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Winter 2019 Screenwriting Contest – Semi-Finalists!

Winter 2019 Screenwriting Contest – Semi-Finalists!

It’s time for more Winter 2019 Screenwriting Contest results! There were a lot of great scripts in our Quarter-Finals and it was tough to make this next round of decisions, but after careful consideration our judges have decided on our Semi-Finalists!

There’s often a fine line when it comes to the different rounds of our screenwriting contest. Some scripts only just miss out, and it can be difficult to know why. A lot of the time, it comes down to the execution of basic elements – structure, characters, and dialogue.

Take a look also at this article that our Director, Ian Kennedy, wrote when we announced Quarter-Finalists: What your writing submissions are telling us, 2017-2019. If you’re making any of these mistakes, they could be holding you back!

But what else have we found with these latest Winter 2019 Screenwriting Contest results? Well, a few things that have often helped our Semi-Finalists stand out from the rest:

  • Unique Concepts. If there’s something in a script we haven’t seen before, it immediately makes us want to read on. See what Ian wrote in his article about the number of scripts with a vehicle smash at about page 10 – when we’ve read the same thing so many times, it quickly starts to become dull. On the other hand, when we encounter something new – that’s really exciting!
  • Specific in genre and the story they wanted to tell. With a number of scripts, we found it difficult to tell what genre the writer was aiming at and it was a while before the story began to take shape. These unfocused openings usually fail to hold our attention. Be specific about your story, and be clear with its genre!
  • Engaging characters. Ian wrote it in his article but it’s worth repeating again here: “Make us care and get fascinated with your main characters and their world”. When we care about the characters, the script takes on a whole new life. Don’t rely on clichés or stereotypes, but create rounded characters we can engage with as if they were real people. And not just the protagonist either, but the supporting characters and villains as well!

And with that, it’s time for the moment you’ve been waiting for. Here are our next Winter 2019 Screenwriting Contest results: the Semi-Finalists!

Semi-Finalists 
BAD LUCK VS KARMA, Aaron DavisTÖDLICHE ERINNERUNG, Urs AebersoldSPACE RACERS, Jason Azcar
THE DAWN OF EVE, James BinghamLE SECRET DU KATANA NOIR, Christian BourgeoisLA VENGEANCE DU COBRA, Christian Bourgeois
THE WALL, Anthony BuonoUNE CHANCE POUR GUERIR, Christine de ChauvelinPSYCHOANALYTIC TALES, Christine de Chauvelin
STRUCK, Elaine F ChekichTHE HUNTED, Mark FloodWITHOUT BORDERS, Chris Gebhardt & Jenn Russi
LAST CHRISTMAS, Owen GowerBAD LISTING, Brent HartingerKOBOS, Adam Hersh
HOLLYWOOD’S MOST WANTED, Manny Jimenez Sr.THE SAX, Pascal KulcsarAGENT 355, Laura Lambert
IN THE ABSENCE OF JUSTICE, Stephen F MaynardPROMISE OF TOMORROW, Andrew PenningtonTHIS IS NOT REVENGE, David Pierotti
BOY MOST WANTED, Tuck TuckerESTHER’S DEN, Persephone VandegriftTHE CRACK IN PEGGY SUE’S FLOOR, John Woodard

Keep an eye out for more Winter 2019 Screenwriting Contest results from us, as we move on now to judge our Finalists and winners – and decide who takes away the Grand Prize!

Spring 2018 Screenwriting Contest – Semi-Finalists and Best Studio Script, Indie Script and Short Script!

Spring 2018 Screenwriting Contest – Semi-Finalists and Best Studio Script, Indie Script and Short Script!

We are pleased to announce the Semi-Finalists for our Spring 2018 Screenwriting Contest – and the winner of our Best Studio Script, Best Indie Script, and Best Short Script Awards!

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After another tough judging period, we’ve decided on the Semi-Finalists for our Spring 2018 Contest – plus three awards in new categories!

The scripts that advanced to the semi-finals impressed us for many reasons, with fantastic stories, well-crafted dialogue, and strong commercial potential – and as ever, a lot of great scripts just missed the cut. If yours is one of them, don’t feel downhearted – all of our Quarter-Finalists were impressive entries.

And don’t forget, if you want to find out why your script didn’t make it, and want to take it to the next level, all our Script Report services are on special offer until 31st August – and you get free entry to our next contest as a bonus!

Alternatively, check out our Elite Mentoring service: invaluable one-to-one advice from actual Hollywood producers and studio execs!

See the full list of Semi-Finalists below… but first, we’re announcing the best of those movie scripts that aimed themselves firmly at either a HIGH or a LOW budget which we felt could be the most desirable to producers at the budget it set… and, working to a different kind of constraint, we’re also announcing the Best Short Script! Writing a short film demands a particular skill: the ability to tell a complete, poignant story in the space of only a few short minutes – normally less than 15 pages instead of the usual 120.

Next week: we name our top ten and our Overall Winner! Who will take the big prize for the very best entry in our latest major contest?

Best Studio ScriptBest Indie ScriptBest Short Script
DESERT RUN, by Christopher Thomas!
With Honorable Mentions to: CHARMER, David Kurtz, and KLONDIKE MIKE, Thomas Zmiarovich.
FIRE ON THE ISLAND, by Timothy Jay Smith!
With Honorable Mentions to: LOVERS IN PARIS, Andy Conway, and THE UNDERTAKER’S CHILDREN, Natasha Le Petit.
ROLL WITH IT, by Rosie Byrnes!

A big congratulations to the latest winners; we’ll be in touch with them soon about their winnings! Meanwhile, these are all of the other SEMI-FINALISTS who are still in the running for the big one… congratulations to all of them!

Semi-Finalists
BLUT WIRD FLIEßEN, Urs AebersoldREMOTELY WORKING, William BaberROLL WITH IT, Rosie Byrnes
PARDON MY GENDER: SUCH A FARCE!, Bob CanningLOVERS IN PARIS, Andy ConwayUNE CHANCE POUR GUÉRIR, Christine de Chauvelin
LES NIOCKS, Edith DevilletTHE GOOD CITIZEN, Joel DotyOPERATION BROTHER SAM, Gustavo Freitas
ON THE SPARROW, RW HahnTHE LAST KING OF AMERICA, Richard GuimondSOUL OF AN EMPIRE, Ryan Jaroncyk
THE SAX, Pascal KulcsarHOLLYWOOD’S MOST WANTED: I’M READY FOR MY CLOSE-UP, ESE, Manny Jimenez Sr.SHOOTING ANGELS, RW Hahn
HOBBY AND FITZ, James MiltonCHARMER, David KurtzWINDSPIRIT, Paul Penley
MAUDITE ÉQUATION, Joel ProstTHE UNDERTAKER’S CHILDREN, Natasha Le PetitTHE MYTHICAL GOLDEN TROUT, Craig Peters
DESERT RUN, Christopher ThomasWHEN I WAS A CHILD, T. L. NeedhamFIRE ON THE ISLAND, Timothy Smith
THE LOST OPERA, Rachel, Thomas-MedwidTHE ARIZONA BALLOON BUSTER, Mark Perlick and Steven PrippsTHE ELECTRIC WAR, Arthur Tiersky
THE CRACK IN PEGGY SUE’S FLOOR, John WoodardCHILDREN OF EDEN, Raymond JustKLONDIKE MIKE, Thomas Zmiarovich
MANHATTAN MARILYN (book), Philippe LaguerreMASON, Andrew Marshall
Spring 2017 Screenwriting Contest – Semi-Finalists Revealed!

Spring 2017 Screenwriting Contest – Semi-Finalists Revealed!

We are delighted to announce the Semi-Finalists for our Spring 2017 International Screenwriting Contest.

Since the Bonus two-week extension in late May, we’ve had a lot of scripts to get through – but it’s been an enjoyable task reading through every one submitted – so thank you to everyone who entered the contest.

At this time, we try to only include scripts that we’re still considering as a potential winner. Having made the Quarter-Finalists shows that a script or writer already has some clear potential, and a Semi-Final place means that with more development this script could become a contender. Keep that in mind as you think about what to do with your script next. With the Summer 2017 Contest having just recently opened, the results should give you a good guide to the current state of your idea, writing and script.

We hope that those who did not make the Semi-Finals will stay in touch with us: very few writers secure an industry commission with their first few screenplays. We have enjoyed our exchanges with you and continue to work hard at making this site more relevant to your careers. Don’t forget that many of our writers got their careers going by using our consulting service: CLICK HERE

If you’ve sent us a revised version of a previous script but it’s still not gained the result you were hoping for, we recommend that you consider getting a consultancy on it from us. That way you can find out what we currently feel is holding your script back. And don’t forget our latest round of contests. You can get free entry to our main contest and the Featured Script of the Month when ordering a consultancy HERE.

So, here are the WriteMovies Spring 2017 International Screenwriting Contest Semi-Finalists, all of whom will get re-evaluated and new eyes as we select our top three Winners to be announced Friday, July 7th.

SEMI-FINALISTS
PERFIDIES, Bill BaberINSURRECTION (Pilot), Simon BowlerTHE 405, Patrick ByrneBURNER, Bob CanningSEEMINGLY HARMONIOUS, Dengxian Cao
FELIX KERSTEN, Juniet CedricCAPE ANGEL BLUES, Carl B. ClarkAMERICAN HUNGER, Victor de OliveiraCRAZY WITH LOVE, Ronald L. EckerTHE ASHERAH, Ronald Ecker
COLONIALS, Ian FletcherDRAGONS, Jason GinsburgTHE LIFE AND TIMES OF GEORGE BAILEY, Phillip HardyNOBODY’S TRACKS, Guy HarveyPEANUT, Manny Jimenez Sr.
CHOKE JOB, David JohnsonTHE FACTION, Kevin KarpGAMERS, Travis LemkeMYSPACE LOVE, Christophe LourençoNEVER A WORD OF A LIE, Karl Mather
LOVE CRUSH, Hamilton MitchellTHE LOCKSMITH, Jeffrey MoralesTHE LOSING GAME, Bernhard RiedhammerTHE LORDS OF FARHAVEN, Michael SnowTHE CHERRY ROOM, Christine, Stevens DeLorenzo
BLACKBERRIES IN THE DREAM HOUSE, Patrick Towne and Diane FrankLOVING MY ENEMY, Maria Rosario A. Yano
Winter 2016 Screenwriting Contest – Semi-Finalists Revealed!

Winter 2016 Screenwriting Contest – Semi-Finalists Revealed!

We are delighted to announce the Semi-Finalists for our Winter 2016 International Screenwriting Contest.

WriteMovies Winter 2016 Competition

We are proud to bring you the 26 Semi-Finalists for our Winter 2016 Screenwriting Competition. During Awards season it’s been fascinating comparing their different prospects – how these scripts would fare commercially and whether they could compete for awards themselves. (more…)

Spring 2016 International Screenwriting Contest – Semi-Finalists (Les demi-finalistes de notre Concours Printemps 2016 / Halbfinalisten Frühling 2016)

Spring 2016 International Screenwriting Contest – Semi-Finalists (Les demi-finalistes de notre Concours Printemps 2016 / Halbfinalisten Frühling 2016)

Spring 2016 Competition

We are delighted to be able to announce the semi-finalists for our Spring 2016 competition! It was a tough task whittling down the semi-finalists from the 52 quarter-finalists, but those who did get through have thoroughly deserved it. All of the scripts featured here go through to our final round for consideration – we’re aiming to reveal the overall winners on August 5th.

If you’ve not made it this time, don’t take this as negative – use it to come back stronger and with something to prove. Don’t forget our Summer Consultancy offers to take your writing and script to the next level. We are offering summer discounts for our Judging Feedback (just $69 – normally $99), and Studio Consulting ($99- normally $129) and Development Notes ($149 – a huge $50 discount from the normal $199!) and we are freezing the price of our Elite Consultancies at $299 – a unique price to get up to an hour of consultancy from a top studio executive!

If you haven’t already, check out our Director of World Wide Development’s special article about What Your Scripts Have Been Telling Us over this period (CLICK HERE to read it and consider how the trends he’s noticed might relate to your script). We’re also compiling other Writing Tips from our reports to publish on the site soon, with general tips for helping your script sing. Don’t forget that many of our writers got their careers going by using our consulting service: CLICK HERE

Here is the full list of the WriteMovies Spring 2016 International Screenwriting Competition Semi-Finalists…

(Les quart de finalistes et les demi-finalistes de notre Concours Printemps 2016 ont été annoncés ! Nous félicitons ces auteurs…)

SEMI-FINALISTS
Urs Aebersold, DAS BLOCKHAUSUrs Aebersold, LINDAS RACHEJean-Pierre Audebert, BRADDY WEBBYJames Bingham, THE DAWN OF EVEChristian Bourgeois, LA VENGEANCE DU COBRA
Rohna Buehler, DER VORHANGMichael D. Dalzell, BOLLESLinda Falcão, OUT FLYING PAST MY BEDTIMEMark Flood, BITING THE BULLETPaul Gross, DIMINUENDO
Edyta Juzyk, NINJA WARRIORSAstrid Korten, FROM LILY WITH LOVEJacques Koskas, LE SAC DE VOYAGEEN CUIR FAUVERob Laffin, THE PEOPLE VS. GOLDMAN SACHSAleksandra Muni Leykauf, DIE PHÖNIX DIÄT
Paul Littell, BREAKTHROUGHChristophe Lourenço, MYSPACE LOVE – UN SENS A TA VIE!Matthew McHugh, THE AUTEURGraham Parke, PANDORIUM – SEQUENCE #1: HOW TO CATCH A TIME TRAVELERParthena Pavlidou, IN DER STILLE DER NACHT
 Johnny Sanchez, AMBER (AKA COLOURS OF REBELLION)Timothy Jay Smith, A VISION OF ANGELSTimothy Jay Smith, FIRE ON THE ISLANDTyler True, LOVE IS SOMEWHERE ELSETessa Wenslany, OLD