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Acclaim Film

Acclaim Film

Contact

300 Central Avenue
Suite 501
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Web: http://acclaimscripts.com
Email: info@acclaimscripts.com

Contact: Frank Drouzas, Coordinator

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.2/5.0)
Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.4/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Signficance: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.4/5.0)
Report Cards: 23    
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Objective

To introduce writers to the decision makers in film and multimedia markets. Top script receives $1,000 and ALL competition winners and finalists will earn the chance to have their scripts read by established production companies and agents.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Expired. Previous Deadline: 06/24/2017

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Rules

  • Open to all writers 18 and over.
  • Work must be original material of the author(s).
  • Must not be sold or optioned at time of submission.
  • Multiple entries may be submitted by author(s).
  • Include separate form for each entry.
  • Author(s) must sign entry form for eligibility.
  • Feature length scripts of any genre accepted.
  • Format and bind your script according to industry standards.
  • WGA registration is recommended but not required.
  • Scripts will not be returned. Do not send originals.
  • Electronic submissions accepted

Awards

First Place, $1,000.

Acclaim Film

Contact

300 Central Avenue
Suite 501
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Web: http://acclaimscripts.com
Email: info@acclaimscripts.com

Contact: Frank Drouzas, Coordinator

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.2/5.0)
Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.4/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Signficance: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.4/5.0)
Report Cards: 23    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Acclaim Film

Contact

300 Central Avenue
Suite 501
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Web: http://acclaimscripts.com
Email: info@acclaimscripts.com

Contact: Frank Drouzas, Coordinator

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.2/5.0)
Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.4/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Signficance: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.4/5.0)
Report Cards: 23    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Contest News

Acclaim Names 2017 TV and Film Contest Winners

Cara Hanson's romantic comedy Fourth Down and Love took top honors in the Acclaim feature screenplay category, while Josh Bressler's Playing By Ear, a pilot centered around a jazz genius, won the pilot/MOW contest. Matt Kenny's TV spec for Archer, Registered Sexy Offender won the TV spec contest.

Updated: 07/18/2017

Acclaim Film Names Fall/Winter 2016 Contest Winners

FLAWED by Alma Murray Dunham has been named the winner of the Fall/Winter 2016 Acclaim Film Screenwriting Competition.

Updated: 02/18/2017

Acclaim Names Spring/Summer 2016 Film Script Winners

Blood Trigger by Ron Podell has been named the winner of the 2016 Acclaim Film Script Competition.

Updated: 08/09/2016

Acclaim Names Fall/Winter 2015 Screenplay Winners

MENAGERIE, by Diana Mitchell & Linda Mitchell, has been named the winner of the 2015 Fall/Winter Acclaim Screenwriting Competition.

Updated: 04/12/2016

Acclaim Names 2015 Spring/Summer Film & TV Contest Winners

Acclaim has announced their Film and TV Contest Winners for Spring/Summer 2015.

Updated: 08/18/2015

Acclaim Film

Contact

300 Central Avenue
Suite 501
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Web: http://acclaimscripts.com
Email: info@acclaimscripts.com

Contact: Frank Drouzas, Coordinator

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.2/5.0)
Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.4/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Signficance: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.4/5.0)
Report Cards: 23    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Jim Beck

An interview with screenwriter Jim Beck regarding the Acclaim Film Writing Competition.

Q: What's the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what's it about?

A: From the onset of this idea, I decided to name the script "Virgil," because everything that happens in the story relates to the title character.

This is easily my hardest script to pitch because there isn't an immediate and clear "hook." The story sounds very basic -- "a mild-mannered man takes the law into his own hands." If I was to read this logline from someone else, the word "dullsville" would pop into my head.

There are countless vigilante stories and that's exactly what this is. What I tried to do, though, is show how a normal individual might evolve into such a persona, but not because he has had some great tragedy like his family being killed. Instead of basing the story on revenge or being afraid for his own life, Virgil becomes a vigilante out of circumstance and desire. He is simply in the right place at the right time, which allows him to do a good deed by saving a young girl's life, and this one event instills him with confidence and self-righteousness. So he decides to find out just how far he can go.

Q: What made you enter this particular contest? Have you entered any other contests with this script? If so, how did you do?

A: Acclaim was the first contest that Virgil has been in. In fact, Acclaim was the first contest that I've entered ANY script into in the past four years (I've been working on getting a few projects produced).

I finished the first draft at the very end of last year (literally on Dec 31st) but immediately moved onto another project. I decided to enter this first draft into a few contests to see what its strengths and weaknesses were. This is why I was so surprised that it placed second.

Virgil has been entered into one or two other contests, if memory serves me, but those have not announced any finalists or winners yet.

Q: Were you satisfied with the adminstration of the contest? Did they meet their deadlines? Did you receive all the awards that were promised?

A: Honestly, I had forgotten about the contest until I received a book in the mail as one of the awards for placing, at which point I said "What the hell is this? Who would send me a screenwriting book?" I did have a week old e-mail from them, but my trusty e-mail filter did its job. Good filter.

So as far as I know, yes they did a superb job.

Q: Were you given any feedback on your script? If so, did you find the feedback helpful?

A: Yes, I was given feedback. It was mostly positive, so I'm not sure if the notes will help me improve the script. But that's not a bad thing because what it tells me is that the script is a viable project that I should continue to pursue.

Also, I have to say that what I really liked about the feedback is that it was clear that the script had been read by someone who paid attention, which was demonstrated by a couple of real examples from the script. This impressed me because when I had been in other companies' contests a few year ago, the feedback (if there was any) usually consisted of five or six "description words" like fun, daring, intriguing, etc. ... and they often got facts wrong about the story or characters, even if they liked it. Hint to others: do not give your readers a case of Red Bull before they read a script.

Q: Has your success in this contest helped you market your script? Were you contacted by any agents, managers or producers?

A: No one has contacted me yet, but it's only been a week. I realize that since the logline is very basic, getting attention from someone who has not read the script will be an uphill battle. Virgil may end up being known as the Rodney Dangerfield of script submissions.

Q: What's your background? Have you written any other screenplays or television scripts?

A: Oh God, yes. Too many, in my opinion. But I was a late bloomer. It took me several scripts just to find "my voice." Most of my scripts are genre ones, like horror or light sci-fi. I've also written a Family Guy episode but have not done anything with that yet.

No one wants to hear me glorify my ego by pitching my other stuff in this interview, so I'll leave it at that.

Q: Do you live in Los Angeles? If not, do you have any plans to move there?

A: I'm a transplant from Arizona and live in the "Los Angeles area." But no one in L.A. really calls it "living" ... we are "surviving."

Q: What's next? Are you working on a new script?

A: I am rewriting a horror script right now, which I plan to use in query letters to (hopefully) land an agent. After that, my next two scripts are best described as a new take on the zombie genre and a retelling of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

In the meantime, I am waiting to hear from a production company that I have been working with to find out if my first credited film is going to get distribution. Things are looking good, and the interested party may also want one or two of our other projects. So ... woohoo.

Posted Saturday, August 23, 2008