December 15, 2017:
Quarter Finalist announced
January 15, 2018:
Semi Finalist announced
February 16, 2018:
March 13, 2018:
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
Finalists Announced! Check the "Winners" Tab - Winners will be announced March 16
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!
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||Arielle Haller-Silverstone|
|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