How does it work?

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General Guidelines

Contest Start Date: September 26, 2020

Submission Deadline: October 25, 2020

Projects must be 5 minutes or less to be eligible for judging.


Prizes will be awarded to the winning project’s creator to be distributed among team members. The winning project will receive prizes including:

Submission Limits and Deadlines

Sound Stories

A Narrative Contest

Ready to submit your 
finished project?


Your project must tell a clear story, so abstract or non-narrative works are not eligible for judging. Posting your casting notice is also free when you register as a creator.

Performers must register and have a Backstage Talent Profile to participate.

We’re excited to hear your Sound Story! When you’re ready, you may submit your MP3 or .WAV file here before 11:59pm ET on October 25. Be sure to review the Official Rules before submitting.

Since in-person film production is currently limited, we challenge you to write, cast, record, edit and submit a narrative story using only sound. Your story must involve vocal performance or voice acting by a Backstage actor and must fit one of the following three themes:

1. The Show Must Go On

2. A Sign of the Times

3. What Really Matters

Qualifying projects will be judged by Backstage and other entertainment industry experts. The winning project and 2 runners up will be announced on Backstage and the winning project will receive prizes valued around $5,000!

Create a narrative project using only sound. Choose your theme, write your story, cast your voice talent and submit your project for a chance to win $5,000 in prizes.


Creators: Register for submission instructions, casting tips and a free casting promo code. 

Performers: Register for tips on how to get discovered by Sound Stories creators and a special offer.


In Partnership With


Industry experts from Backstage, Tribeca Film Festival, Sundance Co//ab, Tongal and Society of Voice Arts & Sciences will judge the projects, selecting one winner and two runners up.

Born and raised in Las Vegas, NV, Ryan Reyes now resides in Salt Lake City, UT and has worked in Artist Support for 3 year with the Sundance Institute.  Through his work with the Sundance Labs and now engaging with artists around the world on Sundance Co//ab he has taken pride in helping educate and empower artists to tell their stories.  In his spare time Ryan enjoys kayaking, podcasts, cooking and watching films.

Ryan Reyes: Sundance Co//ab
Digital Producer Artist Support and Community Development

Leah oversees audio storytelling at Tribeca and works on select Tribeca Studios film projects and programs. She serves as executive producer for Fierce, a podcast about the unsung women who changed the world, and currently hosts and produces Tribeca Talks, an audio series of interviews with acclaimed filmmakers recorded live at the Tribeca Film Festival. A writer and performer in her own right, she was dubbed “a voice I’ve never heard before but hope to hear again” by The New York Times.

Leah Sarbib: Tribeca Film Festival
Manager of Content Development and Audio Storytelling

Rudy Gaskins: SOVAS
Co-founder, Chairman, and CEO of the Society of Voice Arts and Sciences

Rebecca Lando is an award-winning broadcast and digital media producer and author with over 10 years of experience creating and developing content for TV and online platforms. When not producing branded content, podcasts, and more at Tongal, Rebecca can be found cooking with her husband, talking to her dog like he’s a human, and practicing her boxing moves in her Los Angeles backyard.

Rebecca Lando: Tongal

Rudy Gaskins is the co-founder, chairman, and CEO of the Society of Voice Arts and Sciences. He's an Emmy Award-winning TV producer/director having helmed executive roles for Court TV, Food Network, NBC Sports PBS, He is a contributing columnist to Backstage Magazine and has written several articles for NBC News. He offers private voiceover coaching for both beginners and seasoned pros, and is a 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Accepting Submissions 
September 26 - October 25

Hear a few tunes for storytelling inspiration

  • 20th anniversary Tribeca Film Festival access package – including tickets to screenings and industry events (for either in-person or virtual attendance) and more!

  • An annual membership to Sundance Co//ab

  • A SOVAS Gold Membership 

  • 1x Annual Business Subscription to Musicbed

  • One high-value, free casting code for creators

  • A free annual membership to Backstage for performers

  • Audio gear from Backstage, valued around $300

Registration will remain open throughout the submission period.

See the Official Rules for full prize details.


This contest is no longer accepting submissions.