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WriteMovies Spring 2017 Screenwriting Competition

WriteMovies Screenwriting Competition

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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 (3.1/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.2/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.9/5.0)
Signficance: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.6/5.0)
Report Cards: 114    
Have you entered this contest?
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Objective

After the success of our 2016 contests, we are delighted to announce the WriteMovies Spring 2017 Screenwriting Competition! We took a careful review this time of what writers value most about our competitions and how we can ensure that every submission gets several script professionals' oversight before any judgment is passed. We've also suspended entries for French and German language scripts until we can improve our marketing presence in those languages.

So now there's$1500 available in prize money plus over $3000 in script development available from us - so that we can promise to continue to develop and promote three winners to the top of the international film industry, through the writing company with the strongest track record of delivering success to its winning entries – us. Hundreds of writers have found representation and many have had their scripts produced through our competitions since 1999. Screenplays, teleplays and pilot scripts are all welcomed.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Deadline Date Entry Fee Days till Deadline
Early Bird March 12, 2017 $29
Standard April 2, 2017 $39 7
Late April 23, 2017 $49 28
Extended Late May 14, 2017 $59 49

Flat Fee for Books: $59.

Free entry is available for anyone who orders a consultancy package. These include Judging Feedback (3-4 pages at $99), Studio Consultancies(4-5 pages at $129), Development Notes (7-8 pages of in-depth analysis at $199), and Elite Consultancy (your chance to talk to an industry professional for just $399). Finally, you can get a Studio Consultancy, Development Notes, and free contest entry for just $229 with our Deluxe Package. http://writemovies.com/consulting-for-writers/

Notification: (Subject to change) Quarter-finalists: June 9th - Semi-finalists: June 23rd - Winners: July 7th

Rules

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

Awards

  • Grand Prize: $1,000 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 $300 is cash and our free Platinum consulting package.
  • The third-place winner will receive $200 and 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.

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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 (3.1/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.2/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.9/5.0)
Signficance: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.6/5.0)
Report Cards: 114    
Have you entered this contest?
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 (3.1/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.2/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.9/5.0)
Signficance: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.6/5.0)
Report Cards: 114    
Have you entered this contest?
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 (3.1/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.2/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.9/5.0)
Signficance: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.6/5.0)
Report Cards: 114    
Have you entered this contest?
Please submit a Report card.

Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Eddie Yaroch

An interview with screenwriter Eddie Yaroch regarding the WriteMovies Writing Competition.


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

A: "A Ghost Story Of Christmas"

I took "A Christmas Carol," modernized it with married professional ghost hunters and equipment, ala "The Conjuring," and added goblins from Dickens' "Pickwick Papers."

The twist is that Scrooge's former fiancee, Belle, is one of the ghost hunters. She and her husband run a carnival that is about to be taken away from them unless they and their spirit-seeing dog, Casper, help Scrooge with his ghost problems.

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

A: Write Movies Contest (WMC) has an excellent report card on your site. Plus, there were two categories: Monthly and WMC36. Ironically, I entered the Monthly contest by mistake and that's where I won Third Place!

I've entered over 15 other contests, including WMC36, and am awaiting the results.

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

A: WMC was having all kinds of website issues while I was trying to enter. It took a week of efforts to finally get entered. That cost me missing the early deadline so my fee increased, but, like I said, the glitches may have led me to inadvertently enter the Monthly contest and end up placing Third. No complaints!

Q: How long did it take you to write the script? Did you write an outline beforehand? How many drafts did you write?

A: After writing an outline, it took about a month of evenings and weekends to write in longhand. There's only one draft, but that longhand version has scribbles, crossouts, arrows, footnotes and sweat stains galore. I don't tend to spit it all out and fix later. Crazy as it sounds, I fix as I go. Then it's tweaking and spellcheck and rephrasing.

Q: What kind of software did you use to write the script, if any? What other kinds of writing software do you use?

A: Movie Magic software. It does the trick and not that expensive.

Q: Do you write every day? How many hours per day?

A: No no no. I am actually a San Diego actor who writes occasionally when the muse strikes, which so far has been seven times for feature screenplays and a one-act play. Right now, the muse is telling me to adapt "A Ghost Story Of Christmas" into a madcap play with a handful of brilliant comic actors.

Q: Do you ever get writer's block? If so, how do you deal with that?

A: When I get stuck, I go for a long walk. Ideas seem to loosen themselves up and bubble to the surface. Hot showers are good, too. The water bill goes up when I'm writing, which is not good in southern CA.

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

A: I have a BFA in Theatre from the University of MN-Duluth. The first thing I wrote (after my one-act about domestic violence) was a spec pilot script called "Up Down Under." It was at the height of "Crocodile Dundee" mania and my pilot was about an Australian foreign exchange student living with an American family like the Cosbys.

I then wrote a spec "Tales From The Crypt" that dealt with superstitions and a cursed town under the spell of a black cat.

Then it was six full-length screenplays over the years. One of them, "Class President," I produced and directed on 35MM in a small town in South Dakota for $137,000 (loans, maxed credit cards and investors).

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

A: Not if I can avoid it. San Diego is a nice distance and I can visit LA, if needed.

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

A: The play version of AGSOC, just in time for Christmas!

Posted Tuesday, July 15, 2014