Announcing Our 5th Annual Search For New Blood Screenwriting Contest

Posted by Amanda Toney

It’s back! The thrills, chills, the horror of it all. The most popular horror and thriller screenwriting contests is here! It’s the 5th Annual Search for New Blood Contest.

We’re looking for the next A Quiet Place, Get Out, Hereditary, Witch, Red Sparrow, Unsane, John Wick, It Comes at Night, Happy Death Day, 47 Meters Down, The Meg, Atomic Blonde, The Shallows or whatever horror or thriller concept your twisted mind can dream up.

We're giving one deserving writer the opportunity of a lifetime. Our Grand Prize Winner will not only be flown to Hollywood for meetings with industry executives at Blumhouse, Darren Aronofsky's Protozoa Pictures and more, but he or she will also be mentored by the writer of Jigsaw, Pete Goldfinger.

Plus ALL our finalists will have their material exposed to a full list of industry executives. Last year's finalists were requested by The Cartel, Gotham Group, Good Fear Film + Management, Bohemia Group Originals and more.

How's that for opening doors and creating opportunity?



Over the last 4 years, our New Blood contest winners and finalists have been signed, optioned, put in development, and secured high level meetings with some of the top executives and companies in the film industry.

  • We sent last year's winner Kevin Bachar (Blood Relative) on 10 meetings for his script Blood Relative and as a result he is now working with producer Mike DeTrana from Anvil Entertainment, attached director John Poloquin (Grave Encounters 2) to his screenplay, and signed an option for financing with Three Point Capital!
  • 2016 Winner Alyssa & Griffin Devine met with Dino De Laurentiis Company, The Asylum, Crypt TV, Good Deed Entertainment, Samaco Films, Chris Sparling, and ultimately signed with HG5 Entertainment. Their film, Recovery, was released in 2018!
  • 2015 Winner Glenn Forbes signed with manager Infinity Management International. His script is now set up with Glider Films
  • 2014 Winner Frank Ponce signed with 3 Arts Entertainment and now has a mini-series in development with Atlas Entertainment (American Hustle) and Universal

You can see why so many executives who work within the horror / thriller / suspense genre love the Search for New Blood!


Learn more about the 5th Annual Stage 32 Search For New Blood here!


Last year's winner Kevin is now working with Anvil Entertainment, has attached a director (John Poloquin, Grave Encounters 2), and has an option for financing with Three Point Capital for his winning script BLOOD RELATIVE from meetings we set him up with! (Read more here

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