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"Featherweight" Wins 2021 Short Film Season

The animated film by Kayleigh Gibbons is a heap of emotions.


Awarding $10,000 for Shorts

2022 seasons now open for early entry.


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Pipeline Writer Sells Spec for 7 Figures

Crosby Selander's "Bring Me Back" picked up by Legendary Ent.


"Bahar, Born at Night" Wins Short Script Season

Written by Michael Bina, the 2020 selection "elevates the conversation about trans rights"


"Distance" from Grace Swee Named Best Short Film

Co-written w/Apoorva Charan, the film carries a "disquieting elegance"


Animation Project "Blank" Wins Short Script Contest

From writer/director Bernardo Duran, currently in pre-production


Short Script Winner "Little Brother" Produced

Spencer Mandel and Dikega Hadnot make waves with short film


Allison Mattox's "Echappe" Wins Short Film Contest

Superbly composed drama/thriller captures top prize in 2019


Connecting Directors with Industry

Next season opens December 2021.


Short Script Finalist "Blight" Produced

Brittany Clemons' sci-fi/drama placed in the 2018 season


Film Pipeline Co-Produces “Biophilia”

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


Film Pipeline on Twitter

Promoting new writers and directors


Script Pipeline Contest Winner “Standoff” an Indie Hit

Henry Dunham's debut feature released to critical praise


"Mudpots" Wins Inaugural Film Pipeline Shorts Contest

Drama written and directed by Cate Smierciak praised by execs


Fox's "Stuber" Written by Pipeline Contest Winner

Tripper Clancy sold multiple specs to studios and wrote for Netflix series


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

Zach Galifianakis, Adam Scott headline an ensemble cast


“Between" Premieres at Sundance

Poppy Montgomery thriller developed by Pipeline

Short Film Competition

The Film Pipeline Shorts Competition seeks remarkable directors and diverse, engaging content for exposure to agents, managers, and producers.

Special Entry Deadline: February 15th, 2022


Short Script Competition

The Film Pipeline Short Script Competition provides an opportunity for writers and directors to get their material produced and financed.

Special Entry Deadline: February 15th, 2022



Launched in 2018, Film Pipeline searches for extraordinary directors, produced shorts, unproduced scripts, and other content from a growing field of talent worldwide. Filmmakers and writers discovered through Pipeline receive circulation assistance to agencies, managers, and executives on the lookout for the next wave of artists, with a sharp emphasis on diverse storytelling and stylistic originality. Unlike a traditional one-and-done festival, the company champions individual writers and directors, playing a central role in getting projects developed, produced, and promoted.

For over 22 years, Pipeline has bridged the gap between up-and-coming writers and the industry through a unique, long-term, hands-on facilitation process. The result thus far has been $8 million in scripts sold to studios and networks since 1999, including the seven-figure sale of Script Pipeline finalist Bring Me Back to Legendary Entertainment. In total, across Book, Film, and Script Pipeline, approximately 25,000 pieces of creative material are reviewed annually, with over 4,000 entries submitted to Book Pipeline in 2021.

Learn more about Script Pipeline and Pipeline Media Group, as well as Pipeline Artists, a platform designed to educate and uplift creatives in the arts.

Next Season Opens

February 15th, 2022 Short Script Competition

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Essential Viewing

Shirley: Film Review

By Essential Viewing

Released – June 5th, 2020 Written By – Sarah Gubbins, based on the novel by Susan Scarf Merrell Directed By – Josephine Decker Starring – Elisabeth Moss, Odessa Young, Michael Stuhlbarg, Logan Lerman Runtime – 107 minutes Genre – Drama / Thriller What the hell did I just watch? Every now and again as a cinephile, you’ll come across a movie that’s as thought-provoking as it is challenging—an experimental piece of filmmaking that’s visually arresting, pushes the boundaries of genre-blending and thematic discourse, and is altogether difficult to digest. It’s the type of picture that is so heightened stylistically in its execution that it will inspire a love-it-or-hate-it reaction from audiences, with no room for anything in between. It’s akin to a Cubist painting—conceptually, there’s absolutely no way it should work. And yet? It does. Not only does Shirley succeed in this regard on all fronts, but it serves as…

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Allison Mattox

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Writer/director Allison Mattox won the 2019 Film Pipeline Short Film competition with her beautifully composed drama Échappé, which she’s developing into a feature. Échappé is practically a masterclass in how to write a slow-burn drama without it feeling like a slow-burn drama. The two leads—flawless. While character is a major reason we get so invested in the story so quickly, the plot structure and the composition of the film should be given equal credit. Was this meticulously planned in the script stage, or was a lot of the cohesion of the film brought together in editing? It all seems remarkably unified, not unlike, ironically, the pacing of a ballet performance itself. Curious how this was achieved and if this poetic sort of tempo was intentional. I love this idea that the film somehow matches the pacing and build of a choreographed ballet. I should probably take credit for that but, in all…

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