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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…

Announcing the Stage 32 5th Annual Television Writing Contest!

Don't touch that dial! The biggest television writing contest of the year is back and better than ever! After an awesome series of meetings for last year's winner - Christine Torres - Stage 32 is proud to launch the 5th Annual Television Writing Contest!  Television is at the height of its Golden Age and there are unlimited opportunities for writers with unique voices and fresh stories! No matter what format you write in – sitcom, drama, serialized, procedural, mini-seri…

Another Stage 32 Screenwriting Contest Winner Signs with a Prolific Manager!

Good morning everyone! This week's motivational story is particularly exciting for me. Last week Christine Torres - the winner of our 4th Annual Television Contest - was signed by Brooklyn Weaver the principal at Energy Entertainment!  Let me tell you a little bit about Brooklyn. He produced Run All Night with Liam Neeson, Ed Harris, and Vincent D'Onofrio, Executive Produced Out of the Furnace with Christian Bale, Zoe Saldana, Casey Affleck, and Woody Harrelson, and Executive P…

Stage 32 Short Film Contest Winners to Screen at Hollyshorts!

Once again, Stage 32 is honored to present to you the 4th Stage 32 Short Film Program at the 2019 Hollyshorts Film Festival. Not only will the winners' films be screened, but festival goers can also take in a panel at the festival featuring Stage 32 Founder & CEO, Richard Botto and Indie Film Hustle Founder, Alex Ferrari. Here are the weekend details: Friday August 16, 2019 at 6:00pmPanel: How to Build a Huge Audience For Your Projects and You As a FilmmakerBuilding an audience for…

"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…

Stage 32 Contests Opening Doors for Writers!

Happy Monday, Stage 32 Family! I hope you all had a productive and creative weekend. I wanted to take a moment to talk about screenwriting contests. As you probably know, we just closed the extended deadline on our 5th Annual Feature Contest. I hope you were all able to submit a project for consideration. I was speaking with a writer recently who questioned the value of screenwriting contests. He had been a winner or finalist in several different screenwriting contests in the past, but…

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…

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 …

7th Annual Stage 32 Oscars Contest Results

Well, Stage 32 Crew...the night is over and the results are in. For those of you who participated in our annual Oscars contest, it's the moment you've all been waiting for! You're here to learn who won the Stage 32 7th Annual Oscars Contest, and we're here to tell you.For starters, we had a grand total of ten winners. (Yay!) In Third Place with 17 correct answers, we're awarding the following winners:Lisa CostanzaChris BonneauHoward BarrettBill CostantiniCharles A. Kennedy Jr. In Se…

Announcing the 4th Annual Stage 32 Short Film Contest

We hear all the time from many of the 500+ executives we work with here at Stage 32 that short films have become a huge part of their recruitment model when searching for new talent or ideas which can be stretched to feature length. Over the last couple of years, we’ve polled thousands of filmmakers who are members of the Stage 32 community and asked them what they most need to move the needle on their careers. Of course, the first answer was money! But the second answer was access…

Announcing Our 4th Annual Comedy Writing Contest

So you think you can dance write comedy?TM Then great! Find out if you really can. Especially if the only people who've told you "you're funny" are small children. Because let's be real, they'll laugh at anything. Just any silly face. Any bad impression. Slinkies. Sure, they're great self-esteem boosters, buy they're terrible gauges for top-notch comedy content. Stop trusting this--> And enter Stage 32's 4th Annual Comedy Writing Contest. Now open for submissions! Whether you&rsqu…

Richard Botto Answers: How Do I Get in Front of Screenwriting Managers and Agents to Pitch?

The dream of a writer is to get his or her script in front of the right people. To pitch it with perfection to the very network that we know would swoon over our story. But how do we writer's get into those rooms? How do we find our way to the table to share our brilliant story? Richard "RB" Botto, our fearless leader and CEO at Stage 32, dives into three ways we can get in front of managers and agents. Here's a hint: 1) Only enter contests that get you into rooms.2) Go to events as of…

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