With over $5 million in alumni spec sales, the Script Pipeline Screenwriting Contest sets its sights on discovering up-and-coming creative talent and connecting them with over 200 production companies, agencies, and managers. Script Pipeline's position as an industry facilitator has proven remarkably successful in recent years, with numerous writers finding representation and gaining valuable introductions to studio-level producers as a direct result of Pipeline assistance.
Yes, applicants outside the US are more than welcome to enter this and any Script Pipeline contest.
WHEN IS THE WINNER ANNOUNCED?
Finalists are announced July 1st, and the winner is announced in early August at the Script Pipeline Secret Door Pitchfest.
WHAT KIND OF EXPOSURE WILL THE WINNERS RECEIVE?
Script Pipeline has a long history of connecting finalists with the industry through personal introductions and general career assistance for our writers--more so than any other competition. In August 2014, we will announce the Grand Prize winner at the Secret Door Pitchfest in Los Angeles, CA. Afterward, loglines and scripts are circulated to over 200 companies looking for new material, and the winner is given personal introductions to a number of producers, agents, and managers.
SHOULD I PUT CONTACT INFO ON THE COVER PAGE?
Yes. We would prefer basic contact info--name, email, and phone--on the cover page.
DO I NEED TO COPYRIGHT MY SCRIPT?
Although it is not required to enter our competition, we recommend you register your work with a copyright service, such as the U.S. Copyright Office or the Writer's Guild of America.
ARE WRITING TEAMS ACCEPTED?
Two or more writers is fine. Only one writer needs to register.
- Winner Evan Daugherty sold Snow White & the Huntsman to Universal for $3 million. He was also hired to adapt the young adult novel Divergent for Summit Entertainment (Twilight), and sold a pitch to NBC, Afterthought, in 2011. In September 2012, it was announced he would be one of the writers and executive producers on an adaptation of the DC comic franchise Midnight Mass. He also worked on the adaptation of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles--Michael Bay to direct, Megan Fox to star--and was hired to adapt the next installment in the GI Joe franchise. He has numerous other film and TV projects in development as well.
- Script Pipeline contest-winner Tripper Clancy signed with a Script Pipeline partner following a top-four finish in the contest. His winning comedy script, Henry the Second, is in development with 21 Laps (Shawn Levy), and in 2013, he sold The Ambassadors to 20th Century Fox. As of February 2014, Tripper was tabbed to write the animated comedy Shedd for Paramount.
- Script Pipeline Screenwriting contest-winning screenplay Shrapnel (renamed Killing Season) was produced and released in 2013. The action film stars Robert De Niro and John Travolta.
- 2003 Script Pipeline screenwriting contest winning script Slammin' sold to WB for six-figures.
- The Living Wake, Script Pipeline's first produced film, starring Academy Award-Nominee Jesse Eisenberg, was released theatrically in 2010. From Variety: "A stunning feature debut. Scene after scene of dialogue recalls Tom Stoppard."
- Finalists Sean Fallon and Charlotte Barrett had their first feature, Virgin Alexander, produced after their placement in the Script Pipeline contest's top 20 sparked interest in the project.
- Brian Watanabe's "Recommend" script Operation Endgame was produced with Zach Galifianakis, Adam Scott, Ellen Barkin, Ving Rhames, Maggie Q, Bob Odenkirk, and an ensemble cast. Script Pipeline owner Chadwick Clough first brought the project to Darko Entertainment, and the film was released in 2010.
- Writer Rob Nelms was hired to pen the script Between after introductions to a director by Chad Clough. The film premiered at Sundance and later aired on Lifetime.
- 2012 winner Jason Kaleko signed with manager Jake Wagner (Benderspink).
- 2012 & 2009 Finalist Kevin Jones signed with Zero Gravity Management.
- Finalist Matt Altman signed with APA and Parallax Talent Management.
- Winner Tyler Smith (Henchman, 2011) signed with WME.
- 2011 finalists Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch signed with Kersey Management.
- Screenwriting and TV Writing Finalist (2008, 2010) Julie Anne Wight published her first children's book through Script Pipeline industry contact and publisher Intuary.
- Finalist script Shed optioned by producer Josh Goldstein.
- Craig Weeden, a 2011 finalist, adapting the comic series Painkiller Jane with top writer/inker Jimmy Palmiotti (Ultimate Spider-man, Jonah Hex).
(If you are a writer and want to be considered for the TOP 25, you must be an ISAConnect Member)