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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)
"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) 27
Final December 16, 2018 $70 (features); $65 (pilot/hour); $60 (pilot/half-hour); $55 (short film/script) 55

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 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.

The screenplay follows a young autistic Latina who, after rescuing a stray cadaver dog, stumbles upon a 15 year- old cold case that no one wants solved.

The winner of best pilot script is WHITE-SHOE U by Beanie Barnes. Ms. Barnes will receive $5000 for winning the inaugural pilot award. Story involves four Ivy League students building an illegal drug operation.

Will Schneider's AGEUSIA won for best short screenplay and will receive a $5,000 cash prize. Schneider recently started his first year in the MFA in Film and Television program at DePaul University.

Jason Chan's script UNPROMISED won the Fellini Award for best international screenplay, winning a $1000 cash prize. Mr. Chan hails from Vancouver.

In addition, four feature scripts have been named as finalists, and will each take home a $1,000 prize:

  • Spree by Laura Allen
  • The Townhouse by Baruh Benjamins
  • Chico Grande by Jesus Celaya
  • Westchester by Sachin Mehta
Four pilot script have been named as finalists and each will receive a $500 prize:
  • Junk Dreams by Maria Soscia
  • The Orphan by Allie Kingsley and Tony Allen
  • Squat by Bill Keenan
  • Clementine by MJ Palo
Four short scripts have also been named as finalists and each will take home a $500 prize:
  • Sun Shine by Walker Hare
  • Borders of Life by Mohamed Karim
  • The Call by Colm Ryan
  • The Scientist by Cameron Thrower & Joe McKernan
Previous BlueCat Winners and Finalists include:
  • Aaron Guzikowski (PRISONERS/Verve/Madhouse), hired on remakes of PAPILLON and THE WOLF MAN, along with the next chapter in the FRIDAY THE 13th franchise.
  • Ana Lily Amirpour (A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT), won Special Jury Prize at the 2016 Venice Film Festival for THE BAD BATCH, starring Jim Carrey and Keanu Reeves.
  • Ashleigh Powell (Gersh/Good Fear Film), writing THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS for Mark Gordon and Disney, with Lasse Hallstrom to direct.
  • Young Il Kim (Rodham/UTA/Arlook), Robert Ian Simpson (Paradigm/Industry), Jim Beggarly (Gersh), Kateland Brown (Pretty Little Liars), and Colin Preston (ICM/Gotham Group).

Updated: 09/18/2017
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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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