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2018 BlueCat Screenplay Competition

BlueCat Screenplay Competition

Contact

P.O. Box 2635
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 (4.2/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Report Cards: 169    
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Objective

Founded by a writer, the BlueCat Screenplay Competition’s passionate commitment to develop and discover the unknown screenwriter continues to define our work today.

We provide each writer who enters BlueCat one written analysis while supporting screenwriters of all levels and stages of development with the constructive feedback all writers require.

Our Winners and Finalists have been signed by major talent agencies like UTA, CAA and WME, sold their work to studios like Warner Bros., Paramount and Universal, and won major awards at the Sundance, Berlin and Tribeca Film Festivals, all after being discovered by and winning BlueCat.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Deadline Date Entry Fee Days till Deadline
Opening October 15, 2017 $45 (features);$35 (short film/script); $40 (pilot/hour); $35 (pilot/half-hour)
Early November 19, 2017 $55 (features);$45 (short film/script); $50 (pilot/hour); $45 (pilot/half-hour)
Regular February 1, 2018 $60 (features); $50 (short film/script); $55 (pilot/hour); $50 (pilot/half-hour) 72
Final February 20, 2018 $65 (features);$55 (short film/script); $60 (pilot/hour); $55 (pilot/half-hour) 91

Rules

All entries must be in English. Accepts both Short 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 Short Script Competition winner will receive $5,000. Four shorts finalists will receive $500 each.
  • Pilot (Hour) Winner $5,000. Four Pilot Finalists will receive $500 each.
  • Pilot (Half-Hour) Winner $5,000. Four Pilot Finalists will receive $500 each.
  • The Fellini Award winner will receive $1,000.

BlueCat Screenplay Competition

Contact

P.O. Box 2635
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 (4.2/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Report Cards: 169    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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BlueCat Screenplay Competition

Contact

P.O. Box 2635
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 (4.2/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Report Cards: 169    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Contest News

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 Names Top Five Finalists

BlueCat has named their top 5 Finalists from a total of 3,273 submissions. The Winner will receive $10,000 and the four remaining Finalists $1,000 each.

Updated: 08/31/2017

BlueCat Names TV Pilot and Short Screenplay Finalists

BlueCat has named the Finalists for their TV Pilot and Short Screenplay Competitions. Winners will be announced on Friday, September 1st.

Updated: 08/27/2017

BlueCat Names Semifinalists

BlueCat has announced their Feature, Pilot, and Short Script Semifinalists. Finalists will be announced on Sunday, August 27th at 6PM, PST.

Updated: 08/21/2017

BlueCat Screenplay Competition

Contact

P.O. Box 2635
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 (4.2/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Report Cards: 169    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Lily Amirpour

An interview with screenwriter Lily Amirpour regarding the BlueCat Contest Writing Competition.

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

A: THE STONES, is a relentless drama set in modern day Tehran. A working class girl falls in love with a wealthy boy and when she pursues this forbidden relationship, she finds out the hard way what happens when rules are broken in a merciless society.

It's a tragic love story but it's set inside the larger kaleidescope of modern day Iran and the current realities of youth culture.

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

A: I saw Love Liza, an incredible film written by Gordy Hoffman and I just knew he had a mind that was wide open.

The list of contests I entered was very short, just 4, the ones I respect and feel are legit; Nicholl, Austin Film Festival, Zoetrope and Bluecat.

Had to drop out of Zoetrope early, and didn't place in the other two, but I won Bluecat, which is beyond amazing.

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: It was a fantastic experience through and through. Spot on.

When I made it to top 5 - I was really shitting, then I remember Gordy called me, I felt like I was hallucinating, it was awesome.

My only complaint is I spent my 10K too quickly.

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

A: Yes, everyone who enters Bluecat gets feedback, one of the things that sets it apart from the rest and clues you into the mindset of Heather and Gordy. They care. The feedback is a way to make sure everyone wins. That sounds very after-school special, but it's true! My feedback was great, encouraging and thoughtful.

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

A: I'm directing my script this summer! So yes!!

All because of Bluecat I am working with two fantastic producers and we're slated to shoot this summer 2008, with me directing! Pretty much a hole in one as far as, what's the best thing that can happen. This is it.

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

A: A poo poo platter of this and that. I went to art school, to study painting and sculpture, I played bass and sang in a rock band, I was even a teacher for a minute. But I've always been reading and writing. I loved Stephen King when I was a kid, and Choose your Own Adventure books, I just love a good story, hearing and telling them. That's why writing screenplays is perfect for me. I just feel like no art has as much kinetic and visual energy as film, it's a type of magic.

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

A: Yes. I came down here for grad school and the day Gordy called me to tell me I'd won I was sleeping in an empty apartment on the floor in a sleeping bag. Everything was in boxes. This was in San Francisco, a great town, but if you want to make movies, LA is the place to be-it just is. And contrary to many preconceived notions, it's great down here.

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

A: Still a long road ahead with THE STONES, a lot of work, arduous and extremely satisfying.

But as a matter of fact, I have just finished another script, a thriller about a coat check girl in San Francisco called FACTORY. And I've got a half dozen ideas incubating, I'll probably write another one this spring; a comedy, horror or maybe a supernatural adventure, hmm...

Posted Thursday, March 6, 2008