzz that was created from this sort of event was amazing and my filmmates and myself were able to meet oscar winning actors, writers, producers, and directors in the biz who congratulated us on our success. This contest is a wonderful opportunity.

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

James Watts Author: James Watts Posted: 09/17/2005 08:26 PM
My script had the honor of winning third place in the 2004 Indieproducer Screenwriting Contest. The top ten were invited to the IP annual awards ceremony. We screenwriters were treated on equal footing with the film makers who were being honored that night as well. Andy Garcia was on hand to receive the IP’s top award, and he gave a spellbinding speech describing his creative journey. A real inspiration. A major part of the night’s events were devoted to the Screenwriting Contest results, and when my name was called and went up to get my award, I was definitely the deer caught in the headlights. Kerry David was totally accessible during the whole process and I am still in contact with her. Enter the contest, It’s one of the few that are worth it.

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

John Simpson Author: John Simpson Posted: 09/16/2005 04:54 PM
In November 2004 I entered my screenplay LUDWIG THE GREAT into the IP 2004 Contest. It was only one of two I chose to enter, specifically because of the stellar qualifications of judges such as Clark Peterson, the producer of MONSTER. I knew if I made it past that formidable gauntlet I might actually have talent after all. Might as well start at the top, right? In January of 2005 my entry was selected as a Top Ten Finalist, and I was invited to attend the IP 2004 Awards Gala at the Writers' Guild Theater in Beverly Hills (you know, swimmin' pools, movie stars?) this past February 25. My experience at that Gala was one of the highlights of my life. In addition to the five-star catering and open bar, I met actors Andy Garcia and Bruce Davison, screenwriter Barry Blaustein, who works very closely with Eddie Murphy and penned one of my all-time screwball comedies, Police Acedemy 2, as well as Kerry David, the Big Cheese at Indieproducer who also produced both Agent Cody Banks movies. She and IP also know how to throw one hell of a party! Words really can't tell the whole story of what a great experience it was for me, other than it was one I will never forget as long as I live. I cannot recommend strongly enough for any aspiring scribe to place their entry into this competition. I am entering yet another script with IP this year and would love to go again.

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

Devi Snively Author: Devi Snively Posted: 09/13/2005 12:58 PM
Wow! I know not my status in this competition as it's still going on, but I just got the (very prompt) feedback from my screenplay and was beyond impressed. This is the most constructive and helpful criticism I have ever received on a screenplay. Not only did they point out both strengths and weaknesses of the script, but they also offered helpful suggestions to improve it and so much more (they even found a typo that nobody else has caught to date). Definitely worth the entry fee. I have paid more for much lesser coverage in the past. Very professional, very friendly and very helpful. I wish I could afford to submit all of my screenplays to them.

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

Harry Bauer Author: Harry Bauer Posted: 09/13/2005 11:20 AM
The reason to enter this contest: feedback, quality feedback.

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

Cynthia Perkins Author: Cynthia Perkins Posted: 09/08/2005 10:29 PM
The coverage well exceeded my expectations. It was thorough, in depth and encouraging. Molly has an incredibile ability to zero in on the story you want to tell and offer very helpful suggestions. She goes above and beyond the call of duty. The coverage really set my creativity on fire as well. I couldn't be more pleased and I highly recommend them.

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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

Christopher Canole Author: Christopher Canole Posted: 09/07/2005 02:06 PM
I was a monthly winner back in May 2005 and I am delighted to report the people who run this contest are still in contact with me trying to make sure their contest winner finds a producer who will turn my screenplay into a movie.

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

Christopher Canole Author: Christopher Canole Posted: 09/06/2005 11:35 PM
I received honest and very usable comments on my winning script in a timely fashion which I will use in my next rewrite.

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Kurt Segers Author: Kurt Segers Posted: 09/04/2005 04:45 AM
doesn't sound fair to me: they can automatically option your script for only 1000$!

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Contest: 20/20[Post New Comment re: 20/20]

SKIN MEAD Author: SKIN MEAD Posted: 09/03/2005 11:17 PM
I was extremely disappointed with the feedback, or should I say, lack of feedback. My screenplay was a finalist in the Screenplay Festival, a finalist in the Houston Worldfest, and a semi-finalist in the Filmmakers International. The comment I received from this contest was "Nothing worked for me". All 20 categories were marked "no". Give me a break! Save your money. My script was never even read, or it was read by an idiot.

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

Mark Heidemann Author: Mark Heidemann Posted: 08/31/2005 03:26 PM
Even though I did not make it past the first round, I am delighted with the Acclaim experience. The comments that my script received were sound, professional, and encouraging. I would recommend this contest to everyone.

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Alexandria Casey Author: Alexandria Casey Posted: 08/30/2005 12:27 PM
This was such valuable experience! Sasha clearly went above and beyond in her critique; it's obvious that every scene was carefully read and considered. Strengths as well as weaknesses were discussed in full, and some tough criticisms were phrased kindly, but more importantly, constructively. While a win here would have been nice, the specific, balanced, insightful feedback will mean that a win or a sale is so much more likely somewhere down the line. Thanks and kudos to Sasha and all the readers.

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Caliann Lum Author: Caliann Lum Posted: 08/27/2005 06:48 PM
I was a quarter-finalist, then a semi-finalist (sequential years). This was enough to get me a read by a top tier agent. I hadn't heard about the competition recently and emailed their office. There's still someone there but they're not currently taking any applications. It's a shame because this competition was, I agree, right up there with Disney, and Nicholl.

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

Annie S. Cian Author: Annie S. Cian Posted: 08/27/2005 12:25 PM
My comments are directed to Mr. Sam Glick. All I can say is sour grapes. Just who the hell is he to criticize the other authors for their comments. I would like to know which contest is paying him to put down this rubbish. If he had the balls to enter this contest he would have realized that this is by far the best organized competition in the market with communication and human touch being paramount. He should channel his constipated talents (if he has any) to writing scripts not insulting poison pen notes. And as far as Gil Turner is concerned his articulate comment "yeah" proves that he is the "well-organized scam" as a writer.

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

Lee Tidball Author: Lee Tidball Posted: 08/27/2005 01:15 AM
My thanks again to the Feeding Frenzy people for another great contest, and that's not just because my script was a Finalist. What was so wonderful again was the invaluable feedback; eight pages of it--this time sent out a full six weeks BEFORE the contest was over--which helped me and my co-writer Ron to work on revisions right away. Insightful, honest, encouraging, Cheryl and Molly really mean it when they say they care and want you to succeed. And how about this, folks! In the era of contests whose deadlines are "extended" interminably and results not announced for months and months with delays and all the rest, this contest posted results A FULL MONTH EARLIER than the original date for winners' announcements! A most pleasantly astonishing surprise from a contest that's already at the top of my list. More bang for your buck than you can imagine, this is a contest not to be missed!

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