Microbudget Horror Script Competition Presented by: Stage 32, Trick Candle Productions and Glasshouse Distribution

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Contest Info

Winner receives $5,000 option, mentorship from an all-star producing team and is eligible for a greenlit $100,000 production

Stage 32 has partnered with Trick Candle Productions and Glass House Distribution to launch a brand-new Microbudget Horror Script Competition for 2020. The winning script will receive a $5,000 option, be entered into a mentorship program with the film’s producers and be eligible for a production greenlit for up to $100,000 by Trick Candle and Glass House.

This contest is open to all horror/thriller writers and writing teams around the world with microbudget screenplays that can be filmed for up to $100,000. Stage 32, Trick Candle, and Glass House are looking for unique ideas and original voices. Whether darkly comical, grindhouse gory, or classically conceived, all concepts are welcome.

If you have a micro-buget horror/thriller screenplay that can be made for $100,000 or less, we want to see it!

 

Stage 32 Gets Results!

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 in March.
  • Chick Fight starring Malin Ackerman, Alec Baldwin and Bella Thorne written by Stage 32 member Joe Downey is in pre-production and currently casting.
  • 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.
  • Stage 32 member Diana Wright signed with The Cartel.
  • Stage 32 member Jonathan Jordan signed with Verve Talent and Literary Agency.
  • Stage 32 member Aaron Benjamin signed with Housefire Management.
  • Stage 32 member Christina Pamies signed with literary manager Jake Wagner and Verve Talent and Literary Agency.
  • Stage 32 member Aaron Bierman signed with Verve Talent and Literary Agency.
  • Stage 32 member Chris Torres signed with manager Brooklyn Weaver of Energy Entertainment.

 

About Stage 32

With over 500,000 members, Stage 32 is the world’s largest online platform connecting and educating film and television creatives. Established in 2011, Stage 32 has members from every country ranging from film students to Academy, Emmy, and BAFTA Award winners. Stage 32 has been recognized as the online leader in collaboration, education, and employment opportunities and has been described as “LinkedIn meets Lynda for film and television creatives” by Forbes Magazine.

 

About Trick Candle Productions

Founded in 2005 by actor, writer and producer Tom Malloy, Trick Candle Productions is known for its quality independent films that span a variety of genres, including Love N’ Dancing, starring Amy Smart and Betty White, and The Alphabet Killer, starring Eliza Dusku, Cary Elwes, Tim Hutton, and Melissa Leo.

 

About Glass House Distribution

Glass House Distribution is an international distribution company specializing in feature films and television. Founded by Malloy and Bryan Glass in September of 2015, Glass House has grown to a major player in the world of film and TV sales,

Glass House’s original series Dropping the Soap won an Emmy for Star Jane Lynch, for Best Actress in a web series or comedy. Glass House Distribution’s guiding motto is “Full Transparency,” (hence the Glass House), as well as a high bar for quality movies.

 

What Kind Of Script Can I Enter?

This contest is open to all horror/thriller writers and writing teams around the world with microbudget screenplays that can be filmed for up to $100,000. Stage 32, Trick Candle, and Glass House are looking for unique ideas and original voices. Whether darkly comical, grindhouse gory, or classically conceived, all concepts are eligible.

**Please note this contest is for full-length screenplays only. No short scripts or teleplays will be accepted***

 

 

Contest Prizes

Winner and Finalists Gain Access & Exposure to Industry Executives

Our grand prize winner will receive a $5,000 USD script option and will go into a development incubator with Trick Candle Productions and Glasshouse Distribution and an all-star producing team including Tom Malloy and Michelle Alexandria.

ALL finalists will have their logline and writer bio put in a Stage 32 Microbudget Horror look book which will go out to over 500 managers, producers, development executives and agents.If someone is interested in reading your script, we will facilitate the introduction.

Our Track Record

Success Stories

Over the last 6 years, Stage 32, through our contests and partnerships with such prestigious production companies such as National Lampoon, Gidden Media and more, has helped dozens of writers get signed, purchased, optioned or staffed. We work directly with our winning writers and finalists to give them unparalleled access to industry executives.

  • 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 in March.
  • Chick Fight starring Malin Ackerman, Alec Baldwin and Bella Thorne written by Stage 32 member Joe Downey is in pre-production and currently casting.
  • 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.
  • Stage 32 member Diana Wright signed with the Cartel.
  • Stage 32 member Jonathan Jordan signed with Verve Talent and Literary Agency.
  • Stage 32 member Aaron Benjamin signed with Housefire Management.
  • Stage 32 member Christina Pamies signed with literary manager Jake Wagner and Verve Talent and Literary Agency.
  • Stage 32 member Aaron Bierman signed with Verve Talent and Literary Agency.
  • Stage 32 member Chris Torres signed with manager Brooklyn Weaver of Energy Entertainment.
  • Stage 32 member Teng Ky-Gan of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia had his project Swept Away optioned after connecting with Tiffany Boyle of Ramo Law through Stage 32. 
  • Winners of the 2019 Stage 32 4th Annual Short Film Contest had their projects screened at Oscar-qualifying Hollyshorts, Oscar-qualifying Raindance Film Festival, and Austin Film Festival. 

Contest Judges

Tom Malloy

Tom Malloy - Co-Founder, Trick House Productions & Glasshouse Distribution, raised over $25M

A critically acclaimed actor, Tom wowed Hollywood with his stunning turn in the indie-cult favorite Gravesend in 1998, which was produced by Oliver Stone. Tom became a trend setter as one of the first successful triple-hyphenate Actor/Writer/Producers and made it his business to learn as much about the filmmaking industry as possible. Over the years, Tom has raised more than $25 million in private equity from independent financiers and has written, produced and starred or co-starred in nearly all the 30+ films that his company Trick Candle Productions has made (save the two documentaries).

Some of these films include Hero of the Underworld, directed by John Vincent, and stars Malloy, Quinton Aaron, and Nicole Fox, the film Ashley, directed by Dean Ronalds, which was in theaters in 2013, Love N' Dancing, which was directed by Rob Iscove (She's All That), and stars Amy Smart, Tom Malloy, Billy Zane, Rachel Dratch, and Betty White; the psychological thriller The Alphabet Killer, directed by Rob Schmidt (Wrong Turn, Crime & Punishment in Suburbia) and stars Eliza Dushku, Cary Elwes, Tom Malloy, Timothy Hutton, Michael Ironside, and Oscar Winner Melissa Leo; and a thriller directed by Mary Lambert called The Attic, starring John Savage, Malloy, and Elisabeth Moss.

As an actor, Tom has also appeared in principle roles on Law & Order SVU, Third Watch, Kidnapped, The Seige (with Denzel Washington) and Anger Management.

In addition to his work as a filmmaker, Tom is an accomplished author whose book Bankroll: A New Approach to Financing Feature Films is considered the "gold standard" of indie film financing instruction. A second edition came out in 2012.

Tom has also competed and taught classes in the smooth, hip-hop dance style known as West Coast Swing. He was trained by seven time U.S. Open Champion Robert Royston in Swing and has trained in Salsa with World Champions Gary and Diana McDonald.

For 10 years, Tom was a nationally known motivational speaker for adults and kids and traveled across the country spreading his positive message to students of all ages. Over the years, he has spoken to more than 100,000 students.

Finally, Tom has mentored numerous film students, and Executive Produced and Produced their short films, and continues to do so.

Michelle Alexandria

Michelle Alexandria - Head of International Sales and Acquisitions, Producer, Glass House Distribution

Michelle Alexandria is a producer and Head of International Sales and Acquisitions for Glasshouse Distribution. She has worked on 25 feature films $6MM and under and 3 television projects in various capacities including producing, line producing and executive producing. 

She is an invited speaker each year in the Cannes Producers Network and other panels along with other prominent film festivals and markets including MipCom, Berlin, Buenos Aires, UniFrance, Sundance, and AFM. 

An LA native, Michelle Alexandria, began a career working in finance. During her several years as a financial director for Jaguar cars, she pursued acting and began studying at the prestigious Beverly Hills Playhouse. Within a few years she naturally gravitated towards the business side of the entertainment industry as investors began seeking her financial advice in film. She continued her education at UCLA focusing on film production, line producing, and film distribution. Her knowledge and experience along with her well-established relationships in the industry has made her an invaluable asset to the entertainment industry.

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 may contain the Entrant's name and contact information.

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

Jun 26
Quarter-Finalists Announced
on Stage 32
Jul 10
Semi-Finalists Announced
on Stage 32
Jul 24
Finalists Announced
on Stage 32
Aug 08
Contest Winners Announced
on Stage 32
* Announcement dates subject to change.

Contest Deadlines

Super Early Bird Deadline

Thursday, Jan 23 - 11:59 PM PST

Submission fee: $49.50

Early Bird Deadline

Wednesday, Feb 19 - 11:59 PM PST

Submission fee: $59.50

Regular Deadline

Wednesday, Mar 25 - 11:59 PM PDT

Submission fee: $69.50

Final Deadline

Wednesday, Apr 22 - 11:59 PM PDT

Submission fee: $79.50

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