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2018 Short Film Competition
Total awards: 7000 $
Join 55 $

Info & Rules

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Contest info


The 1st Annual Film Pipeline Shorts Competition seeks remarkable directors and diverse, engaging content--the type of work defined by forward-thinking perspectives and unconventional yet universally appealing stories. For those who have undertaken the colossal task of producing their material, Film Pipeline has created a platform significantly different from the typical festival: selected entrants are given introductions to managers and agents for potential representation, one-on-one collaboration with Film Pipeline to develop or produce other scripts, and extended promotion of their short film or series pilot.

After almost two decades of discovering new projects through screenwriting, TV writing, and pitch competitions, Pipeline Media Group (PMG) brings a dynamic, hands-on process of industry facilitation to Film Pipeline. This allows both emerging and seasoned filmmakers a shot at financing and producing their work, as well as spotlighting their talents to garner interest from execs capable of advancing careers.

Enter today and you can grab the prize!

Number of winners







Short Films

Start date

15 January 2018  -  23 September 2018


15 January 2018  -  24 August 2018


25 August 2018  -  1 December 2018



Grand Prize Winner - announced December 1st, 2018

  • $5,000
  • Immediate circulation to Film Pipeline industry partners

Runners-up (2) - announced December 1st, 2018

  • $2,000 total ($1,000 to each runner-up)

Finalists (up to 10) - announced November 15th, 2018
The Grand Prize Winner and Runners-up both receive the following:

  • Industry circulation to select partners, including agents and managers
  • Additional reviews of other shorts or scripts, with circulation consideration
  • Exclusive invitations to private writer/industry events hosted by Pipeline Media Group

General rules


Does this contest accept international entries?
Absolutely. Anyone worldwide is welcome to participate in any Pipeline Media Group competition.
If my short has already screened at a film festival, is it still eligible?
Yes. As Film Pipeline is not a festival, we don’t have any restrictions on when and where the film was screened, or if it received distribution at any point.
How do I submit my short film?
Entrants may send a link during or after registration, or if the film is not available online, it can be sent via Dropbox or another file sharing site.
What kinds of short films do you accept?
All genres accepted, including non-narrative or experimental work. At this time, however, we only accept scripted content (narrative-based).
Can I submit a rough cut of my short film?
Rough cuts are fine to submit. Our criteria is primarily based on the storytelling, the premise, and the directing ability. If you do send a rough cut, please let our coordinator know after submitting so we can take that into account when judging.
Can I submit supplemental materials with my short film?
Yes, in fact we would encourage writers to include supplemental materials (synopsis, a director’s statement, etc.) along with the film. You can email those materials direct to our coordinator at entry@filmpipeline.com. There’s no formatting requirement for supplemental materials, but we’d prefer they be sent as a PDF.
Do I retain all the rights to my film after submitting?
All rights remain with the entrant, regardless of the final contest results. For circulation, material isn’t sent to anyone outside of Film Pipeline without the filmmakers’ consent.
Am I allowed to submit a different link or materials for the film after submitting?
Yes, we’ll accept updated materials any time, at no extra fee. We would need to receive the film and all supplemental info by the contest’s final deadline. Entrants may email their updates direct to our coordinator at entry@filmpipeline.com.
All Rules: https://filmpipeline.com/film-pipeline-competition-terms/


Age restriction: 18 / 100

Available for citizens: Worldwide