4th Annual Stage 32 Feature Screenwriting Contest

Contest Info

THE GRAND PRIZE WINNER AND RUNNER-UPS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED! SEE BELOW!

Last Year’s Grand Prize winner, Jonathan Jordan, was sent on 8 meetings all around Hollywood. One of these meetings led to Jonathan getting a deal with Verve for his winning script, Golden Girl.

***UPDATE*** - Through the meetings we sent Jonathan on and his deal with Verve, he just signed a deal to write a screenplay for two international producers, beating out 2 Nicholl finalists in the process! He is also going in for a 2nd pitch to one of the industry's biggest studios!

Over the last 4 years, Stage 32’s screenwriting contests have gained a reputation as one of the “most worthwhile screenwriting contests to enter.” The reason for this is simple: We provide unparalleled access to industry executives and work directly with our winning writers in an never ending quest to help them find success.

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

In short, we care about your career! It’s the only thing that matters.

And now we’re back with our biggest, most inclusive contest of the year – Our 4th Annual Feature Screenwriting Contest.

This contest has proven to produce 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.

So no matter what your genre, no matter how small or big your budget, whether you write indie or studio, small scale or blockbuster, it doesn’t matter. This contest levels the playing field. Our judges simply want to find the most talented writers producing the coolest, most interesting talent!

Our grand prize winner will be flown to Hollywood to have in person meetings with all our judges and other executives. ALL of our finalists will have their loglines presented to the hundreds of executives we work with in a private section of Stage 32. More access, more exposure, more reads, more success!

 

What Types Of Scripts Can I Enter?

All genres are welcome, as long as the screenplay is a feature screenplay. 

 

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 returned once the winners are announced. 

Grand Prize:

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GOOD SAINT BINKY TOM BATHA

Second Place:

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FENDER BENDER JEREMY FOLEY

Third Place:

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BEAST DAVID A. FLORES

Finalists

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BEAST DAVID A. FLORES
BLACK GOOSE JANET HETHERINGTON
FENDER BENDER JEREMY FOLEY
GOLEM AUSTIN KASE
GOOD SAINT BINKY TOM BATHA
HYPNOTIC MAX RISSMAN
LATTICE OF COINCIDENCE DEVIN LUCAS
SPLASHDOWN DON STROUD
THE BLACK CAT CHRIS BANCEL
THE G.O.A.T. SID GREY

Semi Finalists

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A FAMILY AFFAIR TIM BARTELL
A MASSACRE OF INNOCENCE DOUGLAS A. RAINE
A.B. IS AN E.T. AARON YARBER
AMERICAN MYTHS OF BLACK & WHITE AARON YARBER
BEAST DAVID A. FLORES
BLACK GOOSE JANET HETHERINGTON
BROKEN OASIS JOE WALDYGO
DRAGON'S MIST RANDY CRUTS
DUST TO DUST CATE HONZL
EXECUTION OF HONOR MARK RASHID
FENDER BENDER JEREMY FOLEY
FRANK & STEIN DANNY BARAM
FROM THE WHOREHOUSE TO THE WHITEHOUSE: THE SCANDALOUS, TRUE LIFE STORY OF VICTORIA WOODHULL JULIE AUSTIN
GOLEM AUSTIN KASE
GOOD SAINT BINKY TOM BATHA
HOW I GOT TO THE MOON BY SUBWAY TYLER RABINOWITZ
HYPNOTIC MAX RISSMAN
INCENTIVE ALEXANDRA SEGEL
KILLING LILIES ALEX CRESS
LATTICE OF COINCIDENCE DEVIN LUCAS
LIFE THROUGH THE LENS CHAD HUTSON
LINDBERGH.DES MOINES.1941 DAVID P STEARNS
MURMANSK RUN JOHN MACRITCHIE
OPERATION BROTHER SAM GUSTAVO FREITAS
RAMPAGE IN RUSSELLVILLE GAIL CLIFFORD
RESTORATION DON STROUD & WINTER MEAD
ROSETOWN DAVID L. HUDACEK
ROYALLY V*MPED JULIE KENNER
SANDS OF CALAIS GREGORY HOFFMAN
SHADOW PACK NAN SCHMID
SPIDERS WAY THOMAS FUCCI
SPLASHDOWN DON STROUD
STAY CLOSE TO ME CHRIS CHABERSKI
THE ANDES PROJECT JOSE R CASADO
THE BLACK CAT CHRIS BANCEL
THE BOTTOM AARON YARBER
THE BOX THEORY MICHAEL D. STERN
THE DIRTY BLONDE SVEN ANARKI
THE EVE OF BROKEN BELLS CHRISTOPHER FERNANDEZ
THE FIRST LADY JAMES DYLAN
THE FUTURISTS JULIE KENNER
THE G.O.A.T. SID GREY
THE LAMP MARK LAING
THE LAST FALL CATE HONZL
THE LONELINESS OF STARS LEXI SAVOY
THE REBOOT CAMP IVO RAZA
THE TEST MICHAEL SCHAAR-NEY
THE UGLIEST MAN IN PICTURES KEN KRAUSS
TODAY THE TIGER SMILED RANDY CRUTS
TULARE BASIN CAROLE RYAVEC

Quarter Finalists

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A FAMILY AFFAIR TIM BARTELL
A MASSACRE OF INNOCENCE DOUGLAS A. RAINE
A.B. IS AN E.T. AARON YARBER
AGE OF AQUARIUS SAMUEL CELIA
AMERICAN MYTHS OF BLACK & WHITE AARON YARBER
ARIZONA MOON PATRICIA SANTOS MARCANTONIO
BARDOWN: THE BILLY BUCHANAN STORY JUSTIN KUEBER
BEAST DAVID A. FLORES
BIG IRON REID JOHNS
BLACK GOOSE JANET HETHERINGTON
BOLLES MICHAEL DALZELL
BOOP VS BOOP T GORDON STANLEY
BROKEN OASIS JOE WALDYGO
CANAAN BENJAMIN JOHNSON
CHALLENGER SKYE EMERSON
CHILDREN OF EDEN RAYMOND A. JUST
CIGAR BOX LETTERS DOUGLAS E. SPALTRO
CROHNIE DEREK MARI
DEAR WARRIOR MATTHEW WILSON
DOGS' HONOUR JULIAN BOOTE
DON ALBERTO BATTISTUTTI
DRAGGING THE MARK (RV) SUZY STEIN
DRAGON'S MIST RANDY CRUTS
DUST TO DUST CATE HONZL
EDGEWOOD DUANE PIEDMONT
ESCAPERS LYNN MORRIS
EXECUTION OF HONOR MARK RASHID
FENDER BENDER JEREMY FOLEY
FRANK & STEIN DANNY BARAM
FROM THE WHOREHOUSE TO THE WHITEHOUSE: THE SCANDALOUS, TRUE LIFE STORY OF VICTORIA WOODHULL JULIE AUSTIN
GATEWOOD PETER MALONE ELLIOTT
GOLEM AUSTIN KASE
GOOD SAINT BINKY TOM BATHA
HAPPY FUN TIMES NATHAN ZOEBL, BEN BAILEY
HIDDEN SHIVA RAMANATHAN
HORSE UP A TREE TERRANCE J. LYNAM
HOW I GOT TO THE MOON BY SUBWAY TYLER RABINOWITZ
HOW THE WEST WAS LOST JAMES CONDON
HYPNOTIC MAX RISSMAN
INCENTIVE ALEXANDRA SEGEL
KELIPOT SETH NESENHOLTZ
KILLING LILIES ALEX CRESS
LATTICE OF COINCIDENCE DEVIN LUCAS
LIFE THROUGH THE LENS CHAD HUTSON
LINDBERGH.DES MOINES.1941 DAVID P STEARNS
MACARTHUR PARK LEO EVANS
MAGIC RESEARCH SOCIETY AMANDA KEENER
MAKING SCENTS OF IT ALL TIMOTHY KISSELL
MARCO POLO JEFF HECKLER
MIDDLETON PROPER DEREK REID
MOONSHINE DEVIN LUCAS
MURMANSK RUN JOHN MACRITCHIE
MY WICKED GUARDIAN ANGEL JOHN PACHL
NOT ALL ANGELS HAVE WINGS MATHEW HART, SHELLEY YATES
OPERATION BROTHER SAM GUSTAVO FREITAS
PUNCTURED SHARI HAMRICK GREWAL
RAMPAGE IN RUSSELLVILLE GAIL CLIFFORD
REPARATIONS HAROLD STEINBACH
REQUITED BILL JOHNSTON
RESTORATION DON STROUD & WINTER MEAD
ROSETOWN DAVID L. HUDACEK
ROYALLY V*MPED JULIE KENNER
SANDS OF CALAIS GREGORY HOFFMAN
SCAPEGOAT NAN SCHMID
SHADOW PACK NAN SCHMID
SHRIMP NICOLE JONES
SHROUD OF MYSTERY TAMMY GROSS
SPIDERS WAY THOMAS FUCCI
SPLASHDOWN DON STROUD
STAY CLOSE TO ME CHRIS CHABERSKI
THE ANDES PROJECT JOSE R CASADO
THE BLACK CAT CHRIS BANCEL
THE BOTTOM AARON YARBER
THE BOX THEORY MICHAEL D. STERN
THE BUBBLE DUSTIN CLENDENEN
THE CONSCRIPT PAUL G NEWTON
THE DEVIL YOU DON'T AM ARNO
THE DIRTY BLONDE SVEN ANARKI
THE EVE OF BROKEN BELLS CHRISTOPHER FERNANDEZ
THE FIRST LADY JAMES DYLAN
THE FUTURISTS JULIE KENNER
THE G.O.A.T. SID GREY
THE HUNTERS KARL SHEFELMAN
THE LAMP MARK LAING
THE LAST BATTLESHIP MICHAEL A. LEVINE
THE LAST FALL CATE HONZL
THE LONELINESS OF STARS LEXI SAVOY
THE LONG WALK OF CARLOS GUERRERO JOSEPH MATHEW
THE MOEBIUS EFFECT CHERYL RAE
THE MUST WIN ROBB SKIDMORE
THE PIRATE CODE PAIGE BLOOMFIELD
THE REBOOT CAMP IVO RAZA
THE SOUND OF EVERYTHING DAVID M HYDE
THE SPY SLAVE JAMES FOYE
THE SUN IN THE SOUL MASSIMO BRUNI
THE TEST MICHAEL SCHAAR-NEY
THE UGLIEST MAN IN PICTURES KEN KRAUSS
THIS IS NOT THE END RUBEN LATRE
THREE STOREYS ANDY MAYCOCK
THROWING HAMMERS MICHAEL GRAF
TIDEWALKER RANDY CRUTS
TODAY THE TIGER SMILED RANDY CRUTS
TULARE BASIN CAROLE RYAVEC
TUNNEL VISIONS RYAN BOW
UNTIL THE END OF THE NINTH BETH BOLLINGER
WALK THROUGH COLD FIRE ANGIE BAGGETT

Contest Prizes

Grand Prize Winner

The Grand Prize Winner will be flown to Hollywood and set up on meetings with the contest judges! 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.

 

Second and Third Place Winners

Stage 32's executive team will send out your screenplay title, logline & writer bio 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. You will also receive 2 free Stage 32 pitch sessions, a free Stage 32 Next Level Webinar and a free Stage 32 Next Level Class. 

 

Finalists

All finalists will have their screenplay title, logline & writer bio sent 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.

 

Hear from last year's winner, Jonathan Jordan on his incredible experience winning Stage 32's feature contest:

 

Contest Judges

Nick Terry (Judge)

Nick Terry (Judge) - Manager, Zero Gravity Management

Nick Terry is a Manager and Producer at Zero Gravity Management, a management and production company with over 500 clients and over 20 productions under their belt. They've recently begun producing TV projects with Netflix's "Ozark" and have worked on features including THE ACCOUNTANT, A FAMILY MAN, and RUNNING SCARED.

Zero Gravity's clients include major stars like Maggie Grace, Katherine Heigle, Angela Lansbury and more who have worked on film and television including JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE, KNOCKED UP, "Law and Order", "Supernatural", BIG DADDY, "Grace and Frankie", THE CABIN IN THE WOODS, "Jane the Virgin", "The Goldbergs", "NCIS", "The Big Bang Theory", "Will & Grace", "iZombie", WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT, and RESIDENT EVIL: VENDETTA.

Nick is currently Executive Producing JT Mollner’s 18 WHEELS AND A DOZEN ROSES, and Producing the horror/thriller REFLECTED, written by client Joe McClean. He also set up a TV development project early this year at Studio L (Lionsgate) for two development clients and in negotiations to package a feature for two clients (a Producer and Writer).

Nick began his career at Paradigm Talent & Literary Agency, working his way up from the mail-room. Prior to joining Zero Gravity, he partnered with Rob Zombie’s long-time Manager and Producer Andy Gould to work with and develop writers & directors.

 

Jonathan Jay Halperyn (Judge)

Jonathan Jay Halperyn (Judge) - Founder, Hero Squared Productions

Mr. Jonathan Halperyn is the founder of Hero Squared Productions in Budapest, Hungary. Hero Squared offers production servicing solutions across the CEE region (and beyond), as well as development and production of its own original film and TV content.

Recently, as an in-house producer with Korda Studios, he helped attach financing, sales, distribution, and cast elements to projects by utilizing his network of some of the industry’s most well-known banks, sales agents, private equity, and agency partners. He further helped international projects right size their budgets via the cost savings and incentives in the region.

Previously, as Managing Director of Focus Features International, he oversaw all aspects of the FFI business, including finance, financial planning, strategy, and distribution of the FFI library of Focus produced and third-party films. In prior years, his focus was on individual film modeling, analysis, and P&L’s, as well as interfacing with international producers and distributors.

Throughout 11 years with Focus Features, and 15 years in media and entertainment, he has worked on films such as Lost in Translation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Brokeback Mountain, and recently served as an Executive Producer on Season 2 of Ransom, seen on CBS in the US.

Jonathan holds an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business.

Evan Moore (Judge)

Evan Moore (Judge) - Development Executive, Team Downey (Robert Downey Jr.'s Prod Co.)

Evan is the development executive for Team Downey, Robert Downey Jr.'s production company, where he works on project development in both features and TV. Team Downey has several movies in development set-up at WB, Focus, and Annapurna, and TV shows set-up at HBO, Hulu, TNT, and other projects in development. In the unscripted space, the company is currently producing a doc-series on Artificial Intelligence for Youtube Premium. Evan attended USC and studied theater and screenwriting. 

Viviana Zarragoitia (Judge)

Viviana Zarragoitia (Judge) - Vice President, Three Point Capital

Viviana Zarragoitia began her career in the entertainment industry working in production accounting at Millennium Films and Bold Films.

She then spent 5 years at Lionsgate, where she started working in the accounting department and segued into the finance division, specifically, profit participation. While working in profit participation, she oversaw the preparation of multi-million dollar film and television distribution deals. She was then promoted to the group's audit division, where she managed film and television royalty audits of producers’ profit participation statements.

In 2013, she joined Three Point Capital, a boutique firm that specializes in senior lending on film and television projects. While at Three Point Capital, Viviana has been involved in the financing of over 70 independent films, and worked with such producers as Cassian Elwes, Rob Barnum, Anthony Bregman, James Schamus, Aaron Gilbert, Kimberly Steward, Nicolas Chartier and Kevin Frakes, among others. As Vice President, Viviana closes the financing on every film that the company is involved in, as well as manage the company's operations in its satellite offices (Ohio, Kentucky and Louisiana). Viviana has received over a dozen Executive Producers credits on titles she has financed.

She graduated Cum Laude with a double-major in Business and English from Loyola Marymount University.

Samm Haillay (Judge)

Samm Haillay (Judge) - Producer, 2018 Tribeca Film Festival Winner

As lead producer at Third, Samm has eight feature credits to his name, these include coproductions with Sweden, Germany and Australia. These have premiered in Cannes, Venice, Sundance and SXSW and have featured at London, AFI, MoMA Docs as well as countless others. Recently, in 2018, his feature Island of the Hungry Ghosts won best Feature documentary at Tribeca. He is a member of BAFTA, EAVE and ACE. He sat on the Short Film Jury in Berlin 2010 to award the Golden Bear. He is a group leader for EAVE, Feature expanded and the Venice College Cinema. He also delivers training for Creative England, Film London, Arts Council England and FACT. Samm has been a patron or board member at several film festivals and is also a film academic.

Adréana Robbins (Judge)

Adréana Robbins (Judge) - Literary Managing Director, Bohemia Group

Adréana Robbins is the Literary Managing Director for Bohemia Group, an international talent management company. She represents screenwriters, filmmakers, producers, directors, playwrights and authors throughout the world. In addition to managing clients, she works collaboratively with the project development and production arm of the company, Bohemia Group Originals (BGO) with a focus on developing literary talent, producing, and pitching film, television and documentary projects.

Bohemia Group represents over 400 industry professionals including Catherine Dyer ("Stranger Things", THE BLIND SIDE), Elizabeth Daily ("Rugrats", HAPPY FEET, WRECK-IT RALPH), Geoffrey Cantor ("Daredevil", HAIL, CAESAR!) Aaron Schwartz (THE GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, "Gossip Girl", THE MIGHTY DUCKS), Jed Brophy (THE HOBBIT, DISTRICT 9), Annet Mahendru ("The Americans", "The Following", "Tyrant"), Christie Lynn Smith (THE CRAZIES, "Justified"), Lindsey Haun ("True Blood”), director James Cotten (PAINTED WOMAN) and Natalie Lander ("The Middle") to name just a few.

 

Adréana began her career in entertainment PR and has worked in newspaper and magazine publishing. She has written over fifty articles and is the author of the novel Paris Never Leaves.Born in Cannes in the picturesque south of France, Adréana is the daughter of the late author and book adaptation to movie magnate, Harold Robbins. Adréana grew up in the film industry of Cannes and in Hollywood. She believes in the power of passion, storytelling and teamwork.

Raquelle David (Judge)

Raquelle David (Judge) - Producer and Literary Manager, Elevate Entertainment

Raquelle David is a Producer and Literary Manager with Elevate Entertainment, a full-service Talent and Literary Management firm. They work with above-the-line creatives across the industry with high-profile, on-screen clients including Vinnie Jones (SNATCH, LOCK, STOCK, AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS), Daniel Portman ("Game of Thrones"), Tokala Black Elk ("THE REVENANT, "West World"), Serinda Swan ("Inhumans", "Ballers", TRON: LEGACY), Necar Zadegan ("Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce", "24", "The Good Doctor"), Jacki Weaver (SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, "Animal Kingdom", THE DISASTER ARTIST), Simone Missick ("Luke Cage", "The Defenders"), Katie Leclerc ("Switched at Birth", "The Big Bang Theory", "Community"), Jessica Lu ("Awkward.", "Reverie", "American Horror Story"), Pierfrancesco Favino (RUSH, WORLD WAR Z), Brian Unger ("It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"), Alexis Rodney (GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY), and Georgia Leva (LADYBIRD, "Turnt").

Elevate also works with masters of the craft behind the camera and on the page, including the Oscar-nominated Taylor Sheridan, writer of SICARIO, HELL OR HIGH WATER, WIND RIVER, and the upcoming Paramount series "Yellowstone". Other clients include Alexa Alemanni ("The Librarians", "Mad Men"), Robin Aubert (RAVENOUS), Graham Reznick (BUSHWICK), Brian Kelly ("Outlander", "Downton Abbey", "Torchwood"), Charles de Laurzirika (BLADE RUNNER, THE MARTIAN), Mary Cardenas ("Shameless", "Supergirl"), and Jesse Fox Chaney (EASY A, IRON MAN).

 

Raquelle David has worked across independent film and television as a producer as well. Her multiple film credits have garnered a number of accolades including nominations for Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, Australian Academy Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Award and the Screen Producers Australia Award. Raquelle previously worked for Goalpost Pictures, Seven Network, Screen New South Wales in Australia and Rhombus Media in Toronto, Canada, under the tutelage of producer Niv Fichman (THE RED VIOLIN, ENEMY, BLINDNESS).

 

Winner Announcements

* Announcement dates subject to change.
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