The winners and runners-up of the 2016 Script Pipeline Screenwriting and TV Writing Competitions were announced Saturday, July 23rd, at an invite-only event in Los Angeles that connected top industry execs and the finalists, as well as other recent Script Pipeline writers.  Winners and Finalists were awarded over $35,000 from the competitions.

Australia-based writing team Penelope Chai and Matteo Bernardini won the Grand Prize for screenwriting with the adventure/fantasy Cinderella Must Die. Runner-up: The Coat, a thriller by Ross Saxon.

For television, another writing duo claimed the top spot–Kay Tuxford and Elizabeth Dahl’s original pilot 40 Elephants, a period drama based on a true story. Runner-up for TV was The Mother, by Laura Bensick.

“After hearing that Script Pipeline had launched so many writers’ careers, I decided to take a shot and enter,” Laura said. “I wrote this script to explore a taboo social topic that was very important to me personally. I’m so grateful Script Pipeline is giving this quiet story a loud introduction to the town.”

Laura also had another pilot, Widows, in the top 10. She’s currently repped by Think Tank Management.

“The quality of scripts ticks up a bit overall every season–this time, it took a giant leap,” said Script Pipeline’s Director of Development, Matt Misetich. “The bar has been set so high now, writers need to push the boundaries of their own abilities in order to stay ahead of the curve. Which is great. Forces everyone to keep improving.”

The 2017 Script Pipeline Screenwriting and TV Writing Competitions will open on August 15th, and writers can submit for a reduced entry fee until September 1st. Final deadline is May 1st, 2017.

If you’re a producer or filmmaker looking for great new material, requests for finalist material may email industry@scriptpipeline.com.

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