The Gimme Credit International Screenplay Competition was created with the idea of helping screenwriters move forward in their careers. Founders Erica Engelhardt and Monica Winter Vigil saw a lack of short screenplay competitions in existence that actually did anything to advance the careers of their winners. They decided to hold a mini-competition of their own, pouring over short scripts and contacting writers with scripts they were interested in. They settled on Paul Gitschner’s Somewhere in Between. The short was produced a month later for $800 and went on to play at many film festivals, giving Mr. Gitschner the impetus to continue to write (and later to produce and direct his own work) and his first verifiable credit. This experience served as the inspiration for the Gimme Credit Screenplay Competition.
Over the years, the competition has evolved. From the beginning, the founders wanted to offer feedback to every entrant without an additional fee and continue this pledge today. As they began to see a pattern of writers with much talent drawing out their shorts and, hence, lessening a script’s impact, the category of Super Shorts was born. Exclusively for scripts five pages and under, this category challenges writers to be succinct in their storytelling. Some writers have even submitted compelling, three-act one and two page scripts! The Cycle V winner, Not Even Death, was produced by Gimme Credit Films and went on to have a very successful festival run. It is available to watch at http://www.indieflix.com/film/not-even-death-31726
In 2009, the founders decided it was time to open the competition to features and see what else was waiting to be discovered. They contacted their network of production companies, agents and managers to be able to get further recognition for the winning features’ writers. For this reason, 2009 was the last year the competition would produce the winning short script. Always determined to see great shorts produced, the ScriptMatch program was then created to attempt to get previous Winners and Finalists produced by independent yet not amateur production companies and filmmakers seeking brilliant short scripts.
2010 marked a year of vast change in the competition and also in the film industry. As both independent and studio production companies find it increasingly more different to secure funding for movies that are not “tentpoles” (big-budget studio blockbusters), our screenplay competition continues to strive to get new and unique voices to the table while also offering new levels of transparency within the world of screenplay competitions.
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