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WHY SCREENWRITING CONTESTS
Screenplay competitions can provide FEEDBACK, DEVELOPMENT & INDUSTRY RECOGNITION
Whether you're an established or up and coming screenwriter, you've probably learned that one of the toughest obstacles to overcome in the film industry is getting past the restricted channels that often arise within the business. In fact, you can have an immense amount of talent and yet remain virtually unknown if you aren't business savvy or have access to the right people. For industry executives, it can also be a daunting task sorting through thousands of screenplays that roll into the mailroom each year just to find that one. This is where screenplay contests and film festivals play a critical role.
Entering a few key screenplay competitions and festivals each year is one of the most proactive decisions you can make for your career because screenwriting awards offer writers an alternative to get their scripts circulated and in the case of many finalists, it has put their name on the map virtually overnight.
The advantages can also be gaining invaluable feedback, meeting deadlines, and potentially receiving prizes. The most important advantage CWA offers is develpment opportunities and exposure to high profile companies, which could take years to develop if pursued without a company's endorsement. This is one of the sole missions of CWA - to help provide opportunities to talented writers looking to propel their projects forward. So if you have an original story and get it to us by the entry deadline, this could be an avenue to help generate success for your projects.
This week's spotlight video interview is with Benedict Carver, a Hollywood producer who recently started a company with writer David Hayter called Dark Heroes Studios. Carver's producing credits include Tekken, Doomsday, Bratz and Big Stan.
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Also, on CWA you can check out the featured short of the month. CWA features new video shorts completed by our writers/directors on a monthly basis. If you have a short you'd like us to consider, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Hauge www.storymastery.com - For your own copy of Michael Hauge’s books, DVDs or to get general info on workshops, visit the website. They’re a must have for every aspiring screenwriter, and anyone who is on the brink of pitching & selling their script.
Syd Field www.sydfield.com -Whether you are working on your first screenplay or are a seasoned professional looking for technical help from the master himself, Syd Field's Screenwriting Workshop is an invaluable writing tool that you will rely upon again and again. Available for the first time on video, this legendary course will help you convert your idea into a properly structured screenplay, one you will feel confident submitting to film studios and production companies worldwide.
Check out our exclusive industry interviews with some of Hollywood’s A-list writers and filmmakers.
Don't just take our word for it, read what past entrants are saying about their experiences with Creative World Awards.
Soon after the Creative World Awards, my screenplay TEEN MESSIAH was requested by Mosaic, Benderspink and several other top production companies and literary agencies. CWA's feedback was key in creating a successful draft, and the staff went out of their way to provide individual attention, service and industry contact. - Hamilton Mitchell
The CWA Blog
We are thrilled to announce an exciting, new collaboration this year with well known story consultant & lecturer MICHAEL HAUGE. Michael will be our guest blogger this year, addressing many relevant angles of the screenwriting process. This is a wonderful opportunity for writers to engage with one of the industry’s leading story consultants on a bi-monthly process, so be sure to check back for his insightful tips on the industry and the craft of screenwriting.