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Script Angel: Are Screenwriting Contests Worth It?

There are hundreds of screenwriting contests out there, but are they worth it? At the Screenwriters World Conference in Los Angeles, there was a whole session dedicated to ‘Making the Contest Cut’ but how do you know which, if any, you should be spending your hard-earned cash entering? Screenwriting contests can be useful for:...

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Script Angel: Script Feedback

How do you make sure you’ve got a great script that is really worth shouting about? Whether you’re convinced that you’ve written an Oscar winning screenplay or you think your script is terrible, you need to get the opinions of others to be sure either way. Script feedback is an essential tool for screenwriters...

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Short Circuit: Spotlight – Nashville Film Festival

There’s a new posse ridin’ into the short screenplay circuit and they are comin’ in guns ablazin’. With ten short screenplay categories, this is one roundup you won’t want to miss at Country Music capital’s Nashville Film Festival on April 17–26, 2014! Historic and high-profile, the NaFF has been around for 45 years, but...

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Short Circuit: Throwdown Lowdown on Screenwriting Exercises

Short screenplay job opportunities abound for a writer. If you spend any time on the many screenwriting sites out there InkTip, Mandy, The Screenwriting Goldmine, DDPro Job Announcements, etc., you’ll see a constant stream of postings from directors and producers looking for writers-for-hire. That sounds great – but what if you’ve never written on assignment before? Can you...

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Short Circuit: Spotlight – Sidewalk Film Festival

By Dan Goforth Occasionally, I try to spotlight individual film festivals to give you a flavor of what they’re like. One of my favorite events is the Sidewalk Film Festival, named one of the “Top 25 coolest film festivals” by Movie Maker magazine. Time called it one of the “Top ten festivals for the...

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WHAT Are You Thinking? Tips to Break Into the Film Business

I’m late night gorging on trash TV instead of reading a script, watching a movie or even catching up on sleep. Hulu is apparently determined to keep me awake, no matter how repetitive the commercials. Because just below the video is written, “What are you thinking?” Haunting. Those very same words have been running...

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2010 Big Break™ First-Place Winner Profile: Tejal Desai

“It’s definitely given my career a jump start, and it’s definitely given me a lot of great meetings,” says first-place winner Tejal Desai, the 40-year-old pharmacist from Austin, Texas. Desai’s script, Cowboys and Hindus, is about a traditional Hindu woman who discovers the meaning of true American grit when she becomes a cattle rancher....