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Walt Disney said, "Animation can explain whatever the mind of man can conceive," and in our never-ending mission to support the imaginations of screenwriters all over the world, Stage 32 is excited to announce our inaugural New Voices in Animation Screenwriting Contest!
The Grand Prize Winner will be flown to Hollywood (travel permitting) to have private one-on-one meetings with some of the most prolific and talented Animation artists, writers, filmmakers, producers, and executives from top companies including DISNEY, PIXAR, MGM, WARNER BROS., NETFLIX, and more!
ALL Finalists will not only receive exposure to our incredible panel of judges and mentors, 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!
There's just no telling how far you'll go!
Ever since a feisty little cat named Felix first made his debut on the silver screen over 100 years ago, animation has been delighting audiences across generations and all over the world. Whether the hero is an intrepid mouse, a foul-mouthed ogre, a space ranger, a spinach-munching sailor, or a beer-swilling Simpson, there is perhaps no greater form of escapism than animated features and TV series.
And now, thanks to the successes of instant classics like SHREK, TOY STORY, THE LEGO MOVIE and SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE, and daring TV satires such as RICK AND MORTY, BOJACK HORSEMAN, ARCHER, and BOB’S BURGERS, the wonderful world of animation is more exciting, diverse, and in demand than ever!
While the pandemic has been an obstacle for live action production, animation alone has remained quarantine-proof! Animation production has not slowed, and that is why studios, networks, financiers, and literary representatives are clamoring for scripts of all genres that can be animated! There has never been a more ideal time to write for animation than right now.
In our ongoing mission to discover new talent across the globe, Stage 32 is thrilled to announce our inaugural New Voices in Animation Screenwriting Contest for both Features and Television!
The Grand Prize Winner will meet with an all star panel of industry judges & mentors:
If you are a Finalist 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.
We have an incredible panel of judges and industry mentors who specialize in animation and have contributed to prolific projects from companies including The Walt Disney Company, Pixar, Cinemation Studios, MGM, Warner Bros., Bento Box Animation Studios, Netflix, and Chatrone Management!
Every judge in this esteemed group is at the top of their craft, and they are actively looking to support and champion the voices of new writers and new animated material!
Stage 32 Gets Results!
Stage 32 screenwriting and television writing competitions have springboarded over TWO DOZEN 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 Are We Looking For?
Remember that Animation is a format not a genre, so whether you have a whimsical feature ready to tickle audiences of all ages, a darkly clever pilot that dares to make the kind of commentary that only animated series can, or a concept that will dazzle the eye and awaken young minds, this is your time to shine! Our mission at Stage 32 is to amplify your unique voice, give you unprecedented industry access and launch your writing career to the next level.
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-min 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 the panel of industry mentors from:
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.
These contests have 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!
Lorien McKenna is a former Pixar story manager who worked on such features as UP, BRAVE, INSIDE OUT, and THE GOOD DINOSAUR. She also served as a producer for Paramount Animation where she oversaw development for WONDER PARK.
Lorien, along with Oscar-nominated writer Meg LeFauve, sold their romantic comedy anthology, THIS THING CALLED LOVE, to Hulu with Dan Lin producing; as well as a half hour sitcom, POOG, to NBC and WBTV.
Lorien also wrote HOW TO SET A FIRE AND WHY, based on the book of the same name by Jesse Ball, for Straight Up Films. Previously, she served as the Co-EP for Hulu's CURIOUS GEORGE series, and has developed projects for Disney Jr., Funko, and Netflix. Lorien started her career as a playwright in the Bay Area where she founded Guilty Theater, and taught playwriting, Shakespeare, and theater at St. Mary’s College of California.
Meet Daniel has been animating for 13 years for studios including PIXAR Animation and The Walt Disney Animation Studios. He has helped make films such as FROZEN, MOANA, ZOOTOPIA, WRECK IT RALPH and more.
Daniel attended San Francisco’s California College of the Art. By Daniel’s college sophomore year he was working at Pixar Animation Studios and soon after found himself working in Los Angeles for the Walt Disney Animation Studios.
Daniel received attention for his artwork at an early age. His entrée’s in the Museum of Latin American art and The U.S. District court for the southern District of California, that are still on display, would be the start of a promising career of fine art, teaching, public speaking, and animation. When not working Daniel has been creating his personal work and teaching art at various institutions in his spare time.
Conrad Vernon is an director of the 2019 animated film THE ADDAMS FAMILY for MGM and THE JETSONS for Warner Bros.
As a director, writer, storyboard artist and voice over artist Conrad is also known for his work on the DreamWorks animated film series SHREK as well as other films such as MONSTERS VS. ALIENS MADAGASCAR 3: EUROPE'S MOST WANTED and the adult animated film SAUSAGE PARTY.
Daniel Kendrick is a manager and development executive at Chatrone. Chatrone is one of the preeminent Animation production and management companies in the industry! Their animated feature, THE BOOK OF LIFE was produced by Guillermo del Toro and released by Fox starring Channing Tatum and Zoe Saldana.
Daniel previously worked at ICM before joining Chatrone in 2012. Daniel's clients include writers, artists, and creators that have worked on projects including THE BOOK OF LIFE, "SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS", "TEEN TITANS", "ROBOT CHICKEN", and "TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES".
Warner Bros. recently tapped Chatrone client Jorge Gutierrez to develop the BILLION BRICK RACE project in a studio off-shoot from its Lego franchise. BILLION BRICK RACE, producers are Dan Lin, Phil Lord, Chris Miller and Roy Lee.
Donald H Hewitt is a working screenwriter and WGA member with 20 years of industry experience. Donald has also had the privilege of working with some of the top producers in the industry, such as: David Heyman, John Lasseter, Peter Chernin, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Eric Fellner, Tim Bevan, Charles Roven and Alex Gartner.
Over the last 10 years, Donald has also been a passionate and dedicated screenwriting instructor using his extensive experience to guide students to success. Not only do Donald's students consistently place highly in contests, (including winner Johan Ingler, who's script Frankie & Chair is now in production) but many of them have gone on to sell their projects, in fact, just this last year 4 students have sold 5 projects.
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.
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