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Deadlines

  • Regular
    Sep 15, 2020
  • Late
    Oct 01, 2020
  • Final
    Oct 30, 2020
Early Deadline:

Jun 01, 2020

Regular Deadline:

Sep 15, 2020

Late Deadline:

Oct 01, 2020

Final Deadline:

Oct 30, 2020

CATEGORIES & FEES

Regular Deadline
(09/15/20)
  • Standard Entry $55
  • ISAConnect Entry $50
Late Deadline
(10/01/20)
  • Standard Entry $60
  • ISAConnect Entry $55
Final Deadline
(10/30/20)
  • Standard Entry $70
  • ISAConnect Entry $65
Regular Deadline
(09/15/20)
  • Standard Entry $55
  • ISAConnect Entry $50
Late Deadline
(10/01/20)
  • Standard Entry $60
  • ISAConnect Entry $55
Final Deadline
(10/30/20)
  • Standard Entry $70
  • ISAConnect Entry $65
Regular Deadline
(09/15/20)
  • Standard Entry $55
  • ISAConnect Entry $50
Late Deadline
(10/01/20)
  • Standard Entry $60
  • ISAConnect Entry $55
Final Deadline
(10/30/20)
  • Standard Entry $70
  • ISAConnect Entry $65

Announcements

Results Announced

Dec 31, 2020

First Look Project

CONTEST DESCRIPTION

The First Look Project, presented by Script Pipeline, fulfills the current requests of studios and top-tier production companies by finding new, high-concept material across six categories: Feature Screenplay (Action/Sci-fi, Comedy, Drama, Horror/Thriller) and TV Pilot (Hour and Half-hour).

PRIZES

The First Look Project is focused primarily on connecting the winners with specific production and management companies, in addition to monetary prizes across all categories. One winner and one runner-up are selected for each category, announced in December 2020.

Feature Screenplay

Winners (4)

-$10,000 awarded. $2,500 to the winner of each genre category (Action/Sci-fi, Comedy, Drama, Horror/Thriller)
-Circulation to select production and management companies for first look

Finalists (minimum of 4; one in each category)

The Screenplay winner and finalists receive:

-Long-term facilitation to Script Pipeline's industry network of producers, agents, and managers seeking features.
-Development assistance from Script Pipeline's senior execs on both the screenplay and pitch
-Additional script reviews and consideration of other material for industry exposure
-Invitations to writer/industry events hosted by Pipeline Media Group

TV Pilot

Winners (2)

-$5,000 awarded total. $2,500 to the winner of each category (Hour and Half-Hour)
-Circulation to select production and management companies for first look

Finalists (minimum of 2; one in each category)

The TV Pilot winner and finalists receive:

-Long-term facilitation to Script Pipeline's industry network of producers, agents, and managers seeking original pilots.
-Development assistance from Script Pipeline's senior execs on the pilot and series pitch or bible
-Additional script reviews and consideration of other material for industry exposure
-Invitations to writer/industry events hosted by Pipeline Media Group

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GENRES: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller

Announcements

  • Results AnnouncedDec 31, 2020laurels

Rules

CATEGORIES + INDUSTRY REVIEWING

Screenplay

Action/Sci-fi - Good Fear
Comedy - Grandview Management
Drama - Destro Films
Horror/Thriller - QC Entertainment

TV Pilot - Zero Gravity Management

For screenplays, no page length restrictions, as long as it's intended to be a feature film. Mixed genre screenplays are fine, but writers must submit to only one category--would recommend selecting the primary genre of the script. Feature-length "backdoor pilots" may be submitted to one of the Screenplay categories.

For TV, all genres accepted, including animation. Half-hour pilots should be between 25-35 pages (longer if animation), and hourlong pilot should fall around 55-70.

RULES + GUIDELINES

Please review the following prior to submitting:

-For Screenplay and TV, the script must not be under a representation, option, or shopping agreement at the time of entry.
-The same script cannot compete in multiple categories.
-Writers who have sold, optioned, or produced scripts in the past are eligible; however, the material submitted must not have been produced as a feature or TV series at any time in the past.
-Judging criteria equally emphasizes both writing ability and marketability, unlike our main Screenwriting and TV Writingcompetitions, which are centered on writing ability. Preference may be given to material intended for a broader, mainstream audience.
-There are no restrictions on amateur or professional status.
-The material must be wholly original. For adaptations, the story must be in the public domain, or you have retained the adaptation rights to a particular work.

FAQs

WHAT ARE THE DEADLINE DATES?

Early: June 1st, 2020 - $45
Regular: September 15th, 2020 - $55
Late: October 1st, 2020 - $60

WHAT SHOULD GO ON THE TITLE PAGE?

The title of the script, without name, contact info, or email. You can include the genre and logline, however. Logline is preferred, but not required.

HOW IS THE FIRST LOOK PROJECT DIFFERENT FROM SCRIPT PIPELINE'S SCREENWRITING AND TV WRITING COMPETITIONS?

Main difference would be the judging criteria. Our annual Screenwriting and TV Writing Competitions are critiqued almost exclusively on their writing ability for film and television.

The First Look Project, however, focuses equally on both writing ability and marketability. A unique concept in line with current trends and industry preferences--something relevant that twists the genre or hits on relatable themes--will most likely fare well.

Writing ability is still critical, but the script needn't be "circulation-ready" if it leans on a commercial premise. All winners and finalists will go through an in-house development process with Script Pipeline execs prior to circulation, if necessary. We want promising writers with big, fresh ideas. Those who we can work with now and in the future.

SO I SHOULD SUBMIT A "COMMERCIAL" SCRIPT?

For the genre categories and TV, the entry should be considered higher-concept. Something commercial, character-driven. . . a script that will draw A-level producers and talent.

CAN I SUBMIT A NEW DRAFT OF MY SCRIPT AFTER ENTERING?

Yes, we'll accept updated drafts (no extra fee) up until the regular deadline in September.

DO I RETAIN THE RIGHTS, EVEN IF I WIN?

All rights remain with the author. By entering, you’re not surrendering any rights to your script submission.

CAN I GET FEEDBACK ON MY ENTRY?

For all contest entrants, we offer an exclusive discounted rate on our General Notes. Please contact our contest administrator via email for more information.

DO YOU ACCEPT MULTIPLE AUTHORS?

Yes. Just list each writer's name when registering your script.

CAN I SEND IN AN IDEA INSTEAD OF A COMPLETED SCRIPT OR FILM?

You may send supplement materials such as a synopsis, treatment, or any other type of written or video pitch to any category, but these would be in ADDITION to a completed screenplay or pilot.

For pitches, writers may submit to our Movie or TV Show Idea competitions.

DO YOU ACCEPT ANIMATION SCRIPTS?

Yes. In recent years, numerous animation scripts have placed in and won the First Look Project. You may submit any genre of animation as well, as long as it fits into a category.

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Late Deadline
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Final Deadline
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  • Standard Entry $70
  • ISAConnect Entry $65
Regular Deadline
(09/15/20)
  • Standard Entry $55
  • ISAConnect Entry $50
Late Deadline
(10/01/20)
  • Standard Entry $60
  • ISAConnect Entry $55
Final Deadline
(10/30/20)
  • Standard Entry $70
  • ISAConnect Entry $65

Rules

CATEGORIES + INDUSTRY REVIEWING

Screenplay

Action/Sci-fi - Good Fear
Comedy - Grandview Management
Drama - Destro Films
Horror/Thriller - QC Entertainment

TV Pilot - Zero Gravity Management

For screenplays, no page length restrictions, as long as it's intended to be a feature film. Mixed genre screenplays are fine, but writers must submit to only one category--would recommend selecting the primary genre of the script. Feature-length "backdoor pilots" may be submitted to one of the Screenplay categories.

For TV, all genres accepted, including animation. Half-hour pilots should be between 25-35 pages (longer if animation), and hourlong pilot should fall around 55-70.

RULES + GUIDELINES

Please review the following prior to submitting:

-For Screenplay and TV, the script must not be under a representation, option, or shopping agreement at the time of entry.
-The same script cannot compete in multiple categories.
-Writers who have sold, optioned, or produced scripts in the past are eligible; however, the material submitted must not have been produced as a feature or TV series at any time in the past.
-Judging criteria equally emphasizes both writing ability and marketability, unlike our main Screenwriting and TV Writingcompetitions, which are centered on writing ability. Preference may be given to material intended for a broader, mainstream audience.
-There are no restrictions on amateur or professional status.
-The material must be wholly original. For adaptations, the story must be in the public domain, or you have retained the adaptation rights to a particular work.

FAQs

WHAT ARE THE DEADLINE DATES?

Early: June 1st, 2020 - $45
Regular: September 15th, 2020 - $55
Late: October 1st, 2020 - $60

WHAT SHOULD GO ON THE TITLE PAGE?

The title of the script, without name, contact info, or email. You can include the genre and logline, however. Logline is preferred, but not required.

HOW IS THE FIRST LOOK PROJECT DIFFERENT FROM SCRIPT PIPELINE'S SCREENWRITING AND TV WRITING COMPETITIONS?

Main difference would be the judging criteria. Our annual Screenwriting and TV Writing Competitions are critiqued almost exclusively on their writing ability for film and television.

The First Look Project, however, focuses equally on both writing ability and marketability. A unique concept in line with current trends and industry preferences--something relevant that twists the genre or hits on relatable themes--will most likely fare well.

Writing ability is still critical, but the script needn't be "circulation-ready" if it leans on a commercial premise. All winners and finalists will go through an in-house development process with Script Pipeline execs prior to circulation, if necessary. We want promising writers with big, fresh ideas. Those who we can work with now and in the future.

SO I SHOULD SUBMIT A "COMMERCIAL" SCRIPT?

For the genre categories and TV, the entry should be considered higher-concept. Something commercial, character-driven. . . a script that will draw A-level producers and talent.

CAN I SUBMIT A NEW DRAFT OF MY SCRIPT AFTER ENTERING?

Yes, we'll accept updated drafts (no extra fee) up until the regular deadline in September.

DO I RETAIN THE RIGHTS, EVEN IF I WIN?

All rights remain with the author. By entering, you’re not surrendering any rights to your script submission.

CAN I GET FEEDBACK ON MY ENTRY?

For all contest entrants, we offer an exclusive discounted rate on our General Notes. Please contact our contest administrator via email for more information.

DO YOU ACCEPT MULTIPLE AUTHORS?

Yes. Just list each writer's name when registering your script.

CAN I SEND IN AN IDEA INSTEAD OF A COMPLETED SCRIPT OR FILM?

You may send supplement materials such as a synopsis, treatment, or any other type of written or video pitch to any category, but these would be in ADDITION to a completed screenplay or pilot.

For pitches, writers may submit to our Movie or TV Show Idea competitions.

DO YOU ACCEPT ANIMATION SCRIPTS?

Yes. In recent years, numerous animation scripts have placed in and won the First Look Project. You may submit any genre of animation as well, as long as it fits into a category.

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