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Winners Announced: 2nd Annual TV Writing Contest

Wow...What a contest. And what a difference a year makes. Our 1st Annual TV Writing Contest saw some incredible scripts, but this year, the ante was raised. So many of our feature writers decided to try their hands at TV writing both with original scripts or specs based on existing material. The results were overwhelming and the competition was as fierce as we've seen it for any contest. In the end, however, there can be only one Grand Prize Winner and this year the honor goes to Danny …

Congratulations to Last Night's Oscar Winners

Last night brought us one of the most memorable moments in Oscars history when the wrong film was announced as Best Picture. Many anticipated a La La Land victory, but it was Moonlight, a film made for under $5MM, that brought home the top gold! 2016 brought on some of the most spectacular cinema we've ever seen. We want to congratulate all the creatives involved, including our 13 Stage 32ers who worked on films nominated (more on that here).  Ultimately w…

Two Stage 32’ers Go For Oscar Gold Today!

While today’s Oscars are shaping up to be a LA LA LAND love fest, there is still some intrigue involved in watching today’s ceremony: Stage 32’ers Michel Merkt and Max Karli are up for a total of 3 Academy Awards. Michel is nominated for producing Best Foreign Film nominee, TONI ERDMANN, which has won dozens of awards throughout the last year, including the Independent Spirit Award for Best Foreign Film yesterday. Michel and Max are both nominated as producers for Bes…

Stage 32 TV Contest Quarterfinalists Announced

The Stage 32 2nd Annual Happy Writers TV Writing Contest brought in some of the best TV material we've read in a long time. Writers were curiously creative this round, and we received everything from original pilots with historical flair to supernatural underdog tales and meticulously crafted TV specs based off of some of today's greatest TV shows on air. Our writers brought their A-game!We're proud to announce the TV specs and original TV pilots that made it to the next stage in the Sta…

RIFF Premiere of the 2nd Stage 32 Short Film Program

Stage 32 is honored to premiere the 2nd Stage 32 Short Film Program at the 2017 Richmond Film Festival. This program was curated by the incredible industry executives(3 who won Oscars!) who judged our Annual Short Film Contest and features 6 amazing directors (from 4 countries) all with bright futures ahead. Once again, congratulations to all the filmmakers and the Stage 32 team congratulates you on the screening!  Stage 32 Short Film Program @ RIFF Wednesday, March…

Winners Announced! European Co-Production Match Making Program

Stage 32, US/France-based Little W Productions, Scandinavian Locations, and the European Film Commission Networks (EUFCN) are pleased to announce the eight winning filmmakers of their Global Matchmaking Program. In addition to having the opportunity to present their projects presented at SXSW in Austin Texas during an Official US/European Co-Production panel, these filmmakers will also continue to receive coaching from Truls Kontny & Mikael Svensson, the President and the Gene…

Stage 32 Announces $20k Winning Script in Short Film Contest

Stage 32 and the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Film Commission are pleased to announce the grand prize winner of their Short Film Script Contest, screenwriter/director Tanya Carleton Lovrics for her screenplay DOLPHIN GIRL. Lovrics will be flown to Florida and mentored by Sundance alum writer/director, JT Mollner. Production company, Digital Caviar will manage production. A native of Niagara Falls, Canada, Lovrics is a graduate—with honors—from Sheridan's Illustration Program an…

Brand New Stage 32 Screenwriting Contest - Fantasy & Sci-Fi!

Taking our stories out of this world is nothing new, but it’s definitely generated some of the most prolific and biggest blockbuster films to date, and let’s not forget have brought some of the most iconic film lines ever. Stage 32 is happy to provide a brand new opportunity for our Fantasy and Sci-Fi screenwriters to get their stories out there and read by some of the top industry players. Show us what new fantastical worlds and outer depths of science fiction you've created…

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…

From USC to Sundance Labs: How Social Media Brought My Filmmaking To Life!

I knew I wanted to be a filmmaker around sophomore year in undergrad. I took this class called "Make a Movie" with Billy Field. He threw a camera in our hands and just told us to go make something. Now, the piece we made is something I'll never share, but it helped me to realize I loved filmmaking, and it's something I could do with my life, and be happy.   The best lesson I've learned throughout my films is what it means to be a leader. Yes, you need to have a creative visio…

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…