Here’s A Festival Made For Those Amazing Ideas That You Simply Haven’t Finished

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I write at least five hundred words every day, just for myself. Clearly, I write for planet5D, but it’s really important to be able to separate myself and write for purely creative and sometimes cathartic reasons.

One of the things that I find the most difficult to come to terms with when you really dedicate to writing is: Most of your ideas are not good. 

They sound great at first, and you’ll tell your friend about it, get excited, and then ten pages in, you’re wondering why the characters aren’t really grabbing you, or why you haven’t really felt the stakes of the story yet. In fact, most of the talented writers that I know have hundreds of false starts before they find something truly worth exploring.

So the first tip I give to people that are just starting to write is to simply follow the ideas and get them out on paper. Again, this usually means you end up with hundreds of five to ten page openings, but that dedication and self control you learn by just writing every day is more important than just not writing because you’re not inspired. And even beyond that, you'll learn what a good opening is. Considering the first ten minutes of your film are quite possibly the most important of the entire piece, this is invaluable.

Luckily, there’s a screenplay festival made for exactly these first ten pages.

The First Scene and Short Film/Screenplay festival is precisely what it sounds like. A festival made almost exclusively for the first ten pages of your feature film script. You’ll find that the first ten pages are so incredibly important to the success of a film that often, you can learn a lot about the quality of the writer and of the subsequent film just from these initial pages.

The reviews are wonderful and the quality feedback they give is not something you’d expect from most festivals. Check out this festival and submit!

First Scene and Short Film/Screenplay Festival

Via FilmFreeway:

At least 2-5 winners every single month. Get your screenplay performed by professional actors.

Watch the recent 1st scene screenplay winning readings:

Watch Full Playlist HERE.

In the first 10 pages the writer needs to let the reader know in general terms what the story is about, and what is at stake. Plus, set the tone of what world and genre the writer has created, while also introducing the main characters. All the while you need to engage and entertain the reader.

The contest was created because this is an industry where agents/producers and their team are so busy and are reading so many scripts that if you do not grab them right away then they will put down the script and move onto another one. So you have to capture their attention when you’re writing on spec.

SHORT SCRIPT CONTEST
FULL FEEDBACK on your screenplay from our committee of Professional Screenwriters, Filmmakers, Production Heads and Script Consultants. Get your script performed by professional actors at the Writing Festival.

SAVE $10 TODAY and SUBMIT your Short Screenplay to our festival.

Submissions take 3-5 weeks for evaluation

NEW OPTION for FILMMAKERS: Submit your under 10 minute film and get it shown at the FEEDBACK Film Festival. Garner and audience feedback video of your film.

Awards & Prizes
NEW OPTION for FILMMAKERS: Submit your under 10 minute film and get it shown at the FEEDBACK Film Festival. Garner and audience feedback video of your film.

FULL FEEDBACK on all entries. Winners (at least 40 a year) get their first scenes of their script or their short screenplay read at the MONTHLY Screenplay Festival.

At least 2-5 winners every single month. Get your screenplay performed by professional actors.

Watch the recent 1st scene screenplay winning readings:

Rules & Terms
Send in your first scenes of your feature, short, or TV Pilot screenplay. Limit 10 pages.

Are you just starting off your screenplay and want immediate feedback on your first scenes/first moments of your script? Send your first scene (or first moments – 10pg. limit) and get feedback. Winners (at least 40 a year) get their first scene read at the MONTHLY WILDsound Screenplay Festival.

Learn more about the First Scene and Short Film/Screenplay Festival and read recent testimonials from submitted works to the contest HERE.

(cover photo credit: snap from FilmFreeway)


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