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Script Pipeline
Script Pipeline Great Idea Contests
2020 (II)
The Script Pipeline Idea Competitions seek original pitches for film/TV and help writers develop their concepts for industry-wide circulation.
Accepting Features, Treatments, Pitches and Series Bibles
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About

The Great Movie and TV Show Idea contests are searching for original feature film and television series pitches. Ideally, distinct stories a global, diverse audience can connect with. Any genre, studio-level or indie, is accepted. Completed scripts are not reviewed, nor are entrants required to have a screenplay or pilot, as we help develop the selected projects.

Each of the two divisions, Movie and TV, select one Grand Prize Winner and one Runner-up.

For the winner, Script Pipeline provides additional assistance to refine the pitch, or help the writer draft a polished screenplay or pilot. Our execs review and offer feedback at all stages of development. When the work is ready for circulation, we send the material to specific producers looking for relevant, high-concept, marketable films and series. All writers retain the rights to their pitch, and development assistance for the winner is entirely optional.

The company’s unique process, consisting of long-term writer development and widespread circulation of material, gives selected writers access to top execs worldwide as well as the proper guidance to advance their careers.

$7 million in screenplays and pilots have been sold by competition finalists and "Recommend" writers, with numerous scripts produced since 1999. In the last few years alone, Script Pipeline writers have optioned screenplays, sold shows, or were staffed on major streaming and network series, including Writers Guild Award-winner Howard Jordan Jr. (Family Reunion, The Unicorn), Tripper Clancy (Die Hart, I Am Not Okay With This), and Laura Bensick (Everyday Insanity). Many others were connected with representation, such as Screenwriting winner Helen Gaughran, who signed with agents at UTA.

Prices & Deadlines

Oct 15th
Early
Dec 15th
Regular
Dec 22nd
Late
Jan 5th
Extended
Standard Movie Idea Entry
$30.00
$40.00
$45.00
$0.00
Standard TV Idea Entry
$30.00
$40.00
$45.00
$0.00
Movie Idea Entry + Feedback
$125.00
$130.00
$140.00
$0.00
TV Idea entry + Feedback
$125.00
$130.00
$140.00
$0.00

Benefits

MOVIE IDEA
Grand Prize Winner (1) - $1,000: January 31st, 2021
Runner-up (1): January 31st, 2021

TV IDEA
Grand Prize Winner (1) - $1,000: January 31st, 2021
Runner-up (1): January 31st, 2021

Winners and Runners-up in both divisions receive the following:

  • Extensive development and assistance in completing a screenplay or pilot (optional)
  • Long-term circulation to producers and other companies
  • Review of additional pitches and completed film or TV material

Announcements

Jan 31st
Runners-up

Rules

Script Pipeline's criteria is based primarily on the overall marketability of the concept, preferably hitting a "Goldilocks zone" between commercial/mainstream and something wholly new and artistic. Although we're strict on judging, we're open to all types of narrative or scripted pitches (no reality or game show ideas).

In the past, selected ideas have ranged from lower-budget indies, to big-budget studio films, animation, true stories, and high-concept genre material. Anything unique and universally appealing is fair game. We highly recommend writers submit more detailed summaries  spotlighting the elements that make your project distinct: why this story, why these themes, and in many cases, why you, the writer, are most apt to develop this type of project. Sell yourself in addition to your script concept.

Written or video submissions accepted.

For written pitches:

  • Must submit a full story synopsis in addition to a logline. This can range from a page in length to a full treatment--entirely up to you on how to best present your idea. We do not judge on format, we judge on the idea itself. Supplemental materials (illustrations, etc.) are allowed. The best format is usually comprised of a logline, a page-long summary, and any other comments on the originality of the premise.
  • Do not send full-length screenplays--summaries ONLY. Pitches may be emailed direct or uploaded.
  • Remove your name and contact information from the documents prior to submitting.
  • Longer submissions are judged on the same criteria as short ones, so whatever length you think is best.

For video pitches:

  • Submit a link to the video after registration through email. We prefer a private link on YouTube, Vimeo, or any other video hosting site, or your personal website. *include the password, if private
  • Videos can be any length, but shorter is typically better.
  • Proof-of-concept short films (20 min. or under, generally) are acceptable, but a synopsis/pitch for the feature or series is also required.

General rules:

  • Concept must be for a feature-length film or scripted TV series.
  • Script Pipeline will not share your idea with anyone unless you’re chosen as a winner or runner-up and give us explicit permission to do so.
  • Previous Idea Contest winners and runners-up (since 2012) are ineligible.
  • Should go without saying, but the idea needs to be ORIGINAL and not based on an existing franchise or property, unless it's in the public domain. If the idea is in the public domain, it should have some sort of defining factor that takes a distinctive approach and clearly demonstrate how you plan to adapt.