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Hope all is well on the best screenwriting forum around and that people are still writing regardless of what is going on in this crazy world. I wanted to announce our latest call for entries and also let you know that we are now accepting feature-length screenplays. We are very excited to be able to take this step forward with our competition! Please post or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
The Gimme Credit Screenplay Competition strives to recognize and award the achievements of exceptional writers while assisting them in furthering their careers by producing winning shorts and opening doors for winning features. We also seek to assist writers of all levels in honing their craft through our complimentary feedback program.
Now Accepting Features: The top four winning features will be submitted to production companies, agents and managers for consideration.
As always, the winning short script is produced and professionally marketed on the festival circuit.
All writers receive feedback on their scripts following the announcement of the winners. Feature writers receive feedback on the first 15 pages of their scripts.
In addition to the competition, we offer comprehensive script analysis from our website. Discounts given with an entry.
As a professional production company, we do not put our films online. We put up our trailer but anything further limits the film's exposure at film festivals and its distribution potential.
I work in television and I can understand how broadcasting a film can limit its eligibility in a festival. I’m not sure about online viewing although it certainly makes sense that some festivals (perhaps all of them, I don’t know) may prohibit it for the same or similar reasons.
I can also see why a distribution company would have a problem with it. I certainly would if I were in the distribution business.
I’ll keep an eye out for a screening anywhere in the Portland or Seattle areas, or even northern California.
I am a little concerned about the competition rate versus the production rate. As best as I can glean, the competition has been around since 2005. There have been seven winners since that time, meaning there is more than one cycle per year, and there is only one completed film.
The intention is to produce all these films and get them all exposure in festivals? It seems that new projects are being taken on faster than the capacity for them to be produced.
In addition to My Wife is a Zombie, we completed and sent to film festivals the 2005 unofficial winner Somewhere in Between. This was the experience which inspired us to officially create the competition. We took the website and photos down for that film a few weeks ago in order to create a new one. For now, you can find out about it here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0464206/. We are currently in pre-production for two films, one to be shot later this month. As I mentioned before, we should have two more websites and trailers up in the next few months.
In 2008, we switched to one cycle per year to be able to catch up on productions. We are further behind than we would like to be, however, we are working hard to catch up quickly. We’ve also regularly been in touch with our winners and let them know when there are delays and what they are.
When we started GCSC there were one or two other competitions producing the winners. Now, there are quite a few who claim to produce the winning short. Some actually do (in varying degrees) while others give “production packages” or some send the winner to a filmmaking school where students produce it. In my opinion, the number of competitions who produce the winner’s short screenplay professionally at a level that will actually get accepted into reputable festivals and give a writer a “calling card” film to be proud of can be counted on, well, a few fingers.
Because of this, our films take longer (and cost more) to produce. We don’t use camcorders or skimp on marketing but, rather, have marketing plans for the films designed by MBAs. We pull favors and use our networks to get amazingly overqualified people to work on our films. Great examples of this are our Stunt Coordinator http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0877799/ and FX Consultant http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0354600/ on My Wife is a Zombie. Waiting to get the best DP or Makeup Artist possible may mean a delay of several months but, in our opinion, the difference is worth it. I believe that the difference has been and will continue to be worth it to our winning writers.