Not to be cynical, but how many of these contests are worth the registration fee? If a screenplay is strong enough, can an unknown writer from Pittsburgh get the attention of the right people and start a path to a career, or are the odds of that closer to winning a PowerBall jackpot?
Here are some of the contests I've found so far:
- Austin Film Festival - October 21-28. Finalists and semi-finalists offered access to panels of industry pros, coverage available for additional fee. Deadline is June 1.
- BlueCat - Submissions closed for 2010, semifinalists to be announced 6/15. Lots of prizes, including script analysis of every eligible entry.
- Zoetrope Virtual Studio - possible representation, option and development. Opens 6/1, closes 9/3.