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Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition

Script Pipeline Writing Competition

Contact

2633 Lincoln Blvd. #701
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(323) 424-4243 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: entry@scriptpipeline.com

Contact: Matt Misetich, Contest Coordinator
MovieBytes Interview: Chadwick Clough

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.9/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.5/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.4/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.6/5.0)
Report Cards: 36    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Objective

To help launch the careers of undiscovered screenwriters and give unprecedented access to studio-level executives.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Expired. Previous Deadline: 05/20/2017

WinningScripts Pro 10% Off Coupon

Notification: July 2017

Rules

Basic guidelines:

  • Cover page should include the title only. Remove any contact information (name, email address, etc.) on the script. Logline and genre on the title page as well is preferred, but not required. If contact info is left on the script, we'll adjust the file accordingly--the writer will not be disqualified.
  • Co-writers are allowed. Only one writer needs to register.
  • PDF preferred, but will accept Final Draft, Celtx, and other file formats.
  • Script should be a feature-length screenplay. All genres are allowed, and there are no length requirements. If it's a multi-part series, please send only the first part.
  • No limit on the number of entries. Each entry is a separate fee.
  • Simultaneous submissions are of course allowed (i.e. you can enter other screenwriting contests with the same script).
  • Previous Script Pipeline competition entrants welcome to enter again and are guaranteed fresh reads from a new judge. Former finalists are not allowed to enter the same script again.
  • All rights to the material remain with the entrant, whether they place as a finalist or not. It is, however, recommended you copyright your material.
  • Electronic submissions only.

Some general rules:

  • The script entered must not have been produced in its full form (shorts based on the script are fine).
  • Must be at least eighteen (18) years of age at time of entry.
  • You have not sold or optioned any film screenplay to any entity or individual greater than $50,000.

Awards

Grand Prize Winner – announced late July 2017:

  • $25,000 cash
  • Exposure to Script Pipeline's industry network and a personalized circulation plan
  • 1-on-1 consultation sessions with the Script Pipeline development team

Runner-up – announced late July 2017:

  • $2,000 cash
  • Exposure to Script Pipeline's industry network and a personalized circulation plan
  • 1-on-1 consultation sessions with a development executive

Both the Grand Prize Winner and Runner-up receive these finalist benefits. . . .

Finalists (18) – announced July 1st, 2017:

  • Exclusive invitations to private industry/writer events throughout the year
  • Circulation to 200 companies and long-term development assistance

Semifinalists (up to top 3% of submissions) – announced late-June 2017

Quarter-finalists (up to top 5% of submissions) – announced mid June 2017

Script Pipeline Writing Competition

Contact

2633 Lincoln Blvd. #701
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(323) 424-4243 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: entry@scriptpipeline.com

Contact: Matt Misetich, Contest Coordinator
MovieBytes Interview: Chadwick Clough

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.9/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.5/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.4/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.6/5.0)
Report Cards: 36    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Script Pipeline Writing Competition

Contact

2633 Lincoln Blvd. #701
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(323) 424-4243 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: entry@scriptpipeline.com

Contact: Matt Misetich, Contest Coordinator
MovieBytes Interview: Chadwick Clough

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.9/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.5/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.4/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.6/5.0)
Report Cards: 36    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Contest News

Script Pipeline Names 2017 Quarterfinalists

Quarterfinalists have been announced for the 2017 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition. Semifinalists will be announced June 26th.

Updated: 06/20/2017

Script Pipeline Names Screenplay and TV Contest Winners

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.

Updated: 07/27/2016

Script Pipeline Names 2016 Quarterfinalists

Quarterfinalists have been announced for the 2016 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition. Semifinalists will be announced on June 24th.

Updated: 06/16/2016

Script Pipeline's Matt Misetich

Matt Misetich started as a freelance reader at Script Pipeline in 2006, and gradually assumed more managerial duties until he eventually became the contest's full-time Director of Development. Prior to joining Script Pipeline, Matt worked at the film distribution company, Alpha Media.

Updated: 01/12/2016

Script Pipeline Names 2015 Film & TV Contest Winners

Script Pipeline announced the winners of the 2015 Screenwriting and TV Writing Competitions at their Secret Door event in Los Angeles on Saturday, August 8th.

Top honors and $20,000 for Screenwriting went to Henry Dunham with his crime/thriller Militia. Grand Prize for TV went to the original pilot Beechwood, written by Eric Beu and Greg Martin.

Updated: 08/18/2015

Script Pipeline Writing Competition

Contact

2633 Lincoln Blvd. #701
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(323) 424-4243 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: entry@scriptpipeline.com

Contact: Matt Misetich, Contest Coordinator
MovieBytes Interview: Chadwick Clough

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.9/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.5/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.4/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.6/5.0)
Report Cards: 36    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Interviews

MovieBytes Interview: Chadwick Clough

An interview with Chadwick Clough regarding the Script Pipeline Writing Competition.

Q: Who sponsors this contest, and what is their background in the industry? When was the contest founded?

A: I founded the contest in 2003 in an effort to find the best screenwriters worldwide. The TV Writing Competition followed in 2008 with the same goal—to help foster and launch the careers of budding, talented writers.

Beyond my duties as CEO of Script Pipeline and Contest Director, I’ve produced two films: The Living Wake with Academy Award-Nominee Jesse Eisenberg, and Operation: Endgame with Zach Galifianakis, Ellen Barkin, Adam Scott, Maggie Q, Emilie de Ravin, Ving Rhames, and Rob Corrdry. Both were scripts that received “Recommends” from our Writers Workshop.

Q: What role do you play personally in the adminstration of the contest?

A: Primarily, my role consists of narrowing down the field of close to 4,000 scripts and determining a top 20 for screenwriting and top 10 for TV writing. That process begins early on and lasts for several months, plus another four weeks of re-reading the finalist scripts to figure out who deserves a Grand Prize nod.

Once the contest ends, I work to connect the finalists with high-level producers and managers.

Q: Have any of the winning scripts from the contest been sold or produced?

A: It was announced recently that our 2008 winning script Shrapnel (renamed Killing Season) is headed into production January 2012 with Robert De Niro and John Travolta to star. In our first year, the winning script Slammin' sold to Warner Bros. for six-figures.

But it’s always been more about the successes of our writers’ careers in the industry. Evan Daugherty, who we linked with manager Jake Wagner, went on to sell Snow White and the Huntsman to Universal for $3 million. In October 2011, he teamed up with the writer of Twilight to sell a one-hour drama pitch to NBC. He’s currently considered one of the most in-demand young screenwriters in Hollywood.

And in just the last two years, we’ve had finalists sign with major agencies and management companies, including 2010 winner Tripper Clancy with FilmEngine and 2011 winner Tyler Smith with WME.

Q: Who judges the early rounds of the competition? What are their qualifications? Who judges the final rounds?

A: All of our judges are development executives, active managers or agents, producers, or professional readers (with a minimum of 5 years industry experience) who have been pre-screened by us. They judge everything from the early rounds to the latter rounds when we select the finalists.

Q: Do the early-round judges read the entire script, or do they stop after a certain number of pages?

A: We review all entries in full, and depending on which round the script reaches, multiple judges will end up reading one script. We're extremely careful every year with judging to make sure we don’t miss anything worthy of a finalist slot.

Q: Are the judges looking for any specific type of script? Are scripts of a certain genre more likely to do well?

A: Just great writing, innovative stories. The competition is open to all genres, and our judging is based primarily on the quality of the writing. In the past, we’ve had everything from experimental dramas to big-budget sci-fi scripts place in the top 20.

Q: What do you do promote your winning writers, and to publicize their scripts?

A: We have an industry reach of about 200 production companies, agencies, managers, independent producers, and development directors. Factoring in their own network, we can get a script to almost anyone through the proper channels.

The contests aren't merely about prize money, they’re about exposure. All finalists receive mentorship meetings and consults to help polish their scripts before circulation. We send their material to very specific outlets, in many cases giving them personal introductions to higher-level production companies and reps. Our success stories have outnumbered that of any other competition in recent years, and we credit that in part to our industry connections and the emphasis our dedicated team places on getting the finalists ready for a competitive marketplace.

Q: What advice can you offer to writers entering your contest?

A: Think big. Originality, although not a deal-breaker, can only help. Most of all, enjoy the process of writing. You can always tell when a script was written by someone who is not only committed to the art of screenwriting, but really took the time to think out their story, got feedback on their work, made revisions, and so forth. When you invest all your creativity into a script, it shows.

Posted Thursday, January 19, 2012