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susan burns Author: susan burns Posted: 05/16/2005 11:15 PM
Seventeen words of feedback were offered. This isn't worth my time or money.

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Cameron Counts Author: Cameron Counts Posted: 05/02/2005 07:14 PM
The ink is dry and the contracts are signed,....SCRIPT magazine is our newest sponsor!! They are giving all the finalists a free subscription and offering a huge discount to all entrants!!

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matt drake Author: matt drake Posted: 04/30/2005 02:22 AM
What a joke this contest turned out to be. Once their deadline passed to announce the winners and they still hadn't done so, I began to suspect something was wrong, so I sent them numerous emails asking if the contest would be canceled and if not, when would the winners be announced. They answered none of my emails, nor did they update their website with any news on the contest. It's funny how they were so quick to respond to my questions about payment methods before I entered the contest and once they had my money they never seemed to have time to answer anymore emails. Anyway, after researching this contest on the web and reading from others who entered the contest and had similar bad feelings about the whole thing, I came to the conclusion that this contest was just another scam and there would never be a winner. Well, today I found out they decided to cancel the contest all together because there were not enough entries. First off, if there were not enough entries they should have announced it 3 months ago when the submissions deadline passed and they knew there were not enough entries. Secondly, they still have not updated their own personal website stating the contest was canceled. Thirdly, they still have not responded to mine or anybody else's emails that were sent. And finally they claim that everybody's money will be refunded, which has not happened yet. Once they discovered there were not enough entries they should have notified everyone and immediately refund their money. Instead they just completely wasted 4 months of our time where our scripts could have been entered into legitimate contests. This contest is amateur time all the way. I would strongly suggest to anyone who entered this contest to file a complaint with the better business bureau, especially if they do not refund you money. And I would strongly suggest to anyone who plans on entering this contest in the future to stay away from this contest and this company at all costs. A big disappointment.

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

Nicole Jones Author: Nicole Jones Posted: 04/29/2005 11:05 PM
This is a competition that can really jumpstart your career. Previous winners have gotten representation at top-notch agencies as a direct result of this competition and are now working on projects with Oscar-winning producers.

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Contest: Tennessee[Post New Comment re: Tennessee]

Lewis Nolan Author: Lewis Nolan Posted: 04/29/2005 09:33 PM
Despite being a member, my request for a paragraph or two - even if provided anonymously - for feed back was refused for no reason I thought reasonable. Nice people, but way late in providing results. Results were only meager.

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

Frederick Mensch Author: Frederick Mensch Posted: 04/24/2005 09:10 PM
Mr. Glick's comments warrants a response, I think. While it's true that the PAGE Contest has an unusually high number of comments relative to the number of report cards submitted, it should be noted that report cards and comments can be submitted independently of each other, and often are. It should also be noted that certain contests INSPIRE more comments, usually because they interact more personally with their contestants, either through script coverage or general administrative responsiveness. Finally, some contests ENCOURAGE their contestants to submit comments here, and I don't have a problem with that. In the case of the PAGE contest, most of the folks who have submitted here are familiar to me, either because they've also submitted comments on other contests, or because they subscribe to one of our other services. PAGE buys advertising here so I'm not necessarily objective, but I do think it's unfair to knock a contest just because an unusually high number of their contestants have been happy with the experience.

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

gil turner Author: gil turner Posted: 04/22/2005 04:37 PM
yea, this sounds like a well-organized scam.

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Michael Pallotta Author: Michael Pallotta Posted: 04/05/2005 04:50 PM
I was very excited when I was notified my script had won first place (March/05)...especially because it was a Western! Better still, Earl Blakesley of American International Media signed me up for repressentation. The contest is run professionally and they deliver on all their promises. Prompt, professional, courteous. I highly reccomend you give them a try.

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Contest: Austin[Post New Comment re: Austin]

Allen Keller Author: Allen Keller Posted: 04/03/2005 01:22 AM
My screenplay did not place, but I went to the festival anyway. I was incredibly impressed. The best event I've ever attended. A real writer's conference with great speakers in accessible situations. And the people in charge, Dawn on down, were fantastic. I can't brag enough about these people, or this competition.

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

James Ossi Author: James Ossi Posted: 03/31/2005 12:56 PM
I sent my script. Craig Kellem read 7 pages, cashed my check for $215, called me and told me that he saw a TV show where a woman had snot hanging from her nose. He said, "Now, that's good writing. You should learn to do that."

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matt drake Author: matt drake Posted: 03/31/2005 10:23 AM
I was also a finalist in this contest, finshing in the top 20. It took them several months passed their deadline to announce the 20 finalists to begin with. Then one month after the deadline to announce the winner had passed, I sent numerous emails asking for a list of the top 3 winners. Well, about another month later they sent me an email stating that the winner had been selected already despite the fact that they never announced it or updated their website. Furthermore, their website for the contest info was taken down and no longer exists. I contacted them again and asked about the other 2 finalists, as they were suppose to have the top 3 finalists announced and posted on their website as well as have them printed in their magazine. Well they never responded back. I also tried contacting a few of the other finalists to see if their script was selected as the winner and the ones I got responses from said the same thing, that they were never notified of a winner. I should have filed a complaint with the better business bureau about this company. This contest is a fraud. Please avoid it and all contests run by these people at all costs.

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Greg Sandquist Author: Greg Sandquist Posted: 03/24/2005 03:38 PM
A curious fact. Not one of the top 25 finishers in the other comedy screenwriting contest that had a deadline 30 days before this one finished in the top 15 here. Now perhaps I was the only aspiring comedy screenwriter to enter both contests devoted exclusively to comedy screenplays. Or perhaps we all caught readers on a bad day. Or perhaps all 15 top finishers in this contest were better than the other 25. Or perhaps we all just learned a lesson in life.

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

Gered Beeby Author: Gered Beeby Posted: 03/08/2005 06:05 PM
My work, "The Bottle Imp" made the first cut at 20/20 in the fall 2004 contest, but did go further. I received excellent feedback from Bonnie as to why, to which I first responded, "WOW!" I understand their fees for detailed comments like mine will increase to $40 versus $20, but as the saying goes, that's cheap at twice the price! I will enter the 20/20 contest again.

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

Gene E. Conroy Author: Gene E. Conroy Posted: 03/02/2005 11:56 AM
I've been in 11 screenwriting competitions and have won (5) awards including being a FEEDING FRENZY TOP 3 FINALIST for my action-adventure, "A Psalm of David". In my opinion, FEEDING FRENZY is simply the best out there for professional feed back, especially for "new" writers. BRAVO! Their coverage is in-depted and detailed like no other contest that I've been in. Period!A Feeding Frenzy is in a league of their own. All other screenwriting competitions will have to "take a ticket and get in line".

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

James Ossi Author: James Ossi Posted: 02/28/2005 03:34 PM
I entered my screenplay on 6/29/04 and It became a finalist. But that's not the whole big deal. ----------- On 2/29/05 I received this e-mail: ---------------

James, This is Molly from "A FEEDING FRENZY" Screenplay Competition. I hope this email finds you well. --------- An up-and-coming director I know (and admire) has asked me to send him available scripts that might be well suited to his interests and style. I immediately thought of HEALING MARIE as a good match. --------- Is this script still available? If so, I would love to pass it on to him. If you're interested, please send me your most recent version of the script either by email (Final Draft or PDF) or by snail mail to:

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and then Molly sent her home address. Sooo, fellow writers, 8 months after I mailed it in, my screenplay is still in Molly's memory, on her mind, and she set it in motion...again! Enter this competition. It's really cool and will make you smile a lot...then, months later, out of the blue, will make you smile again.

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Gwen Orel Author: Gwen Orel Posted: 02/28/2005 02:55 PM
PLEASE IGNORE MY LAST COMMENT.

The awards dinner was for the last round, not for the round I entered. They got back to me promptly when I complained and let me know the contest I entered hadn't ended yet-- and that my script HAD advanced. I am embarrassed that I posted before knowing all the facts. If I could withdraw the other comment from the web, I would do so. I withdraw everything in my earlier comment.

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Gwen Orel Author: Gwen Orel Posted: 02/28/2005 11:48 AM
Not only did I never hear from them-- and I can't find the link on the website!-- I paid extra for coverage, and to date have not received it. This is no way to run a contest. How hard is it to send a blast email notifying everyone who entered who the winners are? I'm waiting to see what email response I will get back from them, but I feel as though they just stole $80 from me (for the coverage).

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

joyce capron Author: joyce capron Posted: 02/20/2005 09:18 AM
Craig Kellem's name on a query letter really opens doors. As a result of my contest win, over two dozen industry people, including some major names, are reading my script.

As a prize, coverage on Craig's website is a useful selling tool. I was able to mention the posting in my queries, and several people contacted me after looking at the website.

As a consultant, Craig gets an A+. He's like a good English teacher...extremely hard to please. Unlike other writing tutors I've tried to work with, he thinks like a writer. He senses where a scene or character ought to go and sends me in that direction. He has worked as a producer, so he knows what he's talking about, and I appreciate his insights.

Craig offers consultation by phone, tape, or memo, at a reasonable price, and the turnaround time is good.

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

Christina C Author: Christina C Posted: 02/10/2005 03:17 AM
BlueCat is not only an excellent contest it is an excellent tool for FINISHING your screenplay. You can't be the fee. And in the case you do win, the prize of $5000 is nice too!

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

Diane Hodill Author: Diane Hodill Posted: 02/09/2005 02:07 PM
Matt hit the nail when he suggested I introduce the good guy earlier. Fixed it nice just before I got my first agency read. Thanks Matt and 20/20!

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

mike riccardini Author: mike riccardini Posted: 02/07/2005 02:10 PM
Basically, a waste of time and money. I didn't expect feedback, since it's not offered. But it would be nice to be notified of when results are being announced. I had no idea when semi-finalists and finalists were announced. No email, no nothing. I only now found out the results of the contest, a week after they were posted on the website. I had to check my notes to see what the date was, because nobody could be bothered to send an email. If they can take our money, the least they could do is keep us updated. It's really not that hard. It's called common courtesy. I won't be wasting my money again next year. I'll take my chances on a different contest. One that, maybe, demonstrates that they care about and appreciate their participants.

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

paul teetor Author: paul teetor Posted: 02/02/2005 06:16 PM
I just want to echo everyone else so far - Cheryl was professional, helpful and insightful - but also make the point I was most struck by: every single problem that Cheryl pointed out had been lurking in the back of my mind as a possible problem. But she did more than point out problems - she offered solutions that work and encouragement to keep going. That's priceless. I recommend this contest to everyone and plan to enter it again.

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

Lee Tidball Author: Lee Tidball Posted: 02/01/2005 10:57 PM
In the past year I have entered nearly a dozen contests, and this one is way, WAY at the top of the heap. One thing that sets it apart is the coverage that is provided AS PART OF THE PACKAGE to ALL entrants. And what coverage! An industry-standard rating chart, insightful overview comments, and literally pages of page-specific notes, all framed in constructive ways that leave you no doubt about your script's strengths and weakness. And most importantly, concrete examples of how things could be changed in order to strengthen it. I would also echo other comments here--they push your script out there, they care, they want you to succeed. I've also used follow-up services from them and gotten even MORE extensive notes, and always, always encouragement. For any amount of money, this is an awesome contest!

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

Colleen De Maio Author: Colleen De Maio Posted: 01/27/2005 09:20 PM
BlueCat is absolutely one of the best screenwriting competitions you can enter. The cost is quite low compared to the potential prize money, and even if you don't win, you'll receive thoughtful feedback -- not feel-good fluff, and not harsh personal attacks -- just intelligent, honest opinions and suggestions. Take the feedback seriously -- these are smart people with good story instincts.

In my experience, the finalists and winners were announced right on time, and feedback was mailed in a timely fashion. I also received my prize money faster than from any other competition. :-)

Gordy and the BlueCat staff are sincere about helping writers succeed. They continue to help past winners and finalists even as new ones are chosen. If you only enter two competitions this year, be sure to enter Nicholl and BlueCat.

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

Mark Golik Author: Mark Golik Posted: 01/27/2005 11:05 AM
Well worth the investment – and that’s coming from a non-finalist. First-rate, in depth coverage (I received five pages of comprehensive, invaluable feedback) and seamless administration should vault this contest to the top of the pack.

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Contest: Warner Bros.[Post New Comment re: Warner Bros.]

Mia Howard Author: Mia Howard Posted: 01/25/2005 04:22 PM
I must say, I am very impressed with this contest/workshop. I applied for the drama workshop in Sept. 2004 and I was promptly informed of my status by early Dec. 2004. I wasn't accepted into the program but was invited to a seminar held on the Warner Bros. lot. The seminar was very informative. They discussed the most common mistakes among submitted scripts, what we should do to better our chances of getting in next year as well as what to expect if accepted to the program in the future. We were also given the oppurtunity to contact the workshop director and get one-on-one feedback on our submissions. The feedback was not in-depth, but it was more than enough to give me heads up on what not to do next year.

I really appreciated the personal attention and professionalism. I will definately apply for this workshop again in the future.

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susan burns Author: susan burns Posted: 01/19/2005 09:20 PM
This is my kind of competition. It's for comedies only. And who can argue with the entry fee.

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Carl Roth Author: Carl Roth Posted: 01/19/2005 01:47 PM
Entered 2 screenplays into their "contest" back in September 2004. I have heard nothing back, there is no indication on their website that winners have ever been choosen, and I get no response to my emails. Maybe the Better Business Bureau ought to be notified.....hmmmm, I think I'll do it now - for all of us.

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Cameron Counts Author: Cameron Counts Posted: 01/18/2005 07:47 PM
Big News folks,....InkTip.com just sponsored the contest!! All finalists get a prize pack from InkTip.

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Paula DiSante Author: Paula DiSante Posted: 01/18/2005 01:29 PM
Words From Here was a great deal--and a great deal of fun! I had an excellent experience with this competition.

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Nicole Perlman Author: Nicole Perlman Posted: 01/18/2005 01:01 AM
I won the script magazine open door contest sponsored by Splendid pictures in '03, and had a very good experience. I found the people to be on time regarding prize money, and kept me up to date through frequent correspondence. I'm not saying the other people's comments aren't true, I know that everyone's experiences in these contests vary, but I personally had no problem with Script Magazine. I got quite a few requests for my script from agents from them.

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Nicole Perlman Author: Nicole Perlman Posted: 01/18/2005 12:57 AM
I had a good experience with this contest. The people running it were ontime with delivery of prizes and information. Compared to some contests I've participated in, this one was surprisingly professional.

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

Nicole Perlman Author: Nicole Perlman Posted: 01/17/2005 08:07 PM
Look, I'm sorry that my honest remarks were taken so bitterly by Mr. Rodman, but that was my experience, and I have written proof since all our communication was done by email. I am not trying to start a fight, or trash someone’s reputation. I said in my comments that the contest part and the feedback were generally positive, and it was. I said that the agency might be a better fit for others, and acknowledged that my experience may be singular to me. I think it’s great that Ken Mora had a good experience. However, I personally never once received a phone call from Mr. Rodman, a fact which is reflected and quoted in my numerous emails to him. Also, checking my email database it shows that since I won the contest in August of '03, it took him until November to fax the contract. I still have the multiple “oops sorry we lost your number” and “oops we’re really busy” emails that Andy sent me himself up until that date. I had to email him a total of seven times (again also saved in email base so I have proof) before he sent the contract. Suffice to say, I did not receive a contract in the invitation he sent me to the reading. Furthermore, the only reason I didn't attend the reading was because I was out of town. About the Variety Ad, Andy told me I would have to pay $60 dollars for it, I said no thanks very politely, then he gave me a hard time about it. He said they ran it anyway, which is great, but then why ask us to pay for it? Anyway, I resent being called a disingenuous person for voicing my moderate opinion of one of many contests I’ve participated in. What possible benefit would I have of trashing a contest that I won?

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

Nicole Perlman Author: Nicole Perlman Posted: 01/14/2005 10:52 AM
I had a pretty good experience after winning this contest, until the actual 'agency' part came around. First of all, the 2 agents at the Jack Scagnetti agency who were in touch with me wouldn't call me by phone, didn't invite me to come meet them, and seemed to only want to do business via email. Secondly it took them 6 weeks of stalling before they faxed the contract, which wasn't even a 'real' contract but a one page basically waiver. Lastly, they wanted to charge me for all postage, phone bills, even xeroxing charges incurred on my behalf. That's when I realized that it wasn't a very high quality agency, at least not a good fit for me. So it's nice to get the feedback, and it's flattering to win the contest, but I eventually decided not to sign with them and recently got signed instead to a much bigger, more reputable agency that has found me a ton of work.

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James Ossi Author: James Ossi Posted: 01/12/2005 09:46 AM
I thought I won a measly, stinking, little, "like who cares" Honorable Mention. Big deal. ... Then, immediately, a major Hollywood agency asked, "please send us your screenplay." ... All of a sudden, Honorable Mention was looking good. ... Then, in addition to the agency, a production company asked to see my screenplay. ... Honorable Mention makes me a happy guy. This contest looks pretty damned good.

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Andrea Bailey Author: Andrea Bailey Posted: 01/06/2005 04:55 PM
I was the first place winner in this contest. I won almost exactly 1 year ago and I have not received the prize computer or half of the money - the check that was sent bounced twice. I highly do not recommend entering this contest.

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Gina White Author: Gina White Posted: 01/06/2005 02:54 PM
I received an honorable mention for my entry into this contest. The thing that I like most about this contest is that it really is structured in a way that mirrors the industry. Most producers/studios are going to decide on interest based on the first 30 pages. It really helps to know that you're on the right track by receiving recognition from a contest like this one. Feedback is only delivered to the top three winners. Would be nice to receive feedback as an "honorable mention" but we can't have it all. Good contest though. Responses posted as per deadline.

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James Ossi Author: James Ossi Posted: 01/05/2005 03:03 PM
Screenwriters: Enter this contest. ------ Producers: If you have, like, two or three hundred million dollars to invest call me at 203 656 1898.

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David Zorn Author: David Zorn Posted: 12/31/2004 11:38 AM
I found the American Accolades to be among the most well-oiled contests I've entered. The prizes were delivered as promised and on time, the feedback/coverage was seriously amazing, probably the most useful, helpful, dead-on accurate notes I've ever received. Peter Scott really seems to be an anomaly in Hollywood, someone genuinely interested in writers, in finding and breaking new talent, and in finding great material and a good guy.

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Suzanne Jones Author: Suzanne Jones Posted: 12/25/2004 10:38 AM
mmcarollo@yahoo.com made no attempt to contact the contest directly before posting this feedback. His script arrived in time to be included in the 2003 judging and our records show that a press release was mailed to him announcing the winners.

Each July we announce the winners of the prior year's contest. This is clearly stated on the contest home page www.applause4you.com and the deadlines page www.applause4you.com/deadlines.htm as well as contest listings such as MovieBytes.

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

Ed Retherford Author: Ed Retherford Posted: 12/24/2004 10:33 AM
Turnout not so great for me... Didn't even get to the second round. Feedback is the same kind of fare I'd probably get anywhere... too much dialogue, formatting issues... This is the last contest I enter. I love my script as-is. It's a wonderful story. I will make it if "Hollywood" doesn't have the guts... I have to wonder what kind of scripts win contests anyway. The whole contest thing seems kind of counter-intuitive to me now.... ;-)

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Contest: Nevada Film Office[Post New Comment re: Nevada Film Office]

Jerron Spencer Author: Jerron Spencer Posted: 12/17/2004 04:42 PM
I found the opportunity presented by the Nevada Screenwriters Competition to be quite excellent. Even though my submission was not selected, I feel that the contest is very good. However, the reviewer's report that accompanied my letter of rejection was very limited. It did include the scoring, and a short comment section. The comments were all quite negative, a few even derogatory toward my writing skill. I can accept constructive criticism and even outright dislike, but the reviewer comments were not at all helpful. Also, I can't believe my script was read to the end, based on the genre being marked as "Drama" when it is clearly a comedy, with elements of slapstick, farce and dark humor laced from beginnning to end. Not a bad contest by any means, but perhaps in need of better oversight of the judging.

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

Michael Pallotta Author: Michael Pallotta Posted: 12/15/2004 07:56 PM
Professional, practical, encouraging and, most importatnly, very useful. Serious about your writing? DON'T miss this opportunity.

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

James Ossi Author: James Ossi Posted: 12/14/2004 10:29 AM
For those who win, even if only an Honorable Mention:

The nice thing is the competition's push. Many competitions post your screenplay's information, this one pushes.

Yep, the Feeding Frenzy team will post it here, there and across town. They'll also poke you about getting it out there. They'll add ideas. They'll push.

They feel: If you're successful, they're successful. So, they push.

I'm bashful about getting out there ... awkward, actually. Their push feels good. Makes me smile. I deserve it.

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

Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 12/13/2004 12:17 AM
Sandi realized the mistake and sent me an email apologizing and inviting me to submit again directly to her and she would send the right notes. Thanks, Sandi. I was hoping it was a mistake!

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

Laura Richter Author: Laura Richter Posted: 12/12/2004 05:25 PM
The coverage is terrific. Other posted comments make mention of it and are right.

But it shouldn't be overlooked that when I had issues that arose with a support service the administrators of A Feeding Frenzy stepped in and offered support as I sorted things out.

This is money well spent. You are actually getting very valuable service and customer support.

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

J Jennings Author: J Jennings Posted: 12/12/2004 02:24 PM
This was easily the best and most practical feedback I have ever received from a screenplay competition. Heck, it's the best feedback I've gotten anywhere, which includes my ongoing writer’s group, two script consultants, other screenplay competitions, and a screenwriting class.

The feature that impressed me the most were the page-specific comments, which showed me which scenes worked and which ones didn't, and suggested HOW to fix the problems in clear, practical terms.

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

Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 11/29/2004 01:05 AM
Hmmm. Well, the first time I entered Sandi liked my characters and said they were three dimensional. In fact, she said they were "very well done" The second time, she said she didn't much like any body in my story!! I wonder if she was commenting on MY story, because the accompanying letter started out "After reading 20 pages of 'Plasma for Ray'---" For starters, the name of my script is NOT "Plasma for Ray". I was disappointed and was left questioning how professional the contest is because of the inconsistancy of her waffling on the characters issue.

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

Jack Richards Author: Jack Richards Posted: 11/23/2004 10:59 AM
If one reads the comments offered by the writers who have entered the Red Inkworks Screenplay Competition, it should be clear that this is one of the very best. I agree with them all. Larry Myles is everything one hopes for when struggling to find the right path.

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dan pollock Author: dan pollock Posted: 11/16/2004 11:48 PM
I have had nothing but problems with these people. They ask for the contest entry fee to be paid is American Dollars, or U.S. Funds, so I sent them a Canadian Money Money Order which was made out in U.S. Dollars. They claimed they could'nt cash it, and then asked me to send them another money order, which raised my suspicions about these people. I was leary about sending them more money. They then said I could give them a credit card number and they would mail my money order back. I ended up giving my credit card number out, they then asked for more personal information about my mailing address, information they could have got off the contest application, so again this raised my suspicions about this contest, albeit they did return my original money order after a couple months.

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Susan Bear Author: Susan Bear Posted: 11/15/2004 10:42 AM
I recently entered The It Company TV Writing Contest. Finalist will be notified in January 2005. I emailed the company with a number of questions and was very surprised at the excellent feedback I received from one of the partners there, John Broker. I believe that this contest is top notch and from my understanding the top scripts will be read by network level people. I can't wait to see the outcome of this years competition! Has anyone else entered?

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Contest: Warner Bros.[Post New Comment re: Warner Bros.]

Susan Bear Author: Susan Bear Posted: 11/15/2004 10:29 AM
In September I entered my spec script into the Comedy division for the first time. Awaiting news. On their website it states that interviews will be conducted 1/22-1/23. Does anyone know how soon they notify you if you're selected since the workshop begins in 2/05? Anyone else anxiously awaiting?

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Robert Gately Author: Robert Gately Posted: 11/15/2004 10:06 AM
I like Philly, and I like the people associated with SIP. I've had conversations with them numerous times. However, they have a peculiar contest which isn't looking for good scripts which can be just shot in Philly. They want something more. They want the 'spirt' of Philly to be established. An undefined element which eliminates most of the scripts right off the bat. And odds are you won't get any feedback on this issue either. They'll cash your check, of course. So, if you have a script with locations in Philly and think you've established the criteria of the 'spirit' of Philly, think again. This is not like other regional, city or state contests which just requires the screenplay have 'locations' in their area where the film can be shot. And even in some of those contests, they only require a percentage of locations. NOT SO WITH SIP. So, beware and be wise. Save your money and look elsewhere. There are so many other good contests you can submit to. And if you ever make get to call the shots when you've sold your screenplay, you can always bring it into Philly and shoot it there. That's where the Philly film office can really help you.

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

Annie S. Cian Author: Annie S. Cian Posted: 11/14/2004 03:02 PM
This was the very first contest I entered and I was deeply impressed by their very professional approach in handling the details, deadlines and communications. The hands on management, the courtesy and quick turnaround the co-ordinator Jennifer Berg contributed was the perfect example of a well run competition. Subsequently, when they came up with the Judge's Feedback service I was extremely grateful. I not only found the feedback extremely helpful, but impressive as well with its focused and to the point approach. The opinions and much needed evaluation I received from three separate judges were invaluable, and in fact covered so many more details than I expected. What's more, I know now what to look for, how to fix it, how to strengthen the plot, the theme, the characters, which I will apply to my re-writes and future projects rather than worrying about trivial matters based on pure conjecture and speculation. And, with this new found enlightenment and confidence I am looking forward to entering to the 2005 Competition with great anticipation.

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

Richard Wilkins Author: Richard Wilkins Posted: 11/14/2004 05:06 AM
The organisation of this contest is excellent and they've also recently started a judges' feedback service - which may explain the mixed scores for 'feedback' on the report card. For $75 you can get feedback from one judge and for an additional $55 per judge you can add a second and third. The notes I received back from the three judges were different in style, but the content was very detailed and highly encouraging. Definately recommended if you're looking for some help in progressing the next draft.

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

Orlanda Szabo Author: Orlanda Szabo Posted: 11/14/2004 03:20 AM
Once again, Larry and Red Inkworks have helped tremendously with wonderful notes. Especially with pointing out scenes and pages that deliver smack on instead of just on what's wrong. I am proud to be in Larry's top 50.

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

Laura Evans Author: Laura Evans Posted: 11/12/2004 05:24 PM
The follow-up after the contest has been over the top. They included a way for you to get professional judge's feedback at a great rate and are offering judge's feedback with the new competition. The people are great, responsive, and remember you - which is hard to say about most competitions.

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

Guy Winch Author: Guy Winch Posted: 11/12/2004 02:40 PM
I was a semi finalist in the competition this year with a first-draft script. i submitted the script to their new feedback service after the competition and was extremely impressed with the feedback. in addition, i had a few questions about some of the judges comments and wrote to the contest coordintor to inquire about them. i received an immediate and very helpful response which clarified and expanded on the points i raised. the feedback enabled me to improve my script which has already begun making it to the finals in competitions i've entered since. all in all -- an extremely worthwhile feedback service and a very professionally run competition. i had a great experience despite not making the finals.

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Contest: Austin[Post New Comment re: Austin]

Dawn Wiercinski Author: Dawn Wiercinski Posted: 11/08/2004 02:20 PM
2004 Winners Announced-

Congratulations to:

Adult/Family Winner Gideon's Secret by David Ullendorf

Comedy Winner It Bleeds, It Leads by Thomas Brennan O'Connor

Teleplay Drama Winner Six Feet Under: "The Strike" by Christine Boylan

Teleplay Sitcom Winner Curb Your Enthusiasm: "Pump'd" by sam Riegel and Rob Blatt

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Mark A. Kaplan Author: Mark A. Kaplan Posted: 11/01/2004 11:07 PM
My script NEVILLE & BOB placed second in this contest. Unfortunately, the man who created the contest died during the prize allocation stage. This was terrible news for everybody, most terrible for him. His partner was justifiably unmotivated, as she is the one who evidently found his body. All in all a bad time for everyone involved. My partner and I won a reading after which the actors gave us honest feedback on the script. But there was understandably no follow through.

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Michael Carollo Author: Michael Carollo Posted: 10/27/2004 08:10 AM
Notification was supposed to be in July 2004. It's now the end of October and the only thing I can find on this contest is results of 2003. This is no way to run a contest.

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

Lindsey Van de Kirk Author: Lindsey Van de Kirk Posted: 10/14/2004 11:12 PM
I must chime in with hearty agreement that the Bluecat feedback is some of the best I have gotten. I had a pretty good script, I thought, but it tanked in every contest. Because of BlueCat I know why! More importantly, I know what DOES work. I got high marks in certain areas, so I know that I wasn't totally off the mark. But I also know what needs fixing. I highly recommend this contest, and I second the motion to remove the earlier comments which simply don't apply any more.

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mike riccardini Author: mike riccardini Posted: 10/12/2004 07:07 PM
I entered this contest basically only because I was entering other contests at the time and thought I'd give it a shot. Just found out that I didn't make the next round. I'm not bitter, but I had to post a comment after reading the only two on here. The first stated that the coordinators of the contest were "personable." I know that feedback wasn't a part of this contest, but I decided to contact the coordinators anyway to see if they would give me some idea on why my script wasn't good enough. The reply I received stated that they don't offer feedback and could refer me to a low-priced service. They also were "personable" enough to say they hoped to see me at the Expo. Those two comments lead me to believe the only thing they care about is the money. I hope I'm wrong, but unless you place in this thing, you get nothing out of it. They didn't seem to care about writers, as I've read several comments on here that have stated contests that don't necessarily offer feedback still provide inquisitive participants with some because they want to help writers. To me, these people showed their true colors. You can say it's easy for someone who didn't place to be angry, but it's just as easy for someone who does place to think a contest is great. I'll steer clear of this one next year.

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Contest: Nickelodeon[Post New Comment re: Nickelodeon]

op-ad productions Author: op-ad productions Posted: 10/11/2004 02:32 AM
This program is still around, i was just selected to be one of their Fellows. i'll keep everyone informed of my experiences. I have also been selected for the 20th Century Fox's New Writers Initiative, which is not listed here but you can find on their web site. i'll let you know how thatr goes as well.....

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Contest: Slamdance[Post New Comment re: Slamdance]

Allen Keller Author: Allen Keller Posted: 10/10/2004 03:46 AM
Really a pleasant experience. Thorough feedback. Really encouraging. I made the semi-finals, and they had a nice little get together at the WGA offices in L.A. to announce the finalists. You could tell they really care about writers. One of the readers who had critiqued my script came up to me to say how much he liked it, and to offer suggestions. Really warm.

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

Jon Spaihts Author: Jon Spaihts Posted: 10/06/2004 07:26 PM
My script, which placed highly in more prestigious competitions, received a paragraph of rambling, incoherent feedback in broken English. Felt like a scam.

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Paula DiSante Author: Paula DiSante Posted: 10/02/2004 10:59 PM
After I submitted my screenplay, I e-mailed twice politely asking whether or not they had received it. Not a word in reply. A simple confirmation would have been nice.

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

David Higlen Author: David Higlen Posted: 09/29/2004 04:08 AM
I made the finals - but in the aftermath of a great big nothing, I wonder why or if it means anything at all. On the positive side, someone liked my script and I guess that's a wonderful thing. It won't buy me a pack of gum, but who needs to chew?

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Shirley Warke Author: Shirley Warke Posted: 09/28/2004 01:53 PM
I thoroughly enjoyed this competition as I came in the final ten, but I found them reliable, communicatuve and professional at all times. Thank you a Penny Short for being better than some of the big comps around. Long may you prosper.

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

Jeffrey Massie Author: Jeffrey Massie Posted: 09/25/2004 02:54 PM
I have entered Nicholl several times over the last five years with multiple scripts, and I have friends who did as well. I have never placed, one friend made it to the second round but no farther. I've read several scripts that made it to the finals and seen the results of movies made from scripts that won (Finding Forrester, Mean Creek).

I think that, esp. in the last few years, Nicholl has grown to the point that it has become the victim of its own success. Until this year I would have agreed with those who tout the Nicholl staff for treating entrants with professionalism and courtesy. This year, for the first time I received written acknowledgement of my entries. After August 1, I waited two weeks with no word on the fate of my scripts. Over the succeeding month I wrote two letters and sent three e-mails, it wasn't until September 17 that I got an e-mail that neither script had survived the cut.

FWIW I don't blame Greg Beal or his staff for this. Clearly with over 6,000 entries per year, they are overwhelmed. My suggestion is that rather than set a deadline date, they should set a date and time for earliest entry acceptance, and then accept only the first 2,000 or so entries received on or after that date. Until they find a way to limit entries, the Nicholl is no longer a contest of merit, it's a lottery.

That being said, I think I will continue to enter; after all the odds of winning a lottery are not that much worse than the odds of succeeding as a scrrenwiter ... ;)

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kenny vanora Author: kenny vanora Posted: 09/23/2004 04:55 PM
UPDATE - I recently received an email from one of the contest runners who came across my previous (bad) review on this website. She was so nice, said that they never received my script, offered me free script notes AND a full refund. They are totally professional and I am extremely impressed that they went through the trouble of contacting me after all this time just to clear the air. Disregard my previous review, they obviously care very much about running a professional contest. Integrity... it still exists in Hollywood. Go figure!

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Contest: LA Int'l Short[Post New Comment re: LA Int'l Short]

David O'Hara Author: David O'Hara Posted: 09/19/2004 05:44 PM
I had an entry in your festival (The Mojo Café #788) and have a few suggestions that might make 2005 a better year.

Charge an extra five dollars for the entry fee. This extra ($5x1700 entries) $8,500 should cover your expenses for the closing night. I came Monday night, but wasn’t going to pay another $25.00 for the privilege of learning if my movie anything won or not. I had already paid $298.00 for tickets for some of my cast and crew to see their film projected in a theater.

The projection sucked. The lens was wrong for the theater (#8), distorting the images and cutting off upper and lower sections. I had an important plot point lost because of the cropping of my picture.

I was told this problem was being addressed. But I had sat in the same theater the day before, and those films were miss-handled in the same manner. This problem came up days before my film – (and probably wasn’t corrected for Sat and Sun programs either.)

WE WERE IN THE MIDDLE OF HOLLYWOOD. THERE ARE RENTAL HOUSES WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE that carry almost anything that is capable of projecting a picture — THE PROBLEM COULD HAVE BEEN CORRECTED IN HOURS -- if anybody really cared enough about, or respected the efforts of all the film makers that had films projected in theater #8. There were thousands of hours of work by hundreds of people and millions of dollars spent on the maybe 70+ films that were butchered. ( six in my program, #38)

Sorry, but the impression I got from your festival is -- a revenue generating operation - not a love of independent film making. (these do not have to be mutually exclusive).

Your festival is fine for projects that can’t get accepted anywhere else. I do not recommend your festival to anyone with a good film.

David O’Hara

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Contest: Slamdance[Post New Comment re: Slamdance]

David Jones Author: David Jones Posted: 09/08/2004 05:47 PM
I should preface my remarks by saying that I've entered this contest twice, now, (2003 & 2004) and have never placed.

The first year I received a well-written report from a reader who has highly complimentary of the script's characters, story and writing. Although it was something of an oddball story, he clearly understood what I was trying to do. All of the script's big moments seemed to work for him.

I disagreed with his recommendations for fixing what he saw as problems, but I could understand exactly where he was coming from. Fair enough. I felt I got my money's worth from this contest in that I received a professional reader's report.

This year, I submitted a different script. The reader's report I received this time was sloppily written, riddled with typos, missing words and grammatical errors. I would say that it was written at roughly the level of a highschool student. It rambled around in a very haphazard way and in the end really said very little.

It was also full of contraditions. For example, my highest score was for story, but the lowest score was for structure. I don't really understand how that could be possible.

But I'll let you be the judge. Here's a brief excertpt from the report, the last paragraph:

"Look over your narrative again and make a list of things that need some work. Items you would like to add to make it better and then re-write until you have a draft you feel is close to perfection. Good luck with your endeavors and do not quit."

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kirsten bischoff Author: kirsten bischoff Posted: 08/25/2004 05:09 PM
This contest was a little late in getting results out - but I did get mine (full disclosure - I recieved an honorable mention). They were very nice and I also wish I could have received my award in person. My entry also made the first and second cuts in a few other short screenplay contests so I don't think they were entirely off the mark (at least I hope not!) Kirsten

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DonnaMarie Vaughan Author: DonnaMarie Vaughan Posted: 08/25/2004 01:50 PM
I would like to comment on previous comments made here. I am, and have been, a reader for this competition, for many years, reading and commenting on initial submissions (30 pages) to the semin-finals. I try very hard to offer constructive criticism and advice, and often will take the time to rewrite certain portions of a page of a script to illustrate a point. This being said, I should also state that I OFTEN have been given absolutely awful, poorly written scripts to critique 30 pages of- and even then I will try to help (only twice in 4 years have I simply returned the script as unreadable).

I have also read quite a few excellent scripts and have said so.

Also, readers are selected, they are not 'just' members - we qualify to read, and I have been a reader for other competitions, as well, including several years for ASA, as well as evaluated scripts for a small indie producer now and again. I believe you will find that for the GOOD writers, the critiques are helpful, constructive, detailed, and encouraging.

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

Pamela Hunt Author: Pamela Hunt Posted: 08/15/2004 11:29 AM
I received very helpful comments on my script, and they recently posted the logline on their website, even though I was only a semifinalist. Well worth the entry fee! Critique was specific and supportive. I'd recomment this contest to everyone.

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mary ann watson Author: mary ann watson Posted: 08/12/2004 04:39 PM
The professional and valuable feedback was worth the wait. I received a thoughtful critique that offered constructive criticism and practical suggestions for improvement.

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mary ann watson Author: mary ann watson Posted: 08/12/2004 04:39 PM
The professional and valuable feedback was worth the wait. I received a thoughtful critique that offered constructive criticism and practical suggestions for improvement.

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

Ian Coburn Author: Ian Coburn Posted: 08/06/2004 11:50 AM
A very good competition. Gave excellent feedback and were on time with their dates. They also didn't keep pushing back the deadline, which many competitions do. If you're looking for feedback on your script and have entered, only to have the competition moved back 2 months, and then another one, etc. it delays the arrival of that all-important feedback.

I highly recommend this contest.

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Ian Coburn Author: Ian Coburn Posted: 08/06/2004 11:30 AM
I entered this contest in June 04 and liked the one page feedback I got a lot, so I entered again for the following month, after deciding to enter several scripts, one each month. (If you submit a SASE they will send you a one page feedback form, you don't have to win to get it. Well worth entering on that alone.)

I actually won the following month and have submitted another script for this month. I'm not big on the contest because I won, I'm big on it because of the professionalism and feedback.

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

MaryAnn Sheridan Author: MaryAnn Sheridan Posted: 07/31/2004 02:00 AM
I have to agree with the above two posts. As I too, made it thru to the quarter finals and was thrilled beyond compare. Although, I too, did not advance to the semi's, I found that the professionalism given by Jennifer (the contest coordinator) was prompt, courteous and compassionate. Will definitely be entering this one next year. Very impressed! Congrats to all. Write on! ;)

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

Maria Lennon Author: Maria Lennon Posted: 07/26/2004 11:08 PM
I've entered 2 scripts for the 2004 contest. Every deadline and promise were met. Gordy Hoffman must have studied every script, because he understood characters, plot and meaning into depth. The feedback was amazing and the prize right. I am encouraged with my writing and have new ideas and enthusiasm to better both of my scripts. I'll enter others again next year. WOW!

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FRANK REAVEY Author: FRANK REAVEY Posted: 07/26/2004 05:59 PM
I placed first in this years contest and was very pleased with how it was run. They got the prizes out to me very quickly and were very quick to respond to any questions I had. The best thing though was the edit of my screenplay. It was obvious that they spent a great deal of time on it and went through it word for word. I would recommend this contest for anyone who wants great feedback.

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Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 07/24/2004 01:09 AM
I didn't win, but the remarks they made gave me encouragement and I did some rewriting. The scale was 1-10, and they gave me a 7.

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

Kelsey Simons Author: Kelsey Simons Posted: 07/21/2004 09:59 AM
I recommend BlueCat based on the modest entry cost and the amount of (thoughtful) feedback you will receive. Their deadlines were met and, as a finalist, I received a phone call from the contest's director... A very nice touch!

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C. Melvin Roth Author: C. Melvin Roth Posted: 07/18/2004 03:56 PM
7/18/04 - tried to email twice re: contest, but mail was undeliverable. Mr. Dennis, if you see this comment, please email me at carlbud69@hotmail.com.

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

Michael Tate Author: Michael Tate Posted: 07/12/2004 09:39 PM
I rec'd a very useful critique of my script, "The Gilded Web", I entered in the 2003 contest. I would definitely submit another of my scripts to compete in a BlueCat competition - Michael Tate, Bronx, NY

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

carolyn haywood Author: carolyn haywood Posted: 07/10/2004 11:08 AM
I would HIGHLY recommend this contest. The feedback was excellent and received in a timely fashion; the reader obviously read the script and gave a very thoughtful and constructive review...the best I have received to date.

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

tommy draper Author: tommy draper Posted: 07/09/2004 03:39 AM
My take on the contest was that it felt pretty good to get some feedback regarding the screenplay.

Even though it didn't get anywhere near the final 5 it was good to have the notes from the reader. It gives a nice indication of what works and what doesn't as finding out honest details about these things is always a struggle.

I'd enter another competition of theirs.

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

Laura Evans Author: Laura Evans Posted: 07/01/2004 07:01 PM
Although I only made it to the quarterfinals, I was impressed by the fact that they met their deadlines, communicated to all the participants re: of moving on and by the nice things they had to say about the quality of the scripts sent in. Seems like a professionally run competition.

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Vincent Cotugno Author: Vincent Cotugno Posted: 06/29/2004 05:45 PM
Although I found this contest professionally run I must register a strong dissent with the ecstatic opinions above on their script coverage.

If you seek a dry, pedantic, regimented and by-the-numbers approach to analyis for your entry - this is the contest for you! I got the feeling a student at the university was judging my script by a guidebook. Under such nifty headings as The Ally, Flawed Behavior and The Pivotal Moment was a mini-lecture on each of these facets of screenwriting - just as you might find in a screenwriting manual. This preceded the specific comments on my script and in some cases ran much longer. So, although, the analysis ran some nine pages, fully half of those pages were devoted to the regurgitation of the dictates of a how-to handbook.

If the comments were on the mark, I wouldn't have minded. But the reader seemed to have read every other page and missed the point of the script. In addition, the reader appeared to have his or her own thoughts as to what my script should be. Consequently the suggestions for improvement seemed to drag the script into another genre altogether. As it was, there was never any mention that my screenplay was a comedy. Was it amusing? Was it witty? Did the jokes fall flat? Who knows! The reader didn't appear to have a clue.

More importantly, what was missing from the analysis was the visceral opinion of the reader. Did he or she really like it or not? For the additional $35 cost I should've gotten that much.

When I expressed my disappointment with the analysis to the head of the contest I was told the reader would be informed. Needless to say I never heard from either him or her.

Apparently my opinion is in the minority, judging by the above. Or maybe I just had the bad luck to draw a lazy reader. In any case I would've appreaciated the contest taking my concerns more seriously.

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

Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 06/21/2004 01:13 AM
I entered this contest in 2003, and my reader was Sandi Steinberg of the Script Surgeon. Her comments were very helpful to me. I came out with 15 of the 20 "must" points possible to move on to the next round. She encouraged me to work on my script by saying that I came very close. I think I fixed everything, so I am going to enter the competition again in August.

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

Paula Smith Author: Paula Smith Posted: 06/10/2004 06:51 PM
As is often the case, the quality of feedback depends on the particular reader. I had two different readers. I felt like neither one read past the first few pages (not the first 20). Comments for both were limited to what occured on the first page. Comments also seemed generic. The comments could have easily been copied and pasted to a comments page concerning any script and any script in any genre.

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Diane Johnson Author: Diane Johnson Posted: 06/06/2004 10:46 PM
I entered this contest for the first time in 2004 with a script that has done well in previous contests over previous years. And it placed well in the top 25 of its division. I didn't get to know any of the other reader/writers, and yet I still placed well - and found that the scripts I recommended become 1st and second place winners.

I was fortunate to get good reviews, but in this case, I can only say one thing - You get what you pay for. I had read some marginal scripts, and the writers of those scripts are the readers who might be judging yours... As in any competition, it's the luck of the draw.

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

Gil Brailey Author: Gil Brailey Posted: 06/06/2004 07:18 PM
I sent a script this year just before the June 1st deadline and was emailed to say that although payment was received script had not turned up. I sent them separately, I emailed back and there was some dialogue. I feel this shows that administration at International is right on the ball. Jen who contacted me was professional and pleasant, and it made me feel reassured that the office was keen to get the work for their payment. I am hoping the script has turned up or I will have to send another!

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Colleen De Maio Author: Colleen De Maio Posted: 06/03/2004 11:50 PM
I was one of the winners of this contest, but unfortunately, I can't recommend it. My prize (a staged reading of my screenplay) was postponed repeatedly. Any inquiries I made that were actually answered were answered in a fairly snippy fashion. Finally my prize was substituted with a free entry in the following year's competition. I hardly consider that a substitution of equal value. They did not even refund my entry fee. The following year I entered again (why not; it was free), and never heard from them again. Their announcement of the finalists was quite late, so I sent an email to inquire. No response. A week or so later, I sent another email. No response again. Finally I contacted Frederick about it, and he inquired on my behalf. That, they responded to, promptly and defensively. They claimed they had already contacted all the finalists privately and had a right not to divulge who they were. (!) Shortly afterward, I got a form email from Oshun55, supposedly a "second attempt" to send me an announcement which had bounced "weeks ago." If that's the case (which I doubt), they could have sent me a note in the mail, telephoned, reattempted the email the following day, etc. Another thing I found disturbing...I contacted a couple of the listed "partners" for the competition (including Moviebytes) and discovered that they were unaware of being listed as "partners" and had not specifically endorsed the competition -- their products were simply among the prizes being offered by the competition. I find that dishonest and deceptive. In short, I found this competition poorly run, rude, and -- as I never received one single request for my script due to this contest -- ineffectual. Your mileage may vary. I see that some of the other winners have left milder grades than myself, so perhaps their experiences were better -- or perhaps they're damning Oshun55 with faint praise. I should point out that I have entered many, many competitions and have rarely had anything negative to say about any of them -- even the ones in which my script did not advance.

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

Justin Brewer Author: Justin Brewer Posted: 06/03/2004 10:34 PM
I've been a finalist in several contests, but this one was the best. They had a magnificent reception at The Writer's Guild Theater in Beverly Hills and invited numerous industry people. This is certainly a contest worth entering.

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Contest: Cynosure [Post New Comment re: Cynosure ]

Tamara Jacob Author: Tamara Jacob Posted: 06/02/2004 02:34 PM
The feedback that I got from this contest was above excellent. For someone who didn't advance to finalist or even semi-finalist, they sure spent a lot of time on my script. Reading the feedback, I had a feeling that the reader had spent time on every script block, because details from the script were laid out. My weak as well as my strong points were spelled out to me. I really felt as if the reader had actually leafed through all 175 pages of my script, which I know wasn't easy to do...considering that the theme of my script was not exactly what I'd consider a smooth read. I love Cynosure. Unfortunately, I'm not entering a script this year, because the script that I was working on at the moment was not yet finished and I didn't want to rush it just so I could make this year's deadline. Maybe next year...and I hope they have the same readers next year, and not just yawning, jaded people. Thanks Cynosure. KSF-TJ

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James Ossi Author: James Ossi Posted: 06/02/2004 11:55 AM
Addendum to my last comment about this competition:

This is a small competition. But its zone is large. Months after I placed 2nd Place, Keith, the guy who runs this competition, went out showing my script around. I was unaware of his activity. Then I got a call, a "Send Me The Script" call from a production company. It was a pleasant conversation and ended that they wanted to see my other scripts as well. Geese.

Yes, this is a small competition. But its zone is large. Keith is good. Keith helped me. He can help you, too.

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Bob Canning Author: Bob Canning Posted: 05/29/2004 02:18 PM
The Swiss cheese-software disease is now rotting my brain (software again). I left out the word THANKS from my last post.

THANKS AGAIN. :-D

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