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WriteMovies Summer 2017 Screenwriting Competition

WriteMovies Screenwriting Competition

Contact

264 S. La Cienega Boulevard
Suite 1132
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
(206) 203-1256 (fax)

Web: Click here
Email: info@writemovies.com

Contact: John Sullivan, Competitions & Consulting Facilitator

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.2/5.0)
Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.3/5.0)
Feedback: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.3/5.0)
Signficance: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.8/5.0)
Report Cards: 72    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Objective

Thank you to everyone who has entered the contest so far, we’re really pleased with the screenplay submissions this time around! We’ve decided to extend a little longer to give teleplay and book writers a bigger chance in our “Book with the Best Screen Potential” and “Best Teleplay or Pilot” awards. As we only introduced those two new awards late in the contest, we’re extending the contest by two weeks to give writers more time to make the most of them! Further film screenplay submissions will also be welcome of course but we’re especially keen to extend our offerings for book and teleplay writers at this time to make the most of the judging capacity we’ve made available.

This way more authors and TV writers can take advantage of our “Book with the Best Screen Potential” and “Best Teleplay or Pilot” awards – since we’re pleased with the number of movie screenplays already submitted we’ll be focusing on submissions for the new prizes in these weeks.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Expired. Previous Deadline: 10/01/2017

Notification: Quarter-finalists: October 6th - Semi-finalists: October 20th - Winners: November 3rd

Rules

Entries must have cover sheet with contact info in order to be considered. Please see website for complete rules and guidelines.

“Book with Best Screen Potential” Award - The winner will get FREE Development Notes to help them adapt it to a screenplay or documentary (or to help them find a screenwriter who can), and a free re-entry to our next main contest for their redrafted work.

“Best Teleplay or Pilot” - The winner of this award will receive free Development Notes to help make their teleplay or pilot break through and a free re-entry to our next main contest for their redrafted work. With on-demand bringing the best shows into our homes whenever we want them, the appetite for scripted TV shows is massive.

Awards

  • Grand Prize: $2,000 in cash and guaranteed representation. 1 Full year of script mentoring for the winners, including development notes on all re-writes of winning scripts. Worth $3,200
  • Up to $1 million in option monies from the A-List producers we work with. If an established studio/production company with theatrical credits wishes to option the script, we will fly the winner to Los Angeles and pay (up to $4,000) for their accommodation. We will pitch the top three projects to relevant production companies (such as Neal Moritz Productions, Bruckheimer Films, Scott Rudin Prods.) and studios (Paramount, Warner Bros, Universal, etc.). You keep ALL the option/sales money up to $1m. The Grand Prize winner is also pitched to several literary agencies and management companies as well as non-US companies to increase the chances of a sale. We will pitch your script to companies such as CAA, ICM, William Morris Endeavor, ACME, The Gage Group, etc. The names of the top three winners and their projects are mentioned in press releases and on the web.
  • The second-place winner will receive our free Platinum consulting package.
  • The third-place winner will receive our free Gold consulting package. Intensive pitch coaching to help you get immediate attention and stand out as a pro amongst the hordes of wannabes.
  • InkTip: Where producers go for scripts and writers. Winners will receive an InkTip Script Listing and have their logline featured in InkTip Magazine so they can promote themselves and their scripts to InkTip’s entire network of producers, managers, and agents. InkTip Magazine is sent to over 15,000 producers and representatives. Companies who are InkTip members include: ABC, Anonymous Content, APA, CBS Films, HBO Films, ICM, Paradigm, Paramount Pictures, Hallmark Channel, FX, Universal, WME, Echo Lake, Zero Gravity, Bad Robot, 20th Century Fox, and many more. Producers have made more than 315 films from scripts and writers found through InkTip.s sent to over 15,000 producers and representatives.

WriteMovies Screenwriting Competition

Contact

264 S. La Cienega Boulevard
Suite 1132
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
(206) 203-1256 (fax)

Web: Click here
Email: info@writemovies.com

Contact: John Sullivan, Competitions & Consulting Facilitator

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.2/5.0)
Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.3/5.0)
Feedback: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.3/5.0)
Signficance: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.8/5.0)
Report Cards: 72    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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WriteMovies Screenwriting Competition

Contact

264 S. La Cienega Boulevard
Suite 1132
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
(206) 203-1256 (fax)

Web: Click here
Email: info@writemovies.com

Contact: John Sullivan, Competitions & Consulting Facilitator

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.2/5.0)
Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.3/5.0)
Feedback: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.3/5.0)
Signficance: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.8/5.0)
Report Cards: 72    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Contest News

WMC36 Quarterfinalists Announced

WriteMovies has announced quarterfinalist for their 36th Writing Contest from the nearly 1000 screenplays, books, plays, short stories and articles that were submitted. (UPDATED)

Updated: 08/22/2014

WMC Announces Contest Results

Cog and the Machine, by Harris Doran, has been named the winner of the lastest (WMC 35) WriteMovie Screenwriting Competition.

Updated: 07/11/2014

WMC Announces Contest Finalists

Finalists have been announced for the WriteMovies Screenwriting Competition.

Updated: 03/02/2014

WriteMovies Announces Contest #34 Semifinalists

Semifinalists have been announced for the WriteMovies Screenwriting Competition.

Updated: 02/13/2014

WriteMovies Hosts Contest Luncheon

Louise's Trattoria in Los Angeles played host to the WriteMovies winners' luncheon on December 12, 2011. Hosted by WriteMovies' Freddie DeLaVega, contest winners from France, Tennessee, New York and Los Angeles were in attendance to meet with industry experts and discuss their future and winning scripts. Also in attendance were former Universal Executive and Producer Peter Saphier, Chris Lockhart, Story Editor at WME, and Creative Executive for Mutual Film Co., Greg Rodgers.

Updated: 01/03/2012

WriteMovies Screenwriting Competition

Contact

264 S. La Cienega Boulevard
Suite 1132
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
(206) 203-1256 (fax)

Web: Click here
Email: info@writemovies.com

Contact: John Sullivan, Competitions & Consulting Facilitator

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.2/5.0)
Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.3/5.0)
Feedback: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.3/5.0)
Signficance: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.8/5.0)
Report Cards: 72    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Gil Christner

An interview with screenwriter Gil Christner regarding the WriteMovies.com Writing Competition.

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

A: "Death Takes A Vacation"

Simply stated, it's a comedy version of the premise for "Death Takes a Holiday" (later remade as "Meet Joe Black"):

The Angel of Death wants to take a weekend off, but the neurotic mortals at the Earthly resort he checks into have other plans for him, especially the moody Hotel Manager, who has been obsessed with the Grim Reaper all her life.

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

A: WriteMovies.com had one of the first deadlines in the calendar year, and seemed to have a good reputation (I checked every contest I entered on MovieBytes.com, something I highly recommend)! Also, the address, on The Lot in Hollywood, gave it an air of substantial solidity in my mind.

I entered 11 contests with this script, and it placed in 8 of them, including finalist in the Chesterfield Fellowship, Scriptapalooza, Script Pimp, and Honorable Mention in the Hollywood Script Symposium.

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: Great! I have nothing but high praise for Alex and the gang at WriteMovies.com.

They were very friendly and communicative, and the prize winners were treated to lunch on The Lot with some Producers to pick their brains.

Plus, WriteMovies.com follows up with extra perks, such as a newsletter sent to producers including my rep info plus any log lines and synopses of other scripts I have written.

Great people, great experience.

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

A: Nothing except they liked it.

Always think that's helpful!

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

A: Not this contest directly.

However, I had a conversation at an audition with a friend of mine telling him about winning this contest. A woman overheard me and told me she worked for a literary agent, and would be happy to read my script.

Long story short, I signed with that agent! Serendipitous!

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

A: I'm an actor (please see my professional website at www.gilchristner.com) and have been working in the business for 20 years.

I have two other screenplays. I also made my living writing short form comedy for the radio in the 90's.

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

A: Yes.

If you don't live here, move here, kids!

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

A: Polishing up "Jenny Swerdlow, Restaurant Detective."

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