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  • suzbays
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    A special perspective

    Maybe being 'wrongly' dinked gives us a special perspective on gatekeepers. We're now keenly aware of one more of the archetypical characters that Chris Vogler talks about...and Vogler's going to be in Austin...we can meet him on a new, spiritual plane! Or, just buy him a drink in the Driskill bar.

    Susan

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  • Jami
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    Re: you are not a big loser!

    Yes, I won Screamfest last year (anyone heard of that? ) with an earlier version of the same script that got dinked at Austin this year (which got me 2nd round and that nice note... blah blah blah...)

    I just can't see myself going to Austin having gotten no where in the contest this year. OTOH, if Bill, Suz and I, along with other writers who have proven themselves elsewhere, can get a special discount and a nifty badge saying "Wrongly Dinked!" maybe I'll change my mind...

    Jami

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  • Bill Marquardt
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    Re: you are not a big loser!

    It seems a lot of us who are former second-rounders and some who have placed in other prestigious contests were not in the running this year.

    What is different about this year? Better competition? Different readers with different tastes?

    Just curious.

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  • Wasup Jude
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    Re: you are not a big loser!

    Hey Jami ~ Didn't you win a Horror SP contest earlier this year? That hardly makes you a loser. If anything, you've got ammo to take to Austin with you (if you choose to go). I'd love to make the trip if I could afford it.

    The two scripts I entered failed to advance as well. One was a Nicholl QF. So, what the hell does the AFF readers know? It's totally subjective.

    I like Metallica - my wife likes Mirah Carey. Go figure!

    WJ

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  • suzbays
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    you are not a big loser!

    You're not even a little loser. A friend of mine whose script is a semi-finalist in the Nicholl (no S, Greg) didn't make it to the second round either. Another friend had the same thing happen a few years ago and another!

    I know it hurts the ego when we're not validated. Trust me, I know. But the conference is not just about the contest.

    Wait! Why am I trying to convince more people to go? If not many of you go, then I'll have more time with the panelists! Stay home, all of you!

    Susan

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  • Jami
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    Suz, I was going to go if I made the 2nd round. Not having done that, I don't want to walk around being a big loser.

    I'd rather stay in Maryland and hide.

    Jami

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  • Sulky Girl
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    Ugh. Well, I got TWO thin envelopes (entered both a drama and a sitcom). Not even the second round on either, and for the first time, I'm not just disappointed, I'm also surprised. These are the exact two scripts that got me signed at a pretty good agency a couple months ago and I didn't even make the second round with either of them...??!! Wow. I really feel like shite. And there were only 500 entries or something. I feel ill. I was at least expecting second round. Sigh.

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  • Paula413
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    Does Austin have commissioned salespeople? I've been called 4 times now by the same guy wanting me to buy a pass.

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  • kosmikgurl
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    Re: Austin

    Just got my thin enevlope in the mail too, second rounder but no semis... guess I won't be seeing you folks at Austin either.

    Have fun! Maybe next year.

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  • suzbays
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    I'm confused

    I understand wanting to advance in the contest, esp. with the discounts offered, but there are other discounts one can use to buy a pass. Please don't stay away from Austin just b/c some reader didn't take to your script. The Conference is so much more than just a place where they give out awards.

    The Austin Heart of Film Screenwriting Conference and Film Festival are both incredibly fun, informative, inspiring and educational. You get to meet real working pros and have real conversations with them. They aren't escorted into an auditorium by militant volunteers who are instructed to keep attendees at bay.

    Trust me on this. I've been to events in LA and the atmosphere is not the same. It's better in Austin.

    FYI, my script didn't advance either but I'll be there.

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  • EddieKaay
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    Got my nice thin envelope form Austin today - no dice. You guys'll be going to Austin with out me.


    See you at the CS Expo next month!

    Eddie Kaay
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  • kosmikgurl
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    Re: Austin Fest

    Did he get a phone call in addition to a letter or just a call?

    Just curious.

    Thanks!

    Good luck!

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  • EddieKaay
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    Re: Austin Fest

    More news --

    Word from a semifinalist in Screenplay - he got a phone call.

    TV People get the letters and a phone call for Semi's next week.

    Keep the cell phones on--

    (props to Ad Comic)

    EK
    Miami

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  • Riskbreaker
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    Re: Austin Fest

    4,000ish total entries, 10% or 400 Quarterfinalists. Don't know how many were Semi-Finalists, but I think that is usually 1% and then Finalists are the top 10 scripts.

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  • kosmikgurl
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    Re: Austin Fest

    I'm waiting on TV results also, nothing so far.

    Good luck!!!

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