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get your story past the gatekeepers.
past, the AAA Screenplay Contest
offered one kind of access: scripts, loglines, and synopses went to
producers, agents, and managers who want to see the works of contest
winners. This has changed. Our contests now offer numerous avenues of access, and not just for winners.
This is a significant prize!
Screenwriting enjoys a high
reputation with producers, agents, and managers.
Our reputation, plus with the fact that entrants agree to
contest waivers, and your achievement in winning or placing high in our
contest, all combine to allow us to “walk” your
script past the studio,
production company, agent, and manager gatekeepers who block the
unsolicited scripts. Your
read by staff at over 300 production companies, agents, and managerss. But don't take our word for it--see http://creativescreenwriting.com/aaa/what.winners.say.html
some (but not all) of those
who read scripts are lower-level staff.
But you need to understand how Hollywood works to
understand that this
is more often than not a very good thing.
Most of the staff who take those lower-level jobs at
companies and agencies are there for one purpose: to find that great
ride it to fame and fortune. To
“discover” someone – maybe you.
Here are some of the key kinds of access offered by the AAA Screenplay Contest:
1. 300+ Production Companies And Agents Will Receive
Prize-winning scripts and the log lines
and synopses for the top ten screenplays
entered into the AAA Contest have been requested by mroe than
300 companies. We do not publish their names because, like most
Hollywood producers and agents, they do not want unsolicited direct
contacts from writers.
2. Free Screenwriting Expo Admission And Free Pitch
Golden Pitch Festival at the 2009
Screenwriting Expo saw more than 5,500 screenplays and stories
pitched to 100+ production executives, agents, and
managers face to face.
plan a similar pitch festival at
this year’s Expo. And
if you win,
you’re invited – free:
Grand Prize Winner receives a free
Gold Pass (worth $300+), five free pitch
tickets (tickets are normally $25 each), and front-of-the-line status
available pitch tickets.
Tickets to the
companies sell out fast. Many
believe that getting first choice of access is even more valuable than
entrance and tickets.)
Jury Prize Winners, if any, receive a free Expo Basic Pass
(worth about $150), five free
pitch tickets, and front-of-the-line status to choose tickets.
Second- and Third-Place Winners each receive free Expo Basic
one free ticket, and front-of-the-line status.
Finally (and most important in some cases)...
3. Contest Management's "Back Channel" To The Industry
and studio execs know that scripts which place well in the better
contests have already been filtered for whether they fit a known genre,
for quality, and for marketability. Equally
important, writers who do well in contests and treat contest managers respectfully, as valuable industry professionals gain a high reputation with these managers.
Producers and studio execs look for content on their
schedules, not yours or that of a contest. One of the ways they
look is to ask contest managers they trust to suggest scripts to read.
That may happen weeks, months, or even a year or more after a
contest is over.
year, winning and top-placing scripts are placed in a
password-protected online server accessible 24-7 to about 300 agents,
managers, and development executives, along with contact information on
you and the judge's score. This is a big improvement over our prior
system of sending scripts out to executives. Now, there is no chance
that your winning script will be intercepted by a gatekeeper. In
addition, watch for announcements of "first look" and "guaranteed
read/feedback" deals with production executives.
Deadlines And Entry Fees
Are All At Midnight )
March 14, 2011
|NEW: Additional features in same submission
||$50 -- save $15
|NEW: Additional Teleplays in same submission
||$40 -- save $10
|Judge's Script Notes
||$59.95 with order
|Judge's Script Notes
at this price must be ordered through the online entry form when a
submitted (or by the special offer to writers who entered
judge's notes were added to the entry form). NOTE: We will
probably offer judge's script notes at a higher rate after the contest.
Judging And Announcement Target
by May 8, 2011
by May 30, 2011
by June 5, 2011
Prize(s) For Best Script Opening(s)
scripts submitted by December 12,
For details on 'Best
Openings" prizes, CLICK
Contest strongly recommends that you copyright your screenplay with the
U.S. Copyright Office.
Also, it is common practice and a good idea to
your screenplay with: