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August Newsletter

In This Issue

1) Secret Door Pitchfest - August 13

2) Competition Winners Announced 8/14

3) Script Sales - July

4) Script Pipeline Recommends: iScript

5) Script Pipeline Sponsors: HollyShorts

6) Script Pipeline Supports: One in Ten Competition

7) Script Pipeline Supports: Ink Tip

ONLY 10 DAYS LEFT - Secret Door Pitchfest - August 13

Secret Door Pitchfest

Secret Door Pitchfest
presented by Script Pipeline

2011 DATES:

August 13 - Only a few spots remain!

November 5 - Registration now open


Secret Door

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2011 Screenwriting / TV Writing Competition Winners Announced August 14

Script Pipeline is announcing the top four winners of the Screenwriting Competition and grand prize winner of the TV Writing Competition on Sunday, August 14 at a private event in Santa Monica, CA.  For a full list of the top 20 finalists, click here.

If you're an industry exec that wants to view the finalist/winning loglines, please E-mail

WRITERS ANYONE WITH A GREAT MOVIE CONCEPT: check back in the next couple weeks when Script Pipeline opens their newest annual contest. . . .

The 2012 Screenwriting & TV Writing Competitions open September 1, 2011.

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Recent Script Sales - July


First month in a while where the majority of script sales (and there were a ton) are comprised of some pretty "well-tread" plots. But all is not lost, as screenplays based on the true stories of Bonnie and Clyde and the trapped Chilean miners of 2010 are in the works.  Steve Carrell, Nicholas Cage, and Jack Black will star in a comedy--who cares what it's about? Has to be funny with that line-up.  What's not so funny? A movie adaptation of Entourage. Somewhere, a real talent manager is cringing.

Other script sales include:

- Captain Planet gets the live-action treatment. No word on who will be cast as the main villain: the plastic circly thing that goes around soda cans.

- Gore Verbinski will direct a new adaptation of Clue. Details are being kept under wraps. . . how fitting.

- George Orwell's Animal Farm. The Geico duck rumored to star.

- A story based on the life of Rich Franklin, who went from high school math teacher to UFC champion (and that's why you need to learn math, kids). 

- To-be-written screenplay on the history of ESPN. Chances are the plot won't revolve around late-night World's Strongest Man competitions.

View previous script sales

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Script Pipeline Recommends: iScript

Talk about the future of how execs review scripts. . . .

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And best of all, they're generously offered our writers and newsletter subscribers 20% OFF.  And Script Pipeline Writers Workshop "Recommends" get one for FREE. creates mp3's of your screenplay (like an audiobook) for analysis, submission and selling of your script.  Script Pipeline clients get 20% off any medium or long iScripts if you use coupon code  "Pipeline20" at check out.  You can also have a free user page to store, organize and submit your writing, no purchase necessary. 

Check it out at

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Script Pipeline Sponsors: HollyShorts Fest


The HollyShorts Film Festival (HSFF) is an annual film festival showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe. For the past 7 years festival co-directors Daniel Sol, Theo Dumont and their team have lined up a who’s who of industry icons and filmmakers to participate in the weeklong event and it’s all done independently. HollyShorts alumni includes such luminaries as James Caan, Paul Haggis, David Lynch, Josh Brolin, Jessica Biel, David Arquette, Jane Lynch, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Jason Biggs, John Dahl, Darren Lew, Malcolm Barrett, Demi Moore, Kirsten Dunst, Scott Porter, Joel David Moore, Carter Smith and many more.

The tradition continues this year with the 7th annual HollyShorts Film festival which takes place August 11-18, 2011 in various locations throughout Hollywood.  With over 200 projects set to be showcased during its weeklong screenings at Laemmle’s Sunset 5 Theatres, the organizers are accepting a strong contingency of filmmakers and movie enthusiasts in town to network, share ideas and make new connections while rubbing elbows with the industry’s biggest stars.

The HollyShorts opening night celebration will unspool a number of high profile projects. The organizers are set to honor acclaimed indie producers Kevin Chinoy and Francesca Silvestri, Principals of Freestyle, a full service production company behind the most popular and award winning short form content. Chinoy and Silvestri will be honored with the inaugural HollyShorts Maverick Producer’s Award for their outstanding contributions to the industry and the evening will feature a showcase of their top short films including Kiwi Smith’s Spleendectomy, which stars Anna Faris, Jennifer Aniston and Andrea Buchanan’s Room 10, Aniston’s Free Burma, which stars Woody Harrelson and IFC’s Greg The Bunny by Dan Milano and Spencer Chinoy. HollyShorts opening night will also feature award-winning writer Neil Labute’s short After School Special, which stars The Hunger Games Wes Bentley, Sarah Paulson, and is directed by Jacob Chase, as well as Jamie Linden’s short film Ten Year, starring Channing Tatum, Brian Geraghty, and Kate Mara, which has been turned into a ensemble feature film.

“It’s an honor and pleasure to keep bringing filmmakers together and showcasing the top shorts from all over the world,” said Daniel Sol, festival Co-Director who also works in film distribution at Lionsgate. “This year’s competition will be very tough, we’ve had a record number of submissions and our review team is seeing a spike in the level of quality filmmaking. We can’t wait to share this with audiences at the fest.”

HollyShorts has attendees who travel from all parts of the globe including Australia, the UK, Spain, Canada, Mexico, Asia and more.

For tickets and more, visit

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Script Pipeline Supports: The One In Ten Screenplay Contest


For more information:

Mike Dean
One In Ten Screenplay Contest
Hollywood, CA - The ONE IN TEN SCREENPLAY CONTEST, a screenplay contest dedicated to the positive portrayal of gays, lesbians, bisexuals, trangender and queer individuals in film, celebrates its 13th anniversary in 2011.  Entries are now being accepted online and are limited to the first 600 for 2011.  Executive Director, David Jensen, "We are excited to celebrate our 13th anniversary and are looking at a record number of entries this year.   We are continually amazed with the quality of talent that comes through the door year after year."  Jensen continues, "We receive entries from around the globe and Hollywood is taking notice in a very big way.  Many of our past winners are now hard working screenwriters.  Last year's winner has received substantial interest and representation by one of Hollywood's top management and production houses."
The ONE IN TEN SCREENPLAY CONTEST has gained respect and notoriety from Hollywood studios, agents and producers.  Entries for the 2011 screenplay contest are now being accepted online at: - Writers from around the world are eligible.

Prizes for 2011 include cash, industry exposure and merchandise.  The 2010 One In Ten Screenplay Contest is sponsored by: Cherub Productions, Hollywood Creative Directory,, Brainstorm Warehouse, LLC, Michael Weise Productions,,, and Jungle Software.

The submission deadline for 2011 ONE IN TEN SCREENPLAY CONTEST is September
1, 2011.  Entry forms are available online through the contest website:  Entry forms may also be obtained through the mail by sending a self addressed stamped envelope to:

One In Ten Screenplay Contest
Post Office Box 540
Boulder, Colorado 80306
(303) 629-3072

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