2nd Annual Feature Drama Screenwriting Contest

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Contest Info

This year’s Grand Prize Winner will be flown to Hollywood (travel permitting) to meet one-on-one with our judging and mentoring panel whose credits include the upcoming romantic drama WILD MOUNTAIN THYME with Golden Globe-winner Emily Blunt, Oscar-winning BLACKkKLANSMAN, Oscar-winning THE REVENANT, MIDWAY for Lionsgate, BREAKING NEWS IN YUBA COUNTY for MGM, TETRIS for Apple+ and more!

ALL Finalists will receive exposure to our incredible panel of judges and have their titles and loglines featured in the Stage 32's Industry LookBook, which is sent to over 500 executives and professionals who work directly with Stage 32! Previous Stage 32 contest finalists have had their projects optioned and been signed for representation as a result of our industry lookbooks!

 

This is exclusive access and unprecedented opportunity.

 

Drama, when done well, can elevate any movie genre. Feature dramas continue to be the cornerstone of entertainment around the world. And while other genres may go through trends of popularity, writing a compelling feature drama can launch a screenwriter’s career. Which is why...

 

Stage 32 is thrilled to announce our 2nd Annual Feature Drama Contest!

 


This is more impressive than most other contests I've placed in - Nicholl, Austin, etc. - so I'm really grateful and happy!”

- Jeff Galante, Stage 32 Contest Winner


 

The legendary writer and actor Gore Vidal told us, "A talent for drama is not a talent for writing, but is an ability to articulate human relationships.It is Stage 32's ongoing commitment to find incredible, undiscovered talent. We're excited to announce our 2nd Annual Drama Screenwriting Contest. This is a worldwide search for the best screenplays that take a deep dive into human relationships.

In this time of social distancing, we’re seeing relationships through a brand new lens and are looking for human connection. There has never been a greater need to explore the nuances of Drama than right now.

Drama is an exploration in complex character relationships and there is perhaps no more nuanced genre that can encompass many others. Projects like MARRIAGE STORY teach us that dramas can be hilarious, MOONLIGHT shows us an earnest and stunning piece of art, THREE BILLBOARDS... shows us a world that is dark and quirky, while 1917 reinvented the war drama. No two dramas look alike, but all of them dare to show us a different perspective of humanity.

 

What does the Winner Receive? 

The Grand Prize Winner will be flown to LA (travel permitting) and meet with our Judge & Mentor Board including:

  • Bradley Gallo , President of Film & Television - Amasia Entertainment (GREEN HORNET, DARK SHADOWS)
  • Will Raynor, Creative Executives -Mandalay Films (RAIN MAN, BATMAN, THE COLOR PURPLE, MIDNIGHT EXPRESS)  
  • Michael Ewing, Creative Executive - AGC Studios (MIDWAY for Lionsgate, BREAKING NEWS IN YUBA COUNTY for MGM)
  • Oliva Hurd, Development Executive - Amasia Entertainment (WILD MOUNTAIN THYME starring Golden Globe Winner Emily Blunt)
  • Augustine Calderon, Co-Producer TETRIS (Apple+), CRITICAL THINKING with John Leguizamo & Development Executive, THE REVENANT
  • Meagan Culberson, Management Coordinator - Alta Global Media (Oscar-winning BLACKkKLANSMAN)
  • Juan He, Literary Manager, Pregame Content
  • Christina Pickworth, Literary Agent, IMAGINE TALENT UK

 

All Top 10 Finalists get incredible exposure to these major 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.

 

What Are We Looking For?

Remember that Drama has seemingly infinite sub-genres and we are open to them all. We want unique Dramas  that have something new to say to audiences. Whether your story is a Romantic Drama, Historical Drama, Horror Drama, Legal Drama, War-time Drama, Crime Drama - or anything else in between - our judges want to see it! 

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!

 

What Types Of Scripts Can I Enter?

We’re looking for original, feature-length screenplays. Please no television pilots or limited series

 

Feedback Option

For an additional fee of only $49 you can receive full coverage from our industry readers on your screenplay or teleplay. Just check "coverage" upon checkout. Coverage will be sent out after the winners are announced.

"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.

Real success!

 

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:

  • Martin Reese - landed at $5,000 option agreement and eligibility for $100,000 in production financing after having his script selected in the Microbudget Horror Script Competition.
  • Eric Jeske - was signed by literary managers Krista Sipp and Devon Byers of First Friday Entertainment after being set up on a meeting by Stage 32!
  • Greg Mania - was signed by Laina Cohn and Jon Taub of Cohn/Torgan Management after being set up on a meeting by Stage 32!
  • Christina Pamies - was signed by prolific spec script selling manager Jake Wagner of Alibi Entertainment after being set up on a meeting by Stage 32! She was hired to write the horror Thriller BAGHEAD for StudioCanal!
  • Jonathan Jordan - signed with a manager and agent as a result of winning the Stage 32 Feature Screenwriting Contest and is now writing for a major studio. 
  • Christine Torres - signed with prolific manager and producer Brooklyn Weaver of Energy Entertainment after being set up on a meeting by Stage 32!
  • See dozens of success stories below under "Our Track Record"

Contest Prizes

The Grand Prize Winner

The Grand Prize Winner will be flown to Hollywood and sent on private one-on-one meetings with the panel of industry mentors from:

  • AGC Studios (MIDWAY, BREAKING NEWS IN YUBA COUNTY)
  • Mandalay Pictures (RAIN MAN, BATMAN, THE COLOR PURPLE, MIDNIGHT EXPRESS)
  • Apple+ (TETRIS)
  • Amasia Entertainment (WILD MOUNTAIN THYME, THE CALL, CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR)
  • Imagine Talent UK
  • Alta Global Media (Oscar-Winning BLACKkKLANSMAN)
  • Pregame Content 

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.

 

Our Track Record

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.

  • The Eye of Owuo, written by Stage 32 Member Martin Reese received a $5,000 option and eligible for $100,000 in production financing with Trick Candle Productions and Glass House Distribution.
  • Eric Jeske - signed with Krista Sipp & Devon Byers from First Friday Entertainment and is currently in the middle of negotiating an option for his winning project with a major international producer!
  • Christina Pamies - signed with Jake Wagner of Alibi Entertainment. Hired for writing assignment by StudioCanal.
  • Christine Torres - signed with manager and producer Brooklyn Weaver of Energy Entertainment.
  • Greg Mania - signed with manager Laina Cohn of Cohn/Torgan Management.
  • Jonathan Jordan - signed with Verve Talent & Literary Agency and manager Byron Austen Ashley.
  • Duane Piedmont - signed with Kaplan-Stahler Agency and Heroes And Villains Entertainment.
  • Brittni Brown and Jenna Palermo - signed with Infinity Management International.
  • Benji Smith - signed with Meridian Artists.
  • Trish MacEnulty - attached producer Gavin Dorman to her script.
  • Scott Waldvogel and Matt DeMartini - signed with Gotham Group and APA.
  • Frank Ponce - signed with 3 Arts Entertainment and Atlas Entertainment.
  • Glenn Forbes - signed with Infinity Management International and optioned by Glider Films.
  • Richard Hobley - signed with Paradigm and Goldcrest Films International.
  • 10-31, a horror film that will be produced by renowned director Eli Roth, Roger Birnbaum and Orion Pictures,written by Stage 32 member Laurie Ashbourne is greenlit and starts shooting later this year.
  • Chick Fight starring Malin Ackerman, Alec Baldwin and Bella Thorne written by Stage 32 member Joe Downey is in post-production and awaiting release!
  • What Lies Ahead, written by Stage 32 member William Viglione, directed by Stage 32 member Rob Gardner, and packaged by Stage 32 script services executive Tiffany Boyle of Ramo Law was released in theaters in 2019.
  • Vagic, a romantic comedy written by Stage 32 member Julie Ann Cross, received a $7,500 option and is being produced by legendary producer Amy Baer of Gidden Media Group.
  • My Clone’s an A-Hole, a comedy written by Julie Ann Wight was offered a $5,000 option by National Lampoon.
  • I'm Not Jack, a script written by Stage 32 member Jack Cusick, received a $7,500 option and is being developed by legendary producer Amy Baer of Gidden Media Group.
  • Eric Jeske - signed with Krista Sipp & Devon Byers from First Friday Entertainment and is currently in the middle of negotiating an option for his winning project with a major international producer!
  • Scott Waldvogel and Matt DeMartini - signed with Gotham Group and APA.
  • Frank Ponce - signed with 3 Arts Entertainment and Atlas Entertainment.
  • Glenn Forbes - signed with Infinity Management International and optioned by Glider Films.
  • Richard Hobley - signed with Paradigm and Goldcrest Films International.
  • Diana Wright signed with The Cartel after being set up on a meeting by Stage 32!
  • Aaron Benjamin signed with Housefire Management.
  • Aaron Bierman signed with Verve Talent and Literary Agency after being set up on a meeting by Stage 32!

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!

Contest Judges

Bradley Gallo (Judge & Mentor)

Bradley Gallo (Judge & Mentor) - President, Film & Television, Amasia Entertainment

Bradley Gallo is the co-founder and President of Film and Television at Amasia Entertainment. Helmed by the former president and COO of Marvel Studios, Michael Helfant, Amasia has emerged as one of the top production companies in the industry today.

Amasia which is the production company behind the sequel series DARK SHADOWS: REINCARNATION for Warner Brothers and the grounded reboot of the GREEN HORNET franchise, set up at Universal.

Amasia will soon release WILD MOUNTAIN THYME, starring Emily Blunt, Christopher Walken, Jon Hamm, and Jamie Dornan. Previous credits include 2019’s Official Sundance Selection THEM THAT FOLLOW, starring Olivia Coleman, Jim Gaffigan, Walton Goggins, Kaitlyn Dever, Lewis Pullman, Alice Englert, and Thomas Mann.

Amasia Entertainment is a production, finance and management company based in Los Angeles. They're behind films like CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR, FEAR, INC., THE ROAD WITHIN, THE CALL AND MR. RIGHT. Amasia is currently in pre-production on FATE, written by Gary Whittar (ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY, BOOK OF ELI).

Recently, Amasia opened up a bidding war for MY FAVORITE THING IS MONSTERS, with SONY picking up the project, which is now in development (see it on Deadline) and announced a new Television division led by industry veteran Tracy Mercer, formerly with Morgan Freeman's Revelations Entertainment (See it on Deadline here). Amasia just acquired the rights to the sci-fi feature WORLD BREAKER and the pilot DOPPEL (see more here).

Agustine Calderon (Judge & Mentor)

Agustine Calderon (Judge & Mentor) - TETRIS Co-Producer, Apple+

Agustine Calderon is a Producer working in feature films and television. Agustine is a Co-Producer on TETRIS starring Taron Egerton for Apple+. He also just developed the feature drama CRITICAL THINKING directed by actor John Leguizamo.

He was previously an executive at a major production company with a co-financing and production deal at Warner Bros. His production and development credits include MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, THE REVENANT, BIRDMAN, READY PLAYER ONE, WONDER WOMAN, THE JUNGLE BOOK.

Agustine is also currently in development on a project with producer Beau Flynn, producer of REQUIEM FOR A DREAM. 

Meagan A. Culberson (Judge & Mentor)

Meagan A. Culberson (Judge & Mentor) - Management Coordinator, Alta Global Media

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.

Michael Ewing (Judge & Mentor)

Michael Ewing (Judge & Mentor) - Creative Executive, AGC Studios (MIDWAY, BREAKING NEWS IN YUBA COUNTY)

Michael Ewing is the Creative Executive at AGC Studios where he sources new projects for the company while also supporting the Chairman and CEO. Most recently, ACG released the smash-hit drama MIDWAY directed by Roland Emmerich for Lionsgate, and will be releasing the drama BREAKING NEWS IN YUBA COUNTY with MGM, starring Mila Kunis and directed by Tate Taylor (THE HELP).

AGC is also currently in post-production on VOYAGERS with Colin Farrell and directed by Neil Burger (DIVERGENT Franchise).

The new studio’s Hollywood output has a wide-ranging multicultural focus, designed for exploitation across an array of global platforms including major studio partnerships, streaming platforms, traditional broadcast and cable television networks and independent distributors, both in the U.S. and internationally. 

Will Raynor (Judge & Mentor)

Will Raynor (Judge & Mentor) - Creative Executive, Mandaly Pictures

Will Raynor is the Creative Executive at Mandalay Pictures. He has contributed to the development of critical and commercially successful feature films, including, the Drama NINE DAYS with Sony Pictures Classics, the Drama UNCORKED for Netlfix, OTHERHOOD for Netflix starring Angela Bassett, Patricia Arquette, and Felicity Huffman, and Emmy-nominated Drama THE TALE for HBO.

The CEO of Mandalay has been a force in the entertainment industry for over thirty years. Films he personally produced or executive produced, include RAIN MAN, BATMAN, THE COLOR PURPLE, MIDNIGHT EXPRESS, THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK, MISSING and FLASHDANCE, which have earned over three billion dollars worldwide and garnered more than 50 Academy Award nominations.
 
Olivia Hurd (Judge & Mentor)

Olivia Hurd (Judge & Mentor) - Development Coordinator, Amasia Entertainment (WILD MOUNTAIN THYME)

Olivia Hurd is the Development Coordinator at Amasia Entertainment, which is the production company behind the sequel series DARK SHADOWS: REINCARNATION for Warner Brothers and the grounded reboot of the GREEN HORNET franchise, set up at Universal.

Amasia will soon release WILD MOUNTAIN THYME, starring Emily Blunt, Christopher Walken, Jon Hamm, and Jamie Dornan. Previous credits include 2019’s Official Sundance Selection THEM THAT FOLLOW, starring Olivia Coleman, Jim Gaffigan, Walton Goggins, Kaitlyn Dever, Lewis Pullman, Alice Englert, and Thomas Mann.

Before joining Amasia, Olivia was at Heyday Films, the producers of A MARRIAGE STORY, GRAVITY, and the HARRY POTTER franchise. She was also in the writers’ rooms at FOX and CBS.

Amasia’s additional credits include MR. RIGHT with Anna Kendrick and Sam Rockwell, THE CALL with Halle Berry, and CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR with Nick Jonas and Dermot Mulroney. They are currently building out a robust Television slate in addition to their impressive slate of feature films.

 

Juan He (Judge & Mentor)

Juan He (Judge & Mentor) - Literary Manager, Pregame Content

Juan He is a Literary Manager at Pregame Content which has offices based in London and Los Angeles. Previously, Juan was a Junior Manager at Good Fear Content where he discovered many of the clients on Good Fear’s wroster by scouting talent from all over the globe.

In late 2018, Juan found a British horror director Alberto Marina and successfully set up his short film BAGHEAD at StudioCanal with Picture Co producing. The adaptation is now being written by Christina Pamies another screenwriter discovered through Stage 32.

Juan started his career in Universal Pictures Creative Development where he was involved in the development of features films such as JURASSIC WORLD, MUMMY, NIGHT SCHOOL and more. He later joined the world’s biggest talent agency CAA in their Motion Pictures department where he worked in representation, with a strong focus on director and writer clients.

In early 2019, one of Juan's clients, Diane Hanks had her project HICKAM submitted to Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock and Steven Spielberg through CAA for production considerations. At Pregame Content, Juan continues to advocate for undiscovered voices from around the world.

 

Christina Pickworth (Mentor & Judge)

Christina Pickworth (Mentor & Judge) - Literary Agent, Imagine Talent (UK)

Christina Pickworth is a Literary Agent at the UK-based, Imagine Talent. Christina founded the agency in 2012 to support writers and directors in telling their stories. She now works with a raft of brilliant clients, championing emerging talent and female voices.

Christina has been working in film and television since 2003. She has consulted for production companies and financiers, worked on film and television productions. Previously, Christian was at United Agents, as well as a film development finance fund that invested in 300 British film projects over 3 years.

Christina founded and runs the Writers’ Group for Women in Film & Television (UK), which supports new and established writing talent.

Christina has been on the selection committee for the BAFTA Rocliffe screenwriting competitions, she was also the assistant chair for the Fremantle UK New Talent Award, as part of the Women in Film & Television Awards 2012, and has been a mentor for First Light.

Contest Rules

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.

The Entrant retains the rights to his or her screenplay at all times.

Entrant’s screenplay must not have been produced.

The screenplay can be submitted with or without a title page and/or contact information.

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.

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.

Winner Announcements

Apr 02
Quarter-Finalists Announced
on Stage 32
Apr 16
Semi-Finalists Announced
on Stage 32
Apr 30
Finalists Announced
on Stage 32
May 14
Contest Winners Announced
on Stage 32
* Announcement dates subject to change.

Contest Deadlines

Super Early Bird Deadline

Friday, Nov 13 - 11:59 PM PST

Submission fee: $49.50

Super Early Bird Deadline

Early Bird Deadline

Wednesday, Dec 9 - 11:59 PM PST

Submission fee: $59.50

Early Bird Deadline

Regular Deadline

Wednesday, Jan 6 - 11:59 PM PST

Submission fee: $69.50

Regular Deadline

Final Deadline

Wednesday, Feb 3 - 11:59 PM PST

Submission fee: $79.50

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