Most screenwriting competitions give writers a chance to win prizes
and money. Thatís cool but what writerís REALLY want is for someone to
make their script into a film. Filmmakers awards prizes and money but
more importantly, it gives writers exposure to industry personnel who
can actually take the script from the page to the screen. That
exposure sets Filmmakers apart.
Filmmakersí was one of three competitions a friend in the industry
Script Magazine and HollywoodLitSales comment on this contest from
time to time. After entering it once, I was hooked by the
professionalism of the staff and by the feedback provided through the
announcement of results. It matters knowing at what point your script
falls short, if it does. It helps the learning process.
I entered because of the prestige of the contest and because of
those who will read my script if it places in the top ten...If you've
got a great story and you've mastered your craft, your work will be
recognized. You should be encouraged that Pearls of China has done
well in this completely non-religious, Hollywood screenplay contest.
It can be done Ė don't give up!
Regina Garcia Littlejohn
My experience from last yearís entry in American Gem, an off-shoot
competition for shorts managed by FilmMakers, was handled very well.
Secondly, based on personal feedback, Moviebytes lists FilmMakers as
one of the best run and most influential. The other thing is the depth
of prizes. Many contests only offer first, second and third,
FilmMakers lists numerous as well as having the Top 20 and Top 10.
This makes a difference when you approach someone with your script.
FilmMakers has an excellent reputation in the contest circuit, and
has lived up to it. FilmMakers also offers more than just cash prizes,
though we love those, too. Getting our scripts into the hands of
people who can make them into movies is the real prize.
A lot of the competitions out there are for cash prizes only.
FilmMakers.com was one of the few that really encompasses everything a
writer strives for. With FilmMakers, you enter into the competitive
realm of Hollywood with the ability to get your script read by
professionals in the industry, with the chance to obtain
representation. Itís also one of the few forums that does not
discriminate on geographical location. The contest is open to writers
from around the world so you are literally competing against the
best.... I truly feel that this is one of the best screenwriter
contests available for writers.
This is one of the few verifiably good-intentioned, astute and
rewarding competitions out here, where there is a genuine intention
for the good and favor of the writer. Itís not about taking
advantage.... There is a sincere commitment to see the committed
writer succeed with the FilmMakers.com & the Radmin company
screenwriting contest. And at best they want to be your benefactor.
And at worst, the conduit to your inevitable success. What more can
I had heard nothing but positive things in the professional way
they host their contest. Now being a recognized award winner, I must
agree with those comments I heard.
It seemed to be one of the bigger contest, and was highly rated on
There are so many contests and the time, effort and cost required
to enter them can add up, I use Moviebytes.com to screen out the wheat
from the chaff. Prior contestants' report cards and commentary are
extremely helpful in this regard, as is a review of the contests'
websites. Filmmakers International was one of the more favored
The prospect of being read by people in the industry. The fact that
Filmmakers International offers finalists the opportunity to be read
by the Radmin Co.
Filmmakers International's acknowledgement of this very basic
difference as to the expectations of genres was the number one reason
I chose to enter. I felt the contest was run by those who knew the
industry, not those who merely observed it.
Itís number one on Google Search engine! And, of course, it has a
good reputation in online screenwriting communities.
This contest was referred to us by a colleague in the industry, as
being a good one. When we looked at the opportunity to pitch the
script, that aspect of the prize was very appealing. We also are
seeking representation for this project and felt that winning here
would help..... I do feel contests are important. This is my first
one, but we discovered it prompted us to put attention on getting the
screenplay read and the movie made. We wanted more access and more
feedback. A script on a shelf is going nowhere. A contest motivated me
to get the thing out there.
Prior to entering the Filmmakers International Screenwriting Awards
I had won a screenwriting contest for a short I had written. I ended
up very disappointed with the lack of professionalism and
communication. Therefore, when I read about the size and outstanding
reputation of the Filmmakers International Screenwriting Awards I was
'Certain' screenplay contests can be extremely important for
aspiring screenwriters. It's a great way to get one's work read and
validated and, depending on the outcome, may lead to an opportunity
for one-on-one meetings with producers and agents. After that it's the
writers responsibility to make the most out of it.... Reputation was
very important. I'm very selective when it comes to screenwriting
competitions. And the opportunity to have my script read by
professionals, and if I should win, the possibility to meet with
producers and agents.
A couple of friends who highly recommended the website. I followed up
on it and liked its approach, in that it supported emerging
screenwriters. I followed up on it and liked its approach, in that it
supported emerging screenwriters, they even let them post their
loglines on the website for free. I think that says a lot. So, when I
found out about the competition, I decided to place Kin in it.
There arenít many contests run by people who actually know what it
takes to write a script someone might want to produce. FilmMakers and
The Radmin Company are both grounded in the realities of filmmaking.
It's always nice (and rare!) to get such positive feedback.....
Just wanted to drop you a note of good news and thanks. After winning
the filmmakers.com contest, I've had a lot of doors open to me that
were previously unthinkable. More specifically, thanks in part to the
contest win, combined with the interview on the filmmakers.com website
I was able to pitch a romantic comedy idea to Harbor Light
Entertainment -- and this month they optioned it. (Harbor Light
currently has a deal at Paramount with Morgan Freeman attached). I'm
not sure I would have been able to get the attention I got if not for
your contest. So, thanks again for all your hard work!!! I really
The contest is very well reviewed on both the Movie Bytes and
Creative Screenwriting web sites.
It has a strong reputation and strong access. In addition, they set
deadlines and stick to them which shows a great deal of respect for
the writers and credibility to the contest.... The caliber of writers
entering contests now is amazing. There are many working professionals
among us. Any writer who underestimates contests has not done their
homework.... Donít take a ride on the bitter bus. Keep a sense of
humor because youíre going to need it. Volunteer, join writing groups,
attend conferences, enter contests. Doors open when you least expect
it. AndÖhard work beats talent when talent doesnít work hard.
While searching the internet for screenwriting competitions I came
across the Filmmakers International Screenwriting Awards and was
immediately impressed with the number of applicants in the previous
years of competition. The opportunity to have your script read by an
agent was very enticing as well as the general information and
resources that are available on the website.
Thank you and everyone else at Filmmakers.com for all you've done
on my behalf so far. I am indeed truly grateful... I'm very pleasantly
surprised by all the activity your contest has generated... Almost
immediately after THE SECRET BOY became a winner in your contest, it
was optioned by KONK Productions and director Chris Koch (whose
feature credits include "Snow Day" and "A Guy Thing")... I want to
thank you once again for running such a terrific contest - it's really
helped make a difference.
This contest has a very good reputation for professionalism and for
helping the winners move their careers forward.... Contest results are
good barometers of the progress you are making in developing your
craft. And they are extremely important in terms of helping you make
valuable contacts with agents and producers. This business is so much
about networking. Writing well is only half the battle.
I entered the Filmmakers International Screenplay Contest because
of the word "international." I felt an internationally oriented
contest might be more open to my story, that is somewhat critical of
American culture. It is the first (and only) contest I have entered.
Peter Alan Stelzer
I believe screenplay competitions are an invaluable resource for
writers who can't get past the virtual blockade that surrounds
Hollywood. Producers won't even read queries unless submitted by an
agent and so few agents are willing to take on new clients that
contests are a way of getting your work seen and possibly noticed by
"the powers that be."
I am thrilled and honored by your recognition! I cannot thank you
enough for your time and consideration.
Your contest rocks!!!
This contest is a great stepping stone and will inspire writers
from all walks of life.
Keep up the great work.
I truly appreciate your time and effort on my behalf. I have
nothing but the nicest things to say about your company.
You made me very happy this week. I checked to see if my agent
contact information is listed as you promised and there it was! ON
PAGE ONE, too. I showed it to my family and friends who are published
writers and visiting for the weekend... The Chinese say the smile you
send out returns to you. Here's smiling at you.
Congratulations on your second year of an exciting contest that
continues to offer writers invaluable exposure and contacts.
I am glad to see you are getting such good responses from
production companies for contest's finalists. None of the other
contests I placed in have generated this kind of response. My guess is
that there is "good buzz" going around town about you guys--this is a
Thank you for the opportunity to enter the FilmMakers.com contest. It
is the biggest inspiration I have had in a long time.
Thanks for taking the time to review my screenplay. It was exciting to
be apart of the contest. This was my first foray into the field of
screenwriting, and it was encouraging to know that someone was
listening. I hope to enter again with a more polished, concise and
marketable product. Please keep me informed of further contests.