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Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition

Script Pipeline Writing Competition

Contact

2633 Lincoln Blvd. #701
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(323) 424-4243 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: entry@scriptpipeline.com

Contact: Matt Misetich, Contest Coordinator
MovieBytes Interview: Chadwick Clough

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.9/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.5/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.4/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.6/5.0)
Report Cards: 36    
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Objective

To help launch the careers of undiscovered screenwriters and give unprecedented access to studio-level executives.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Deadline Date Entry Fee Days till Deadline
Pre-Registration December 31, 2017 $50 40
Early March 1, 2018 $55 100
Regular May 1, 2018 $60 161
Late May 15, 2018 $65 175
WAB Extended May 20, 2018 $70 180

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Notification: July 29, 2018

Rules

Basic guidelines:

  • Cover page should include the title only. Remove any contact information (name, email address, etc.) on the script. Logline and genre on the title page as well is preferred, but not required. If contact info is left on the script, we'll adjust the file accordingly--the writer will not be disqualified.
  • Co-writers are allowed. Only one writer needs to register.
  • PDF preferred, but will accept Final Draft, Celtx, and other file formats.
  • Script should be a feature-length screenplay. All genres are allowed, and there are no length requirements. If it's a multi-part series, please send only the first part.
  • No limit on the number of entries. Each entry is a separate fee.
  • Simultaneous submissions are of course allowed (i.e. you can enter other screenwriting contests with the same script).
  • Previous Script Pipeline competition entrants welcome to enter again and are guaranteed fresh reads from a new judge. Former finalists are not allowed to enter the same script again.
  • All rights to the material remain with the entrant, whether they place as a finalist or not. It is, however, recommended you copyright your material.
  • Electronic submissions only.

Some general rules:

  • The script entered must not have been produced in its full form (shorts based on the script are fine).
  • Must be at least eighteen (18) years of age at time of entry.
  • You have not sold or optioned any film screenplay to any entity or individual greater than $50,000.

Awards

Grand Prize Winner – announced late July 2018:

  • $25,000 cash
  • Exposure to Script Pipeline's industry network and a personalized circulation plan
  • 1-on-1 consultation sessions with the Script Pipeline development team

Runner-up – announced late July 2018:

  • $1,000 cash
  • Exposure to Script Pipeline's industry network and a personalized circulation plan
  • 1-on-1 consultation sessions with a development executive

Both the Grand Prize Winner and Runner-up receive these finalist benefits. . . .

Finalists (18) – announced July 1st, 2018:

  • Exclusive invitations to private industry/writer events throughout the year
  • Circulation to 200 companies and long-term development assistance

Semifinalists (up to top 3% of submissions) – announced late-June 2018

Quarter-finalists (up to top 5% of submissions) – announced mid June 2018

Script Pipeline Writing Competition

Contact

2633 Lincoln Blvd. #701
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(323) 424-4243 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: entry@scriptpipeline.com

Contact: Matt Misetich, Contest Coordinator
MovieBytes Interview: Chadwick Clough

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.9/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.5/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.4/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.6/5.0)
Report Cards: 36    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Script Pipeline Writing Competition

Contact

2633 Lincoln Blvd. #701
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(323) 424-4243 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: entry@scriptpipeline.com

Contact: Matt Misetich, Contest Coordinator
MovieBytes Interview: Chadwick Clough

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.9/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.5/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.4/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.6/5.0)
Report Cards: 36    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Contest News

Script Pipeline Names 2015 Film & TV Contest Winners

Script Pipeline announced the winners of the 2015 Screenwriting and TV Writing Competitions at their Secret Door event in Los Angeles on Saturday, August 8th.

Top honors and $20,000 for Screenwriting went to Henry Dunham with his crime/thriller Militia. Grand Prize for TV went to the original pilot Beechwood, written by Eric Beu and Greg Martin.

"Script Pipeline was actually something a friend (who's very high up in the industry) introduced me to, and having her recommend it speaks volumes about how highly regarded a contest it is, even within the upper echelon," said Henry. "I can't say how surprised and happy I was to hear Militia called out as the winner--but maybe the people near me at the time could, since I think I said "holy sh*t* about forty times as I walked up to accept [the award]."

Runner-up for Screenwriting was Nir Paniry (The Coyote), and Howard Jordan Jr. (Family Be Like) snagged second place for TV.

"There is no better place for writers than with Script Pipeline," said Nir. "Their attention and assistance on helping me guide my career is invaluable."

In the weeks since naming the finalists, Script Pipeline has already begun sending out select projects to closer industry partners, including Howard's comedy pilot.

"When I relocated from NYC to LA to pursue sitcom writing, everyone I met in the industry said it wasn't about entering competitions, it was about entering the right competition," Howard said. "All of them named Script Pipeline as the right competition. . . . I've seen and heard that they support their winners and really work to advance their careers. Winning runner-up feels like a major step in the proper direction." Over 5,000 screenplays and pilots were reviewed in the 2015 seasons, adding to Script Pipeline's overall annual material review of approximately 10,000 scripts and pitches across all Pipeline competitions and review channels.

"While writers are clearly branching out in other areas--screenwriters trying their hand at TV, or writing and self-publishing novels in addition to scripts--we're also seeing the quality of writing steadily increase year over year," said Script Pipeline's Director of Development Matt Misetich. "Eric and Greg wrote maybe one of the best pilots I've ever read, Henry showcased some unique skills in the genre that I haven't seen in years. . . all the finalists, even many of the semifinalists, put forth some really impressive material. We're eager to help circulate their scripts and continue working with them long-term."

Since 2000, Script Pipeline alumni have sold over $5 million in specs, and several writers this year have been hired on major studio projects, including Tripper Clancy (Hacker Camp), Evan Daugherty (Tomb Raider), and Tyler Burton Smith (Five Nights at Freddy's).

The 2016 Script Pipeline Screenwriting and TV Writing seasons open September 1st, 2015. There will be an exclusive early submission window August 25th-31st for a reduced entry fee.

The 2015 First Look Project, seeking studio-level projects for film and TV, is currently open for entries. Major production companies and agencies reviewing the winners. Deadline in November.

Updated: 08/18/2015
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Script Pipeline Writing Competition

Contact

2633 Lincoln Blvd. #701
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(323) 424-4243 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: entry@scriptpipeline.com

Contact: Matt Misetich, Contest Coordinator
MovieBytes Interview: Chadwick Clough

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.9/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.5/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.4/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.6/5.0)
Report Cards: 36    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Interviews

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Updated: 10/11/2007

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Updated: 09/12/2007

MovieBytes Interview:Screenwriter Jason Whiton

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Updated: 08/12/2005

MovieBytes Interview:Screenwriter Andrew Cannistra

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Updated: 08/24/2004

MovieBytes Interview:Screenwriter Brett Cooper

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Updated: 12/15/2003
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