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2020 BlueCat Screenplay Competition

BlueCat Screenplay Competition

Contact

Hollywood , CA 90078
(323) 785-2338 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Gordy Hoffman, Founder
MovieBytes Interview: Gordy Hoffman

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.2/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.1/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Report Cards: 186    
Have you entered?
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Objective

The BlueCat Screenplay Competition, now in its 22nd year, is accepting submissions for its 2020 competition.

Founded in 1998 by award-winning writer Gordy Hoffman, BlueCat has supported thousands of screenwriters through written analysis provided to all entrants, many of whom have gone on to successful careers in the film and television industry. BlueCat's Alumni include:

Aaron Guzikowski (Verve/Madhouse) wrote PRISONERS, the remake of PAPILLON, and Ridley Scott's RAISED BY WOLVES.

Fergal Rock wrote DEPARTURES starring Nina Dobrev and Maisie Williams.

Ana Lily Amirpour (CAA), won Special Jury Prize at the 2016 Venice Film Festival for THE BAD BATCH, directed by Lyle Vincent (DREAMLAND) and starring Jason Momoa, Jim Carrey and Keanu Reeves. Show More

Deadline/Entry Fees

Deadline Date Entry Fee Days till Deadline
Early June 30, 2019 Feature Screenplay $50, Pilot $45, Short Script $35. 36
Regular September 15, 2019 Feature Screenplay $60, Pilot $55, Short Script $45. 113
Final November 11, 2019 Feature Screenplay $70, Pilot $65, Short Script $55. 170
Late December 15, 2019 Feature Screenplay $80, Pilot $75, Short Script $65 204

Resubmission Deadline, February 17, 2020: Feature Screenplay $50, Pilot $45, Short Script $35.

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Rules

We accept features, pilots and shortsvisit our website for more info! www.bluecatscreenplay.com

Awards

  • The Grand Prize Winner will receive $10,000.
  • The Feature Screenplay Competition winner will receive $5,000. Four feature finalists will receive $1,000 each.
  • The Pilot Winner will receive $5,000. Four finalists will receive $1,000 each.
  • The Short Script Winner will receive $5,000. Four Shorts Finalists will receive $1,000 each.
  • The Fellini Award will be awarded to the Best Screenplay from any category of the 2019 Competition written by a screenwriter residing outside the USA and will receive $2,500.
  • Three Title Contest Winners will receive $250 each.

BlueCat Screenplay Competition

Contact

Hollywood , CA 90078
(323) 785-2338 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Gordy Hoffman, Founder
MovieBytes Interview: Gordy Hoffman

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.2/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.1/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Report Cards: 186    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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BlueCat Screenplay Competition

Contact

Hollywood , CA 90078
(323) 785-2338 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Gordy Hoffman, Founder
MovieBytes Interview: Gordy Hoffman

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.2/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.1/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Report Cards: 186    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Contest News

BlueCat Names Contest Winners

Fox Hollow by Ariel Sobel has been named the Winner of the BlueCat Screenplay Contest for 2019. Benjamin Christopher won the Hour-long Pilot Category for his script Tenth Street, while Katie Blair was the Half-Hour Winner for her script, Clay.

Updated: 05/07/2019

BlueCat Names 2019 Finalists

BlueCat has named their top 5 Feature and TV Pilot finalists.

Updated: 04/30/2019

BlueCat Names Semifinalists

BlueCat has announced their 2019 Feature, TV, and Short Script semifinalists.

Updated: 04/11/2019

BlueCat Names 2019 Quarterfinalists

The BlueCat Screenwriting Competition has announced quarterfinalists for their 2019 Feature, Short, and TV pilot contests.

Updated: 03/26/2019

BlueCat Names Contest Winners

Death of a Fool by Ismael Gomez III & Joe Leone has been named the winner of the 2018 BlueCat Screenwriting Competition.

Updated: 07/05/2018

BlueCat Screenplay Competition

Contact

Hollywood , CA 90078
(323) 785-2338 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Gordy Hoffman, Founder
MovieBytes Interview: Gordy Hoffman

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.2/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.1/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Report Cards: 186    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Interviews

MovieBytes Interview: Gordy Hoffman

An interview with Gordy Hoffman regarding the BlueCat Writing Competition.

Q: Who sponsors this contest, and what is their background in the industry? When was the contest founded?

A: I founded BlueCat in 1998 after entering several contests myself. I was inspired to start a screenwriting competition from the perspective of a writer, and this fuels the mission of BlueCat today. I continue to write and direct, having recently won the 2006 Domani Vision Award at VisionFest, held at the Tribeca Cinemas, for my directorial debut, A COAT OF SNOW. I won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at Sundance for LOVE LIZA.

Q: What role do you play personally in the adminstration of the contest?

A: I am the sole judge, picking all finalists and winners. I hand pick the readers, oversee the quality of the written analysis (which every entrant receives), and generally manage the adjudication of BlueCat. Also, I devise new ideas for BlueCat to develop undiscovered screenwriters.

Q: Have any of the winning scripts from the contest been sold or produced?

A: Our 2005 Winner, GARY THE TENNIS COACH, was produced by GreeneStreet Films, starring Seann William Scott and directed by Danny Leiner. It will be released in 2007. We discovered this screenplay and gave it to Peter Morgan, a producer with a standing relationship with BlueCat.

Q: Who judges the early rounds of the competition? What are their qualifications? Who judges the final rounds?

A: I personally select the team of readers, sincerely dedicated to hiring only the most qualified. Readers are human, thus the work will never be perfect, yet this stokes our diligence to set the bar high. One of our readers from 2006 won the Nicholls a few months later. I personally judge the final round.

Q: Do the early-round judges read the entire script, or do they stop after a certain number of pages?

A: The majority of screenplay competitions do not read your entire screenplay, but we do, as we provide written analysis to every entrant. I am not judging the other contests, but we have a different relationship with BlueCat writers, and their needs are passionate.

Q: Are the judges looking for any specific type of script? Are scripts of a certain genre more likely to do well?

A: We pick all sorts of screenplays, from all genres. Our 2005 winner was an R-rated studio comedy, and our 2006 winner was a character-driven drama written primarily in Korean. We seek compelling stories.

Q: What do you do promote your winning writers, and to publicize their scripts?

A: Our contest announcements are covered in Variety, and posted throughout the internet. We maintain a high profile of the winners and finalists on our website, filing interviews and loglines alongside contact info for the writers. We also send a direct appeal to our network of producers, agents and managers, which has grown markedly in our eight-year history, and recently in light of our discoveries i.e. GARY THE TENNIS COACH and HYUNG’S OVERTURE.

Q: What advice can you offer to writers entering your contest?

A: Use our deadline to revise your screenplay in earnest. Send us the screenplay you love, not the one you think will win or is more commercial. In the end, we want to develop your voice as a writer. Winning is great, but as an award winning writer, I can attest it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. But growth as a writer, as an artist, this is my goal for you at BlueCat. And remember, you’ll get notes, even on your rough draft! Everybody wins.

Posted Monday, January 29, 2007