Ding dong the Witch is dead! A skill set is not attached to technology, technology is a tool.
Let me also chime in, you are basically building a machine that would be a rockstar Windows 10 machine. OSX is a bottle neck in terms of performance. If you are going to build a computer you should just install Windows 10. There are only a few applications that require OSX like Final Cut but do people really use that? Everything else works on both PC and OSX and frankly runs far, far better on PC.
These contests are not really contests they are money making schemes. 500 entries nets the 20K budget. So if they get 1000+ scripts submitted they are doing really well. If they really want to support the community there should be no charge.
Or you could just use a windows machine and not use apple or a laptop and you can upgrade to anything you want and save thousands.
Micah, what are those wrist garments you are wearing? What is their purpose and where can I get those? What is their function? It looks like they would keep your wrists warm? I'm being dead serious btw. Thanks!
If yo are partnered with a theater chain for release there is no reason why this won't happen. Every system is different slightly on top of that. DCP's are not complicated but once you have experience setting up one correctly it is fairly easy from there.