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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)
Regular November 18, 2018 $60 (features); $55 (pilot/hour); $50 (pilot/half-hour); $45 (short film/script) 26
Final December 16, 2018 $70 (features); $65 (pilot/hour); $60 (pilot/half-hour); $55 (short film/script) 54

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?
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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 Announces Contest Winner

The BlueCat Screenplay Competition has announced Timo E. Peltonen's The Piano Tuner as the winner of their 2008 contest:

The Piano Tuner by Timo E. Peltonen

In 1943 Germany, where trust has collapsed and fear burns brightly, a piano tuner investigates the mystery of a war widow's son disappearing from his room.

About the Writer: Timo E. Peltonen was born in Helsinki, Finland. He learnt the English language at the age of five in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where his father worked for the International Red Cross. The local drive-in theater played films like Shane and Disney's Peter Pan.

Timo went through most of his schooling in Rovaniemi, Finnish Lapland, except for the study year 1985 - 1986 which he spent in Little Rock, Arkansas, attending the Catholic High School for Boys.

Always a movie buff, Timo's first true contact with dramatic writing came during high school, when he co-wrote the plot and wrote the lyrics for a full-length teenage musical, which was choreographed and composed by professionals from Helsinki.

Timo studied at The University of Tampere, majoring in Theatre and Drama Research. In the year 1994 - 1995 he was an exchange student at the Montana State University Film School, where he wrote and directed three 12-minute films.

Since 2001 Timo has earned his living as a freelance critic for Helsingin Sanomat, the largest newspaper in Finland, writing reviews on film, documentaries and other TV programs. He currently lives in Hyvinkää with his wife and two small daughters.

P.S. Timo asks people not to mix him up with Timo Peltonen, a Finnish cinematographer.

Finalist Loglines:

The Language of Leaves by Michael J. Elsley
A young boy with a distant father and a grieving mother awakens his creativity with the help of his hip artist aunt, the pass or fail science fair and the mystery of leaves.

El Flaco by Jeff Seymann
EL FLACO is a gritty coming of age drama about a Chicano teenager's rebellion against his beloved father who harbors illegal immigrants.

Past Mistakes by Maria Mathis
When a vengeful spirit threatens a young man's life, he delves into past-life regression to locate a missing treasure to appease it.

The Italian Lover by Suzanne Griffin
A passionate Welsh opera singer haunted by his past discovers the deeper purpose of his voice when he becomes the mentor of a mysterious young soprano.

The Yellow Canary by John-Michael Bister
Two apathetic brothers and their offbeat godfather are reunited with estranged relatives; a comically dysfunctional and beautifully ragtag family is formed.

Updated: 10/09/2008
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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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