In our ongoing mission to democratize the entertainment industry for all creatives around the world, Stage 32 is thrilled to announce our 2nd Annual Diversity Springboard Screenwriting Contest! This year's winner will be personally mentored by NAACP Image Award-Winner Doug Atchison, the filmmaker behind critically acclaimed films including AKEELAH AND THE BEE and BRIAN BANKS!

Our Grand Prize Winner will be flown to Hollywood to meet with some of the most connected and successful executives in the business from companies including Warner Bros. TV, ViacomCBS, Circle of Confusion, Stutton St. Productions, Entertainment One, The Kaplan Stahler Agency, Gidden Media and more!

ALL Finalists will not only receive exposure to our incredible panel of judges, and will also have their titles and loglines featured in the Stage 32's industry Look Book which will be sent to over 500 executives and professionals who work directly with Stage 32. If an executive requests your script or a meeting with you, we will facilitate!

Now more than ever, the entertainment industry is making strides to ensure that voices from all backgrounds and points of view are heard and represented. Stage 32 has been at the forefront of democratizing the industry for 10 years and our commitment to ensuring new voices in both features and television are given a platform to create is stronger than ever.

We are excited to be a part of a change in the industry that sees more stories featuring diverse characters, from creators who are of diverse backgrounds themselves.

Since its inception in 2011 when we launched with our "One Love" initiative, Stage 32 has been committed to providing opportunities and a platform for unrepresented and underrepresented creatives from all backgrounds, including people of color, women, LGBTQ+, and those who are passionate about storytelling no matter the background. (Check out our ONE LOVE initiative here)

Stage 32 continues its worldwide search for the best screenplays and teleplays from writers of diverse backgrounds or writers with diverse and unique stories.

If you have a diverse and unique story that needs to be told, or if you come from an underrepresented background, now is the time to bring show us what you've got, because our goal is to amplify your voice, give you the access Stage 32 is known for, and springboard your writing career to the next level!

The Grand Prize Winner will be flown to LA and meet with your Judge and Mentor Board:

NAACP Image Award-winning Filmmaker, Doug Atchison (AKEELAH AND THE BEE, BRIAN BANKS)
Jonathan Harris, Vice President, Drama Development, Warner Bros. Television ("LOVECRAFT COUNTRY", "QUEEN SUGAR", "ALL AMERICAN")
Janean Jeffries, ViacomCBS ("SCHITT’S CREEK")
Becca Longrenn, Circle of Confusion (STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON)
Tara Joshi, Sutton St. Productions ("JANE THE VIRGIN", "GILMORE GIRLS")
Jalessa Jones, Entertainment One ("CRUEL SUMMER")
AE Jones, The Kaplan Stahler Agency (Client credits include "DEAR WHITE PEOPLE", "FRESH OFF THE BOAT")
Rachel Paulson, Actress-Director (GAY VS. STRAIGHT B*TCHES)
Chris Ceccotti, Gidden Media (BRIAN BANKS)

What Types Of Scripts Can I Enter?

We’re looking for any and all original screenplays and teleplays.

Feature Length Screenplays:

All genres of feature film screenplays are welcome.

Teleplays:

All genres of 30 or 60 minute Original Pilots. Please no spec scripts based on existing shows.

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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  • It was an honor to be selected for the Global Production Match Making Program. The hosts were warm and friendly and I enjoyed meeting with them in person briefly before the panel itself. Separate from the Program itself, I had planned to travel to Sweden and get a closer look at film production there, but unforeseen trouble at the airport got in the way...

    The SXSW panel was informative; this is a set of people in the business of bringing together opportunities for collaboration across borders, and they have a track record of success. I hope to continue learning from them.

    March 2017