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Spring 2019 Screenwriting Contest – Quarter-Finalists Announced!

Spring 2019 Screenwriting Contest – Quarter-Finalists Announced!

It’s a big day for us here at WriteMovies as we announce the Quarter-Finalists from our Spring 2019 Screenwriting Contest – and what an amazing group of scripts this has turned out to be!

The bar continues to rise for us with each competition. The response to this contest has been genuinely fantastic, with people submitting right up to the final deadline – and many more taking advantage of our one-week extension!

It’s hard to think of a time when the standard has been higher. We’ve had screenplays from all kinds of genres, ranging from serious drama to children’s animation, from horror to comedy to romance and everything in between!

And of course, fuelled by our inaugural Sci-Fi and Fantasy competition – with every submission also receiving free entry to the Spring 2019 Contest – we’ve not only been taken to countless new worlds, but we’ve had even more high quality scripts to judge than ever before!

If you’re disappointed that you haven’t made it onto our list of Quarter-Finalists, just keep in mind how tough the competition was this time. And don’t give up! If you want to go further but aren’t sure how, we’d recommend making use of one of our Script Report services to get the feedback you need that will take your script to the next level.

You’ll also get free entry to our next major Screenwriting Contest when you buy a Script Report: the Fall 2019 Screenwriting Contest is already open for submissions. Click here to find out more!

But for now, well done to all of our Quarter-Finalists, and keep an eye out for Semi-Finals on August 2nd. Hit the button below to find out who made the Quarter-Finals!

 

Quarter-Finalists 
BISCAYNE, Adam HershTHE ENCHANTED OPAL, Alan SmithCARAVAGGIO, Alasdair McMullan
TORONTO THE GOOD, Andrew MoodieSURVIVAL, Anne RaittEPSILON, Anthony Etherington
GLEIS DER VERGELTUNG, Astrid KortenLADY IN RED, Astrid KortenDIE TRANE, Astrid Korten
MADE IN AMERICA, Rikki RiveraSTARRING… JOHN DILLINGER, Bill Walker & Brian AnthonyDON’T TELL A SOUL, Dan Stone
MARS GENESIS, Don TernyilaTHREE DAYS, Emilio SantinAPEX VANISHED, Eric Barcley
RACE MUSIC, Eric Weber & Hasan OraciusTHE CRAWL UP, Gabriell DeBear PayeOMEGA POINT, James Bingham
FABLE OF THE JADE TIGER, Jason FisherIN THE GAME, Jason FisherITER APOCALYPSE, Jean-Francois Oviode
A CHANGE OF PLANS, Jeffrey WardMONSTER, Jennifer CartaUN CRIME PLUS QUE PARFAIT, Joel Prost
CHANNEL THIRD, Jonathan MurnaneGODLESS SKIES, Joshua David HarrisSUNSHINE STATE: DUENDE, Kai Thorup
DOUBLE FF, Karl MatherCAROLINE BUXTON’S LIPSTICK POSSE, Kelly KaramKID SOLDIER, Kelly Karam
LENA’S RULES, Ken ComerANCIENT DEMONS, Kushagra KundraPLANET SPARTA, Link Miller
THE TIME-TRAP, Mark FloodENDANGERED SPECIES, Mark FloodPRODOMICA, Matt Lewis
INCIDENT AT PINEY HOLLOW, Michael Neyland & Susan NeylandTHE REVOLT OF THE WALES, Michael RhodesVOYAGE DANS L’HISTOIRE, Nanny Silvestre
CINQUIEME ETAGE, Natacha AstutoKATHARINE TO TESLA, FAITHFULLY YOURS, Natalie Paige BentleyTHE MERMAID, Natalie Paige Bentley
THE SAX, Pascal KulcsarSHIRO, Pascal KulcsarSURGEON HONG, Paul Gross
THE LAST PRISON, Richard GeiwitzDARWIN RISING, Richard GeiwitzTALES FROM MYSTERION: THE HIDDEN ISLAND, Richard Garcia Morgan & Ryan Jaroncyk
SUPREMACY, Rosalyn RosenHIGHLAND DRIVE, Rosalyn RosenOUTCAST, Sarah Bellwood
FRESH START, INC.,  Scott TaylorTHE CHEESE DANCE FILM FESTIVAL, Steven BednarA TASTE OF PRIVILEGE, Steven Bednar
HUNT FOR THE LOST SECRET OF EDEN, Tom ZmiarovichAPOCALYPSE, Tyler TrueLOVE IS EVERYTHING, Tyler True
DER LETZTE BUS, Urs AebersoldTHE M&M BOYS, Gino DeMarcoCOYOTE WARRIOR, Roberta Rovner Pieczenik

Semi-Finalists are due to be announced on August 2nd and Finalists and Winners on August 16th – keep an eye out for those!

Horror proves popular – May 2019 Script Sales

Horror proves popular – May 2019 Script Sales

There are several interesting things to note from the May 2019 Script Sales as reported by Script Pipeline, but what struck us the most was that there are several horror projects here.

This shows that no matter what, there’s always a core audience for this genre, making it a good target for screenwriters looking to get a production credit under their belt. The production costs are also often low for these kind of projects – always seen as a big positive by producers!

  • DON’T GO IN THE WATER sounds like an interesting idea. Horror has produced plenty of iconic monsters and villains over the years, and it looks like they might be aiming for another one here as an alcoholic  does battle with a tentacled monster in the lake. Yes, the idea of being trapped in an isolated cabin is a tired cliche – but the monster sounds like it might enliven things.
  • Another year, another remake. This time it’s the classic HELLRAISER getting the treatment, set to be written by David S. Goyer. After ten films in the franchise already, you’d think that people might be getting tired of it; this is one that could either crash badly or breathe new life into the series.
  • Speaking of remakes, how about a spinoff? Another series that seems to go on forever, SAW gets another instalment – which might not sound so surprising until you realize that the story concept is by Chris Rock. However this turns out, it should certainly be interesting!

On the other end of things, there are also several comedies being sold and set to star various stars including Chris Hemsworth – a welcome bit of news, given how well he plays comedic roles.

If you’d like to see more of Script Pipeline’s report on script sales in May 2019, you can click here to do that now!

WriteMovies Spring 2019 Screenwriting Contest closed for submissions

WriteMovies Spring 2019 Screenwriting Contest closed for submissions

After a fantastic response to our one week deadline extension, the WriteMovies Spring 2019 Screenwriting Contest has now closed!

A big thank-you to everyone who submitted, both directly to this contest and to the WriteMovies Sci-Fi and Fantasy Award 2019. Judging is already underway, and we’re having a blast reading your scripts.

The first set of results is now just weeks away: the Quarter-Finalists are announced on July 19th, Semi-Finalists on August 2nd, and Finalists and Winners on August 16th.

And if you want to get ahead of the competition, why not buy a script report from us and get free entry to our next contest? Starting from just $89, you can get valuable feedback on your work from our industry experts, helping you take your script to the next level and find out what you need to do to succeed!

Thanks once again from the entire WriteMovies team! And keep an eye out – we’ve got more great things coming your way soon, including new contests and a new award for a different genre…

WriteMovies Spring 2019 Screenwriting Contest – One Week Deadline Extension!

WriteMovies Spring 2019 Screenwriting Contest – One Week Deadline Extension!

Wanted to enter our Spring 2019 Screenwriting Contest but missed the deadline? You’ll be pleased to hear that we’ve extended the deadline by one week, giving you an extra chance to submit!

We know how easy it can be to miss a competition deadline. Maybe you were trying to make those last minute adjustments to your script that you felt would take it another level, only to find that it’s a bigger task than expected. Or maybe life just got in the way – as it tends to do!

We’ve really enjoyed reading the scripts that have been entered into our contest so far, and we’re eager to see what else you might have on offer. As a result we made the decision to extend the deadline and give you a bit of extra time to enter!

There are major advantages to entering one of our contests. The Grand Prize for the top placed script is $2000, and the top three scripts all receive:

  • A year of free script development worth up to $3200
  • Guaranteed pitching to industry
  • Exclusive previews of WriteMovies Academy, our unique Virtual Film School
  • Exclusive prizes from InkTip

And if you need even more info on what’s on the line, click here to take a look at an article from last week in which we discussed how we help our winners develop their scripts and make them even better!

Don’t miss your chance. This is your last opportunity to get involved in our Spring 2019 Screenwriting Contest and take your first steps towards screenwriting success with WriteMovies!

Click here to enter the WriteMovies Spring 2019 Screenwriting Contest!

Spring 2019 Screenwriting Contest – One Week to Go!

Spring 2019 Screenwriting Contest – One Week to Go!

The WriteMovies Spring 2019 Screenwriting Contest is heating up, with just one week to go until the final deadline on Sunday June 16th!

There’s a host of reasons to submit to this competition – not least of which is the Grand Prize of $2000, which is awarded to the script that comes in first place. Even more valuable, however, is the guaranteed pitching to industry and the year of free script development given to the top three scripts.

Any great writer knows that writing is rewriting. With help and advice from our industry experts, our winners can expect to see their script go from strength to strength. We’ll assess your work on elements such as concept, structure, characters, and more.

WriteMovies is able to add a massive amount of value to any script, no matter how far along it is. Don’t forget that you can get our help on your screenplay by buying one of our Script Reports, starting with Judging Feedback from $89 up to the more comprehensive Development Notes at $149.

And once our winners scripts are in the best possible shape – that’s when we start taking them out into the world and pitching them to the industry! Don’t miss out on your chance to win these great prizes and start your screenwriting journey with WriteMovies.

Make sure you submit to our Spring 2019 Screenwriting Contest by the final deadline this Sunday, June 16th by clicking here!

 

WriteMovies Sci-Fi and Fantasy Award 2019 – Winner Announced!

WriteMovies Sci-Fi and Fantasy Award 2019 – Winner Announced!

We first launched the WriteMovies Sci-Fi and Fantasy Award because we wanted to be transported to amazing, fantastical new worlds – and boy, did you guys deliver! Our entrants spanned the deepest reaches of space, magical lands, and all of time: past, present, and future!

The imagination is a writer’s most powerful weapon, and it was on full display here. Well done to everyone who entered; the quality was so consistently high that you made it extremely difficult for us to pick a winner!

Some of the things that helped us make our choice include:

  • Originality of concept – giving us something truly unique instead of something we’ve seen before
  • Depth and complexity of worldbuilding – making the universe of the story feel like a real, lived in place
  • Impressive visual elements – taking full advantage of these genres’ strengths
  • Great characters – ensuring that the human element doesn’t get lost!

So here it is… The first ever winner of the inaugural WriteMovies Sci-Fi and Fantasy Award is…

 

THE TIME-TRAP

By Mark Flood

A big congratulations to Mark, who has won guaranteed pitching to industry, two sets of Development Notes, and continued script development from us! Well done also to all of our Honorable Mentions, who you can find listed below.

 

HONORABLE MENTIONS

OMEGA POINT, James BinghamENDANGERED SPECIES, Mark FloodGODLESS SKIES, Joshua David Harris
FABLE OF THE JADE TIGER, Jason FisherSHIRO, Pascal KulcsarTHE LAST PRISON, Richard Geiwitz
THE REVOLT OF THE WHALES, Michael RhodesMARS GENESIS, Don TernyilaRACE MUSIC, Eric Weber