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Summer 2020 Screenwriting Contest now OPEN!

Summer 2020 Screenwriting Contest now OPEN!

As the impact of Coronavirus sweeps across the globe, we’ve reshaped our packages to give the best possible support to writers, whatever challenges they’re facing right now – and we’ve opened a new Grand Prize contest early. The Summer 2020 Screenwriting Contest is now OPEN, with new offers to help writers out!

We’ve got all the usual prizes on offer, but we’re also offering a special discount on repeat submissions for our script reports – so if you buy a second script report from us, you’ll receive a $10 discount, and if you buy a third, the discount goes up to $20! That means you can get Studio Coverage for your third script for as little as $79, or Development Notes for as little as $129!

And that’s not all. After you receive your report from us, you can resubmit the same script FREE OF CHARGE until the end of the contest!

That’s on top of all the great prizes on offer. We offer a Grand Prize of $2000, and the top three scripts all receive a year of free script development and we GUARANTEE to pitch them to industry too! With recent meetings with the likes of BAFTA and the producers of the films SCARFACE, GET OUT and BLACKKKLANSMAN, we can get your script into the hands of top decision-makers who can make things happen.

Keep an eye out too for our next genre award, which launches next week – the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Award 2020. But for now, make sure you submit to the Summer 2020 Screenwriting Contest for the chance to win big and get your script out there – click here to enter now!

Ian’s L.A. Diary, Tuesday March 3rd 2020 – meeting Impossible Dream Entertainment

Ian’s L.A. Diary, Tuesday March 3rd 2020 – meeting Impossible Dream Entertainment

To give a picture of how we engage with industry and pitch our winners’ scripts, our Director Ian Kennedy is sharing a week of his L.A. diary with us. He’s got meetings with major producers, organisations and other industry professionals to share with us, plus images from the scene. Today he meets the producers of Oscar-winners GET OUT and BLACKKKLANSMAN, plus THE MESSENGER and many other top films. (more…)

Winter 2020 Screenwriting Contest – One Week Extension!

Winter 2020 Screenwriting Contest – One Week Extension!

Parting is such sweet sorrow… and we can’t bear to say goodbye to our Winter 2020 Screenwriting Contest just yet. So as a result, we’ve decided to give this contest a one week extension!

You’ve now got until Sunday March 8th to submit, giving yourself a chance to win great prizes from us here at WriteMovies – not to mention the prestige of becoming one of our winners!

We’ve talked enough about what the contest prizes are in our newsletters and articles – but if you need a reminder, there’s $2000 up for grabs for our Grand Prize winner, plus a year of free script development and guaranteed pitching to industry for our top three scripts!

Our Director, Ian Kennedy, will be sharing some of his Hollywood/LA diary with us over the next few weeks, with news of meetings at major studios and with elite producers, giving you insight into what goes on behind the scenes at WriteMovies. Make sure you don’t miss out, so you know how we present our winners to industry.

And in the meantime, put yourself in the best possible position by entering our contest! The window of opportunity is still open… for the moment. Click here to submit by Sunday March 8th for your chance to win the WriteMovies Winter 2020 Screenwriting Contest!

Winter 2020 Screenwriting Contest – One Week Extension!

Winter 2020 Screenwriting Contest – One Week to Go!

Have you entered the WriteMovies Winter 2020 Screenwriting Contest yet? If not, you’d better move fast – there’s just one week to go until the final deadline, which is coming up this Sunday 1st March!

It’s always easy to miss a deadline, especially when you want your script to be as good as it can get. You get stuck into the editing, polishing every last scene right down to the smallest word – and the next thing you know, you’ve missed your chance. The deadline has passed!

That’s why we always make sure to let you know when one is coming up. The Winter 2020 Screenwriting Contest has been a great one for us so far, especially with the inclusion of our latest genre prize – the Romance and Comedy Award 2020 – and we’re eager to see what else you’ve got for us. Make sure you get those scripts in!

With a $2000 Grand Prize on the line, plus free script development, guaranteed pitching to industry, and InkTip prizes for our top three scripts, there’s plenty to be won. We’re already looking forward to working with our next batch of winners. And who knows, one of them could be you…

Click here to visit the main contest page and submit your script to the Winter 2020 Screenwriting Contest. Remember, you’ve only got until Sunday March 1st!

L.A. Industry Pitching tips! An ‘Inside Guide’ for Outsiders – Part 2

L.A. Industry Pitching tips! An ‘Inside Guide’ for Outsiders – Part 2

To give a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes at WriteMovies and TalentScout International Management, our Director of World Wide Development Ian Kennedy is sharing a week of his Hollywood/LA Diary with us at the start of March.

Expect news of meetings at major studios and with Elite producers, screenwriters and other adventures in Hollywood, plus a string of fresh images of iconic Hollywood locations.

In the meantime, we’ve brought together two of our Elite Mentors and a former WriteMovies winner living in LA to share their L.A. industry pitching tips. Here are our Elite Mentor Bobby Lee Darby’s tips about meeting preparations and pitching tips… (more…)

L.A. Industry Pitching tips! An ‘Inside Guide’ for Outsiders – Part 2

Oscars 2020: What We Learned

The Oscars is always an interesting night, no matter how things turn out. The films that get the biggest awards aren’t always the best (consider this: SUICIDE SQUAD won more Oscars than THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION), but no matter what, there’s always something to learn. Here are our thoughts on the Oscars 2020…

  • The big winner was South Korean film PARASITE, winning Best Picture, Best Director (Bong Joon-ho), Best Original Screenplay (Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won) and Best International Feature Film. Considering this year’s Oscars had been criticized for a lack of diversity – an issue which was still definitely a problem in the acting and directing categories – it was great to see a non-English language film winning big. Add to that Taika Waititi’s win for Best Adapted Screenplay for JOJO RABBIT, and HAIR LOVE winning Best Animated Short, and things no longer look quite so bleak from a diversity standpoint.
  • It’s pretty rare for a non-English language film to win Best Adapted Screenplay, but it just goes to show that great stories transcend the limits of language. Given how unlikely it is that most voters would have read PARASITE’s screenplay in its original Korean, the lesson to remember here is that fundamentally, your script is a blueprint for a film – and it’s how that film turns out that determines how good your screenplay is!
  • Apart from making Taika Waititi the first person of Maori descent to win an Oscar, JOJO RABBIT’S win for Best Adapted Screenplay was an interesting one for other reasons. In many ways it was unsurprising – having already picked up a BAFTA and Writers Guild Award in the same category – but it’s certainly not the usual take on World War 2 that usually wins over Academy voters. It might not mark a lasting shift in tastes, but it’s still great to see that you don’t need to follow the same route as everyone else to achieve success at the Oscars.
  • Superhero films continue to get more recognition. Last year, BLACK PANTHER picked up three awards and SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE won Best Animated Feature. Now, Joaquin Phoenix has won Best Actor for JOKER – the second person to win for playing this comic book character after a posthumous Best Supporting Actor award for Heath Ledger’s performance in THE DARK KNIGHT. On top of that, JOKER also picked up Best Original Score. Will the trend continue? We’ll have to wait and see.
  • Netflix had more nominations going into last night’s ceremony than another studio, with 24 across all its projects – but it went home with only two, with Laura Dern winning Best Supporting Actress for MARRIAGE STORY and AMERICAN FACTORY taking home Best Documentary Feature. This repeats the pattern from last year, where ROMA was the favorite for Best Picture but lost out to GREEN BOOK; it seems the Academy still isn’t ready to reward streaming services just yet over traditional release platforms and studios.

For us here at WriteMovies, this was the Oscars 2020 was an interesting one to watch from a writing perspective. Both PARASITE and JOJO RABBIT were welcome diversions from the usual Oscars films to win in the screenwriting categories, and the fact that a non-English language film won Best Picture for the first time feels like a big moment, proving that stories really can break down borders.

It still remains to be seen whether the issues around diversity in the acting and directing categories can be resolved for next year, but PARASITE winning big at the Oscars 2020 was a great moment – and we hope it’s part of a continuing trend.