The 6th Annual First Look Project fulfills the requests of major studios, production companies, and top managers by finding fresh, high-concept material across three main categories:

Screenplay – divisions for Action, Comedy, Drama, Horror, and Sci-fi

Teleplay – original pilots, any genre

Short Film – produced short films or series pilots

Supported by Good Fear Film + Management, Panay Films, Lakeshore Entertainment, Silent R Management, Madhouse Entertainment, and other Script Pipeline partners, the competition presents the best scripts and filmmakers to major companies.

One winner in each category receives a share of $14,000 in prizes, industry circulation, and long-term personalized development assistance from Script Pipeline’s executive team. We also select up to 3 finalists for 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.

Over the last 17 years, numerous Script Pipeline contest alumni have found representation and gained crucial introductions to otherwise impossible-to-reach execs. The result: $6 million in specs sold from Pipeline competition finalists and “Recommend” writers since 2000, in addition to several produced scripts, and many more currently in development and pre-production.

Our goal with The First Look Project is to circulate exceptional high-concept material to studios and push more scripts from our alumni into production.

Awards & Prizes

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 up to three finalists are selected for every category and subcategory.


- $2,000 to the winner of each genre category (Action/Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Horror/Thriller, Sci-fi/Fantasy). $10,000 awarded in total.

- Initial circulation to the company sponsoring the winner’s category, plus long-term facilitation to Script Pipeline’s broader industry network.

- Additional material review and assistance in getting other scripts into circulation on a case-by-case basis.


- $2,000 to the winner

- Initial circulation to the company sponsoring the Teleplay category, plus other companies seeking original TV pilots.

- Additional material review and assistance in getting other scripts into circulation on a case-by-case basis.


- $2,000 to the winner

- Initial circulation to the company sponsoring the Short Film category, plus other companies looking for directors, writers, and emerging filmmakers.

- Assistance from Script Pipeline development executives to review any script or treatment adaptation of the short film or pilot.

- Additional circulation for other material from the winners and finalists.

Rules & Terms

- 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: