Stage 32 is proud to present the 3rd Annual Action/Thriller Screenwriting Contest!
You’ll meet industry professionals from companies including ART/WORK ENTERTAINMENT, NV FILMS and more!
Open to Features and Pilots!
There's nothing quite like the adrenaline rush you get from watching an action or thriller story. Blockbuster franchise movies like TOP GUN: MAVERICK and FAST X explode at the box office while tense binge-worthy shows like YELLOWJACKETS and YOU keep us on the edge of our seats. Hollywood is always searching for the next big thrilling story -- and we want it to be YOURS!
If you have an Action/Thriller story that needs to be told, now is the time to show us what you've got, because our goal is to amplify your voice, give you the access Stage 32 is known for, and take your writing career to the next level!
Our Grand Prize winner will:
Be flown to LA for meetings (travel permitting) to meet with 8 top professionals currently working in the industry at companies like ART/WORK ENTERTAINMENT, NV FILMS, and ROUGH DIAMOND PRODUCTIONS with credits including NARCOS, BIRD BOX, and REACHER!
Work with Stage 32 to develop your winning script’s pitch deck for the market
Have your professional biography sent to an exclusive roster of over 30 agents and managers who have a First Look deal with Stage 32 and are actively looking for new clients and material
Receive a free membership to the Stage 32 Writers’ Room, a private, virtual community of writers from around the world the meet and learn from industry professionals like Meg LeFauve (INSIDE OUT, CAPTAIN MARVEL) and Aimee Riviera, VP of Motion Picture Production at Skydance Media (TOP GUN: MAVERICK), Tripper Clancy (STUBER) and managers & agents from WME, CAA, Gersh, Circle of Confusion, Zero Gravity & more!
Free access to Stage 32’s educational webinar library, which includes over 3,000 hours of content featuring top industry professionals
Continued support from the Stage 32 team to help move your career forward and get you in front of decision makers!
ALL 10 Finalists will:
Have your loglines presented to over 500 industry executives including literary managers, agents and producers in a Stage 32 lookbook. Past lookbook writers have been set up on meetings with and even signed with companies like 3 Arts Entertainment, UTA, APA, Art/Work Entertainment, Zero Gravity and more!
Get a free three month membership to the Stage 32 Writers’ Room, a private, virtual community of writers from around the world the meet and learn from industry professionals like Meg LeFauve (INSIDE OUT, CAPTAIN MARVEL) and Aimee Riviera, VP of Motion Picture Production at Skydance Media (TOP GUN: MAVERICK), Tripper Clancy (STUBER) and managers & agents from WME, CAA, Gersh, Circle of Confusion, Zero Gravity & more!
Stage 32 will be a champion for your script - once you’re part of our community, we make sure you rise to the top!
Our Action/Thriller Screenwriting Winners See Results
Stage 32 has launched the careers of hundreds of writers over the last 12 years. Stage 32 has quickly emerged as the leading source for industry executives to uncover new talent! Is this your year to move the needle on your career?
Last year's Winner (announced this May), Stephen Czerwinski, is set to meet with 8 industry pros, including producers of THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY, a manager at LIT ENTERTAINMENT GROUP, and more!
Stephen: "I was thrilled to win Stage 32's Action/Thriller Screenwriting Competition! The Stage 32 team has been essential while preparing me for the meetings and connections I'll make as a winner. In the meantime, I've been utilizing the Writers Room lounge and the catalogue of learning resources available to me so that I can continue honing my craft. I'm so grateful to the judges and Stage 32 for seeing value in my voice and championing my writing."
Our first annual Winner, Gregg Guest, booked his first big screenwriting gig through Stage 32 after winning the contest!
About the Exposure For Your Script
The Grand Prize Winner Will be Flown to Los Angeles to meet with:
David Chien, Manager, Art/Work Entertainment (client credits include BIRD BOX, THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN)
Julia Verdin, Producer & Manager, Rough Diamond Productions & Management (client credits include NARCOS, THE AMERICANS)
Thomas Pemberton, Development Executive, Mind's Eye Entertainment (DANGEROUS, THE RECALL)
Val McLeroy, Literary Manager, Epigram (client credits include REACHER, NCIS)
Scott Schulman, Literary Manager, Schulman Management (client credits include THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY, FBI: MOST WANTED)
Mike Griffin, Manager/Producer, MAKE GOOD Content (CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE, KEANU)
Sam Newman, Creative Executive, Semi-Formal Productions (company credits include THE DROPOUT, EYES OF TAMMY FAYE)
David Tilson, Development Executive, NV Films (MY SPY: THE ETERNAL CITY)
In addition to these meetings, the winner will also receive access to Stage 32’s Educational resources, be promoted on Stage 32’s social media, and have their professional biography sent to an exclusive roster of over 30 agents and managers hand picked by Stage 32 who are actively looking for new clients and material. Stage 32 will facilitate introductory meetings to any of the representatives who respond to your material and bio. This is the type of exposure that will change your career forever!
If you reach the Finals, you still get massive exposure to decision makers!
ALL FINALISTS will receive a FREE THREE MONTHS OF THE MEMBER'S ONLY STAGE 32 WRITERS' ROOM, an exclusive community of writers who gather online for inspiring and educational webcasts from top industry pros, and will be in a Stage 32 Lookbook which includes their script title, logline & bio mailed to over 400 industry executives including, managers, agents, producers, development executives, and financiers! Stage 32 Lookbooks are some of the most sought after talent resources for the industry and have helped secure meetings with places like Verve, Good Fear, 3 Arts, APA, Echo Lake, Amazon, UTA, CAA, WME, First Friday, Pathfinder, The Cartel, Art/Work and many, many more.
Important Dates to Be Aware Of
Super Early Bird Deadline: July 13th, 2023
Early Bird Deadline: August 9th, 2023
Regular Deadline: September 6th, 2023
Final Deadline: September 27th, 2023
Quarterfinalist Announcement: December 8th, 2023
Semifinalist Announcement: December 22nd, 2023
Finalist Announcement: January 5th, 2024
Winner Announcement: January 19th, 2024
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.
Entrant acknowledges that because of the judges' and mentors' position in the entertainment industry they receive numerous submissions of ideas, formats, stories, suggestions and the like and that many such submissions heretofore or hereafter received by them are similar to or identical to those developed by them or their employees or, if an agent, are otherwise available to them.
Entrant acknowledges that they will not be entitled to any compensation because of the use by judges or mentors of any such similar material.
Entrant acknowledges that no fiduciary or confidential relationship now exists between Entrant and judges or mentors, and Entrant further acknowledges that no such relationships are established between Entrant and judges or mentors by reason of this contest entry.
Entrants must submit screenplays and payment online.
Entrants must upload their submission within 72 hours of entry purchase.
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.
The Entrant retains the rights to his or her screenplay at all times.
Entrant’s screenplay must not have been produced.
The screenplay can be submitted with or without a title page and/or contact information.
After a screenplay is entered, no new drafts or corrected pages can be made by the Entrant unless it is confirmed in our records that the Entrant has paid for the "Resubmission" option.
Screenplay must be submitted as a PDF document.
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.