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I just wanted to post a reminder that our absolute final deadline is this coming Tuesday, November 2nd. I've posted a bit more about the Gimme Credit International Screenplay Competition below (http://www.gimmecreditcompetition.com).
Thank you and good luck! Erica Engelhardt Competition Director, GCISC
The Gimme Credit International Screenplay Competition was created to provide exposure and development advice to as many writers as possible. We strive to bring new and unique voices to the table. Recognizing a lack of distinct voices in the screenplays being produced, GSISC has now devoted the competition to finding brilliant short AND feature scripts. We have a network of associates at production companies who are constantly on the lookout for the next great script. We hope to bring it to them. While we cannot make the promise of production for our features, we can promise to provide our winning writers' scripts access to our qualified entertainment industry contacts and professional, honest development advice.
This year, for the first time, scripts will be judged in eight genre categories. They are:
Comedy Drama Horror Action Family Science Fiction Musicals Any Other Genre
Each category will have finalists (provided quality scripts are submitted in each genre). Then, four winners will be chosen from all of the finalists and will be submitted to production companies, agents and managers for consideration.
In the short categories, four winners will be chosen and those winners will then be granted a lifetime membership in our ScriptMatch network in addition to other excellent prizes.
Eligibility: 18 years of age and older. Individuals who have earned the sum of $15,000 or more for their writing are not eligible to enter. Entry Fee:
Features: $54 (by November 2, 2010) Shorts: $44 (by November 2, 2010) Super Shorts: $29 (by November 2, 2010)
All writers receive feedback on their scripts following the announcement of the winners! Our unwavering commitment to helping writers succeed was the foundation for our complimentary feedback policy. The notes provide direction and guidance to our writers and serve as proof that your script has been read. Should you wish for a more in-depth coverage of your script, that is available through our website at a discount with your entry.
In a related note (and my ringing endorsement for this comp), I saw my produced short, Not Even Death, last night at the Latin Horror Film Festival in Manhattan. This was the first time I saw it at a film festival, with a crowd of people in a theater.
The audience (as well as myself) loved it. I might dare say that it was the best short of the night.... but I'm too modest for that.
I need to keep better tabs on these damn contest! It's too late for me to enter this one... Damn it! I know I'm entering Shrekfest but only because a script consultant I had read one of my scripts had suggested it. Otherwise I wouldn't know about it. I need to start entering every chance I get.
What about Scriptapaloza? Is it any good? I know it's coming up isn't it?
I'm sure they do, P, you blue animated looney you.
Still. How about five bucks, or maybe ten.
Two reasons why competitions charge fees (not the only two, but two):
1. Administrative costs.
2. It keeps the number of entries down to a sane and manageable number.
If you charge $50 for an entry fee, you may get 300 entries in the competition. If you charge $20, you may get 1500 entries. If you charge $5, you'll probably get 5000 entries. A question that entrants ask themselves is "Is my script worth the entry fee?" Everyone's script is worth a $5 entry fee. The problem is that the competition needs to hire enough readers for 5000 scripts.
Gimme Credit is also one of the few competitions that offers feedback on the scripts and that's always good. Most competitions only send you an acknowledgement that they received your script (and money).
It's okay Phil. From what I have learned, it is a cultural difference.
When I was last in Europe (with your film!), a number of the festivals complained about American festivals, saying they did not respect them because they charged entry fees. What Europeans don't get is that our arts are not funded and subsidized by the government. In Europe, festival costs are completely covered by the governments and arts councils. Any such funding we had here dried up years ago. There, filmmakers are given grants to make films, not just documentaries - narratives too, of significant amounts. Short filmmakers can make a good living and sometimes have funding for shorts of up to a quarter million dollars. That is why mostly European shorts win the Academy Award.
But back to festivals... there are certainly festivals and competitions that run just to make money but from the festival directors I've met, most are just trying to break even. Most fests and competitions just want to be able to pay expenses and, in small fests, almost always no one takes a salary. We are no exception. I wish we could operate without having to charge entry fees. I wish we could give feedback to 5,000 entrants - the good, the bad and the ugly - because it would help all of the writers improve. But that is just not realistic or feasible.