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Emerging Filmmakers: Enter your Short Film for a Chance at Up To $50K in Prizes

I've been working with David Okamoto from AT&T for over a year now and have been incredibly impressed with how he is helping short film filmmakers create and move ahead in this growing world of DIY film. When David told me that AT&T was opening up a call for submissions for the next generation of filmmakers to submit their work I was excited to bring it to the Stage 32 community. Not only is AT&T giving filmmakers who have shot a film on a phone a chance, but t…

Stage 32, the Coen Brothers + Jeff Bridges Walk into FestForums

Well, we are really, really excited to announce a new relationship with Fest Forums in Santa Barbara. If you are not familiar with FestForums it is a festival conference for food, beverage, music and film festival industry leaders that takes place biannually in Santa Barbara, CA and New York City. FestForums brings together festivals and events of all sizes including representatives from such great organizations as Toronto International Film Festival, Seattle Internat…

5 Reasons Why Newbie Content Creators Should Attend a Television or Film Festival

"I'm not good enough to attend a film or television festival. I don't have shit. All I have is a half written screenplay and another stupid idea about intergalactic robots that survive on small children and peanut butter." That's what you're saying about your stuff right now, I just know it. You're thinking: 'I'm not good enough'. You believe what you have is crap. Therefore, because you think it's crap, you stay home and eat Cheetos. Or pizza. Or peanut butter. (Don't eat small child…

Stage 32 + American Film Market Join Forces for 2017

I’m extremely pleased to announce that Stage 32 has been named as the official film networking and education platform of the American Film Market for the 2nd year in a row.  As you know, we are big supporters of AFM and all they do to connect producers, financiers and distributors all over the world. To be recognized in such fashion is truly an honor and I thank head honcho, Jonathan Wolf, not only for all the support, but for his friendship as well. In an effort to give bac…

Announcing Our 3rd Annual Short Film Contest

Today we open up our call for entries for the Third 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 nee…

Worldwide Premiere of the 2nd Annual Stage 32 Short Film Program

I am honored to present to you the worldwide premiere of the 2nd Annual Stage 32 Short Film Program. This program was curated by the incredible industry executives who judged our Short Film Contest and features 7 amazing directors (from 4 countries) all with bright futures ahead. This is the same program that played at the 2017 Hollyshorts Film Festival and the 2017 Richmond Film Festival. The films and the filmmakers will also be exposed to over 500 more industry executiv…

Stage 32 At The 2017 Austin Film Festival

Next week Stage 32 descends upon Austin, Texas for the Austin Film Festival. We are proud to be involved with the 2017 Austin Film Festival for the 5th year in a row! We invite our Stage 32ers to come join us!   Here's what's in store: We invite all our Stage 32 members for a fun night to celebrate the most creative community on the planet at the Handlebar Austin Rooftop Patio. This is a 21 and over event. This will be our 5th year hosting the Austin Film Festival's favorite…

Television's Greatest Minds Gather at ITVFest

Our Stage 32 Founder & CEO, RB, was thrilled to be a speaker this weekend at the iTVFest in Vermont featuring HBO, 3 Arts Entertainment, Comedy Central, IFC, Bravo, Buffalo 8 and more. ITVFest (the Independent Television Festival) is a worldwide community of television creators, executives, agents and fans responsible for discovering the best new television programs created on independent (aka, non-network) budgets. Unlike big city festivals where it can be difficult to interact…

SydneysBuzz: Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF): What Was Hot

TIFF has come and gone. Masses of Canadians attend the festival which is what gives it such a special atmosphere. In Cannes, only the industry attends the festival; the public sets up chairs and ladders to watch the red carpet galas and take pictures. But here the public is as much a part of the festival as the industry.        The industry action which consists of buying and selling of film rights takes place at the Hyatt Hotel on King Street West. The screenings…

Sydneys Buzz: Toronto International Film Festival

  Toronto International Film Festival is the most important film festival in North America as it opens the season of movie celebrations and the film business after a relatively quiet summer. Taking place September 7 to the 17, screening are sold out to the huge numbers of the Canadians who go so far as to take their vacations just so they can watch movies. The festival's People's Choice Award has become a predictor of awards-season success. Past recipients of this audience accolad…

Stage 32 Success Story: The Next Generation of Filmmakers

I've been blessed with the opportunity to speak at numerous festivals and conferences all over the world. Outside of having the opportunity to teach and share my experiences, nothing thrills me more than meeting Stage 32 members along the way and hearing how the platform played a part in their success. A few weeks back, I had one of my favorite moments of any event when I met 17 year old director Matthew Manyak and the cast and crew of his short film After the Fall at Hollyshorts. Wise,…

Stage 32 + Hollyshorts Short Film Program - Q&A With Filmmakers [Video]

This weekend we premiered the 2nd Annual Stage 32 Short Film Program in Los Angeles at the 2017 Hollyshorts Film Festival. In one word, it was inspiring. We had the pleasure of showcasing a program of 7 films representing 4 different countries - all with varying creativity. The audience included Stage 32 members and executives from Lionsgate, Samaco Films, Whitewater Films, Kodak, Legion M, CAA and more who all told us how blown away they were with the talent here in the Stage 32 communi…

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