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Deadlines

  • Regular
    Dec 15, 2020
  • Late
    Dec 22, 2020
Early Deadline:

Oct 15, 2020

Regular Deadline:

Dec 15, 2020

Late Deadline:

Dec 22, 2020

CATEGORIES & FEES

Regular Deadline
(12/15/20)
  • Standard Entry $35
  • ISAConnect Entry $30
Late Deadline
(12/22/20)
  • Standard Entry $40
  • ISAConnect Entry $35

Announcements

Winner Announced

Jan 31, 2021

Movie and TV Show Idea Contest (II)

CONTEST DESCRIPTION

Script Pipeline's Great Movie Idea Contest is searching for original feature film concepts. Ideally, unique stories a global, diverse audience can connect with. Any genre, studio-level or indie, is accepted. Completed scripts are not reviewed, nor are entrants required to have a screenplay, as we help develop the selected pitches.

The company’s unique process, consisting of long-term writer development and widespread circulation of material, gives selected writers access to top execs worldwide as well as the proper guidance to advance their careers.

PRIZES

MOVIE IDEA
Grand Prize Winner (1) - $1,000: January 31st, 2021
Runner-up (1): January 31st, 2021

TV IDEA
Grand Prize Winner (1) - $1,000: January 31st, 2021
Runner-up (1): January 31st, 2021

Winners and Runners-up in both divisions receive the following:

Extensive development and assistance in completing a screenplay or pilot (optional)
Long-term circulation to producers and other companies
Review of additional pitches and completed film or TV material

Categories:
GENRES: Action, Adventure, Animation, Biography, Children, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Historical, Horror, Mystery/Suspense, Romance, Science Fiction, Sports, Thriller, Western, Young Adult, Dramedy, Holiday, Rom-Com

Announcements

  • Winner AnnouncedJan 31, 2021laurels

Rules

Written or video submissions accepted.

For written pitches:

-Must submit a full story synopsis in addition to a logline. This can range from a page in length to a full treatment--entirely up to you on how to best present your idea. We do not judge on format, we judge on the idea itself. Supplemental materials (illustrations, etc.) are allowed. The best format is usually comprised of a logline, a page-long summary, and any other comments on the originality of the premise.
-Do not send full-length screenplays--summaries ONLY. Pitches may be emailed direct or uploaded.
-Remove your name and contact information from the documents prior to submitting.
-Longer submissions are judged on the same criteria as short ones, so whatever length you think is best.

For video pitches:

-Submit a link to the video after registration through email. We prefer a private link on YouTube, Vimeo, or any other video hosting site, or your personal website. *include the password, if private
-Videos can be any length, but shorter is typically better.

General rules:

-Concept must be for a feature-length film (non-documentary).
-Script Pipeline will not share your idea with anyone unless you’re chosen as a winner or runner-up and give us explicit permission to do so.
-Previous Script Pipeline writers and former Great Idea contest entrants are welcome to submit, but material must not have been previously entered.
-Should go without saying, but the concept needs to be ORIGINAL and not based on an existing franchise or property, unless it's in the public domain. If the idea is in the public domain, it should have some sort of defining factor that takes a distinctive approach and clearly demonstrate how you plan to adapt.

FAQs

WHAT ARE THE DEADLINE DATES AND ENTRY FEES?

Early: October 15th, 2020 - $30
Regular: December 15th, 2020 - $35
Late: December 22nd, 2020 - $40

IS MY IDEA PROTECTED? WILL I RETAIN THE RIGHTS TO THE IDEA?

All rights remain with the writer, regardless of the contest results. No one outside of Script Pipeline's team of judges will review your entry without the writer's permission. For the winner, we do not send out their winning idea or script until we have their consent and mutually deem the project "circulation ready."

DO I GET FEEDBACK ON MY ENTRY?

For in-depth feedback, entrants may receive an exclusive discounted rate on Treatment / Pitch Notes that cover everything from plot and concept to marketability and character. Please contact our contest administrator via email for more information.

CAN INTERNATIONAL WRITERS ENTER?

Yes. As with all Pipeline competitions, anyone worldwide can enter.

CAN I COMPETE IN BOTH IDEA COMPETITIONS IF MY PITCH COULD BE FOR FILM OR TV?

Yes, but we require two separate registrations and entry fees if you'd like your pitch considered for both contests. We would recommend, however, sending a single pitch for one or the other, film or TV.

HOW SHOULD I FORMAT MY ENTRY?

A full synopsis is required, detailing the story beginning, middle, and end. Can be brief, anywhere from 1-3 pages is typical. We'll also review video pitches through a private link or as an attached file. Whatever format you prefer that best exemplifies your idea.

Also remove your name and contact information from the materials prior to submitting.

WILL I BE DISQUALIFIED FOR A FORMATTING REASON?

No. If for some reason we can't open the file, or link, or there's an issue with the entry itself, we'll contact you, and you'll be able to re-send.

CAN I INCLUDE MY NAME ON THE TITLE OR COVER PAGE?

For entrants whose pitch documents have a cover page, please exclude your name and email. Should only be title of the project.

IF I WIN, DO I NEED THE COMPLETED SCREENPLAY?

Not at all. If you do, great, but it won't affect the outcome of the contest. We're just looking for original, unique concepts. Our development team will assist in refining the pitch and helping you get started on the script itself. While that might indicate the competition is open only to screenwriters, it's not: we'll help you develop a first draft of a screenplay or pilot, if the winning entrant decides to write the script.
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Regular Deadline
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  • Standard Entry $35
  • ISAConnect Entry $30
Late Deadline
(12/22/20)
  • Standard Entry $40
  • ISAConnect Entry $35

Rules

Written or video submissions accepted.

For written pitches:

-Must submit a full story synopsis in addition to a logline. This can range from a page in length to a full treatment--entirely up to you on how to best present your idea. We do not judge on format, we judge on the idea itself. Supplemental materials (illustrations, etc.) are allowed. The best format is usually comprised of a logline, a page-long summary, and any other comments on the originality of the premise.
-Do not send full-length screenplays--summaries ONLY. Pitches may be emailed direct or uploaded.
-Remove your name and contact information from the documents prior to submitting.
-Longer submissions are judged on the same criteria as short ones, so whatever length you think is best.

For video pitches:

-Submit a link to the video after registration through email. We prefer a private link on YouTube, Vimeo, or any other video hosting site, or your personal website. *include the password, if private
-Videos can be any length, but shorter is typically better.

General rules:

-Concept must be for a feature-length film (non-documentary).
-Script Pipeline will not share your idea with anyone unless you’re chosen as a winner or runner-up and give us explicit permission to do so.
-Previous Script Pipeline writers and former Great Idea contest entrants are welcome to submit, but material must not have been previously entered.
-Should go without saying, but the concept needs to be ORIGINAL and not based on an existing franchise or property, unless it's in the public domain. If the idea is in the public domain, it should have some sort of defining factor that takes a distinctive approach and clearly demonstrate how you plan to adapt.

FAQs

WHAT ARE THE DEADLINE DATES AND ENTRY FEES?

Early: October 15th, 2020 - $30
Regular: December 15th, 2020 - $35
Late: December 22nd, 2020 - $40

IS MY IDEA PROTECTED? WILL I RETAIN THE RIGHTS TO THE IDEA?

All rights remain with the writer, regardless of the contest results. No one outside of Script Pipeline's team of judges will review your entry without the writer's permission. For the winner, we do not send out their winning idea or script until we have their consent and mutually deem the project "circulation ready."

DO I GET FEEDBACK ON MY ENTRY?

For in-depth feedback, entrants may receive an exclusive discounted rate on Treatment / Pitch Notes that cover everything from plot and concept to marketability and character. Please contact our contest administrator via email for more information.

CAN INTERNATIONAL WRITERS ENTER?

Yes. As with all Pipeline competitions, anyone worldwide can enter.

CAN I COMPETE IN BOTH IDEA COMPETITIONS IF MY PITCH COULD BE FOR FILM OR TV?

Yes, but we require two separate registrations and entry fees if you'd like your pitch considered for both contests. We would recommend, however, sending a single pitch for one or the other, film or TV.

HOW SHOULD I FORMAT MY ENTRY?

A full synopsis is required, detailing the story beginning, middle, and end. Can be brief, anywhere from 1-3 pages is typical. We'll also review video pitches through a private link or as an attached file. Whatever format you prefer that best exemplifies your idea.

Also remove your name and contact information from the materials prior to submitting.

WILL I BE DISQUALIFIED FOR A FORMATTING REASON?

No. If for some reason we can't open the file, or link, or there's an issue with the entry itself, we'll contact you, and you'll be able to re-send.

CAN I INCLUDE MY NAME ON THE TITLE OR COVER PAGE?

For entrants whose pitch documents have a cover page, please exclude your name and email. Should only be title of the project.

IF I WIN, DO I NEED THE COMPLETED SCREENPLAY?

Not at all. If you do, great, but it won't affect the outcome of the contest. We're just looking for original, unique concepts. Our development team will assist in refining the pitch and helping you get started on the script itself. While that might indicate the competition is open only to screenwriters, it's not: we'll help you develop a first draft of a screenplay or pilot, if the winning entrant decides to write the script.

There are no success stories linked to this contest. Please ask writers to tag your contest in their Success Stories so that you can brag about the great things happening with your contest and the writers you are helping.

There are no judges bio linked to this contest.

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