I often enter contests I do not think I have a rats chance of hell in winning. Why? I dunno. Closet masochism? BlueCat Screenplay Competition and Script Pipeline comes to mind. Although I’ve placed in the quarter finals in the former, I have never made it to the top ten. Not that it’s a big dealio, as I understand the bigger the contest, the more likely some of the top international talent out there will be submitting.
I’m heartened that the wins are often well deserved, so I wish my fellow wordsmiths Godspeed and the kind of success I would both envy and applaud.
I subbed to The Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards with pretty much the same perspective. It was my fist time tossin’ my wares into LAISA, but had done my due diligence, learned it was a top notch contest and hey, who wouldn’t want to potentially meet with people who could get you in the room with development, investors and sales agent who represent SONY, Universal, Paramount, Fox and Warner brothers. The team behind LAISA has also managed to help newbies get repped by giants like CAA, WME, and ICM.
Their FilmFreeway page even boasts:
*THIS YEAR’S WINNER GET INTRODUCTIONS TO PRODUCERS, A 1-TO-1 DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP ACCOMPANIED BY A FULL FINANCIAL AND SCRIPT BREAKDOWN FROM SLATED.COM, THE INDUSTRY’S LEADING MEDIA PLATFORM FOR INVESTORS, DISTRIBUTORS, AND SALES AGENTS*
So, image how thrilled I was when I learned I had secured an official selection in the LAISA competition. This means I am currently in consideration for the big meet up!
The script that obtained the honor was my sci-fi work “Journeyers”, which also won first place in the International Fade In Awards of 2018, another one that made me squee! I got 500 big ones for that. I would say it’s money in the bank but I done already spent it. Ahem.
Any-ee-who, the big event will happen in January of 2020, so keep your fingers crossed in this regard. Hopefully by mid 2020, I will be telling you guys SONY wants to produce it.