Stage 32 is proud to present the 4th Annual New Voices in Animation Screenwriting Contest!
You’ll meet industry professionals from companies including NETFLIX, UTA and more!
Open to Features and Pilots!
Animation is breaking new ground every day, exploring new genres and pushing boundaries. From big blockbuster movies like SPIDERMAN: ACROSS THE SPIDER-VERSE and LIGHTYEAR to cult favorite TV shows like ADVENTURE TIME and BLUEY, animation is at the forefront of pop culture and adults and children alike fall in love with endearing characters and amazing visuals. We're looking for that next great voice in animation, and we want it to be YOU!
Last year, we set up our winner with 8 one-on-one meetings with industry pros currently working on Animation content. Our 10 finalists get amazing exposure too; last year’s finalists had their work requested by top production and management companies including SONY PICTURES ANIMATION and VERVE!
If you have an Animation 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 NETFLIX, UTA, and BENTO BOX with credits including KING OF THE HILL, MINIONS: THE RISE OF GRU, and SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS!
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 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 Animation 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, Russell Koos, met with 8 industry pros, including executives from SONY PICTURES ANIMATION, BENTO BOX, and more!
Russell: "What sets Stage 32 apart as a contest is the exposure to people in the industry. Winning the 3rd Annual Animation Screenwriting Contest provided an amazing avenue for meeting with producers and managers that connected with my work. Contest accolades and money are great, but industry meetings are what an aspiring screenwriter really needs. Stage 32 delivered!"
Last year's finalists had their work requested by top production and management companies including SONY PICTURES ANIMATION and VERVE!
Want to see some of our hundreds of success stories, click here!
Don't believe us? Let New Voices in Animation Contest Winner Samantha Clay tell you why you should enter!
About the Exposure For Your Script
The Grand Prize Winner Will be Flown to Los Angeles to meet with:
Josh Mandel, Senior Development Executive, Amazon Kids+ (Company Credits include KUNG FU PANDA: THE PAWS OF DESTINY, IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE)
Katherine Martinez DeLeon, Producer/Writer, Netflix (MINIONS: THE RISE OF GRU, CHICKEN RUN 2)
Clayton Conroy, Animation Development, UTA (Client Credits include THE LEGO MOVIE, FANTASTIC MR. FOX)
Jason Stiff, Producer, Bento Box (SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS, BOB'S BURGERS)
Evan Anglin, Literary/Animation Manager, Zero Gravity (OZARK)
Joe Aaron, Writer/Producer/Director (Nickelodeon's DOUG)
Siobhan Murphy, Literary Manager, Gotham Group (Company Credits include THE MAZE RUNNER trilogy, THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES)
Marina Dompke, Producer (FAMILY GUY, THE WALKING DEAD)
Judge’s Credits and Company Credits Include:
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 MONTH 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: June 15th, 2023
Early Bird Deadline: July 12th, 2023
Regular Deadline: August 2nd, 2023
Final Deadline: August 30th, 2023
Quarterfinalist Announcement: October 27th, 2023
Semifinalist Announcement: November 10th, 2023
Finalist Announcement: December 1st, 2023
Winner Announcement: December 15th, 2023
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.