THE WINNER WILL BE PERSONALLY MENTORED BY "STUBER" SCREENWRITER TRIPPER CLANCY. 

Audiences could all use a good laugh right about now! That is why some of the most popular films this year have been comedies, including Kevin Hart’s FATHERHOOD which hit #1 in over 80 countries on Netflix and FREE GUY which premiered at #1 in the US Box Office. Producers, film financiers, agents, and managers are looking for fresh, unique, and inventive Feature Comedy.

As audiences begin to return to movie theaters, everyone is hoping for the same thing: to leave feeling uplifted and with smiles on their faces. And what better escape than a theater filled with laughter? Films like FREE GUY have viewers rolling in the aisles. Streaming services are specializing in quirkier films like SHIVA BABY, AFTERLIFE OF THE PARTY and VACATION FRIENDS, to round out the exciting 2021 comedy scene.

Is your Feature Comedy ready for the most successful comedy screenwriters, producers, executives and managers in the business? Stage 32 is going to bring it straight to them.

Nowhere else do you find top judges and mentors like you do on Stage 32. The Grand Prize winner will be personally mentored by Feature Comedy writer Tripper Clancy (STUBER) and meet the Executive Producer behind FATHERHOOD, and executives at companies behind AMERICAN MADE with Tom Cruise, SIDEWAYS, THE INFORMANT!, THE FAMILY STONE, the screenwriter behind GET SMART, FAILURE TO LAUNCH, and THE WAR WITH GRANDPA, and many more!

If you write Comedy this contest could launch your career! No matter if you write Broad Comedy, Romantic Comedy, Family Comedy, Action Comedy, Horror Comedy, or any other subgenre, our judges want to see it!

Now - exclusively through Stage 32 - you have the opportunity to meet industry professionals from these prolific companies who will have read your script!

The Grand Prize winner will be flown to Hollywood to meet with executives from:

Tripper Clancy, Screenwriter (STUBER)

Matt Ember, Screenwriter (GET SMART, FAILURE TO LAUNCH, THE WAR WITH GRANDPA)

Danyelle Foord, Executive (AMERICAN MADE with Tom Cruise)

Carli Haney, Executive Producer (FATHERHOOD)

Samantha Schoen, Creative Executive, Groundswell Productions (SIDEWAYS)

Shane Stanely, Producer (GRIDIRON GANG with Dwayne Johnson)

Grant Torre, Stampede Ventures (10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU)

Andrew Kersey, Kersey Management  (Client Credits Include VACATION FRIENDS)

If you place in our Top 10, you will still get amazing exposure to our exclusive panel of decision makers!

ALL FINALISTS will be in a Stage 32 Look Book which includes their script title, logline & bio mailed to over 500 industry executives including, managers, agents, producers, development executives, and financiers! Stage 32 Look Books are respected throughout the industry and have helped secure dozens meetings and which have led to writer success with companies like Verve, Good Fear, 3 Arts, APA, Echo Lake, Amazon, UTA, CAA, WME, First Friday, Pathfinder, The Cartel, Art/Work and many, many more.

Who are the Judges?

Every industry professional on our panel is an unabashed champion for comedic storytelling, and they’ve got the resume to prove it. Incidentally, they’re all on the hunt for the newest and boldest and funniest voices that they can find. No matter if your script is a feature or a television pilot, no matter the budget, no matter the genre, our judges simply want to find and amplify the most talented writers with the most unique voices, and the most laugh-out-loud stories imaginable.

This year we are welcoming another all-star panel of judges from leading companies specializing in Comedy, including Stampede Ventures, Groundswell Productions, Kersey Management and more!

Stage 32 Gets Results!

Over the last 8 years, Stage 32’s screenwriting contests have gained a reputation as one of the “most worthwhile screenwriting contests to change your career.” No other contest provides their winners and finalists with the same level of direct access to industry leading professionals who can take your career to the next level! Over the last 8 years, Stage 32 has become an incubator for finding talent and material across the globe.

Some highlights from Stage 32 contest winners and finalists in the last 12 months alone include:

Eric Jeske - was signed by literary managers Krista Sipp and Devon Byers of First Friday Entertainment after being set up on a meeting by Stage 32!
Greg Mania - was signed by Laina Cohn and Jon Taub of Cohn/Torgan Management after being set up on a meeting by Stage 32!
Christina Pamies - was signed by prolific spec script selling manager Jake Wagner of Alibi Entertainment after being set up on a meeting by Stage 32! She was hired to write the horror Thriller BAGHEAD for StudioCanal (see the announcement on Deadline here)!
Christine Torres - signed with prolific manager and producer Brooklyn Weaver of Energy Entertainment after being set up on a meeting by Stage 32!
See dozens of success stories below under "Our Track Record"

What Types Of Scripts Can I Enter?

We’re looking for any and all original screenplays.

Feature Length Screenplays:

All feature film Comedy and sub-genres of Comedy screenplays are welcome. Please no series or shorts.

The Grand Prize Winner

The Grand Prize winner will be flown to Hollywood to meet with:

Shane Stanley, Producer (GRIDIRON, BREAK EVEN)
Tripper Clancy, Writer/Producer (STUBER, I AM NOT OK WITH THIS)
Danyelle Foord, VP of Development & Production, Big Cat Productions (CHAMPION, BACKPACKERS INC)
Matt Ember, Writer/Producer (FAILURE TO LAUNCH, GET SMART)
Samantha Schoen, Groundswell Productions (THE INFORMANT!, TRUMBO, MILK)
Carli Haney, Executive Producer (#1 Hit film FATHERHOOD)
Grant Torre, Director of Development & Production, Stampede Ventures (GOING PLACES, AMERICAN SNIPER)
Andrew Kersey, Manager, Kersey Management (Client Credits Include VACATION FRIENDS)

In addition, Stage 32's executive team will send your screenplay title, logline, writer bio & script synopsis to over 500 development executives, producers, managers & agents who work with Stage 32. If an executive requests the script or a meeting, we will facilitate the delivery.

If you make the top 10, you still get massive exposure to decision makers!

ALL FINALISTS will be in a Stage 32 Look Book which includes their script title, logline & bio mailed to over 500 industry executives including, managers, agents, producers, development executives, and financiers! Stage 32 Look Books 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.

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 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.

BY SUBMITTING THE MATERIAL, THE ENTRANT HEREBY AGREES TO INDEMNIFY, HOLD HARMLESS, AND DEFEND STAGE 32 LLC, BLACK AND BLUE LLC, ITS EMPLOYEES, DIRECTORS, REPRESENTATIVES, AND AFFILIATES FROM ANY LIABILITY, CLAIMS, AND DAMAGES IN CONNECTION WITH THE SUBMISSION AND FROM ANY FEES AND EXPENSES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO REASONABLE ATTORNEYS’ FEES, THAT ANY OF THEM MAY INCUR IN CONNECTION THEREWITH.

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  • Brian Michaels

    It's been a pleasure entering and then winning a Stage 32 contest prize package. The prizes were just as advertised and the communication with the Stage 32 staff has been nothing but professional.

    August 2019