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Old 12-12-2017, 11:26 AM   #1
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Giant congratulations to Marjory Kaptanoglu! In the top 5 at Big Break with "Invader"!!!
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Old 12-13-2017, 01:57 AM   #2
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Her name sounds familiar ... Congratulations to her!
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Old 12-13-2017, 10:51 AM   #3
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Thanks very much, Dan and ComicBent! The suspense is killing me. Their announcements go: qfs, semis, top 10, top 5, top 3, top 1 for each category, and then two months later, the grand prize.

But I'm grateful and happy they like my script so far!
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I wonder what the after contest success rate is for QF and SF scripts. Of those 300 that get sent emails for requests to read the script, how many of them get picked up or get signed by a manager?

I think it is probably as low as 3.
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Old 12-19-2017, 11:02 AM   #5
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At the risk of being Bobby Buzzkill, I don't think a semi finish does anything for you.

I was finalist/category winner and got zero interest from industry pros.

Of course, script won the period/historical category, so that may explain it. Or the script sucks. That could explain it, too.

Your results may vary.
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Old 12-20-2017, 03:31 PM   #6
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So far I've had two requests from reputable managers to read the script, so that's something. I'm in a commercial category (sci-fi/fantasy) so I suppose that helps.

But yeah, it's typically been my experience that you have to be at least a finalist in most contests to get any notice at all.
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Old 12-20-2017, 03:49 PM   #7
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So far I've had two requests from reputable managers to read the script, so that's something. I'm in a commercial category (sci-fi/fantasy) so I suppose that helps.
Great news, Margie! Good luck!
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Old 12-20-2017, 04:26 PM   #8
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So far I've had two requests from reputable managers to read the script, so that's something. I'm in a commercial category (sci-fi/fantasy) so I suppose that helps.

But yeah, it's typically been my experience that you have to be at least a finalist in most contests to get any notice at all.
Bravo!

You've certainly gone far enough to get attention. But, semis or QF? I still say no.
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Old 12-21-2017, 12:30 AM   #9
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I also am in Top 5 with a Family story, surprising because I've done a significant amount of polishing on the script since the submission.

It's a long shot I'll make category finalist, and a drawback is I now won't be able to submit the improved script to Big Break contests in the future.
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Old 12-21-2017, 01:11 PM   #10
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Thanks, UpandComing and Clint!

Goliath, I just looked back at the Big Break rules, and it says "category finalists" cannot reenter the same script in a future contest. But I'm not sure if they just mean the winner of each category, or all finalists in each category (starting from top 10??). I suspect the former. You might want to ask them if you don't win your category. In any case, congrats and good luck!
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