The 10th Annual First Look Project fulfills the requests of studios, production companies, and top managers by finding unique, high-concept material across two main categories:

Screenplay - divisions for Action/Sci-fi, Comedy, Drama, and Horror/Thriller
TV Pilot - divisions for 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 Zero Gravity Management (Ozark), Kaplan/Perrone, QC Entertainment (Get Out, Us),  Bellevue Productions (Infinite), Destro Films (Lizzie), Kaplan/Perrone, and other Script Pipeline partners, the competition introduces the best scripts to major companies.

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 writing ability.

Over $8 million in screenplays and pilots have been sold by Script Pipeline writers, with numerous scripts produced since 1999. In September 2020, Legendary picked up finalist screenplay Bring Me Back by Crosby Selander for seven figures, and over the last few years alone, Script Pipeline winners and finalists have optioned screenplays, sold shows, or were staffed on 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 connected with representation, such as Screenwriting winner Helen Gaughran signing with UTA and 2020 writers signing with managers at Kaplan/Perrone, Writ Large, and Zero Gravity.

CATEGORIES + INDUSTRY REVIEWING

Screenplay
Action/Sci-Fi - Kaplan/Perrone
Comedy - Bellevue Productions
Drama - Destro Films
Horror/Thriller - QC Entertainment / Kaplan/Perrone

TV Pilot - Zero Gravity Management
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.

For TV, all genres accepted, including animation. Half-hour pilots should be between 25-35 pages (longer is fine if it's for animation), and hourlong pilots should fall around 50-70.

The First Look Project is focused primarily on connecting the winners with specific production and management companies, in addition to monetary prizes across all categories. One winner and one runner-up are selected for each category, announced in December 2021.

- SCREENPLAY -

Winners (4): December 15th, 2021

$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

Runners-up (4; one in each category): December 15th, 2021

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 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

- TV PILOT -

Winners (2): December 15th, 2021

$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

Runners-up (2; one in each category): December 15th, 2021

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.
Development assistance from Script Pipeline's senior execs on the pilot and series pitch or bible
Additional script reviews and consideration of other material for industry exposure
Invitations to writer/industry events hosted by Pipeline Media Group

Please review the following prior to submitting:

- For Screenplay and TV, the script must not be under a representation, option, or shopping 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.

- 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.

Email our contest coordinator with any other questions on guidelines or judging criteria.

Full rules: https://scriptpipeline.com/the-first-look-project-official-rules

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  • Nick Roth

    Can't recommend enough. Within weeks of my pilot
    Power Suit" winning Best Half-Hour I signed with a great manager who is now also developing the show. We attached a veteran showrunner and are currently out to studios. In other words: exactly what you want in a writing contest.

    August 2020