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2016 Script Pipeline Screenwriting and TV Writing Competition Winners Announced

The winners and runners-up of the 2016 Script Pipeline Screenwriting and TV Writing Competitions were announced Saturday, July 23rd and awarded over $35,000. The private event in Los Angeles connected top industry execs and the finalists, as well as other recent Script Pipeline writers. 

Australia-based writing team Penelope Chai and Matteo Bernardini won the Grand Prize for screenwriting with the adventure/fantasy Cinderella Must Die. Runner-up: The Coat, a thriller by Ross Saxon.

For television, another writing duo claimed the top spot--Kay Tuxford and Elizabeth Dahl's original pilot 40 Elephants, a period drama based on a true story. Runner-up for TV was The Mother, by Laura Bensick. 

From left: Ross Saxon, Laura Bensick, Elizabeth Dahl, Kay Tuxford, Matteo Bernardini, and Penelope Chai.

"Each year, the scripts get better, which only strengthens the relationships with our industry contacts," said Script Pipeline CEO Chad Clough. "We're thrilled to have the top agencies reviewing our finalists."

The 2017 Script Pipeline Screenwriting and TV Writing Competitions will open on August 15th, and writers can submit for a reduced entry fee until September 1st. Final deadline is May 1st, 2017.

View the 2016 Screenwriting Finalists

View the 2016 TV Writing Finalists

NOW OPEN: 2016 Great Idea Contests

The 11th Great Movie Idea and 9th Great TV Show Idea competitions are now open for submissions. We're searching for original, innovative material for both indie and studio markets. Any genre accepted. Entrants may submit a logline, synopsis, or video pitch / media. Completed screenplays are NOT reviewed, nor are entrants required to have a completed script. You only need one spectacular idea.

Former winners have had their work developed and optioned by major production companies, studio-level producers, managers, and agencies. All winners receive one-on-one assistance from Script Pipeline execs to get their pitch (or a completed screenplay/pilot) ready for circulation.

Special Early Deadline: August 15th, 2016

Winners Announced: February 2017

Submit a movie pitch
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July 2016 Script Sales  

July was a slower month for script sales. Ivan Reitman’s Montecito Picture Company will produce Cassie Daniels and Mark Bartosic’s comedy spec Besties, a comedy about a woman and her three best friends who set off on a road trip to break up the wedding of her childhood crush. Amblin and Madhouse Entertainment will team up to produce Pete Bridges’ sci-fi/action spec The Fall, which follows a newly divorced couple trying to get to the suburbs on foot, where their children are home alone, during an alien invasion. New Line has acquired the rights to The Cold War, based on David Wolman and Julian Smith’s article about a turf war between ice cream trucks. Fox 2000 acquired Ted Melfi’s Fruit Loops, which has been described as being in the same vein as One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. 

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Stranger Things – Pilot

The pilot is one of the most important episodes of a series. Perhaps the most important. Not only does it have to establish the characters, the world, and the tone, but it also has to convince viewers to come back for the next episode (or, in case of online streaming, not exiting out of the browser window).

Stranger Things, Netflix’s latest television success, does exactly that. By the end of the teaser, the show has nailed a tense opening sequence and establishes a few of the mysteries that it will explore over the next few episodes, particularly who is the tall man, and what happened to Will, a 12-year-old who disappears right before the title credits roll. Throughout the rest of the pilot, the audience is given few answers, but the mysteries deepen and expand to the point that the majority of viewers should be hooked.

Read the Stranger Things Pilot

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