Stage 32 Short Film Script Contest

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Get $20,000 to film your short film script & screen at 3 film festivals!

 

ABOUT THE CONTEST

Stage 32 has partnered with St. Petersburg/Clearwater Film Commission to turn your short screenplay into a produced short film that will screen at 3 festivals. The amazing team at St. Petersburg/Clearwater Film Commission are providing a $20,000 production grant to one lucky winner who will have the opportunity of a lifetime! The winning writer and director will be flown to Florida, cast & crew the film using Stage 32, be mentored on set by Sundance director JT Mollner and have the entire production professionally managed by production company Digital Caviar.

Short film content is on the rise and is steadily and successfully being used as a calling card, or as the insiders call it “proof of concept”, into the industry every day. Stage 32 has a proven track record of providing guidance, resources, opportunities and educating new voices. With this new contest offering, Stage 32 is guaranteeing a professionally produced short film that’ll be film festival ready and most importantly, that you’ll be proud of.

The Short Film Script Contest is your next ticket to success!

Thanks to Indiewire and No Film School for covering our Short Film Script Contest! 

WHAT YOU'LL WIN 

  • The winner and director will be flown out to St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Florida to film the winning short script, where the likes of Hollywood films such as Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Spring Breakers, Dolphin Tale and Magic Mike were filmed

  • Production will be mentored by award winning Director/Writer JT Mollner
  • The winner will receive a Movie Magic Bundle (Scheduling & Budgeting) from Entertainment Partners
  • Zacuto will prize the winner with a Z-Finder
  • All production will be professionally managed by Tampa Bay based production company Digital Caviar. Plus, cast & crew straight from Florida using your Stage 32 network, how cool is that?

But wait, that’s not all! The winners short film will be showcased in Stage 32’s short film program, featured at the 2017 Hollyshorts Film Festival2017 Richmond Film Festival and the 2017 Sunscreen Film Festival, plus a special online global screening on Stage 32.

 

READY TO GET STARTED?

Put your writers cap on and write an original 7-10 page short script that can be readily filmed in St. Petersburg or Clearwater blockbuster locations. Settings can include the picturesque beaches to the tropical landscapes – wherever your imagination takes you in paradise. And don’t forget to be creative, any genre is acceptable! Utilize http://www.visitstpeteclearwater.com/ and http://www.filmspc.com/ plus VSPC’s social platforms for ideas.

If you already have a written short script, you can still submit – just switch out your locations to be specifically set in St. Petersburg or Clearwater

The year round sunshine of St. Petersburg and Clearwater is calling you. Don’t miss out on this opportunity, submit today!

 

About St. Petersburg/Clearwater Film Commission:

The St. Pete/Clearwater Film Commission serves Pinellas County, Florida supporting and working to bring commercials, TV shows, feature films and digital media projects to the area.

Film SPC supports local signature Film Festivals, fosters industry development with free workshops, an online production guide and location database. The film commission participates in direct marketing and trade missions at major film markets, festivals and tradeshows in North America and Internationally like Sundance, Cannes, Toronto and more.

Film SPC has a local film incentive program. Film, TV, digital media, music videos and more are eligible for development marketing partnerships. The goal of the incentive is to provide exclusive destination exposure for St. Pete/Clearwater as an area with a growing reputation for filmmaking and television programming, great locations, and excellent crew and equipment resources.

 


 

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!

 

 Digital Caviar provides professionally produced feature films, TV shows, music videos, events. Plus pre-production, production and post-production services.

 


 
Entertainment Partners - Reinventing how the entertainment industry works and interacts to make production simple.


 

Zacuto creates production grade, filmmaking camera accessories. Our gear is made entirely in the USA, designed by filmmakers for filmmakers. It comes with an unparalleled lifetime warranty and our world renowned customer service. We have a singular philosophy on camera rig design—balance!

 


 


Contest Prizes

WINNER ANNOUNCEMENTS

January 10, 2017: Quarter-finalists announced on Stage 32

January 17, 2017: Semi-finalists announced on Stage 32

January 24, 2017: Top 10 Finalists announced on Stage 32

February 1, 2017: Grand Prize Winner will be announced on Stage 32

 

*Announcement dates subject to change

 

GRAND PRIZE WINNER

  • The writer & director of the short script will be flown to St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Florida
  • The St. Petersburg/Clearwater Film Commission will provide a $20,000 production grant
  • The writer & director will be mentored by award winning Director/Writer JT MollnerMollner's Writer/ Director credits include "The Red Room" (2008), "Henry John and the Little Bug" (2009), and "Sugartown" (2011); all 3 award winning shorts that played the festival circuit and have now been acquired by Shorts International for worldwide distribution -- a rarity in the world of short form cinema. Mollner debuted his 35mm-filmed Western Outlaws and Angels (Produced by Rosanna Korenberg of Half Nelson, Hard Candy) at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.
  • The winner will receive a Z-Finder provided by contest sponsor Zacuto
  • All production will be professionally managed by Tampa Bay based production company Digital Caviar
  • The winners short film will be showcased in Stage 32’s short film program, featured at the 2017 Hollyshorts Film Festival, 2017 Richmond Film Festival and the 2017 Sunscreen Film Festival, plus a special online global screening on Stage 32.

 

TOP 10 FINALISTS

The loglines of the 10 Finalists will be posted in a special section of Stage 32 where any of the 500 industry executives we work with looking for short material or samples will be able to view them. If there is interest beyond the logline, we will facilitate the communication between the exec and the writer.

 


Contest Deadlines

Early Bird Deadline

Monday, Sep 12 - 11:59 PM PDT

Submission fee: $24.00

Final Deadline

Tuesday, Nov 15 - 11:59 PM PST

Submission fee: $32.00


Contest Judges


Contest Rules

ENTRANT RULES

Void where prohibited by law.

The Stage 32 Short Film Script Contest is an international contest. Must be 18 years or older to submit.

Entrant agrees to Stage32.com terms and conditions.

The Stage 32 Short Film Script 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 short screenplays an Entrant can enter. The same short 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.

Winner must cast and crew locally from Stage 32 in the St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Florida area.

Entrants may not submit re-written material after deadline for consideration.

Entry fees will not be returned or adjusted.

No waivers are available.

 

SHORT 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.

Short screenplay submissions must be 7-10 pages in length and submitted as a properly formatted PDF screenplay, no exceptions.

Short screenplay submissions must include locations available or easily filmable at St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Florida. Writers will utilize http://www.visitstpeteclearwater.com/ and http://www.filmspc.com/ plus VSPC’s social platforms for ideas.

Submissions are open now through November 15th 2016 11:59PM PDT.

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

WINNER ANNOUNCED!

Congratulations to our grand prize winner Tanya Carleton Lovrics for her script DOPLHIN GIRL! 

  • Tanya will be flown out to St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Florida to film her short script DOLPHIN GIRL, where the likes of Hollywood films such as Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Spring Breakers, Dolphin Tale and Magic Mike were filmed

  • Production will be mentored by award winning Director/Writer JT Mollner
  • Tanya will receive a Movie Magic Bundle (Scheduling & Budgeting) from Entertainment Partners
  • Zacuto will prize Tanya with a Z-Finder
  • All production will be professionally managed by Tampa Bay based production company Digital Caviar. Plus, cast & crew straight from Florida using your Stage 32 network.

 

 

Join us as we congratulate the Top 10 Finalists!

WRITER SHORT SCRIPT TITLE
Simon King ALONE ON HONEYMOON BEACH
Marty Lang CRAMPED
Emanuel Nisan BOARD GAMES
Tanya Carleton Lovrics DOLPHIN GIRL
Pippa Hinchley HATE THY NEIGHBOUR
Sarah Gabrielle Baron HER FOREST TEMPLE
Evelien and Dorien Verheyen MAKING LEMONADE
Adam & Issac Berner SANDCASTLE
Michael O'Connell SHELL WORLD
Felix Morgan THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES

 

 

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