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All I did was ask a couple of perfectly reasonable questions based on comments and issues raised by other contributors to this forum. I have no knowledge of, or affiliation with, anyone on this website whatsoever.
Somehow my questions have been horribly twisted into accusations of collusion with the original complainant and have culminated in personal attacks against me (and, believe it or not, my very gender... because I happened to have mentioned it!). Is it any wonder that I have chosen to keep my profile on this website private?
What I find particularly striking is that the vitriolic comments of the preceding commentators on Screenwriter Staffing have miraculously appeared out of no-where to testify in glowing terms to the contest organizers without any of them ever having posted a comment anywhere on MovieBytes before. This strikes me as particularly odd since most commentators tend to simply relate their experiences, good or bad, without resorting to insulting others or contradicting the experiences of other contributors. It also makes me question the report card ratings which have been magically boosted in recent times. They were substantially below par before I dared to ask about legal action and staffing numbers. [By the way, to claim that "we have a total of 8 people (that includes freelancers)" working full time is an OXYMORON].
If you trace my posting history, you will see that in response to someone complaining about Bankable Script I mentioned that it is a federal offence to accept money across state lines and not honor the contract. A few days later Bankable Script announced they were shutting down the 'contest'. I like to think that by reminding contest organizers of their legal obligations my input saved some fellow screenwriters their hard earned cash.
People who run these 'contests' need to recognize that they are entering into legally binding contracts. If they fail to honor those contracts they are breaking the law. As a consumer I have every right to ask questions about where and to whom my money is being sent.
How can any potential entrant not be deeply suspicious of any competition organizer that purports to have an entire "legal department" in their employ (with its own email address no less!!!)? Anyone who has ever hired an attorney can tell you how obscenely expensive attorneys are...(let alone having an entire department devoted to them!). Where does the money come from to keep all these attorneys employed, or more importantly, why does this competition organizer need them?
I loathe those who clog these forums with pointless rhetoric hoping to persuade those wishing to submit. Why slam or promote any contest if you have never submitted? Filling out a report card or commenting on this contest operation should only be available to those who have submitted. If you have submitted and found the contest excellent or poor, then please, by all means, share your thoughts. Otherwise, stay quiet!!!
Also, "Dee Dee", and this is coming from someone with no affiliation to this contest, any contest that allows me to enter for free with the chance of getting noticed and winning screenwriting prizes seems everything but alarming.
And, what, because you are a "woman" that means you have to make everything private? I respect privacy as much as the next person, but I find it odd you have to throw in you are a "woman". So that's why you must remain in the dark?.... And here I thought we have progressesed as humans... dang
What has happened to this world? Why is it that someone who chooses to protect their privacy online is automatically assumed to be in cahoots with those who dare to state publically that they are unsatisfied with a product/service/consumer item?
For the record, I have no idea who/what/where"geno scala" is. I couldn't even tell you what species/gender/location "geno scala" is. I'm not even American. I just watch this site because people seem to feel comfortable to state the truth about their experiences. From what I have observed thus far I must go on record stating that I am alarmed by any business that intimates they have an entire "legal department" at their disposal. Given their recent posts, they need one. Just look at their stupid comments they have posted online.
Is this not a clue people?
My alarm bells are ringing.
FYI I am a highly educated, published, and award winning screenwriting woman (you have to be a nut job to put all your details out there).
Jacob, I wouldn't sweat it. "Dee Dee" may just be a pseudonym for Geno. This profile is private, which leads me to believe this IS either Geno or a close crony. I had to leave Geno's group several years back due to his monstrous rants.
I think Movie Bytes forum should only be used for those who have submitted to the contest; not for those wanting to know "who owes who money?" and "how many employees do you have?"
My logline is entered into the contest. I submitted a logline on their site back in July so I was automatically qualified in their contest. So no complaints here!
This is their first logline contest, so I can't comment on the judging and closing process, but as a free member to their site for years, I can vouch for their professionalism and generosity.
I'd give "Screenwriting Staffing Logline Contest" a "recommend" thus far.
Submitted November 18th. Great staff and contest! I wasn't committed to my logine and when asking the staff if I could edit it after I submitted they said I couldn't, but to my surprise, they actually helped me concoct an excellent logline free of charge before submitting! Excited to see the results at Screenwriting staffing!
I've been a member with this organization [Screenwriting Staffing Utopia]. Since April of 2013. They are one of the best it the biz, and would highly recommended them to anyone looking to get their work seen by decision-makers.
As I reported in my previous post, I won the Gold prize for action/adventure in the 2014 Page Awards. I have now signed with a LA manager, who also helped me fix a few problems with my script, Red Sky. After just five weeks my script is out to some pretty big production companies and getting read.
Will this lead to a huge payday and sailing with George Clooney and his wife? More importantly, does Clooney even know how to sail?
Well, dreams and reality don't easily meet, but that doesn't mean that it's not thrilling to get this far and Page is a big part of the progresss. I just can't say enough about how this has changed everything.
When you enter Page the odds seem daunting. But this isn't lotto. Your voice and craft can level the playing field, skew it in your favor. And should you lose, keep at it. Screenwriting is the art of refinement as much as word-craft.
To the folks at Page, THANK YOU
Austin Film Festival enjoys a solid reputation, but I had an impression that my somewhat large scale action/adventure script was not the type of story they'd be interested in. Part of this feeling was amplified by the lack of even a category for my script. I made it to the second round and communication was good.
Amazingly my script won the Gold prize in action/adventure in this years Page Awards and 1st place in the same category with Fresh Voices contest and is currently in the top 10 with Final Draft Big Break. After winning the gold prize for action/adventure I quickly secured LA management, so I'm a happy camper.
Now here's the funny part: A few days ago I received an e-mail from Austin with the notes on my script from a judge. The notes were GLOWING! I'm not talking lightly positive here; the comments sounded like they were for Dances with Wolves! The 1 1/2 pages of notes are so complimentary that I cannot imagine that I did not advance further in the contest.
Obviously, after winning a contest like Page, I'm not complaining. The whole point here was to win and acquire management and that's exactly what happened. But it just seemed odd to get those notes from Austin after only getting into the top 10-15%.
On the other hand, it's certainly a very subjective process and completely reasonable to win in one contest and get little notice in another. In no way am I being critical of Austin, but everyone should understand that entering a slew of contests (5 in my case) can garner very different results. I do think Austin is worth entering and my losing entry in Austin still garnered some of the best compliments (always good for the soul!).
My script is now out to some big production companies and it's an exciting time indeed.
This comment section, I believe, is designed to allow folks who submitted to this contest directly to provide thoughts and feedback. I will be happy to answer any non-related questions through e-mail at JNStuart@screenwritingstaffing.com.
My spec TV script made it into the second round of this competition (which appears to be similar to quarterfinals) and every step of the way it was a pleasant experience with helpful staff and clear communication. I received a letter notifying me of my placement (with handwritten notes specific to my script) that offered a significant discount on going to the festival. I opted to go and there were special panels and meetings for people who were in the second round or above. The staff was super involved in making sure I could get into panels I wanted and understood what was available to me. I could go on about the good experience at the festival/panels, but this site is specifically about the competition. About a month and a half after the competition, I received brief notes about my script from the readers. (Not coverage but rather general reasons why the script advanced and things I could improve) They offer detailed coverage for a low fee and you get a discount on that if you were second round or above. The staff for this was the most helpful and responsive of anything I've ever entered and I have made contacts based on my participation.
No, NOT all. It's actually the opposite. He has one pending against him. The paperwork was supposed to be finished by the 1st of November, but our team got really busy. It will, however, be initiated by the 1st of January.
This is NOT appropriate conversation for this forum and only involves the accused and my team. But if you have further info, you may e-mail our legal team at: email@example.com
We at Screenwriting Staffing try not to give any time to "Geno Scala". Any one who reads the comments on here knows that Geno will publicity destroy any contest he did not qualify in.
While Geno's remarks are quite ludicrous, please understand it's a pathetic ploy to bring business to him.
We are so lucky to have our partners/sponsors on board with us! &, we are so very sorry to these organizations that Geno has ALSO thrown them under the bus. But no harm no foul.
BlueCat Screenplay Competition. Back in 2011 I worked for them, and they are an excellent contest w/ a proven track record of success! We are so grateful that BlueCat is giving us a FREE entry to our winner and supporting us once again! Thanks, BlueCat!
Script Reader Pro. SRP offers some of the BEST doctoring services online. We were overwhelmed when they contacted us back in 2013 and asked to advertise on our site. We humbly accepted. We are even more excited they are allowing us to distribute their NEW book to our Logline winners!
The Tracking Board. I love these folks! They are "THE" Hollywood resource in my opinion. When They agreed to cross-promote, giving us a 1 year membership to our WINNER, if we advertised for them, I was astounded! I hope they know I would have advertised for them for FREE ;). What a wonderful service they offer.. AND affordable!
Scriptapalooza! Many of you know them for their contest, which is great! But they also offer great coverage, I know this b/c I have sent ppl to them in the past! So when I wanted to offer coverage to my winners, I looked no further than them. I had the opportunity to speak w/ the owner directly, and we agreed that our winner will receive their coverage. what a great guy and organization.
I do want to apologize on behalf of Screenwriting Staffing that people like "Geno Scala" deliberately try to destroy FREE screenwriting resources. You will notice his services are pretty high-priced. I always encourage screenwriters to find networks and groups that promote screenwriting success and growth, not negativity. Unfortunately, his small network is used to threaten and ridicule competition. Please do NOT get involved with networks like that. A quick Google of his name, or you can just ask a screenwriting friend, will give you ALL the information you need about him.
We believe our contest winnings are great, and our prices are low. A matter of fact, OVER 70% of the loglines on our site were POSTED for FREE. But if you don't qualify for our FREE submission, a simple $9.99 is all you need... and your LOGLINE NEVER expires.
Contact me personally w/ any questions or comments.
These people are the biggest frauds in the business. They have run previous "contests" last year- no winners, just took the money and ran. They have run "pitchfests" in the past- and took the money and run. They stole $2600 from me (Jacob stole $1000 and broke a written contracted agreement while partner Sarah Stutsman stole $1600 in a fraudulent business practice scheme for PR services)and have, at last count, stolen $100 newsletter subscriptions from 13 "premium" clients (totaling $1300), and stopped sending them premium newsletter for several months now (all victims are on record and are currently filing a lawsuit). There are so many lawsuits pending against these frauds. Look at the "prizes"- no money, just "free services"- services they will only pay for the winner out of the money they expect to receive from entries. There is no "partnership" in place with any of these service companies. They are trying to ride the coattails of other established companies, pretending to be on their level. These people are crooks through and through, and it would be wise to avoid them, and any of their latest schemes and "contests", at all cost. In the end, you'll only be another victim.
I've been very impressed with Wildsound. The script performance aspect of the contest sets it apart, and leaves you with a tangible reward if you win. Wildsound also puts genuine effort into giving you feedback, and into promoting winning scripts.
WILDsound is a screenwriter's treasure! They take enormous time to provide the most expert, detailed feedback, even allowing my choice to incorporate all the Committee's ideas or stay with my draft. With caring support, they've honored each deadline and every award they promised, and I'm forever grateful for Matthew's right-on insightful niggles to enhance my story. Matthew and WILDsound provide everything a screenwriter needs to find the way to a story's successful completion. I'm forever grateful!
If Bankable Script has accepted money from the prize winner across state or international borders and not honored their contract, doesn't this constitute WIRE FRAUD, a federal offence? Is there a scriptwriting Attorney out there who could enlighten us? I for one am fed up with the scams. Something has to be done about it.
Apparently according to the winner of this competition they still owe him $8500. I think this is unacceptable and should be looked into by moviebytes (should they be allowed to advertise on this site?) Also I entered this competition and would like to know where my entrance fee went if they are not prepared to give out the prize. Sounds like a huge scam. Everyone entered in good faith and the winner did not receive his $10000 which is the only point of this competition. I think it's important for the amateur screenwriting community to not let companies scam us out of our hard earned money.
Zed Fest is happy to announce the following finalists for our Feature Screenplay Competition
LITTLE SISTER by Deirdre Patterson
BIG DADDY by Deirdre Patterson
FLIPPED by Anthony Mezza
THE TEACHER - MARINE by Jeffrey Ryback
GRACE by Lynda Lemberg
COMMUNITY SERVICE OF THE DAMNED by Dick Grunert
NIC CAGE VS ZOMBIES by Ian Fortey
AUTOPILOT by Sam Butler
RAYTHU RISING by Brad Carpenter
HUSH by Michael Kehoe
LOOKIN' UP by Marvin Kaplan
THE NIGHT WITCHES by Steven Prowse
DOGHEAD by Petong Sakulchai
ZOMBIE 101 by Alan Porter
ENTER AT OWN RISK by Thomas Ferguson
NINO VARGAS by Melvin Cartagena
CRIME FITERS: HIGH VOLTAGE by Irene Frame
ABOLITION OF THE SENSES by Carlos Burgaleta Perez
LET IT BLEED by Scott Selden
VERMIN by Chris Warner
INFINITY by Chris Bonneau
THE ALPHA TRANSMISSION by Craig Clyde
SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL by John Cruz Alarid
SPIRITS by Brent Hartinger
GRAND & HUMBLE by Brent Hartinger
P.A.M. by Russell Davis
THE DEVIL'S BROKER by Robert Aitchison
HOTEL PURGATORIO by Joey Agbayani
BLINDSPOT by Graham Parke
DEAD MOUNTAIN by Michael Winingham
I was the gold prize winner this year for Action/Adventure with "Red Sky" and 90 minutes after I won I heard from a manager (also a judge). After Page let the industry know I had 11 requests from managers/agents and producers to read. I had won the 1st prize in Fresh Voices just a few months prior, but the win with Page brought me a lot of attention.
I nearly did not enter Page because it's so big, so well known that it seemed almost impossible to win. One gets a sense that your work will get lost in the huge volume of material. This made winning gold all the more thrilling!
I spent a year writing and almost another year rewriting. My latest draft (I'd like to think!) is even better. You have to keep working the clay.
Page is run very well. Communication is excellent and the reputation of this contest is clearly the result of some very passionate people.
I'll update my progress soon! In the meantime...keep working on those screenplays!
Their feedback didn't make sense. The reader said the two females were "too sexy" and missed the set-up that they're the smartest characters in the screenplay. H/she said they didn't like the father and wasn't necessary. And missed that the father is the catalyst that leads to the "all is lost" moment. And isn't the reader supposed to be objective and reading this for the exec or producer? Waste of money.
How does this contest rate 3 Stars on the Report Card for overall performance when there are 15 comments that do nothing but bash Amazon Studios, and rightfully so, for its wacky contest rules that take away the writer's rights to his/her own script?
As a first time entrant, I couldn't be more satisfied with the conduct of the contest officials and sponsors.
I received an e-mail notice of my results (Grand Prize) on the day listed for notification.
The next day I received an e-mail from the contest regarding the nature of my winnings and how/when sponsors would deliver.
Three weeks after the results, I've received all listed prizes including Sony Creative software, Script Pipeline membership, InkTip listing and ReadThrough services.
While it may not be as large or prestigious as the main draws (PAGE, Austin Film Festival, Nicholl Fellowship) it's a well run and worthwhile entry for the money. I look forward to reviewing the judge's notes and wish best of luck to all future contestants.
Extremely well run and well respected contest. My screenplay, MURDER ME, won the Gold Prize in the Comedy category this year and within 2 hours of the announcement I was contacted by 3 managers who were judges in the contest and had read and loved the script. Read the success stories page on their website - this contest helps writers EVERYWHERE get connected to the people who can make things happen for you in Hollywood.
I've had a great experience with the WILDsound screenplay contest. The feedback for my screenplay arrived right on time. It was thorough, insightful and very helpful in guiding me during the revision process. The table read of my screenplay was recently posted to YouTube and to the WILDsound website and, by all accounts, it was a wonderful experience!
I am considering entering this competition. Wondering from real contestants who have entered this contest what plan they used or suggest. Money is tight and wonder if the Gold plan provides enough in depth information.
I just found out, via Movie Bytes, that the Hollywood Screenplay Contest released their contest results. I didn't place. I'm not bent out of shape about it. Contests are subjective. That's the way it is. What bothers me is that there was no email announcement from the contest admin, which is always a bad sign, but not to be unexpected based upon my previous experiences with this contest. I entered last year and placed. At the awards banquet (which was completely underwhelming) they announced that all of the awards winners would be given a free entry into this year's contest. I emailed several times to find out how I should enter to receive my free submission... No reply. Finally, with deadlines looming, I entered and let them know that I was a former award winner... No reply. I followed up several times after that to inquire about being reimbursed for my entry... No reply. Be wary of this contest and approach it with low expectations. If you win, I recommend passing on the awards banquet. Get a drink with some friends and share your success with them. It'll be cheaper, and you'll get a more genuine and sincere feeling of accomplishment from them than you will from the HSC.
I was a finalist in the 2013 Short Screenplay Competition and had a great experience the staff (especially Antonea) and the event, which was very well-run.
The Cinequest Film Festival itself is a lot of fun. All the venues are within a few blocks of each other and if you're a finalist, they give you two badges that admit you to all films, parties, plus a VIP lounge where you can snack and drink during the day.
I've since been in touch with Antonea, who is quick to help with any festival or filmmaker-related queries I have. My experience with Cinequest has been so positive that I entered a different screenplay this year and will enter a short I co-produced as well.
The following Short Sclock Scripts have been selected to go on to the next round of judging.
BITTEN - April Wolack
DEEP IN THE WOODS - Lee McQueen
MONSTER WITHIN - Randall Brown
SOULED OUT - Todd Bronson
ANGRY SLUT ON A CHAIN - David Santo
URSULA MINOR - Evan McNamara
THE NEIGHBOR - Joel Reeves
DEAD SPRINT - Jason Tostevin
SHORT SALE - Allan Mckinnin
I must agree with the previous praises for the Richmond Film Festival. I have entered screenplays each year and last year had a script in the finalist bracket and a short film playing at the fest.
The communication with Heather Waters is always prompt, professional and considerate. She's an absolute gem.
A few years ago I placed in the final three of the short film competition the fest offers to entrants. Heather was great in communicating at this point. While I was not able to tweak my script because of some family matters, Heather's e-mails were kind, encouraging and always top of the line.
The Richmond Film Festival will always be on my list of script and film submissions.
I have to admit, they were terrific. They really figured out what I needed to change to begin my screenplay. And it was so cheap too! You can really tell a professional looked and gave feedback on my script. SOOOO happy.
GRACE WINS GRAND PRIZE IN NEW YORK
The New York Screenplay Contest announced their winners and posted them on the website on September 19th. Our screenplay GRACE, won the Grand Prize for Biographical/Historical script. To say that Lynda and I are thrilled by the news is a huge understatement.
Click on www.sharedimagination.com to see our complete list.
The Richmond International Film Festival is not only a great film festival in a welcoming, artistic town but also an excellent screenwriting competition. It's run by Heather Waters, who clearly wants to provide a platform for filmmakers, writers and artistic talent to be able to showcase their capabilities. The quality of the screenwriting competition is very strong - the finalists the year that I was a finalist all had multiple contest awards under their belts. This is definitely a screenwriting competition to watch in coming years - I expect the Creative World Awards and Richmond International Film Festival to become widely recognized for the top tier events they clearly are already.
I've entered many contests(my Storm Dragons script is the #1 in Fantasy here at Moviebytes now) and I DEFINITELY RECOMMEND THIS ONE.
The prizes are fantastic and real ($2.500 in my account from the last season), the feedback is one of the best I had ever and all the people there are extremely gentle in any contact, about any subject.
Best coverage I've ever received -- nothing but excellent things to say overall about this contest. Heather, Marlene, and the staff at CWA genuinely seem to care & go the extra mile. Also very impressed with the short film production they do. Couldn't say enough great things about them.
Chicago screenplay contest is related also to Las Vegas screenplay contest which someone posted that that's also a scam contest. For the writers who have placed and won the Chicago screenplay contest and say they are unhappy but are accepting being scammed I do not understand that. You can press charges against them for fraud. They have committed grand theft and fraud which are felonies. These people will keep doing this scam if not stopped. The winners all have proof of not receiving payment as they were promised as per their website which you entered and payed an entry fee you were scammed from. I suggest print out their website rules and info. Print out your winning script and name from their website. Print your email correspondances. Keep your winning contest certificates. That's all evidence and proof that is an open and shut case to get these scammers. You would win in court and get your prize money that you deserve and shut this scammers down. That's my two cents instead of just letting them get away with it and ripping off new victims. Print out your info fast because the contest holders read these posts before they change their website.
Got my certificate in the mail today. It's a pretty impressive useless piece of paper. They do not mention certificate as a prize in their website which I got. What I did not get was any of the prizes they do mention. Oh well, time to tuck this one under being scammed by one of the predators of aspiring writers and move on.
Update. Just heard via email (w/ an attached pdf of my certificate) that my certificate is in the mail. But the email they were replying to was one in which I asked questions about agent and manager intros and all that stuff. No response to any of that at all. If this isn't actually a scam it is deeply incompetent. Don't see how that's any better for us suckers.
So, I've been in contact with them recently through email exchanges. They said that my emails were getting sent to the spam folder... Anyways, outside of the subscription they I think we all received, I got other prizes that include Slugline and Screenwriter's Bible. Cool, but obviously, we're in this for the meetings/cash prize, more so meetings. Anytime I write an email about that, they seem to not respond. I was thinking about stopping by their office in Chicago, but I have this assuring feeling that it's some rundown building where their offices may not exist. From what it sounds like, it sounds pretty scamish, but wouldn't make sense if they put in this effort to "read" contestants scripts and choose real winners. Not sure how to feel. Hopefully all of you have other potential builders for your writing career, and use your winning scripts and to build off your success through this so called, "screenwriting contest". It sucks, and hopefully they're just really disorganized and scrambling to get their crap together, but right now, I don't think they have the benefit of the doubt. Keep writing though!
I was very excited to be one of the finalists. If you go to their website they promise a lot of prizes for the winners and finalists including personal introductions to industry people. Sadly all I got from them was an email notifying me he results were in and an offer to buy a trophy from them for $150!
They don't respond to emails unless it's about entering their contest. I am afraid this one is a scam or a grossly mismanaged contest. Either way I am staying away from it from now on.
Yup, definitely a scam. As a finalist I've been trying to get a hold of them with no luck. Even the phone number listed here is out of service now. Should have known when they tried to pawn off the 'extra' pdf for thirty dollars. What i don't get is there are a lot cleaner ways to pull something like this and get away with it. Why not just make up the winners names so no comes looking for their prizes? maybe because they are associated with filmfreeway? I don't have the slightest idea. Still, really disappointing.
I placed in the quarter-finals in 2013 nothing great I know. But I feel sorry for the others who were finalists. I mean come on giving $5000 to the overall winner only and nothing to the 2nd place or 3rd place or finalists is really stingy. Especially for a contest run by American Zoetrope film company owned by Francis Ford Coppola. I think Francis can afford to raise the prize money and divide the prize money amongst the finalists. That's not asking for money out of his pocket the contest makes enough profit. Really shocking to know that a film contest is run so poorly by such a well respected film pioneer company.
Ground control to major SCAM. I entered giving them a chance since they were a new contest. I was deceived by their website. They have been collecting entry fees for the 2015 contest before the 2014 contest is over. They state they have a quarterfinal, semifinal and final rounds and they announce all winners from all rounds in one month after the final deadline entry. I emailed with them and I traced their company email address to Las Vegas. Looks pretty shady to me. As others mentioned here that they think they were scammed. This con artists shouldn't get away with good people's money. Us complaining on forums only gets the word out to a few people who take the time to to their research. We should file a class action law suit.
Ok we all know about Nicholl. If you place high in this contest you have a great chance of making in the industry. I entered and no cigar. I was optimistic cause this is suppose to be a professionally run contest and your script will be read by someone interested in your genre as they claim. I believe in my opinion that this contest has gotten to be for their own good because they are part of the Academy Awards. So they are the Hollywood machine now. I wish they would remember where they started with their 1st contest with only a hundred script entries. Really who cares about a fellowship that's just an apprenticeship for a writer. Most writers are struggling artists and could use cash immediately especially if placing high in the hardest script contest in the world. Not have to be put to work to get their money that they won. That is called a job and getting paid for your time and work. So the machine can get away with it cause they are so significant. My point is there should be other contests that should be better and able to compete with nicholl to give writers a successfull career if placed high in their contest. There shouldn't be a monopoly.
This appears to be a legitmate contest. I liked that I received free feedback with my early entry submission. The script reader I can tell actually took the time and read my script for the 1st round, which us writers are always skeptical how much of our scripts ever are read and get a fair shake. The feedback was good I took the criticism with a grain of salt. What I agreed with I changed and what I didn't agree with I didn't change. But what I didn't like is they asked if I wanted to pay additonal money to resubmit a revised version. So I felt like if I didn't pay my script would not have a good chance to make it ot the next round, which it didn't. Maybe my script wasn't good enough who knows can only guess.
Also, I entered this contest electronically by emailing my script in PDF to the email address on the website. I had no problems with this contest. Not in submitting my script, nor in corresponding with the coordinator.
Acclaim was one of the first screenwriting competitions I entered, and it was a very positive experience. My TV pilot, Pound for Pound, was the top finalist for the Spring/Summer 2013 competition. I received all of the prizes promised by Acclaim on its website as well as a reading request from a well-respected talent manager in LA. I've entered multiple screenwriting contests since Acclaim, and I can say without reservation that Acclaim is legit and worth your money.
Before and after winning, I corresponded by email with the contest coordinator, Frank Drouzas. He was not only quick to respond, but his responses were substantive and thoughtful. He also provided me with feedback for free about my script after the competition ended and gave me some helpful tips about how to improve it. Again, this is above and beyond, and greatly appreciated.
Terrific notes I received. All about nailing TONE and setting the pace for your entire screenplay. Best bang for the buck I've received in a long time. I thank them so much for centering the story and setting me up for success.
My partner, Ronald Marchand and I have entered different contests at different times and this year we entered our script in the Nicholl Fellowships.
Although we didn't make the quarter-finalists, we received a very nice letter from the Director, Greg Beal. It was very encouraging to us as amateur writers. This was just what struggling writers need to carry on.
He told us we received two positive scores from first round readers and it was read twice.
He explained they strive to make the evaluation as objective as possible, it is inherently both a personal and extremely subjective matter.
Although we didn't win, he mentioned it's not necessarily a bearing on our reception in the marketplace. He ventured a prediction that several non-advancing writers will become professional screenwriters in the near future.
We were told to be on the lookout for an email invitation to the Academy Nicholl Fellowships Awards Ceremony in November.
This is a very classy contest and run in a professional manner. They didn't have write and share this with us. We are very appreciative they did.
To all of us who may not win, just remember there are still opportunities out there. We won't stop trying.
This contest is a scam. They have also taken advantage of sponsors who have no idea whats going on in this contest. They do not respond to any emails at all and there certainly will not be any introductions to managers or anyone else who can help a writer. They were taking money from entrants for the 2015 contest before the 2014 was over. Please, all moviebyters, do not throw your money away on this contest. (No matter how nice or professional their website looks)
I too have had no response from the contest as far as what my prizes are and when I would receive them. I have contacted each of the sponsors (listed on their website) individually and been able to collect "prizes" from some of them. They have apologized on behalf of Chicago Screenplay, but that's about it. I doubt there will be "Literary Agency Introductions, Meetings and Consultations" forthcoming.
I have sent several emails to this contest requesting info about the finalist's prizes and other general questions but never hear anything back. If you contact them about submitting to their contest, they get back to you in five minutes. I believe this contest is a scam and would advise against entering.
Wildsound is a new screenplay writers best friend - they are always upbest and positive, but also constructive. I won a 1st scene reading by real actors and not only enjoyed it but found it useful for seeing tone and pace issues. The monthly schedule and fast feedback turn around is a huge help when one is continually editing and coming up with new (and better?) drafts. Thanks you Matthew!
This is an excellent contest that gives useful feedback. It can be difficult to get honest, unbiased critique that can help make your material better, but Wildsound points out what you're doing well and what can be improved. They are fast, friendly, and professional. I will definitely enter again in the future.
It has come to our attention that the address that was that was on the creative world website for the last two years was incorrect. We entered our script early this year,dated May 27th, 2014 and mailed it to the PO Box 106159 listed specifically stated on the form. I have copies to back this statement up. I have received communication from the company stating that the address is two years old. This might explain why we didn't make the cut last year. This isn't sour grapes, it tells me our script never made it there. The only reason we know they didn't get it this year, is that the post office returned it to us after two months stating it was un-deliverable as addressed, no forwarding address.
We are writing this today to let others who mailed their scripts to Creative World know of the problem. We have noted that a new mailing address is currently posted now but that did not help the problem earlier. If you mailed an entry and didn't hear back, it may have because the PO Box 106159 listed is not the mailing address and can't be forwarded.
Excellent feedback. It was obvious the readers had read my scripts entirely (unlike other competitions). Comments were fair and helpful. I intend submitting all my scripts through Bluecat in the future, just for the critiquing alone.
I wish to God I had read the old user comments before I did the unthinkable. I was in a rush and didn't check it out properly. I assumed that a big company seeking to be innovative would have integrity. More fool me. At least they can't gag me from saying what I think of them and their exploitative practices. Don't make the same mistake as me, people. Run for the hills!
The contest comments are all FAKE. If any writer actually took the time to read the comments and research this contest on MovieBytes prior to entering they would know that this contest is a scam. It is SO obvious that the contest owners created fake name accounts and submitted their own comment reviews falsely to hype up and advertise their own contest to get writers to submit their scripts. 1) The commentators all have NO profile. 2) Read the comments for example by Ava Blossom “First time screenwriter here, so I had a few questions about the contest and the process of entering. The representative I spoke with via email was so pleasant and helpful. I will definitely submit again next year too.” No real screenwriter would be willing already to submit their work for a contest the following year with the current year still in progress not even knowing the results of the contest and how it was run and especially just from an email correspondence. Ava Blossom is as fake as a plastic Christmas tree and Pamela Anderson’s boobs. The report card is fake no way a 1st time screenplay contest can have 5 stars for significance. The contest hasn’t even been around to help any writer with their careers. The contest hasn’t even finished announcing their first time winners and someone gave a 5 star for significance. Impossible that anyone could of landed representation or a sale of their work from a contest that hasn’t even announced their winners yet. The report card is fake again reviewed falsely by the owners of the contest to bait writers to submit into their contest.
Other indications that this contest is a scam: 1) They were accepting payment and submissions for their 2015 contest before their 2014 contest was even finished. 2) The judging of the scripts are said to go through a quarter-final, semi-final and final round to determine the winner, but they only announce finalists. They DO NOT announce quarter-finalists or semi-finalists. 3) Their final entry deadline is June 30th and they announce their winners on July 31st. ONE MONTH process ONLY to read and judge all their script submissions that are said to go through a quarter-final and semi-final and final round. There is NO way they read the scripts in multiple rounds. 4) They were accepting payment and submissions for their 2015 contest in June 2014 for a contest they will announce the winners in July 2015. That is 13 months of collecting entry fees but they only dedicate one month to reading scripts to decide their winner! RED ALERT!!! You can see they care about making money much more then finding that academy award winning script.
Avoid this contest like the platonic plague don’t give these crooks your hard earned money and don’t let them cheat you with false hopes of making your dreams come true seeing your script produced and shown on the silverscreen. They are just laughing all the way to the bank having fun spending your money.
There is no better on-the-ball coordinator than Zoe Simmons at the PAGE Awards. Plus, they have a 25,000 Grand Prize; and i think if you make it to the Finals you can upload a revised script for free. Another plus, is they have a very user-friendly, uncluttered website.
I have found this competition so far to be very very challenging but also rewarding as well. Heads up on anyone entering this competition, enter at least a month before the final deadline.
The contest has two initial rounds which gives you feedback within two weeks after submitting. Round 1 relates to first impression, that is, how it looks and round 2 pertains to first 15 pages. If you fail either round, you have the opportunity to resubmit before the final submission date.
At first I found this contest to be really annoying as prior to entering it I was happy in my ignorance. It made me look at my screenplay with fresh eyes and I soon realized my 'golden child' of a screen play was overweight and covered in acne.
Fortunately this contest gave me an opportunity to add a bit more spit and polish to my screenplay. The end result is - I believe - a much better finished product.
I now realize how much money I have wasted entering competitions where my screenplays were poorly formatted or my dozen pages didn't zing. Your screenplay might tell a great story or might have some great twists or might even have the power to make people laugh or cry but it will never ever be read if it does not have the appearance of a great screenplay or grab someone's attention in the first dozen or so pages
I've still got a long way to go before I can comfortably call my self a screenwriter. However, I have covered some miles on that journey by entering this contest.
What's amazing about this contest is that four of the ten winning entries from June have punctuation and/or grammatical errors. You'd expect more from logline winners. The guidelines give excellent tips on writing a clear, concise, compelling logline. I think the judges should revisit those tips before the next contest. Just sayin'.
Hi guys, with all respect to Harold's comment, yes we found a corrupt file. And yes, we emailed him to send an update. Then with more than 3 days to read a handful of screenplays, we judged the final few that needed to be judged. We would never not read that entrant's script and more importantly we would never just blow off a file just because it was corrupted. Many contests do. We do not and we pride ourselves in getting every registrant's work read, even if that happens in the final hours! Hope you'll all join us. We're excited to find the next amazing screenplay!
Are these folks back on track? I hear mixed things. I see there was some drama in the past, but love a contest with categories. If any of you won the contest, have you received your prize money? That is, without going to court over it?
More than once my screenwriting has been the beneficiary of the feedback I've received from WILDsound readers, regardless if I reached the finals or won one of their contests. In fact, their feedback improved some of my scripts to the point that it probably helped them place in other contests! Matthew Toffolo, the founder of WILDsound, is getting the word out online about my June 2014 win (for CAGEY in the short category) and has posted video of an actors' read-through of the script and my answers to interview questions. I couldn't be more satisfied with the results of this contest.
I was a finalist in this contest last year. Never heard or received anything from them after a few phone calls. Absolutely nothing. It was nice to e a finalist, but that's about all I received-- notification.
Moondance was my first great experience in screenplay contests! A few years back, my first screenplay "A Recipe to Die For" won the Spirit of Moondance Award, which boosted my confidence tremendously! In the following 2 years, I won the Columbine Award and Gaia Award for other submissions to Moondance. I don't know if she still does this, but at the time, Elizabeth English read and reviewed every submission in every single category, single handedly! That's quite a feat! Great job with Moondance, Elizabeth!