3rd Annual Feature Screenwriting Contest

Contest Info

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The ultimate screenwriting contest is back!

We're proud to announce that 9 of our past contest finalists & winners have been signed, staffed, optioned and/or put into development!

It’s that time again, time for the big one, the 3rd annual Stage 32 Feature Screenwriting Contest. As you know, our contests are all about giving our top writers access to working industry executives and professionals. Your success is our success!

Grand Prize Winner Will Meet With a Dream Team!

We've arranged meetings and mentorship with a screenwriter's dream team - a studio writer, literary manager, development executive, producer, studio director & an entertainment attorney! This is unparalleled and exclusive access to a complete team of industry experts who will provide advice, insight and mentoring to our winner!

Second and Third Place Winners – Will have their loglines and synopsis exclusively sent to every executive we work with!

All finalists will have their loglines placed in a special executives only space on Stage 32. If an executive requests your script, we will facilitate the delivery.

This is a contest designed for all feature writers regardless of genre or budget. All scripts will be judged on a variety of criteria from dialogue to pacing to characters to overall execution. This is not a contest about finding the most marketable screenplay, it’s about finding the best writer producing the best writing. So whether you have a micro-budget screenplay or the first of a tentpole trilogy, if the writing is on point, bring it on!

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Contest Prizes

Grand Prize Winner will meet with a Screenwriting Dream Team!

We've arranged meetings and mentorship with a screenwriter's dream team - a studio screenwriter, literary manager, development executive, producer, studio director & entertainment attorney!

  • Screenwriter (David Paterson) - Lionsgate's The Great Gilly Hopkins (Octavia Spencer, Glenn Close, Kathy Bates), Disney's Bridge to Terabithia (Josh Hutcherson, Zooey Deschanel, Bailee Madison)
  • Literary Manager (Spencer Robinson) - Art/Work Entertainment, clients writing credits include: Arrival, Workaholics, Eastbound and Down, The Mick, Will & Grace and more. 
  • Development Executive (Rachel Crouch) - Cold Iron Pictures, credits include (Swiss Army Man, Diary of a Teenage Girl)
  • Producer (David Harris) - credits include: Security (Antonio Banderas, Ben Kingsley, Gabriella Wright), Desolation (David Moscow)
  • Director (Tyler Gillet) - credits include: 20th Century FOX's Devil's DueV/H/S (Sundance)
  • Entertainment Attorney (Jordan Barel) - worked for AMC and New Line Cinema

 

Second and Third Place Winners

Stage 32's executive team will send out 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.

 

Finalists

All finalists will have their loglines placed in a special executives only space on Stage 32. If an executive requests your script, we will facilitate the delivery.

Our Track Record

Congratulations to our 2017 Feature Screenwriting Contest Winners!  

 

Grand Prize Winner

GOLDEN GIRL

Jonathan Jordan

 

2nd Place

THE CON ARTIST'S DAUGHTER

Davia Sills & Jason Teich

 

3rd Place

DEVIL TO PAY 

Julie Moran & Kemmy Moran

 

 

Congratulations to our 2017 Feature Screenwriting Contest Finalists!  

WRITER SCREEPLAY TITLE
Argie Staples THE RECLAMATION OF JIM CLEVE
Brock Newell RAVENOUS
Christopher Blackwell DARKNESS AWAITS
Davia Sills & Jason Teich THE CON ARTIST'S DAUGHTER (*2nd Place)
David A. Flores BRISTOL
Gary A. Piazza BREAKAWAY HEART
Jonathan Jordan GOLDEN GIRL (*Winner)
Julie Moran & Kemmy Moran DEVIL TO PAY (*3rd Place)
Kathaleen Brewer THE VALEDICTORIAN
Peter Hurd NEMESIS

Congratulations to our 2017 Feature Screenwriting Contest Semi-finalists!  

WRITER SCREEPLAY TITLE
Adam Lambert JOURNEY TO FISTERRA
Amanda Keener THOSE WE LEAVE BEHIND
Amir Mohabbat THE HONOUR DIARY
Amir Mohabbat THE CHARMED LIFE OF MRS. CONROY
Anthony Giambusso JAKE AND ANNA HAVE SEX WITH OTHER PEOPLE
Argie Staples THE RECLAMATION OF JIM CLEVE
Ashton Bailey THIS THING OF OURS
Bill Brock THE DRESS
Brock Newell RAVENOUS
Bryan Ott BEASTS AND CHILDREN
C Mesber MALIKA
Christian J. Hearn DEADALIVE
Christopher Blackwell DARKNESS AWAITS
Cinzia Gagliardi PLEASE, GENTLEMAN, ASK ME WHO I AM
Courtney Suttle FIRE ON ICE
Dan Tomasulo AMERICAN SNAKE PIT
Daniele Esposito A LITTLE BULLET
Davia Sills THE CON ARTIST'S DAUGHTER
David A. Flores BRISTOL
David Michael Kushner ADAM & EVE
David Steiner IN OUR IMAGE
Dr. SreyReath Kuy & Dr. SreyRam Kuy & Ross Raffin THE HEART OF A TIGER
Einar Gunn THE FARM
Elizabeth Hansen THE ONLY ALIEN ON THE PLANET
Emilio Corsetti III SCAPEGOAT
Gary A. Piazza BREAKAWAY HEART
J.A. Brown THE PAWNBROKER
Janice Walker THE FIRST TIME FOR PENNY
Janson Mancheski THE CHEMIST
Jennie Wood A BOY LIKE ME
Jess Ansik WILLOWPORT
Jimmy Kelly SURVIVE
Joelle Luman THE CAREGIVER
Jonathan Jordan GOLDEN GIRL
Julie Moran & Kemmy Moran DEVIL TO PAY
Kari Floren CANDY KID AND THE HOBO KING
Kathaleen Brewer THE VALEDICTORIAN
L Morris LA MADAME
L Morris ESCAPERS
Laura Hamley & Shirley IN SEARCH OF WALTER
Lee Kelley FIFTY MILES OUT
Leo Evans WAR STORIES: A SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY
Madeline Gentinetta A VERY WHITE CHRISTMAS
Mary Griffitts and Ryan Griffitts WORTHY
Michael Faunce-Brown HARTLEY'S WAR
Pete Whiting THE TITRON MADNESS
Peter Hurd NEMESIS
Richard Humphries AFTER WOLF
Robert Naturman ALL THE GOOD HOURS
Samir Rimawi STILLBORN
Samuel Bernstein ELEPHANT & CASTLE
Skye Emerson HELP UNWANTED
Tamara Steren EVERY TICKET TELLS A STORY
Theodore Carl Soderberg RUNAWAY SHIP
Warren Bouchier ODYSSEUS IN LOVE
William Gammon FOR ELISE
Xaque Gruber ALLIGATORS

Congratulations to our 2017 Feature Screenwriting Contest Quarterfinalists! 

WRITER SCREEPLAY TITLE
Aaron Benjamin THE BASTARD OF ROBERT E. LEE
Adam Drew THE FALCON
Adam Lambert JOURNEY TO FISTERRA
Allyson Rice THE KEYS TO THE HIGHWAY
Amanda Keener THOSE WE LEAVE BEHIND
Amir Mohabbat THE HONOUR DIARY
Amir Mohabbat THE CHARMED LIFE OF MRS. CONROY
Andrew S.Fisk THE REBORN
Anthony Giambusso JAKE AND ANNA HAVE SEX WITH OTHER PEOPLE
Argie Staples THE RECLAMATION OF JIM CLEVE
Ashton Bailey THIS THING OF OURS
Avia Knighten CAESAR'S TROVE
Bill Brock THE DRESS
Brock Newell RAVENOUS
Bryan Ott BEASTS AND CHILDREN
C Mesber MALIKA
Casey Costello THE CONTRACTOR
Christian J. Hearn DEADALIVE
Christopher Blackwell DARKNESS AWAITS
Cinzia Gagliardi PLEASE, GENTLEMAN, ASK ME WHO I AM
Clark (Cal) Moriarty LURE
Courtney Suttle FIRE ON ICE
Damon Stout THE FALLEN
Dan Tomasulo AMERICAN SNAKE PIT
Daniele Esposito A LITTLE BULLET
Davia Sills THE CON ARTIST'S DAUGHTER
David A. Flores BRISTOL
David Dell Johnson CHOKE JOB
David Hauslein LONG WHITE LINE
David Michael Kushner ADAM & EVE
David Steiner IN OUR IMAGE
Dennis DeBon DAVID VS. VEGAS
Diana Lanham GOD SMACK
Dr. SreyReath Kuy & Dr. SreyRam Kuy & Ross Raffin THE HEART OF A TIGER
Einar Gunn THE FARM
Elizabeth Hansen THE ONLY ALIEN ON THE PLANET
Emilio Corsetti III SCAPEGOAT
Erin Cardiff 4TH OF JULY
Fiona Hunnisett SNAP HAPPY
Gary A. Piazza BREAKAWAY HEART
George Rubino MAKING IT IN BROOKLYN
Hugh G. Potter BROKEN CHAIN
J. R. O'Hara THE LAST SUICIDE NOTE
J.A. Brown THE PAWNBROKER
Janice Walker THE FIRST TIME FOR PENNY
Janson Mancheski THE CHEMIST
Jared Aisen ALCATRAZ
Jeff Lewis ASCENSION
Jennie Wood A BOY LIKE ME
Jennifer Carta TALKING OUT LOUD
Jess Ansik WILLOWPORT
Jill Remensnyder ENTANGLEMENT
Jimmy Kelly SURVIVE
JoAnn Hess GRANDFELLA
Joe Brouillette & A.J. Carter 6 MILES
Joelle Luman THE CAREGIVER
John Cashin COLD NIGHT FOR ALLIGATORS
John Day NONE OF THE ABOVE
John Pisano-Thomsen PRIDE & PRESIDENT
Jonas Tintenseher ANTLERS
Jonathan Jordan GOLDEN GIRL
Julie & Kemmy Moran DEVIL TO PAY
Kari Floren CANDY KID AND THE HOBO KING
Karl Mather NEVER A WORD OF A LIE
Kathaleen Brewer THE VALEDICTORIAN
Kenddrie Utuk and Michael J. Hardy THE EMANCIPATION OF MARTIN
Kent Wilson 3D AT THE PALACE
Kevin Barney NOT IN OUR TOWN
L Morris LA MADAME
L Morris ESCAPERS
Larry Anderson THE COURAGE TO MEDDLE: FRANCES PERKINS THE SOCIAL REFORMER
Laura Hamley & Shirley IN SEARCH OF WALTER
Lee Kelley FIFTY MILES OUT
Leo Evans WAR STORIES: A SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY
Madeline Gentinetta A VERY WHITE CHRISTMAS
Mark Meinhardt BEST FRIEND FOR HIRE
Mark S. Reynolds RADIO CHAOS
Mary Griffitts and Ryan Griffitts WORTHY
Maryrose Wood METROPOLITAN GIRL
Michael Faunce-Brown HARTLEY'S WAR
Michael Tuggle OPENING NIGHT
Nacho Fernandez THE RISKS WE TAKE
Nancy Dillon THE BELL
Ned O'Connor RUGGERS
Pete Whiting THE TITRON MADNESS
Peter Hurd NEMESIS
Richard Humphries AFTER WOLF
Robert Cox DRAGONSONG
Robert Naturman ALL THE GOOD HOURS
Sabrina L. Wright TABLE FOR THREE FOR CHRISTMAS
Samir Rimawi STILLBORN
Samuel Bernstein ELEPHANT & CASTLE
Saro Varjabedian GAME OVER
Skye Emerson HELP UNWANTED
Stacey Davis BURYING THE LEAD
Stephen J. Kelly THE AVIATRIX
Tamara Steren EVERY TICKET TELLS A STORY
Theodore Carl Soderberg RUNAWAY SHIP
Timothy Kernc THE SCROLL
Tom Leveen SHACKLED
Tom Wirtshafter OPEN CIRCLE
Tom Wirtshafter STAND FAST
Tony Gapastione ALTAR ME
Walker Hare THE CRYING MAN
Warren Bouchier ODYSSEUS IN LOVE
William Gammon FOR ELISE
Xaque Gruber ALLIGATORS

 

Winner Announcements

November 22, 2017: quarterfinalists announced on Stage 32

December 7, 2017: semi-finalists announced on Stage 32

December 23, 2017: Finalists announced on Stage 32

January 25, 2018: Winners will be announced on Stage 32

 

Our Track Record

8 of our past contest finalists have either been signed, optioned or had their projects put into development!

  • 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.

 

*dates subject to change

Contest Judges

Tyler Gillett (Feature Contest Judge)

Tyler Gillett (Feature Contest Judge) - Studio Director for 20th Century FOX,

Tyler Gillett is a film, television and new media writer, director and producer based in Los Angeles. One of the founding members of the filmmaking collective Radio Silence, his recent film credits include 20th Century FOX's Devil's Due, the 2012 Sundance hit V/H/S, and The Orchard's Southbound. He currently has feature projects in development at FOX Searchlight and Rough House Pictures. In addition to his film credits, he has sold three television shows -- a horror anthology to NBC, an action comedy to Comedy Central, and an adventure show to Disney XD. Tyler got his start working with the online comedy group Chad, Matt & Rob whose work has garnered over 100 Million total views on YouTube.

Rachel Crouch (Feature Contest Judge)

Rachel Crouch (Feature Contest Judge) - Development Executive & Writer, Cold Iron Films

Cold Iron Pictures is a boutique film financing company that embodies the spirit of independent filmmaking. Cold Iron Pictures looks for innovative scripts, auteur directors, and cast-driven projects. Rachel is looking for TV and film projects with a unique perspective or point of view.

While at Cold Iron, Rachel Crouch has worked on such films as the Spirit Award-winning THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL, this summer's SWISS ARMY MAN starring Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano, TIME OF MIND starring Richard Gere, and Mike Birbiglia's latest DON'T THINK TWICE. Cold Iron is currently filming the feature film, YOU CAN CHOOSE YOUR FAMILY, starring Jim Gaffigan, Anna Gunn, and Logan Miller. 

Cold Iron Pictures produced:

  • NORMAN (Richard Gere, Dan Stevens, Steve Buscemi)
  • DON'T THINK TWICE (Gillian Jacobs, Keegan-Michael Key, Kate Micucci, Mike Birbiglia)
  • SWISS ARMY MAN (Daniel Radcliffe, Paul Dano, Mary Elizabeth Winstead)
  • WONDERFUL WORLD
  • SUPER (James Gunn, Ellen Page, Rainn Wilson)
  • THE OH IN OHIO
  • EVERY DAY
  • THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL (Kristen Wiig, Alexander Skarsgård)
  • TIME OF OF MIND (Richard Gere, Jena Malone, Steve Buscemi)
  • ANSWERS TO NOTHING
  • UNEARTHED
 
As a writer, Rachel has had articles published by The Mary Sue, TVGuide.com, EveryGeek.net, and co-founded the geek girl podcast and blog The Babes in the Woods.
David Paterson (Feature Contest Judge)

David Paterson (Feature Contest Judge) - Screenwriter - The Great Gilly Hopkins (Octavia Spencer), Disney's Bridge to Terabithia,

An Award-winning playwright and screenwriter, David has penned over two-dozen plays, 15 of which are published through Samuel French, Inc. His works have been performed on Broadway, Off Broadway and throughout the world. He is the only playwright ever to have three plays premiere on the New York City stage in one month.

In 2005 David began writing for film. He adapted his play FINGER PAINTING IN A MURPHY BED into a screenplay and produced it. As LOVE, LUDLOW, the film premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews; “Another Sundance treasure!” Roger Ebert reported. David sold the film to The Sundance Channel, Starz Channel and Warner Home Video. LOVE, LUDLOW was one of the few success stories of Sundance 2005. The screenplay was nominated for the HUMANITAS award for excellence in screen writing. David has also written for The New York Times, Moviemaker Magazine, Filmmaker magazine, and IndieSlate, among others.

David’s second feature, Disney’s BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA, was one of the most successful studio releases of 2007. His short, OPEN AIR, starring MUNICH’s Lynn Cohen, won numerous awards on the festival circuit and premiered with Shorts International. David’s films and documentaries have been seen in over 100 festivals worldwide. His most recent documentary, DON”T STOP BELIEVIN’: EVERYMAN’s JOURNEY was a hit on the Festival circuit, winning multiple awards, including the Palm Springs IFF Audience award and was also nominated for a Gotham award.

David’s latest film, THE GREAT GILLY HOPKINS, starring Glenn Close, Octavia Spencer, Kathy Bates and Julia Stiles premiered in theaters in 2017. He is currently at work on three other major family market adaptations – THE FLINT HEART, COME SING JIMMY JO, and MY FINAL ANSWER, with Beeholder productions (YOU DON’T KNOW JACK).

David is a professional stuntman, an adjunct professor of screenwriting for NYIT of Manhattan, and serves on the Film Advisory Board for the Savannah, First Times, Gold Coast and Big Apple Film Festivals. David has served as a panelist for numerous film festivals in the U.S. and abroad, and is in great demand as a guest lecturer and motivational speaker at colleges, Universities and writer symposiums, most recently lecturing at the RIO IFF in Brazil.

David is also a fireman; his memories as a 9/11 rescue worker were published in the novel 911-Book of Help, with his royalties going to scholarships for children who lost parents in the tragedy.

David Harris (Feature Contest Judge)

David Harris (Feature Contest Judge) - Producer, Security (Antonio Banderas, 2017), Desolation (David Moscow, 2017),

David Harris is a former development executive turned independent producer. He worked at Platinum Studios (COWBOYS & ALIENS, "Jeremiah", DYLAN DOG: DEAD OF NIGHT) and Paramount Pictures (M:I 6 - MISSION IMPOSSIBLE, ARRIVAL, GHOST IN THE SHELL) before turning to producing. He most recently produced the $15MM action/thriller SECURITY at Nu Image / Millennium Films, starring Antonio Banderas and Ben Kingsley set for release in August 2017.

As a direct result of a Stage 32 pitch session, David hired Stage 32 writer Craig Walendziak to co-write the thriller DESOLATION directed by David Moscow. He has optioned 2 Stage 32 scripts and helped another Stage 32 member get hired for a writing assignment with producer Luke Edwards.

Spencer Robinson (Feature Contest Judge)

Spencer Robinson (Feature Contest Judge) - Literary & Talent Manager, Art/Work Entertainment

Spencer Robinson has been in the industry for nearly a decade as a manager and is currently a literary and talent manager at Art/Work Entertainment. Spencer began his career in production at Cornice Entertainment and Howard Entertainment, and then moved into talent management at MBST Entertainment. For the past 6 years Spencer has been with Art/Work and continues managers both writers and actors for television and film.

Art/Work is a management company headed by Cindy Ambers and Julie Bloom. Art/Work merged with Verve in 2010 and represents writers and actors throughout the industry. They represent writers like Eric Heisserer, writer of 2016's Oscar-winning film ARRIVAL which grossed over $200 million worldwide.

 

Jordan Barel (Feature Contest Judge)

Jordan Barel (Feature Contest Judge) - Entertainment Attorney, Writer & Producer,

Jordan Barel is an entertainment attorney who has previously worked for New Line Cinema, Generate, Alloy, and AMC and was recently names in Variety's Hollywood Movers and Shakers List! He works closely with Verve Talent Agency identifying new writers and material for production and representation.

As a producer, Jordan also runs his own graphic novel publishing studio, Loaded Barrel Studios. He won the Independent Publishing Book Awards (2012, 2013), The LA Book festival, the Geekie Awards ®, and many others for their groundbreaking work in live-action graphic novels including Grey, Brielle and the Horror & God of the Machines.

Jordan has optioned books and screenplays with producers such as David Uslan (Sabrina), Brendan Deneen (Knight Rider), Jeffrey Erb (Sisters on 7th), and Aaron Berger (The Book of Life). He’s developed at studios such as Chatrone, Unique Features, and Leomark Studios in the independent film space. Jordan is currently producing the independent film The Incoherents filming in NY right now!

 

Winner Announcements

Nov 30
Finalists Announced
on Stage 32
Nov 30
Contest Winners Announced
on Stage 32
* Announcement dates subject to change.
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