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I wrote a movie script, entered it in a contest, and was told it is "Oscar bait" and "should at least win best cinematography".
It was in the top 10% of over 7,000 worldwide entries.
Producers refuse to read it saying "no solicitations", and "have your agent call us".
The problem is finding an agent.
There are very few agents that represent non-fictional scripts, which is what I wrote.
Then there are agents who agree to read the script, but then don't even correspond after the script was sent to them.
So, the problem is, where do I find a legitimate, good agent?
 

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I wrote a movie script, entered it in a contest, and was told it is "Oscar bait" and "should at least win best cinematography".
It was in the top 10% of over 7,000 worldwide entries.
Producers refuse to read it saying "no solicitations", and "have your agent call us".
The problem is finding an agent.
There are very few agents that represent non-fictional scripts, which is what I wrote.
Then there are agents who agree to read the script, but then don't even correspond after the script was sent to them.
So, the problem is, where do I find a legitimate, good agent?
First of all, the top 10 percent in a contest is not going to attract a lot of interest. In the contest you describe, there's A LOT of 10 percenters. These days, even being a quarterfinalist or even a semifinalist is all that impressive from an industry standpoint -- finalists tend to be the only ones industry folks take notice of, if at all.

A movie script is referred to as a screenplay. Screenplay is to novel as script is to manuscript. Nomenclature matters.

Did the contest readers tell you that A SCRIPT should win best cinematography? That would be impossible. Don't quote that to anyone -- it makes you sound like you don't understand what a script is/does.

In "Hollywood" there is no such thing as "nonfiction". The minute an actor portrays a real person, no matter how accurate the dialogue and setting, the story becomes "based on true events" or even "a true story" but not nonfiction. The absolute hottest genre in both features and television are scripts based on true events and real people, so you have that going for you... provided you have secured the rights to the story.

You don't need an agent; Hollywood agents represent established screenwriters who can be sent out on writing assignment calls, newbies not so much.

A manager is probably the best bet. You can query your contest-placing script and, if your query and logline are good, you might get a read.

Good luck.
 

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(sorry, posted on wrong thread)
 
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Yeah I was going to say "how can a screenplay be a contender for best cinematography? Unless you included some really good storyboards?"

What do you mean by "nonfictional" ? Did you write a "script" for a documentary? Is this a "BASED ON A TRUE STORY" story?
 

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I wrote a movie script, entered it in a contest, and was told it is "Oscar bait" and "should at least win best cinematography".
It was in the top 10% of over 7,000 worldwide entries.
Producers refuse to read it saying "no solicitations", and "have your agent call us".
The problem is finding an agent.
There are very few agents that represent non-fictional scripts, which is what I wrote.
Then there are agents who agree to read the script, but then don't even correspond after the script was sent to them.
So, the problem is, where do I find a legitimate, good agent?
I'm also a bit unconvinced by these people. Without having seen your screenplay, it's wildly unlikely that a work by a novice is guaranteed Oscar-bait. Films are a collaborative effort - the screenplay is only a part of it, and only a very small part of what makes films into Oscar contenders. And - who is the cinematographer who is brilliant enough to be assured of an award on an unproduced film-script and why are they working on this film?

I'm going to add - if this contest offers to find you an agent for a small fee - walk quickly away... Having said which - congratulations on finishing a screenplay! That is quite an achievement all on its own and you should be proud. :)
 

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