Short Film and Script Competitions

Next seasons open December 15th


Pipeline Co-Produces “Biophilia”

Marina Michelson's short film won at the Brooklyn Film Fest


Indie Film “Bindu” Makes 2019 Debut

Co-written by Pipeline contest winner Kay Tuxford


Script Pipeline Contest Winner “Standoff” an Indie Hit

Henry Dunham's debut feature released in 2019


Fox's Stuber, Written by Pipeline Contest Winner, Premiered in 2019

Tripper Clancy sold multiple specs to studios


Contest Winner Sold “Snow White” to Universal for $3 Million

One of the biggest feature spec sales of all-time


“The Living Wake” Stars Oscar-Nominee Jesse Eisenberg

Pipeline's first produced feature praised by Variety


Indie Romcom Written by Pipeline Finalist Produced

Stars Santino Fontana (Frozen) and Dania Ramirez (Once Upon a Time)


Robert De Niro Stars in Winning Screenplay

"Killing Season" won the Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition


Action-Comedy Produced by Pipeline's Chad Clough

Zach Galifianakis, Adam Scott headline an ensemble cast


Michael Madsen Drama “Strength and Honour” Wins Multiple Awards

Pipeline execs helped Marc Mahon develop the script


“Between" Premieres at Sundance

Poppy Montgomery thriller developed by Pipeline


Launched in January 2018, Film Pipeline spotlights both a short script and short film competition intended to find extraordinary directors as well as distinguished projects that merit financing and production. Contest selections are circulated to agencies, producers, and managers looking for emerging directors, proof-of-concept or standalone shorts, and filmmakers across a broad spectrum of backgrounds. Unlike a typical festival, Film Pipeline promotes individual directors and plays an active role in getting content produced and distributed.

Film Pipeline joins Script Pipeline (est. 1999) and Book Pipeline (est. 2014) as part of Pipeline Media Group’s suite of platforms connecting creatives with the film and TV industry. Through Script Pipeline, numerous writer/directors have produced their work, sold over $6 million in screenplays and pilots to studios, and found representation due to the guidance of PMG’s development staff–a team always on the lookout for up-and-coming talent.

Next Deadline

December 15th, 2019 Short Script Competition

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Dani Barker

By Interviews

Actress/writer/producer Dani Barker’s screenplay Follow Her was developed through Script Pipeline’s Workshop. The multi-hyphenate Dani stars in this original thriller, which marks her feature debut for writing and producing. She previously produced the series Starvival. Follow Her was workshopped through Script Pipeline by a few readers, who were all in agreement that the premise could be a standout for the genre. The modernized child of Misery, in a way. How did the story itself come about, and what drove you in this conceptual direction?  So that’s an interesting story actually! Follow Her evolved out of a collaboration with a stranger I found on Craigslist (of course, Craigslist and I have a very deep and long history together), who wanted me to write him a short film that he could star in, in the vein of Hitchcock. Upon thinking of ideas, I came up with this creepy concept—how freaky would it…

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Essential Viewing

The Work of Debra Granik

By Essential Viewing

Debra Granik is a filmmaker whose Oscar-nominated breakout film—2010’s Winter’s Bone—cemented her place as a creative powerhouse of independent cinema and also launched the career of one of the biggest movie stars in the world, Jennifer Lawrence. Her recognition in the industry only deepened with her next two films, the 2014 documentary Stray Dog (2014) and Leave No Trace (2018). All three films by Granik are lyrical, meditative, and emotionally resonant pieces anchored by an unmatched grit and unflinching realism. For any aspiring filmmaker, Granik’s three works give unparalleled insight into the process of creating impactful, complex, and layered character-study dramas that occupy your mind long after you’ve seen them. Probably Granik’s most well-known film, Winter’s Bone follows an Ozark Mountain teenager, Ree Dolly, as she is forced to navigate the seedy underbelly of her rural community in search of her drug-dealer father who has put their family home up as bond…

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