Announcing the 1st Annual Family Friendly Screenwriting Contest

Announcing the 1st Annual Family Friendly Screenwriting Contest

Announcing the 1st Annual Family Friendly Screenwriting Contest

Jason Mirch
Jason Mirch
a year ago

Now more than ever we could all use some wholesome, feel-good, entertainment that brings the whole family together. And that is just what audiences are looking for! Inspiring, fun, engaging feature films that are for the whole family - not just for kids!

Thanks to classic films that leave a lasting impression such as BIG, HOME ALONE, PRETTY WOMAN, BACK TO THE FUTURE, THE GOONIES, and new hits such as THE CHRISTMAS CHRONICLES, A DOG’S JOURNEY, SPY KIDS, and more Family Friendly films offer something for everyone.

And as Miguel says in the Pixar smash hit COCO, “We may have our differences, but nothing's more important than family.”

At Stage 32 we want to make sure you are able to meet the market where it is! We recognize that producers, studios, actors, streamers and audiences are clamoring for Family-Friendly films, so we’re going to bring your best scripts right to them!

Nowhere else do you find top judges and mentors like you do on Stage 32. The Grand Prize Winner will meet with an incredible panel of judges from companies that have produced some of the great Family-Friendly films in recent memory including recent hits including FINDING ‘OHANA, FATHERHOOD, THE WITCHES, PINOCCHIO, DUMPLIN’, PADDINGTON, and classics including BACK TO THE FUTURE, FORREST GUMP, ALMOST FAMOUS, CAST AWAY, and more!

Stage 32 is excited to launch the 1st Annual Family-Friendly Screenwriting Contest!

Click Here To Learn More About The Contest

Mentors' Credits & Company Credits Include:

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If you write feature films for the whole family this contest could launch your career! We are looking for family Comedy, Action/Adventure, Drama, Romance, Holiday, Animation, Mystery, Teen, Tween, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and anything else that is accessible for the whole family!

Now - exclusively through Stage 32 - you have the opportunity to meet industry professionals from these prolific companies who will have read your script!

The Grand Prize winner will be flown to Hollywood to meet with executives from:

ImageMovers (BACK TO THE FUTURE, THE WITCHES, FORREST GUMP)

Anton (DUMPLIN’, PADDINGTON)

Ian Bryce Productions (FINDING ‘OHANA, ALMOST FAMOUS)

Afterglow Pictures (Executive credits include SURVIVE, HOLES)

Management 360 (Client credits include DADS, THE DUFF)

Producer Carli Haney (#1 Hit films FATHERHOOD)

Netflix, Independent Originals Division

ALL FINALISTS will be in a Stage 32 Look Book which includes their script title, logline & bio mailed to over 500 industry executives including, managers, agents, producers, development executives, and financiers! Stage 32 Look Books are respected throughout the industry and have helped secure dozens meetings and which have led to writer success with companies like Verve, Good Fear, 3 Arts, APA, Echo Lake, Amazon, UTA, CAA, WME, First Friday, Pathfinder, The Cartel, Black Bear Pictures, Lit Entertainment and many, many more. Over the last 8 years, Stage 32’s screenwriting contests have gained a reputation as one of the “most worthwhile screenwriting contests to change your career.” No other contest provides their winners and finalists with the same level of direct access to industry leading professionals who can take your career to the next level! Over the last 8 years, Stage 32 has become an incubator for finding talent and material across the globe.

Recent success stories to come out of Stage 32 include:

  • Search for New Blood Winner Grand Prize Winner - Christina Pamies - was signed by Jake Wagner off of her winning script, A Good Deed! She was hired to write the Horror Thriller BAGHEAD for StudioCanal!
  • The Eye of Owou, written by Martin Reese, received a $5,000 option and with a consideration for $100,000 in production financing!
  • Eric Jeske - was signed by literary managers Krista Sipp and Devon Byers of First Friday Entertainment after winning the 5th Annual Feature Writing Contest and taking meetings set by Stage 32!
  • 10-31*,* a horror film that will be produced by renowned director Eli Roth, Roger Birnbaum and **Orion Pictures,**written by Stage 32 member Laurie Ashbourne is greenlit and starts shooting later this year.
  • Chick Fight starring Malin Ackerman, Alec Baldwin and Bella Thorne written by Stage 32 member Joe Downey is in post-production and awaiting release!
  • What Lies Ahead, written by Stage 32 member William Viglione, directed by Stage 32 member Rob Gardner, and packaged by Stage 32 script services executive Tiffany Boyle of Ramo Law was released in theaters in 2019.
  • Vagic, a romantic comedy written by Stage 32 member Julie Ann Cross, received a $7,500 option and is being produced by legendary producer Amy Baer of Gidden Media Group.
  • My Clone’s an A-Hole, a comedy written by Julie Ann Wight was offered a $5,000 option by National Lampoon.
  • I'm Not Jack, a script written by Stage 32 member Jack Cusick, received a $7,500 option and is being developed by legendary producer Amy Baer of Gidden Media Group.
  • Stage 32 member Diana Wright signed with The Cartel after being set up on a meeting by Stage 32!
  • Stage 32 member Jonathan Jordan signed with Verve Talent and Literary Agency after being set up on a meeting by Stage 32!
  • Stage 32 member Aaron Benjamin signed with Housefire Management.
  • Stage 32 member Aaron Bierman signed with Verve Talent and Literary Agency after being set up on a meeting by Stage 32!
  • Stage 32 member Chris Torres signed with manager Brooklyn Weaver of Energy Entertainment after being set up on a meeting by Stage 32!
  • Stage 32 member Greg Mania was signed by manager Laina Cohn of Cohn/Torgan Management after being set up on a meeting by Stage 32!

This contest has produced some of the most sought after material from our finalists and winners. Requests for our finalists scripts have increased year over year and our winners have met face to face with a who’s who of working industry executives and gatekeepers!

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Jason Mirch

Jason Mirch

Creative Executive, Producer, Screenwriter

Jason Mirch is a feature film and television producer and executive with over 15 years of experience. Jason also serves as the Director of Script Services at Stage 32 where he works directly with screenwriters, filmmakers, and leading industry executives.   In addition to his work with Stage 32,...

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