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Contest Info

The best screenwriting competition of the year is back!

Stage 32's 6th Annual Feature Screenwriting Contest

Winner flown to Hollywood to meet with judges from Circle of Confusion, Verve, Wonderstreet Entertainment, TCA Mgmt, Cold Iron Productions, Good Fear Management, and Intrinsic Value Films!

 

In addition to meeting industry-leading judges, winners will receive:

One-on-one mentorship from professional screenwriter Tripper Clancy writer of STUBER (FOX), I AM NOT OKAY WITH THIS (Netflix), VARSITY BLUES & DIE HART (Quibi)!

One-on-one meeting with film financier and producer Todd Remis, whose films have premiered at top festivals including Sundance, Cannes, Tribeca, Venice, Slamdance, SXSW, LA Film Festival, Berlin, and been released by A24, Sony, Oscilloscope Laboratories, Good Deed, Samuel Goldwyn Films, Kino Lorber, Orion Pictures, Film Rise and Greenwich Entertainment. 

One-on-one consultation with producer Rami Rank - whose credits include "GOLIATH" with Billy Bob Thornton for Amazon and "DEXTER" for Showtime - who will read the winning script and discuss a potential budget & schedule with the winner!

 

All finalists loglines mailed to over 500 industry executives including, managers, agents, producers, development executives, and financiers!

 

The competition that has launched screenwriting careers is back! Over a dozen of our past winners and finalists have been either signed, optioned, or are now working screenwriters in the industry! Last Year’s Grand Prize winner, Eric Jeske, in currently negotiating an option for his winning script with a major international producer based off a meeting set by Stage 32! 

 

This year we are welcoming another all-star panel of judges from Circle of Confusion, Verve, Wonderstreet Entertainment, TCA Mgmt, Cold Iron Productions, Good Fear Management, and Intrinsic Value Films! Our judges have sold dozens of spec scripts and some currently work with writers they've found on Stage 32 (see more info below). 

In addition to meeting with the judges, the winning writer will meet one-on-one with screenwriter Tripper Clancy (STUBER, I AM NOT OKAY WITH THIS, VARSITY BLUES, DIE HART) for professional mentorship! 

Stage 32 Gets Results!

Over the last 6 years, Stage 32’s screenwriting contests have gained a reputation as one of the “most worthwhile screenwriting contests to change your career.” No other contest provides their winners and finalists with the same level of direct access to industry leading professionals who can take your career to the next level! Over the last 8 years, Stage 32 has become an incubator for finding talent and material across the globe.

Recent success stories to come out of Stage 32 include:

  • 10-31, a horror film that will be produced by renowned director Eli Roth, Roger Birnbaum and Orion Pictures, written by Stage 32 member Laurie Ashbourne is greenlit and starts shooting later this year.
  • Chick Fight starring Malin Ackerman, Alec Baldwin and Bella Thorne written by Stage 32 member Joe Downey is in post-production and awaiting release!
  • What Lies Ahead, written by Stage 32 member William Viglione, directed by Stage 32 member Rob Gardner, and packaged by Stage 32 script services executive Tiffany Boyle of Ramo Law was released in theaters in 2019.
  • Vagic, a romantic comedy written by Stage 32 member Julie Ann Cross, received a $7,500 option and is being produced by legendary producer Amy Baer of Gidden Media Group.
  • My Clone’s an A-Hole, a comedy written by Julie Ann Wight was offered a $5,000 option by National Lampoon.
  • I'm Not Jack, a script written by Stage 32 member Jack Cusick, received a $7,500 option and is being developed by legendary producer Amy Baer of Gidden Media Group.
  • Stage 32 member Christina Pamies signed with literary manager Jake Wagner and Verve Talent and Literary Agency after a meeting set by Stage 32! She has just been hired by StudioCanal to write a major horror project!
  • Stage 32 member Diana Wright signed with The Cartel after being set up on a meeting by Stage 32!
  • Stage 32 member Jonathan Jordan signed with Verve Talent and Literary Agency after being set up on a meeting by Stage 32!
  • Stage 32 member Aaron Benjamin signed with Housefire Management. 
  • Stage 32 member Aaron Bierman signed with Verve Talent and Literary Agency after being set up on a meeting by Stage 32!
  • Stage 32 member Chris Torres signed with manager Brooklyn Weaver of Energy Entertainment after being set up on a meeting by Stage 32!
  • Stage 32 member Greg Mania was signed by manager Laina Cohn of Cohn/Torgan Management after being set up on a meeting by Stage 32!

 

And this is our biggest, most inclusive contest of the year. This contest has produced 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.

No matter what your genre, no matter the size of your project's budget, whether you write indie or studio, small scale or blockbuster, it doesn’t matter. Our judges simply want to find the most talented writers and the more interesting projects from around the world! And this year, it could be you!

Our grand prize winner will be flown to Hollywood to have in person, one-on-one meetings with all our judges and other executives. ALL of our finalists will have their loglines presented our network of over 500 executives we work with in a private section of Stage 32.

 

Unprecedented access. Better exposure. More reads.

Real success!

 

What Types Of Scripts Can I Enter?

All genres of feature film screenplays are welcome.

 

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.

"I found Stage 32’s contest coverage far better than some other services I have used in the past, where I felt almost assaulted. Please thank him or her for a well-done job. It was my first try with Stage 32 but it will not be my last." - Bob C.

"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

Contest Prizes

Grand Prize Winner

The Grand Prize Winner will be flown to Hollywood and sent on private one-on-one meetings with the contest judges from Good Fear, Circle of Confusion, Verve, Wonderstreet Entertainment, TCA Mgmt, Cold Iron Productions, and Intrinsic Value! 

In addition, Stage 32's executive team will send 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.

 

All 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!

Past look books have resulted in meetings with Good Fear Management, WME, Verve, Circle of Confusion, 3 Arts Entertainment, Management 360 and more!

 

 

Our Track Record

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

  • Eric Jeske - currently in the middle of negotiating an option for his winning project with a major international producer!
  • Christina Pamies - signed with Jake Wagner of Alibi Entertainment. Hired for writing assignment by StudioCanal. 
  • Christine Torres - signed with manager and producer Brooklyn Weave of Energy Entertainment.
  • Greg Mania - signed with manager Laina Cohn of Cohn/Torgan Management. 
  • Jonathan Jordan - signed with Verve Talent & Literary Agency and manager Byron Austen Ashley.
  • 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.

 

Hear from 2018's winner, Tom Batha on his incredible experience winning Stage 32's feature contest:

 

 

Here's an update from our 2018 winner Jonathan Jordan:

 

Contest Judges

Tripper Clancy (Mentor)

Tripper Clancy (Mentor) - Screenwriter, Stuber (FOX), I Am Not Okay With This (Netflix), Varsity Blues & Die Hart (Quibi)

Tripper is a screenwriter who dabbles in tv and film, comedy and drama. His credits include STUBER for 20th Century Fox, I AM NOT OKAY WITH THIS for Netflix, and two new shows for Quibi: DIE HART, an action-comedy starring Kevin Hart and John Travolta, as well as VARSITY BLUES, a modern day reimagining of the original movie. A graduate of Wake Forest undergrad and The University of Texas grad school, Tripper lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Maggie, and their daughters, Olive and Ruby.

Tracy Christian (Judge)

Tracy Christian (Judge) - President/Agent, TCA Mgmt (Client credits include The Wire, Entourage, The Walking Dead, Mindhunter)

Tracy Christian is a veteran talent agent with more than twenty years in the industry working in both the literary as well as talent space. She currently represents a list of talent that includes Jeremy Piven, Jason Mitchell, and Tisha Campbell. Past clients include Oscar winners Melissa Leo, Octavia Spencer, Mo’Nique, Emmy and Golden Globe winner Elizabeth Moss. Within the lit space she’s personally responsible for more than 1,000 hours of on air primetime programing.

In 2011, she opened TCA, a Los Angeles based boutique talent agency representing trained character actors, writers, and producers.

“Early on I remember discovering an agency called IFA. Just five agents representing a list of top tier talent. Until then I didn’t know that it could be done. I thought that as I grew my client’s careers that I’d have to move with them to larger agencies. So that’s why I created TCA. We’re doing something special at TCA; we’re repping talent that we’re insanely passionate about and keeping the list intentionally small so we can give the same attention as a manager with the aggressiveness, access, and deal making skills usually found at larger agencies.”

Tracy is a supporter of the American Cinematheque and is a board member of the Hollywood Central Park

Kyle Jensen (Judge)

Kyle Jensen (Judge) - Motion Picture Literary Agent, Verve Talent & Literary Agency

Kyle Jensen an agent in the Motion Picture Literary department of Verve Talent & Literary Agency. Founded in 2010, Verve has established itself as a premiere literary agency. The company represents writers and directors in the film, television and digital space. The company's philosophy of “artist-first” representation delivers a more personal and hands-on experience.

Prior to Verve, Kyle was a Manager at Maker Studios, a division of the Walt Disney Company, where he led development and oversaw production and programming of multiple simultaneous digital media projects on varying distribution platforms. Created content and innovated multiplatform launch and marketing strategies for new programs based on audience data analysis and trend research. Facilitated cross-functional collaboration with sales, business affairs, and marketing to ensure necessary project support.

Rachel Crouch (Judge)

Rachel Crouch (Judge) - Director of Development, Cold Iron Films

Rachel Crouch is the Director of Development at Cold Iron Pictures.

Cold Iron Pictures is a production/financing company that most recently produced BEING FRANK starring comedian Jim Gaffigan and Anna Gunn. Previously Cold Iron produced SWISS ARMY MAN starring Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano, as well as Marielle Heller’s directorial debut THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL starring Bel Powley, Kristen Wiig and Alexander Skarsgård, both of which premiered at Sundance.

Previously Cold Iron releases also include Joseph Cedar’s political drama Norman starring Richard Gere which was released by Sony Pictures Classic; DON'T THINK TWICE, and Lake Bell’s second film I DO...UNTIL I DON'T. They also produced the 2019 Sundance hit UNTITLED AMAZING JOHNATHAN DOCUMENTARY which premiered in the US Documentary Competition section and is available on Hulu.

Zach Cox (Judge)

Zach Cox (Judge) - Literary Manager, Circle of Confusion

Zach Cox is a literary manager at Circle of Confusion. Circle of Confusion is also currently producing the mega hit THE WALKING DEAD. Zach reps Richard Glatzer (QUINCEANERA, STILL ALICE with Julianne Moore), Brian Duffield (INSURGENT) and John Orloff (A MIGHTY HEART). Circle of Confusion is one of the leading management companies in Los Angeles.

Zach joined Circle of Confusion in 2006 and has worked as a manager since 2011. Zach responds to great character-driven stories regardless of genre and believes great storytelling is a gift that can be honed but not outright taught.

Aimee Schoof (Judge)

Aimee Schoof (Judge) - 10 Sundance, 4 Tribeca and 3 SXSW Premieres - Producer, Intrinsic Value Films

Aimee Schoof is a feature film producer and the co-founder of Intrinsic Value Films with Isen Robbins. She has produced more than 35 feature films. Of those, 10 have premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, 4 at the Tribeca Film Festival, 3 at SXSW, and one each at LA Film Festival, Toronto, Venice, New York FF, New Directors/New Films, and Berlinale.
 
The company develops, produces and sells independent films that have been distributed worldwide, have won many awards and been honored with numerous nominations. Accolades include winning two Sloan Sundance awards, a Sundance Special Grand Jury prize, and being nominated 5 times by Film Independent as producers. She is both a Sundance and Film Independent Fellows, has worked in international sales attending all major markets, and regularly lectures on film finance and production.
 
Select produced films include TESLA with Ethan Hawke the upcoming release for IFC, AMERICAN SATAN with Malcolm McDowell, Boo Boo Stewart, and Denise Richards, MARJORIE PRIME with Jon Hamm, Tim Robbins, Geena Davis for Film Rise, EXPERIMENTER with Peter Sarsgaard, Winona Ryder, Jim Gaffigan, and John Leguizamo for Magnolia, BLUE CAPRICE with Isiaiah Washington, Tim Blake Nelson, and Joey Lauren Adams for IFC, RUN with William Moseley, Kelsey Chow, Adrian Pasdar, and Eric Roberts for Millennium Entertainment, ALPHABET KILLER with Eliza Dushku, Cary Elwes, Timothy Hutton for Starz/Anchor Bay, DEATH OF A DYNASTY with Kevin Hart, Rashida Jones, and Chloe Sevigny through TLA Releasing, XX/XY with Mark Ruffalo for IFC.

 

Andrew Wilson (Judge)

Andrew Wilson (Judge) - Literary Manager, Wonderstreet Entertainment

Andrew Wilson is a successful producer and manager with over 20 years of experience in the entertainment business. As an industry veteran with several high-profile clients and projects, Andrew represents some of the most exciting writers and directors in the industry, and whose clients’ collective worldwide film grosses reach over a billion dollars.

Wilson joined a few of his colleagues from Zero Gravity, who launched the new shingle Wonderstreet Entertainment in 2019, where he continues his career in producing, negotiating, and executing major production and development deals for film, television, and digital content. The first company release will be Self Made starring Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer for Netflix. (New York Daily News)

His recent projects include a film development deal with Paramount Studios and producer Frank Marshall, a Spanish language series in development with Netflix, and several independent movies.

Previously, Andrew was at Evolution Entertainment, where he was instrumental in shepherding the ultra-successful horror franchise SAW, to the big screen. During his 11- year stint at Evolution, he helped to build the genre banner Twisted Pictures. Other notable projects include developing and producing Lottery Ticket starring Ice Cube for Warner Brothers and producing the microbudget documentary thriller Devils Backbone Texas for Fox Digital Studios.

Lee Sternthal (Judge)

Lee Sternthal (Judge) - Director, Screenwriter, TRON: LEGACY, THE WORDS (starring Bradley Cooper)

Lee Sternthal is a screenwriter, director and photographer who Co-Wrote and Co-Directed the film, The Words with Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana, which closed the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and was released by CBS Filmsand is currently the #2 romantic drama on Amazon Prime.

Lee has written screenplays for every major studio, including Tron: Legacy for Disney, as well as scripts for Johnny Depp and Mel Gibson. He is currently looking for projects to attach himself as a director and producer.

Lee has also worked as a photo journalist for the Trace and Vice. Lee had his first one- man photo show at the Soho House in West Hollywood in June, 2018 and taught a Master Class in screenwriting/directing at Swarthmore College and at Stage 32 in Los Angeles.

 

Adam Horner (Judge)

Adam Horner (Judge) - CEO/Producer, Ignite Pictures

Adam Horner is the Producer and Owner of Ignite Pictures, a production company and international sales agency based at Fox Studios in Sydney, Australia, with offices in Los Angeles. They have been heavily involved in producing genre features the past 2 years, and are currently expanding with the opening of an international sales department. 

Ignite is in post for CHRISTMAS DOWN UNDER, a family Christmas movie starring John Jarratt (WOLF CREEK), Joanne Samuel (MAD MAX), and Logie-winner Paul O'Brien, and Louis Mandylor (MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING).

They recently finished producing THE LAST EXORCIST, starring Danny Trejo and the Emmy-nominated Terri Ivens; and their executive produced THICKER THAN WATER was recently picked up by Green Apple Ent for sales in US and Canada, and Bounty Films in Australia and the UK.

 

Scott Stoops (Judge)

Scott Stoops (Judge) - Manager, Good Fear Management + Film

Scott Stoops is a Literary Manager at Good Fear Film + Management, one of the industry’s leading management and production companies founded by Chris Bender. Good Fear client credits include horror projects, Polaroid, Child's Play, and The Ward.

Previously, Scott worked at Benderspink for founding partner JC Spink and Head of Management, Jake Wagner. Prior to his work at Benderspink, Scott was an agent at Paradigm.

Scott signed the Grand Prize Winner of the 5th Annual New Blood Contest - Christina Pamies - off her winning script, A Good Deed.

Contest Rules

ENTRANT TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Void where prohibited by law.

This Stage 32 Contest is an international contest. Must be 18 years or older to submit.

Entrant agrees to Stage32.com terms and conditions.

This Stage 32 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 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.

Entrants must submit screenplays and payment online.

Entry fees will not be returned or adjusted.

No waivers are available for this contest.


SCREENPLAY TERMS AND CONDITIONS

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

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. Submissions with and without title pages are accepted.

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. Neither Stage 32 nor its judges investigates or attests to the authenticity of an applicant’s statement of authorship or rights secured. By entering the competition, you are acknowledging that you have secured all necessary rights.

Winner Announcements

Sep 18
Quarter-Finalists Announced
on Stage 32
Oct 02
Semi-Finalists Announced
on Stage 32
Oct 16
Finalists Announced
on Stage 32
Oct 30
Contest Winners Announced
on Stage 32
* Announcement dates subject to change.

Contest Deadlines

Super Early Bird

Friday, May 8 - 11:59 PM PDT

Submission fee: $49.50

Super Early Bird

Early Bird Deadline

Wednesday, May 27 - 11:59 PM PDT

Submission fee: $59.50

Early Bird Deadline

Regular Deadline

Wednesday, Jun 17 - 11:59 PM PDT

Submission fee: $69.50

Regular Deadline

Final Deadline

Wednesday, Jul 22 - 11:59 PM PDT

Submission fee: $79.50

Final Deadline

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