You've finally finished that screenplay. Now you want to get it into the hands of people who really know something about how to get your film or TV script sold and made.
You know Hollywood has changed in the way material is discovered.
Gone are the days of an agent (if you can even get one) loving your script so much that he/she pounds it on the desk of a studio mogul and demands they cut you a check on the spot.
The truth is that nobody really wants to read your script unless you've had some professional feedback or you've won some major screenwriting "contest" awards.
So how do you know which of these competitions is really worth the time, trouble, and your hard-earned money?
Finding the right screenplay contest or script coverage service is like picking your way through a field of icebergs.
What you don’t see is where the danger lies. (If it happened to The Titanic...it can easily happen to you!)
With 95% percent of today's contests and script coverage services conducted by total amateurs with zero genuine industry experience, you need to keep your eyes open and proceed with maximum caution whenever...
- There is no credible, verifiable feedback from prior clients.
- The website looks like an 18-year-old threw it together in his bedroom (often the case).
- You can’t tell who will actually be reviewing your material.
- Those readers who are identified have no IMDB profile or credit history.
- You can’t communicate with anyone in person via email or phone.
In the entertainment industry--whether your target is Hollywood, New York, or Mumbai--nobody hides their credits.
Humility doesn’t exist in Hollywood or anywhere else in this business.
If a contest or script coverage service doesn’t brag about its readers and judges, that’s because they don’t have anything to brag about.
And that’s why you’ll see the names and faces of every single judge at The L.A. International Screenplay Awards, each of whom is a working, highly-credited industry professional.
Avoid those icebergs!