ĎMost 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
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
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 one ask?
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 Movie Bytes.
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
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 immediately interested.
'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.
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 appreciate it.
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
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
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
This contest has a very good
reputation for professionalism and for helping the winners
move their careers forward....
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
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.
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 good thing.†
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.