The 11th Annual First Look Project fulfills the requests of studios, production companies, and top managers by finding unique, higher-concept material across two main 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 Zero Gravity Management (Ozark), QC Entertainment (Get Out, Us), Bellevue Productions (Infinite), 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 main Screenwriting and TV writing competitions, entries for First Look are judged equally on writing ability and commercial potential, as well as the originality of the concept and a strong understanding of genre and marketplace trends.

Over $8 million in screenplays and pilots have been sold by Script Pipeline writers, with numerous scripts produced since 1999. In 2020, Legendary picked up finalist screenplay Bring Me Back by Crosby Selander for seven figures, and in 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, Stuber), and Laura Bensick (Everyday Insanity). Many others connected with representation, such as the 2021 Screenwriting and TV Writing winners finding reps at Bellevue, Screenwriting winner Helen Gaughran signing with UTA, and several more finalists landing managers at Kaplan/Perrone, Writ Large, and Zero Gravity.

View notable success stories: https://scriptpipeline.com/success-stories

More on the First Look Project: https://scriptpipeline.com/shop/first-look-project

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.

SCREENPLAY

Winners (4): December 20th, 2022

- $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; at least one in each category): December 20th, 2022

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 events hosted by Pipeline Media Group

TV PILOT

Winners (2): December 20th, 2022

- $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 20th, 2022

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 execs on the pilot and series pitch or bible

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

- Invitations to 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 film or TV series at any time in the past.

- Judging criteria emphasizes both writing ability and concept, unlike our main Screenwriting and TV Writing competitions, which are centered almost exclusively on writing ability. Preference may be given to higher-concept material intended for a broader 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 at entry@scriptpipeline.com with any other questions on guidelines or judging criteria.

View complete rules and guidelines: https://scriptpipeline.com/the-first-look-project-official-rules-2022

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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