Challenge Submissions

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The opening scene(s) of any TV pilot (the first episode of a new show) are crucial in hooking an audience. Using your own family experience as inspiration, write the first 5-10 pages of your pilot script. This is your opportunity to establish the tone, introduce the primary character(s), the essential problem, the ongoing story, and give a sense of the world. Write this scene/sequence as a comedy, drama, or dramedy in a genre of your choice and have fun! 


Our monthly challenges are open to everyone in the Sundance Co//ab community. One entry per person, per challenge. All submissions will be viewable to the community. Each person who participates will receive a completed feedback form on the work they submit by one of our Sundance judges. All submissions will be given equal consideration and the final winner will be determined by the consensus of the designated Sundance judges.  

Only those submissions that meet the criteria outlined in the submission guidelines will be able to be selected as the winner. 


The winner will receive a Sundance Co//ab subscription for one year, a one-on-one mentoring session with a Sundance Advisor, a free master class, and will be featured prominently on the site.

Submission Guidelines

One entry per person, per challenge. While you are free to submit work of any length, this site is focused on work in progress, and you will find that you will get more feedback with more targeted, shorter, selected work.

It will help the person giving feedback to know where you are in your process: is this a first draft or cut, a revision, a nearly final version of your work?

If you have specific questions about your work, please be sure to add those so that you can get the most targeted feedback possible.

Technical Details

Videos: Accepted Video File Formats: AVI , FLV, MOV, MP4 or MPEG-2. Note: If you choose to upload a .MOV file make sure that it is not using the Apple ProRes compression. We do not support reading Apple ProRes files or raw camera formats like ARRI and RED at this time. 

Scripts: PDF format only, please

Podcasts: Accepted Audio File Formats: AIFF, ACC, FLAC, MP3, MP4, OGA, OGG, and WAV

Other: If your file format fits outside of the video, pdf, audio file category, please Contact us and we will see if we can accommodate it.

(Please do not use copyrighted material without permission as part of this Challenge.)

Meet Our Jury
A Los Angeles native, John Lopez has covered film and the arts for Grantland, Vanity Fair online and Bloomberg Business Week. His short PLAN B, starring Randall Park and Rosa Salazar, was a finalist in the NBC Short Cuts Film festival; he also directed segments for NBC’s 2014 Actor’s Showcase and served as associate producer on Hossein Amini’s film THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY. In 2015, John was selected as a fellow for the Sundance Episodic Lab with his pilot CRUDE. Most recently, John has written for Netflix’s crime drama SEVEN SECONDS and CBS All Access’s STRANGE ANGEL. He is currently writing for CBS Studios’ upcoming television adaptation of Nicolas Roeg’s classic film THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH. more...
Los Angeles, California, United States
In 2015, Hedtke was selected for the Sundance Institute’s Episodic Story Lab. In 2017, she was named a fellow of the Warner Brothers Television Writers Workshop. She’s been a contributor to Filmmaker Magazine, MovieMaker Magazine, and wrote on Nick Jr.’s animated series "Sunny Day". She is currently writing on "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" for Netflix. more...
Los Angeles, California, United States
Marlena Rodriguez has written for Netflix's UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT, and ALL ABOUT THE WASHINGTONS, TBS's CLOSE ENOUGH, George Lopez's LOPEZ, and The Second City Chicago. more...
Topanga, California, United States
Matt Young is an alum of both the Sundance Episodic Story Lab and the Warner Bros. Television Writers Workshop. He's currently a writer/co-producer on KUNG FU on the CW, and previously wrote on Seasons 3, 4, and 5 of BLINDSPOT on NBC. Matt has penned feature scripts for Stage 13, Netflix, MarVista Entertainment and the German-based Rat Pack Filmproduktion. Matt is a father and husband; the son of a small-town Chief of Police; a banjo-picker; an improv comedian; a university screenwriting instructor; and a super nerdy Dungeon Master. more...

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