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2019 BlueCat Screenplay Competition

BlueCat Screenplay Competition

Contact

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

Web: Click here
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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)
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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    
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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?
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Contest News

Screenplay Live to Stage BlueCat Finalist

SCREENPLAY LIVE returns for a third year at the High Falls Film Festival with a staged reading of BEARD’S CREEK by Maureen Tilyou, a finalist of the 2006 BlueCat Screenplay Competition. Abigail Spencer, star of Lifetime’s new original series, ANGELA’S EYES, will be reading the lead role. A former cast member of ALL MY CHILDREN, Abby also stars in A COAT OF SNOW, written and directed by Gordy Hoffman.

The annual reading series, held as a part of the High Falls program, brings a highly acclaimed screenplay to Rochester, casting local Rochester actors.

Synopsis of BEARD’S CREEK by Maureen Tilyou:

When three children find a murdered woman in the dreamy perils of the swamps of 1950’s Georgia, the daydreams of their latch key lives fracture horrifyingly into the reality of an actual killer, their older sister’s new beau.

Maureen Tilyou, the writer of Beard’s Creek, will direct her own screenplay. She has developed a mini-series based on the life of Ernest Hemingway with Snake River Productions as well as co-writing THE EXPERIMENT for Riverchild Films in London. She recently finished co-writing the feature FANTASY LAND, currently in pre-production with Intrinsic Value Films. In 2000, Maureen won the Best Picture Award (with director Martin Duffy) at the Austin Heart of Screenwriting Festival for the Welsh story TALIESIN.

Gordy Hoffman, Fairport native and Founder of BlueCat, will moderate the Q&A. Hoffman won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the Sundance Film Festival for LOVE LIZA, which starred his brother, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Kathy Bates. His directorial debut, A COAT OF SNOW, world premiered at the Locarno International Film Festival, and went to screen at the Silver Lake Film Festival and the Milan Film Festival. A COAT OF SNOW won the Domani Vision Award, given by VisionFest, held at the Tribeca Cinemas in New York. A COAT OF SNOW will screen at the High Falls Film Festival, Friday, Nov 10, at the Dryden Theatre at the George Eastman House, at 9:45 p.m.

SCREENPLAY LIVE is sponsored by ROCHESTERTALENT.COM and the ROCHESTER FILM OFFICE.

HIGH FALLS FILM FESTIVAL is an annual international film festival that showcases exceptional work by women in film and video - all positions before and behind the camera, including cinematographer, screenwriter, editor, composer, director, producer, and stuntwoman.

Festival are November 8-13, 2006.

SCREENPLAY LIVE

When: Thursday, November 9, 2006 Where: Curtis Theatre, George Eastman House, 900 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14607 Time: 7:30pm Tickets: http://www.highfallsfilmfestival.com/2005/buytickets.html



Updated: 11/03/2006
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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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