4th Annual Search For New Blood Screenwriting Contest

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The most popular horror and thriller contest in the world is back!  8 of our contest finalists have been signed, optioned, placed in development or staffed!

If you have the next Annabelle:Creation, It Comes at Night, Split, Conjuring, Saw, 47 Meters Down, Kidnap, The Cabin in the Woods, Atomic Blonde, The Shallows or Get Out ready to be unleashed, you need to submit your script to our 4th Annual Search for New Blood Screenwriting Contest.

This is the contest that has launched the careers of writers of horror, thriller and suspense. We welcome all feature script screenplays in those genres. Micro-budgets, low budgets, medium budgets, blockbusters, it doesn't matter! Just bring the scares and thrills!

Our 2 top winners will have meetings with executives working in the horror/thriller/suspense genre.  ALL finalists will have their loglines sent to a list of hundreds of industry executives Stage 32 works with including managers, agents, producers, development execs and more. The goal, as it is with all of our contests, is to provide access to executives who can move the needle on your career!

 

OUR TRACK RECORD

Over the last 3 years, our New Blood contest winners and finalists have been signed, optioned, put in development, and secured high level meetings with some of the top executives and companies in the film industry.

  • Winners Alyssa & Griffin Devine have met with Dino De Laurentiis Company, The Asylum, Crypt TV, Good Deed Entertainment, Samaco Films, Chris Sparling, and HG5 Entertainment.  
  • Winner Glenn Forbes signed with manager Infinity Management International. His script is now set up with Glider Films
  • Winner Frank Ponce signed with 3 Arts Entertainment and now has a mini-series in development with Atlas Entertainment (American Hustle) and Universal
  • Finalist William Jeffrey's script is now under consideration at the Safran Company 

For year 4 we're casting an even wider net for our finalists and winners in an effort to make sure that each one is given the ultimate chance at success!

 

WHAT YOU'LL WIN
  • The Grand Prize Winner will meet with the Stage 32 judges: Daniel Bekerman (Producer, Scythia Films, The Witch, Rememory), Korey Pollard (DGA, Halloween, Salem, Deadwood), Dan Ingram (Executive, Dino De Laurentiis, Hannibal, Dune, Red Dragon), Rudy Scalesce (Producer, New Nightmare, 6 Souls, Ritual), Christian Taylor (Producer, Taylor Lane Productions, Shaun O'Banion (Producer & Crew, Scream 3, The Matrix Reloaded)
  • The 2nd Place New Blood Winner will receive exclusive online meetings with executives, managers and/or producers
  • Thirteen New Blood Finalists will have their loglines shared with over 500 industry executives, managers, agents and producers

This is an opportunity not to be missed. Let’s scare up some success!

  

WHAT KIND OF SCRIPTS CAN I ENTER?

Stage 32 is looking for scripts in all areas of horror, thriller, and suspense. If your script fits in with any of these examples below, it’s a fit for this contest! **Please note this contest is for full-length screenplays only. No short scripts or teleplays will be accepted.

  • Psychological Suspense: Split, Shutter Island, Green Room, Se7en, Silence of the Lambs, The Game, The Usual Suspects, American Psycho
  • Crime Thrillers: John Wick, The Snowman, Wind River Fargo, Prisoners, The Counselor, No Country For Old Men, Blood Simple
  • Contained Thrillers: 47 Meters Down, The Shallows, Buried, Phone Booth, Open Water, Hard Candy, Panic Room
  • Destruction Thrillers: Geostorm, The Wave, San Andreas, Godzilla, Jurassic Park, Independence Day
  • Revenge Thrillers: Blue Ruin, The Handmaiden, 13 Assassins, Kill Bill, Taken, Oldboy, Death Wish
  • Sci-Fi Thrillers: Children of Men, Gravity, Interstellar, Alien, Inception, The Matrix, Blade Runner, Minority Report
  • Spy Thrillers: Atomic Blonde, November Man, Safe House, The Bourne Identity, Ronin, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, True Lies
  • Horror: The Babadook, The Witch, It Follows, Saw, Halloween, Friday the 13th, The Exorcist, Annabelle: Creation
  • Ironic Horror: Get out, Scream, The House in the Woods, Scary Movie, Zombieland
  • Found Footage Horror: Paranormal Activity, The Blair Witch Project, Cloverfield, The Last Exorcism, Alien Abduction

 

WHAT DO OUR PAST WINNERS HAVE TO SAY?

"I have signed with a management company in LA, Infinity Management International. I met them when Stage 32 flew me down to LA, and now the deal is done. I'm so thrilled to have Stage 32 Happy Writers in my corner for this ride. I've been plugging away for more than 10 years to secure representation. My message is never give up on your dream, and surround yourself with people who can help you get there. For that, Stage 32 has become my lynchpin."

- Glenn Forbes, Grand Prize Winner, Stage 32 Happy Writers Search For New Blood Contest, 2014; Signed with Infinity Management International

"My only wish was to find this site sooner for the sake of saving time, discovering in-depth educational value, and making legitimate connections. I have to tip my hat at RB and the gang for changing the game and helping shape my future in filmmaking. I’m honored to be swimming in a community of like-minded individuals. I’m proud to be Stage 32’s HAPPIEST WRITER right now!

- Frank Ponce, Stage 32 Happy Writers Search For New Blood Contest, 2014; His script has been picked up for development by Atlas Entertainment (The Dark Knight, American Hustle)

"Speaking as a screenwriter to all my fellow writers, I highly recommend submitting to any and all Happy Writer's Writing Competition. I came in 2nd in the Search for New Blood Horror competition and it at very least exposes you and your work to industry professionals. To get that kind of eyes on something you've written, whether you end up selling your screenplay or not, is a great experience. All me best to all!

- William Jeffrey, Stage 32 Happy Writers Search For New Blood Contest, 2015; His script is under consideration at The Safran Company

 

FEEDBACK/SCRIPT COVERAGE 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.

 

The Stage 32 Happy Writers Search for New Blood contest is not associated with The Blood List.


Contest Prizes

WINNER ANNOUNCEMENTS

January 10th 2018: quarter-finalists announced on Stage 32

January 17th 2018: semi-finalists announced on Stage 32

January 24th 2018: Top 13 finalists announced on Stage 32

February 7th 2018: Winners will be announced on Stage 32

 

GRAND PRIZE WINNER

  • The Grand Prize Winner will meet with the Stage 32 judges: Daniel Bekerman (Producer, Scythia Films, The Witch, Rememory), Korey Pollard (DGA, Halloween, Salem, Deadwood), Dan Ingram (Executive, Dino Di Laurentiis, Hannibal, Dune, Red Dragon), Rudy Scalesce (Producer, New Nightmare, 6 Souls, Ritual), Christian Taylor (Producer, Taylor Lane Productions), Shaun O'Banion (Ravenwood Films, Scream 3, Dark Wall)
  • Script title and logline listed on Stage 32
  • Free Stage 32 Next Level Webinar
  • Logline sent to over 500 industry executives, managers, agents and producers

 

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

 

THIRTEEN FINALISTS

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

 

The Stage 32 Search for New Blood contest is not associated with The Blood List.


Contest Deadlines

Early Bird Deadline

Wednesday, Sep 13 - 11:59 PM PDT

Submission fee: $46.00

Regular Deadline

Thursday, Oct 12 - 11:59 PM PDT

Submission fee: $56.00

Final Deadline

Wednesday, Nov 15 - 11:59 PM PST

Submission fee: $66.00


Contest Judges

Daniel Bekerman (New Blood Contest Judge)

Daniel Bekerman (New Blood Contest Judge) - Producer, The Witch, Rememory, Shimmer Lake, Pay The Ghost,

Daniel Bekerman is a producer based in Canada with broad experience in creative producing, financing and service production.

Recent productions, The Witch, a US/Canada co-production, won the Best Director Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, the 2017 Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature and made major sales to Universal and A24; and Bang Bang Baby, a musical directed by Cannes Residency alumnus Jeffrey St. Jules, starring Jane Levy, Justin Chatwin and Peter Stormare, won the Best First Feature Film Awards at the Toronto International Film Festival and Canadian Screen Awards. Pay the Ghost, directed by Uli Edel and starring Nicolas Cage, was recently released theatrically across the world.

The People Garden, written and directed by Nadia Litz and starring Dree Hemingway and Pamela Anderson, had its world premiere at the BAFICI Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Film, and has been theatrically released in Canada and US. Two Lovers and a Bear, directed by Oscar nominee Kim Nguyen which stars Tatiana Maslany and Dane DeHaan, premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival’s Directors’ Fortnight section. The Headhunter’s Calling, starring Gerard Butler, had its world premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival’s Gala section. Army of One directed by Larry Charles and starring Nicolas Cage has been released in November 2016, and Rememory, starring Peter Dinklage and Anton Yelchin, had its world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and is being released in September 2017.

Kayaking for Beginners, an adventure film set in BC’s Great Bear Rainforest, directed by Zoe Hopkins, Another World Is Possible, a documentary about the global youth climate movement, 22 Chaser, starring Brian J. Smith and Raoul Trujillo, Backstabbing For Beginners, a Canada/Denmark co-production starring Ben Kingsley and Theo James, ANON, directed by Andrew Niccol, starring Amanda Seyfried and Clive Owen, and State Like Sleep starring Katherine Waterston and Michael Shannon are all currently in post-production.

Korey Pollard (New Blood Contest Judge)

Korey Pollard (New Blood Contest Judge) - DGA AD (Credits: Salem, Halloween, Deadwood),

Korey Pollard is a DGA first assistant director, mentor, and lecturer. His previous television and film credits include, Salem (WGN), The Player (Sony/NBC), The King of 7B (ABC Family), Kevin From Work (ABC Family), A to Z (NBC), Stephen Bochco’s Murder In the First (TNT), Nashville, (ABC), Rizzoli & Isles (TNT), The Wedding Band (TBS), Lie to Me(FOX), Life (NBC), the critically-acclaimed show Monk (USA), Deadwood (HBO), House(FOX), Grey’s Anatomy (ABC), Boomtown (NBC), and CSI (CBS). Film credits include Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Spy Kids 2, And Starring Pancho Villa As Himself, Thirteen Days, Waterworld, Clear & Present Danger, Eye For An Eye, G.I. Jane, That Thing You Do, and Stand By Me, among many others.

He co-produced his first film in 2006, and independent adaptation of Robert Whitlow’s novel, The List.

Korey has been a guest lecturer at University of Texas, Austin; Branford College-Yale, New Haven, Belmont University-Nashville, Lipscomb University-Nashville, Eastern University, Lakeland, Florida, Azusa Pacific University, Dodge College of Film & Media Arts-Chapman University, Vanguard University, Orange County, Compass College of Cinematic Arts, Biola University, and Los Angeles Film Studies Center. He has been on the advistory boards of Compass College of Cinematic Arts and Hollywood Connect. He also holds a position on The First Assistant Director/Unit Production Manager Committee of The Directors Guild of America.

Korey lives in Sherman Oaks with his wife of over 20 years and two children.

Dan Ingram (New Blood Contest Judge)

Dan Ingram (New Blood Contest Judge) - De Laurentiis Company (Hannibal, Dune, Red Dragon),

Dan Ingram is the Head of Story Department at the De Laurentiis Company, where he was actively involved in the critically acclaimed show "Hannibal" for NBC, as well as the company's feature and TV slate.

De Laurentiis has been producing cult and wide-spread classic films since 1947, including:
  • DUNE
  • HANNIBAL
  • FLASH GORDON,
  • RED DRAGON
  • CONAN THE BARBARIAN
  • ARMY OF DARKNESS
  • KING KONG
  • THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR

Today, the De Laurentiis Company continues to break new ground and push the boundaries on both large and small screen with exciting new projects that include NBC's "Hannibal". The De Laurentiis Company has also overseen the construction of several international film studios, including EUE /Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington, NC; the Village Roadshow Studios (MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, THE LEGO MOVIE) on the Gold Coast in Australia; and currently the CLA- De Laurentiis Studios in Ouarzazate, Morocco.

Christian Taylor (New Blood Contest Judge)

Christian Taylor (New Blood Contest Judge) - Producer, Taylor Lane Productions,

TAYLOR LANE PRODUCTIONS is an independent production company founded in 2008 by producer Christian Taylor and based in Los Angeles.

Christian Taylor has spent over a decade in the entertainment industry, working in talent and literary management at Industry Entertainment and Lighthouse Entertainment, and in development at Imagine Entertainment.

Our focus is adapting notable works of literary fiction and developing fresh and innovative reimagining of genre – from micro-budget to studio tent pole films – with exciting emerging and established filmmakers.

Our mission is to inspire and preserve the integrity of each artist’s unique vision, and make the development process an enjoyable and rewarding journey, from page to screen.

 

Taylor produced HICK starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Eddie Redmayne, Blake Lively, Alec Baldwin, Rory Culkin, and Juliette Lewis. He most recently completed filming on MEASURE OF A MAN, directed by Jim Loach and starring Donald Sutherland, Blake Cooper, Luke Wilson, and Judy Greer. The project is in post-production and set to release in 2017.

Taylor Lane is currently in pre-production on FOUR SEASONS starring Emma Roberts, Jeffrey Tambor, and Jane Levy. Projects in development include CURTAIN CALL, a historical drama/thriller recently featured on The Blacklist, written by Chris Wu and Michael Kastelein; and INAUGURATION DAY, a contained political thriller written by Patrick McConville.

Shaun O'Banion (New Blood Contest Judge)

Shaun O'Banion (New Blood Contest Judge) - Producer, Ravenwood Films,

Shaun O’Banion is a producer and the owner of Ravenwood Films. Ravenwood has formed a strategic partnership with Broad Reach Productions on the East Coast and have recently optioned several novels for the screen. They are currently developing a project with the Oscar-nominated producer of THE CIDER HOUSE RULES and another with Academy Award winner Bruce Cohen (AMERICAN BEAUTY) and BAFTA Award winner Paul Webster (ATONEMENT).

He's produced films like DAKOTA SKYE which aired on Showtime and Hulu, and GIRLFRIEND which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and sold to a distributor during the first week of the festival! His film, THE AUTOMATIC HATE (Joseph Cross, Adelaide Clemens, Richard Schiff, Deborah Ann Woll, Ricky Jay), premiered at SXSW in 2015 and was released by Film Movement in 2016.

He is currently in production on THE AFTERMATH and OPHELIA, and in development on THE BENTLEY BOYS and LITTLE MISSES OF COLOR.

Shaun recently brought a screenwriter on one of his current projects in development to Circle of Confusion who then agreed to rep him and take the project around town!

Shaun got his start in the industry as an assistant to actors like Christopher Walken, Ben Stiller, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, and filmmakers like Joe Wright, Judd Apatow, and Peter Hedges.

 

Rudy Scalese (New Blood Contest Judge)

Rudy Scalese (New Blood Contest Judge) - Producer (New Nightmare, 6 Souls, Ceremony, Two on the Run)

Rudy Scalese is an Independent Producer who got his start on Wes Craven's Freddy Krueger film, New Nightmare. He went on to became the Vice President of Production and Development at NALA Films where he produced films like The Bling Ring starring Emma Watson, In the Valley of Elah directed by Academy Award-winner Paul Haggis, and The Air I Breathe starring Kevin Bacon & Brendan Fraser. 

While working at NALA, Rudy spent his off hours immersed in horror working on the critically acclaimed documentaries Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film, Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy, and Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th.

Rudy left NALA to pursue his passion for horror, producing a number of projects for Crypt TV, an online horror platform ran by legendary producer Eli Roth (Hostel, Cabin Fever) and working on the Horror-comedy Ghost Team One. He has a number of horror projects in development and is looking for more to add to his slate.

Scalese produced:

  • 6 Souls (starrring Julianne Moore & Nate Corddry)
  • Ceremony (starring Uma Thurman & Lee Pace)
  • Two on the Run (written by horror veteran Graham Denman)
  • Casa de Mi Padre (starring Will Farrell & Diego Luna)
  • The Bling Ring (starring Emma Watson)
  • In the Valley of Elah (directed by Academy Award winner Paul Haggis)
  • The Air I Breathe (starring Kevin Bacon and Brendan Fraser)

Scalese helped run an LA Horror Film Festival and actually started his career as a PA on Wes Craven's New Nightmare. He is returning to his roots in horror and is seeking feature screenplays for production and development. He's especially interested in Slashers like I Know What You Did Last Summer and Psychological Horror like House of 1000 Corpses.


Contest Rules

ENTRANT RULES

Void where prohibited by law.

Adults only can enter.

Entrant agrees to Stage32.com terms and conditions.

The Search for New Blood 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.

Entrant must not have received compensation totaling over $25,000 USD for television or motion picture writing, options or sales.

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.

Entry fees will not be returned or adjusted.

 

SCREENPLAY RULES

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

Screenplays must be in .pdf format, no exceptions.

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.

The rights to the Entrant’s screenplay should not have been previously optioned or sold.

Entrant’s screenplay must not have been produced or have won any contests.

After a screenplay is entered, no new drafts or corrected pages can be made by the Entrant. No exceptions.

Entrants must submit screenplays and payment online.


Contest Winners

What do our past contest winners have to say?

- Glenn Forbes, Grand Prize Winner, Stage 32 Happy Writers Search For New Blood Contest, 2014; Signed with Infinity Management International

"I have signed with a management company in LA, Infinity Management International. I met them when Stage 32 flew me down to LA, and now the deal is done. I'm so thrilled to have Stage 32 Happy Writers in my corner for this ride. I've been plugging away for more than 10 years to secure representation. My message is never give up on your dream, and surround yourself with people who can help you get there. For that, Stage 32 has become my lynchpin."

 

- Frank Ponce, 2nd Place, Stage 32 Happy Writers Search For New Blood Contest, 2014; His script has been picked up for development by Atlas Entertainment (The Dark Knight, American Hustle)

"My only wish was to find this site sooner for the sake of saving time, discovering in-depth educational value, and making legitimate connections. I have to tip my hat at RB, Joey and the gang for changing the game and helping shape my future in filmmaking. I’m honored to be swimming in a community of like-minded individuals. I’m proud to be Stage 32’s HAPPIEST WRITER right now!"

 

- William Jeffrey, 2nd Place, Stage 32 Happy Writers Search For New Blood Contest, 2015; His script is under consideration at The Safran Company

"Speaking as a screenwriter to all my fellow writers, I highly recommend submitting to any and all Happy Writer's Writing Competition. I came in 2nd in the Search for New Blood Horror competition and it at very least exposes you and your work to industry professionals. To get that kind of eyes on something you've written, whether you end up selling your screenplay or not, is a great experience. All me best to all!"

The Stage 32 Happy Writers Search for New Blood contest is not associated with The Blood List.

 

 

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