Latest Contest News
“We at Write Brothers are
extremely happy to be partnered with American Gem in their quest to find
the American Gem Short Script.”
--Chris Huntley, Vice President—Write Brothers
SEMIFINALIST GETS OPTIONED.
THE CONSORT by Patricia Harris
Seeley, a 2004 semifinalist in the American Gem Short
Screenplay Competition, gets optioned and production is due to
commence in March of 2005. Patricia Harris Seeley says
"Entering your short screenplay competition has been
wonderful, and being a semifinalist has been great for my CV.
Thank you SO much and hopefully I'll have ackick-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!"
DONOR BY BENEDICT R. GORMAN-FANCY GETS OPTIONED
Gorman-Fancy, American Gem 2003 Fifth Place Screenwriting Competition Winner,
for his script DONOR was optioned by Heaven's Gate Films. Benedict R
Gorman-Fancy says "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!!!”
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
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.
...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.
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 Gorman-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 many ways.