Drew McWeeny wades in with another look at why Amazon Studios seems nuts:
Line after line of the legalese on these pages just confounds me. “You agree to be automatically entered into any future contests for which your work is eligible. The specific contest rules for future contests will be posted on this page when they are announced.” And considering one of the rules of this contest grants Amazon Studios a free 18-month option on your work the moment you upload it, the idea that they can enter you in a contest later and tell you the rules after they do so seems positively batty.
The myth of Hollywood is that there are giant walls to keep you out. Here, the walls keep you in, whether you like it or not.