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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) 1
Regular November 18, 2018 $60 (features); $55 (pilot/hour); $50 (pilot/half-hour); $45 (short film/script) 29
Final December 16, 2018 $70 (features); $65 (pilot/hour); $60 (pilot/half-hour); $55 (short film/script) 57

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 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