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Thanks to the successes of instant classics like ZOOTOPIA, TOY STORY, THE LEGO MOVIE and SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE, and daring TV satires such as RICK AND MORTY, BOJACK HORSEMAN, BIG MOUTH, and BOB’S BURGERS, the wonderful world of animation is more exciting, diverse, and in demand than ever!

There is truly something for everyone when it comes to animated features and TV series & correspondingly, it is undoubtedly more in demand than ever before!

Walt Disney said, "Animation can explain whatever the mind of man can conceive" and Brad Bird (the Director of THE INCREDIBLES, RATATOUILLE, IRON GIANT) says, "“we all have impossible dreams and we do what we can to pursue them...”  

It is the mission of Stage 32 to help you realize your dream! We seek to amplify your unique voice, give you unprecedented industry access and launch your writing career to the next level.


Stage 32 is thrilled to announce our 2nd New Voices in Animation Screenwriting Contest for both Features and Television!

Click here to learn more about the contest!


Once again, Stage 32 is out to discover the boldest new voice in animation and give that writer a platform to launch their career. And true to form, we’re giving you exclusive access to professionals from every corner of the animation industry.

Remember that animation is a storytelling medium, not a genre. The opportunities for the sorts of stories that we could be telling are limitless. So, do you have the next Paw Patrol? The next BoJack? The next Incredibles, Lego Movie, or Simpsons? Or do you have something that sits in a class all its own? This is your time to shine!

Last year's winner - Samantha Clay - has since signed with Zero Gravity Management for representation! This year the Grand Prize Winner will be flown to Hollywood to have private one-on-one meetings with some of the most prolific and talented Animation artists, writers, filmmakers, producers, and executives from top companies!


Announcing the 2nd Annual New Voices in Animation Screenwriting Contest


We are welcoming back some returning judges and bringing in new heavy-hitters, including Clay Kaytis the Director, of THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE (which grossed over $350 million worldwide, became Sony's best performing film of 2016, and "hatched" a sequel), Monica Lago-Kaytis the Associate Producer on the Oscar-winning Disney film ZOOTOPIA and WRECK-IT RALPH, Ariel Goldberg the Director of Talent Acquisitions for Skydance Animation, and more!

The winner will meet these great mentors along with ndustry pros from DISNEY, SONY PICTURES ANIMATION, WARNER BROS., NETFLIX, and APPLE+, as well as the creative minds behind Oscar-winner ZOOTOPIA, Oscar-nominated WRECK IT RALPH!, Oscar-nominated HERCULES, MEET THE ROBINSONS, Oscar-nominated THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG and many more!


Stage 32 screenwriting and television writing competitions have launched over twenty screenwriting careers!



Meet Samantha Clay the Winner of the 1st Annual New Voices in Animation Contest!



Our past winners and finalists have been either signed, optioned, or are now working screenwriters in the industry! Most recently...

The winner of the Microbudget Horror Screenwriting Contest - Martin Reese - was awarded a $5,000 option and is eligible for $100,000 in production financing with producer Trick Candle Productions and Glass House Distribution.

The 5th Annual Feature Screenwriting Contest winner - Eric Jeske - was just signed by literary managers Krista Sipp and Devon Byers of First Friday Entertainment after being set up on a meeting by Stage 32!

The 4th Annual Comedy Writing Contest winner - Greg Mania - was signed by Laina Cohn and Jon Taub of Cohn/Torgan Management after being set up on a meeting by Stage 32!

The 5th Annual Search for New Blood winner - Christina Pamies - was signed by Jake Wagner after being set up on a meeting by Stage 32! She was hired to write the Horror Thriller BAGHEAD for StudioCanal!

The 4th Annual Television Writing Contest Winner - Christine Torres - signed with prolific Manager and Producer Brooklyn Weaver of Energy Entertainment after being set up on a meeting by Stage 32!


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