Screenwriting : Hollywood Screenplay Competition - Gold Prize Winner by Callum McKay

Callum McKay

Hollywood Screenplay Competition - Gold Prize Winner

Hi all, first thing's first, I'm proud to say I'm now an award winning screenwriter, my script 'Dark Forces' claimed the Gold Prize in the historical category of the 2018 Hollywood Screenplay Contest (yay), and my other script, 'Miss Verity' was listed as an official finalist. But I'm not here to blow my own trumpet, I've saved that for another lounge!

What I wanted to ask was if anyone here has previous experience with this competition as an award winner? Since learning that my script had won I've been trying to get in touch with the competition to try and claim the prizes that are advertised in their submission terms and conditions, but so far they've not responded. Has anyone dealt with them before or been able to redeem their prizes for this competition, if so, I'd be grateful if you could point me in the right direction. This is the competition website in case it rings any bells:

https://www.hollywoodscreenplaycontest.com/

This is my first competition win, it feels like a big step forward for me and hopefully the start of good things, I don't want to let this slip just because I couldn't claim the prizes I thought I was entitled to. Thanks!

Dan MaxXx

What s the gold prize?

The website info alone is a bit “sketchy” imo

Callum McKay

All it says is prize packages and benefits from sponsors, but I agree, it is very sketchy. There is something about a free script evaluation by a professional screenplay judge, but that's the extent of what I can find

Dan MaxXx

So there is no physical event where you go to collect a prize or money? No velvet rope photo op?

The sponsors listed on the website don’t move the bar, IMO. But fuck it, just accept the competition fee paid for your coverage with these people. Maybe they have a shared office space somewhere in La La Land.

A win is a win.

Pamela Bolinder

Congrats. Callum. A win is a win! =)

Beth Fox Heisinger

I think this seems a bit sketchy too... but I don’t know. “Hollywood?” This competition has been questioned before in the Lounge for the same reason. Sorry, I don’t recall what happened... Typically, as the winner, they should be contacting you.

M L.

You have to order and pay for your trophy and certificate. Congrats.

Jerry Robbins

Did you try contacting Film Freeway? Seems like one can enter the script through them; so maybe they can help get some answers.

Kevin Bachar

I think this is one of the reasons the Stage 32 New Blood Contest is so good, it's not about trophies or certificates, but about getting you out to real Hollywood movers and shakers that can make your career - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNijEeA_Pwg .

Hussein Kopole

Oh,man,congrats!Sounds sketchy though if the organizers are unresponsive.I suggest you keep them awake and claim your prize.

Callum McKay

Hi Katya, yes, I've seen that my name isn't under the script. I've tracked down Kimberly and sorted it. It's an admin error on the contest's part, something else that I've tried to chase them up for!

Pamela Bolinder

It's frustrating (been there) when the outcome is not what you had hoped for. Nevertheless, dig until you find a takeaway! The way I see it... a few script readers REALLY LIKED your script, Callum.

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