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What are your favorite films?

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I am now an indie publisher and I have an imprint called Classic Hollywood Press. I am compiling a list of the top 100 best films of all time. I have seen other lists and have watched most of the…Continue

Have any of you had a screenplay optioned? How did you get started?

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We all love the movies. But how do those movies get made? Are there any particular resources you use to learn the protocols of the industry? Do you have to live in Los Angeles to sell a screenplay.…Continue

Short Film And Video Competition 2013

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Announcing the Dark Green BooksShort Film and Video Award 2013 The competition runs from 9 a.m. GMT March 4 2013 to 12 p.m. GMT December 31 2013. The competition judges will be announced in September…Continue

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Spec script needed

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Is there anyone who can write a spec of a current television show? Please let me know.Thanks in advance.Continue

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Comment by Bev Gandara on May 7, 2012 at 3:50pm

Thanks, Geoff:

Nicholl and Austin are both well respected contests and will bring your work attention as you place. 

Best wishes.



Comment by Bev Gandara on May 6, 2012 at 3:12pm

But that's okay. My winning screenplay takes place in 1965!  There's an audience for every genre and time period.  Have a good day. 

Comment by Lynn Garthwaite on May 6, 2012 at 2:59pm

Since you mentioned Withoutabox a couple of posts back I already searched it out and signed up.  I had never heard of that before and am excited to see that there is one place that is a resource for all of those contests and festivals.  I'll look at InkTip too - but re-reading my old scripts recently I don't see any that don't need major updating to make them viable again.  Heck - in one romantic comedy I had someone scrambling to find a phone booth when a medical crisis happened.  Clearly that was written in a different technology age.  :o)

Comment by Bev Gandara on May 6, 2012 at 2:41pm

How wonderful that you can do both; they are clearly different skill sets.  You might consider listing your completed scripts on InkTip.  It's $10.00 per month per script, 6 month minimum subscription per script. Stage 32 is a fairly new and good networking site and Linked In has several screenwriter groups within its network.  WIthoutabox lists all the upcoming contests and film fests and makes it easy to enter through their site.  Good luck - sounds like you have a treasure trove of good works.

Comment by Lynn Garthwaite on May 6, 2012 at 2:22pm

I'm just so excited for you.  I am a published author of children's books, but I would love to get back to screenwriter where I started this journey about 25 years ago.  Over the course of several years I wrote seven scripts and even got a couple of nibbles from a producer, but never had anything produced or even optioned.  When I set it all aside to focus on raising my kids I always assumed I'd get back to it.

Now after some success in the book publishing world I feel empowered to dust off that screenwriter in me.  I have six pages of notes on a new story that I want to play with for a while to see if it's got "it."  I'll be eager to hear what happens with your script.

Comment by Bev Gandara on May 6, 2012 at 2:14pm

Hi Lynn:

Thanks for your kind words. 

I joined which lists all festivals and contests.  While I have been actively writing screenplays for several years, I didn't start to market them until last year by networking with writers' sites and entering screenwriting contests and film festivals which have screenwriting contests attached such as the Beverly Hills Film Fest.  Keep in mind these are Film Festivals (no membership required but there are fees for entry) so the focus is on completed films and film makers.  Just placing clearly opens doors and my work has received great attention.  I'll let you know what happens.   

Kindest regards,


Comment by Lynn Garthwaite on May 6, 2012 at 1:54pm

Bev - that is absolutely fantastic news!  Huge congratulations to you, and I'd love to hear the follow-up.  I assume your script was immediately swept up by a studio?  You're an inspiration to us all.

I'm going to have to keep an eye out for the call for next year's submissions.  Was it a standard open call, or do you have to have a membership in the festival?

Comment by Bev Gandara on May 6, 2012 at 1:04pm

Thank you, John.

It was!  I recommend attending one if possible, simply because it places you among creative people who share and understand your journey.  Competition aside, it's a supportive environment.  The lesson for me is to never give up.

Let me know what you are working on.

Kindest regards,


Comment by John G Thomson on May 6, 2012 at 10:52am

Hello, Bev. I wanted to congratulate you on winning the Golden Palm Award for Best Screenplay at the Beverly Hills Film Festival ! It must have been an experience you will never forget. I wish you all the best in the world and I am happy when I hear good things happen to people. Keep in touch, John

(NOTE: I was born in Staten Island, NY, so... I say to you...LONG LIVE NEW YORKERS!!! :)-----

Comment by Bev Gandara on May 6, 2012 at 10:18am

Hello All:



Pardon the delay in responding, I have a valid excuse.  I just returned from the Beverly Hills Film Festival where I won the Golden Palm Award for Best Screenplay!

It was a wonderful experience before the announcement, networking with other writers and creative people in the industry.  Very few people understand and/or respect the writing process so it it comforting to connect with others who do. 

I still believe in strength in numbers. 




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