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Contest: Reel Writers[Post New Comment re: Reel Writers]

Tammy Gross Author: Tammy Gross Posted: 04/01/2015 01:49 PM
As founder of this contest, I'm happy to see positive comments from those who've embraced the intent of the contest, which clearly concentrates on more than just story. I'm troubled to see negative comments from contestants who chose to air their grievances here publicly rather than to the contest administrators who, given the chance, could have addressed the concerns.

If your intent is to just get a "win" then this isn't the contest for you. RW operates like many other contests, yet with an added emphasis on the presentation of the script. The first 15 pages are so important that if they aren't great, a Hollywood reader won't read the whole thing. Thus much of the judging criteria concentrates on the early pages & the level of "polish," which does include some minutiae.

In the 2015 revamping of the contest, every judge reads every word of the screenplays they're assigned. Without exception. Just as was the case in past cycles for Round 3, the scoring is set up in such a way that a judge can't "fake" it with a partial read.

And every judge is an industry professional. Not a professional "reader."

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Contest: BlueCat Contest[Post New Comment re: BlueCat Contest]

Patrick Gamble Author: Patrick Gamble Posted: 03/30/2015 07:18 PM
Your comments really hit the nail on the head with some issues with this contest. I got some really positive feedback and I felt I was a shoe in for some major prize. I entered three scripts and entered them twice and for two of them, I followed the advice from the first feedback and got glowing feedback for the second reviews. But no progress at all into the top 10%. I don't enter these contests just to get some warm fuzzies but to win or atleast get a place.

Maybe my work isn't up to the standard to be in the top 10% but if that's the case I'd like some indication that it falls short cause of X, Y and Z and not some glowing feedback that eludes me to believe I'm onto a winner. That's just plain cruel

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Contest: BlueCat Contest[Post New Comment re: BlueCat Contest]

Robert Brody Author: Robert Brody Posted: 03/29/2015 12:37 PM
My screenplay was the Gold Prize winner at page, 1st Place winner at Fresh Voices and top 3 at Final Draft Big Break. Due to the win at Page, I now have management and am getting those studio reads we all hope for, so I'm very happy these last few months! The SAME script was entered into Bluecat. I received feedback on schedule, but the quality of the feedback was poor. It was a few paragraphs that basically said my script was WELL DONE and there was little to criticize. The reader went on to make a couple of technical notes and that was that. As someone who has done professional reading/editing, the notes were as far from professional as I could imagine. I was then offered the "chance" to resubmit my screenplay for a 2nd full charge. Hmmmmmmm. EVERYONE gets the chance to PAY TWICE based on some very crude notes? Has anyone ever seen real script coverage? It can be 10 pages or more. Who thinks that they could follow 1/3 page of crude notes and elevate their material significantly? Most submitted scripts are not even close to professional level. That's the reality. But many will simply pay twice thinking they have a chance. Other contests ONLY allow re-submissions to finalists. That makes sense. Taking money from the others is just that: Taking money. Bluecat may be able to help you, but I suggest entering contests like Page or Final Draft to see where you stand. Those are career changing contests as is Nichols. In Bluecat I did not resubmit. And since I got primarily positive feedback, what was there to resubmit? I got as far as the quarter finals. It didn't matter as Bluecat could do nothing for me. The bigger contests already got me management, which is the whole point.Still, I was mildly annoyed to only get that far with a script that had done so well with bigger contests. So consider carefully where you enter. The 2nd submission "open to all" is a poor system and seems to exist as a revenue generator overall. Finally, check those success stories! Contests like Page have some heavy duty results that are unmatched. Even getting into the semi-finals of Page can get you attention. Finally...I should say this...You may have written a best screenplay about zombies and get two readers who hate zombies. That's it! You're done! So even good material doesn't always get to the final rounds. Best of luck to all!

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Contest: Moondance[Post New Comment re: Moondance]

Patrick Gamble Author: Patrick Gamble Posted: 03/17/2015 10:56 PM
I entered this a few years back and as well as having to send a hard copy, I sent it from Australia which was a lot of money to send. I'd probably only consider entering again if you could upload online and the cost was more competitive

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Contest: Moondance[Post New Comment re: Moondance]

Bettina Moss Author: Bettina Moss Posted: 03/17/2015 02:25 PM
I never received anything other than a confused email from them in response to my inquiry as to whether or not they had in fact received my submission. This is an expensive competition ($75) AND you have to submit a hard copy. I had to initiate all communication. They could never verify what happened to my submission (and of course didn't offer to return the fee). They may have wonderful intentions but they seem to be terribly organized and horribly run. For this hefty a submission fee they need to get their act together.

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Contest: Screenplay Festival[Post New Comment re: Screenplay Festival]

James Jackson Author: James Jackson Posted: 03/16/2015 07:36 AM
Is that Chris Mundy in the listed 2015 finalists the same Chris Mundy that's a writer-producer? Interesting title. I'd like to know what the log line is.

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Contest: Wildsound[Post New Comment re: Wildsound]

Kim Godfrey-Hempsall Author: Kim Godfrey-Hempsall Posted: 03/13/2015 04:54 AM
After writing my first teleplay I entered it into several festivals with the intention of gaining feedback to better my script. As a first-timer, I wasn't overly confident with my abilities. After entering my pilot (Eraser) into WildSound I was extremely surprised and grateful to discover that I had won a live reading. The confidence boost was incredible. Not only did they provide me with some of the best constructive feedback I have received from competitions to date, they understood the direction I was taking with the my concept and the tone I was attempting to create far better than any other reader. Mathew also offered me the opportunity to deliver another rewrite with consideration to their feedback which I was extremely for. The reading itself was immensely satisfying. Not only were the actors professional and respectful to the characters, they seemed to have been cast somewhat based on the character descriptions too!

For anyone starting out, I cannot recommend a better competition to enter. Since rewriting my script based on their constructive criticism I have placed in a handful of semifinals and finals that I don't believe I would have reached without their feedback and continued support.

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Contest: FilmMakers[Post New Comment re: FilmMakers]

Patrick Gamble Author: Patrick Gamble Posted: 03/12/2015 04:09 AM
Hi

I sometimes find these web sites confusing but I was going to enter FilmMakers and was not aware that it had another competition finishing up now. The DEtails page indicates the REgular deadline is 30 April

PAtrick

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Contest: FilmMakers[Post New Comment re: FilmMakers]

Robert Rogers Author: Robert Rogers Posted: 03/11/2015 10:21 AM
Several years ago I bought a book at Barnes & Noble about screenwriting. Today, I'm in the semifinals of one of the most prestigious festivals in the world; Film Makers International Screenwriting Contest. I've entered dozens of contests, and have received several awards for my writing. Now that I've made final edits to my play, "Hell on Neptune", I can't wait to see if I've made the finals. And if I do, movie theaters better add seatbelts. Because I'm going to rock their socks off.

(LOGLINE: An Army brat discovers who he is, and a weapon anyone would kill to get. That weapon ... is a ray gun.)

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Contest: Wildsound[Post New Comment re: Wildsound]

Patrick Gamble Author: Patrick Gamble Posted: 03/10/2015 01:38 AM
Hi

I can see there is a lot of positive feedback regarding Wildsound. My experience was ho hum.

Firstly I entered in December just before Xmas to take advantage of a special. I followed the instructions to the T and sent off my script. I didn't hear from anyone for weeks and weeks and when I contacted them and after a alot of emails they said they never received my screenplay but received my payment. The script - I finally found out - ended up in their spam folder and was lost. I was told I'd get the feedback by the end of January.

Mid February no feedback. I contacted them and they told me they'd sent it. Now I work at a University and I know every piece of email I get and what ends up in the spam folder. I'm not saying it was never sent its just that my track record to date for losing emails is well - just this one.Anyways it was resent.

So after all that chasing up I finally received the wildsound feedback. The feedback indicates the reader read everything. Found the feedback OKAY - not great but OKAY. Had a couple of suggestions on improving and mentioned need to fix up grammar. Overall I'll probably not re-use this service unless its on special. The feedback was average and the technical issues on their end were too numerous.

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Contest: Wildsound[Post New Comment re: Wildsound]

VerLynn Kneifl Author: VerLynn Kneifl Posted: 03/08/2015 05:36 PM
Okay. I admit it. Co-author Laurie Larsen and I were a little skeptical. We weren't convinced WILDsound could do an effective table reading of our screenplay with a limited cast. They absolutely blew us away. They came up with an amazing presentation using two talented professional actors as the main characters and three playing revolving roles. As an added bonus, the administrator is extremely helpful and responds promptly to questions. This is the overall best experience we've ever had with a contest.

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Contest: Script Pipeline Screenplay[Post New Comment re: Script Pipeline Screenplay]

Quinn Dewsbury Author: Quinn Dewsbury Posted: 03/08/2015 08:36 AM
The Kids from Nowhere George Guthridge & Deborah Schildt USA

No help.

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Contest: Script Pipeline Screenplay[Post New Comment re: Script Pipeline Screenplay]

Patrick Gamble Author: Patrick Gamble Posted: 03/07/2015 04:08 AM
I've only heard of people who have been successful on their first attempt. Congrats. Sadly the rest of us will die trying.

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Contest: Script Pipeline Screenplay[Post New Comment re: Script Pipeline Screenplay]

George Guthridge Author: George Guthridge Posted: 03/04/2015 10:00 PM
I thought I would comment about someone's comment here that "Not in a million years" would someone place in a competition with a first effort. Well: I had no training except for two books I purchased and no one to help me, but I wrote my first (and, to date) only screenplay and entered a dozen of the contests I found on MovieBytes. In 2013 I won four competitions and was one of five finalists in a fifth. On one of the competitions I was given a two weeks' vacation for two in a resort. Alas, I wasn't able to go.

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Contest: Beverly Hills Screenplay[Post New Comment re: Beverly Hills Screenplay]

andrea Parker Author: andrea Parker Posted: 02/28/2015 06:36 PM
I entered and was not one of the winners or finalists. I did appreciate the comp. membership to ISA. I had to email to get my feedbacks but received them after asking. The feedback was helpful.

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Contest: ScreenCraft Short[Post New Comment re: ScreenCraft Short]

Taylor Albertson Author: Taylor Albertson Posted: 02/28/2015 11:21 AM
Just got my feedback and I love the way it was structured. They scored it overall, and then showed me how I scored in the subcategories that made up the total score: theme, characterization, dialogue, etc.

Good feedback.

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Contest: Wildsound 1st Scene[Post New Comment re: Wildsound 1st Scene]

Megan Bickel Author: Megan Bickel Posted: 02/26/2015 07:48 AM
A great experience! This was the first contest I ever entered and I picked the right one! The feedback was wonderfully helpful and spot on, the administrator was responsive, and I was thrilled with the table read of my winning scene. What a rush to see my writing come to life! I'd recommend this contest for new and seasoned writers.

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Contest: Emerging Screenwriters[Post New Comment re: Emerging Screenwriters]

Patrick Gamble Author: Patrick Gamble Posted: 02/23/2015 04:44 AM
Congratulations Phil. I've entered a lot of competitions in 2014 - usually only made the Quarters if that but have noticed the Third Bomb has done well in a lot of the ones I've entered.

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Contest: Emerging Screenwriters[Post New Comment re: Emerging Screenwriters]

Phil Parker Author: Phil Parker Posted: 02/21/2015 06:51 PM
My script THE THIRD BOMB won 5th place and $2,000 USD in 2014. Of course I am excited, but I should also note that I received my feedback from them within a good amount of time. The notes were thorough and professional and have helped improve my script beyond the version that won in 2014.

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Contest: Talentville[Post New Comment re: Talentville]

Patrick Gamble Author: Patrick Gamble Posted: 02/15/2015 05:01 PM
Two problems with this site I experienced - (1)you can get soul destroying review from some idiot who has no idea what they are talking about; (2) you can then get one of their 'citizens' endorse the soul destroying review by rating the review highly without even reading your script. The system is flawed but no one wants to address it.

On the flip side some competitions which offer feedback can give you the warm fuzzies and tell you how wonderful your script is without addressing any issues with the script. Writer thinks he or her has the perfect script until they find out they don't even make it into the quarter finals.

Guess something in the middle is best. But problem with talentville is some peers have zero empathy and zero idea what they are talking about

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Contest: Talentville[Post New Comment re: Talentville]

Brian Whiteman Author: Brian Whiteman Posted: 02/14/2015 02:51 PM
From my own personal experience of this contest - it really can't be called a competition - this contest, is very poor. The feedback is provided by other users of the site and can vary from a few lines to full indepth notes.

Unfortunately though, having someone actually provide you with feedback can be a problem as a "member" of the site must be prepared to give you feedback. There is a group of "members" who will judge if you are worthy of their feedback, and if they don't believe you measure up, will not provide you with any feedback. I know someone who purchased feedback on the site and is still waiting over a year later for this.

As I say, from my personal experiences, I would avoid this at all costs.

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Contest: WeScreenplay[Post New Comment re: WeScreenplay]

Phillip Hardy Author: Phillip Hardy Posted: 02/10/2015 08:13 PM
Congratulations to Jeffrey Van Davis for his fine work on Heidegger In Ruins.

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Contest: Beverly Hills Screenplay[Post New Comment re: Beverly Hills Screenplay]

Julius Nicky Author: Julius Nicky Posted: 02/10/2015 01:01 PM
I am a real person. Nicholas Julius, writer, "The Mythfitz."

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Contest: Beverly Hills Screenplay[Post New Comment re: Beverly Hills Screenplay]

Chris Tipton Author: Chris Tipton Posted: 02/05/2015 11:44 PM
Connie,

I sympathize with your frustration.

However, I felt obligated to post/reply regarding some of the content of your original post.

As prior noted, I'm the winner of a feature-length category. While I realize that there are a total of nine different categories in that arena, I received no contact from you prior to your posted comments about the contest.

Also, you made comments regarding winners not being on Moviebytes and implying that the names were fictional.

Both of those posts were made the day the list and contest results went out. There was little or no time for any person(s) to reply to any inquiry before your postings.

I cannot speak for any communication attempts you made with the contest, it's director or staff. However, as you see, I reply when I have the time.

For what it's worth, I received my notice from the BHSC that day and and a brief e-mail exchange with reply a few hours later.

Thus far, my experience is a pleasant one and as expected. Is it possible you're contacting the wrong address? I noticed in your latest post the work, "The Raven's Treasure" which you mention listed in the Romance category.

Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest does not have a Romance category.

Nevertheless, I remain available for any questions, comments or thoughts regarding this contest with you or anyone else who ventures to this page.

Sincerely,

Chris

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Contest: Beverly Hills Screenplay[Post New Comment re: Beverly Hills Screenplay]

Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 02/05/2015 05:16 AM
I just looked at the Winning Features & one of my screenplays is still there -- Romance --"The Raven's Treasure"

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Contest: Nicholl Fellowships[Post New Comment re: Nicholl Fellowships]

Brendan Shapiro Author: Brendan Shapiro Posted: 02/04/2015 10:57 PM
One would think that considering the pedigree of the sponsor, that out of 125 winning scripts in the last 25 years that the screenplays that were produced as movies would have recognizable titles. Truth is, few hit movies have been produced from the screenplays that won the Nicholl. Obviously there is a disconnect here in that there's a major difference between a literary piece that wows the Nicholl judges and a script that Hollywood recognizes as bankable and wants to make into a movie.

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Contest: Beverly Hills Screenplay[Post New Comment re: Beverly Hills Screenplay]

Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 02/04/2015 09:40 PM
Chris -- When no one answers my notes and does things that are not correct like I've been told for 20 years, you do begin to wonder. All contests usually start with semi-finalists, finalist & then is the winners. Several years ago BHSC worked much better on their contests. In the beginning of this, my money had gone to Las Vegas which made me nuts. Whatever.

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Contest: Beverly Hills Screenplay[Post New Comment re: Beverly Hills Screenplay]

Chris Tipton Author: Chris Tipton Posted: 02/04/2015 02:09 PM
Dear Connie,

You'll find my name on the winners list as well as the obvious Movie Bytes.

You might reconsider your post and re-examine your perspective. Remember, patience is a virtue and a little tact goes a long way in any situation.

Best wishes and good luck with your screenplay.

Sincerely,

Chris

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Contest: BlueCat Contest[Post New Comment re: BlueCat Contest]

Taylor Albertson Author: Taylor Albertson Posted: 02/04/2015 01:07 PM
This is my third year entering this contest. This year it was for a short script. The feedback was excellent, the reader was familiar with Christian themes and did not shy away. His or her comments were very helpful.

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Contest: Beverly Hills Screenplay[Post New Comment re: Beverly Hills Screenplay]

Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 02/02/2015 09:04 PM
By the way-- I enter all of these names for the "Winners" in 2015 -- and NONE of these people are even on the MovieBytes. I just sent that to the owners of MovieBytes. That is pretty strange.

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Contest: Beverly Hills Screenplay[Post New Comment re: Beverly Hills Screenplay]

Connie Tonsgard Author: Connie Tonsgard Posted: 02/02/2015 06:43 PM
I'm wondering also. I didn't get a note or anything since I started with my screenplay on 6-3-14-- six months ago. I keep looking at BHSC's and the only thing on their page was a place to enter your screenplays again. Very strange. I had already looked about the amount that I had paid for my entering, and the money had gone to someone in Las Vegas, which was very strange. I wrote BHSC many times -- no answers. So I wrote to MovieBytes & soon after that, BHSC sent me where to to see the winners. Who were they? I wonder. Were any of them in this MovieBytes like we are? Or did they make up these winner people? I guess we will never no.

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Contest: Wildsound 1st Scene[Post New Comment re: Wildsound 1st Scene]

Grant Reid Author: Grant Reid Posted: 01/23/2015 06:17 AM
The communication, organisation and feedback these guys offer are fantastic and scriptwriters of all disciplines and experience should be jumping at the service WILDsound provide. The best thing about it is they are as enthusiastic as you about your work. Thank you to everyone involved with WILDsound.

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Contest: BlueCat Contest[Post New Comment re: BlueCat Contest]

Patrick Gamble Author: Patrick Gamble Posted: 01/13/2015 08:26 PM
I've received 5 reviews so far from Bluecat to date - all for last years comp for three scripts I entered. So far the five I received have been good and insightful - I'm still waiting on the sixth and fingers crossed.

I can understand how frustrating when you get a review and the reviewer comes back with something that indicates he missed some key point - when this happens to me you have to disregard the rest of the review regardless of whether there might be something of value. The review becomes null and void.

I'd send Bluecat an email on this - tell them what happened. They seem decent to me but I guess the law of averages there is the occassional crap review that slips thru the cracks. But don't give up on them as I reckon they're probably head and shoulders baove most other comps

cheers

Patrick

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Contest: L.A. Screenwriter Logline[Post New Comment re: L.A. Screenwriter Logline]

Thesy Surface Author: Thesy Surface Posted: 01/11/2015 04:24 PM
Most comps are full script, so I thought this might be a good opportunity to test out my ideas from the seed level. I submitted 2 loglines and was wow-ed by how thorough and creative the feedback was. Really excited about fleshing out these ideas some more now. For under 10 bucks it was totally worth it!!

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Contest: Beverly Hills Screenplay[Post New Comment re: Beverly Hills Screenplay]

katharine jones Author: katharine jones Posted: 01/08/2015 02:20 PM
Is there a way to know who the readers of the screenplay will be? -Katharine Jones New York City

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Contest: Nashville Fest[Post New Comment re: Nashville Fest]

James Byrne Author: James Byrne Posted: 01/02/2015 10:01 PM
Ssusan Bears winning screenplay is "Sticky Buttons".

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Contest: Talentville[Post New Comment re: Talentville]

Patrick Gamble Author: Patrick Gamble Posted: 12/21/2014 11:02 PM
Hi

I noticed this is listed as a contest but really its just an internal contest to this site so I feel it should not appear under this site

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Contest: Reel Writers[Post New Comment re: Reel Writers]

Dee Dee Author: Dee Dee Posted: 12/18/2014 09:42 PM
I am less than impressed by this competition. It is obvious to me that only the first two pages and the last one were read. The commentary I received isn't worth a damn. Ironically the two screenplays that were submitted placed very highly in one of Hollywood's most respected screenplay competitions, and either won or were highly placed in four others.

What strikes me the most is that so much attention was paid to minutiae such as formatting (which, to a minor extent, deviated from the norm, with very good reason). This obviously took precedence in the mind of the Reel Writers assessor, at the expense of story and substance.

It seems to me that some pathetic college kid was given a prescription for assessment, and anything that deviated from that prescription was instantly jettisoned.

If you are a writer with a single whit of creativity in your bones I recommend you give this competition a miss. Don't waste your money. I have serious misgivings about the quality, and literacy level of, the assessors.

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Contest: Reel Writers[Post New Comment re: Reel Writers]

Patrick Gamble Author: Patrick Gamble Posted: 12/18/2014 05:07 PM
Hi

I entered this contest after getting some excellent feedback when I entered in cycle 2. My aim is always to atleast get to the third round selection so I'd get feedback on the whole script - else the cost of entering is way too steep. Having resubmitted after round 2 to again get full Round 3 script feedback I felt this time the feedback was too light. It's stated that feedback will be a minimum of 250 words. Well I think my feedback was just over the 250 words minimum. The feedback was very light compared to cycle 2's feedback and rather disappointing for the cost

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Frederick Mensch Author: Frederick Mensch Posted: 12/17/2014 01:17 PM
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Contest: TLLjournal[Post New Comment re: TLLjournal]

regina junior Author: regina junior Posted: 12/15/2014 02:41 PM
ODARA: Wife of MANSA MUSA first runner up in October/November 2014 finalist!!! Thank Jared Dune

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tom jeffery Author: tom jeffery Posted: 12/13/2014 11:43 AM
Please could moviebytes check into these scam competitions before placing them on their contest lists. It would save the amateur screenwriter a lot of time and money. Maybe there needs to be more criteria to be placed on this site. Just a suggestion.

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Frederick Mensch Author: Frederick Mensch Posted: 12/12/2014 11:29 PM
FYI, as of 12/12/2014, this contest has ceased operations.

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Contest: Final Draft/Big Break[Post New Comment re: Final Draft/Big Break]

Patrick Gamble Author: Patrick Gamble Posted: 12/12/2014 03:47 PM
Thanks for the response very helpful. Cheers. And congrats all who made the finals cheers

Patrick

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Contest: Final Draft/Big Break[Post New Comment re: Final Draft/Big Break]

Robert Brody Author: Robert Brody Posted: 12/12/2014 01:24 PM
Patrick...Having people read for you is a lot of help. But in the end it all comes down to taste, assuming you've hit some of the basic notes, which I'll list: 1) No typos or as few as possible 2) Do your research, even on mundane stuff. 3) Never describe ANYTHING that is not SHOWN on screen. 4) If you're going to depart from classic structure, have a good reason. 5) Don't write what you've already seen. If you got into top 10, that's GREAT. That means you are writing at a solid level. I'm not much for coverage. I've gotten some and often found it badly written and unfocused. Then again, I got GREAT feedback from the Austin Film Festival (The biggest raves I got) yet I never came close to winning! The contest circuit is SUBJECTIVE as is the whole evaluation process. If someone doesn't like a script about rabid penguins, it won't move, no matter how well you've written it. I posted my comments here because I see several negative reviews for the Big Break Contest and I know they are a HIGHLY respected contest. Once you enter they really owe you nothing but a read. If your material doesn't connect, you're out. It's just that simple. Last year I didn't get into the first round! This year I'm in the top 3 and won other contests and management. You have to keep pushing, love movies and strive to put your blood into the pages. Best of luck to all and thanks again to FD Big Break.

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Contest: Final Draft/Big Break[Post New Comment re: Final Draft/Big Break]

Patrick Gamble Author: Patrick Gamble Posted: 12/10/2014 04:27 AM
Just a question for Robert - you've had some success with doing successive drafts - wondering if you use some service or a site to get feedback to help you with your re-drafts.

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Contest: Circus Road[Post New Comment re: Circus Road]

Patrick Gamble Author: Patrick Gamble Posted: 12/10/2014 12:00 AM
Well done. I made it as a finalist too but didn't win - of course.

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Contest: Final Draft/Big Break[Post New Comment re: Final Draft/Big Break]

Patrick Gamble Author: Patrick Gamble Posted: 12/09/2014 11:57 PM
Well done Robert and good advice. My script reached the top ten in the Family genre this year but it's about my tenth draft and every time I finish a draft I finish it's gold and a couple of weeks later I think it's trash. The mind certainly plays tricks and it's ahrd to be objective on your own stuff.

Once again congrats and good to see ahrd work does pay off

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Contest: Shore Scripts[Post New Comment re: Shore Scripts]

Patrick Gamble Author: Patrick Gamble Posted: 12/09/2014 11:45 PM
Okay maybe I;m justa bit miffed for not even making the qtr finals but I am confused how the winner won for a script that has been in development since 2012 - http://www.curtisbrown.co.uk/claire-fowler/little-house/ My assumption would be that if something has already been made into a film then that script would not be a viable contender

Also I should add I did like the script for the third place winner but the subject matter etc for the winner and runner up were atypical

I'll probably have second thoughts before entering in this contest in the future

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Contest: Final Draft/Big Break[Post New Comment re: Final Draft/Big Break]

Robert Brody Author: Robert Brody Posted: 12/09/2014 09:54 PM
Okay, let me get this out of the way first...It's VERY hard to win these contests and you really need to work hard and read a LOT of scripts to do well at all. This year my script won GOLD in the Page Awards, also took 1st place in its genre in the Fresh Voices contest and finished in the top 3 in the Final Draft Big Break contest. Not a bad run! Because of this I acquired management and my script is being shopped around. It's very exciting. But it was VERY hard. In last years Final Draft contest I did not make the 1st round with the same script, and that's because I had not done enough work and refined it. It was the improved versions that won contests and got things moving. I think that many writers knock out a 1st, 2nd and 3rd draft and believe they have something, but a lot of the time they're out-of-touch with the realities of this industry. Depending on the type of script you're writing, you may need 20 drafts to get to that winning version. In some respects you have to write at an even higher level than if you were a working writer! The backlash of dissapointment is palpable, but it's within your power to regain control and write something special. You just have to do the work. As for Final Draft, the contest is REAL. If you do well they MIGHT get you noticed or even sold. The odds are really up to you. I won some and I lost some. Tastes vary and a uniform result is not likely on the contest circuit. In my opinion you should "swing for the fences" and enter the bigger contests like this one. The worst thing I can say is that they were a bit late on some announcements, but that's really not meaningful if you made the finals or won. Bottom line: This is a great contest with the power to change lives. Don't make luck part of your plan. Get to work and write!

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Contest: Circus Road[Post New Comment re: Circus Road]

Harold Jewell Author: Harold Jewell Posted: 12/09/2014 03:42 PM
There were over 400 semifinalists so I wasn't that thrilled to be one of so many. But then I got news that I was one of the 35 finalists, and wow! I'm delighted.

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Contest: Wildsound 1st Scene[Post New Comment re: Wildsound 1st Scene]

Elan Carlson Author: Elan Carlson Posted: 12/08/2014 11:56 AM
WILDsound has been a treasured consultant in every way. Their time and expertise are amazing and so supportive for our writing excellence and success. I'm forever grateful and will submit every future screenplay I write. Thank you!

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Contest: Creative World[Post New Comment re: Creative World]

James Kirk Author: James Kirk Posted: 12/07/2014 02:41 PM
I've entered this contest a few times and even had the good fortune of winning one year. Unfortunately nothing whatsoever came of that victory -- I did not get a single phone call or email from anyone in the industry, which was pretty disappointing. Also, they're not great about meeting their own announcement deadlines. Overall, not a bad experience, but not quite up to the high standards of the Page International or Scriptapalooza screenwriting contests...

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Contest: PAGE International[Post New Comment re: PAGE International]

James Kirk Author: James Kirk Posted: 12/07/2014 02:35 PM
I was lucky enough to be a Page winner last year, and I have nothing but good things to say about this contest. Every step of the way, Jennifer and Zoe do it exactly right. They meet their deadlines, respond to email queries, deliver their prizes on time, and do their best to advocate for the winners. Also, great feedback from their readers. Overall, probably the classiest and most prestigious of independent contests (meaning, not associated with the Oscars, Austin Film Festival, etc). If you only enter one contest, seriously consider making it this one...

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Contest: Scriptapalooza TV[Post New Comment re: Scriptapalooza TV]

James Kirk Author: James Kirk Posted: 12/07/2014 02:29 PM
Like its sister contest, the Scriptapalooza feature contest, Scriptapalooza TV is a classy operation. Scripts get read and evaluated honestly, and they meet their deadlines. Very responsive to emails, and the fact that they advocate for (and publicize) not only the winners but also the finalists is very cool. Thumbs up!

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Contest: Scriptapalooza[Post New Comment re: Scriptapalooza]

James Kirk Author: James Kirk Posted: 12/07/2014 02:25 PM
I was a Scriptapalooza feature contest runner up a few years ago, and I found the experience to be a positive one. Mark Andrushko, who runs the contest, is a class act. He is knowledgeable and dedicated, and I genuinely believe he does his best to advocate for the winners and finalists in his contest. The feedback I've gotten from his readers has also been very solid, insightful and constructive. Overall, I think this is one of the best contests for would-be screenwriters -- and believe me, I know from experience, having entered many over the last five years. There are definitely some sketchy contests out there, but this is not one of them. Strong recommend.

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Contest: Screenwriting Staffing[Post New Comment re: Screenwriting Staffing]

Dee Dee Author: Dee Dee Posted: 12/03/2014 03:01 PM
All I did was ask a couple of perfectly reasonable questions based on comments and issues raised by other contributors to this forum. I have no knowledge of, or affiliation with, anyone on this website whatsoever.

Somehow my questions have been horribly twisted into accusations of collusion with the original complainant and have culminated in personal attacks against me (and, believe it or not, my very gender... because I happened to have mentioned it!). Is it any wonder that I have chosen to keep my profile on this website private?

What I find particularly striking is that the vitriolic comments of the preceding commentators on Screenwriter Staffing have miraculously appeared out of no-where to testify in glowing terms to the contest organizers without any of them ever having posted a comment anywhere on MovieBytes before. This strikes me as particularly odd since most commentators tend to simply relate their experiences, good or bad, without resorting to insulting others or contradicting the experiences of other contributors. It also makes me question the report card ratings which have been magically boosted in recent times. They were substantially below par before I dared to ask about legal action and staffing numbers. [By the way, to claim that "we have a total of 8 people (that includes freelancers)" working full time is an OXYMORON].

If you trace my posting history, you will see that in response to someone complaining about Bankable Script I mentioned that it is a federal offence to accept money across state lines and not honor the contract. A few days later Bankable Script announced they were shutting down the 'contest'. I like to think that by reminding contest organizers of their legal obligations my input saved some fellow screenwriters their hard earned cash.

People who run these 'contests' need to recognize that they are entering into legally binding contracts. If they fail to honor those contracts they are breaking the law. As a consumer I have every right to ask questions about where and to whom my money is being sent.

How can any potential entrant not be deeply suspicious of any competition organizer that purports to have an entire "legal department" in their employ (with its own email address no less!!!)? Anyone who has ever hired an attorney can tell you how obscenely expensive attorneys are...(let alone having an entire department devoted to them!). Where does the money come from to keep all these attorneys employed, or more importantly, why does this competition organizer need them?

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Contest: Screenwriting Staffing[Post New Comment re: Screenwriting Staffing]

T.J. Wester Author: T.J. Wester Posted: 11/28/2014 11:28 AM
I loathe those who clog these forums with pointless rhetoric hoping to persuade those wishing to submit. Why slam or promote any contest if you have never submitted? Filling out a report card or commenting on this contest operation should only be available to those who have submitted. If you have submitted and found the contest excellent or poor, then please, by all means, share your thoughts. Otherwise, stay quiet!!!

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Contest: Screenwriting Staffing[Post New Comment re: Screenwriting Staffing]

SHANE WILSON Author: SHANE WILSON Posted: 11/27/2014 10:40 AM
Also, "Dee Dee", and this is coming from someone with no affiliation to this contest, any contest that allows me to enter for free with the chance of getting noticed and winning screenwriting prizes seems everything but alarming.

And, what, because you are a "woman" that means you have to make everything private? I respect privacy as much as the next person, but I find it odd you have to throw in you are a "woman". So that's why you must remain in the dark?.... And here I thought we have progressesed as humans... dang

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Contest: Screenwriting Staffing[Post New Comment re: Screenwriting Staffing]

SHANE WILSON Author: SHANE WILSON Posted: 11/27/2014 10:34 AM
"Have a good life, losers. XXXDD" - Dee Dee

... yep, you sound "highly" educated to me, DEE DEE ;)

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Contest: Screenwriting Staffing[Post New Comment re: Screenwriting Staffing]

Dee Dee Author: Dee Dee Posted: 11/26/2014 09:58 PM
How extraordinary!

What has happened to this world? Why is it that someone who chooses to protect their privacy online is automatically assumed to be in cahoots with those who dare to state publically that they are unsatisfied with a product/service/consumer item?

For the record, I have no idea who/what/where"geno scala" is. I couldn't even tell you what species/gender/location "geno scala" is. I'm not even American. I just watch this site because people seem to feel comfortable to state the truth about their experiences. From what I have observed thus far I must go on record stating that I am alarmed by any business that intimates they have an entire "legal department" at their disposal. Given their recent posts, they need one. Just look at their stupid comments they have posted online.

Is this not a clue people?

My alarm bells are ringing.

FYI I am a highly educated, published, and award winning screenwriting woman (you have to be a nut job to put all your details out there).

Have a good life, losers. XXXDD

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Contest: Screenwriting Staffing[Post New Comment re: Screenwriting Staffing]

SHANE WILSON Author: SHANE WILSON Posted: 11/26/2014 03:05 PM
Jacob, I wouldn't sweat it. "Dee Dee" may just be a pseudonym for Geno. This profile is private, which leads me to believe this IS either Geno or a close crony. I had to leave Geno's group several years back due to his monstrous rants.

I think Movie Bytes forum should only be used for those who have submitted to the contest; not for those wanting to know "who owes who money?" and "how many employees do you have?"

My logline is entered into the contest. I submitted a logline on their site back in July so I was automatically qualified in their contest. So no complaints here!

This is their first logline contest, so I can't comment on the judging and closing process, but as a free member to their site for years, I can vouch for their professionalism and generosity.

I'd give "Screenwriting Staffing Logline Contest" a "recommend" thus far.

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Contest: Screenwriting Staffing[Post New Comment re: Screenwriting Staffing]

Team Member Author: Team Member Posted: 11/26/2014 02:30 PM
Hi DEE DEE,

May I and the other forum people have your full name? I like to know who I'm speaking to.

I believe your original question had nothing to do with the # of employees at our company. But to answer your question, we have a total of 8 people (that includes freelancers) on our team.

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Contest: Screenwriting Staffing[Post New Comment re: Screenwriting Staffing]

Dee Dee Author: Dee Dee Posted: 11/26/2014 12:30 PM
I Asked a very simple question to Screenwriting Staffing: "How many people work for you full time?"

Obviously I have hit a raw nerve. They have refused to answer and have tried to redirect my question to an off-line forum.

Question to potential entrants: "Do you want these people to have your hard earned money?"

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Contest: Screenwriting Staffing[Post New Comment re: Screenwriting Staffing]

T.J. Wester Author: T.J. Wester Posted: 11/24/2014 08:46 PM
A- Report Card

Submitted November 18th. Great staff and contest! I wasn't committed to my logine and when asking the staff if I could edit it after I submitted they said I couldn't, but to my surprise, they actually helped me concoct an excellent logline free of charge before submitting! Excited to see the results at Screenwriting staffing!

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Contest: Screenwriting Staffing[Post New Comment re: Screenwriting Staffing]

Carol C Author: Carol C Posted: 11/24/2014 06:34 PM
I've been a member with this organization [Screenwriting Staffing Utopia]. Since April of 2013. They are one of the best it the biz, and would highly recommended them to anyone looking to get their work seen by decision-makers.

- Carol

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Contest: PAGE International[Post New Comment re: PAGE International]

Robert Brody Author: Robert Brody Posted: 11/20/2014 05:12 AM
UPDATE As I reported in my previous post, I won the Gold prize for action/adventure in the 2014 Page Awards. I have now signed with a LA manager, who also helped me fix a few problems with my script, Red Sky. After just five weeks my script is out to some pretty big production companies and getting read. Will this lead to a huge payday and sailing with George Clooney and his wife? More importantly, does Clooney even know how to sail? Well, dreams and reality don't easily meet, but that doesn't mean that it's not thrilling to get this far and Page is a big part of the progresss. I just can't say enough about how this has changed everything. When you enter Page the odds seem daunting. But this isn't lotto. Your voice and craft can level the playing field, skew it in your favor. And should you lose, keep at it. Screenwriting is the art of refinement as much as word-craft. To the folks at Page, THANK YOU

Robert

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Contest: Austin[Post New Comment re: Austin]

Robert Brody Author: Robert Brody Posted: 11/20/2014 04:46 AM
Austin Film Festival enjoys a solid reputation, but I had an impression that my somewhat large scale action/adventure script was not the type of story they'd be interested in. Part of this feeling was amplified by the lack of even a category for my script. I made it to the second round and communication was good.

Amazingly my script won the Gold prize in action/adventure in this years Page Awards and 1st place in the same category with Fresh Voices contest and is currently in the top 10 with Final Draft Big Break. After winning the gold prize for action/adventure I quickly secured LA management, so I'm a happy camper.

Now here's the funny part: A few days ago I received an e-mail from Austin with the notes on my script from a judge. The notes were GLOWING! I'm not talking lightly positive here; the comments sounded like they were for Dances with Wolves! The 1 1/2 pages of notes are so complimentary that I cannot imagine that I did not advance further in the contest.

Obviously, after winning a contest like Page, I'm not complaining. The whole point here was to win and acquire management and that's exactly what happened. But it just seemed odd to get those notes from Austin after only getting into the top 10-15%.

On the other hand, it's certainly a very subjective process and completely reasonable to win in one contest and get little notice in another. In no way am I being critical of Austin, but everyone should understand that entering a slew of contests (5 in my case) can garner very different results. I do think Austin is worth entering and my losing entry in Austin still garnered some of the best compliments (always good for the soul!). My script is now out to some big production companies and it's an exciting time indeed.

Cheers,

Robert

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Contest: Screenwriting Staffing[Post New Comment re: Screenwriting Staffing]

Team Member Author: Team Member Posted: 11/19/2014 10:09 PM
DEE,

This comment section, I believe, is designed to allow folks who submitted to this contest directly to provide thoughts and feedback. I will be happy to answer any non-related questions through e-mail at JNStuart@screenwritingstaffing.com.

Thanks.

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Contest: Austin[Post New Comment re: Austin]

Marcia Simmons Author: Marcia Simmons Posted: 11/19/2014 04:42 PM
My spec TV script made it into the second round of this competition (which appears to be similar to quarterfinals) and every step of the way it was a pleasant experience with helpful staff and clear communication. I received a letter notifying me of my placement (with handwritten notes specific to my script) that offered a significant discount on going to the festival. I opted to go and there were special panels and meetings for people who were in the second round or above. The staff was super involved in making sure I could get into panels I wanted and understood what was available to me. I could go on about the good experience at the festival/panels, but this site is specifically about the competition. About a month and a half after the competition, I received brief notes about my script from the readers. (Not coverage but rather general reasons why the script advanced and things I could improve) They offer detailed coverage for a low fee and you get a discount on that if you were second round or above. The staff for this was the most helpful and responsive of anything I've ever entered and I have made contacts based on my participation.

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Contest: Screenwriting Staffing[Post New Comment re: Screenwriting Staffing]

Dee Dee Author: Dee Dee Posted: 11/18/2014 09:28 PM
I didn't realize you were such a big company with an entire legal department at your disposal.

How many people work for your company full time?

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Contest: Screenwriting Staffing[Post New Comment re: Screenwriting Staffing]

Dee Dee Author: Dee Dee Posted: 11/18/2014 09:15 PM
I didn't realize you were such a big company with an entire legal department at your disposal.

How many people work for your company full time?

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Contest: Screenwriting Staffing[Post New Comment re: Screenwriting Staffing]

Team Member Author: Team Member Posted: 11/18/2014 10:08 AM
No, NOT all. It's actually the opposite. He has one pending against him. The paperwork was supposed to be finished by the 1st of November, but our team got really busy. It will, however, be initiated by the 1st of January.

This is NOT appropriate conversation for this forum and only involves the accused and my team. But if you have further info, you may e-mail our legal team at: legaldepartment@screenwritingstaffing.com

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Contest: Screenwriting Staffing[Post New Comment re: Screenwriting Staffing]

Dee Dee Author: Dee Dee Posted: 11/17/2014 01:23 PM
Do you owe Geno Scala money, and do you have legal actions pending against you?

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Contest: Screenwriting Staffing[Post New Comment re: Screenwriting Staffing]

Team Member Author: Team Member Posted: 11/16/2014 08:46 PM
Dear Readers,

Jacob, the Founder here.

We at Screenwriting Staffing try not to give any time to "Geno Scala". Any one who reads the comments on here knows that Geno will publicity destroy any contest he did not qualify in.

While Geno's remarks are quite ludicrous, please understand it's a pathetic ploy to bring business to him.

Moving on.

We are so lucky to have our partners/sponsors on board with us! &, we are so very sorry to these organizations that Geno has ALSO thrown them under the bus. But no harm no foul.

BlueCat Screenplay Competition. Back in 2011 I worked for them, and they are an excellent contest w/ a proven track record of success! We are so grateful that BlueCat is giving us a FREE entry to our winner and supporting us once again! Thanks, BlueCat!

Script Reader Pro. SRP offers some of the BEST doctoring services online. We were overwhelmed when they contacted us back in 2013 and asked to advertise on our site. We humbly accepted. We are even more excited they are allowing us to distribute their NEW book to our Logline winners!

The Tracking Board. I love these folks! They are "THE" Hollywood resource in my opinion. When They agreed to cross-promote, giving us a 1 year membership to our WINNER, if we advertised for them, I was astounded! I hope they know I would have advertised for them for FREE ;). What a wonderful service they offer.. AND affordable!

Scriptapalooza! Many of you know them for their contest, which is great! But they also offer great coverage, I know this b/c I have sent ppl to them in the past! So when I wanted to offer coverage to my winners, I looked no further than them. I had the opportunity to speak w/ the owner directly, and we agreed that our winner will receive their coverage. what a great guy and organization.

I do want to apologize on behalf of Screenwriting Staffing that people like "Geno Scala" deliberately try to destroy FREE screenwriting resources. You will notice his services are pretty high-priced. I always encourage screenwriters to find networks and groups that promote screenwriting success and growth, not negativity. Unfortunately, his small network is used to threaten and ridicule competition. Please do NOT get involved with networks like that. A quick Google of his name, or you can just ask a screenwriting friend, will give you ALL the information you need about him.

We believe our contest winnings are great, and our prices are low. A matter of fact, OVER 70% of the loglines on our site were POSTED for FREE. But if you don't qualify for our FREE submission, a simple $9.99 is all you need... and your LOGLINE NEVER expires.

Contact me personally w/ any questions or comments.

We appreciate your patronage!

- Jacob, Screenwriting Staffing

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Contest: Hollywood Drama[Post New Comment re: Hollywood Drama]

Peter Varga Author: Peter Varga Posted: 11/13/2014 04:38 PM
I have not got their confirmation e-mail, so I am worried about my 40 dollars. Moreover, their website is from Hungary: http://hollywooddramascreenplay.blogspot.hu/p/contact-us.html

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Contest: Screenwriting Staffing[Post New Comment re: Screenwriting Staffing]

Geno Scala Author: Geno Scala Posted: 11/11/2014 08:27 AM
These people are the biggest frauds in the business. They have run previous "contests" last year- no winners, just took the money and ran. They have run "pitchfests" in the past- and took the money and run. They stole $2600 from me (Jacob stole $1000 and broke a written contracted agreement while partner Sarah Stutsman stole $1600 in a fraudulent business practice scheme for PR services)and have, at last count, stolen $100 newsletter subscriptions from 13 "premium" clients (totaling $1300), and stopped sending them premium newsletter for several months now (all victims are on record and are currently filing a lawsuit). There are so many lawsuits pending against these frauds. Look at the "prizes"- no money, just "free services"- services they will only pay for the winner out of the money they expect to receive from entries. There is no "partnership" in place with any of these service companies. They are trying to ride the coattails of other established companies, pretending to be on their level. These people are crooks through and through, and it would be wise to avoid them, and any of their latest schemes and "contests", at all cost. In the end, you'll only be another victim.

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Contest: Wildsound/TV[Post New Comment re: Wildsound/TV]

Michael Kellner Author: Michael Kellner Posted: 11/10/2014 09:54 AM
I've been very impressed with Wildsound. The script performance aspect of the contest sets it apart, and leaves you with a tangible reward if you win. Wildsound also puts genuine effort into giving you feedback, and into promoting winning scripts.

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Contest: Wildsound[Post New Comment re: Wildsound]

Elan Carlson Author: Elan Carlson Posted: 11/10/2014 08:50 AM
WILDsound is a screenwriter's treasure! They take enormous time to provide the most expert, detailed feedback, even allowing my choice to incorporate all the Committee's ideas or stay with my draft. With caring support, they've honored each deadline and every award they promised, and I'm forever grateful for Matthew's right-on insightful niggles to enhance my story. Matthew and WILDsound provide everything a screenwriter needs to find the way to a story's successful completion. I'm forever grateful!

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Contest: [Post New Comment re: ]

Dee Dee Author: Dee Dee Posted: 11/07/2014 03:51 AM
If Bankable Script has accepted money from the prize winner across state or international borders and not honored their contract, doesn't this constitute WIRE FRAUD, a federal offence? Is there a scriptwriting Attorney out there who could enlighten us? I for one am fed up with the scams. Something has to be done about it.

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Contest: [Post New Comment re: ]

tom jeffery Author: tom jeffery Posted: 11/04/2014 03:55 PM
Apparently according to the winner of this competition they still owe him $8500. I think this is unacceptable and should be looked into by moviebytes (should they be allowed to advertise on this site?) Also I entered this competition and would like to know where my entrance fee went if they are not prepared to give out the prize. Sounds like a huge scam. Everyone entered in good faith and the winner did not receive his $10000 which is the only point of this competition. I think it's important for the amateur screenwriting community to not let companies scam us out of our hard earned money.

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Contest: Big Story[Post New Comment re: Big Story]

Andrew Quinn Author: Andrew Quinn Posted: 11/04/2014 07:03 AM
Placed as a runner-up in this contest.

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Contest: Zed Fest Feature[Post New Comment re: Zed Fest Feature]

Zed Fest Author: Zed Fest Posted: 11/03/2014 07:32 PM
Zed Fest is happy to announce the following finalists for our Feature Screenplay Competition

LITTLE SISTER by Deirdre Patterson BIG DADDY by Deirdre Patterson FLIPPED by Anthony Mezza THE TEACHER - MARINE by Jeffrey Ryback GRACE by Lynda Lemberg COMMUNITY SERVICE OF THE DAMNED by Dick Grunert NIC CAGE VS ZOMBIES by Ian Fortey AUTOPILOT by Sam Butler RAYTHU RISING by Brad Carpenter HUSH by Michael Kehoe LOOKIN' UP by Marvin Kaplan THE NIGHT WITCHES by Steven Prowse DOGHEAD by Petong Sakulchai ZOMBIE 101 by Alan Porter ENTER AT OWN RISK by Thomas Ferguson NINO VARGAS by Melvin Cartagena CRIME FITERS: HIGH VOLTAGE by Irene Frame ABOLITION OF THE SENSES by Carlos Burgaleta Perez LET IT BLEED by Scott Selden VERMIN by Chris Warner INFINITY by Chris Bonneau THE ALPHA TRANSMISSION by Craig Clyde SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL by John Cruz Alarid SPIRITS by Brent Hartinger GRAND & HUMBLE by Brent Hartinger P.A.M. by Russell Davis THE DEVIL'S BROKER by Robert Aitchison HOTEL PURGATORIO by Joey Agbayani BLINDSPOT by Graham Parke DEAD MOUNTAIN by Michael Winingham

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Contest: Circus Road[Post New Comment re: Circus Road]

Karen Willoughby Author: Karen Willoughby Posted: 11/03/2014 01:29 PM
Unfortunately, didn't make the list of Finalists.

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Contest: PAGE International[Post New Comment re: PAGE International]

Robert Brody Author: Robert Brody Posted: 11/02/2014 09:35 PM
I was the gold prize winner this year for Action/Adventure with "Red Sky" and 90 minutes after I won I heard from a manager (also a judge). After Page let the industry know I had 11 requests from managers/agents and producers to read. I had won the 1st prize in Fresh Voices just a few months prior, but the win with Page brought me a lot of attention. I nearly did not enter Page because it's so big, so well known that it seemed almost impossible to win. One gets a sense that your work will get lost in the huge volume of material. This made winning gold all the more thrilling! I spent a year writing and almost another year rewriting. My latest draft (I'd like to think!) is even better. You have to keep working the clay. Page is run very well. Communication is excellent and the reputation of this contest is clearly the result of some very passionate people. I'll update my progress soon! In the meantime...keep working on those screenplays!

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Contest: Zed Fest Short[Post New Comment re: Zed Fest Short]

Zed Fest Author: Zed Fest Posted: 10/31/2014 12:59 PM
Happy Halloween 2014!!! We are happy to announce the winners of the Zed Fest Short Schlock Script contest.

1st Place “At Your Disposal” by Diana Woody 2nd Place “Bitten” by April Wolak

Congratulations!!!

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Contest: BlueCat Contest[Post New Comment re: BlueCat Contest]

John James Author: John James Posted: 10/29/2014 03:22 AM
Their feedback didn't make sense. The reader said the two females were "too sexy" and missed the set-up that they're the smartest characters in the screenplay. H/she said they didn't like the father and wasn't necessary. And missed that the father is the catalyst that leads to the "all is lost" moment. And isn't the reader supposed to be objective and reading this for the exec or producer? Waste of money.

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Contest: Amazon Studios [Post New Comment re: Amazon Studios ]

Steve Warren Author: Steve Warren Posted: 10/22/2014 12:15 AM
How does this contest rate 3 Stars on the Report Card for overall performance when there are 15 comments that do nothing but bash Amazon Studios, and rightfully so, for its wacky contest rules that take away the writer's rights to his/her own script?

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Contest: Hollywood Screenplay[Post New Comment re: Hollywood Screenplay]

Chris Tipton Author: Chris Tipton Posted: 10/17/2014 08:51 PM
As a first time entrant, I couldn't be more satisfied with the conduct of the contest officials and sponsors.

I received an e-mail notice of my results (Grand Prize) on the day listed for notification.

The next day I received an e-mail from the contest regarding the nature of my winnings and how/when sponsors would deliver.

Three weeks after the results, I've received all listed prizes including Sony Creative software, Script Pipeline membership, InkTip listing and ReadThrough services.

While it may not be as large or prestigious as the main draws (PAGE, Austin Film Festival, Nicholl Fellowship) it's a well run and worthwhile entry for the money. I look forward to reviewing the judge's notes and wish best of luck to all future contestants.

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Contest: PAGE International[Post New Comment re: PAGE International]

David Luz Author: David Luz Posted: 10/16/2014 09:18 PM
Extremely well run and well respected contest. My screenplay, MURDER ME, won the Gold Prize in the Comedy category this year and within 2 hours of the announcement I was contacted by 3 managers who were judges in the contest and had read and loved the script. Read the success stories page on their website - this contest helps writers EVERYWHERE get connected to the people who can make things happen for you in Hollywood.

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Contest: Wildsound[Post New Comment re: Wildsound]

Kyle Jenkins Author: Kyle Jenkins Posted: 10/14/2014 01:50 PM
I've had a great experience with the WILDsound screenplay contest. The feedback for my screenplay arrived right on time. It was thorough, insightful and very helpful in guiding me during the revision process. The table read of my screenplay was recently posted to YouTube and to the WILDsound website and, by all accounts, it was a wonderful experience!

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Contest: [Post New Comment re: ]

Patrick Gamble Author: Patrick Gamble Posted: 10/11/2014 06:47 PM
Hi

I am considering entering this competition. Wondering from real contestants who have entered this contest what plan they used or suggest. Money is tight and wonder if the Gold plan provides enough in depth information.

thanks

Patrick

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Contest: Hollywood Screenplay[Post New Comment re: Hollywood Screenplay]

TJ Johns Author: TJ Johns Posted: 10/03/2014 10:47 AM
I just found out, via Movie Bytes, that the Hollywood Screenplay Contest released their contest results. I didn't place. I'm not bent out of shape about it. Contests are subjective. That's the way it is. What bothers me is that there was no email announcement from the contest admin, which is always a bad sign, but not to be unexpected based upon my previous experiences with this contest. I entered last year and placed. At the awards banquet (which was completely underwhelming) they announced that all of the awards winners would be given a free entry into this year's contest. I emailed several times to find out how I should enter to receive my free submission... No reply. Finally, with deadlines looming, I entered and let them know that I was a former award winner... No reply. I followed up several times after that to inquire about being reimbursed for my entry... No reply. Be wary of this contest and approach it with low expectations. If you win, I recommend passing on the awards banquet. Get a drink with some friends and share your success with them. It'll be cheaper, and you'll get a more genuine and sincere feeling of accomplishment from them than you will from the HSC.

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Contest: Cinequest[Post New Comment re: Cinequest]

Via Bia Author: Via Bia Posted: 10/01/2014 11:36 AM
Regarding my prior comment on Cinequest - I was involved with the 2014 Contest, not 2013.

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Contest: Cinequest[Post New Comment re: Cinequest]

Via Bia Author: Via Bia Posted: 10/01/2014 11:27 AM
I was a finalist in the 2013 Short Screenplay Competition and had a great experience the staff (especially Antonea) and the event, which was very well-run.

The Cinequest Film Festival itself is a lot of fun. All the venues are within a few blocks of each other and if you're a finalist, they give you two badges that admit you to all films, parties, plus a VIP lounge where you can snack and drink during the day.

I've since been in touch with Antonea, who is quick to help with any festival or filmmaker-related queries I have. My experience with Cinequest has been so positive that I entered a different screenplay this year and will enter a short I co-produced as well.

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Contest: Zed Fest Short[Post New Comment re: Zed Fest Short]

Zed Fest Author: Zed Fest Posted: 10/01/2014 10:18 AM
OCTOBER 1st 2014 ZED FEST IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE:

The following Short Sclock Scripts have been selected to go on to the next round of judging.

BITTEN - April Wolack DEEP IN THE WOODS - Lee McQueen MONSTER WITHIN - Randall Brown SOULED OUT - Todd Bronson ANGRY SLUT ON A CHAIN - David Santo URSULA MINOR - Evan McNamara THE NEIGHBOR - Joel Reeves DEAD SPRINT - Jason Tostevin SHORT SALE - Allan Mckinnin

Winner to be Announced October 31st 2014

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Contest: Richmond Fest[Post New Comment re: Richmond Fest]

Philip Sedgwick Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 09/29/2014 11:04 AM
I must agree with the previous praises for the Richmond Film Festival. I have entered screenplays each year and last year had a script in the finalist bracket and a short film playing at the fest.

The communication with Heather Waters is always prompt, professional and considerate. She's an absolute gem.

A few years ago I placed in the final three of the short film competition the fest offers to entrants. Heather was great in communicating at this point. While I was not able to tweak my script because of some family matters, Heather's e-mails were kind, encouraging and always top of the line.

The Richmond Film Festival will always be on my list of script and film submissions.

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Contest: Wildsound 1st Scene[Post New Comment re: Wildsound 1st Scene]

Elona Pitsadolis Author: Elona Pitsadolis Posted: 09/22/2014 04:29 PM
I have to admit, they were terrific. They really figured out what I needed to change to begin my screenplay. And it was so cheap too! You can really tell a professional looked and gave feedback on my script. SOOOO happy.

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Contest: New York Screenplay[Post New Comment re: New York Screenplay]

Jeffrey Russel Author: Jeffrey Russel Posted: 09/22/2014 09:44 AM
GRACE WINS GRAND PRIZE IN NEW YORK The New York Screenplay Contest announced their winners and posted them on the website on September 19th. Our screenplay GRACE, won the Grand Prize for Biographical/Historical script. To say that Lynda and I are thrilled by the news is a huge understatement. http://newyorkscreenplaycontest.com/2014-winners

Click on www.sharedimagination.com to see our complete list.

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Contest: Richmond Fest[Post New Comment re: Richmond Fest]

Tony Scott Author: Tony Scott Posted: 09/17/2014 03:07 PM
The Richmond International Film Festival is not only a great film festival in a welcoming, artistic town but also an excellent screenwriting competition. It's run by Heather Waters, who clearly wants to provide a platform for filmmakers, writers and artistic talent to be able to showcase their capabilities. The quality of the screenwriting competition is very strong - the finalists the year that I was a finalist all had multiple contest awards under their belts. This is definitely a screenwriting competition to watch in coming years - I expect the Creative World Awards and Richmond International Film Festival to become widely recognized for the top tier events they clearly are already.

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