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8 Steps on How to Work the AFM (American Film Market)

The American Film Market is a great place to find partners and pitch projects and films – if you have a plan. Use these steps to increase your chances of success.     PROLOGUE If you have a project or script, the most effective use of your time and money is to purchase an AFM Industry Badge or Industry Badge Plus which allow access to all offices, booths and most screenings beginning on Saturday (Day 4). The Industry Badge Plus includes all conferences and the writ…

UK Creatives - We Want to Hang Out With You During Raindance This Week

If you are UK-based, or plan to head to London for the 2019 Raindance Film Festival festival this week, we're looking forward to hanging out with you! We're going to be screening our 4th Annual Stage 32 Short Film Program and having an after-party for those who attend. Don't forget to get your Raindance Film Festival full credentials here. Come meet & greet with Stage 32 Founder & CEO, Richard Botto and Managing Director Amanda Toney as well as other Stage 32ers! We're…

Stage 32 Joins Forces With Raindance Film Festival in London. All Are Invited!

For the 3rd time, we've partnered with the Raindance Film Festival to bring an impressive lineup of Stage 32 creative talent to London. After debuting our 4th Annual Short Film Program to a packed house at Hollyshorts, we're now taking the films to the UK where they'll be screened for international executives and Raindance festival attendees.   The program screens on September 27, 2019 with a Q&A to follow. Afterward, we'll be hosting another Stage 32 London meetup directly fo…

The Master of STORY Robert McKee Teaches Exclusively for Stage 32

I'm beyond thrilled to announce that Stage 32 has partnered exclusively with the Master of Story himself, Robert McKee, to teach an exclusive webinar for Stage 32! This is the third time Robert McKee has taught for the Stage 32 community and this time it's a real treat. You'll be able to learn a preview of what is in his new book, Creating Compelling Characters, which he is in the middle of writing! PLUS - you'll get to participate in a Q&A.  Now, no matter where you live in th…

Stage 32 Joins Forces with Trinidad and Tobago Film Commission

It's been a remarkable year here at Stage 32. From expanding our relationships with such organizations and companies as Cannes, the American Film Market, Raindance, Gidden Media, AT&T and many more to our ever growing list of Stage 32 member success stories, the first 8 months of 2019 has proven to be our most inspirational yet. And now we have yet another announcement...   In an effort to bring the incredible talent of the Caribbean to a global audience, the Trinidad and To…

"Grown Up" Scripts Wanted for Gidden Media + Stage 32 Screenwriting Contest

Times, they are a changin.' And that's really good news for anyone out there with a script that you feel speaks to an audience of 50+ If you've got a script that includes Baby Boomers and mature characters, this is the contest for you! Last year, Stage 32 and Gidden Media joined forces to find the next great rom-com scripts. Two Stage 32 writers, Julie Cross and Rachel Kempf, were chosen by Gidden Media and received $7,500. Both Julie & Rachel have been working with the Gidden M…

Join us at Warner Bros. Studios for AT&T SHAPE 2019

We are excited to be working with AT&T this year on AT&T SHAPE being held at Warner Bros. Studios in Los Angeles on June 22-23, 2018. SHAPE is an immersive event that explores the convergence of technology and entertainment. You can discover how the future of content creation and distribution will usher in new audience experiences. Get inspired by visionary speakers, and experience interactive exhibits from promising start-ups and industry leaders at Warner Bros. Studios backlots…

Stage 32 Announces the 5th Annual Feature Screenwriting Contest

Imagine your screenplay being chosen by one of the top agents in Hollywood. Are you imagining it yet? This competition has launched screenwriting careers with over a dozen of our last winners and finalists either signed, optioned, or now working in the industry! Last Year’s Grand Prize winner, Tom Batha, took meetings with executives all around Hollywood, including Robert Downey Jr.'s production company, Team Downey, literary managers at Zero Gravity, Cohen/Torgen Management an…

From the Writer of Jigsaw: 8 Rules For Creating Online Content

I've had the pleasure of working with Pete Goldfinger, one of the talented scribes behind the film JIGSAW of the SAW franchise (and many, many more studio and indie feature films and TV shows)! I was talking with him recently and he's embarking on an exciting journey as the writer/creator for a CW Seed show, which is a new frontier for him as a screenwriter/creator. The best part? He wanted to share his experience with the Stage 32 community. For those who may not know, the CW has expan…

Announcing the Gidden Media & Stage 32 Romantic Comedy Contest Winner

Good morning Stage 32 Fam! Today is the big day! Birds are chirping! Bells are ringing! Someone is getting twirled in a park somewhere! And at Stage 32, we're excited to announce the winner of the Gidden Media & Stage 32 Romantic Comedy Contest!  We all love romantic comedies because they unlock the mysteries of relationships and help us settle the age old debate, "can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em." Our judges enjoyed reading the hundreds of entries from around …

Monday Motivation: Stage 32 Writers Meet with Whitewater Films, Chatrone, Bohemia Group Originals, & More!

Happy Monday Stage 32 Family! This is the first Monday Blog of March and we wanted to kick the week and the month off by reflecting on all of the success our members had over the month of February. We have a fantastic network of over 500 development executives, managers, producers and agents who educate, mentor, and offer script services to our members. These executives offer valuable industry advice and help our writers figure out where their projects will best fit in the market. Some…

Monday Motivation: Another Stage 32 Writer Lands Representation

Hello Stage 32 fam! This is an especially exciting week to be in the film industry! With the Oscars on Sunday, Hollywood has a lot to be celebrating. At Stage 32, we are proud of our 11 instructors and mentors who worked on Oscar nominated projects this year! (As a side note, there’s still time to get your predictions in for our Stage 32 Academy Award 2019 Contest. It’s a lot of fun and there are some awesome prizes up for grabs. And best of all, it’s totally free!) …

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