The 8th Annual First Look Project fulfills the requests of studios, production companies, agencies, and top managers by finding fresh, high-concept material across two main categories:

Screenplay – divisions for Action/Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Horror/Thriller, and Sci-fi/Fantasy

TV Pilot – divisions for Hour and Half-hour original pilots, any genre

Supported by QC Entertainment (Get Out, Us), Good Fear Film + Management (Rings), Panay Films (Masterminds), Lakeshore Entertainment (Age of Adaline), Zero Gravity Management (Ozark), Silent R Management (reps Academy Award winner Barry Jenkins), Lit Entertainment Group (Prisoners), and other Script Pipeline partners, the competition introduces the best scripts to major companies.

One winner in each category receives a share of $17,500, industry circulation, and long-term personalized development assistance from Script Pipeline’s executive team. We also select up one runner-up in each division.

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 overall writing ability.

For over 20 years, numerous Script Pipeline writers have found representation and gained crucial introductions to otherwise impossible-to-reach execs. The result: $7 million in specs sold from Pipeline competition finalists and “Recommend” writers, in addition to several produced scripts, and many currently in development and pre-production slated for a 2019 release.

Our goal with The First Look Project is to present exceptional work to industry partners and push more scripts into production.

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.


Winners (5)

- $12,500 awarded. $2,500 to the winner of each genre category (Action/Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Horror/Thriller, Sci-fi/Fantasy).

- Presentation to the company sponsoring the winner’s category.

Runners-up (5)


Winners (2)

- $5,000 awarded total. $2,500 to the winner of each category (Hour and Half-Hour).

- Presentation to the company sponsoring the winner’s category.

Runners-up (2)

The Screenplay and TV Pilot winner and runners-up receive:

- Long-term facilitation to Script Pipeline's industry network of producers, agents, and managers.

- Development assistance from Script Pipeline's senior execs on the screenplay, pilot, and any pitches (including series bibles)

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

- Invitations to writer/industry events hosted by Pipeline Media Group

- For Screenplay and Teleplay, the script must not be under a representation, option, or purchase 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 almost exclusively on writing ability. Preference may be given to material intended for a broader, mainstream audience. In other words “studio-level.”

- There are no restrictions on amateur or professional status. The First Look Project is open to writers of ALL levels.

- 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.

For the complete official rules: