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EXTENDED DEADLINE - First Look Project: October 15th

Winners Receive:
$10,000 (Screenplay), $2,000 (TV), $2,000 (Short Film)

Extended Deadline (must submit via Withoutabox or FilmFreeway):
Sunday, October 15th

The 6th Annual First Look Project fulfills the requests of major studios, production companies, and top managers by finding fresh, high-concept material across three main categories:

Screenplay – divisions for Action, Comedy, Drama, Horror, and Sci-fi
Teleplay – original pilots, any genre
Short Film – produced short films or series pilots

Supported by Good Fear Film + Management (Rings), Panay Films (Masterminds), Lakeshore Entertainment (Age of Adaline), Silent R Management (reps Academy Award Winner Barry Jenkins), Madhouse Entertainment (Prisoners), and other Script Pipeline partners, the competition introduces the best scripts and filmmakers to major companies.

Most recent success story: The Devil in Evelyn, winner of the 2016 First Look Project (Teleplay), was picked up for development by Mandalay Television in September. Script Pipeline set up the writers, brothers Ben and Tyler Soper, with meetings after extensive circulation to Pipeline’s industry network.

"The First Look Project was an awesome experience. . . . They became our personal champions and proceeded to surprise us again and again with the extent of their support.  Thanks to them, we had meetings with a manager and production companies and are now developing our pilot with Mandalay Entertainment.  Entering this contest moved our careers forward in an unprecedented way."
- Ben and Tyler Soper, First Look Project Winners

One winner in each category receives a share of $14,000 in prizes, industry circulation, and long-term personalized development assistance from Script Pipeline’s executive team. We also select up to 3 finalists for each division.


EARLY DEADLINE: Great Movie and TV Show Idea Contests - October 15th 

Winner Receives:
$1,000 | long-term development | industry circulation

Early Deadline: Sunday, October 15th

The 13th Great Movie Idea Contest and 11th Great TV Show Idea competitions are searching for original, innovative material. Ideally, groundbreaking concepts that are both marketable and fresh--something a global, diverse audience can connect with.

Accepted entries include loglines, synopses, video pitches, or full treatments. Completed screenplays are not reviewed, nor are entrants required to have a completed script. You only need one spectacular idea. Any market, studio or indie.

Script Pipeline provides additional development assistance to polish the pitch, or help the writer complete a circulation-ready screenplay. At that point, we connect the winner with top studio producers, including execs from Lakeshore Entertainment (Age of AdalineMillion Dollar Baby), Good Fear Film + Management (RingsPolaroid), and other major companies looking for new concepts.



September 2017 Script Sales  

Echo Lake Productions and Royal Viking Entertainment have picked up Sean Sorensen’s spec We Interrupt This Program, based on the true story of Orson Welles’ famous radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds and the ensuing panic. Disney has picked up Tarell Alvin McCraney’s musical romance script Cyrano the Moor, which will combine elements from Cyrano de Bergerac and Othello. David Oyelowo and Jessica Oyelowo are set to produce. Phoenix Pictures is moving forward with A Country of Strangers, Sean Armstrong’s 2012 Black List script. The story follows the true story of a 40-year investigation into the disappearance of three young children in Australia. Murray Miller’s untitled buddy cop comedy has found a home at Universal. John Cena and Kumail Nanjiani will star, Ruben Fleischer will direct. Finally, Lisa Jones is set adapt Danielle McGuire’s non-fiction book At the Dark End of the Street for Invisible Pictures. Julie Dash to direct.

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Hidden Figures - Screenplay

At times, it feels as though Hollywood has exploited every moment in history for the sake of a movie. It’s becoming rarer and rarer to find a historical figure who hasn’t had their story portrayed in a film in some way, so nowadays, when a film zeroes in on an interesting event that few know about, it’s typically worth mentioning. However, director Theodore Melfi’s Hidden Figures goes a step further. The movie uses an event many people know about, John Glenn’s orbit around the Earth, as its backdrop but tells it from a perspective few were aware of.

Scripted by Allison Schroeder and Melfi and based on Margot Lee Shetterly’s book of the same name, Hidden Figures follows Katharine Johnson, an African American woman who calculated the trajectories that made Glenn’s mission possible, and her African American coworkers Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson during a time Virginia and NASA were still heavily segregated. Over the course of the movie, they rise in their respective fields and help make history at NASA. . . .

Read the Hidden Figures Script

DEADLINE: November 1st - 2017 Book Pipeline Competition

The 4th Annual Book Pipeline Competition is searching for authors with material appropriate for film or television adaptation. The winning writer will receive circulation to Lakeshore Entertainment (Million Dollar BabyAmerican Pastoral), Energy Entertainment (ExtantI Am Legend), Good Fear Film + Management, Darko Entertainment (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies), and other top production companies and agencies best-suited for developing the selected projects.

"This contest is legit. Since my book was selected, we have been in nearly constant contact discussing options for promoting the book as a film and TV series. If you are doubtful of their commitment to your project, rest easy. They do exactly what they say they will do and keep at it until they see the project succeed."
- Zach Fortier, 2015 Book Pipeline Winner (I Am Ray Washington)

Deadline: November 1st, 2017

Acceptable entries include:

• Novels

• Non-fiction

• Plays

• Graphic Novels and comics

• Book proposals or pitches (fiction or non-fiction)

• Short stories

Every entrant will receive brief, general feedback on their submission, specifically on the material’s adaptation potential, once results have been announced.

Winner Receives:

– $10,000

– Immediate and long-term circulation to top companies in the Book Pipeline and Script Pipeline network (see list below for companies receiving first look at the winner)

– Development assistance from Book Pipeline execs to help adapt the material into a screenplay, TV pilot, or pitch

– Additional review of other material for potential industry circulation

– Editorial write-up from Book Pipeline covering the winning submission

For additional details, including criteria, awards, and other FAQs, visit Book Pipeline.

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