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A top 20 finalist in the 2010 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition, Precious Cargo, written by Max Adams, will be released in April 2016.

The Lionsgate action/thriller stars Bruce Willis, Claire Forlani, and Mark-Paul Gosselaar. Adams also directed. He’s currently writing an adaptation of The Risk Agent with Michael Lerner (Love & Mercy).

Watch the trailer here.

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Results Announced - First Look Project

Winners and finalists of the 2015 First Look Project have now been announced:


Action / Adventure

Bury Your Dead by Rick McGovern - Winner
Zero Days by Ilan Benjamin - Finalist


Girl/Friend by Joshua Staman - Winner
Dirt Brown and the Seven Laborers by Michael Cummings - Finalist
Sluts by Eric Bergemann - Finalist

Horror / Thriller

The Gates by Laura West - Winner
The Aberrant by Kevin Luu & Kelly Luu - Finalist

Sci-Fi / Fantasy

Skyhook by Nicol Eilers & Michael Eilers - Winner
The Lazarus Effect by Graham Parke - Finalist
Stranded by David Hogan & Frank D'Angeli - Finalist


Sugar Land by R.B. Ripley - Winner
Across the Line by Heidi Putallaz - Finalist
Bitter Ghosts by Brad Martocello - Finalist
Funderland by Sasha Perl-Raver - Finalist
Hosers by Jacob Isser - Finalist
The Lucky Ones by Victoria Arevalos - Finalist


Wonderland by Daniel Baig - Winner
By Noble Means by Stephen Barber - Finalist


Dream Writers Winner
Created by Nathan Bach, Dalton Lilley, Shea Castle, & Ben Owen
Directed by Nathan Bach & Dalton Lilley
Written by Ben Owen

Selfers - Finalist
Written and Directed by Michele Bizzi

Results can also be found on the site. Bios for the winners coming soon.

In total 1,053 entries were received across 7 categories.

A note on the finalist selections: up to five finalists in each category were named, with Teleplay maxing out at five due to the number of high-quality pilots we received. The TV division received close to 300 entries total, whereas Adaptation and Media received less than 50 each. As we typically do with every Script Pipeline competition, we’ll be touching base with a few writers who didn’t make the cut to see what other material they have, as their writing overall was well above average.

The 2016 First Look Project season opens April 15th.

The Rel/event Series Part II

Screenwriters, actors, producers, and anyone interested in cinema! Register now for The Rel/event Series Part II, the fastest growing entertainment panel event in LA! Their inaugural event on October 2nd, 2015 was headlined by Deadpool producer Lauren Shuler Donner. Part II on Friday, April 8th, 2016, at Globe Theater in Downtown LA from 6-10pm, features Tommy Harper (COO of Bad Robot, executive producer of Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Doug Jung (screenwriter, Star Trek Beyond), Stephany Folsom (screenwriter, Thor: Ragnarok), Gohar Gazazyan (casting director, The Walking Dead, Gotham), Alan Wenkus (co-executive producer, Straight Outta Compton), Patrice Avery, Head of Studio at Halon Entertainment (Avatar, Jurassic World, Ghostbusters 2016), Alex Ott (co-producer, Suicide Squad), and many more! Join the Script Pipeline team with promo code FOX20 for 20% off all ticket types. VIP packages allows you to enjoy the panels inside the VIP room alongside guest speakers! From 10pm-2am, continue networking at the official after party a few blocks down at The Reserve in Downtown LA. Music will be provided by celebrity DJ Amy Pham. Connect, engage, and network with fellow creatives and industry professionals for a one-of-a-kind panel experience. Panel event is 18+. After party is 21+. Sponsors include ScriptNoted, a cloud-based project development platform for Entertainment & Media professionals – combining contact management, secure online file sharing and real-time feedback capture in a single, mobile-responsive web application; 100 For All luxury water; the International Screenwriters’ Association; Script Pipeline, and Flam Fest.

For more questions email Registration for live-stream is available for those outside of California. For tickets, visit before tickets run out! See you Friday, April 8th at Globe Theater in Downtown LA!

CALL FOR ENTRIES: 2016 Idea Competitions

The 10th Great Movie Idea and 8th Great TV Show Idea contests are now open for sumbissions. We are searching for truly innovative material for both studio and indie markets. Ideally, groundbreaking ideas that are both marketable and fresh--something a global audience can connect with. Accepted entries include loglines, synopses, video pitches, or full treatments. Completed script are not reviewed, nor are entrants required to have a completed script. You only need one spectacular idea. Think big and original.

For writers and non-writers alike, Script Pipeline provides additional development assistance and connects the winner with top studio producers, including execs from Lakeshore Entertainment (Million Dollar Baby), Benderspink (Vacation), Darko Entertainment (Pride, Prejudice, and Zombies), and other major motion picture producers looking for new concepts.

EARLY DEADLINE: April 15th, 2016



February 2016 Script Sales 

Treehouse Pictures acquired Katie Silberman’s romantic comedy spec Set It Up about two assistants who try to get their nasty bosses out of their hair. Emilia Clarke attached to star. Bold Films is moving forward with the superhero drama spec Samaritan written by Bragi Schut. The film centers around a young boy and a mysterious old man twenty years after a superhero defeats a supervillain and has gone missing. Tyler Marceca’s thriller specs Burnt Offering and Malpractice have found homes at Armory Films and Endurance Media, respectively. Burnt Offering is described as being Prisoners meets Silence of the Lambs while Malpractice centers around a disgraced surgeon who becomes involved in a terrorism plot. Finally, FilmNation Entertainment has acquired Oliver Kramer’s legal thriller spec Leverage, a murder mystery centered on Wall Street.

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Inside Out – Screenplay

Pixar is synonymous with imagination and ingenuity. Each of their (so far) sixteen feature films and numerous shorts depict wildly inventive worlds with well-defined, lived-in characters that rival most live-action characters.

It’s easy to imagine a blander version of Inside Out, one in which Riley’s emotions simply provide a running commentary on the outside world. However, that’s not how Pixar operates, and the creative team (which includes Pete Docter, Ronnie Del Carmen, Meg LeFauve, and Josh Cooley) has included many elements that writers everywhere which they had thought of first. Inside Riley’s head, we see a literal Train of Conscience, a building of Abstract Thought, and the prison-like Subconscious, among other clever flourishes. . . .

Read the Inside Out Script

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