Posted by Sadie Dean

It has been said that the Stage 32 community is the most creative community on Earth, and as evidence by our 2nd Annual Short Film Contest we couldn't agree more! We are in total awe of the incredible talent that shined through this year's contest submissions. Our judges reported to be blown away by the impressive pool of talent from all over the world!

We had a landmark number of submissions and entrants films ranged from dark comedies to supernatural dramas, comedies, stop animation, historical backdrops and everything in between. Proving further that creativity is universal, we had an impressive 48 countries submit films to the contest and there are 13 countries represented in the finals! 

This talented group of finalists will move on to be judged by our prestigious judges (including several Oscar winners), and the final curated short film program winners will be announced in December and go on to screen at 3 Film Festivals next year: Hollyshorts Film Festival, Richmond International Film Festival & The Academy-sponsored Sunscreen Film Festival.

Without further ado, join us as we congratulate the 2nd Annual Stage 32 Short Film Contest finalists!


833 Vijay D. Varu London
7 YEARS BEFORE Maged Mohamed Germany
AD INFEROS Ellie Shoja  Los Angeles, CA
AMOR FATI Thomas Morelli Italy
AWFUL PRETTY Alexandra Williams Los Angeles, CA
BOYCOTT BAND Habib Yazdi North Carolina
DEAN'S WELL Micah Williams Pasadena, CA
DOPADO Piotr Wieckowski Poland
DRYAD Thomas Vernay Cumulus France
ELIZA Mikko Löppönen Helsinki, Finland
GLASS HOUSE (GLASSHUS) Thale Espenes Norway
GOOD MORNING, SUNSHINE! João Lourenço Porto, Portugal
KEVIN Ashay Javadekar Bear, DE
MONSTERS Steve Desmond Los Angeles, CA
MOTHER Gregory G. Allen Hawthorne, NJ
MUST ESCAPE Vadym Shapran Kiev, Ukraine
NEON Mark J. Blackman England
NORA Skyler Lawsen Indianapolis, IN
ON TIME Xavier Neal-Burgin Lancaster, CA
SISTERS Taylor Shortall Los Angeles, CA
SIX LETTER WORD Lisanne Sartor Los Angeles, CA
STEP 8 Rick Lenzing Amsterdam
SUNFLOWER SINGS Emma Selinski Solvang, CA
THE IMPOSSIBLE JOY Timon Birkhofer Los Angeles, CA
THE QUANTUM LIGHTER Pau Escribano Valls Barcelona, ES
THIS IS HOW Paulia Lagudi Los Angeles, CA
TO INFINITY (A L'INFINI) Jordan Abrams Los Angeles, CA
VILE Nick Cammilleri North Hills, CA 

Check back here on the 2nd Annual Stage 32 Short Film Contest page on December 14th for when we announce the Winners!

Please celebrate on social and tag us on Twitter: @stage32 and Instagram: @stage32online #stage32rocks

Congratulations to the finalists and best of luck!


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