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New Voices in Animation Screenwriting Contest
2022
Active Since 2020
Stage 32 is excited to announce our 3rd Annual New Voices in Animation Screenwriting Contest!
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Stage 32 is excited to present our 3rd Annual New Voices in Animation Screenwriting Contest!

Open to Features and Television Pilots

The winner will meet with an incredible judging panel including executives from

Disney, Sony Pictures Animation, Bento Box Entertainment & more!

This contest is accepting submissions of feature and pilot scripts NOW through September 28th, 2022.

Animated features and series bring the imagination to life. Animation is so important to the entertainment industry because of the way it connects with every person out there. In such divisive times, we need these films and series more than ever. Recent films like SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDERVERSE or ENCANTO have captured the attention of wide audiences with their amazing graphics and deep themes. Long-running series like THE SIMPSONS and BOB'S BURGERS bring out the edgy and quirky side of animation, but also contain big themes and metaphors. Audiences and entertainment industry pros are always looking for their next favorite animated film and series - so we want to hear your ideas!

Stage 32 offers access to some of the biggest names in animation, including our Mike Disa (HERCULES, THE SIMPSONS), Alison Mann (VP of Creative and Strategy, Sony Pictures Animation) and Jason Stiff (Producer, Bento Box Entertainment). Our judges are well versed in animation and excited to read your scripts. This year, the judging panel also includes executives from Zero Gravity Management, Cinemation and more with credits like BOJACK HORSEMAN, TUCA & BERTIE and HAPPY FEET to name a few! These gatekeepers of the industry can help you break in and start entertaining the masses today!

Previous winner of the New Voices in Animation Contest Samantha Clay was signed by Zero Gravity Management off her winning script, THE GROWTH. We're excited to see what this contest can do for you! Check out more of Stage 32's Success Stories here.

What Types Of Scripts Can I Enter?

We are looking for Animation scripts of all subjects and tones. Whether your story is a wholesome fantasy film, an edgy comedy show or anything in between - our judges want to read it! This contest is open to Features, Television Pilots for Limited Series and Recurring Series. If you write Animation, this contest could launch your career!

Features & Television Pilots:

This contest is open to Features, Television Pilots for Limited Series and Recurring Series. Please no pilots over 65-pages or features over 130 pages.

 

Judges' Credits and Company Credits Include:

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NEW! Feedback & Resubmission Option Would you like immediate feedback on your submission and the option to make changes and resubmit? Using our NEW Feedback & Resubmission Option you will get 3-5 pages of coverage/notes back in 5-days with a guaranteed option to resubmit one (1) revised draft of your script up to 10 days after the Final Deadline! See what elements of your script are working and what still needs to be developed. You can position yourself for the best chance of success - all for an additional fee of only $99. This option is good for a one-time use and is non-refundable/non-transferable if you do not enter an updated draft. See full terms in the Rules Section.

Benefits

The Grand Prize Winner Will be Flown to Los Angeles to meet with:

Mike Disa, Animator/Producer, Disney (HERCULES, THE SIMPSONS)

Alison Mann, VP of Creative & Strategy, Sony Pictures Animation (PRINCESS AND THE FROG, SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDERVERSE)

Jason Stiff, Producer, Bento Box Entertainment (SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS, BOB'S BURGERS)

Kevin Michael Smith, Producer/Screenwriter, Bohemia Group Originals (HAPPY FEET, WRECK IT RALPH)

Evan Anglin, Literary/Animation Manager, Zero Gravity Management (OZARK)

Jonny Perl, Associate Producer, Cinemation (THE LION KING, STUART LITTLE)

Amy Schwartz, Screenwriter (BOJACK HORSEMAN, CHICAGO PARTY AUNT)

 

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 and 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.

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Announcements

Dec 23rd
Semifinalists
Jan 6th
Finalists
Jan 20th
Winners

Rules

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.

Using our new Feedback & Resubmission Option you will get 3-5 pages of coverage/notes back in 5-days with a guaranteed option to resubmit one (1) revised draft of your script up to 10 days after the Final Deadline! See what elements of your script are working and what still needs to be developed. You can position yourself for the best chance of success - all for an additional fee of only $99.

This option is good for a one-time use and is non-refundable/non-transferable if you do not enter an updated draft. Updated drafts will need to be sent to writerhelp@stage32.com to be scored.