....from our 2017 Grand Prize Winner, R.B. Ripley
"The Finish Line is a rare thing in the crowded world of screenplay competitions - it doesn't just stand by its goals, it wildly over-delivers on them, every step of the way. From the notes during the submission process to the many smart, creative and professional mentors, Finish Line gave my writing career an unexpected and welcomed shot of adrenaline that's created a lot of welcomed momentum.
Having entered and placed in a few other terrific competitions over the years, I have to say that Finish Line is one of the most helpful and useful I've come across. The opportunity to get notes and resubmit multiple times is a great way to not just improve a script, but hone my craft. Notes are succinct and candid, but always focused on helping me achieve my intention with the script. It was like having a great studio or network executive championing me along the way.
When I got the call that I was the 2017 winner, I was shocked because the odds of winning any contest are aways so high. But that surprise was nothing compared to when I learned about the mentors that I would be set up to meet - agents, managers and producers from all over the industry. It was like a rocket launch into a new orbit for me When I did meet the mentors, each of them was so enthusiastic and helpful... all TWENTY EIGHT of them. Some of those meetings led to other meetings, which led to other meetings. I've now spent the better part of three months taking one, two, and sometimes three meetings every week, discussing my winning script, but also building my network and pitching new ideas. It's been fantastic.
Finally, I'd be remiss if in talking about Finish Line, I didn't mention Jenny, the competition's founder. You'd be hard pressed to find someone as thoughtful, hard-working and genuinely supportive of writers here in Hollywood as Jenny. She prepped me for every single meeting, and debriefed afterwards. She advised and helped strategize, working tirelessly to get my script read by people who can help get it onto the screen. "Above and beyond" is the phrase that comes to mind every time we talk, and every email I get from her. In Jenny, I feel like I've found a trusted friend and advisor - and for my .02, that's some tasty frosting on the already delicious cake that is the Finish Line competition.
If you're a writer looking for a uniquely helpful screenplay contest, I couldn't recommend Finish Line enough. With a welcomed notes process, generous prize money, and a huge stable of working, professional mentors, the contest stands out in a crowded market." - R.B. Ripley (Grand Prize Winner)