Calling all Filmmakers Under 18

Posted by Richard "RB" Botto

The Stage 32 community is diverse in talent level and runs the gamut from child actors to Academy, Emmy and Tony Award winners.  It's this range of talent that makes the network complete as we come together daily to share our fears, obstacles, accomplishments and lessons learned along the way in an effort to support and educate toward a common goal of success.

It is with these objectives in mind that Stage 32 has decided to join forces with the U + Project to launch the Stage 32 and U + Trailer Film Festival, a non-profit in support of mentoring and developing filmmakers under the age of 18. Together, we are looking to uncover kids who have the desire to explore the craft of filmmaking and guide them through the process of creating a short film with the highest judged material being screened first at a festival and then to a worldwide audience.

Like Stage 32, the U + Project is a global initiative. This means this opportunity is open to all filmmakers under the age of 18 all across the world. Cool, right?

The details are as follows:

Announcing the Stage 32 and U + Project Trailer Film Festival (for filmmakers under the age of 18)

The Stage 32 and U + Trailer Film Festival is an online film festival for anyone under the age of 18 to film and submit a trailer, which will be judged by industry executives.  The filmmaker of the highest judged trailer will be given the opportunity to work with industry executives to turn their material into a short film.

  • Kids under the age of 18 will submit a trailer between now and September 19 for the Stage 32 and U + Trailer Film Festival online.
  • The top 10 contestants will be selected by a panel of celebrities and industry professionals including: Nicola Pearcey (Managing Director, Lionsgate UK), William Romeo (American Gladiator), Kierston Wareing (Actress, UK), Christi Soper (Dreamworks), Joey Bragg (Liv and Maddie, DisneyKids), and Peter Block (Producer, A Bigger Boat Productions) and Richard Botto (Screenwriter, Producer, Founder & CEO Stage 32).
  • The top 10 contestant's trailers will be screened on October 11 at the Sunscreen Film Festival in LA, a festival sponsored and acknowledged by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
  • The winner will be announced in the theater and their trailer will be turned into a short film, with industry professionals donating their time pro-bono to mentor the kids on all aspects of filming a short. Depending on where the winner is from, the winner will be flown to Los Angeles or London for the short to be filmed.
  • Once the short is complete, it will be screened on Stage 32 to our worldwide audience, reaching over 325,000 professionals who work in film, television and theater.

We're thrilled to bring this exciting, unique and cool opportunity to filmmakers under 18. This is the future of our creative world, so let’s support them with as much positive energy and encouragement as possible!

For complete details, to learn more and to enter, please visit the U + Trailer Film Festival website here.


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