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Title: Question about sending screenplay?
Post by: JaskaranRajput on March 22, 2011, 09:04:28 PM
I have a question about the process of sending a screenplay of treatment to a director. How does the process work. A website link, or any other info, would be nice.
Mine is supposed to be a foreign screenplay, so I was also wondering if the process would be different?

Thank You.
 ;D
Title: Re: Question about sending screenplay?
Post by: Skip Slocum on March 22, 2011, 09:10:02 PM
I canít help you with this because I donít know. However, if you give it a few hours, (weíre scattered all over the world) one of our members that knows the answer will be along to help.

Skip
Title: Re: Question about sending screenplay?
Post by: Cyndith on March 29, 2011, 08:57:11 PM
Most screenplays have to be properly bound with two or three round-headed brass fasteners called Brads.  I use a three-hole punch with #5 brass plated fasteners.  

I subscribe to a mailing list entitled Without a Box https://www.withoutabox.com/ (https://www.withoutabox.com/).  This lets me know about festivals and the requirements for entering in competitions. You can browse these opportunities and see if your screenplay is a match.  Most festivals do have an entry fee.  Some offer additional fees for professional critiques on your screenplay.  

For example, they list the following event:

New York Los Angeles International Film Festival (NYLA)
1 Annual May 03, 2011 to May 12, 2011


These are just a few suggestions.  I hope they are helpful.
Title: Re: Question about sending screenplay?
Post by: JaskaranRajput on March 30, 2011, 11:22:33 PM
Are there any festivals without pay? :-\
Title: Re: Question about sending screenplay?
Post by: Cyndith on March 31, 2011, 10:44:00 AM
No, I do not believe I've seen any festivals without entry fees.  What the festivals offer is competition.  If your script places in one of the categories, the script has that honor and looks good when querying agents or prospective directors.  Attending the festivals allows you to meet other screenplay writers who have had successes or failures and learn from other writers.  Writer's Digest has a small fee, but one of the top prizes is a cash award and the opportunity to pitch your screenplay to an agent or film-maker.  

I wrote a stage-play and paid the modest fee for competition in Writer's Digest.  I placed 8th out of over 11,000 submissions.  While I didn't win a top prize, my $10.00 entry fee did bring me a year's subscription to Writer's Digest and the 2008 Handbook of publishers, editors and literary agents (prizes worth $50.00).  Plus I have a nice certificate that I can include with my writing credits when I query prospective agents or directors.  I haven't actively marketed the stage-play because I want to change it into a musical stage-play, but the confidence that I was in the top ten has given me courage to continue at the craft.  

Good luck! :) :)
Title: Re: Question about sending screenplay?
Post by: JaskaranRajput on March 31, 2011, 10:55:39 AM
Well, I guess I am going to have to put the screenplay aside, since I am only 17, and won't be able to attend an actual festival. I was just hoping of just sending it to someone, and maybe receiving some professional feedback through email or something. I'll have to arrange the fee somehow.
 ::) ::)
Title: Re: Question about sending screenplay?
Post by: Cyndith on March 31, 2011, 11:06:24 AM
Do you plan on attending a college for film-makers?  If so, having a prepared script as a sample of your writing might help you earn scholarships for classes for a degree.  At a college, there are mentors who can offer advice and maybe help sponsor your competition efforts.  They may also host local film festivals with submissions at no charge for students.  They may have a film-making department and you may see your screenplay turned into film with you being involved in every step as you learn the business.

Also, as a student, ask your English teacher or a Drama instructor if they will read over your script and offer advice.  If you do not have a drama teacher at your school, you might ask a school adviser or counselor if they can assist you in your goals. 

Good luck!
Title: Re: Question about sending screenplay?
Post by: 510bhan on March 31, 2011, 11:09:24 AM
This finishes today but it only costs $40 and there is feedback for every entry. Might be worthwhile?

http://www.wildsound.ca/screenplaycontest.html