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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

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    
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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) 11
Regular November 15, 2018 $60 (features); $55 (pilot/hour); $50 (pilot/half-hour); $45 (short film/script) 57
Final December 16, 2018 $70 (features); $65 (pilot/hour); $60 (pilot/half-hour); $55 (short film/script) 88

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

2005 BlueCat Winner Shares Experience on Selling Script

June 30, 2005, Rick Stempson and I were in a not uncommon position among aspiring screenwriters. Over the past two and a half years we had entered our script into a number of screenwriting competitions, e-mailed query letters to hundreds of producers and agents, and had Priority mailed our script down a few dozen dead ends. Our reward: An impressive stack of “Thank you, but not interested” letters.



Fade To: July 1st, 2005.

Heather Schor of the Bluecat Screenplay Competition called to inform us our script was one of five finalists. We now had hope. And hope actualized when, 15 days later, another call came in. This one was from Gordy Hoffman, telling us that we had won the competition.

Time to celebrate...but only for ten minutes. It was about that long into Gordy’s call when he let us know that the script we had written would not make it in Hollywood. We needed to do a re-write. We needed to make the script funnier, more inspiring and, quite simply, we needed to make it better.

We received the announcement call on a Friday. By Monday we had lopped off the last 12 pages of our script and written a new 20 page ending. Rick and I were now ready to sell the script, right?

Not even close. This was the first of literally dozens of re-writes that spanned the next eight months. Producers came on board, an actor, and a director -- every one of them wanted changes. Some changes were simple, while others were quite complicated, but all required serious laptop- grinding work. Gordy had tried to inform us of the amount of work that needs to be put into any script worth its salt. “Every scene has to be brilliant, golden!” he would say. But we were still caught off-guard.

We bitched. We moaned. And we did the work. Always did the work.

And now GARY THE TENNIS COACH (we even had to re- write the title) is scheduled to start filming in October, right near home in Austin. Ego pounding rejections, landing agents, writing into the wee hours, attaching a star and a director, allowing our lives to become neurotically unbalanced, finding financing – it has all been a wonderfully lovely screenwriting heaven/hell. And, at its core, it has been a Bluecat production.

-Andy Stock



Andy and Rick Stempson are currently working on a rewrite of GARY with director Danny Leiner, as well as a spec script and sitcom pitch.

Updated: 07/30/2006
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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.

Interviews

MovieBytes Interview: Gordy Hoffman

An interview with Gordy Hoffman regarding the BlueCat Writing Competition.

Updated: 01/29/2007

MovieBytes Interview:Screenwriter Lily Amirpour

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

Updated: 03/06/2008

MovieBytes Interview:Screenwriter Rick Stempson

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

Updated: 02/07/2007
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