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2019 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

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Overall: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.3/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.2/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Report Cards: 181    
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Objective

The BlueCat Screenplay Competition, now in its 21st year, is accepting submissions for its 2019 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 and the remake of PAPILLON, which will open in theatres on August 28th, 2018.

Fergal Rock wrote DEPARTURES starring Nina Dobrev and Maisie Williams, which opens in theatres this year. An early draft of DEPARTURES entitled Calvin & Skye won the BlueCat Fellini Award.

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. She recently directed a critically acclaimed episode of LEGION.

Ashleigh Powell (Gersh/Good Fear Film), wrote THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS directed by Lasse Hallstrom and Joe Johnston. Disney will release the movie on November 2nd, 2018. She’s currently writing THE ATHENA PROJECT for Warner Bros and THE PAPER MAGICIAN for Disney.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Deadline Date Entry Fee Days till Deadline
Early September 30, 2018 $50 (features); $45 (pilot/hour); $40 (pilot/half-hour); $35 (short film/script)
"Feedback Is Coming" October 21, 2018 $60 (features); $55 (pilot/hour); $50 (pilot/half-hour); $45 (short film/script) 5
Regular November 18, 2018 $60 (features); $55 (pilot/hour); $50 (pilot/half-hour); $45 (short film/script) 33
Final December 16, 2018 $70 (features); $65 (pilot/hour); $60 (pilot/half-hour); $55 (short film/script) 61

Rules

All entries must be in English. Accepts Short, Pilots and Feature screenplays. See BlueCat website for complete rules.

Awards

  • The Feature Screenplay Competition winner will receive $10,000. Four feature finalists will receive $1,000 each.
  • The Pilot Winners will receive $5,000, one Winner for half-hour pilots and one Winner for hour pilots. Four Pilot Finalists for both categories will receive $500 each.
  • The Short Script Winner will receive $5,000. Four Shorts Finalists will receive $500 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 $5,000.

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: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.3/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.2/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Report Cards: 181    
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: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.3/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.2/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Report Cards: 181    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Contest News

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 Names Finalists

BlueCat has announced their 2018 Feature, Pilot, and Short Screenplay finalists. Winners will be announced Thursday, July 5th.

Updated: 06/28/2018

BlueCat Names Quarterfinalists

BlueCat has announced their 2018 Feature, Short, Pilot-Hour and Half-Hour quarterfinalists.

Updated: 06/07/2018

BlueCat Screenplay Competition Announces 2017 Winners

Judy Soo Hoo & Isaac Ho's screenplay, CADAVER DOG, has been selected as the winner of the 2017 BlueCat Screenplay Competition. Their script was selected from 3,273 submissions and will be awarded a $10,000 cash prize.

Updated: 09/18/2017

BlueCat Names Short Script and Pilot Winners

BlueCat has named White-Shoe U by Beanie Barnes as the winner of their 2017 Pilot Competition, and Ageusia by Will Schneider as the winner of their Short Script Competition.

Updated: 09/01/2017

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: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.3/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.2/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Report Cards: 181    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Rick Stempson

An interview with screenwriter Rick Stempson regarding the BlueCat Writing Competition.

Q: What's the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what's it about?

A: The script is called "Gary the Tennis Coach." It is about a former tennis pro, now janitor, that is trying to leave the world of tennis behind him. When an opportunity to coach a high school tennis team arises, he takes it and changes the lives of the boys he's coaching. Maybe for the better, maybe not.

Q: What made you enter this particular contest? Have you entered any other contests with this script? If so, how did you do?

A: My writing partner, Andy Stock, and I entered every contest imagineable. We never heard a word from any of them. Our script is a dark comedy and it got to the point that we thought about entering it in the "drama" category of some of these contests. We were excited for BlueCat because we were guaranteed feedback. We thought our script was funny. We wanted to see if someone else thought it was, too. Andy and I both loved "Love Liza." We thought if anyone would "get" our script, it would be Gordy Hoffman.

Q: Were you satisfied with the adminstration of the contest? Did they meet their deadlines? Did you receive all the awards that were promised?

A: This is, hands down, the best screenplay competition there is. Since Andy and I won, other writers have asked me what they should do with their scripts. I tell each of them to enter BlueCat. The administration at BlueCat tell you exactly what will happen with your script and when. They deliver by every deadline. What other contest can say that? We received our first-place award very quickly.

Q: Were you given any feedback on your script? If so, did you find the feedback helpful?

A: I have to admit that when I heard that we had won, I did not think we would have many notes. After all, we won, right? Gordy's notes were so beneficial. He tells you what works and what doesn't work with the script. If you can get over your stubborness as a writer and listen to the criticism, your script is going to get better and better. That is exactly what happened to ours.

Q: Has your success in this contest helped you market your script? Were you contacted by any agents, managers or producers?

A: Gordy hand-delivered our script to Peter Morgan, a producer in Los Angeles. He loved the script and helped us further develop it. Within weeks, we had representation from Tracey Jacobs at UTA and a deal in the works.

Q: What's your background? Have you written any other screenplays or television scripts?

A: Andy and I have always enjoyed writing. As kids, we had always dreamed of writing sketches for Saturday Night Live. This was our first experience with writing a screenplay. I was a tennis coach at the University of Nebraska for ten years. Andy and I are now writing full-time. We are true examples of "anyone can do it."

Q: Do you live in Los Angeles? If not, do you have any plans to move there?

A: I live in Lincoln, Nebraska while Andy lives in Austin, Texas. I am trying to avoid the move as long as possible.

Q: What's next? Are you working on a new script?

A: Andy and I recently finished our second script. It is about to hit the market. With the help of veteran showrunners Steve Levitan and Chris Lloyd, we are also working on a pilot for 20th Century Fox.

Posted Wednesday, February 7, 2007