I want to say that we have been in initial
contact with Fox regarding Frijolito, Go! and would like to thank you very
much for opening that door.
Tony Mosher and Mitch Larson
"Angela's Decision" was picked up by Australian
director Mat King. It is in pre-production now and is being filmed in
Australia beginning on January 30, 2006. I don't think this script would have
been requested for a read if it hadn't been for placing in your contest. So,
thank you, thank you, thank you! For giving this opportunity to screenwriters
and short scripts in particular. And thanks for putting the screenwriter
first. This is the only short I've written. I've written several features, and
one of those has been optioned twice now. I am looking for an agent now and I
think because of this short being produced, it will certainly help. This
director also is a pro and does quality work, so I couldn't have asked for a
better opportunity. Thanks again!!! ....
Update 2007 -
- "Angela's Decision," has been produced in Australia by award-winning
Mat King. It is now making the film festival rounds in 2007. It has received a
Gold ACS Award for Best Cinematography from the Australian Cinematographers
Society. It received Honorable Mention in the George Lindsey UNA Film Festival
for Best Feature. One of the film's songs, "Run
To Nowhere," composed by Christopher Slaski, was a finalist in the Garden
State Film Festival's film music competition. And it's on to the Phoenix Film
Festival next. Hopefully, this is just the beginning for the film. (In some
festivals it is considered a short and in some it's a feature due to its
length of 48 minutes.) Thank you for your competition. It really does mean a
lot to screenwriters to receive recognition, which in my case resulted in
getting the script produced.
My journey with
American Gem has done so much for helping me realize my own dream. I feel like
I can make it, writing for a living...
After I completed The Gardener, I felt that the script actually had a
voice. I researched online for the best short screenplay contest. You guys are
American Gem’s intentions are genuine. Few contests honor the short script
form the way they do. They don’t present themselves as a “fly-by-night” kind
of organization by any means. And to have the chance to compete and have your
short produced is too good to pass up.
Angie M. Comer
I really wanted to thank you again for hosting
such an unbelievable contest. This has to be one of the best out there. I know
a lot of screenplay contest winners that I have met from around the country
and your prizes blow everyone else away... I enjoyed the Expo and met a
Manager with Arpil Entertainment that I hope will offer to represent me soon.
He's currently reading my stuff.
I had been
looking for a professional and highly renowned screenplay festival—like the
American Gem Short Screenplay Competition—to submit my story. I am honored
that you have chosen my screenplay. Thank you.
I felt it
was the type of competition that would show respect for aspiring screenwriters
and their work.
When you’re as
amateur as I am, I think it works as a great morale booster. Since this was my
first screenplay, I considered making Top 300 a miracle. Even if you don’t win
anything in the end, any kind of feedback (negative ones motivate you,
positive ones let you believe in your own potential) offers the best help an
aspiring anything can get...
I entered this contest for my first rejection slip, but I guess the best laid
plans often go awry.
...when a contest offers a chance for your
story to be produced, or to meet with producers and/or agents, it’s a great
opportunity for an aspiring writer!.....
I wanted to start entering some of my work into
feature screenplay contests and started looking around the web. During my
search I came upon information on The American Gem Short Screenplay
Competition which had received good reviews at moviebytes.com, and which
offered impressive awards to its winners. I never considered entering a short
script contest before that.
I think contests like
this one are a great way for writers to get their work evaluated while they
are still in the process of honing their craft and clarifying their voice.
It's exciting to enter a contest, but it doesn't feel like so much of a gamble
that ordinary writers can't apply... I honestly never expected to make it
anywhere near this far along in the contest. I'm very thrilled.
I entered American Gem
primarily because of the testimonials on the web-site. It's
important to hear what others say, and there are numerous
positive statements about the competition and it's affect on
careers. Secondly, the prize range in the American Gem
competition is one of the best. It has real depth by offering
numerous prize levels. Many contests offer a large first place
prize then nothing after that. There are some that don't even
offer honorable mentions or semi-finalist levels. These things
are important as boosts to the soul when one is slugging it out
through another 10 page day.
With this being my first
experience with any script competitions, I wanted to send my
screenplay into one that I could trust. With FOX's name
attached to it, there was a great sense of reliability. Also,
reading some of the great things that people had to say about
the American Gem contest was really encouraging.
Entering your short
screenplay competition has been wonderful, and being a
finalist has been great for my CV. Thank you SO much and
hopefully I'll have a
kick-butt sci-fi ready to enter the film festivals that you'll
recognize. Hopefully, this script will be my calling
card for features!.... a producer already picked up my
script and funding has started to come in. I should be
directing it in March...
Thanks so much! It was wonderful to be recognized, I'm sure
it's helped with
raising the funding and production of the script!"
Patricia Harris Seeley
My 5th place in the American
Gem this year has gotten me a lot of script requests which I
am extremely happy about. Hopefully something good will come
from one of those requests... I read that you were promoting
the winning scripts as part of your ongoing result promotion
and was intrigued to learn more about your efforts... I have
optioned the script 'Donor' to Heaven's Gate Films of Northern
Ireland.... another direct achievement leading on from
your competition! The 5th place result definitely helped the
script land into the right hands!!!
Benedict R. Fancy
My script Found Money was
only an Honorable Mention in the first American Gem, but that
little bit of credibility helped get it read by a casting
director and then professional NYC actors who eventually
signed on to make the film. Found Money has now screened at
four US film festivals, no small feat since there are now over
3,100 short films being considered in the circuit.
I want to thank all of you
for having this contest! It was such an honor to be in the top
10! This was the first script I had written, I'm thinking
about turning a short story I've just completed into a short
script......we'll see! Thanks again!
Jennifer D. Bandrup
Thank you so much. The
contest has been so exciting for me, and gives me hope in so
Your contest rocks!!!
This contest is a great
stepping stone and will inspire writers from all walks of
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.
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.