Posted by Amanda Toney
I am honored to present to you the worldwide premiere of the 2nd Annual Stage 32 Short Film Program. This program was curated by the incredible industry executives who judged our Short Film Contest and features 7 amazing directors (from 4 countries) all with bright futures ahead. This is the same program that played at the 2017 Hollyshorts Film Festival and the 2017 Richmond Film Festival. The films and the filmmakers will also be exposed to over 500 more industry executives working with Stage 32! 

Now, no matter where you live in the world you are taking part in a unique and exclusive event! Once again, congratulations to all the filmmakers!  And, stay tuned, we will be announcing the details for our 3rd Annual Short Film Contest next week!

The 2nd Annual Stage 32 Short Film Program Winners
GRAND PRIZE WINNER - “Six Letter Word” directed by Lisanne Sartor (US) – An unlikely mother is forced to come to terms her young son’s autism after an unexpected encounter with one her johns.

Worldwide Premiere of the 2nd Annual Stage 32 Short Film Program

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 “Sisters” directed by David Chontos (US) – Part exercise of passion, and part love letter, "Sisters" is a fragment of some lost, tragic opera.


“Monsters” directed by Steve Desmond (US) – Jenn lives in an underground bunker with her family, protected from the monsters that now ravage the world. This is the day that she goes outside…


“Dryad” directed by Thomas Vernay Cumulus (France) – The wind blows and lightning approaches ominously, while a knight escorts a damsel through the woods. He can sense the end is near. 

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"The Light in the Afternoon" directed by David Steiner (France) - He had no family, no father, no model. No one had told him life was just... that. When he ran into her after 7 years, she suggested it. 


“Must Escape” directed by Vadym Shapran (Ukraine) – A man discovers he’s the protagonist in a cliché, short student film and struggles to get out of it.

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“Eliza” directed by Mikko Lopponen (Finland) – When a vicious drug gang discovers they’ve been infiltrated by an undercover cop, they move in killing him and leaving his wife stranded – little did they know that they just signed their own death warrants.

Worldwide Premiere of the 2nd Annual Stage 32 Short Film Program

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The 2nd Annual Stage 32 Short Film Program Judges: 

  • Shan Christopher Ogilvie (Producer), is responsible for producing the 2016 Oscar Award Winning short film STUTTERER.

  • Serena Armitage (Producer), is responsible for producing the 2016 Oscar Award Winning short film STUTTERER.

  • Keith Powell (Director, Producer, Writer and Actor), known affectionately as "Toofer" on NBC's 30 Rock, Keith and as Wyatt on HBO's The Newsroom, Keith is now the director and producer of the short digital series, KEITH BROKE HIS LEG.

  • Ken Kokin (Director, Producer), known for his directing work on THE USUAL SUSPECTS, THE WAY OF THE GUN, CAPTAIN ABU RAED, BLOOD MOON, and his producing work on TOMS SHOES: FOR TOMORROW, THE FIRST STEP OF THE REVOLUTION, MOTDECAI and FORBIDDEN KISS.
  • Jason Mirch (Producer), is a feature film and television producer and executive. Jason formerly worked in development for ImageNation Abu Dhabi where he developed a special short film program called Arab Film Studio, while he was working on films such as THE HELP, BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL and FLIGHT.

  • Ross Putman (Producer), is an independent producer who has worked on 2 short films prior to having his recent film THE GIRL I LOVED premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.
  • John T. Trigonis (Filmmaker), is the Film Campaign Strategist for filmmaking crowdfunding platform Indiegogo.

  • Matt Kazman (Director), is the winner of the 2015 Stage 32 Short Film Contest, who's winning film, KILLER, went on to screen at the Raindance Film Festival, Hollyshorts Film Festival and at the Sundance Film Festival. Matt is now a working director for MTV.


Plus, if you're looking to make your first short film or brush up on your skills for your next short film, check out some of our education:

How to Create Short Form Content That Will Get You Noticed for Feature Films

Is There A Market For Your Short Film? Distribution, Recognition & Monetization

Writing, Directing & Distributing Your Short Film


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