December 15th, 2013
Entry Fee: $35
Think you can do better than Hollywood?
The 5th Great Movie Idea Contest connects you with top studio producers, including execs from Lakeshore Entertainment (Million Dollar Baby), Vinson Films (Journey to the Center of the Earth), Benderspink (We're the Millers), and other major motion picture companies looking for new concepts to develop. Any genre or subject matter accepted--just think big.
Pitching great ideas to executives is how films get made, for writers and non-writers alike. The contest gives its winners extensive, one-on-one development assistance to refine their pitch prior to industry exposure.
over 14 years, Script Pipeline has established relationships with
hundreds of production companies, managers, and agents, resulting in $5 million in specs sold from previously undiscovered writers.
DEADLINE: December 15th, 2013
WINNER ANNOUNCED: January 20th, 2014
Major Script Pipeline Success Stories
Movie Idea Contest Winner Signed By Producer
Shane Free, winner of the 1st Bi-Annual Great Movie Idea Contest, signed with a major producer to develop his concept. Details under tight wraps until the project moves forward and is set up at a studio.
Evan Daugherty Sells Spec for $3 Million
After winning the Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition, Evan Daugherty sold Snow White & the Huntsman to Universal for $3 million. It marked one of the biggest studio spec sales in years and
subsequently made Evan one of the hottest young writers in the
Shortly after the Script Pipeline screenwriting contest, Evan landed a assignment with Warner Bros. to rewrite an adaptation of He-Man.
In 2012, he was hired to write a screen version of the young adult novel Divergent for Summit Entertainment (Twilight). The film is due for a 2014 release and will star Shailene Woodley (The Spectacular Now) and Academy Award-winner Kate Winslet.
After selling a pilot to NBC, it was later announced Evan would be one of the writers and executive producers on an adaptation of the DC comic franchise Midnight Mass.
In 2013, he was hired to rewrite the script for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles--Michael
Bay to direct, Megan Fox to star. And recently, he signed on to pen the
third installment of the GI Joe franchise for Paramount. Also announced
in September 2013: Evan will write and executive producer the event
series Esmeralda for ABC Studios.
Watch the interview with Evan and Script Pipeline Exec. Director Chad Clough
Read Evan's Script Pipeline Interview
Robert De Niro Starred in Contest-Winning Script
Contest-winning screenplay Killing Season by Evan Daugherty was released in July 2013, starring Robert De Niro and John Travolta. Script Pipeline CEO Chad Clough introduced Evan to Jake Wagner, who earned an Executive Producer credit on Killing Season.
Script Pipeline Winner Tripper Clancy Sells Comedy Screenplay to Fox
2010 contest-winner Tripper Clancy signed with a Script Pipeline partner following a top-four finish in the contest.
a few months after the screenwriting competition ended, 20th Century
Fox selected Tripper for their feature comedy writing team to help
develop new material, and in September 2013, he sold the comedy The Ambassadors.
Meanwhile, his winning script Henry the Second is in development with 21 Laps.
Tripper: "I cannot underestimate the impact that Script Pipeline has
had on my writing career. Winning the contest directly led to my new
representation, which in turn led to working with studios such as 20th
Other Success Stories
- Script Pipeline Writers Workshop "Recommend" Micah Barnett sold a one-hour drama, Ricochet, in September 2013 to NBC, a few years after finding management through a Pipeline industry contact.
- The Living Wake,
Script Pipeline's first produced film, starring Academy Award-Nominee
Jesse Eisenberg and comic Mike O'Connell, was released theatrically in
2010. Variety gave the film high praise: "A stunning feature debut.
Scene after scene of dialogue recalls Tom Stoppard."
- Brian Watanabe's Workshop "Recommend" script Operation Endgame
went into production with Zach Galifianakis, Ellen Barkin, Ving Rhames,
and an ensemble cast. Script Pipeline owner Chad Clough first brought the project to Darko, and the film was released in 2010.
- "Recommend" screenwriter Micah Barnett soldThe Rabbit to Warner Bros. for six-figures. Chris Tucker (Rush Hour) to star.
- 2003 winning script Slammin' sold to WB for six-figures.
- Multiple writers signed by management companies, producers, and agencies over the past years as a direct result of placing in Script Pipeline competitions.
Script Pipeline contests have garnered more major success stories than any other competition, resulting in $5 million in writer spec sales since 2003.
View More Success Stories
Guidelines & Judging
Written or video submissions accepted. For written pitches:
- Anything from a two-sentence logline to a 3-5 page treatment--entirely up to you on how to best present your idea. Extended treatments and supplemental materials (illustrations, etc.) also accepted, but please do not send full-length screenplays--summaries ONLY. Pitches may be emailed direct to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Longer submissions are judged the SAME as short ones, so whatever length you think is best for your story. You can include a title and genre, but only the idea itself is critiqued.
For video pitches:
- Submit a link to the video after registration by emailing email@example.com
. We prefer it be a private link on YouTube, Vimeo, or any other video hosting site or your personal website.
- Videos can be any length, but remember, shorter is typically better. No short films (or for that matter, features).
Judges are comprised of our full-time readers and industry partners, including active managers and producers, as well as Script Pipeline executives and our Director of Development. Ideas are graded almost exclusively on originality and marketability.
Prizes, Deadlines and Results
GRAND PRIZE WINNER
- $1,000 cash
- Exposure to studio-level producers for potential development.
- Consultation sessions with Script Pipeline executives to get your concept ready for circulation.
- Additional circulation to 100 production companies and industry contacts looking to develop new feature material.
- Series of consultations with Script Pipeline's development team to fine-tune their movie idea for potential circulation ($1,000 value).
- (20) Five-Year Memberships to Script Pipeline's Writers Database, a writer resource tool ($2,000 value)
- (2) extended consultations with Script Pipeline's Director of Development to fine-tune your pitch ($1,000 value)
WINNER ANNOUNCED: 1.20.2014
Standard competition agreement.
And these general rules:
- Concept MUST be for a feature-length film. Ideas for TV pilots, novels, short stories, and any other creative medium are not accepted.
- It is highly advised that you register your concept with the WGA prior to submitting, however it is not required. Script Pipeline will not share your idea with anyone unless you’re chosen as a finalist and give us explicit permission to do so.
- Previous Script Pipeline writers (Workshop, contest finalists, etc.) and former Great Movie Idea entrants are welcome to submit.
- Goes without saying, but the concept must be WHOLLY ORIGINAL and not based on an existing franchise. In other words, don’t send us the next Lord of the Rings installment. Come up with your own fantasy/adventure epic.
How should I format my entry?
We'll accept anything from a logline (as brief as a sentence) all the way up to a full treatment with supplemental materials. We'll also review video pitches through a private link or as an attached file. Usually, the best entries are a one-page synopsis or breakdown of your story, highlighting the unique elements of the pitch especially.
Previous winners and runners-up have sent everything from a 10-word logline, to a 2-minute video pitch, to a longer treatment with graphics and illustrations, so it's really up to you. Whatever format you prefer that best exemplifies your idea.
Will I be disqualified for a formatting reason?
No. If for some reason we can't open the file, or link, or there's an issue with the entry itself, we'll contact you immediately, and you'll be able to re-send.
If I win, do I need the completed screenplay ready?
Not at all. If you do, great, but it won't affect the outcome of the contest. We're just looking for original, unique concepts. No screenwriting experience necessary. Our Director of Development will assist in refining the pitch and helping you get started on the script itself.
Are you looking for a specific type of genre?
No genre restrictions--anything you want to pitch is fine. Although keep in mind preference in judging is given to projects that would appeal to a more mainstream audience.
Can I submit more than one idea for the single fee? Is there a limit to the number of submissions?
There is no limit to the number of entries. Each idea, however, is a separate entry fee.
What if the idea is from my existing script or novel? Am I still eligible?
Yes. As long as the idea is original (i.e. your own creation) and intended to be a feature film, or if you own the film adaptation rights to a property that isn't yours.
Is my idea protected?
No one outside of Script Pipeline's small team of judges will review your entry. For the winner, we will not send out their winning idea until we have their consent.
Is the competition open to international entrants?
Yes, absolutely. Anyone can enter.
Any other questions on the contest? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Contest Directors: Chad Clough / Matt Misetich
1304 N. Highland #272
Hollywood, CA 90028
Industry requests for the winning concepts may email email@example.com.
Deadlines & Prizes
• Reviews from studio-level execs for potential development, including representatives from:
• Consultation sessions with Script Pipeline to get your concept ready for circulation.
• Exposure to over 100 production companies and industry contacts looking to develop new material.
• Additional consultations and personal sessions with Script Pipeline's development team to fine-tune their movie idea for potential exposure.
• 2 extended consultation packages with a Script Pipeline development exec ($1,500 value)
*Prizes randomly selected amongst entrants
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Past Idea Contest Winners
Idea Contest Feedback
"It was incredible to
receive the news that I won because I was well
aware of Script Pipeline's commitment toward their winners. It's a competition
that not only promotes creativity and originality, but also offers unparalleled
support in developing an idea into something
- Kurt Conety, 2013 Movie Idea Winner
"Winning the grand prize was a big confidence boost and has encouraged me to keep writing!"
- Amber Yoder, 2012 TV Show Idea Winner
"I've been surprised how easy Pipeline has been to work with.
They've provided invaluable insight, and I've been excited at how proactive
they've been with getting my ideas in front of potential partners."
- Matt Herrmann, 2012 Movie Idea Winner
year, I have found amazing new talent from
the Script Pipeline competitions and have personally signed writers they've
discovered, including Evan Daugherty ('Snow White and the Huntsman')."
- Jake Wagner, Manager (Benderspink)
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