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

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Contest Info

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)

 

Feedback Option

For an additional fee of only $49 (50% savings!) 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.

 

"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

 

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)

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!

Want to see the successes of ALL Stage 32 contests? CLICK HERE!

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.

Contest Rules

ENTRANT RULES

Void where prohibited by law.

The Stage 32 3rd Annual Sci-Fi and Fantasy Screenwriting Contest is an international contest. Must be 18 years or older to submit.

Entrant agrees to Stage32.com terms and conditions.

The Stage 32 3rd Annual Sci-Fi and Fantasy Screenwriting 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 teleplays and/or screenplay an Entrant can enter. The same teleplay and/or 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.

Entry fees will not be returned or adjusted.

No waivers are available for this contest.

Entrants must submit screenplays/teleplays and payment online.

 

SCREENPLAY RULES

Screenplays should be written in English and in standard industry format.

Screenplays 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.

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.

Only feature length screenplays are accepted. No short scripts or pilots.

Winner Announcements

Jul 05
Quarter-Finalists Announced
on Stage 32
Jul 19
Semi-Finalists Announced
on Stage 32
Aug 02
Finalists Announced
on Stage 32
Aug 16
Contest Winners Announced
on Stage 32
* Announcement dates subject to change.

Contest Deadlines

Super Early Bird Deadline

Tuesday, Feb 5 - 11:59 PM PST

Submission fee: $44.50

Early Bird Deadline

Wednesday, Mar 6 - 11:59 PM PST

Submission fee: $49.50

Regular Deadline

Wednesday, Apr 3 - 11:59 PM PDT

Submission fee: $59.50

Final Deadline

Wednesday, May 1 - 11:59 PM PDT

Submission fee: $69.50

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