Stage 32 and the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Film Commission are pleased to announce the grand prize winner of their Short Film Script Contest, screenwriter/director Tanya Carleton Lovrics for her screenplay DOLPHIN GIRL. Lovrics will be flown to Florida and mentored by Sundance alum writer/director, JT Mollner. Production company, Digital Caviar will manage production.

A native of Niagara Falls, Canada, Lovrics is a graduate—with honors—from Sheridan's Illustration Program and has worked as an illustrator, designer, and owned and operated her own art gallery before concentrating her creative energies on screenwriting.


Stage 32 Announces 20k Winning Script in Short Film Contest

Winner Tanya Carleton Lovrics will direct her short film script DOLPHIN GIRL

I am extremely grateful and honored and thankful to Stage 32 and the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Film Commission for this incredible opportunity! I nearly fell off my chair when the phone rang, and I was told I was the winner. I look forward to working with JT Mollner and the Digital Caviar production team,” said Lovrics. “And to all the other screenwriters who entered—keep on writing! Apparently, dreams do come true.”

Stage 32 has a proven track record of providing guidance, resources, opportunities and educating new voices in film. With this new contest offering, Stage 32 looked to provide a professionally produced, film festival-ready short film to one talented screenwriter and director.

“Bringing creatives together and providing opportunity is what the Stage 32 platform is all about. To work directly with our friends at the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Film Commission, Digital Caviar and, of course, Sundance filmmaker, JT Mollner all with the purpose of bringing Tanya’s words and vision come to life is beyond rewarding,” said Richard “RB” Botto, Founder and CEO of Stage 32. “I couldn't be more excited to see the finished film and to help promote it to our industry connections and to a global audience.”

In addition to having her film produced, Lovrics will also receive a Z-Finder provided by Zacuto, a Movie Magic Bundle (Scheduling & Budgeting) from Entertainment Partners. The film will also be showcased during Stage 32’s short film program, featured at the 2017 Hollyshorts Film Festival (Academy Awards qualifying), the 2017 Richmond Film Festival and the 2017 Sunscreen Film Festival. The film will also have a special online, global screening on

“We’re excited to partner with Stage 32 and Digital Caviar to bring this unique opportunity to a talented screenwriter and director—Ms. Lovrics—and showcase the unique filming and location opportunities that St. Petersburg and Clearwater Florida have to offer both up-and-coming and established filmmakers,” said Tony Armer St. Petersburg/Clearwater Film Commissioner.


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