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Cannes Roll Call - Who's Going? Who Has Films?

Hey guys. The 70th Cannes Film Festival is right around the corner, so stay tuned for an update of Stage 32's happenings at Cannes.   In the meantime, we'd love to hear from all the Stage 32 members who are planning on attending the fest along with those who will have films playing in the festival. Last year we had an incredible 33 Stage 32 members who had films screen at Cannes - 2 of those films went on to compete for Oscars: Toni Erdmann and My Life as a Zucchini.…

Never Let Rejection Define You

If you've been around Stage 32 for any length of time, you know we believe that a positive mindset is paramount to finding success as a creative. We must draw inspiration and positivity from like-minded individuals who fully understand the challenges of the creative journey.   As you also know, we're big believers in paying it forward. Nothing is more rewarding than sharing our experiences and knowledge with others. To us, this is a major aspect of the collaborative process. &nbs…

SXSW Roll Call - Who's Going? Who Has Films?

Hey guys. As we all know, yesterday SXSW announced their 2017 film lineup. For the 5th straight year Stage 32 will be at SXSW. This year is exciting for us as we are part of a panel with the European Film Commissions Network, Scandinavian Locations and Little W Productions featuring 8 Stage 32 filmmakers that we are entering into a Global Co-Production Matchmaking Program (more about that here). If you're headed to SXSW and/or have a film playing at the festival,…

The Stage 32 Short Film Script Contest Finalists Announced!

The warm sun, the sand between your toes, and a $20,000 production grant provided by St. Petersburg/Clearwater Film Commission. Stage 32 and the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Film Commission are incredibly excited to see who makes it to Florida to film their short film script. These 10 Finalists are that much closer to seeing their story come to life, and we are beyond excited on their achievement thus far! Join us as we congratulate the writers who made it to the Finalists round in the Sta…

Stage 32's 1st Annual Online Film Finance & Producing Conference

As the leaders in online education for film creatives, we're extremely proud to introduce our 2017 Online Film Conference Series. Throughout the year, we'll be announcing events designed to give you timely, applicable information designed to help you succeed in 2017 and beyond. We kick it all off today with our 1st Annual Online Film Finance and Producing Conference!   No planes. No hotels. No expenses. No new wardrobe. No outrageous badge prices. Just you, your compute…

The 2017 Working TV Writers Lab

Happy 2017 everyone! I wanted to announce an exciting new online lab that I'm bringing into Stage 32 this month. I have brought in Spencer Robinson, a literary manager from Art/Work Entertainment to be a mentor for an intensive 8-week working writers lab. Art/Work represents some of the top writers - leading and emerging - talent in the industry today including writers on Arrow, The Last Ship, Chuck & Justified, as well as feature writers like Eric Heisserer who's films include…

Stage 32'er Michel Merkt Wins the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film!

Last night was a very special one around these parts as our good friend Michel Merkt captured the Golden Globe for producing Best Foreign Film winner, Elle. As I mentioned in yesterday's blog, Michel has not only been a staunch supporter of all we do here at Stage 32, but he has worked with and mentored so many 32'ers through the years.   Michel was kind enough to invite me to the premiere of Elle at the Cannes film festival last year. To be invited to be part of his tribe du…

2 Stage 32 Members Nominated for 4 Golden Globes Today

I am extremely proud to announce that two members of our global community are nominated for a total of 4 Golden Globes this evening. First up, it’s my dear friend, Michel Merkt. Michel is an enormously accomplished producer who had 8 films at Cannes this year including 4 in competition. Tonight Michel has 3 nominations. In the Best Foreign Film category, Michel is nominated for producing both Paul Verhoeven’s terrific film, ELLE and Maren Ade’s international hit dramed…

Stage 32 Success Story: India & Russia Production Shooting Next Month

As we like to say around these parts, creativity is universal. Many of you who have questioned why you would accept a network request from someone residing in another country have heard me preach that no connection is a bad connection.   I'd like to believe the subject of today's success story, screenwriter Chandradeep Das, would agree. Chandradeep is very well connected in India, but it took him connecting with a Stage 32 member from Russia to finally get financing and a producin…

Stage 32 Success Story: 'What Lies Ahead' Starring Rumer Willis & Emma Dumont

"Does Stage 32 work?" I get this question all the time. My answer is simply, "You get out what you put in." To kick off the New Year, we're featuring a week of Stage 32 member Success Stories to get you inspired and motivated. These are creatives who put in the time and reaped the rewards. Up first is the incredible story of Stage 32 members William J. Vigilone and Rob Gardner. William pitched his screenplay, What Lies Ahead, to Tiffany Boyle of Ramo Law through our Stage 32 Happy Wri…

The 3rd Annual Search For New Blood Screenwriting Contest Winners Announced!

We’re extremely excited to announce this year’s 3rd Annual Search For New Blood Screenwriting Contest Winners! Our industry judges were nearly floored by the talent found in these contest submissions, and we can definitely see why. The Grand Prize Winner will be flown to LA to meet with financier/producer Franco Sama, The Asylum’s Director of Development Micho Rutare and a special one-on-one meeting with horror-thriller screenwriter and director Chris Sparling and much…

4 Fun Experiences for Filmmakers at the AT&T Developer Summit

  sponsored Learn about new opportunities in film from inspiring speakers, check-out VR/AR demos, and vote for the winner of the Entertainment Project.       4 Amazing Experiences for Content Creators at AT&T Developer Summit If you think AT&T’s annual Developer Summit in Las Vegas (January 3- 4, 2017) is just for developers and business people, think again. With Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) capturing the attention of consumers…