Just home from the fest. Thank you all for the kudos.
Great festival. Great to see Nathan again. Great to go to the gala. They have a panel of industry pros that you can ask questions. You can meet established Hollywood types, talk with up coming directors and write things for them... all sorts of opportunities. Great to sleep in the hotel where the first Academy Awards were held.
BHFF is one of my favorites. Love going. Highly recommend it.
Was in Sedona where we were in a virtual three-way tie for best short in audience choice. BTW, if you have a short or feature, they feed you like crazy at this fest and each film gets one paid hotel room for 6 nights. Nice SWAG bag, too.
Thanks for the comment on the film, Paul. I appreciate it.
For me with Richmond, it is Heather Waters. She is one of the honchos at Creative World Awards. She is a class act all the way around. She is communicative, and always in a timely manner. She's fair and does a great job with everything from my experience.
What Arizona event are you talking about? Last year I made top ten in the Phoenix Film Festival... took three years of entries to break in there. They're making a lot of noise for themselves and gaining some acclaim. We've entered our short film there. Hopefully I'll be attending this year.
If you have a film, we love the Prescott Film Festival.
For actual festivals with scripts, Rhode Island, Nantucket, and Beverly Hills.
Thanks for the well wishes, Paul. Always nice to be topping out on a contest. Of course, hitting refresh on my phone makes it difficult to keep an eye on Masters of Sex while waiting for the announcement.
As for the option and all that jazz, all I'm hearing everywhere these days is attachment, attachment, attachment. Going to have to accept more holiday invitations for parties in Beverly Hills I reckon.
Just back from the Sunscreen West Film Festival. It was the first Sunscreen in LA, though they have been going on the west coast of Florida for several years.
They have a screenwriting section as well as films. And for all you guys with shorts... they love shorts.
Turns out, we won for the short film that I wrote. While there's no major cash prize, the contacts and support events were amazing.
Tim Albaugh, a UCLA screenwriting instructor with his own production company, presented an amazing workshop, heavy on character development. That was worth our eight hour drive right there.
And the connections... awards night we ended up sitting with a banker from a major bank in film financing. He loved our film and asked that I stay in touch. Duh! That will happen.
The festival organizers were amazingly helpful, friendly and genuinely good people. I told them I would give you all a shout, given the exceptional treatment they gave us.
Did I mention fabulous after parties? I met Richard Botto - honcho of Stage 32, and Joey Tucci of Happy Writers (arranging Skype pitches with development people solo and via Stage 32). Both those guys are awesome and want to help.
So there you go. A thumbs up for future entry consideration for your scripts.
Write shorts. I wrote a few shorts, two of which did particularly well in these dang-fangled screenplay competitions. One day, I see a guy online looking for a writer for a film for his thesis... and he was offering a stipend, which to writers is code for eating Spam for another couple months.
I sent the shorts to him. He immediately optioned one... for fair money and hired me to write a short film for him... at a fair price for a short script.
We did twelve drafts on the phone. I know...
Turns out, this guy is really good. And we now have an award-winning short film. The short he optioned is going to be turned into a feature, and we have funding interest on two projects that we are developing together.
A few years ago, I turned up my nose at shorts. But don't. Find the contests and festivals (even better, methinks) that sanction short scripts and enter. You have to do something on your lunch hour.
Just a comment about Heather Waters of RIFF and CWA...
While making the initial finalist cut of RIFF, I was one of three shorts in consideration for the Media Industry Exchange. Heather contacted me about a rewrite opportunity for the contest, which had to be done immediately. Unfortunately, I was dealing with the imminent passing of my sister and I was just not able to meet the time frame for rewrite.
During this, the communication with Heather was impeccable. She was immediately response, helpful, compassionate and did every thing she could to assist my efforts.
My previous communications with Heather regarding CWA have always been prompt, informative and I always received whatever information I needed.
Heather is a gem. I would have no hesitation if the opportunity arose, to work with her in any capacity. As long as I am eligible, Richmond and CWA are on my list for "must submit."
I hope to be in Richmond next year, if not with a script, with an amazing short I wrote that is just about done with editing.
I called Limelight Media Group that works with BHFF. They said they'd be talking with the honchos later. About 20 minutes after that I got a call from Nino Simone, one of the main guys.
LA has a big convention in April and it messed up bookings. It's a go, but they've been finalizing venue details. The dates pushed back to May 8 - 12. The theater will change, possibly to the Chinese Theater. Then host hotel is in last detail phase.
As soon as they finalize details they'll be posting. Decisions have been made for finalists on screenplays and film. Just waiting to confirm mundane logistics, then we'll hear.
Had a nice chat with Nino. He and Adam Ottmar just got back from Japan where they are also having a BHFF.
They do run later than the WAB deadline, but this year is really late. When I e-mailed I wrote to "info" and aLSO Adam Ottmar, who was Johnny on the spot last year at the fest. Hopefully results or some e-mail soon.
I mentioned that airfares are rising as time passes. Hoping that to be a prompt.
It's a good fest with people to meet, connections to make and fun to have.