|Wednesday, Oct 14TH 11:59PDT||Final Deadline|
|Wednesday, Oct 14TH 11:59PDT||Final Deadline|
In our ongoing mission to discover new talent from all over the world, Stage 32 is thrilled to announce our first Annual Diversity Springboard Screenwriting Contest!
ALL Finalists will not only receive exposure to our incredible panel of judges, but they will also have their titles and loglines featured in the Stage 32's industry Look Book which will be sent to over 500 executives and professionals who work directly with Stage 32. If an executive requests your script or a meeting with you, we will facilitate!
Our Grand Prize Winner will be flown to Hollywood (travel permitting) to meet with some of the most connected and successful executives in the business.
This is access and opportunity like no other.
Feature and television projects from diverse writers, and stories with traditionally unheard perspectives, are essential to art, entertainment, and advancing the conversation in a way that has largely been ignored by Hollywood. However, these days, much to our contentment, things are changing. With the powerful evolution of new voices in both features and TV, projects like QUEEN AND SLIM, THE FAREWELL, ATLANTA, CRAZY RICH ASIANS, BLACK-ISH, POSE, LOVE SUGAR, INSECURE are thriving and leading the charge for more stories featuring diverse characters.
In Stage 32's ongoing commitment to find the top undiscovered talent in the world, we are proud to announce our inaugural Diverse Voices Springboard Screenwriting Contest. Since its inception in 2011 when we launched with our "One Love" initiative, Stage 32 has been committed to providing opportunities and a platform for unrepresented and underrepresented creatives from all backgrounds, including people of color, women, LGBTQ+, and those who are passionate about storytelling despite adversity. (Check out our ONE LOVE initiative here)
Now, Stage 32 is conducting a worldwide search for the best screenplays and teleplays from writers of diverse backgrounds or writers with diverse and unique stories.
If you have a diverse and unique story that needs to be told, or if you come from an underrepresented background, now is the time to bring show us what you've got, because our goal is to amplify your voice, give you the access Stage 32 is known for, and springboard your writing career to the next level!
The Grand Prize Winner will be flown to LA (travel permitting) and meet with your Mentor Board from:
If you make the top 10, you still get massive exposure to decision makers!
ALL FINALISTS will be in a Stage 32 Look Book which includes their script title, logline & bio mailed to over 500 industry executives including, managers, agents, producers, development executives, and financiers! Stage 32 Look Books are respected throughout the industry and have helped secure dozens meetings and which have led to writer success with companies like Verve, Good Fear, 3 Arts, APA, Echo Lake, Amazon, UTA, CAA, WME, First Friday, Pathfinder, The Cartel, Art/Work and many, many more.
Who's the Mentor Board?
Stage 32 Gets Results!
Stage 32 screenwriting and television writing competitions have springboarded over TWENTY screenwriting careers! All of these writers have either been signed, optioned, or are now working screenwriters in the industry.
Some highlights from Stage 32 contest winners and finalists in the last 12 months alone include:
What Types Of Scripts Can I Enter?
We’re looking for any and all original screenplays and teleplays.
Feature Length Screenplays:
All genres of feature film screenplays are welcome.
All genres of 30 or 60 minute Original Pilots. Please no spec scripts based on existing shows.
"I found Stage 32’s contest coverage far better than some other services I have used in the past, where I felt almost assaulted. Please thank him or her for a well-done job. It was my first try with Stage 32 but it will not be my last." - Bob C.
"Stage 32 contest coverage is even better than some of the industry coverage I received. Thank you for these invaluable notes!" - E. Robinson
"The insight from my coverage from the Stage 32 contest helped me improve my script's dimension exponentially. I had looked at the script so much that I can't believe I missed a major plot point. Thank you!!" - S. Persons
Unprecedented access. Greater opportunities. Better exposure. More reads.
The Grand Prize Winner
The Grand Prize Winner will be flown to Hollywood (travel permitting) and sent on private one-on-one meetings with their Diverse Voices Springboard Screenwriting Contest Mentor Board:
In addition, Stage 32's executive team will send your screenplay title, logline, writer bio & script synopsis to over 500 development executives, producers, managers & agents who work with Stage 32. If an executive requests the script or a meeting, we will facilitate the delivery.
If you make the top 10, you still get massive exposure to decision makers!
ALL FINALISTS will be in a Stage 32 Look Book which includes their script title, logline & bio mailed to over 500 industry executives including, managers, agents, producers, development executives, and financiers! Stage 32 Look Books are some of the most sought after talent resources for the industry and have helped secure meetings with places like Verve, Good Fear, 3 Arts, APA, Echo Lake, Amazon, UTA, CAA, WME, First Friday, Pathfinder, The Cartel, Art/Work and many, many more.
Stage 32’s contests have gained a reputation as one of the “most worthwhile contests to change your career.” No other contest provides their winners and finalists with the same level of direct access to industry leading professionals who can take your career to the next level! Stage 32 has become an incubator for finding talent and material across the globe.
This contest has produced some of the most sought after material from our finalists and winners. Requests for our finalists scripts have increased year over year and our winners have met face to face with a who’s who of working industry executives and gatekeepers!
Meagan A. Culberson is the Management Coordinator for Alta Global Media, a joint venture between Peabody Award-winning Manager/Producer Steven Adams and Theo Dumont that represents international talent, writers/directors, and media companies for the US Market. At AGM, Meagan helps manage international talent and media companies and helps clients develop their tv and film slates.
Steven Adams is a producer on the Netflix Original adaptation of Roger Guenveur Smith’s solo performance piece RODNEY KING and the Peabody Award winning A HUEY P NEWTON STORY for Starz, both directed by Academy Award winner Spike Lee. Adams recently collaborated on the marketing of 2 seasons Spike Lee’s hit series Netflix SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT, and the Academy Award winning BLACKKKLANSMAN.
Theo Dumont has a tremendous amount of entertainment publicity experience. He is the co-founder and co-director of the Oscar-Qualifying HollyShorts Film Festival, Hollywood Comedy Festival and co-founder of the Mammoth Film Festival. Prior to Alta Global Media, Dumont was Head of Marketing at Buffalo 8 and Director of Corporate Communications at MGM Studios.
This judge is the Director of TV Development at Lee Daniels Entertainment. Lee Daniels is an Academy Award-nominated filmmaker whose work is trademarked by authenticity and candor, providing audiences with a unique and refreshing experience with each of his projects. In 2013 he released the critically acclaimed box office smash LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER. The film, released in August 2013, held the number one box office spot for three consecutive weeks and has to date grossed over $175million worldwide.
Daniels is widely known for his Academy Award-winning film PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL PUSH BY SAPPHIRE, in 2009. PRECIOUS was nominated for six Academy Awards, including nominations for Daniels in the category of "Achievement in Directing" and "Best Motion Picture of the Year, and wins in the categories of “Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role” and “Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay.”
Daniels was the first African American to be nominated for the Director's Guild of America Award for "Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film" on behalf of PRECIOUS. It was also nominated for three Golden Globe awards including "Best Picture Drama," and was nominated for eight NAACP Image Awards, six of which it won, in categories including "Outstanding Motion Picture" and "Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture, Theatrical or Television.”
Lee Daniels is set to direct the highly-anticipated Billie Holiday film starring Andra Day and written by Suzan-Lori Parks this fall, with several other films in development.
Courtney Miller Jr. is a 5-time award winning director who has worked with the biggest names in entertainment including Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Usher, and Britney Spears.
He's a staff writer for the hit show "Saints & Sinners" on Bounce TV and recently completed his first feature film A Stone Cold Christmas for Bounce TV, where he served as the co-writer and director. His award winning short film REPAIRations! - The Musical, received the Director's Choice Diversity in Cannes Best Musical.
Courtney has development deals with TBS, Lionsgate, MGM, Legendary, Weed Road, Viola Davis' company Juvee, Bounce TV, and Will Packer.
Janean Jeffries is the Senior Coordinator at ViacomCBS working directly with the Executive Vice President Head of Production for MTV, VH1, CMT, Paramount TV, Logo, Smithsonian Channel, MTV Studios, TVLand, Pluto TV, Comedy Central, and Pop.
Paramount TV released THIS IS PERSONAL which took an insider look at the struggle for intersectional activism among the Women's March leadership. While Logo released "RUPAUL's DRAG RACE", "CHASING BEAUTY, and "HUNGRY".
Janean has over 15 years experience in the entertainment industry, giving her a broad knowledge of what executives want and need on their screens. Previously, Janean worked for Love Life Entertainment & CBS Films.
Jalessa Jones is a Development Executive at MetaMorphic Entertainment to Producer and Manager Adesuwa McCalla. MetaMorphic Entertainment, has recently signed a first-look deal with Amazon Studios. Under the pact, McCalla will develop original series via MetaMorphic to be available exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.
As principal of MetaMorphic, McCalla identifies under-the-radar fresh voices that reflect different worlds and perspectives. Her client roster counts critically praised film and TV writers and directors whose projects include the Oscar-nominated Hotel Rwanda, HBO’s Emmy-nominated The Tuskegee Airmen, as well as series Picard, Counterpart, 13 Reasons Why, Unsolved: The Murders of Notorious B.I.G and Tupac, Star Trek, How to Get Away With Murder, The Flash and Tell Me a Story.
Previously, Jalessa was a Development Executive at WindPower Productions for writer Sabrina Wind, at ABC Studios. Prior to WindPower, Jalessa worked in the literary department at the leading management company, Circle of Confusion. She also worked for the VP of Production at Columbia Pictures, and at Media Res, an independent studio that focused on prestige, character driven television projects.
Jalessa has been involved in nearly every aspect of the entertainment industry, including on the buying and selling side of the business. Jalessa attended Columbia College Chicago's esteemed Television school, where her academic focus revolved around the development, writing, producing, and directing of television shows and aspires to head a studio one day.
Natalie Qasabian is a film producer based in Los Angeles. After producing three films for the Duplass Brothers including “Duck Butter” directed by Miguel Arteta, she went on to produce "All About Nina" starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Common.
Most recently Natalie produced "Searching," a thriller starring John Cho and Debra Messing which was acquired by Sony at Sundance in 2018 and went on to gross $75M at the box office. Currently she's producing "Run," starring Sarah Paulson for Lionsgate.
Natalie studied film at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and recently earned an MBA from Pepperdine University.
Austin S. Harris manages the development slate at Lincoln Square Productions’s scripted content division of the Disney/ABC Television Group. Lincoln Square Productions is the production company for ABC News. The division focuses on adapting true stories into scripted content.
Austin is currently developing projects for ABC, Disney+, and Lifetime, among others. The division’s projects have included the miniseries Madoff starring Richard Dreyfuss, The Lost Wife of Robert Durst, and the upcoming Lifetime film Stolen by My Mother: The Kamiyah Mobley Story starring Niecy Nash.
Before working at Lincoln Square, Austin was at ABC News working directly with correspondents Elizabeth Vargas and Deborah Roberts.
Devon Byers is the Manager and Producer at First Friday Entertainment, a literary management and production company, founded late last year by Devon and former Circle of Confusion manager Krista Sipp. First Friday Entertainment is dedicated to showcasing fresh and unique voices.
Devon's client, screenwriting Victoria Rose, just had Jaeden Martell of It join Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon on Tunnels, which is Directed by John Krokidas (Kill Your Darlings) and will be produced by Highland Film Group.
Before starting First Friday, Devon was the Development Coordinator at Ideate Media, the film and TV production company behind the BBC America adaptation of Douglas Adams' "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency" starring Elijah Wood, the international TOMBIRUO, the series "Mandatori", and the upcoming ROGUE STAR. Devon received his Masters in Producing from the American Film Institute Conservatory where his thesis film, JONESTOWN, won a number of international awards.
Krista Sipp is a literary manager based out of LA. She and her partner, Devon Byers, founded First Friday Entertainment a management and production company representing writers, directors, and producers in the film, TV, and digital space. Prior Krista was with Circle of Confusion, New Wave Entertainment and Authentic Talent & Literary Management. Currently, Krista is focused on developing clients with fresh voices and diverse points of view. Her clients have worked on projects such as TRANSPARENT, LIVING SINGLE, FAMILY GUY, DR. KEN, as well as the comic book HARRIET TUBMAN: DEMON SLAYER.
Chanlamar Carey is in the office of Head of Current Programming and Head of Unscripted Programming at Universal Content Productions.
Universal Content Productions (UCP) is a premium content studio that operates with a highly curated indie sensibility, while simultaneously leveraging the power and scale of NBCUniversal.
As fierce advocates for creators with an eclectic point of view, the UCP team develops pioneering and award-winning scripted programming with partners such as Amazon (“HOMECOMING”), Netflix (“THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY”), Hulu (“THE ACT”) and YouTube (“IMPULSE”), as well as NBCUniversal’s USA (“MR. ROBOT,” “THE PURGE,” “SUITS,” “DIRTY JOHN”) and SYFY (“THE MAGICIANS”).
Chanlamar has contributed to series including THE SINNER, PSYCH THE MOVIE 2, DIRTY JOHN, and more, providing notes for content to their showrunners. She has discovered many talented, diverse voices in to meet with development and current execs for future staffing opportunities, including staffing opportunities on NBCUniversal's streaming platform, Peacock.
ENTRANT TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Void where prohibited by law.
This Stage 32 Contest is an international contest. Must be 18 years or older to submit.
Entrant agrees to Stage32.com terms and conditions.
This Stage 32 Contest is not a game of chance. All material is read and reviewed by industry professionals.
All quarterfinalists, semi-finalists, finalists and winners are subjectively determined by our judges.
There is no limit to the number of screenplays an Entrant can enter. The same screenplay cannot be submitted multiple times under different names. If so, you will be disqualified.
Entrant must not be an immediate family member or friend of any of the judges or their respective companies.
Entrants must submit screenplays and payment online.
Entry fees will not be returned or adjusted.
No waivers are available for this contest.
SCREENPLAY TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Screenplays should be written in English and in standard industry format.
The rights to the Entrant’s screenplay should not have been previously optioned or sold.
Entrant’s screenplay must not have been produced.
After a screenplay is entered, no new drafts or corrected pages can be made by the Entrant. No exceptions.
Screenplay must be submitted as a PDF document. Submissions with and without title pages are accepted.
Screenplay must be the original work of the Entrant and may not be based whole or in part on any fictional or non-fictional material, published or unpublished, produced or unproduced for which the Entrant does not have rights. Neither Stage 32 nor its judges investigates or attests to the authenticity of an applicant’s statement of authorship or rights secured. By entering the competition, you are acknowledging that you have secured all necessary rights.
Submission fee: $49.50
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