The 8th Annual First Look Project fulfills the requests of studios, production companies, agencies, and top managers by finding unique, high-concept material across two main categories:
- Screenplay - divisions for Action/Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Horror/Thriller, and Sci-fi/Fantasy
- TV Pilot - divisions for Hour and Half-hour original pilots, any genre
One winner in each division receives a share of $17,500, industry circulation, and long-term development assistance from Script Pipeline’s executive team.
- QC Entertainment (Get Out, Us)
- Good Fear Film + Management (Mulan)
- Panay Films (Masterminds)
- Lakeshore Entertainment (Age of Adaline)
- Zero Gravity Management (Ozark)
- Silent R Management (reps the Academy Award-winning director of Moonlight Barry Jenkins)
- Madhouse Entertainment (Prisoners)
- and other Script Pipeline partners
Unlike Script Pipeline's main Screenwriting and TV writing competitions, entries for First Look are judged equally on writing ability and commercial potential. The originality of the concept and a strong understanding of genre and marketplace trends will take precedence, as well as overall writing ability.
Supported by QC Entertainment (Get Out, Us), Good Fear Film + Management (Mulan), Panay Films (Masterminds), Lakeshore Entertainment (Age of Adaline), Zero Gravity Management (Ozark), Silent R Management (reps the Academy Award-winning director of Moonlight Barry Jenkins), Madhouse Entertainment (Prisoners), and other Script Pipeline partners, the competition introduces the best scripts to major companies.
On top of extensive, long-term industry circulation, the Feature Screenplay winners will receive a total of $12,500 and the TV Pilot winners $5,000.
The Screenplay winner and runners-up 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
- For Screenplay and TV, the script must not be under a representation, option, or purchase 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 Writing competitions, which are centered on writing ability. Preference may be given to material intended for a broader, mainstream audience. In other words "studio-level."
- There are no restrictions on amateur or professional status. The First Look Project is open to writers of all levels.
- 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.