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Winter 2021 Screenwriting Contest now OPEN!

Winter 2021 Screenwriting Contest now OPEN!

2020 hasn’t gone the way anyone expected, but we’re determined to make the most of 2021 – and we want you to do the same. That’s why we’re launching the Winter 2021 Screenwriting Contest today, which will be open until January 31st!

With many production shoots currently limited by lockdowns and other restrictions, the best thing screenwriters can do right now is keep writing. Focus has shifted onto finding future projects for after the pandemic, with many commissioners searching for scripts for several years down the line.

So if you’ve been hard at work over the last few months – or if you’re just looking to get off to the best possible start in 2021 – this is the contest for you! The Winter 2021 Screenwriting Contest is your chance to make the new year the best it can possibly be.

The Grand Prize is $3500, and the top three scripts all receive:

  • A year of free script development worth up to $3200
  • Guaranteed pitching to industry
  • An invitation to a lunch with an industry executive in L.A.
  • Exclusive listing from InkTip

The final deadline is on January 31st, but there are plenty of reasons to enter early. You get free entry when you buy one of our script reports, and once you’ve received your report, you can resubmit a new draft of your script for free! Give yourself plenty of time to redraft based on our feedback by buying as soon as possible.

So click HERE to enter the Winter 2021 Screenwriting Contest, and take your shot at making next year a great one for you and your script!

Fall Screenwriting Contest – 1 Week Extension!

Fall Screenwriting Contest – 1 Week Extension!

We’re here to help all writers, and we like to keep the door open for them. And we know that some writers narrowly miss out on deadlines because of other factors in their lives, and really appreciate an extra chance to get their work finished and submitted. So for these reasons, we’re announcing a 1 week extension to our Fall Screenwriting Contest!

The new deadline is October 18th. With $3500, script development, pitching to industry, and more on offer as prizes we don’t want to miss any great scripts – and we don’t want any of you to miss out!

So if you haven’t entered yet, use this extra week to polish your work. Give it one last proofread, tidy up those subplots, and make sure it’s in the best possible shape.

And then, when you’re ready – the most important thing of all, enter the Fall Screenwriting Contest before the extension closes!

The Grand Prize is $3500, and the top three scripts all receive:

  • A year of free script development worth up to $3200
  • Guaranteed pitching to industry
  • An invitation to a lunch with an industry executive in L.A.
  • Exclusive listing from InkTip

We increased our Grand Prize for this contest to help writers out in these tough times, and this extension is to help you out too.

And if you want our expert advice on how to take your script to the next level, buy one of our script reports and get free entry to the contest when you do! You’ll also be able to resubmit a new draft of the same script completely free of charge until October 31st once we’ve provided your report!

So if you missed the last deadline, here’s your chance: click HERE to the WriteMovies Fall Screenwriting Contest NOW!

WriteMovies Winter 2020 Screenwriting Contest now open!

WriteMovies Winter 2020 Screenwriting Contest now open!

We may be nearing the end of the last contest of our 20th anniversary year, but we’re already looking to the future. We want to continue the successes of 2019… So we’re announcing that from today, the WriteMovies Winter 2020 Screenwriting Contest is now open!

The Grand Prize for the winner of this contest is $2000, and that’s not all. The top three scripts will all receive a year of free development from our industry professional script analysts, helping them hone their work into the best shape possible, and we will then provide guaranteed pitching to industry!

So if you’re looking to get your work out there at its maximum potential, this is the competition for you. Let WriteMovies use its twenty years of experience helping you with your screenwriting!

And keep an eye out for an upcoming announcement about our next genre award. With both our Sci-Fi and Fantasy Award and our Horror Award proving popular among you guys, we’re looking to continue this series of prizes that celebrates great writing of all kinds!

Click here to visit the main contest page where you can submit your script, with Standard entry prices lasting until Sunday 12th January!

WriteMovies Academy: Phase 0 free when you buy the whole course!

WriteMovies Academy: Phase 0 free when you buy the whole course!

WriteMovies Academy is almost here! Phase 1 is all about concept and theme development, but if you’re already ready to write, we’ve got you sorted. You can use “Phase 0: Project Selection” to make sure you’ve got a viable script – and it’s totally free when you buy the whole course!

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Nobody wants to spend weeks of their life writing a screenplay only to realize they’re pursuing the wrong project – and that’s where Phase 0 of WriteMovies Academy can help. This phase of our virtual film school can help you choose the best project right from the start, with advice and recommendations from an industry expert.

So if you think you’ve got all your concepts in order and want to give Phase 1 a miss, and jump straight in to the other parts of the course, Phase 0 is here to help!

It includes all sorts of tools for defining your projects and picking out the most objectively viable ones, perfect for development through the other phases of the Academy. You’ll receive feedback on all your ideas, with webinars and activities to work through – all of which will allow you to identify your goals and which project will help you achieve them.

As with all phases of WriteMovies Academy, you can complete Phase 0 in your own time and at your own pace. You set your own deadlines; this is a course that works around you and your life.

Phase 0 is the perfect way to start your screenwriting journey with WriteMovies, and you get it for free when you buy the rest of the course, saving $250 in the process! Take a look at Phase 0 in more depth here…

Or buy all six phases here and get Phase 0 free!

Introducing the Winner of our Best Long Form Pilot Award!

Introducing the Winner of our Best Long Form Pilot Award!

Among the many screenplays we received in our Spring 2018 Contest, one television script stood out. It advanced all the way to the finals of our overall contest as well as winning this award – HOLLYWOOD’S MOST WANTED: I’M READY FOR MY CLOSE-UP, ESE by Manny Jimenez Sr.!

Television may have long seemed like film’s little brother, but the truth is much more complex. A television pilot is only the first episode in a much longer story arc – so it has to convince us that there’s series potential that will keep audiences coming back time and time again!

televisionCongratulations to Manny for winning in this category; his script made us laugh with its great premise and wacky situations. He now receives a copy of our Confidential Studio Manual and exclusive previews of our Virtual Film School as his prizes, plus a set of Development Notes to give him professional feedback on his work.

Read on to find out more about the winning script – HOLLYWOOD’S MOST WANTED: I’M READY FOR MY CLOSE-UP, ESE!

Here’s Manny’s summary of his script…

“HOLLYWOOD’S MOST WANTED is a single-camera, comedy-drama series based on the life of Manny Jimenez and Suspect Entertainment.

From the ‘hood to Hollywood, Manny takes his knowledge of gang-banging and turns it into dealmaking. He straddles two worlds — fatherhood, and managing former gang members — turning the latter not into actors but into law-abiding citizens. In the process, Manny becomes the C.A.A. of East L.A.”

And a short biography of Manny, too…

“LA gang member-turned-filmmaker Manny Jimenez Sr. took his knowledge of the streets and applied them to Hollywood. Manny’s unique journey has led him to be the subject of numerous news stories on CNN, ABC, Fox, Telemundo and Univision. They’ve also led to articles in newspapers and magazines such as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, Entertainment Weekly and Emmy. 

As a gang consultant, Manny worked on such films as Ali G Indahouse, Training Day and Criminal starring Diego Luna. Gang-consulting led to screenwriting. Manny believes authenticity is key and he writes from the truth. Now, as a screenwriter, producer, and finally taking a seat in the coveted director’s chair, Manny wrote and directed the short film A Way Out — an anti-gang story that will be used to deter at-risk youths. 

Although working in the entertainment industry is Manny’s main endeavor, he has found his true purpose in life by guiding young people towards finding their passion and showing them that there is a better life without drugs and gangs.

Take a look at Manny’s YouTube page here: https://www.youtube.com/c/MannyJimenezSr

Manny has won previews of the WriteMovies Academy, and Phase 1 opens on September 15th – join now to take your work to take your screenwriting and production skills to the next level!

Our new Academy is revealed – a unique Virtual Film School for writers and producers at every stage of development!

Our new Academy is revealed – a unique Virtual Film School for writers and producers at every stage of development!

Start your journey to the top with our virtual film school, and take your screenwriting and production skills to another level. Welcome to the WriteMovies Academy!

No matter where you are in your odyssey as a writer or producer, our unique virtual film school will help you succeed. We will bring you closer to the real industry than film schools – and for just a small fraction of the price! With our course you’ll get insights and input into your projects from professional Hollywood writing experts, with tools, activities, articles, and materials that can’t be found anywhere else.

With an overall user rating of over 90%, our Academy has already received much acclaim! Our first set of feedback reports have given a 93% rating to the Mini-Masterclass presenter, 91% to our media and resources, and 89% to both the content of the presentations and the activities! In addition to this, our users’ confidence in the material covered grew by 18.5% and their confidence in their own work by 17% – with each Phase of the course!

You can sign up for whichever Phase of the course you’re interested in, and you can start and finish it in your own time. You don’t have to pay for more than one Phase of the course at a time, and there are no penalties if you need to take a few months off for work. We will always be there for you!

We’re now accepting entries for the official launch of each Phase of the course, beginning with Phase 1 on September 15th 2018 – so click here to join now, and start your journey to the top!