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eldave1
Posted: October 9th, 2015, 7:01pm Report to Moderator
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This is rule number 7 from the Script Goldmine contest:

7. Your submission must have a properly formatted file name. Your name, followed by your screenplay title, like this:

yourname-yourscreenplaytitle.filetype

Please strip all punctuation out of the file title. If your name or title has a hyphen, or apostrophes, these should not be included.

For example. ‘The Fire-Starter’ by P.J. O’Hara, in a PDF format, should be uploaded as:
pjohara-thefirestarter.pdf

If your file does NOT have this format, your submission will still go through, but we will take no responsibility if your submission gets lost somewhere deep and dark in the bowels of our database.


I believe the "Gold mine" may be the fees surrendered for script file names that do not conform to this anal retentive structure.  


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Dustin
Posted: October 10th, 2015, 2:48am Report to Moderator
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I can't think of any reason for such a silly rule. I rarely read the rules to anything. If I pay money and enter a script then if I've done it wrong then I expect an email telling me so. I certainly don't expect the threat that my paid for entry could disappear 'into the deep, dark bowels of a database'.

Complete and utter bollocks. It's impossible. What they actually mean by that is that the script will be deliberately ignored. With the excuse that it's 'lost'.


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eldave1
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Yup - They are now in my junk folder


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If you go through the rules of a lot of film festivals and writing competitions, quite a few have a gotcha that could disqualify you straight away if they were strict.

The Twisted and Impact 50 competitions both have rules which state the entry must be saved in the format of SCRIPT-NAME-DRAFT-NUMBER-BY-WRITER.pdf. There's plenty who ignore or are unaware of this rule.

It also states the title page should have just the name of the script, writer only and no other contact information, yet I’ve seen loads which have their email address and other contact info. Will this disqualify them? Who knows? Most competitions do not give feedback unless you pay for it, so you have no idea which entries they read in their entirety and which they simply discard because of a rule violation.

Someone should make a documentary on indie film and screenplay contests, I think it would be quite an eye opener. Ironically it would need to be accepted in the indie film festival circuit to get noticed lol.


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Well one could also see it as a first selection criteria. If you as a writer are willing to pay an entry fee to a contest and don't even bother to read the rules, what does that say about your work ethic and possible reliability in case someone wants to sign you?


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Quoted from MarkRenshaw
If you go through the rules of a lot of film festivals and writing competitions, quite a few have a gotcha that could disqualify you straight away if they were strict.

The Twisted and Impact 50 competitions both have rules which state the entry must be saved in the format of SCRIPT-NAME-DRAFT-NUMBER-BY-WRITER.pdf. There's plenty who ignore or are unaware of this rule.

It also states the title page should have just the name of the script, writer only and no other contact information, yet I’ve seen loads which have their email address and other contact info. Will this disqualify them? Who knows? Most competitions do not give feedback unless you pay for it, so you have no idea which entries they read in their entirety and which they simply discard because of a rule violation.

Someone should make a documentary on indie film and screenplay contests, I think it would be quite an eye opener. Ironically it would need to be accepted in the indie film festival circuit to get noticed lol.


That would be a gem of a documentary.


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eldave1
Posted: October 12th, 2015, 12:01pm Report to Moderator
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BlueCat is even more - whatever.

If you go to their link on the full set of eligibility requirements - there is no mention of a naming convention for your PDF file name.

But: if you look at the set of abbreviated rules on their marketing emails it says this:

•  Screenplay PDF must have a properly formatted filename (Name of Screenplay by Author First Last Name.pdf — i.e. Raiders of the Lost Ark by Lawrence Kasdan.pdf)


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