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Old 11-24-2019, 05:24 PM   #1
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Default Contest v.s Query Letters

Which is more effective
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Old 11-24-2019, 05:40 PM   #2
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Default Re: Contest vs Query Letters

The vast majority of script writers will never ever win a contest, so in general, a great query letter is the only way for them to go, especially in term of this "question."

But at the end of the day, a contest win, especially with an established contest, will carry much more weight with people because it's a third party validation of your writing skills & script.
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Old 11-24-2019, 07:46 PM   #3
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Default Re: Contest v.s Query Letters

Spot on.

Think of it this way, the finalists are going to be the only ones that really get attention for the writing in the top, let's say 3-5 contests, that's like only 15 - 30 writers, out of ALL the writers that have a script ready.

There will be hundreds that have the potential to be made into a film. Use every tool in your arsenal. These are a mere two tools.
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Old 11-25-2019, 01:31 PM   #4
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Default Re: Contest v.s Query Letters

A contest win from a film festival / competition other than the top 10 will probably not get you an agent. But it can get you non-WGA work/assignments if you are good and bust your tail to prove you're the right writer the gig.
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Old 11-25-2019, 02:05 PM   #5
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Default Re: Contest v.s Query Letters

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Which is more effective
Multiple high contest placements combined with a great logline is more effective.

Zero contest placements combined with a great logline is more effective.

Multiple contest wins with a lacklustre logline is not effective.
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Old 11-25-2019, 02:27 PM   #6
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Being a finalist in certain contests will get you reads from legit managers and you might not have to query. I'm talking about trackingb and tracking board. Both have judges panels made up of managers, agents, and execs. I was a finalist one year and got my current manager from it.

Same probably goes for Nicholls finalists. If you make it that far, people are reaching out to you.
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