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Is the 2014 Script Pipeline contest for Full length screenplays only?
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F.W. von App
Posted February 16, 2014 8:09 AM
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I have solid short script of 38 pages. Can I enter that?
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Ben Cahan
Posted February 16, 2014 9:19 AM
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Their screenplay competition is only for feature scripts, and their TV competition is for sitcoms and drama series pilots (and maybe specs too, but I'm not sure).  The fact is, short scripts are always a grey area and there are not all that many competitions geared to shorts.  Perhaps some of the other members will know what contests allow short films.


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F.W. von App
Posted February 16, 2014 2:33 PM
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Good to know, thanks all!
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John Read
Posted December 1, 2014 12:38 PM
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I know that Black List does not accept short films.   It rejected my one hour Xmas TV special.     So I submitted it to Inktip instead. And here of course !


Ben Cahan
Posted December 1, 2014 7:06 PM
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Shorts are tough for most contests because there is a limited market for shorts.  We like shorts but we also are not quite sure what to do with them other than to list the best in case some filmmaker wants to find a really good short to produce as a show of their filmmaking abilities.


One of our members, David Schroeder, did a kickstarter for his short (This Modern Man Is Beat) and just finished filming last week. I hope he showcases the finished film at TVille So we all can view it.


John Read
Posted December 2, 2014 5:58 AM
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It's the same in the 'book world' too, where short story writers seem to be the poor relation.  I think it is a lost art form.     My latest short story 'The Man Who Couldn't Stay Dead' has been described as: -   "Compelling narrative, strong plot, no waffle."        If I'd stretched it into a novel none of that would have applied.                                                                                                               Here in England, cinemas used to show a short film before the main feature. (Maybe in the USA too ?)   But that has long gone. Sadly replaced with endless adverts.  There should be a campaignto bring it back.   Many short, independant films I've seen on the internet are stunning in their imagination and execution.  Easily worthy of a much larger audience.


Good luck to David Schoeder.  The Kickstarter route is certainly worth considering.  I'll look out for his film on here.


John Read
Posted December 3, 2014 8:13 AM
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A great idea Bob  -  Write your own double feature.  Movie & Short.  I like it.  Good luck with that. You will need it.


I might start my own Twitter campaign  here in England - targeting all the cinema chains.  'Bring back the double feature.'  Maybe if writers everywhere did it, it might have an effect.   Although knowing big business - (ignore the punter)  I doubt it.