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 seven categories: Feature Screenplay (Action/Adventure, Comedy, Horror/Thriller, Sci-fi/Fantasy), Teleplay, Adaptation and Media.
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So much of the opportunity available to your script is spent within the first twenty pages. You need to make sure the hook, teaser, cold open… grabs the reader and presents you like it should. This analysis will give you those answers.
You know your work inside and out, now it’s time to get a second opinion. We’ll read your full script, and you’ll receive a detailed personalized critique on what we see, what we think, and suggestions on where to go next.
For those looking for an extensive breakdown of the inner-workings of their creative material. Writers who select this Analysis will receive suggestions on how to improve overall writing, story, structure, characters, pacing, stakes, climax and resolution, specific problem scenes, tone and overall commercial appeal.
WHEN IS THE NEXT DEADLINE & WHEN ARE THE WINNERS ANNOUNCED?
Regular deadline November 15th, 2015. Winners for the 2015 competition will be announced by March 1st, 2016.
DO I GET FEEDBACK ON MY ENTRY?
For all contest entrants, we offer an exclusive discounted rate on General Notes that cover everything from plot and structure to dialogue and character. Additional notes are optional and are kept separate from the actual judging process.
CAN I SUBMIT A NEW DRAFT OF MY SCRIPT AFTER ENTERING?
All entrants, including those requesting optional written feedback, may submit an updated draft of their script at no extra fee as long as we receive it before the next deadline window. After that date, writers can still re-submit before the final deadline, but must pay the difference in the new entry fee (either $5 or $10 depending on when the original submission was made).
FOR FEATURE SCREENPLAYS, I SHOULD SUBMIT A COMMERCIAL SCRIPT?
For the genre categories (Action/Adventure, Comedy, Sci-fi/Fantasy, and Horror/Thriller), the entry must be a studio script. Something commercial, high-concept, character-driven… a script that will draw A-level producers and talent. While you may have a fantastic, “smaller” indie script, we’re only looking for STUDIO projects.
WHAT SHOULD I PUT ON THE COVER PAGE?
Name, contact info (including phone number), and email. However, it’s at the writer’s discretion. You won’t get disqualified if your cover page is missing any of this information.
CAN I SUBMIT ANY SCREENPLAY, IDEA, OR PITCH, AS LONG AS IT FITS INTO ONE OF THE CATEGORIES?
We’re searching for anything that can be adapted to film or TV. Let’s say you have a feature screenplay adapted from one of your novels. Your entry would go in the Adaptation category. Or if you had an original idea for a TV series, your entry would fall under Teleplay. Once we select the winners, our judges will determine where it would fit best, and your material will first be presented to the company supporting that genre.
DO YOU ACCEPT ENTRIES WITH MULTIPLE AUTHORS?
Yes. Please make sure any other authors are noted on the title page of the entry, or we’re made aware of co-authors or dual owners of the material.
I DON’T HAVE A COMPLETED SCRIPT, SO CAN I SEND IN JUST AN IDEA? IN WHAT FORMAT?
You may submit a synopsis, treatment, or any other type of written pitch to any category. No length requirements, whatever you feel sufficiently sells your concept. Multiple submissions are allowed as well. Please keep in mind that feature screenplay concepts must be geared toward studio needs–high-concept and commercial.
DO I RETAIN THE RIGHTS TO THE MATERIAL?
All rights remain with the author. By entering, you’re not surrendering any rights to your submission.
IF I WIN, AM I GUARANTEED MY SCRIPT WILL BE OPTIONED OR SOLD?
Winning writers of the teleplay and feature screenplay divisions are introduced to our industry partners, who will review their material and solely determine if they wish to move forward.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I WIN AND CAN’T MAKE IT TO LOS ANGELES FOR MEETINGS WITH PRODUCERS AND OTHER COMPANIES?
Not a problem. We’ll ensure that the winning entrants are given the opportunity to speak with any interested parties via phone and email. You don’t have to be based in Los Angeles to benefit from industry circulation.
I HAVE AN ADAPTATION OF A STORY IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN. IS THIS OKAY?
Stories in the public domain, or works you have the legal adaptation rights to, are acceptable. If you do have ownership of material (i.e. the rights to a novel or true story), we do require submitting proof with your submission.
DO YOU ACCEPT ANIMATION SCRIPTS?
100% yes. Any genre as well, as long as it fits into a category.
ANY OTHER RULES?
Preference is given to scripts that have not won any other major contests, or have not been widely circulated to industry. We’re primarily looking for true “first look” material.
(If you are a writer and want to be considered for the TOP 25, you must be an ISAConnect Member)