Contest (film)

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Directed by Anthony Joseph Giunta
Produced by Steven N. Lerner
Written by Anthony Joseph Giunta
Starring Kenton Duty
Daniel Flaherty
Katherine McNamara
Mary Beth Peil
Music by Robert J. Cornejo
Cinematography Giacomo Belletti
Edited by Robert Larkin
Contest, LLC.
Percolate Productions
Distributed by Arc Entertainment
Release date
  • October 5, 2013 (2013-10-05) (MVFF)
  • October 6, 2013 (2013-10-06) (television)
Running time
88 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Contest is a 2013 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Anthony Joseph Giunta and starring Kenton Duty, Daniel Flaherty, Katherine McNamara, and Mary Beth Peil.

The film made its world television premiere on Cartoon Network on October 6, 2013, as part of their Stop Bullying, Speak Up promotion.


A bullied teen chef wants to save his grandmother's business by entering a TV cooking contest to win the prize money, only to find his worst bully whose name is Matt Prylek suddenly pushing to become his new friend—and contest teammate. Meanwhile, Matt's brother Kyle wants him to do some villainous stuff.



The film began pre-production on February 1, 2012 and ended pre-production on June 12, 2012.

Production occurred in Liberty, NY and Fallsburg, NY on June 13, 2012 through July 13, 2012.

Post-production concluded at the end of September 2013 shortly before the movie's October 5, 2013 debut at Mill Valley Film Festival and the premiere the following evening, October 6, 2013 on Cartoon Network.


The movie won an Audience Award at Mill Valley Film Festival. It also won a Family Choice Award.

Rotten Tomatoes gives the film an audience score of 53%.


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