Dark. Twisted. Scary. Creepy. Suspenseful. Psychological mindf***. Bring it.
We want it.
Stage 32 and the Stage 32 Happy Writers are thrilled to bring back our (now 2nd annual) Search for New Blood Contest. We are looking for the darkest, scary, creepy, suspenseful, mind-boggling, most twisted scripts from undiscovered writers from all over the world. We are searching for NEW blood. We are looking for the top 3 unrepresented horror/suspense/thriller writers that come from Stage 32. That means you.
You know that we pride ourselves on creating opportunities that give our talented members access beyond the gatekeepers and this contest is no exception. Last year, our grand prize winner Glenn Forbes was flown to Los Angeles for numerous meetings we arranged and immediately signed with Seth Nagel from Infinity Management International. We set our second place winner, Frank Ponce, with Atlas Entertainment (American Hustle) and he was quickly offered and signed an option agreement. In all, our top three winners met with some of the biggest companies in the industry including Relativity, Revolver Picture Co. and Benderspink. This year we have more incredible judges who work for major management firms, agencies and production companies ready to read your scripts.
But wait, there's more. In addition to our prizes (including direct access to the judges and other industry executives), this year, we're creating even more opportunity. The loglines of all finalists will be posted in a special section of Stage 32 where any of the 300 industry executives will be able to view them. If there is interest beyond the logline, we will facilitate the communication between the exec and the writer.
Also new this year, all writers submitting scripts will receive a scorecard outlining how their script was judged in every category. You will not just submit and be left in the dark.
So bring us your best and we'll give you ours! The search for New Blood is on!
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.
Oh, about those judges, you ask? Yeah, we don’t mess around with that, either. We’ve brought in some of the top executives specializing in the suspense, thriller, and horror genres. Take a look at the Judges tab above to see which executives we are working with.
"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, 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!"
- 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)
The Stage 32 Happy Writers Search for New Blood contest is not associated with The Blood List.
November 16th: quarter-finalists announced on Stage 32
November 23rd: semi-finalists announced on Stage 32
November 30th: Top 13 finalists announced on Stage 32
December 7th: Winners will be announced on Stage 32
The loglines of all finalists will be posted in a special section of Stage 32 where any of the 300 industry executives we work with will be able to view them. If there is interest beyond the logline, we will facilitate the communication between the exec and the writer.
Submission fee: $46.00
Submission fee: $56.00
Submission fee: $66.00
In 2005, Nick went to work for Sony Pictures Entertainment in Culver City. He helped create the micro budget genre division Stage 6 Films, under Peter Schlesell. While there he worked on successful sequels to 30 Days of Night and Vacancy, among others. He soon after moved into a position at Sony Screen Gems, working under Clint Culpepper, where he was involved with franchises such as Underworld and Resident Evil and oversaw a diverse slate of films including:
Nick is currently serving as Executive Vice President of Revolver Picture Company, a fully financed independent genre label he co-founded in 2012 with veteran casting director Kelly Wagner (The Grudge, Hostel). During that time they have produced three films -
Their latest feature Pet, which stars Dominic Monaghan, Ksenia Solo, and Jennette McCurdy, premiered at SXSW in Austin. They also co-financed and produced the horror reality TV pilot Fight of the Living Dead with Alpine Labs and Blackbox TV. Season 2 of Fight of the Living Dead premiered on April 22nd on YouTube’s new RED subscription service.
Films Nick has worked on:
Joan Mao is the VP of Production & Development at The Safran Company (TSC), a leading Hollywood production company, in which their supernatural thriller The Conjuring was a hit for New Line last year. The Conjuring was named one of the most profitable films of 2013 and earned $330 million at the box office on a budget of only $20 million. The Safran Company also produced The Conjuring-spin off Annabelle which brought in over $200 million. The company has a slate of 10+ feature projects set up at several studios and with independent financiers with budgets ranging from $500k to $20M in genres including Thriller/Horror and Drama.
Prior to working at TSC, Mao worked at Millennium Films for almost seven years where she started assisting the Head of Creative Affairs & Production and ended as Director of Development. Mao was involved in Millennium’s successful franchise The Expendables.
Born in Taiwan and raised in Minnesota, Mao graduated from Fordham University with a B.A. in English Literature.
Projects The Safran Company have produced:
Drew is looking for action, horror, thriller, sci-fi, and comedy features of all budget ranges. NO DRAMA.
Check out the trailer for A Nightmare on Elm Street, produced by Unique Features!
Drew Smith is the Creative Executive at Unique Features founded by Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne, who have produced dozens of high profile films including:
At Unique, Drew is responsible for bringing in project ideas, exposing the company to new talent, and providing insight on current projects to better reach a worldwide audience. Prior to joining Unique, he was the manager of acquisitions at The Steel Company and brokered deals on behalf of some of the biggest international distributors at film markets included Cannes, Berlin, Toronto, and the AFM.
Click below to watch a Stage 32 exclusive interview with Drew Smith:
Company and Principle credits include:
Stuart Arbury is the Director of Development with Captivate Entertainment. Captivate is a production company run by Ben Smith and Jeffrey Weiner. Captivate has a first-look deal with Universal and is based on the Universal Studios Backlot in Universal City, California. Captivate is most known for managing the movie rights to Robert Ludlum's series of Bourne novels.
Prior to joining Captivate, Stuart Arbury was a Creative Executive with Dimension Films and worked in the creative department at Good Universe. Stuart is one of the co-founders of Wolf Knife TV, an award winning online comedy channel. His TV producing and writing credits include Couchers and Bonnie Blake: Parole Officer.
Olivia serves as the creative coordinator for Blumhouse Productions feature film department. Blumhouse is led by genre Producer Jason Blum and responsible for films such as Paranormal Activity (1-4), Sinister, Dark Skies, The Purge, Insidious (2-3), The Lords of Salem, The Purge: Anarchy and dozens more. Prior to joining Blumhouse Olivia worked for CAA in both the television and motion picture literary departments. She began her career with Maven Pictures led by Celine Rattray and Trudie Styler before moving to Los Angeles. Olivia is a graduate of Northwestern University.
Click below to listen to a Stage 32 exclusive interview with John Doherty!
John Doherty, Creative Executive of Cross Creek Pictures, brings veteran development, production and financing expertise to Cross Creek Pictures with the goal of producing thought provoking and commercial films in a filmmaker friendly environment.
Cross Creek Pictures recently signed a 3-year multifaceted co-financing, production and distribution deal with SONY.
Make sure you check out the trailer for their newest films:
Joining Cross Creek in 2010, Doherty worked under President Brian Oliver on the Academy Award nominated films:
Doherty started his career working under producer JC Spink at Benderspink (The Hangover, Butterfly Effect, American Pie) and then moved to the Motion Picture Talent Department at the William Morris Endeavor Agency. He transitioned over to Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions where he assisted on the development and production of Sandler’s films Just Go With It, Jack and Jill and That's My Boy. Doherty’s interest in independent film financing helped him make a jump to the newly formed film production and financing entity Cross Creek Pictures.
Projects Cross Creek Pictures have produced:
Jeff Culotta graduated from Texas State University and immediately afterwards moved to Los Angeles to work with Richard Kelly and Sean McKittrick on their follow up film to Donnie Darko, Southland Tales. After Darko Entertainment formerly opened its doors in 2007, Culotta oversaw productions for The Box, World's Greatest Dad starring Robin Williams, as well as I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell. In 2010, Jeff served as producer to Bobcat Goldthwait’s dark comedy, God Bless America which premiered at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival. He has gone on to produce a number of films including Oscar Winner John Ridley’s Jimi Hendrix biopic starring Andre 3000, a horror/comedy with Tom Lennon and Ben Garant , a dark comedy for Sony Worldwide starring Katherine Heigl, and Jason Bateman’s directorial debut, Bad Words. Jeff left Darko Entertainment in 2014 to pursue his own projects independently. Other producer credits include Home Sweet Hell (SONY), Hell Baby (Magnolia Pictures), All is by My Side (Open Road Films) and Operation: Endgame (Anchor Bay Films).
J. R. Young has been involved in all of Ghost House Pictures’ releases since their debut The Grudge. He is an Executive Producer on their upcoming remake of the horror classic Poltergeist for MGM and Twentieth Century Fox. The film starring Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie Dewitt and Jared Harris is scheduled for release Memorial Weekend 2015. Prior to this, Young was an Executive Producer of the 2013 remake of Evil Dead for Sony TriStar and Film District. The directorial debut for Fede Alvarez grossed over $25M in its opening weekend atop the domestic box and went on to make nearly $100M worldwide. This followed The Possession starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick of which Young was a Producer. Distributed by Lionsgate, the movie was #1 at the U.S. box office for consecutive weekends in 2012. He served as Co-Producer on the box office success The Messengers starring Kristen Stewart for Columbia Pictures. This spawned the sequel Messengers: The Scarecrow, which he executive produced. He also served as Co-Producer on Boogeyman II and continued the franchise as Executive Producer of Boogeyman III. As the Senior Vice-President of Production at Ghost House, Young oversees the company’s development slate from inception to release. He was the Executive Producer of the third installment of The Grudge released in 2009. Following this, Young co- produced 30 Days of Night: Dark Days based on the acclaimed graphic novel for Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. He has played a key role in expanding the company’s content creation on-line spawning the story for the Fearnet series Devil’s Trade. Prior to joining Ghost House, he served as the director’s assistant on Spider-Man II. A Television-Radio-Film major at Syracuse University, Young graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Newhouse School of Public Communication. He started his film career as an Agent Trainee at International Creative Management and later as an Assistant at Zide / Perry Entertainment.
Energy Entertainment is led by successful producer Brooklyn Weaver and prides itself on bringing new writers into the marketplace. Client credits include Out of the Furnace, the upcoming Marvel-produced Deadpool with Ryan Reynolds, Extant (CBS) and Bates Motel. Energy recently produced Run All Nightstarring Liam Niesson and Ed Harris and Out of the Furnacefeaturing Woody Harrelson, Christian Bale and Zoe Zaldana.
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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.
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.
Our 2nd Annual Stage 32 Happy Writers Search for New Blood screenwriting contest was a record breaker! We received thousands of scripts from all over the world looking to compete in what has become one of the most highly respected screenwriting contests in the industry. Nearly every one of our screenwriting contest winners has been signed, staffed or put into development!
In this year's Search For New Blood we received an amazing amount of quality scripts. Our judges repeatedly told us how impressed they were by the creativity and imagination of the material and how difficult it was to cut the list down to those listed below.
Today we announce the winners of the 2015 Stage 32 Happy Writers Search For New Blood Contest. A heartfelt congratulations goes out to the winners!
THE INTRUDER - Robert Rhyne
After moving into an isolated farm with a strange history of suicides, a newly-single mother discovers a ghostly intruder living there, and must protect her troubled teenage son from becoming his next victim.
GENTLEMAN CALLER - William Jeffrey
After her sister is kidnapped by a psychopath claiming to be the long-dead serial killer known only as The Gentleman Caller, Detective Wendy LaSalle enlists the help of Calvin Roe, the man who hunted down & killed the original psychopath 30 years prior, in a race against time to save her.
THE DARK ROOM - John Rice
When adventurous strangers at a psychic party accidentally contact the spirit of a young murdered girl, they discover their host's intentions are much darker than anyone first believed.
A heartfelt congratulations goes out to all who advanced to this round, which was not easy. All finalists below will be posted in a special section of Stage 32 where any of the 400 industry executives we work with will be able to view them.
This group of scripts was judged by executives and producers from some of the biggest companies in the industry including:
Adam Baker - WARHEAD
Alexandra Boyd - WIDOW’S WALK
Andrew Hamer - THREE SKELETON KEY
Brien Kelly & Mike Green - REVERSION
Bryan Holm - THE LEVIATHAN COVENANTS
Carol Sabik-Jaffe - SAFE HAVEN
Chris Regan - HE’S INSIDE
Coltrane - THE TANK
Danny Baram - WYLDE
Dave Merlino & Dustin Sweet - AS THEY DO UNTO YOU
David Scullion - BROKEN HOME
Dennis Coleman - ALATHEA
Doug Dilg - DEATH HUNTERS
Kemo, E. Grant - FEEDER
Eduardo Soto-falcon - DHAMPIRA
Edward Goree - ROBBING PETER TO PAY PAUL
Freddy Boutros - ZOMBIE CRUISE
Gabe Evans & Taurus Lowe - WHO’S THERE
Geoff Holder - A SIX-GUN FOR THE DEVIL
Gerry Greaney - SCHIZO
Guillermo Machado - MIRACLE FARM
Jay Sharron - LIVING NIGHTMARE
Joe Mcgarvey - THE COMMODE MONSTER
Joel Karlinsky - ZOMBIE COP
Joey Ernand - HYBRIDS
John Rice - THE DARK ROOM
Johnny B. Dunn - CUTS OF FEAR
Jon James Miller - SLUG LINES
Julie Merrick - SHADOWMEN
Kyle Piereth - BORN TO DIE
M. Assip, M. Lancucki - DEATH CONVENTIONS
Mark Cerulli - INVASIVE SPECIES
Michael Bordigioni - GUNPOINT
Michael Ryan Assip and Peter Lancucki - IT HAS US
Michelle Lindsay & Rob Baharie - RED VIPER
Natalie Hanson - SAFE AND SOUND
Paul Corricelli - INKED IN BLOOD
Paul Hennessy - HYPNOPHOBIA
Rick Bourn - SK HERO
Robert Dorian - THE KILLING OF KINGMUSTANG
Robert Rhyne - THE INTRUDER
Robi Michael, Gal Katzir - SARA
Ryan Lee - THE DARK PATH
Shelley Reid - PARASITE
Steve Dawson - CUT
Stewart Fergus - THE VERBALEK
Stuart Wright - DEAD SOUL MUSIC
Thom Lonardo - THE BRIDGE
Thom Lonardo - THE TENANTS
Tony Elwood and Michael Prevette - COLD CHILL
William Jeffrey - GENTLEMAN CALLER