3rd Annual Stage 32 Fantasy & Sci-Fi Screenwriting Contest

Contest Info

THE WINNER HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED!

 

Past Winners/Finalists working with Good Fear + Film Management, Baker Entertainment Group, Wonder Woman producer Stephen Jones, talent agent Shawn Burns, producer Mitchell Peck and more!

Thanks to the plethora of streaming options and a renewed interest in the genres, fantasy and sci-fi films have never been hotter. More and more production companies, managers, and agents are looking for writers working with fantasy and sci-fi ideas. And with our 3rd Annual Fantasy and Sci-Fi contest, we’re once again ready to shine a light on the most talented undiscovered writers. (See what past finalists and winners are up to in the videos below!)

What are we looking for? Well, everything! From small budget contained, to mid-range worlds, to blockbuster new realms, we want your best.

As always, our finalists will be exposed to hundreds of executives. And this year’s winner will be flown to Los Angeles to meet with Fenrir Productions, Amasia Entertainment, Cruze & Company, The Octoberists, Kersey Management and John Crosby Management.

Our goal is to continue our streak of past winners/finalists getting represented, optioned. We look forward to working with you!

 

What Types of Scripts Can Enter?

From fantasy worlds such as Snow White and the Huntsman, Avatar and Ready Player One to low budget to high budget sci-fi such as Ex Machina, Venom, Annihilation, Death Race 2050, Ghost in the Shell, Birdbox, Valerian, Geostorm and everything in between.

(Features only. No shorts or TV pilots will be accepted)

 

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About Your Judges

  • Pat O'Brien, Literary Manager - John Crosby Management (Clients have been in: Transformers, Thor, V for Vendetta, Alien, Hellboy, Face/Off)
  • Andrew M. Henderson, Writer/Producer - Fenrir Productions (Alternate Realities, Mirrored)
  • Bradley Gallo, Producer/CCO - Amasia Entertainment (The Call, Mr. Right, Fear, Inc., Don't Go,My Favorite Thing Is Monsters (SONY), Them That Follows (Official Sundance Selection 2019)World Breaker - just optioned announced on Deadline)
  • Cody Lyons, Producer/Co-Founder - The Octoberists (Lunopolis, Retreat, The Dark Tapes, Strawberry Flavored Plastic)
  • Andrew Kersey, Manager - Kersey Management (Clients have worked on: G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra, Jem and the Holograms, Cavemen, The Clinic, and the new series: Roswell, New Mexico)
  • Aaron Cruze, Producer - Cruze & Company (The Blackout, Operator, Fire with Fire)

Grand Prize:

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RITA & THE ETERNAL INN BILL POORE

Second Place:

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CANARIES CRAIG CAMBRIA

Finalists

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CANARIES CRAIG CAMBRIA
CELEBRATE THE MONSTER STEVEN PAPINEAU
CHILDREN OF THE STORM MICHAEL HAHN
KINDRED JOSH BRYER & PHIL PARKER
RITA & THE ETERNAL INN BILL POORE
ROAD TO THE SKY PAUL BLISS
ROBOT ZERO GEOFFREY UHL
THE UNWELCOME ERIC PAGAN
THE WAY OF THE TRUE LES ZIG
VIZIONS ANGELICA WEAVER

Semi Finalists

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ALEX FINN VS THE NIGHTMARE MARAUDERS PAUL ZEIDMAN
CANARIES CRAIG CAMBRIA
CELEBRATE THE MONSTER STEVEN PAPINEAU
CHILDREN OF THE STORM MICHAEL HAHN
CHUCK HODGES CONQUERS THE UNIVERSE DAVID BALL
COMIC BOOK KINGS AMANDA KEENER
CONCUSSED JOSHUA KATZ
CRABS IN A BUCKET TAL ALMOG
CRY OF THE SHADOWS LES ZIG
DARKNESS WITHIN JUHANI NURMI
DOUBLE FF KARL MATHER
EARTH ALIENS MICHAEL CASEY
ELSEWHEN GARY BULLOCK
EMERGENT BRIAN KAZMARCK
FIRE ANTS (SOLENOPSIS INVICTA) DAN BARWICK
HAWK MOON CAL ATHAN
HEART OF THE DRAGON JULIEN DELADRIERE
I'LL FLY AWAY DUANE KELLOGG JR.
KINDRED JOSH BRYER & PHIL PARKER
LEAGUE OF JEWELS: SOFTKILL YOULANDA BREWSTER
LOVE NEVER SLEEPS KD FARRIS
ME AND MY WARLORD EDWARD GINES
MEDUSA MOON S. D. WHEELER
MEGALOPOLIS MOUTAZ JAD
NEW YORK TIMES ROBERT SIMON
NOCTURNALS WILLIAM JEFFERY
PATIENT ZERO PAUL A ROSE JR
PHANTOM IN TIME DOUGLAS CHARLES MACLEOD
PWINTHETH STEVEN BUTLER
RITA & THE ETERNAL INN BILL POORE
ROAD TO THE SKY PAUL BLISS
ROBOT ZERO GEOFFREY UHL
SAVE THE BUTTERFLY KEITH MALLORY
SAVIOR BO SANDERS
SKIN ELLEN L WINBURN
THE AUDIT GIUSEPPE COCCA & PAUL YOUNG
THE FOLD ROBERT COOK
THE INVADER PHILLIP "THE SCRIBE WHO CARES'" HARDY
THE LAST ADVENTURE OF SHAY BLAZE HOWARD FRIDKIN
THE LUMINARE ROBERT WALCOTT & AMIR BARDA
THE MISSING JOURNEY GEOFFREY UHL
THE PETER PAN DREAM CHI HSIU CHEN
THE ROYAL WE JOHN MILES
THE SHINING ONES CHRIS GILDERS
THE UNWELCOME ERIC PAGAN
THE WAY OF THE TRUE LES ZIG
VIZIONS ANGELICA WEAVER
WIZARDS OF HAPPINESS RICH MALORY

Quarter Finalists

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A WANDRING STAR JONATHAN COWLES
AGE OF AQUARIUS SAM CELIA
ALEX FINN VS THE NIGHTMARE MARAUDERS PAUL ZEIDMAN
BUCCANEERS OF THE ASTEROID BELT JEFF RACHO
CANARIES CRAIG CAMBRIA
CAPSULE FRANK J. BERTUOLA
CELEBRATE THE MONSTER STEVEN PAPINEAU
CHILDREN OF THE STORM MICHAEL HAHN
CHUCK HODGES CONQUERS THE UNIVERSE DAVID BALL
CLETUS VERSUS THE ALEINS JOHN PEPIN
COLONY CHAD HUTSON
COMIC BOOK KINGS AMANDA KEENER
COMMON BONDAGE MORGAN SUMMERFIELD
CONCUSSED JOSHUA KATZ
CONJURE SEVEN ERIK DAY
CRABS IN A BUCKET TAL ALMOG
CRY OF THE SHADOWS LES ZIG
DANCING WITH MYSELF CARL HIPPENSTEEL
DARKNESS WITHIN JUHANI NURMI
DARKNESS, DARKNESS DANE MCCAULEY
DEAD VIKING REHAB DANA HAMMER
DESTRUCTO ERIC RUDNICK
DOUBLE FF KARL MATHER
DUMBEST GENERATION LESLIE LYSHKOV
EARTH ALIENS MICHAEL CASEY
ELSEWHEN GARY BULLOCK
EMERGENT BRIAN KAZMARCK
EMPYREAN KENNETH DYSON
FADE ALEKS HORVAT
FIRE ANTS (SOLENOPSIS INVICTA) DAN BARWICK
HAWK MOON CAL ATHAN
HEART OF THE DRAGON JULIEN DELADRIERE
HEROMAN TIMUCIN LEFLEF
I'LL FLY AWAY DUANE KELLOGG JR.
INFINITUS EUROY TAN
KEYS TO THE KINGDOM DANE MCCAULEY
KINDRED JOSH BRYER & PHIL PARKER
L.A. KNIGHT AMY H WOLF
LEAGUE OF JEWELS: SOFTKILL YOULANDA BREWSTER
LOST GOSPELS: GENESIS PHILLIP CHANDLER
LOVE NEVER SLEEPS KD FARRIS
LOVE NEVER SLEEPS KD FARRIS
MAGIC RESEARCH SOCIETY AMANDA KEENER
MAYA ROHIT GILL
MAYFLIES BRANDON HOWELL
ME AND MY WARLORD EDWARD GINES
MEDUSA MOON S. D. WHEELER
MEGALOPOLIS MOUTAZ JAD
NEW YORK TIMES ROBERT SIMON
NOCTURNALS WILLIAM JEFFERY
NOVA: FIRST FLIGHT RACHEL FARRELL FISCHER
OF HUMAN ORIGIN WAYNE NEWMAN
PATCHWORK AMANDA KEENER
PATHOGEN ANDREW MESCHER
PATIENT ZERO PAUL A ROSE JR
PHANTOM IN TIME DOUGLAS CHARLES MACLEOD
PLANET OF THE ELVI DAN BORENGASSER
PROBE JONATHAN ARMSTERD
PWINTHETH STEVEN BUTLER
RITA & THE ETERNAL INN BILL POORE
ROAD TO THE SKY PAUL BLISS
ROBOT ZERO GEOFFREY UHL
ROGUE'S COWARD ROBERT J. ROGERS
SAVE THE BUTTERFLY KEITH MALLORY
SAVIOR BO SANDERS
SKIN ELLEN L WINBURN
STATIC RENEE N. MELAND
STOLEN FRUIT JOHN L. SHEA III
STRINGS ATTACHED MAYS A. SAFFAR
THE AUDIT GIUSEPPE COCCA & PAUL YOUNG
THE BLACK CAT CHRIS BANCEL
THE EATING GOD ABIGAIL CLARK
THE FIRST LAW JACK CHRISTIAN, D. J. MCPHERSON
THE FOLD ROBERT COOK
THE INVADER PHILLIP "THE SCRIBE WHO CARES'" HARDY
THE LAND OF OZ-ZOO WILLIAM SIKORSKI JR.
THE LAST ADVENTURE OF SHAY BLAZE HOWARD FRIDKIN
THE LUMINARE ROBERT WALCOTT & AMIR BARDA
THE MISSING JOURNEY GEOFFREY UHL
THE PETER PAN DREAM CHI HSIU CHEN
THE PRINCE CHARMING CHRONICLES CHARLES GILLIS
THE ROYAL WE JOHN MILES
THE SHINING ONES CHRIS GILDERS
THE TIGER'S DAUGHTER JASON LEE
THE UNWELCOME ERIC PAGAN
THE VENUSIAN CHRONICLES LYNN VINCENTNATHAN
THE WAY OF THE TRUE LES ZIG
THE WITCHES' ROAD ARTHUR VINCIE
TIME JUMPING FOR NEWBIES STEVEN SKINNER
VIZIONS ANGELICA WEAVER
WIZARDS OF HAPPINESS RICH MALORY

Contest Prizes

GRAND PRIZE WINNER

  • Flight to Los Angeles to meet with executives who's companies have worked on Transformers, Thor, Alternate Realities, The Call, Them That Follows, Lunopolis, The Blackout, V for Vendetta and more!
  • Ongoing support from the Stage 32 Script Services team
  • Logline sent to over 500 industry executives, managers, agents and producers
  • Script title and logline listed on Stage 32

 

2ND PLACE / RUNNER UP

  • Two Skype meetings with an industry executive
  • Logline sent to over 500 industry executives, managers, agents and producers
  • Script development notes from a Stage 32 executive
  • 2 Stage 32 Happy Writers online pitch sessions
  • Free Stage 32 Next Level Webinar
  • Script title and logline listed on Stage 32

 

ALL FINALISTS

  • Will have their loglines shared with over 500 industry executives, managers, agents and producers

Our Track Record

Check out last year's winner John Dummer!

John went on a whirlwind of meetings after his win, which lead to Wonder Woman Producer Stephen Jones sending John's script to Atlas Entertainment (Justice League, Suicide Squad), as well as Talent Agent Shawn Burns sending out his script to managers that specialize in sci-fi writers!

 

 

And, check out an update from our first Annual Stage 32 Fantasy & Sci-Fi Screenwriting Contest winner Ben Gross!

 

 

Our Grand Prize Winner Ben Gross, writer of THE LADIES' GUIDE TO HACKING met with and is working through concepts with manager Daniel Vang from Good Fear Film + Management, has been commissioned to write a script for Daniel Herther, VP of Development from Baker Entertainment Group and met with Spencer Malof from the Illusinarium and met and was mentored by Marc Zicree (Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica).

Our 2nd Place Winner, Ryan Lee, writer of TOWER 9 was optioned by studio producer Mitchell Peck!

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Contest Judges

Pat O'Brien (Judge)

Pat O'Brien (Judge) - Literary Manager, John Crosby Management

Pat O'Brien is the Literary Manager for John Crosby Management in charge of finding new projects for their high-profile clients. John Crosby Management is helmed by veteran manager John Crosby, whose clients include Shia LaBeouf (FURY, BORG MCENROE, TRANSFORMERS), John Hurt (V FOR VENDETTA, ALIEN, HELLBOY), Rene Russo (THOR, NIGHTCRAWLER, RANSOM, OUTBREAK), James Denton ("Desperate Housewives", FACE/OFF, "Good Witch"), Suleka Mathew ("Claws", "Hawthorne", TOUCH OF PINK), and Mark Collier ("As the World Turns", "Days of Our Lives")

Pat O’Brien served as a Feature Development intern for Academy Award-nominated Producer Brian Oliver (BLACK SWAN) at Cross Creek Pictures in Hollywood. He then moved from Cross Creek Pictures to work as a Development Assistant to Head of Development, John Orlando, at Sony Pictures Television’s digital division, Crackle. From there he assisted the Vice President of Television Literary, Lindsay Howard, at the Agency for the Performing Arts (APA) in Beverly Hills, and was most recently the Development Coordinator at Laurence Mark Productions (FLATLINERS, I, ROBOT, DREAMGIRLS) before moving to John Crosby Management.

Andrew M. Henderson (Judge)

Andrew M. Henderson (Judge) - Writer/Producer, Fenrir Productions

Andrew M. Henderson is a Writer & Producer working in various genres and mediums on projects in development all around town. Recently announced on Deadline, Andrew is writing and co-producing the WWII Action/Thriller, OPERATION HUSKY, with Runaway Planet Content Group and Paradox Film Group (UNTOGETHER, ITSY BITSY). He has another two films going into production next year including another soon-to-be-announced project with Runaway and Paradox, which will have Dito Montiel (THE CLAPPER) directing.

In 2017 he optioned an Action/Thriller, WATCHDOG, to Mark Canton & Cinelou Films (300), and a Horror/Thriller to Storyboard Ent. (THE STRANGE ONES). His Sci-fi/Thriller short, Mirrored, has played and placed at dozens of festivals including San Diego Comic-Con.

Outside of Film/TV, Andrew has written several comics including Noctua, which he is also developing as a feature, and the French Best-Selling Graphic Novel Seul Survivant (Sole Survivor)

Cody Lyons (Judge)

Cody Lyons (Judge) - Producer & Co-Founder, The Octoberists

Cody Lyons co-founded The Octoberists, a production and foreign sales company, in 2017 with producer E. Thompson. In the short time since they started, The Octoberists signed the 18-time Festival Award-winning horror feature, THE DARK TAPES, the cult sci-fi, found-footage film LUNOPOLIS, the horror-thriller RETREAT starring Kim Allan, and the neo-noir STRAWBERRY FLAVORED PLASTIC. They also have a number of projects in development including BERENSTAIN PARADOX, 18 MINUTES, THE 13TH STEP, and BODYGUARD VS. BODYGUARD.

Co-founder E. Thompson is a veteran production executive who's credits include MGM's AGENT CODY BANKS, Lionsgate's SAW, Summit Entertainment's TWILIGHT, 20th Century Fox's HIT AND RUN, and Screen Gems THE STEPFATHER.

Cody Lyons started his career working in development for a producer on the Twilight Saga. Lyons then transitioned to development at Pathbender, securing multiple options on books, graphic novels and screenplays.

Andrew Kersey (Judge)

Andrew Kersey (Judge) - Manager, Kersey Management

Andrew worked his way up through the industry, starting as a production company intern before he working for the management and production powerhouse 3Arts Entertainment. He left 3Arts to get experience in development at a Universal production company, before starting his own management company, Kersey Management, in 2004.

Kersey's incredibly talented clients are working on projects at all the major studios and streaming outlets including Netflix and Amazon, and the networks and cable channels ABC, Fox, NBC, CW, Disney Channel, and Nickelodeon. Hollywood Report recently announced Kersey's client, Adam Bloom, sold a spec script to Universal to be produced by Michael De Luca, the Oscar-nomincated producer behind THE SOCIAL NETWORK and the FIFTY SHADES OF GREY movies.

Some of Kersey's other client's work includes the upcoming reboot of "Roswell, New Mexico", JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS starring Aubrey Peeples and Molly Ringwald, "Kickin' It", CAVEMEN, ARMED RESPONSE starring Wesley Snipes and Anne Heche, the Disney Channel's ABBY NORMAL, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands, THE CLINIC, the star-studded OPERATION: ENDGAME, and ABC Family's "Lincoln Heights".

Bradley Gallo (Judge)

Bradley Gallo (Judge) - Producer & CCO, Amasia Entertainment

Bradley Gallo is the Chief Creative Officer for 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.

Bradley and Gerard Butler are the producers behind the 2019 Official Sundance Selection Them That Follow, which was acquired by SONY (see it on Variety here), as well as films like The Call (Halle Berry, Abigail Breslin), and Mr. Right (Anna Kendrick, Sam Rockwell).

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 Whitta (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, The Book of Eli). 

Recently, Amasia opened up a bidding war for My Favorite Things 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).

Aaron Cruze (Judge)

Aaron Cruze (Judge) - Producer, Cruze & Company

Aaron is the Producer at Cruze & Company, the budding film and television production company that recently released OPERATOR, a comedy that took home Best Director at the Phoenix Film Festival and the Roger Ebert Prize at the Traverse City Film Festival. The film features an all-star cast including Martin Starr ("Silicon Valley", KNOCKED UP, SUPERBAD), Mae Whitman ("Arrested Development", "Parenthood", THE DUFF) and Retta ("Parks and Recreation").

Aaron is currently prepping a horror/comedy with 2-time Emmy-nominee Adam Penn ("The People v. O.J. Simpson", "American Horror Story") writing/directing and producing with Sam Esmail (creator of "Mr. Robot"), that we’ll be shooting early next year. Aaron also just optioned a Romantic Thriller and an action book series to adapt for TV.

Aaron got his start as a Development Executive at Persistent Entertainment (PASSENGERS, DEEP IN THE VALLEY, REMEMBER THE DAZE) before moving to FX Networks and then founding Cruze & Company in 2013.

Winner Announcements

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Quarter-Finalists Announced
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Jul 19
Semi-Finalists Announced
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Aug 02
Finalists Announced
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Aug 16
Contest Winners Announced
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