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Message Date Posted: 10/05/2017 5:03 PM (27 of 27)

Frederick Mensch View This Topic Austin

Anyone going to Austin this year? I'll be attending as a panelist to discuss my HBO Film NIGHTINGALE in a session about "Singlular Settings:"

http://sched.co/CSKV

Other folks on the panel include Brian Nelson (Hard Candy), Chris Sparling (Buried), and Dwain Worrell (The Wall). It should be fun, so if you're there, be sure to say hello!


Message Date Posted: 04/02/2017 7:17 AM (26 of 27)

Frederick Mensch View This Topic LIMBO SCRIPT AWARDS

Hey, Patrick. This contest actually did submit a listing, which we've just posted:

https://www.moviebytes.com/ContestDetail.cfm?ContestNumber=6739

This conversation comes up every few months, but for the record, contest listings here should NOT be considered an endorsement, or any kind of validation at all. (I can't speak for FilmFreeway or WithoutABox, but I believe the same is true there.) We like to include listings for EVERYONE so users have a place to post their comments and report card evaluations.


Message Date Posted: 02/18/2017 8:49 AM (25 of 27)

Frederick Mensch View This Topic User Comments

As Patrick has noted, our Contest Comments are still alive and well. In fact, there's a link to all of them on the Main Menu of this page (above):

https://www.moviebytes.com/ContestComments.cfm

On the our individual contest listings pages, there's tab labeled, "Comments" where you'll find comments posted about that particular contest. Be default, comments are displayed for 12 months. After that, though, you can still see what was posted in the past by clicking the link to display older comments.


Message Date Posted: 02/10/2017 11:37 AM (24 of 27)

Frederick Mensch View This Topic Suggestion for Contest Queue tab

Thanks for your feedback, Patrick. Will consider ...


Message Date Posted: 06/28/2016 7:47 PM (23 of 27)

Frederick Mensch View This Topic PHONEY CONTESTS Alert

Myke: if we remove the contests with poor report cards or complaints (not all of which are legitimate, btw) how are writers going to know which contests have a bad reputation? I get into scraps all the time with contests that WANT me to remove their listing because of their bad reviews. We don't do that. I'm not as convinced as you, incidentally, are that a WAB or Film Freeway listing confers automatic legitimacy. I think you need to do your due diligence in any case.


Message Date Posted: 03/21/2016 9:39 AM (22 of 27)

Frederick Mensch View This Topic American Gem

>>> The effusive praise heaped upon this contest by Moviebytes

For the record, MovieBytes has never heaped effusive praise on this contest. We allow readers (including you) to share their experiences, positive or negative. I assume that's what you're referring to. If you have complaints, I'd encourage you to post a contest comment for the record, since not all contestants are going to review this message board:

Post an American Gem Contest Comment


Message Date Posted: 02/27/2016 9:27 AM (21 of 27)

Frederick Mensch View This Topic Rate contests accountability and reliability

David: when you say readers, do you mean the folks who be given the finalists or winners scripts? Or do you mean readers who are actually judging the entries? The preliminary readers are crucially important to a well-run contest, but I don't think too many contests, even the best, actually reveal their names.


Message Date Posted: 02/25/2016 3:22 PM (20 of 27)

Frederick Mensch View This Topic Rate contests accountability and reliability

David: for the reasons I've mentioned, I don't think it's a good idea to remove the "questionable" contests because our readers would no longer have a place to hold those contests accountable. So those contests would continue to solicit entries elsewhere, and no one would be the wiser because they're not listed on MovieBytes.

Also, knowing which contests to remove is trickier than it sounds. Everyone hates extended deadlines and missed announcements dates, but that behavior is more commonly a case of administrative incompetence than fraudulent intent.


Message Date Posted: 02/24/2016 2:48 PM (19 of 27)

Frederick Mensch View This Topic Rate contests accountability and reliability

>>> If they don't improve after a warning, then they should be removed.

We wouldn't have to issue a warning. Bad contests want to be removed from our listings so that writers don't have any place to read about their bad behavior. That's why I get into the occasional spat with contests that want to be taken off the site. As long as they're still accepting entries, I leave them in the database.


Message Date Posted: 02/23/2016 6:56 AM (18 of 27)

Frederick Mensch View This Topic Rate contests accountability and reliability

Dee Dee: indeed, star ratings are not enough, which is why we allow our readers to post contest comments as well as report cards.

For better or worse, our objective has always been to be the most comprehensive source of screenwriting contest info on the 'net. That means we post listings for as many contests as possible - good, bad, or indifferent - and we allow our readers to weigh-in with reports cards and comments. I get a LOT of heat from contest coordinators who are upset about the comments that get posted, and they sometimes actually insist that I remove their listing from our database, just as you're suggesting. I don't do that, though, because I think it's important to provide a a well-organized destination where writers can share their experiences, especially if those experiences were not as advertised.

I understand your desire for me to play the role of contest cop, but I really don't have the resources to do that effectively. You may think it's easy to identify which contests are "scammers", but its one thing to have an opinion, and another thing to act as judge and jury. My biggest concern about removing questionable contests from the database (beyond the informational vacuum that creates) is the implicit endorsement that suggests for the contests that remain. I don't want to be in the position of endorsing (or condemning) contests with whom I have very little or no first hand experience.


Message Date Posted: 02/20/2016 12:37 AM (17 of 27)

Frederick Mensch View This Topic Rate contests accountability and reliability

Be sure to submit report cards for all the contests you enter. The fourth question on our report card survey asks:

Was the contest run professionally? Were deadlines met? Were inquiries handled in a courteous and timely manner?

We use the answers to this question to help formulate the "Professionalism" rating that each contest is given from one to five stars. You can sort the contests in our database by this rating by selecting the "Sort by Professionalism" option from the filter form at the top of the page.


Message Date Posted: 12/10/2015 5:30 PM (16 of 27)

Frederick Mensch View This Topic nightingale

Thanks, Bill. I appreciate that. It's been very gratifying to get the kind of exposure we've gotten for the film. It's a lesson for everyone, I think, in terms of not second-guessing the marketplace. Write the movie you want to write.


Message Date Posted: 09/21/2015 8:45 PM (15 of 27)

Frederick Mensch View This Topic American Gem Competition

Got an email from the contest today saying they'd announced their 1st qualifying round results next Monday, Sept. 28th.


Message Date Posted: 08/18/2015 7:24 AM (14 of 27)

Frederick Mensch View This Topic How to report a scam contest?

We encourage users to post concerns in the “Contests Comments” section of any contest listed on MovieBytes, or in the Message Board for any contests that aren’t listed. We don’t usually create a new listing for a contest that seems questionable, but we don’t remove listings that already online. We’ll usually leave them in place so users have a place to post their comments.


Message Date Posted: 06/10/2015 8:55 PM (13 of 27)

Frederick Mensch View This Topic Nightingale

Hey, if you get HBO, please watch my movie Nightingale! It premiered on May 29th, and will be a "featured presentation" for a few more weeks:

http://www.hbo.com/movies/nightingale.html

Response to the film has been really gratifying, particularly this review from the front page the NY Times Weekend Arts section:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/29/arts/television/review-david-oyelowo-going-mad-in-nightingale.html?_r=0

We were also featured in Time Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, People, TV Guide, and The Alantic. Not bad for a one-character, one-location art film!


Message Date Posted: 05/31/2015 5:59 PM (12 of 27)

Frederick Mensch View This Topic Competitions not on MovieBytes

The larger point is that we're willing to add contests that aren't currently listed, so don't game the system. Either ask the contest to submit our new contest submission form, or send me the contest name, website address, and email address, and I'll add their info manually. (For a variety of reasons, it's much better if the contest submits directly, but not all of them cooperate in this way.)


Message Date Posted: 05/30/2015 1:03 PM (11 of 27)

Frederick Mensch View This Topic Competitions not on MovieBytes

Come on, Steve. Posting results for contests that you haven't entered in mis-leading, and it's wrong. Please remove those results immediately. If you contact me with information about the actual contests you HAVE won, I'll get a listing added for that contest, even if it's just a "stub" that I enter myself. This will allow you to post legitimate results. (Send me the URL of the contest, and an email address.)


Message Date Posted: 01/23/2015 8:50 AM (10 of 27)

Frederick Mensch View This Topic Nashville

FYI, they've extended their deadline until the end of the month, and Southwest is now offering $100 flight vouchers to finalists.


Message Date Posted: 12/17/2014 1:18 PM (9 of 27)

Frederick Mensch View This Topic Chicago Screenplay Contest

Interesting, distressing article from DNFInfo Chicago:

ChicagoScreenplay Contest Unravels Amid Accusations, Complaints


Message Date Posted: 12/12/2014 11:31 PM (8 of 27)

Frederick Mensch View This Topic Chicago Screenplay Contest

FYI, the Chicago Screenplay Contest has discontinued operations as of today.


Message Date Posted: 12/06/2014 9:29 PM (7 of 27)

Frederick Mensch View This Topic Show Your Face!

  Originally Posted by Patrick Gamble:


Hi Fred I was just going to check if you change your image does it update change your pic retrospectively for all past messages posted.


Yes, it does. Your signature, too, will be applied retroactively. If you click the REPLY TO MESSAGE link, the message you're referencing will be quoted in your message. If you're replying to the topic, but not to any particular message, you can either delete the quote or click the REPLY TO TOPIC button at the bottom of the messages.


Message Date Posted: 12/06/2014 9:25 AM (6 of 27)

Frederick Mensch View This Topic Show Your Face!

Hey, folks. As you can see, we've spruced up the message board a bit to display a profile photo with each message, along with a personal signature. You can also apply simple formatting to your message text. Simply highlight the text you'd like to format, then click the appropriate formatting button. If you're accessing the site on your mobile phone you won't see the formatting options, but the board itself should be much easier to navigate.

If you'd like to post a photo or create a signature for yourself, click here. You can use the formatting codes to include links to the your IMBD page, or a personal site or blog.


Message Date Posted: 11/18/2014 4:16 PM (5 of 27)

Frederick Mensch View This Topic Anyone had experience with Bankable scripts contest.

FYI, Bankable Scripts has announced on their website that they're discontinuing the competition.


Message Date Posted: 10/28/2014 10:10 PM (4 of 27)

Frederick Mensch View This Topic Anyone entering the Launch Pad Contest?

For the record, MovieBytes does in fact have listings for both the Launch Pad feature and Launch Pad Pilot competitions:;

Launch Pad Screenwriting Competition

Launch Pad Pilot Competition


Message Date Posted: 10/28/2014 9:52 PM (3 of 27)

Frederick Mensch View This Topic Anyone had experience with Bankable scripts contest.

Marjory: as long as a contest is still active, we prefer to leave the listing active so that users can share their experiences through the interviews and contest comments that we post. Otherwise the contest just disappears here while continuing to solicit entries elsewhere.


Message Date Posted: 10/27/2014 9:32 PM (2 of 27)

Frederick Mensch View This Topic Anyone had experience with Bankable scripts contest.

Patrick:

We just posted an interview with their "first cycle" winner:

MovieBytes Interview: Screenwriter Gary Sherwood


Message Date Posted: 05/09/2014 7:48 PM (1 of 27)

Frederick Mensch View This Topic Nightingale

Hey, folks. If you're in L.A. next month please consider attending the June 17th L.A. Film Festival premier of my film NIGHTINGALE, directed by Elliott Lester and starring David Oyelowo:

http://filmguide.lafilmfest.com/tixSYS/2014/xslguide/eventnote.php?EventNumber=0833

This is a script I posted and sold through the Black List site, so I can attest to the value of their service. That said, your mileage may vary.