Posted by Sadie Dean

Today we announce some exciting news for our filmmakers. Stage 32 has partnered with St. Petersburg/Clearwater Florida Film Commission to turn your short screenplay into a produced short film that will screen at 3 festivals!

The amazing team at St. Petersburg/Clearwater Film Commission are providing a $20,000 production grant to a lucky winner who will have the opportunity of a lifetime! The winning writer and director will be flown to Florida, cast & crew their film using Stage 32, be mentored by Sundance director JT Mollner on set and have the entire production professionally managed by production company Digital Caviar.

Filmmakers are to submit a 7-10 page short screenplay that is specifically written to be shot in St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Florida. The script can include beach, tropical, downtown urban, arts centric, craft beer or sports locations.

Short film content is on the rise and is steadily and successfully being used as a calling card, or as the insiders call it “proof of concept”, into the industry every day. Stage 32 has a proven track record of providing guidance, resources, opportunities and educating new voices. With this new contest offering, Stage 32 is guaranteeing a professionally produced short film that’ll be film festival ready and most importantly, that you’ll be proud of.


“We are really excited to partner with Stage 32 on this screenplay contest. It’s not just a screenplay contest, it’s an opportunity for you to actually get your script made.” – Tony Armer, St. Petersburg/Clearwater Film Commissioner


What you’ll win:

  • The winner and director will be flown out to St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Florida to film the winning short script, where the likes of Hollywood films such as Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Spring Breakers, Dolphin Tale and Magic Mike were filmed
  • Production will be mentored by award winning Director/Writer JT Mollner (Outlaws and Angels, Sundance 2016)
  • Zacuto will prize the winner with a Z-Finder
  • The winner will receive a Movie Magic Bundle (Scheduling & Budgeting) from Entertainment Partners
  • All production will be professionally managed by Tampa Bay based production company Digital Caviar. Plus, cast & crew up straight from your local Florida Stage 32 network, how cool is that?

But wait, that’s not all! The winners short film will be showcased in Stage 32’s short film program, featured at the 2017 Hollyshorts Film Festival, 2017 Richmond Film Festival, and the 2017 Sunscreen Film Festival, plus a special online global screening on Stage 32.


Early Bird Entry is available until October 12th – ENTER NOW




Stage 32 Short Film Script Contest Open for Submissions

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Stage 32 Short Film Script Contest Open for Submissions

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Stage 32 Short Film Script Contest Open for Submissions

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