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Script Pipeline
First Look Project
2023
Active Since 2012
The First Look Project searches for higher-concept material across multiple genres for film and TV, introducing select writers to reps and producers.
Accepting Features, TV Pilots, and Web Series
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About

The 12th Annual First Look Project searches for higher-concept material across multiple categories:


  • Screenplay - Action & Sci-fi, Comedy, Drama, and Horror & Thriller
  • TV Pilot - Hour and Half-hour original pilots, any genre

One winner in each division receives a share of $15,000, industry circulation, and long-term development assistance from Script Pipeline’s executive team. A minimum of one runner-up is also chosen for each category.


Supported by Bellevue Productions (Infinite), Divide/Conquer (M3GAN), QC Entertainment (Get OutUs), Destro Films (Lizzie), and additional Script Pipeline partners, the competition introduces the winners and runners-up to these and other companies.


Unlike Script Pipeline's Screenwriting and TV writing competitions, entries for First Look are judged on both writing ability and commercial potential, in addition to the originality of the concept. In other words, for this particular contest, your script could be a little rough around the edges and still have a good chance to win, if we feel the story itself could stand out in the current landscape. Finalists and winners receive extensive development post-contest prior to industry circulation.


Over $8 million in screenplays and pilots have been sold by Script Pipeline writers as well as numerous scripts produced since 1999, such as studio releases Stuber by Tripper Clancy and Snow White and the Huntsman by Evan Daugherty. Pipeline Screenwriting finalist Bring Me Back by Crosby Selander sold to Legendary for seven figures—one of the biggest spec sales in years. And Helen Gaughran's winning script Visitation began production in 2023, starring Olivia Cooke (House of the Dragon) and Isla Johnston (The Queen’s Gambit). Several Pipeline writers have made The Black List, with Cauliflower by Daniel Jackson (2021) and Pure by Catherine Schetina (2022), both landing at the #1 spot. While winners Daniel Jackson (Screenwriting), Elad Ziv (First Look Project), and Brian T. Arnold (First Look Project) landed at Bellevue over the past couple seasons, many others have signed at UTA, Kaplan/Perrone, Alibi Management, and more after Script Pipeline introductions. View notable success stories.

Prices & Deadlines

Jan 31st
Exclusive
Feb 25th
Special Entry
Jun 8th
Early
Sep 20th
Regular
Oct 5th
Late
Oct 30th
Extended
Screenplay - Action & Sci-fi
$25.00
$35.00
$45.00
$55.00
$60.00
$65.00
Screenplay - Comedy
$25.00
$35.00
$45.00
$55.00
$60.00
$65.00
Screenplay - Drama
$25.00
$35.00
$45.00
$55.00
$60.00
$65.00
Screenplay Horror & Thriller
$25.00
$35.00
$45.00
$55.00
$60.00
$65.00
TV Pilot - Hourlong
$25.00
$35.00
$45.00
$55.00
$60.00
$65.00
TV Pilot - Half-hour
$25.00
$35.00
$45.00
$55.00
$60.00
$65.00
Screenplay - Action & Sci-fi + Feedback
$120.00
$130.00
$140.00
$150.00
$155.00
$160.00
Screenplay - Comedy + Feedback
$120.00
$130.00
$140.00
$150.00
$155.00
$160.00
Screenplay - Drama + Feedback
$120.00
$130.00
$140.00
$150.00
$155.00
$160.00
Screenplay - Horror & Thriller + Feedback
$120.00
$130.00
$140.00
$150.00
$155.00
$160.00
TV Pilot - Hourlong + Feedback
$100.00
$110.00
$120.00
$130.00
$135.00
$140.00
TV Pilot - Half-hour + Feedback
$100.00
$110.00
$120.00
$130.00
$135.00
$140.00

Benefits

CATEGORIES + INDUSTRY REVIEWING

Screenplay


Action & Sci-Fi - Bellevue Productions
Comedy - QC Entertainment
Drama - Destro Films
Horror & Thriller – Divide & Conquer / Alibi Management


TV Pilot Hungry Man
Half-hour
Hourlong


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. If it's half and half ... your choice.


For TV, all genres accepted, including animation.


The First Look Project focuses primarily on connecting the winners with production and management companies.


One winner and one runner-up are selected for each category.


AWARDS

Screenplay


Winners (4): December 15th, 2023


  • - $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; expanded circulation afterward


Runners-up (4, at least one in each category): December 15th, 2023


The Screenplay winners 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 execs on both the screenplay and pitch

  • - Additional script reviews and consideration of other material for industry exposure

  • - Invitations to private events and Symposium panels hosted by Pipeline

TV Pilot


Winners (2): December 15th, 2023


  • - $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; expanded circulation afterward


Runners-up (2; one in each category): December 15th, 2023


The TV Pilot winners and runners-up receive:


  • - Long-term facilitation to Script Pipeline's industry network of producers, agents, and managers seeking original pilots and new TV writer clients.

  • - Development assistance from Script Pipeline's execs on the pilot and series pitch or bible

  • - Additional script reviews and consideration of other material for industry exposure

  • - Invitations to private events and Symposium panels hosted by Pipeline

Writer Success