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

Patrick Gamble Author: Patrick Gamble Posted: 01/31/2016 05:15 PM
Good to hear the feedback was helpful. I'm usually so poor I can't afford the additional fee for feedback but find if you enter early enough, the early fee offsets the feedback costs.

Also I'm desperate to get good feedback cause sometimes when you do pay for it and get it, it's disappointing.

I'll maybe have another look at these contests. However, I do think the organisers need to estimate longer annoncement dates. I think they are too optimistic and make announcement dates too soon, if they stated longer dates, then they'd be able to better meet these dates AND they'd be managing entrants expectations better and everyone happy.

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

David McQuillen Author: David McQuillen Posted: 01/31/2016 08:38 AM
I was a quarterfinalist last year and agree that the notification process for contestants could be improved upon, with individualized congratulations or sorry you didn't advance emails for each round rather than a "check the list" notification, but this contest is definitely worth it for the notes.

I paid the higher fee, as I did in several other contests last year, and Screencraft's coverage far exceeded that of any other competition I entered, including Nicholl's.

More in depth, more genuinely helpful and specific, and most importantly, delivered by someone who clearly had a great feel and passion for what's unique to the science fiction genre.

I think this contest is a must for all SF screenplay writers.

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Contest: ISA Fast Track[Post New Comment re: ISA Fast Track]

David Baugnon Author: David Baugnon Posted: 01/27/2016 03:00 PM
I've been fortunate enough to win several contests (and many of them make you pony up even more $$ for trophies or even a certificate) but the ISA Fast Track flew me out to LA, put me up in a swank hotel on Sunset and shuttled to to 9 different meetings over the week-including CAA and the head of production at the Weinstein company. Max and Felicity at ISA couldn't have been nicer and what can I say, I'm still reaping the benefits from that trip. Very much worth the effort!

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Contest: WeScreenplay[Post New Comment re: WeScreenplay]

Patrick Gamble Author: Patrick Gamble Posted: 01/26/2016 05:24 PM
I missed out on making it into the semi finals but just want to add this contest adhered to all its announcement dates, it was run professionally and my experience overall was good. Their prices on feedback are also very reasonable. I'll definitely be entering this one again.

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Contest: Other Worlds Austin SciFi[Post New Comment re: Other Worlds Austin SciFi]

Patrick Gamble Author: Patrick Gamble Posted: 01/20/2016 06:55 AM
Before I get a deluge of replies, I did end up getting feedback on this contest and it was quite insightful and thorough. Not bad for an added service that didn't cost any extra

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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

Linda Morganstein Author: Linda Morganstein Posted: 01/15/2016 02:15 PM
I entered the yearly contest "39" and results for the quarterfinals were supposed to be posted December 8. So far nothing and no response to emails. Does anybody know what's going on?

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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

Linda Morganstein Author: Linda Morganstein Posted: 01/15/2016 02:15 PM
I entered the yearly contest "39" and results for the quarterfinals were supposed to be posted December 8. So far nothing and no response to emails. Does anybody know what's going on?

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Contest: Other Worlds Austin SciFi[Post New Comment re: Other Worlds Austin SciFi]

Patrick Gamble Author: Patrick Gamble Posted: 01/14/2016 06:06 PM
I'm wondering if anyone has received their feedback on this contest as yet. The feedback was initially on offer to all entrants to this contest but later I got an email indicating that it was only available to those who requested it. They mentioned that some entrants didn't want feedback - which I find strange cause I'd definitely get feedback for every contest if I could only afford it.

So I'm wondering if anyone else has received this free feedback yet. I know its the first year this contest has been run but I've sent off two emails asking about the feedback and have had no reply.

thanks

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Contest: Adapted[Post New Comment re: Adapted]

Maria Lennon Author: Maria Lennon Posted: 12/23/2015 12:24 PM
I am impressed how professional this contest is managed. Every announcement was on time. When I asked a question via email before entering, it was answered promptly and clear. The feedback was extremely helpful.

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Contest: True Tales [Post New Comment re: True Tales ]

Maria Lennon Author: Maria Lennon Posted: 12/23/2015 12:15 PM
The company is professional and right on time with all announcements. The feedback I received was very helpful I was so impressed that I entered two scripts into the competition. This contest is recommendable.

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Contest: FilmMakers/Feature[Post New Comment re: FilmMakers/Feature]

Dawn Howard Author: Dawn Howard Posted: 12/15/2015 10:19 PM
I was delighted to find one of my favorite screenplays, "Baba Yaga", among the second round finalists. I'm always happy to see FilmMakers International in the sender field of my inbox!

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Contest: Breaking Walls[Post New Comment re: Breaking Walls]

Andrew Brown Author: Andrew Brown Posted: 12/03/2015 08:18 PM
In reference to my other message, the support team responded to me immediately and assisted me on entering this years contest.

Thank you support team.

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Contest: Breaking Walls[Post New Comment re: Breaking Walls]

Andrew Brown Author: Andrew Brown Posted: 12/03/2015 07:46 PM
I entered this years contest. Made payment with Paypal and received a message that said my payment didn't go through. When my email says it did. $45 dollars. I sent a message asking how to send my script in, now just waiting to hear back.

Hopefully I didn't just waste my money.

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Contest: WeScreenplay[Post New Comment re: WeScreenplay]

Robert Sivigny Author: Robert Sivigny Posted: 11/26/2015 07:15 AM
My script, "Gravity's Pull" was a finalist in the 2014 contest. The contest was run very professionally, we received email notifications on each round, and we were able to view the judge's scorecards (btw, one of the judging criteria is script formatting (I didn't know), so that matters). The finalist prize was 1-year membership to ISA connect, which I never used due to lack of time, and the founder sent out personalized email of congrats.

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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

Jacqueline Hicks Author: Jacqueline Hicks Posted: 11/22/2015 02:37 PM
There's an explanation for the delay on their website. Check it out.

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Richard Fisher Author: Richard Fisher Posted: 11/19/2015 11:00 AM
When clicking the Web: click here contact through Moviebites it opens on a Sex ad page.

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Contest: American Zoetrope[Post New Comment re: American Zoetrope]

Robert Sivigny Author: Robert Sivigny Posted: 11/16/2015 06:50 PM
My script was a finalist for the 2014 competition - I got a notification email, and a chance to revise my script, as the finalist prize was it was sent out to a bunch of places. Nothing came of that. A few months later the producer from American Zoetrope called to congratulate me. The best thing about it is that Francis Ford Coppola read my script - then again, he didn't pick it to win...

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Contest: Screamfest[Post New Comment re: Screamfest]

billan lee Author: billan lee Posted: 11/16/2015 03:27 PM
I have to say this contest seems very poorly run for the screenwriter's side.

No updates at all until the end of the Festival.

I cannot recommend this to any screenwriters as a few of my friends did not receive any updates at all.

There are better contests out there.

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

Giuseppe LiMandri Author: Giuseppe LiMandri Posted: 11/14/2015 11:09 AM
I submitted a short script and I was very disappointed with the quality of the review. The comments were very general and I am convinced they were cut and pasted from somewhere else. Maybe I was unlucky with my reviewer but there are many other contests with offer much more professional and useful comments. I will not enter this contest again.

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Contest: Wildsound[Post New Comment re: Wildsound]

Richard Fisher Author: Richard Fisher Posted: 11/13/2015 04:51 PM
I also found Wildsound to be very professional. Possibly it's because they are a Canadian company.

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Contest: West Field[Post New Comment re: West Field]

Alex Templeton Author: Alex Templeton Posted: 11/06/2015 08:45 AM
Addendum: typical for crap contests, no notification given. They take your money and run.

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Contest: West Field[Post New Comment re: West Field]

Alex Templeton Author: Alex Templeton Posted: 10/20/2015 11:53 AM
I submitted for the 2015 West Field, was promised notification by 16 October 2015, and 4 days later have received no notification.

Must conclude West Field is run by a bunch of flakes.

Cannot recommend.

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

Dee Dee Author: Dee Dee Posted: 10/14/2015 07:33 PM
I am in exactly the same boat as Patrick, and agree with him 100%.

If contest organizers expect to be taken seriously, be professional or risk tarnishing your reputation in the screen writing community. The callous disregard, or should I say contempt, with which some competition organizers treat writers does them no favors. It will ultimately damage their business. There are some an old sayings that seem appropriate:

Don't sh*t where you eat, and:

The customer is always right.

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

Patrick Gamble Author: Patrick Gamble Posted: 10/14/2015 06:28 PM
Well finally the wait is over and seems I made the quarter finals but missed out on the semis. At least I have finally cracked the screencraft glass ceiling and made the quarters although so did 260+ others (Whoop De Doo!).

There was no emails to alert me of this. I sent an email to the organizers late September when the Semis would be announced. Was told it would be a couple of weeks and the readers were busy reading (subtext - "stop bothering us - we're busy!")

Comment to organizers - you have a real shot at running a real professional contest. However, the fact that you don't give any clear announcement dates and don't email anyone when you do is a huge pain in the bum.

We had 260+ quarter finalists. Okay maybe most of these 260+ are more relaxed about awaiting the semi finalists results but lets say on average everyone is wasting 5 minutes a week searching for these announcements. Do the math - that's a lot of wasted time when you spread it over 260+ contestants (possibly a script or two). And I made a note of the original announcement date for the winners and it was originally down for mid Septmeber. I know cause I made a note of it and then somehow it got altered to mid October.

Heads up - people - all people like certainty - certainty when an announcement is going to be made, when winners are going to be announced, when the number 5 bus leaves. We all live by it. So it beats me why you're incapable of giving contestants some kind of certainty.

cheers

Patrick

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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

Paul Sargia Author: Paul Sargia Posted: 10/14/2015 03:02 PM
I entered writemovie.com's September contest a day before final entries were due. I also paid for feedback. I was told I would get the feedback within 10 days. And the website said the contest finalists would've announced on October 5th. I also entered the October monthly contest on October 2nd with another script whose results are supposed to be announced in early November. However, I also asked for feedback again, and once more, the confirmation email sent time said I would receive it within 10 days. It is now 11 days since the finalists of the September contest were supposed to be announced. The website still posts only August's winners. And it is now 21 and 13 days that the feedback a are past due. I've written to them twice and have received no reply. The last email stated that I was reporting them to the Better Business Bureau if I don't get what was promised by this Friday the 16th. Still no response!! I don't get it!!!! Has anyone else had the same problem?

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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

Paul Sargia Author: Paul Sargia Posted: 10/14/2015 03:02 PM
I entered writemovie.com's September contest a day before final entries were due. I also paid for feedback. I was told I would get the feedback within 10 days. And the website said the contest finalists would've announced on October 5th. I also entered the October monthly contest on October 2nd with another script whose results are supposed to be announced in early November. However, I also asked for feedback again, and once more, the confirmation email sent time said I would receive it within 10 days. It is now 11 days since the finalists of the September contest were supposed to be announced. The website still posts only August's winners. And it is now 21 and 13 days that the feedback a are past due. I've written to them twice and have received no reply. The last email stated that I was reporting them to the Better Business Bureau if I don't get what was promised by this Friday the 16th. Still no response!! I don't get it!!!! Has anyone else had the same problem?

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Contest: WriteMovies[Post New Comment re: WriteMovies]

Jason Swingle Author: Jason Swingle Posted: 10/08/2015 01:57 PM
???????????????

attempted to enter screenplay competition four (4) times... no indication entry was rec'd.

they do not (to date) respond to email queries about web glitches.

strange.

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Contest: StoryPros Awards[Post New Comment re: StoryPros Awards]

Linda Ujifusa Author: Linda Ujifusa Posted: 10/08/2015 01:33 PM
To those of you reading this to decide whether to enter, I say, "This contest rocks - do it!" Of course, I won First Place in the SciFi/Fantasy/Horror category of the 8th Annual StoryPros Awards Contest. But, the facts are, I got: thoughtful, helpful critiques that clearly showed my scripts had been read carefully; all the promised prizes; and kind, quick responses to all my questions. Jeff Swanson and the folks at StoryPros are really great. Good luck!

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Contest: [Post New Comment re: ]

Patrick Gamble Author: Patrick Gamble Posted: 10/03/2015 12:32 AM
I've entered the WMC contests a few times and always found them to be fairly consistent. They are sometimes a few days behind in their announcements and I don't think they send out an email but this is typical of most contests - I think contests like Page and Final Draft that email you and give definite announcement dates that they adhere to are more the exception to the rule.

I think the 90 day exclusive rights might be just where they receive in their hot little hands the 'perfect' script which probably happens once in a blue moon. They probably want to have the opportunity to try and find someone to buy the script for 90 days. Its probably not an issue for 99.999% of contestants and although I haven't read the fine print on many of these contests, the fact they've been around for a while, I don't think it would be a big concern.

cheers

Patrick

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Contest: [Post New Comment re: ]

Tal Almog Author: Tal Almog Posted: 09/30/2015 09:35 AM
The contest rules on their website should be more clear in my opinion. Right now it says you grant them the "exclusive right" for 90 days to submit your material to various third parties. Does this mean you lose the right to let others (or even yourself) submit your work elsewhere? It says "exclusive". Also, they should make it 100% clear that even if you win, accepting any option package remains entirely at your discretion. I can't imagine that by entering this contest you grant them an "option to enter into an option", but it should state somewhere that acceptance of any deal with a them or a producer, etc. must be mutual.

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Contest: Table Read[Post New Comment re: Table Read]

Patrick Gamble Author: Patrick Gamble Posted: 09/27/2015 05:48 PM
Semi-finalist list came out last week but disappointed didn't receive an email or anything. This contest is open to everyone - which I guess that means a lot of seasoned writers enter as well but I noticed in the semi-finalist list some entrants have multiple entries in the semi finalist list. Kudos to them and hope one day to be in their league but would love to know whether the semi finalists relate to shorts or features.

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Contest: Writers Store Insider Screen[Post New Comment re: Writers Store Insider Screen]

Linda Morganstein Author: Linda Morganstein Posted: 09/25/2015 07:29 AM

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judi Blaze Author: judi Blaze Posted: 09/20/2015 10:11 PM
I agree. It is not acceptable to run a business this way, because that is what it is, a business. And we as seasoned, or unseasoned, writers deserve to be treated with respect. I am currently trying to figure out where American Gem competition has gone. Anyone know?

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Paula Smith Author: Paula Smith Posted: 09/20/2015 01:45 PM
Contests should email entrants of the results. This one never did. When I sent an email saying I wasn't notified I was told to check my spam box. I did. I received the "thank you for your money" email but no results email.

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Contest: L.A. Movie[Post New Comment re: L.A. Movie]

Alex Templeton Author: Alex Templeton Posted: 09/18/2015 07:42 PM
Crap contest. Took my money and offered nothing, not even notes. "Hello ---- , We here at the Los Angeles Movie Awards would like to thank you for your script submission to our 2015 competition. We regret to inform you that your project [name redacted] was not chosen to be awarded this season. bla bla bla"

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Contest: Wildsound[Post New Comment re: Wildsound]

John Thomas Author: John Thomas Posted: 08/26/2015 08:45 PM
I submitted a silly comedy script, and I was pleasantly surprised the amount of attention and care the story was given in their coverage. Plenty of helpful comments to punch the story up a notch. Especially for newer screenwriters, it's very well run.

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

Patrick Gamble Author: Patrick Gamble Posted: 08/15/2015 05:29 AM
talk about not having to wait long - I didn't realize but the qtrs for their Horror contest is already out. Dang - they've blown me off again!!Doh!

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

Patrick Gamble Author: Patrick Gamble Posted: 08/15/2015 03:04 AM
Screencraft hold different genre contests - I've entered a few but never even reached the Qtrs in any of them to date. The judges seem high profile, industry exposure for the top 5 and I haven't heard any bad press regarding Screencraft. Also there is only a small handful of contests that specialize just in sci-fi. There's also the Austin Other Worlds SciFi contest which also provides feedback too. I entered both. Also great thing about this contest is you don't need to wait 6 months for the results

Regards

Patrick

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

brian thomas Author: brian thomas Posted: 08/14/2015 09:44 PM
None of the many screencraft entries here have any comments on them. Is this one worth entering?

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Contest: Wildsound[Post New Comment re: Wildsound]

Alex Templeton Author: Alex Templeton Posted: 07/21/2015 05:58 PM
I found out my script had somehow ended up in WILDsound by my having submitted via Film Freeway to the FEEDBACK Film and Screenplay Festival. I had skipped WILDsound earlier because this was my first-ever screenplay and didn't want to put it up for such consideration.

The connection between these fests was not explained at FF, and caused some confusion when I got feedback addressed to somebody named "Jack" -- not my name, btw.

Anyway the feedback I got (& paid for!) was pretty good, and was illuminating vis-à-vis what the generic Hollywood reader is looking for and what they think is important.

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

Alex Templeton Author: Alex Templeton Posted: 07/21/2015 05:32 PM
My first-ever screenplay MARIE’S NUTCRACKER: Official Finalist in 2015 Colorado Film Awards, July 2015. Yowza!

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Contest: Winnipeg Real to Reel[Post New Comment re: Winnipeg Real to Reel]

Taylor Albertson Author: Taylor Albertson Posted: 07/20/2015 09:01 AM
Entered this contest and my script was an Official Selection. It really is well run, and communication was great. I got my certificate in the mail with a personalized post it note attached! Who does that? Recommend.

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Contest: Shriekfest[Post New Comment re: Shriekfest]

Patrick Gamble Author: Patrick Gamble Posted: 06/21/2015 08:33 PM
Hi

I have just finished my first horror script and am looking at current open contests. I was considereing entereing this contest but the online submission was off putting. It seems it's a bit more geared towards entering via post film submissions and this was the one thing that put me off. Good to here positive feedback on this contest and I'll reconsider it now - but note to contest organizers - I feel the online submission process does not inspire confidence for a prospective entrant to enter

cheers

Patrick

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Contest: Women In Cinema[Post New Comment re: Women In Cinema]

judi Blaze Author: judi Blaze Posted: 06/21/2015 02:17 PM
Regarding Women in Cinema Competition. I was a finalist and was given feedback on my script. Good feedback that urged another rewrite out of me.

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

Brian MacEvilly Author: Brian MacEvilly Posted: 06/21/2015 07:57 AM
Full disclosure: I won the Grand Prize here in 2015 ~ so inevitably you're not going to hear one bad word out of me about this contest! But win or lose, it would have made no difference ~ because for me the Nashville FF Competition was a pleasure to deal with in every way. For a start, the entry fees were really reasonable compared to many other contests. I had a query going in, and it was answered quickly and courteously by Josh. When I made the finals I was given a Gold Pass to the entire Festival ~ plus flight vouchers with Southwest Airlines. On that, keep in mind that this competition is part of an actual film festival ~ one of THE most established in the States. A lot of contests, even some of the biggest, have no festival ~ which means that, even if you win, there's nothing to go to, hang out, network at, except possibly a formal one-night presentation ceremony ~ if that. Nashville FF is a fascinating showcase of indie film, run by a team of really wonderful and hospitable people, who made my visit a pleasure. Enter now! This one is going to get bigger and bigger!

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Contest: Shriekfest[Post New Comment re: Shriekfest]

Jerron Spencer Author: Jerron Spencer Posted: 06/20/2015 10:55 PM
I want you all to know what a class act Shriekfest and founder Denise Gossett are. This fest is small but wonderful! Held at Hollywood's Raleigh Studios, the fest is fun and you really get to interact with the other attendees.

I had a finalist screenplay in 2014, and it was worth the trip to LA to attend the festival. The screenplay contest is very much worth your time.

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

Nicholas Horwood Author: Nicholas Horwood Posted: 06/16/2015 08:57 AM
I came second in Big Break in 2008 and won the Grand Prize in 2013, gaining me representation (twice) and winning me two trips to Hollywood. I know the former contest director and the current contest director as a result, and have also met the Final Draft CEO and several of the contest readers, so I can personally attest to how hard they work to champion the winners and the runners up. The contest also attracts some great judges. I don't know why the contest has such a low rating on MovieBytes(!), but I would strongly reccommend entering. There's a reason it has the second highest number of entries every year. Of course you should enter as many contests as you can, but this is a good place to start.

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Contest: StoryPros Awards[Post New Comment re: StoryPros Awards]

Patrick Gamble Author: Patrick Gamble Posted: 06/15/2015 10:14 PM
Congratulations to all the Winners. I made it to the Finals but alas not my time yet. But am proud to be in the same league as a lot of good writers who also made the finals.

Maybe next year

cheers

Patrick

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Contest: StoryPros Awards[Post New Comment re: StoryPros Awards]

 StoryPros Author: StoryPros Posted: 06/13/2015 12:10 PM
Hi Trent -- we were in receipt of your kind response to the entry confirmation e-mail you received, thank you for that. It's true we do not provide feedback on all entries, but this is because we offer more in-depth feedback for a deep discount. Nonetheless, we do read all scripts submitted to our contest. If you have any further concerns please feel free to e-mail us, and we'll do what we can to address them. Thank you!

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Contest: StoryPros Awards[Post New Comment re: StoryPros Awards]

Trent Meunier Author: Trent Meunier Posted: 06/11/2015 02:35 PM
I was pretty disappointed to not get an email, or any feedback whatsoever. You would think for $60 they would at least prove that they read your script.

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

brian thomas Author: brian thomas Posted: 06/08/2015 08:18 AM
I've never entered this contest and only started entering contests at all this spring so I admit I am not an expert on all this. But it does seem odd to me that bluecat guarantees that if you enter by june 15 you will get feedback by july 1. Holy crap do they have roboreader working for them. That's a lot of scripts to read.

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

keshia thomas Author: keshia thomas Posted: 06/01/2015 01:35 PM
I purchased an analysis w/ the speedy turnaround and NOTHING! This is a scam. I have contacted the BBB for an investigation and my refund. I would highly recommend statying away from this company.

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Contest: Scripped.com[Post New Comment re: Scripped.com]

Jacqueline Hicks Author: Jacqueline Hicks Posted: 06/01/2015 07:55 AM
They've shut down.

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Contest: Los Angeles Screenplay[Post New Comment re: Los Angeles Screenplay]

Dee Dee Author: Dee Dee Posted: 05/26/2015 04:58 PM
WARNING! SCAM ALERT!!

You had better read this before sending them your money. Given my experience with their other competitions I wouldn't trust them as far as I can spit.

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20141217/dunning/chicago-screenplay-contest-unravels-amid-accusations-complaints

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Contest: Las Vegas Screenplay[Post New Comment re: Las Vegas Screenplay]

Dee Dee Author: Dee Dee Posted: 05/26/2015 04:54 PM
SCAM ALERT! Read this before you send them your money:

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20141217/dunning/chicago-screenplay-contest-unravels-amid-accusations-complaints

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

Dee Dee Author: Dee Dee Posted: 05/26/2015 04:51 PM
WARNING: In my opinion this contest is a SCAM. Very foolishly, and being new to the competition circuit, I believed their nonsense online and paid for coverage in addition to entering. What a waste of money! I have received better coverage for free. Now I know why. Read this before you send them your hard earned cash: http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20141217/dunning/chicago-screenplay-contest-unravels-amid-accusations-complaints I suspect that if you enter all six of their "competitions" it is only read once (if that) and the money all goes into the same pocket.

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Contest: American Movie Awards[Post New Comment re: American Movie Awards]

Dee Dee Author: Dee Dee Posted: 05/26/2015 04:40 PM
SCAM ALERT!!! Do not be fooled by the fancy website and claims to fame. These creeps are responsible for the Chicago Screenplay Competition debacle.

See: http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20141217/dunning/chicago-screenplay-contest-unravels-amid-accusations-complaints

I have serious doubts over the legitimacy of the report card on Moviebytes.

Do not give these creeps your money.

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

Deborah Reece Author: Deborah Reece Posted: 05/26/2015 01:36 PM
Most contests are bull, but I will enter a few.

Refuse to enter The Fresh Voices competition again since the winner last year was an EXACT duplicate in plot for that Tom Cruise movie where the guy keeps dying in a war and perfects his technique...can't remember the title. But the winning script had the exact same plot in that the protagonist was just dying over and over again while trying to save his wife. Personally, I wouldn't care how good a script was, if it had the exact same plot as a movie that came out less than a year ago then I wouldn't advance it as a reader.

A lot of stuff is just retreads anyway...I'm focused on TV anyway.

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Contest: Women In Cinema[Post New Comment re: Women In Cinema]

Dee Dee Author: Dee Dee Posted: 05/24/2015 09:01 PM
I too was a finalist in Wicint, and other than being notified I was a finalist, have not heard another word since.

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Contest: Women In Cinema[Post New Comment re: Women In Cinema]

judi Blaze Author: judi Blaze Posted: 05/21/2015 07:02 PM
I was a finalist in the Women in Cinema competition and it was noted that all finalists would get feedback for their scripts. I haven't seen or heard anything since entering this competition. Just curious of anyone else wonders about this.

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

Maja Olsson Author: Maja Olsson Posted: 05/16/2015 08:02 PM
When do you get feedback? I would like to make revisions in time to submit to another contest by July 15th. How does the Acclaim TV competition compare to the film one? Anyone know? Thanks.

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

Maja Olsson Author: Maja Olsson Posted: 05/16/2015 08:41 AM
When do you get feedback? I would like to make revisions in time to submit to another contest by July 15th. How does the Acclaim TV competition compare to the film one? Anyone know? Thanks.

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

Maja Olsson Author: Maja Olsson Posted: 05/15/2015 10:06 PM
When do you get feedback? I would like to make revisions in time to submit to another contest by July 15th. How does the Acclaim TV competition compare to the film one? Anyone know? Thanks.

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

Robert Ward Author: Robert Ward Posted: 05/04/2015 02:21 PM
One of the biggest positives with this competition, besides how well things are run, is the feedback I received. The notes were so good that I was able to completely rewrite the screenplay and make it much stronger. The feedback also allowed me to strengthen the novel version of the screenplay that I'm currently writing.

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

Megan Bickel Author: Megan Bickel Posted: 04/30/2015 12:18 PM
The mystery of how to craft a great logline was totally overwhelming to me. So, I entered this contest hoping to gain a little knowledge from the feedback. I was blown away by the level of feedback. It was not only solid feedback specific to my logline, it also taught me general principles of logline writing that I can apply in the future.

I rewrote and resubmitted and the feedback was no less helpful. For the price, I felt totally comfortable paying for the additional entry. And my last version was a monthly finalist! I can't say enough about my experience with this contest. Fantastic!

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

judi Blaze Author: judi Blaze Posted: 04/28/2015 07:15 PM
I noticed semi-finalists were not mentioned, is that usual. I'm new so don't know. Thanks

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

Patrick Gamble Author: Patrick Gamble Posted: 04/20/2015 07:04 PM
Congratulations on all the winners.

I would like to make three constructive suggestions to make this screenplay festival even better. 1. Definite announcement dates advertised 2. Make months between final deadline and announcing winners shorter - I think this was around 6 mths - way too long. 3. Make Qtr finalists only top 25%. Introduce a sem Finalist list of top 10% and finalists only top ten. Doing this will free up schmucks like me from following it for months on end.

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Contest: trackingb.com Original TV [Post New Comment re: trackingb.com Original TV ]

Steve Warren Author: Steve Warren Posted: 04/20/2015 08:20 AM
They're asking $99 entry fee for a TV Pilot script. That's just too much and smacks of taking advantage of desperate writers.

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Contest: IFIPG[Post New Comment re: IFIPG]

Phillip Hardy Author: Phillip Hardy Posted: 04/07/2015 05:47 PM
IFIPG's website is down as of April 7, 2015. Without announcing final results of their maiden voyage feature screenplay competition. Supposed to announce final results April 17th. I'm wondering if as a contest, they're down for the count.

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Contest: [Post New Comment re: ]

Patrick Gamble Author: Patrick Gamble Posted: 04/04/2015 06:18 PM
Hi

I'd be interested to hear more on what you've received and your experiences coming second in this contest. I'm interested in the contacts you've made, if this has lead you to being signed by anyone and the money and other prizes.

I've entered it previously and entered the current one but always bomb out around the semis or finals.

A minor criticism is their web site could be improved as its always hard to find result for the previous contests on their site. There's probably a trick to it but I think there could be links etc added to the site to make previous results more easily obtainable

cheers

Patrick

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Contest: [Post New Comment re: ]

Nick Amatuzio Author: Nick Amatuzio Posted: 04/04/2015 12:50 AM
Correction: I entered the WMC LAST year and was lucky enough to finish 2nd in the WM36 contest.

The staff have been very helpful Tess is super as is the rest of her gang. I may have bombarded them with a million questions (Math was never my strong point) but she and they were extremely helpful and professional.

I know there are many screenwriting contests out there but WMC is worth entering.

Good luck!

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Contest: [Post New Comment re: ]

Nick Amatuzio Author: Nick Amatuzio Posted: 04/03/2015 06:17 PM
I entered the WMC lsy year and was lucky enough to finish 2nd in the WM36 contest.

The staff have been very helpful Tess is super as is the rest of the staff. I may have bombarded them with a million questions (Math was never my strong point) but she and they were extremely helpful and professional.

I know there are many screenwriting contests out there but WMC is worth entering.

Good luck!

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Contest: [Post New Comment re: ]

Patrick Gamble Author: Patrick Gamble Posted: 04/01/2015 09:37 PM
Hi

I made two comments regarding this contest. The first was glowing, the second related in the light feedback. I did send an email to reel writers highlighting my disappointment with the feedback for cycle 3 and how I was of two minds to re-enter this contest again.

Overall I still look at the experience of entering Reel Writers as positive - it's like a boot camp for the novice screenwriter which in many ways I still am and it bought me a long way regarding the basics. Every one should enter it atleast once.

My last comment was regarding the feedback which I felt was not as good as the feedback I received the first time I entered. Maybe the first reviewer may have gone above and beyond what was expected and my expectations were raised so I was a little disappointed when I didn't receive the same great feedback the second time.

I also feel it's important everyone has the freedom to express their honest feelings on their experiences on contests without guilt. Overall, if you look at both my comments well I think you guys faired well and I honestly believe you still offer a great service to the novice writer. I was entering a ton of contests and getting no where and this contest taught me the importance of formating and the importance on making those first 15 pages zing. Not long after entering this contest, I reformatted my script at the time and entered it into the Final Draft Big Break and it made it as a top ten finalist in the Family category.

So kudos to Reel Writers

cheers

Patrick

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

Robert Brody Author: Robert Brody Posted: 04/01/2015 08:45 PM
Patrick, agree completely. And obviously I'm not just some "disgruntled writer" as my script won gold in the Page Awards, which is much bigger and prestigious by far. I got what I wanted from the contest circuit including management. My main issues with Bluecat were the quality of the feedback and the 2nd charge for resubmission BASED on that poor feedback. It's really just a revenue driver since everyone can resubmit instead of earning that chance by getting into semi or finals. I have no problem not advancing. My script won enough and I'm not greedy. Some readers simply won't like an idea, even when well executed. You can't get around that. I sent them an e-mail about this even before knowing I had not advanced beyond the quarters. Maybe they got mad at me! But I think writers should go for the biggest contests 1st.

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Contest: [Post New Comment re: ]

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/Feature[Post New Comment re: FilmMakers/Feature]

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

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 Feature[Post New Comment re: Emerging Screenwriters Feature]

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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