Film Essay Contest 2016

Winner Receives:
$1,000 | pitch development | long-term industry exposure

Early Deadline: April 25th, 2018

The 14th Great Movie Idea Contest is searching for original feature film concepts. Ideally, unique stories that a global, diverse audience can connect with.

Accepted entries include loglines, synopses, and video pitches. Completed screenplays are not reviewed, nor are entrants required to have a screenplay. You only need one spectacular idea. Any genre, studio-level or indie.

For the winner, Script Pipeline provides additional development assistance to refine the pitch, or help the writer draft a polished screenplay. At that point, we circulate the material to top studio producers, including execs from Lakeshore Entertainment (Age of Adaline), Good Fear Film + Management (Rings), Vinson Films (Journey to the Center of the Earth), Madhouse Entertainment (Prisoners), QC Entertainment (Get Out), and other major companies looking for new concepts. Note that all entrants, including the winner and runner-up, retain the rights to their submission.

Since 1999, Script Pipeline has established relationships with hundreds of production companies, managers, and agents, resulting in $6 million in specs soldfrom previously undiscovered writers. The Great Movie and TV Show Idea Competitions look to not only increase that total, but push worthwhile stories into production.

Submissions also accepted via:


- NOTABLE SUCCESS STORIES -

Script Pipeline Contest Winner Spec Sells to Universal for $3 Million

After introductions by Script Pipeline to 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 has grossed over $400 million worldwide and spawned the 2016 film The Huntsman.

"Immediately after the competition, Script Pipeline introduced me to a manager, and the connection helped launch my screenwriting career."
- Evan Daugherty (Rose Red, Divergent)

Shortly after the Script Pipeline screenwriting contest, Evan landed an assignment with Warner Bros. to rewrite an adaptation of He-Man, which led to the sale of SWATH.

Evan co-wrote an adaptation of the young adult novel Divergent for Summit Entertainment (Twilight). The film released March 2014 and stars Shailene Woodley (The Spectacular Now) and Academy Award-winner Kate Winslet.

After selling a pilot pitch, it was later announced Evan would be one of the writers and executive producers on an adaptation of the DC comic franchise Midnight, Mass. for NBC and Five Ghosts for Syfy. He was one of the writers on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the Michael Bay film starring Megan Fox released summer 2014. Evan was tapped to write and executive produce the event series Esmeralda for ABC Studios and signed on to pen the third installment of the GI Joe franchise for Paramount.

In March 2016, Disney gave the go-ahead on developing Rose Red, based on an original script by Justin Merz and a pitch by Evan that will serve as a companion piece to the Snow White story.

Among all these projects, he'll be making his directorial debut with Ink and Bone for Dimension Films and wrote an initial draft for Warner Bros. and MGM's Tomb Raider reboot, starring Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina).

Watch the interview with Evan and Script Pipeline CEO Chad Clough

Read Evan's Script Pipeline Interview

Tripper Clancy's Contest-Winning Script in Production, Sells Other Projects to Major Studios

Contest winner Tripper Clancy signed with a Script Pipeline partner following a top-four finish in the contest. A few months after the screenwriting competition ended, 20th Century Fox selected Tripper for their feature comedy writing team to help develop new material.

In September 2013, he sold the comedy The Ambassadors, and Tripper's buddy-comedy pitch Winter Break was picked up as the last spec sale of the year. In early 2014, he was hired to write the animated comedy Shedd for Paramount and, in 2016, the comedy Hacker Camp for Hasbro.

Fox picked up Tripper's spec Stuber in April 2016 in a mid-six figure deal. The screenplay is based on an idea developed by Tripper and his manager Jake Wagner (Good Fear Film + Management). Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy, Blade Runner 2049) will co-star in the action-comedy.

In addition, his contest-winning script Henry the Second is in pre-production—Shawn Levy's 21 Laps (Stranger Things) and 3311 Productions to produce. Tripper will is also adapting the acclaimed novel The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach.

"The impact Script Pipeline had on my writing career is extraordinary. Winning the contest directly led to my new representation, which in turn led to working with studios such as 20th Century Fox and Paramount."
- Tripper Clancy (Stranded, The Ambassadors)

Screenwriting Contest Winner in Production, Filming in 2018

Henry Dunham's The Incident at Sparrow Creek Lumber began production in March 2018 with an ensemble cast featuring James Badge Dale (Rubicon), Brian Geraghty (The Hurt Locker), Happy Anderson (Mindhunter), Robert Armayo (Game of Thrones), and Gene Jones (The Hateful Eight). Dallas Sonnier, Jonathan Brownlee, and Amanda Presmyk producing. Dunham is making his feature directorial debut.

The project, originally titled Militia, won the 2015 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition. Writer Henry Dunham was connected with representation less than a month after contest results were announced, signing with Pipeline industry partner Madhouse Entertainment.

"Without the momentum my win gave me, I don’t know where my screenplay would be. I owe Script Pipeline for everything."
- Henry Dunham (writer/director)

The script was a unanimous pick amongst Script Pipeline staff for top honors. Both CEO Chad Clough and Senior Executive Matt Joseph Misetich pegged the screenplay as a fresh, relevant spin on the genre, and an "unquestionably strong calling card" for the up-and-coming Dunham.

Robert De Niro Stars in Script Pipeline Contest-Winning Script

The Script Pipeline contest-winning screenplay Shrapnel was turned into the film Killing Season, starring Robert De Niro and John Travolta. Corsan and Millennium Films produced the action/thriller and rehashed the original plot during development. It was released in 2013.

- View more news in the Success Stories section above -

In Memory of Jacob Friedman

Open to students in grades 5-12 in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska | Entries accepted February 1 - May 1, 2018  Download Flyer. 

Through your creativity in poetry, prose, art or film, respond to the following quote:
(*Film category open to high school students only)

"I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented."

- Elie Wiesel, Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech, December 10, 1986 

 

PRIZES

$200 - 1st Place
$100 - 2nd Place
$50 - 3rd Place

Prizes will be awarded by category. Winning entries will be displayed at the Holocaust Center, at events, and in publications throughout the year. Winners will be announced in June and recognized at an awards ceremony in mid-July 2018. Teachers of 1st place winners will receive $50. Teachers whose entire class enters will receive a gift. 

 

GUIDELINES & DETAILS

 

SUBMISSION FORM: Every entry must have a completed submission form. If you are uploading your entry, you will fill out the submission form online. Otherwise, you should complete this submission form and mail it or email it attached to your entry. 

WRITING: Writing can be prose, essay, poetry, or play. 1000 words or less.

ART: Size 18”x24” or smaller. Art must be flat. We cannot accept sculpture or 3D art. Art piece must include an artist’s statement, no more than 100 words, describing your piece. Please use fixatives on charcoal and pastel.

FILM:(High school only) A short film, 3 minutes or less. Film may be dramatic, documentary, or story. We cannot accept Powerpoint, Prezi, or performance art. Do not use copyright images or music without permission or giving credit.

DEADLINE: MAY 1, 2018

Categories: Middle School Writing (5th-8th grade); High School Writing (9th-12th grade); Middle School Art (5th-8th grade); High School Art (9th-12th grade); High School Film (9th-12th grade). A student may enter one piece in each category (writing, art, film), but each student can only win in one category.

Judging: Entries are reviewed by a panel of judges.

Citations: All books, websites, films, photographs, and artwork referenced or used in your submission must be cited in a bibliography.  Art—If you are making an artistic representation of an existing photo or piece of art, be sure to cite it. Film—do not use copyright images or footage without permission and reference. Need help finding images and footage? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) - Will my entry be returned? What are the judges looking for? What resources do you suggest? Click here for FAQ's. 

More: Group and class projects are welcome. | If you want your entry returned, you must enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope.| Entries that do not follow the guidelines or that do not include a submission form or artist’s statement will be disqualified. | Entries will become the property of the Holocaust Center for Humanity. | The Holocaust Center reserves the right to publish and/or display all work.

 

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