Deadline’s The Contenders Awards-Season Event Set To Return With Record 21 Studios


Save the date of Saturday November 5th for the return of Deadline’s The Contenders.

The annual event showcasing all the top awards prospects this year comes back bigger that ever for its 6th annual event. A record 21 studios and distributors are participating, with over 50 films featured in clips and on-stage discussions with actors, directors, producers, writers and others who are part of the filmmaking process that has brought these contenders into the awards season conversation.

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It’s essentially one-stop shopping for the voter, as they will hear the back story of how these films got made from those who made them. As one Academy member told us after last year’s Contenders event. “I was thrilled and humbled  to spend a day like this. There is no other event which celebrates the industry and the artists.” Another told us, this is like Oscar on steroids!” Invitations have been going out to AMPAS members and top guild members. There is no cost, but it is invitation only.

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The Contenders Presented By Deadline will again take place at the DGA Theatre, 7920 Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood. Participating this year will be The Weinstein Company, 20th Century Fox, Lionsgate, A24, Focus Features, Illumination Entertainment/Universal Studios, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Open Road Films, Pixar Animation/Walt Disney Animation, Warner Bros, Sony Pictures, Sony Pictures Classics, Paramount Pictures, Bleecker Street, Netflix, and DreamWorks Animation, and for the first time, we will be joined by Amazon Studios, CBS Films, STX Entertainment, The Orchard, and EuropaCorp.

Mike Fleming, Dominic Patten, Anthony Dalessandro and I will be moderating the various panels throughout the day which starts with breakfast at 8 AM and concludes at 4:45 PM. Lunch will be a Texas BBQ. Returning sponsors are Final Draft, Allied Integrated Marketing, Dell, Paradigm ,and Screen Engine/ASI. New this year is Chapman University’s  Dodge  College of Film and Media Arts. And for anyone who has attended our Contenders events before , you know there are always some great raffle prizes to be given away all day long.

For a complete list of films we’ll be showcasing, go to



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