Posted by Stage 32 Staff - Julie


Over the last two years, our contest winners and finalists have been signed, optioned, put in development, staffed and secured high level meetings with some of the top executives and companies in the film industry. Our track record with the Search for New Blood has been off the charts. Now we’re back with year 3 of this incredibly popular contest designed to give our horror and thriller writers the chance to have their work exposed to some of the top execs in the industry! Our top 3 winners will get exclusive meetings with executives. ALL Finalists will have their loglines exposed to the over 500 industry execs who work with Stage 32.

Let’s scare up some success!

What do our past winners have to say about Stage 32 and The Search for New Blood?


"Winning the contest changed my career." -- Glenn Forbes



“It’s definitely opened a lot of doors. I’ve been out here for 5 years and I’ve never had this kind of rush and experience.” -- Frank Ponce



Our Track Record

You know that we pride ourselves on creating opportunities that give our talented members access beyond the gatekeepers and this contest is no exception. Our previous winners have had incredible success:

  • Winner Glenn Forbes signed with manager Infinity Management International. His script is now set up with Glider Films.
  • Winner Frank Ponce signed with 3 Arts Entertainment and now has a mini series in development with Atlas Entertainment (American Hustle) and Universal.
  • Winner William Jeffrey's script is now under consideration at the Safran Company.


What Kind of Scripts Can I Enter?

Stage 32 is looking for scripts in all areas of horror, thriller, and suspense. If your script fits in with any of these examples below, it’s a fit for this contest! **Please note this contest is for full-length screenplays only. No short scripts or teleplays will be accepted.

  • Psychological Suspense: Se7en, Silence of the Lambs, The Game, The Usual Suspects, American Psycho
  • Crime Thrillers: Fargo, Prisoners, The Town, The Counselor, No Country For Old Men, Blood Simple, L.A. Confidential
  • Contained Thrillers: Buried, Phone Booth, Open Water, Hard Candy, Panic Room
  • Destruction Thrillers: Godzilla, Jurassic Park, Independence Day
  • Revenge Thrillers: Taken, Oldboy, Kill Bill, Death Wish
  • Sci-Fi Thrillers: Alien, Inception, The Matrix, Blade Runner, Minority Report
  • Spy Thrillers: The Bourne Identity, Ronin, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, True Lies
  • Horror: Saw, Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Exorcist
  • Ironic Horror: Scream, The House in the Woods
  • Found Footage Horror: Paranormal Activity, The Blair Witch Project, Cloverfield, The Last Exorcism


Prizes & Judges

Want to see our stellar lineup of prizes & judges? CLICK HERE!


Early Bird Entry is Available Until August 24 - ENTER NOW!


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