INSPIRATION

All work, no fun? Take a well deserved break to surf the community room, watch a video, browse our partners' pages, or get the inside scoop on the CWA Q & A. There's a lot of great information here, so we hope you'll browse around a bit, and check back as often as you like.

 

Featured Short Film
 
SAFE PASSAGE
Written by
Michael Raymond
Directed by
Shawn Telford
WHY SCREENWRITING CONTESTS

Screenplay competitions can provide FEEDBACK, DEVELOPMENT & INDUSTRY RECOGNITION

Whether you're an established or up and coming screenwriter, you've probably learned that one of the toughest obstacles to overcome in the film industry is getting past the restricted channels that often arise within the business. In fact, you can have an immense amount of talent and yet remain virtually unknown if you aren't business savvy or have access to the right people. For industry executives, it can also be a daunting task sorting through thousands of screenplays that roll into the mailroom each year just to find that one. This is where screenplay contests and film festivals play a critical role.

Entering a few key screenplay competitions and festivals each year is one of the most proactive decisions you can make for your career because screenwriting awards offer writers an alternative to get their scripts circulated and in the case of many finalists, it has put their name on the map virtually overnight.

The advantages can also be gaining invaluable feedback, meeting deadlines, and potentially receiving prizes. The most important advantage CWA offers is develpment opportunities and exposure to high profile companies, which could take years to develop if pursued without a company's endorsement.  This is one of the sole missions of CWA - to help provide opportunities to talented writers looking to propel their projects forward. So if you have an original story, and get it to us by the entry deadline, this could be an avenue to help generate success for your projects. 

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

This week's spotlight video interview is with Benedict Carver, a Hollywood producer who recently started a company with writer David Hayter called Dark Heroes Studios. Carver's producing credits include Tekken, Doomsday, Bratz and Big Stan.

Also highlighted this month are:

Tomas Jegeus - Co-President of 20th Century Fox International. Jegeus handles and overseas the international releases of all Fox's titles including the recently released box office mega hit, AVATAR.

Randy Paul - COO, The Halcyon Company. A veteran in the business having represented producers of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Tombstone, Renaissance Man, Nixon, Die Hard with a Vengeance, Evita, Sex, Lies and Videotape, and more.

Ronnie Yeskel - Casting Director with credits that include Pulp Fiction, Blade Trinity, Igby Goes Down, Hope Floats, Bread and Roses, The Intern, Bean, Reservoir Dogs, among others.

Also, on CWA you can check out the featured short of the month. CWA features new video shorts completed by our writers/directors on a monthly basis. If you have a short you'd like us to consider, please email us at info@creativeworldawards.com

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Don't just take our word for it, read what past entrants are saying about their experiences with Creative World Awards.

 

Soon after the Creative World Awards, my screenplay TEEN MESSIAH was requested by Mosaic, Benderspink and several other top production companies and literary agencies.  CWA's feedback was key in creating a successful draft, and the staff went out of their way to provide individual attention, service and industry contact. - Hamilton Mitchell

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