Pipeline Writer Sells Spec for 7 Figures

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


Short Script Winner "Little Brother" Produced

Spencer Mandel and Dikega Hadnot make waves with short film


"Whelm" from Finalist Skyler Lawson Makes Fest Run

The astounding indie crime/drama is Skyler's feature debut


Financing Short Scripts for Production

$5,000 awarded to winner - Next Season Opens Dec. 15th


Animated Short Script "Blank" Wins Short Script Contest

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


Short Script Finalist "Blight" Produced

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


Allison Mattox's "Echappe" Wins Short Film Contest

Superbly composed drama/thriller captures top prize in 2019


Connecting Directors with Industry

$5,000 awarded for short films - Next Season Opens Dec. 15th


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


Indie Film "Bindu" Co-Written by Pipeline Winner

The Duplass brothers served as executive producers


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.

Next Season Opens: December 15th, 2020

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Short Script Competition

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

Next Season Opens: December 15th, 2020

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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 Season Opens Dec. 15th

December 15th, 2020 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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