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CALL FOR ENTRIES: Script Pipeline Competitions - 12/31/10
2008 Contest Winner Sells Spec for $3 million to Universal

SPECIAL OFFER: SP Writers Database, 20% Off + FREE Contest Entry

Recent Script Sales - October
Script Pipeline Success Stories
 
Script Pipeline Recommends: Holiday Screenplay Contest

Script Pipeline Feedback

Script Pipeline in the News

Miscellaneous - Top Websites for Screenwriters

2011 Script Pipeline Competitions: Early Deadline, 12/31/10

2011 Script Pipeline Competitions

The 9th Annual 2011 Script Pipeline Screenwriting & TV Writing Competitions are OPEN for entries.  This is an international contest, and writers worldwide are welcome to submit.

Over $100,000 in cash and prizes.

Finalist loglines circulated to 200 industry execs looking for new material.

 ENTER THE COMPETITION

DEADLINES AND FEES

Pre-registration Deadline: December 31st, 2010
Discounted Rate: $40
*Additional Notes: $45 

ACCEPTED ENTRIES

Screenwriting Competition - feature-length script, any genre
TV Writing Competition - spec, original pilot, reality show proposal

RECENT SUCCESS STORIES

John Mctiernan attached to direct 2008 Winning script SHRAPNEL (Aug. 2010)

2008 Winner Evan Daugherty sold spec to Universal for $3 million (Oct. 2010)

2010 Winner Tripper Clancy secured representation with SP contact FilmEngine (Sep. 2010)

View recent finalist success stories

View feedback from previous competition entrants

ENTER THE COMPETITION

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SP Success Story: 2008 Contest Winner Sells Spec to Universal for $3m; Hardy, Theron Attached

Fresh off the news his 2008 Script Pipeline contest-winning script Shrapnel will be directed by John McTiernan, Evan Daugherty's spec, Snow White and the Huntsman is beginning to pick up steam in the casting department, with Charlize Theron rumored to play the Evil Queen, and Inception star Tom Hardy to fill the role of The Huntsman.  Acclaimed commercial director Rupert Sanders will helm the project.

Charlize Theron Evil Queen Tom Hardy Huntsman

The spec sold for $1.5 million (against $3 million) to Universal at the end of September, making it one of the biggest spec sales of the year.  

Script Pipeline introduced Evan to Jake Wagner (FilmEngine) in 2008 after Evan was selected as a top-four winner of the SP Screenwriting Competition.

Variety Article

Evan Daugherty's Script Pipeline Interview

 

More success stories from Script Pipeline

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Special Offer: Script Pipeline Writers Database, 20% Off + FREE Contest Entry

OFFER EXPIRES 12/31/10

REGISTER HERE

Use promo code Concept101 during registration and receive 20% off a Script Pipeline Writers Database membership, which also entitles you to a FREE entry into the 2011 Writing Competitions ($60 total value).

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Through a composite directory, Script Pipeline has gathered the specific needs and submission guidelines of production and management companies, literary agencies, independent producers, and creative executives searching for scripts. Along with extensive resources, this information is available in the members-only Writers Database, where users may search through 1,300-plus listings.

Database members also have the ability to send queries/loglines for free review and inquires about writing, film, and the industry in general.

Learn more about the Writers Database

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Recent Script Sales - October

      Family Circus    Tyler Perry   

Comedy is in the air for the fall. October brought us a few major sales, including Dan Goor’s El Presidente, acquired by Warner Brothers and focusing on an “overly-committed Secret Service agent who is assigned to guard the country's worst former president, a bumbling sleaze” after someone threatens to kill the ex-president.  In non-comedy sales, writer/director Olatunde Osunsanmi sold his sci-fi spec Dark Moon to Warner Brothers in the high six figures.  Also looks like a sequel to Top Gun is in the works, as well as a remake of Hellraiser and an adaptation of The Twilight Zone.

Other sales include:

--Take My Wife: a guy tries to get out of paying alimony to his ex-wife by finding her a new husband, which backfires once he falls back in love with her. Written by Greg Coolidge & Kirk Ward. Tyler Perry and Dwayne Johnson attached to star.

--Finally an adaptation of another comic strip: Bill Keane’s Family Circus will have a big screen version.  Sadly, the world still waits for Pearls Before Swine’s day in the theaters.

--Across the pond, British production company Warp Films has purchased The Organ Grinder’s Monkey from Jake and Dinos Chapman. A talented talking chimp outshines a struggling artist. Daniel Craig, Kevin Spacey, and Rosamund Pike star.

--In the vein of other highly successful Christopher Columbus films (the explorer, not the director), McG is set to produce a film about Columbus’ discovery of America—300 style.

--Seth MacFarlane is attached to co-write, direct, and star in Ted, an R-rated buddy comedy about a guy whose teddy bear comes to life.  Mark Wahlberg attached to star.

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Script Pipeline Success Stories

Contest Winner Evan Daugherty Sells Snow White Spec for $3 million to Universal

Script Pipeline 2008 contest winner Evan Daugherty sold his spec script Snow White and the Huntsman to Universal for $1.5 million (against $3 million).  Acclaimed commercial director Rupert Sanders will helm the project. Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy (Inception) are attached to star, with Joe Roth producing.

2010 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Contest Winner Tripper Clancy Signs Rep. Deal w/FilmEngine

2010 Script Pipeline Competition winner Tripper Clancy signed with Jake Wagner at FilmEngine, just two months after claiming one of the top four spots in the 9th annual contest.  Tripper's script, "Henry the Second," was sent directly to FilmEngine by Script Pipeline after winners were announced in July.

John McTiernan to Direct '08 Winning Script Shrapnel by Evan Daugherty

John McTiernan (Die Hard, The Thomas Crown Affair) is on board to direct Evan Daugherty's script Shrapnel, winner of the 2008 Script P.I.M.P./Pipeline Screenwriting Competition.

After introductions to managers through Script Pipeline, Evan signed with Jake Wagner of Film Engine (formerly of Energy Entertainment). From there, the spec made The Blacklist as one of the top un-produced screenplays of 2008, and Evan went on to pen an adaptation of He-Man for Warner Bros.

The project is currently in the pre-production stages.

Read the Script Pipeline interview with Evan Daugherty

2009 Script Pipeline Finalists Sean Fallon and Charlotte Barrett's Film to be Produced - August, 2010

Thanks to their top 20 placement in the 2009 Script P.I.M.P./Pipeline Screenwriting Competition with the script Denny Delivers, writers Sean Fallon and Charlotte Barrett caught the attention of a producer who would end up producing their first feature, Virgin Alexander. Production is slated for 2010.  View the film's IMDB page.

2009 Writers Workshop “Recommend” Screenplay Optioned by Paranormal Activity Producers - 2010

Micah Barnett’s “The Merc List,” submitted to the Script Pipeline Writers Workshop in 2009, has been optioned by Jason Blum and Steven Schneider, the producers of Paranormal Activity. 

In what was a somewhat quick progression of events, writer Micah Barnett submitted the action script to the Workshop, received his notes with a “strong consider” grade, and was given some additional feedback from a senior analyst within a handful of days.  Script Pipeline then sent "The Merc List" direct to some potentially suitable management companies, it was quickly read, and Micah signed with a manager within the week. The script getting optioned took less than a year.

For more info on the Writers Workshop and our process of circulation assistance, click here.

Recommend Writers Suzanne Gill and Ann Isherwood Option “The Pet Sitter” - 2010

Through an extensive series of notes and feedback, including one-on-one consults, from Script Pipeline’s Writers Workshop, Suzanne Gill and Ann Isherwood have drawn the attention of Barbara Bitel with the Silver Bitela Agency, who is now repping their project, “The Pet Sitter.”  Barbara discovered the screenplay through Script Pipeline partner InkTip.  Numerous drafts of the romantic comedy were submitted, as Suzanne and Ann reworked the screenplay based on in-depth Workshop notes.

Other recent or notable success stories:

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Script Pipeline Recommends: Holiday Screenplay Contest

Holiday Screenplay Contest

HOLIDAY SCREENPLAY CONTEST - NOW ACCEPTING ENTRIES!
 
Last year's winner sold her script -- Will you be next?

 
www.HolidayScreenplayContest.com
 
The Holiday Screenplay Contest is open to all writers and offers cash awards and industry contacts to the winners. All writers are encouraged to enter!
 
Major Rule: The screenplay must be centered around one or more Holidays (New Year's Day, President's Day, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, April Fool's Day, Easter, 4th of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, or any other world holiday you would like to feature.
 
Winning Material has been requested by over 100 agents, studios, producers and managers.
 
Submission Deadline: November 1, 2010 - Low Entry Fee!

www.HolidayScreenplayContest.com - Endorsed by www.ScreenplayContests.com

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Script Pipeline Feedback

Thanks to all our members and writers who took the time to send in their comments.  For more extensive list of feedback, click here.

Here are just a sampling of some recent quotes:

"Being Script Pipeline finalists changed our careers. We went from begging friends for a read to now directing our own script with an incredible cast (Virgin Alexander).  We are forever grateful to Matt, Chadwick, and the entire Script Pipeline team." - Sean Fallon / Charlotte Barrett (2009 Finalists)
"Kudos to Script Pipeline for genuinely trying to assist those of us who have yet to make our mark. The feedback I received was spot on, and there's been consistently helpful follow-up. These contests are the lifeblood of aspiring writers as they offer ongoing connections and promotion." - Craig Peters (2010 Finalist)
"As a writer with very limited experience, the assistance your company has given me [Writers Workshop consult] has been wonderful. I had my consultation. . . and have begun the process of re-working my script. Just three days after the consultation the script is reading better than ever." - Workshop Writer
"The Script Pipeline Writers Workshop is a huge help with rewrites. I was impressed with The Script P.I.M.P. Contest‘s ability to stay on time and their overall professionalism. It was great to meet industry people and the other finalists." - Russ Meyer (2010 Finalist) 
"What drew me to enter Script Pipeline was their reputation for helping to discover young writers and my own desire to compete. Being in a contest with over 3,400 people forces you to elevate your own material -- that level of competition is great for all writers to experience because it simply makes your stuff better. My experience since being named a finalist has been wonderful. Not only have the fine people at Script Pipeline helped develop my material, they've introduced me to a number of people and have expanded my own circle of contacts within the industry." - Greg Ernstrom (2010 Finalist)
"It was a really great experience all around working with Matt and the team at Script P.I.M.P./Script Pipeline. They were amazingly professional, organized, and committed to helping me and my script reach the next level. . . . The contest win itself was enormously helpful to me, but beyond that, they offered me script notes, feedback, mentoring, and a wide variety of industry contacts to help me get my work out there and move my script forward." - Daniel Ragussis (2010 Finalist)
"I wanted to thank you for your feedback. I think it was very helpful and constructive, but most importantly, it was thoughtful and professional. It made me feel like they took the time to actually analyze rather than just skim through." - Contest Entrant
"My experience has been nothing but positive with Matt, Chad, and Script Pipeline. The guys have created a wonderfully supportive environment for up and coming writers and are truly interested in helping to promote new talent. I couldn't recommend them more highly." - Debbie Chesebro (2010 Finalist)
"The notes are extremely helpful and I look forward to re-shaping the script based on your notes." - Workshop Writer
"Thank you for the direction [re: contest notes], I truly appreciate your candor and insight." - Contest Entrant
"I had an awesome experience with Script Pipeline. They are extremely organized and well-connected in the industry, and as a writer aspiring to "break in," I felt like they really worked to use their resources to help me and all the other finalists reach our writing goals." - Teresa Lo (2010 Finalist)
"I think it's an awesome service you provide, and especially cool that you are willing to critique queries. Thank you!!" - Writers Database Member

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Script Pipeline in the News

Manager Jewerl Ross mentions SP in interview with Done Deal

Chadwick Clough/Matt Misetich Script Pipeline Blogtalk Radio Interview

The Living Wake - Creative Screenwriting Podcast Interview

Operation Endgame Facebook page

"The Living Wake Picked by Movieline as a "Masterpiece of the 00s"

Script Pipeline Named Top 50 Websites by Moviemaker

Script Pipeline Reviewed by Associated Content

Chadwick Clough Interview: Filmmaking.net

Script Pipeline's Operation Endgame (aka "Rogue's Gallery") in The Hollywood Reporter

Script Pipeline on TV (Peter Bart's Sunday Morning Shootout):
http://www.scriptpipeline.com/
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Miscellaneous - Top Websites for Screenwriters

The following is a guide for the Script Pipeline community of five-star websites for screenwriters and aspiring filmmakers.  To post your site in this section for approval, contact us at support@scriptpipeline.com.

NETWORKING SITES:

Screenwriters Federation of America
Shooting People
Talentville
International Screenwriters Association

RECENT SCRIPT SALES

Done Deal

SCRIPT COPIES

MovieJigsaw.com (UK)

FREE SCREENPLAYS ONLINE

Script Pipeline
Simply Scripts

SCREENPLAY RECORDING

iScript

SCREENPLAY CONTESTS

Screenplay Contests.com
Kairos Prize
Cinestory
Movie Bytes

SCREENPLAY FACILITATORS

InkTip

SCREENPLAYS TO BUY

Hollywood Script Shop 

SCREENPLAY REVIEWS

Screenwriters Utopia

WRITING SPACES

The Writers Junction

WRITER COURSES

Writers Boot Camp

SCREENWRITER INTERVIEWS

MovieBytes

SCREENWRITING BOOKS

Writers Store

SCREENWRITING SOFTWARE

Final Draft
Movie Outline

SCREENWRITING MAGAZINES

Moviemaker
Script Magazine
Creative Screenwriting

SCREENWRITING SCHOOLS

AFI
Vancouver Film School

SCREENWRITING SUPPLIES

Writers Store

SCREENWRITING HOW-TO

Screenwriting Info  
Script Pipeline Partners
  Final Draft   Script Magazine   MovieMaker Magazine  Creative Screenwriting  Magazine
Writers Boot Camp  iScript    Ink  Tip

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