Contest Name: 2014 Great TV Show Idea Contest
Deadline: December 1st, 2014
Grand Prize Winner:
- $2,000 cash
- Exposure to studio-level producers for potential development
- Consultation sessions with Script Pipeline executives to get your concept ready for circulation
- Additional circulation to up to 200 production companies and industry contacts looking to develop new feature material
The Grand Prize Winner also receives the finalist prizes listed below. . . .
- Memberships to Script Pipeline’s Writers Database ($280)
- (2) extended consultations with Script Pipeline’s Director of Development to fine-tune your pitch ($1,500 value)
Pitching to Hollywood is how films get made.
The 7th Great Movie Idea Contest connects the winner with top studio producers, including execs from Lakeshore Entertainment (Million Dollar Baby), Vinson Films (Journey to the Center of the Earth), Benderspink (We’re the Millers), and other major motion picture companies looking for new concepts to develop. Any genre or subject matter accepted–just think big.
For writers and non-writers alike, the contest gives its winners extensive, one-on-one development assistance to refine their pitch prior to industry exposure. Accepted entries include loglines, synopses, video pitches, and full treatments or outlines.
Since 2000, Script Pipeline has established relationships with hundreds of production companies, managers, and agents, resulting in $5 million in specs sold from previously undiscovered writers. The Great Movie Idea Competition looks to not only increase that total, but help visionary creatives expose their stories to the world.
Final Deadline: December 1st, 2014 – $40/entry
Winner Announced: February 2015
– NOTABLE SUCCESS STORIES –
Script Pipeline Contest Winner Sells Spec for $3 Million
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.
Script Pipeline’s criteria is based primarily on the overall originality and marketability of the concept.
Although we’re known to be strict on judging, all types of genres,
styles, and premises are accepted. In the past, winning and
finalist ideas have ranged from lower-budget indies, to animation, to
true stories, as well as all types of genres. Literally anything is fair
game–come up with something highly unique, or a fresh twist on an old
concept, and you’ll have an excellent shot at getting selected.
Industry contacts reviewing finalist pitches include:
- Tripp Vinson (Vinson Films) – Journey to the Center of the Earth, The Rite
- Jake Wagner (Benderspink)
- Michael McKay (Lakeshore Entertainment)
- David Boxerbaum (Paradigm)
- Brooklyn Weaver (Energy Entertainment) – Extant
- Sean McKittrick (Darko Entertainment) – Donnie Darko, Bad Words
For other industry execs interested in judging for the Script Pipeline competitions, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We will only consider applicants who are active producers, agents, managers, or directors.
Written or video submissions accepted.
For written pitches:
- Anything from a two-sentence logline to a 3-5 page
treatment–entirely up to you on how to best present your idea. We don’t
judge on format, we judge on the idea itself. Extended treatments and
supplemental materials (illustrations, etc.) are also accepted. Please
do not send full-length screenplays–summaries ONLY. Pitches may be
- Longer submissions are judged on the SAME criteria as short ones, so whatever length you think is best.
For video pitches:
- Submit a link to the video after registration through email. We
prefer a private link on YouTube, Vimeo, or any other video hosting
site, or your personal website.
- Videos can be any length, but remember, shorter is typically better. No short films (or for that matter, features).
- Concept MUST be for a feature-length film. Ideas for TV pilots,
novels, short stories, and any other creative medium are not accepted.
- It is highly advised that you register your concept with the WGA
prior to submitting, however it is not required. Script Pipeline will
not share your idea with anyone unless you’re chosen as a finalist and
give us explicit permission to do so.
- Previous Script Pipeline writers (Recommends, contest finalists,
etc.) and former Great Movie Idea entrants are welcome to submit.
- Goes without saying, but the concept must be WHOLLY ORIGINAL and not
based on an existing franchise. In other words, don’t send us the next Batman installment. Come up with your own epic story.
To view complete rules and guidelines go http://scriptpipeline.com/great-idea-competition-official-rules
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