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Next Season Opens Dec. 15th

Development + financing for short films.


Symposium: Events for Creatives

"A year-round conference in the arts." For writers, filmmakers, and other artists.


"Featherweight" Wins 2021 Short Film Season

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


Pipeline Writer Sells Spec for 7 Figures

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


Pipeline Artists

A platform to educate, empower, and elevate creatives


"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.

Next Season: December 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.

Next Season: December 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, several authors finding representation with literary agents and securing publishing deals, and hundreds of projects from emerging writers and filmmakers connected to industry. In total, across Film, Book, and Script Pipeline, approximately 25,000 pieces of creative material are reviewed annually, with over 2,000 entries submitted to Film Pipeline in 2021.

Learn more about Script Pipeline, Pipeline Media, and Pipeline Artists, a platform to educate and inspire creatives.

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Essential Viewing


By Essential Viewing

Premiered – December 19th, 2021 Created By – Taylor Sheridan Starring – Sam Elliott, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Isabel May Network – Paramount+ Genre – Period Drama Keeping up with TV nowadays is … exhausting. By my incredibly scientific calculations? There are about six zillion and three shows on the air at any given time. Yep. I swear. You don’t need to do your own research. That is a figure that is 1000% bulletproof and fact checked. Promise. An undisputable fact, though, is that there have never been more “new” series in existence than there are now. Between broadcast networks, basic cable outlets, premium cable channels, and the onslaught of streaming services that seemingly pop up every week (in a world where Roku can produce a Weird Al biopic, all bets are off), I’m sure I’m not the only consumer that feels … a touch overwhelmed by it all, right? *Insert the sound…

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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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