I know many of you have been interested in the new British Feature Screenplay Competition, the sibling of the well established British Short Screenplay Competition (BSSC). What's unique about the Feature Competition is that it guarantees the winning feature will get made, which is pretty impressive by anyone's standards.
But the sticking point with some of you who've emailed me then is the entry fee: the early deadline fee is £65, with the late entry fee a whopping £85. That's a lot by anyone's standards - for some of you, the best part of a week's pay. For Americans in particular, it's even more with the exchange rate the way it is at present.
One common concern I've heard from is that they'll pay this large entry fee, only to have just ten pages of their baby read. This intrigued me, so I wrote to Kaos Films who run the competition via their website and I can tell you that competition co-ordinator Olivia Trollope has been in touch with her assurance that every script should be read ALL THE WAY THROUGH. Yes, you got that... NOT just the first ten pages -every single page of your script. Her email follows below.
Finally then, only you can decide whether the chance of a production deal is worth the entry fee - but that's the same in all contests as far as I'm concerned. Good luck if you give it a go!
Thank you for your interest in the British Feature Screenplay Competition and your inquiry.
We pay a lot of money to our readers to read the whole script and we will be extremely unhappy if we find that it is not happening.
I hope that allays your concerns and if you have any other questions please do not hesitate to contact me again.
Thank you for your support.
Interested in the contest? More information here.