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FAQS
 Questions:

Is script registration mandatory? How do I register my script?

Can I enter the same script two years in a row?

Can I mail multiple scripts in one package? And can I pay for multiple scripts on one check or money order?

What format/font should I use?

What if my check bounces?

Can I call to check if my script has arrived yet?

What is coverage?

What is the advantage of submitting early?

What should I do if I get the wrong coverage?

Where does the entry fee money go?

 Answers:


Q
: What is a postmark deadline? ( back to top )
A: A postmark deadline means that you only need to get your screenplay in the mail by the submission deadline. It can arrive at the office anytime after that.

Q: How do I get a pay-pal account to submit my script online? ( back to top )
A: You can sign up for pay-pal at www.paypal.com

Q: What is the advantage of entering online? ( back to top )
A: It’s faster and there are no shipping fees to submit your script.

Q: Is script registration mandatory? How do I register my script? ( back to top )
A: All writers should be concerned with protecting their work. Copyrighting can be as easy as sending a copy in a sealed envelop, and registering can be easily done online with the WGA www.wga.org or WGC www.writersguildofcanada.com/ . We accept all forms of registration and copywriting.

Q: Can I enter the same script two years in a row? ( back to top )
A: Yes. But we encourage you to use our coverage service and edit your script before you submit your script for a second time.

Q: Can I mail multiple scripts in one package? And can I pay for multiple scripts on one check or money order?
A: Yes. You can mail all your submissions in one package, but you must include separate applications for each script. You can pay for everything with one form of payment.

Q: What format/font should I use? ( back to top )
A: Courier 12 point, and be sure to number your pages. This is industry standard, and every script you write should be in this format.

Q: What if my check bounces? ( back to top )
A: Checks returned to us for whatever reason will incur a standard $25 fee on top of the original entry fee.

Q: Can I call to check if my script has arrived yet? ( back to top )
A: No. Please do not call to check if your script has arrived. You will receive a confirmation e-mail if you entered online, or include a self-addressed stamped postcard for delivery confirmation for mail entries.

Q: What is coverage? ( back to top )
A
: Coverage is written feedback that is a blunt, honest reaction from a reader that reads hundreds of scripts a year and wants to constructively help you develop your script into a final draft.

Q: What is the advantage of submitting early? ( back to top )
A:
It’s cheaper if you submit to the early deadline. Also the sooner you submit, the sooner you will receive your coverage. The coverage will not say if your script has moved on, but it will give you a sense early on.

Q: What should I do if I get the wrong coverage? ( back to top )
A:
Please e-mail screenplay@ifilmalliance.com right away.

Q: Where does the entry fee money go? ( back to top )
A: The entry fee money goes into the pool of contest costs, administration, mailings, printing, reading costs, advertising, prizes etc.

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