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Recent Writer Success Stories

- Search, written by First Look Project winners Sev Ohanian and Aneesh Chagnaty, premiered at Sundance and was snatched by Sony for $5 million. The thriller, which takes place entirely on computer screens, stars John Cho and Debra Messing. Besides the Sony deal, the film received the fest's NEXT Audience Award, and Sev picked up the Amazon Studios Producers Award.

- First Look Project winner, "Recommend" writer, and TV Writing Competition finalist Greg Wayne signed with Brian Spink at Realm in late January. Script Pipeline execs have worked with Greg, a recent AFI grad, for several years on a number of scripts, both feature and TV.

- Jen Goldson's Off the Menu available on VOD and DVD February 6th. The romcom stars Dania Ramirez and Santino Fontana. The project was produced after Jen met director Jay Silverman and Bethony Cerrona at a Script Pipeline industry event in 2015. She currently has two other features in pre-production, including her contest finalist screenplay Everything's Gonna Be Okay, to be directed by Andy Tennant (Hitch). 

2018 First Look Project - Deadline February 20th

The 7th Annual First Look Project fulfills the requests of studios, production companies, agencies, and top managers by finding unique, high-concept material across two main categories:

• Screenplay - divisions for Action/AdventureComedyDramaHorror/Thriller, and Sci-fi/Fantasy

• TV Pilot - divisions for Hour and Half-hour original pilots, any genre

One winner in each division receives a share of $15,000, industry circulation, and long-term development assistance from Script Pipeline’s executive team.

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

Register a Screenplay or Pilot

Movie and TV Show Idea Contest Winners Announced

Winners and runners-up of the 2017 Script Pipeline Movie and TV Show Idea contests:

 13th Great Movie Idea Contest Results

Grand Prize Winner

Mommy Is Missing by Matt MacDonald

Seen by Cate Smierciak & Nick Clifford

11th Great TV Show Idea Contest Results

Grand Prize Winner
Pro Losers by Dan Perlman

Cora Strayer, Private Detective by Kevin Leahy & Paul Reda

All selected projects receive script development and industry circulation assistance from Script Pipeline's executive team. Next season opens February 6th.

For book authors looking to write a script under the mentorship of a WGA writer

Dave Kline (CO-EP on SNATCH) and co-founder of Script Pipeline along with his colleague Chris Sey at WritersForWriters will be taking slots for book author consultations in addition to screenplay consultations. Authors can opt to take either the master class in writing a screenplay or work on an existing script. Career advice on how to sell to the industry will also be incorporated into the consult.

For more information on consulations—

If you would like to talk to Dave and find out more about the consultations, please email us at  and we can set up a phone call.

The mission statement of WritersForWriters has always been for our WGA consultants and mentors to pay it forward to aspiring writers hoping to soon become WGA writers themselves.

We look forward to reading!


Dave, Chris, Fior, and the team at Writers-For-Writers

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The 1st Annual Film Pipeline Competitions seek remarkable writers and directors with diverse, engaging work--the type defined by forward-thinking perspectives and unconventional yet universally appealing stories.

For produced shorts, Film Pipeline's platform is significantly different from the typical festival: selected entrants are given introductions to managers and agents for potential representation and extended promotion of their short or series pilot.

For unproduced scripts, Film Pipeline creates an opportunity to get your material made and collaborates with selected entrants from development to production.

"I’ve found some incredible writers through Script Pipeline over the last decade and anticipate the same with Film Pipeline—any directors or shorts they refer to us get immediate consideration."
- Jake Wagner, Manager (Good Fear Film + Management)


Submit a Film | Submit a Script

The 2018 Screenwriting and TV Writing Competitions: $50,000 Awarded

Register by: March 1st

Winners Receive:
$50,000 | long-term industry circulation | script development


Submit a Screenplay | Submit a Pilot


"I was a finalist in the Script Pipeline Screenplay Competition and attended their writer/industry event. They steered me toward Jay Silverman and Bethany Cerrona, saying they were execs who'd appreciate my work. A year later, Jay, my director, wrapped a warm and funny film, and it came about 100% due to Script Pipeline."
- Jen Goldson, Screenwriting Contest Finalist (Off the Menu)

Now in its 16th year, the Script Pipeline Competitions seek talented writers to connect with production companies, agencies, and managers. As one of the longest-running film and TV writing contests, we focus specifically on finding writers representation, supporting diverse voices, championing marketable, unique storytelling, and pushing more original projects into production.

Finalists receive immediate circulation to Script Pipeline partners, in addition to the following:

• $50,000 to winners

• Personal introductions to managers, producers, agents, directors, and others searching for screenplays

• Development assistance with Script Pipeline execs

• Long-term circulation for all finalists

"Less than a week after the competition was over, I scored a meeting for my finalist script. We hit it off right away, and I am now signed with a smart and talented manager who takes this industry and my writing seriously. For someone like me from a no-name town, who doesn't have any contacts, this is a huge opportunity. I can't thank Script Pipeline enough for their dedication and the exposure they are able to provide writers."
- Charles Stulck, Screenwriting Competition Finalist 

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Submit a Pilot

Writers may also submit via FilmFreeway or Withoutabox

January 2018 Script Sales

January kicked off 2018 with a slow start. Mental Pictures has picked up Joseph and John Magary’s Charlotte XVI, a romantic drama that follows the love lives of a 16-year-old girl and her mother. Myna Joseph will direct, and Maya Hawke will star. Derek Kolstad’s action/thriller script Nobody found a home at STX Entertainment. Bob Odenkirk is set to star and produce. Amazon picked up Task Force Two, an action pitch from Jennifer Yee McDevitt. The story will follow an elite search-and-rescue team in California. Genesius Pictures has entered pre-production with Mrs Lowery and Son, written by and based on the play by Martyn Hesford. Adrian Noble will direct. Timothy Spall and Vanessa Redgrave will star. Universal picked up My Own Worst Enemy, an action/comedy script by Chad St. John. Kevin Hart to star/produce.

Other script sales:

- Jon Felson has been tapped to adapt environmentalist Julia Butterfly Hill’s memoir The Legacy of Luna for Gulfstream Pictures.

- Jac Schaeffer is set to script the Black Widow movie for Marvel.

- Stephen Daldry to direct Jack Thorne’s untitled script about Syrian swimmer Yusra Mardini, who qualified for the 2016 Olympics under the first Team Refugee. The film has been set up at Working Title Films.

- Peter Chiarelli to write a script based a treatment from Jessica Chastain and Kelly Carmichael for Universal. The untitled comedy follows two women battling the elements as they try to get home for the holidays. Chastain and Octavia Spencer to star.

- Disney has tapped Stephany Folsom to write Toy Story 4.

- Emily V. Gordon will adapt Cynthia D’Apri’s The Nest for Amazon.

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Mudbound - Screenplay

Directed by Dee Rees and written by Rees and Virgil Williams from Hillary Jordan’s novel, Mudbound tracks the relationships between the white McAllan family, who recently bought a farm in Mississippi, and the Jackson family, who live and work on the land, before and after World War II. Although some of the elements may feel familiar—racism in the pre-Civil Rights-era South is well-trodden territory in both literature and film—Mudbound mixes race relations with PTSD, alcoholism, abject poverty, the horrors of war, masculinity, depression, and a Southern Gothic style, giving the film an epic feel that explores the full breadth of human emotion. As much as it is a movie about bigotry and discrimination, it’s also a film about the universality of pain, depression, and suffering—and how that pain can trickle down and turn back into bigotry and discrimination. Even though the majority of the characters face poverty, the script makes it clear that a racial hierarchy pervaded 1940’s rural Mississippi, both through subtle moments like Henry McAllan’s treatment of his land’s tenants to the explicit epithets Henry’s father frequently spouts, and this hierarchy simmers throughout the film until it finally boils over in a climax brutal and distressing in its realism.

Rees and Williams’ Academy Award–nominated script turns frequently to voice over, allowing the audience to get inside the heads of each of the six main characters. Though voice over often becomes a liability in lesser hands, the narration (coupled with Rees’ cerebral direction and cinematographer Rachel Morrison’s Oscar-nominated cinematography) gives the film a poetic feel in which the characters’ shared experiences and diverging perspectives fold on each other to paint a complex, unflinching, and epic portrait of the era, recalling older human dramas like John Ford's How Green Was My Valley and The Grapes of Wrath. “Show, don’t tell” is an enduring saying that will likely never go away, but the elegiac elegance of Mudbound’s voice over justifies itself, college writing course axioms be damned.

Although the screenplay, the direction, and the visuals provide an excellent draw, the actors give the story pathos, and Jason Mitchell and Garrett Hedlund do their best to carry it as two veterans who befriend each other, but Mary J. Blige steals the show. Blige gives a standout performance that’s both emotive and understated—and she earned an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for the role. (She also scored a Best Song nom for the closing credits song.)

Mudbound is a rarity in modern film—an epic character study about racism that not only does justice to each of its characters but also looks to the past to tell a story relevant to our present. For that alone, it’s necessary viewing—and it’s on Netflix, so if you’re a subscriber, you’ve got no excuse.

Read the Mudbound Screenplay

Script Pipeline Workshop Notes - Screenplays and Pilots

Established in 2000, the Script Pipeline Workshop is one of the longest-running notes services in the industry, offering feedback on screenplays, pilots, and pitches for film and television. Hundreds of writers each year, from beginners to professionals, benefit from the expertise of a small, seasoned group of development execs, many of whom are active writers and producers themselves.

Any genre or format accepted. We review everything from partially completed scripts to production-ready final drafts. Writers may also request a critique on supplemental materials (such as a TV show bible, synopsis, or logline), as well as follow up with their reader with additional questions on the feedback.

"I've been amazed at the quality and depth of the development my idea has received since winning the Great TV Idea Contest. I know my concept in a richer, deeper way than I did before thanks to Script Pipeline."
- Bryce McLellan, Contest Winner

Together with our competitions, the Workshop is another outlet to funnel upper-echelon projects to an array of industry contacts and shepherd scripts into production.

*contest entrants receive a discounted rate on General Reviews; add-on notes available during registration for any competition

Development Notes | General Review

Upcoming Competition Deadlines & Dates

2018 First Look Project - Special Entry Deadline: February 20th

2018 Screenwriting Competition - Early Deadline: March 1st

2018 TV Writing Competition - Early Deadline: March 1st

2018 Great Movie Idea Contest - Next Season Opens February 6th

2018 Great TV Show Idea Contest - Next Season Opens February 6th

2018 Student Writing Competition - Returning 2018

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