Winners Announced! Check the "Winners" Tab
We plan to add even more perks, but for starters, the top 5-10 winning short films will:
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/exposure/distribution. This, we can help with.
In this DIY, control your own material world, legions of filmmakers are turning to short films to have their voices heard. Further, with more and more film festivals adding short programs into their lineups and with so many filmmakers shooting short films as proof of concept to showcase their talents, short films are finally getting the attention they deserve.
We are proud to open up our call for entries for the Third Annual Stage 32 Short Film Contest. Last year's contest produced entries from Stage 32 members in 42 countries and resulted in a curated program of 7 incredible and well received short films (made by filmmakers from 4 countries). The short film program has been featured to critical acclaim in Variety and Indiewire.
This year, we're excited to introduce our all-star lineup of judges:
The Stage 32 Short Film Contest gives you the opportunity to show your chops and shine by providing access to some of the top executives in the business and exposure to film festival and worldwide online crowds. We wish all who enter the best of luck!
Thanks to our partner, Film Freeway!
Theatrical Screening in Special Stage 32 Short Film Program at 2 Film Festivals - US & UK
The top 5-10 films will be screened in a special Stage 32 theatrical Shorts Program Showcase at the 2018 Raindance Film Festival and the Oscar-qualifying 2018 Hollyshorts Film Festival!
Special Worldwide Online Screening
The top 5-10 Short Films will be screened online to a worldwide audience on Stage 32 in a special global event!
Exposure to over 500 Stage 32 Executives
The top 5-10 Short Films will be placed in a special private section on Stage 32 and sent to over 500 Stage 32 executives who will be able to view the films. If there is interest we will facilitate the meetings between interested parties and the filmmakers.
Grand Prize Winning Director Will Be Flown to LA for Screening
The grand prize winning Director will be flown to Los Angeles, CA for the Hollyshorts Film Festival and Stage 32 will host a Q&A with the Director after the film.
How’s that for access and exposure?
2017 Winner, Lisanne Sartor SIX LETTER WORD
|BURNING BRIGHT||Aaron Bierman||Santa Monica, CA|
|GENESIS||Abtin Mozafari||Gorgān, Iran|
|MAN EATER||Zara Burdett||London, England|
|MONDAY||Dinh Thai||Los Angeles, CA|
|SAC DE MERDE||Greg Chwerchak||New York, NY|
|THE LETTERS (WINNER)||Terez Koncz||London, England|
|TWO WORLDS||Andy Lefton||Minneapolis, MN|
Congratulations to the Finalists for the 2018 Short Film Contest!
|AMMA MERI (MOTHER)||Tarun Jain|
|ANOTHER GIRL||Austin Kase|
|BLOWS WITH THE WIND||Hazhir As'adi|
|BODIES OF WATER||David Lykes Keenan|
|BOOST: A STOP MOTION STORY||Sumaiya Ananna|
|BORN AGAIN SINNER||Ryan McKee|
|BURNING BRIGHT||Aaron Bierman|
|ECHOES OF YOU||Henry Quilici|
|FINDING OLIVIA||Josie Kaye|
|HEALTH & DISORDER||David Harper|
|IT'S COMPLICATED||Grant De Sousa|
|LILY + MARA||Caroline Roberts|
|MARCELINE BLURR||Irene Menéndez|
|MOTHER'S GARDEN||Derek Johnson|
|NEXT DOOR||Brett Salamin|
|PATIRI IN THE PROMISED LAND||Dana Marisa Schoenfeld|
|REPRESSIVE FIRE||Emmanuel Matsamura Jr|
|ROEBLING'S BRIDGE||Mark Friedman|
|SAC DE MERDE||Greg Chwerchak|
|SEASON OF PASSAGE||Catherine Ryan|
|SONG SOTTO VOCE||Pierre Bessette|
|STANDING EIGHT||Kazy Tauginas|
|THE AWAKENING||David Prosser|
|THE LETTERS||Terez Koncz|
|THE SON, THE FATHER....||Lukas Hassel|
|TOMORROW'S SHORES||Arthur Veenema|
|TWO WORLDS||Andy Lefton|
|WHAT IF||Antonio Jefferson|
|WIND IN THE NIGHT||Jesse Harris|
February 16, 2018: Finalists announced
March 16, 2018: Winners announced
Lisanne Sartor, writer & director of Six Letter Word, has taken her short as a proof of concept and finished her feature script. Through Stage 32, her film, Six Letter Word, screened at the 2017 Richmond Film Festival and the 2017 Hollyshorts Film Festival and in front of Lionsgate, Samaco Films, Whitewater Films, Kodak, Legion M and CAA. She is now directing the feature version of this film and are out to actresses to package the project!
Stage 32 member Matt Kazman's film, KILLER, premiered worldwide in the Stage 32 Short Film Program at the Raindance Film Festival where Matt was featured in Variety. Through Stage 32 Matt went on to meet with The Weinstein Company and with the producer of Short Term 12. Matt's film KILLER went on to screen as an official selection at Sundance Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival, IFFBoston, Florida Film Festival, Montclair Film Festival, Maryland Film Festival and the Seattle International Film Festival. Matt has gone on to work on Middle of The Night Show for MTV. Matt will be one of the judges for the final round of entries for the 2016 Stage 32 Short Film Contest.
Six Letter Word - Lisanne Sartor (USA)
Dryad - Thomas Vernay Cumulus (France)
Eliza - Mikko Lopponen (Helsinki, Finland)
Monsters - Steve Desmond (Los Angeles, CA)
Must Escape - Vadym Shapran (Kiev, Ukraine)
Sisters - Taylor Shortall (Los Angeles, CA)
The Light in the Afternoon - David Steiner (Paris, France)
Ark – Greg Jonkajtys (San Francisco, CA, USA)
This Modern Man is Beat - David J Schroeder (Miami, FL USA)
Low Fi – Alejandro Montoya (Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA)
The Voice In The Head – Cyrus Trafford (London, UK)
Anxious Oswald Greene – Marshall Axani (Vancouver, Canada)
Killer – WINNER - Matt Kazman (Brooklyn, NY, USA)
*dates subject to change
Kristóf Deák is a Hungarian film director, screenwriter, film producer and editor who is best known for his work on Sing, which earned him critical appraisal and recognition including the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film at the 89th Academy Awards in 2017.
Kristof is based between London and his native Budapest, Hungary. Kristof is represented by The Gotham Group and is currently filming his next film Best Game Ever.
His fascination with rhythm has always defined the way he looked at film.
Growing up on a diet of impeccably timed cartoons and slapstick (Charlie Chaplin back to back with Tom & Jerry) and later as a musician in a band, this affection slowly developed into an obsession.
He believes pacing and timing are the most important tools in a director's hands. Only perfect timing will evoke real emotions - and that all comes down to actors and director. Working as an editor taught him how to craft and fine tune the minute details of comic and dramatic timing, and to respect the inner pulse of shots.
Music remains a muse of his, and sound design is an important ingredient in all his work. Another source of inspiration is the people he gets to work with. True creative collaboration is "dreaming in pairs" - it enables the happy accidents that make magic.
Timo von Gunten is a Swiss director, writer and producer. Best known for his work on La Femme et le TGV as director, which earned him critical appraisal and recognition including a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film at the 89th Academy Awards in 2017. Timo is now set to direct “Eiffel,” an action/heist film that chronicles the exploits of international con man Victor Lustig.
Keith Powell was a series regular on NBC’s Emmy-winning sitcom 30 Rock for seven seasons, where he received the 2008 Screen Actors Guild Award for Comedy Ensemble.
He has had recurring roles on About A Boy and The Newsroom as well as appearances on Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, the ABC pilot Judy's Got A Gun, Reno 911!, and NCIS: Los Angeles.
Feature films include The Way We Weren't, Syrup, and Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian as well as extensive work in the theater as both an actor and director.
In addition, he is the writer/producer/director of the animated pilot Nate & Abe (starring Rachel Dratch, David Wain, Alyssa Milano, and Robert Ben Garant), writer/director/star of the short film People We Meet (co-starring Frederick Weller and Scott Adsit), and recently produced/co-wrote/starred in the feature film My Name Is David (co-starring Judy Reyes and Adepero Oduye).
Keith recently wrote, directed and produced a semi-autobiographical comedy short web show about his self discovery when he is suddenly stripped of his ability to be mobile. The show features Keith’s off-kilter brand of wit, coupled with some genuinely thoughtful moments. Contemplating race, sex, friendship, marriage, and stereotypes, Keith Broke His Leg is "Louie" with a Los Angeles sensibility; "Curb Your Enthusiasm" with humanity, and “Inside Amy Schumer” with a black dude.
Chris "Doc" Wyatt is an indie film producer, and TV animation writer/producer, as well as a children's author.
In TV animation, Wyatt has written for several Marvel superhero shows, including: "Iron Man: Armored Adventures", "Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes", "Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man", and "Marvel's Avengers Assemble". He's also written for the new "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" (Nickelodeon), "Transformers: Rescue Bots" (The Hub), and "The Octonauts" (Disney Jr), among others. Wyatt served as co-producer on the animated "Napoleon Dynamite" TV series (Fox).
In independent film, Wyatt is best-known for producing the hit comedy "Napoleon Dynamite" (Fox Searchlight - 2004) which started as a short film "Peluca", the festival favorite "Coyote" (Maya Releasing - 2007), and the multi award-winning drama "The Citizen" (Monterey Media - 2012), as well as five other feature films.
A veteran short film filmmaker and behind-the-scenes consulting machine, John T. Trigonis has mentored hundreds of filmmakers and other content creators worldwide to create compelling crowdfunding experiences that not only reach, but exceed their goals. A writer, indie storymaker, and successful crowdfunder himself, Trigonis has literally written and rewritten the book on Crowdfunding for Filmmakers, and after spending a few years as a private consultant, he puts his prowess to its ultimate use as Indiegogo’s Head Film/Creative Campaign Strategist.
Theo Dumont is a well-rounded marketing and PR executive with a deep knowledge and understanding of the entertainment industry.
Dumont is the co-founder and co-director of the HollyShorts Film Festival, the largest short film festival in Hollywood devoted to advancing the careers of independent filmmakers through networking events and screenings. For the past 8 years, HollyShorts Film Festival has featured participation from the top filmmakers and artists in the world including: James Caan, Paul Haggis, David Lynch, Josh Brolin, Jessica Biel, David Arquette, Jane Lynch, Jimmy Jean- Louis, Jason Biggs, John Dahl, Darren Lew, Malcolm Barrett, Demi Moore, Kirsten Dunst, Scott Porter, Joel David Moore, Carter Smith, Zachary Quinto, Joe Carnahan and many more and the tradition continues with this incarnation of the most anticipated short film event of the year.
Dumont is also the President of Dumont Marketing LLC, an independent strategic communications and public relations consultancy serving organizations and individuals in the entertainment arena.
Dumont Marketing’s PR client base includes production companies, filmmakers, authors, independent films, and digital entertainment companies. Prior to finding Dumont Marketing, Dumont was with Miller PR for 3 years where he worked on strategy and counsel for the agency’s premiere clients including the Gersh Agency, Stan Lee, Leslie Grief’s Thinkfactory Media, Oscar nominee Lucy Walker, and Women in Film. Before joining Miller, Dumont was Director of Corporate Communications at MGM Studios, where he executed PR initiatives for various divisions of the company including United Artists, MGM HD, MGM Consumer Products, MGM Worldwide Digital Media, MGM Theatrical Distribution, MGM Worldwide TV Distribution, MGM Networks, and MGM Home Entertainment.
Dumont is the publicist for the China Hollywood Co-Production Society, a gathering point to serve the growing mutual interest in creative and business opportunities between Hollywood and China, he also serves on the LA Advisory board of Peace First, a national non-profit organization.
Elliot Grove founded Raindance Film Festival in 1993, the British Independent Film Awards in 1998, and Raindance.TV in 2007.
He has produced over 150 short films, and 5 feature films. His first feature film, TABLE 5 was shot on 35mm and completed for a total of £278.38. He teaches writers and producers in the UK, Europe. Japan and America.
He has written three books which have become industry standards: RAINDANCE WRITERS LAB 2nd Edition (Focal Press 2008), RAINDANCE PRODUCERS LAB (Focal Press 2004) and 130 PROJECTS TO GET YOU INTO FILMMAKING (Barrons 2009).
Open University awarded Elliot and Honourary Doctorate for services to film education in 2009.