2013 Results Announced 

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Next Season Opens:

May 15th, 2014

2013 WINNER:
John Broderick (Deadly Impulse)

Bennett Skupp (Ill Gotten)
Matthew Libby (Foo the Bear)
Nikki Yee (7 Deadly Virtues)

Recognizing the tremendous growth of aspiring filmmakers and creative professionals, Script Pipeline has created a contest with the specific intent of finding the next up-and-coming student screenwriter.

To level the playing field, the 2nd Annual Student Screenwriting Competition is open to qualified entrants who are a 2013 graduate or are currently enrolled in a university, junior college, or certified film school. Students may submit a feature-length script in ANY genre or budget range. Non-film majors and graduate students are welcome to enter as well.

For over a decade, Script Pipeline has linked screenwriters with industry execs looking for new material--over $5 million in specs sold to major studios, including Snow White and the Huntsman, written by contest-winner Evan Daugherty, and Killing Season, with Robert De Niro.
Major Script Pipeline Success Stories
Script Pipeline Winner Sells Spec for $3 Million

Evan Daugherty - Snow White and the Huntsman

After introductions by Script Pipeline to industry partner Jake Wagner, 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 industry. The film was released summer 2012 and grossed over $400 million worldwide.

Shortly after the Script Pipeline screenwriting contest, Evan landed a assignment with Warner Bros. to rewrite an adaptation of He-Man.

Evan Daugherty - Snow White and the Huntsman

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.   

Interview with Evan and Executive Director Chad Clough

Read Evan's Script Pipeline Interview

Robert De Niro Starred in Contest-Winning Script

Script Pipeline contest-winning screenplay Shrapnel was turned into the 2013 film Killing Season starring Robert De Niro and John Travolta.

Other Success Stories

Chris Tucker

Notables include:

  • 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 feature 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."

  • "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.

Script Pipeline competitions have garnered more major success stories than any other contest, resulting in $5 million in writer spec sales.

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Deadlines & Prizes
Grand Prize

$1,000 cash

Intensive development assistance from Script Pipeline execs

Exposure to production and management companies for potential development
(3) Finalists

Consultation sessions with Script Pipeline executives to get your concept ready for circulation.

Exposure to production companies and industry contacts looking to develop new material.
20 One-Year  Memberships to Script Pipeline's Writers Database ($2,000 value) 

5 sets of script notes from the Writers Workshop
($1,000 value)
*Prizes randomly selected amongst entrants

May 15th, 2014

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"Every year, I have found amazing new talent from the Script Pipeline competitions, the type of talent that is ready to begin a long career in Hollywood as a professional screenwriter. I consider this contest FAR above the rest and have personally signed writers they've discovered, including Evan Daugherty ('Snow White and the Huntsman')."
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"It was a great experience all-around working with the Script Pipeline team. They were amazingly professional, organized, and committed to helping me. But beyond that, they offered me script notes, feedback, mentoring, and a wide variety of industry contacts to help me get my work out there and move my script forward."
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