Tuesday night. You're in your pajamas, streaming the latest season of MASTER OF NONE. Or GILMORE GIRLS. Or--no judgement--POWER RANGERS: TURBO. About four episodes in, the "Keep Watching" box pops up. If it has been one of those weeks, click the button.

But if you've ever wondered what it is like being on the end of a television show, then this might be your year.

FILMLABtv Episodic web series

Introducing: FiLMLaBtv

This year, FiLMLaB is making a pilot for an episodic web series.

Don't know a thing about writing for TV? Don't have an idea for a show? We will help you with our web series bootcamp.

Submissions are open

When you're ready, we invite you to submit your web series pilot for our script to screen competition. The web series script should be 7 pages maximum, in standard screenplay format, with 1-4 speaking characters. The pilot should have a beginning, middle, and end, and be aimed at a general audience.

After an initial round of judging in Portland, Oregon, 10 finalists will be chosen by our industry professionals in LA. From those ten finalists, a winning web series script will be chosen.
But does not end there.
Those ten finalists will have the unique opportunity to join in a Writer’s Room, led by showrunner FJ Pratt. Pratt has been a writer for numerous series, including Ellen and Frasier, and was the show-runner for Sullivan and Son.
Pratt will guide our ten finalists through a post-table read with trained professionals and a polish of the pilot. Upon completion, and time permitting, the writer's room will collectively write episode #2 and map out the entire first season. Our finalists will then have the opportunity to participate as we take the web series into production.
With the help of a director, producer, and the writing team, the pilot of the web series will be shot in Portland, Oregon. In the end, the winner of the competition will have a produced film to their name, and everyone in the Writer’s Room will walk away with an IMDB credit, and an experience they will never forget. 


With the help of a director, producer, and the writing team, the pilot of the web series will be shot in Portland, Oregon. In the end, the winner of the competition will have a produced film to their name, and everyone in the Writer’s Room will walk away with an IMDB credit, and an experience they will never forget.

General Guidelines

Judging: Scripts will be judged on their creativity and writing, as well as their ability to be successfully produced for FiLMLaBtv, as provided by the Production Guidelines below.

Submissions: All submissions should be written in English, typed in 12-pt Courier, or similar font, and in industry-standard screenplay format. Maximum of 7 pages (as normally formatted on standard 8.5x11 paper). Scripts should be converted to and exported as PDF files. Submissions over 7 pages will be rejected without refund.

Story: Scripts will be judged as self-contained stories, with a beginning, middle and end, but they should also hold the promise of the season to come. All genres accepted. The ideal script will reflect FiLMLaB’s “experimental” nature, and the web series medium. Scripts should be aimed at a general audience. No pornography or graphic violence. FiLMLaB and the Contest judges may disqualify a script from consideration if the subject matter or content of the script is, at the judges’ sole discretion, not suitable for screening at the FiLMLaBtv event at the Willamette Writers Conference.

Production Guidelines

Location: Script must take place predominantly in one, normally available indoor location accessible from within the Portland metro area. Consider that specific, public locations (libraries, schools, etc.) may need to be reproduced or substituted, depending on the availability and cost of required permits. Beware that additional or exotic locations are not disqualifying, but may be negatively considered by FiLMLaBtv and the Contest Judges.

Cast: Maximum of 4 main characters. Additional minor characters or “extras” are acceptable, but beware that scenes requiring a “crowd” may be un-producible.

Effects: Hey, Spielberg, we don’t have access to George Lucas’ studio, so consider that any special effects or makeup designs will be done with cardboard and Maybelline, if at all. Extensive wardrobe requirements may also be a detriment.

Travel: Finalists and winners are responsible for their own travel and accommodations.

Eligibility: Members and immediate family of the Willamette Writers Board, Committees, Staff, Program Chairs, Chapter Chairs, and FiLMLaBtv judges and personnel are not eligible to participate. Previous FiLMLaB Grand Prize winners are not eligible to participate.

Legal Information

By entering the FiLMLaBtv Competition, entrants affirm that the submitted script is their own work, and that the entrants have not previously sold, assigned or licensed any rights to the script. Entrants understand their submitted work will be distributed and viewed my multiple judges and FiLMLaBtv production personnel. Scripts will not be returned. Entrants agree to hold Willamette Writers Inc. (a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization), the Willamette Writers Conference, and FiLMLaBtv production team harmless with respect to any claims (including, but not limited to, claims related to intellectual property, defamation, or any other tortuous acts) arising from the acts of any individuals not acting within the scope of their duties to Willamette Writers and its programming.

Legal Information for the Winning Script

Editorial Control: The Entrant agrees that, if entrant’s script is produced into a film or series, the resulting film or series may vary in form or content from the submitted script, owing to artistic choices by the director or to production needs and limitations. Entrant understands and agrees that Willamette Writers, through its production team, will have final artistic and editorial control over the resulting film or web series.

Ownership: In exchange for the expense and effort expended by Willamette Writers, Inc. and the production team in producing the film or web series based on the Entrant’s script, Entrant agrees to fully assign and transfer Entrant’s ownership and copyright interest in the winning script to Willamette Writers, who shall be the owner of the completed film or web series. Entrant understands Willamette Writers may exhibit and promote this Film or web series on an ongoing basis, at film festivals, Willamette Writers events, and the Film may be available for viewing online.

Submit to FiLMLaBtv

So, go ahead. Watch that next "Shadow Rangers" episode. But if you're ready to bring your own TV vision to life, click here to submit.

From the FiLMLaB Blog

Serendipity and Synchronicity at FiLMLaB 2014

By Jon Dragt | June 23, 2014

How has the FiLMLaB 2014 experience been so far? The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of serendipity and synchronicity. One of the first things I was told at the first production meeting was that now that I’d won the contest, we can pretty much do whatever we want to make as good a…

FiLMLaB Gets FiLMLaB-ier

By Ruth Witteried | June 16, 2014

It was with great sadness that I stepped down from the FiLMLaB leadership last September. I preferred to stay, but every time I penciled it out on paper, I just couldn’t see how I would manage a home remodel, attend to ailing parents and give FiLMLaB the attention it needs and deserves. It is with…

Welcome 2014 Judges!

By Ruth Witteried | March 31, 2014

Our Hollywood Judges for the 2014 FiLMLaB Competition: TAI DUNCAN PRESIDENT OF PRODUCTION ZERO GRAVITY MANAGEMENT BIO: As President of Production, Tai oversees all aspects of development, production and distribution of Zero Gravity produced projects in both the independent and studio worlds for film and all television. While Senior Vice President of Development and Production…

Script to Screen 2014 Winner Announced!

By Ruth Witteried | March 31, 2014

Congratulations to our top five finalists in Willamette Writers’ 2014 FiMLaB competition! As a recap, our finalists are: BEK by Elisa Graybill MIDNIGHT KISS by Xavier Chavez SIX MONTHS OF WONDER WOMAN by Susan Fleming TIME PIECE by Michael Meyers UNWELCOME GUESTS by Jon Dragt Our Hollywood judges read and evaluated each script and chose…

Top Five Finalists for 2014 FiLMLaB

By Ruth Witteried | March 24, 2014

While we wait to find out who our Grand Prize Winner will be for the 2014 Willamette Writers FiLMLaB competition, you might be interested in learning more about our top five finalists:   Xavier Chavez is a screenwriter that has been active in a local screenwriters’ group and volunteering with the Willamette Writers’ Conference. He is experimenting…


By Ruth Witteried | March 23, 2014

Luke Ryan, a perennial favorite at the Willamette Writers Conference is now CEO. Check it out:   Fortunately for us, Luke loves Willamette Writers and will once again be joining us this August at the Doubletree Hotel. Is your project right for The Alchemists? Find out at the conference!

FilmLab Finalists Chosen

By Ruth Witteried | March 17, 2014

Congratulations to all who submitted their short scripts into the 2014 Willamette Writers FiLMLaB Competition! Our first round judges had their work cut out for them! But in the end, they were able to narrow it down to these top five finalists (in alphabetical order): BEK by Elisa Graybill MIDNIGHT KISS by Xavier Chavez SIX MONTHS OF WONDER WOMAN…

Film Track Crew Pulls into Portland’s Lloyd Center Station

By Jenny Schrader | March 15, 2014

Welcome to all who are here to explore their options in film, whether you want to take film classes from some of the best talent Hollywood has to offer, or are gearing up to pitch to LA executives who can turn your script into a movie. We have it all at the 2014 Willamette Writers…

FiLMLaB Update

By Ruth Witteried | March 15, 2014

Monday we’ll make our announcement with the names of the TOP FIVE FINALISTS. Our LA judges will read and rank these top five scripts. Film Chair Mary Andonian will personally contact winners to let them know when they will hear from Film Production Coordinator Jackie Blain (who will provide production notes) and Ampersand Productions. (Director Christopher…

FiLMLaB Competition is now Closed!

By Ruth Witteried | March 4, 2014

Winner and finalists will be notified by early April. Thanks to all who entered, and good luck!