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BlueCat Screenplay Competition

BlueCat Screenplay Competition

Contact

P.O. Box 2635
Hollywood , CA 90078
(323) 785-2338 (voice)

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Contact: Gordy Hoffman, Founder
MovieBytes Interview: Gordy Hoffman

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Objective

Founded by a writer, the BlueCat Screenplay Competition’s passionate commitment to develop and discover the unknown screenwriter continues to define our work today.

We provide each writer who enters BlueCat one written analysis while supporting screenwriters of all levels and stages of development with the constructive feedback all writers require.

Our Winners and Finalists have been signed by major talent agencies like UTA, CAA and WME, sold their work to studios like Warner Bros., Paramount and Universal, and won major awards at the Sundance, Berlin and Tribeca Film Festivals, all after being discovered by and winning BlueCat.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Expired. Previous Deadline: 06/26/2017

Rules

All entries must be in English. Accepts both Short 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 Short Script Competition winner will receive $5,000. Four shorts finalists will receive $500 each.
  • The Pilot Script Competition winner will receive $5,000. Four pilot script finalists will receive $500 each.
  • The Fellini Award winner will receive $1,000.

BlueCat Screenplay Competition

Contact

P.O. Box 2635
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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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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BlueCat Screenplay Competition

Contact

P.O. Box 2635
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: 164    
Have you entered?
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Contest News

BlueCat Screenplay Competition Announces 2016 Winners

Oreathia C. Smith's screenplay, MONA. RICHY. ROBBY. AND RAY, has been selected as the winner of the 2016 BlueCat Screenplay Competition. Smith's script was selected from 4,523 submissions and will be awarded a $15,000 cash prize. Smith received an MFA in Writing at USC in 2011.

Updated: 04/06/2016

BlueCat Announces Feature Contest Winner

Mona. Richy. Robby. And Ray. by Declan Holliman has been named the $15,000 Grand Prize Winner of the 2016 BlueCat Screenwriting Competition.

Updated: 03/30/2016

BlueCat Names Short Screenplay Contest Winner

Apart by Elizabeth Capot has been named the 2016 BlueCat Short Screenplay Contest Winner.

Updated: 03/28/2016

BlueCat Names International Award Winners

BlueCat has announced their International Screenplay Awards for 2016.

Updated: 03/25/2016

BlueCat Names Feature Screenplay Finalists

BlueCat has announced the five finalists for their 2016 Screenwriting Competition. The Winner will receive $15,000 and the other four Finalists will receive $2500.

Updated: 03/15/2016

BlueCat Names Special Award Finalists

BlueCat has named the 2016 finalists for the Joplin, Cordelia, and Roshan Awards.

Updated: 03/14/2016

BlueCat Names Short Screenplay Finalists

BlueCat has named their Short Screenplay Finalists for 2016. The Winner -to be announce March 28th - will receive $10,000, and the three Finalists receiving $2000 each.

Updated: 03/13/2016

BlueCat Names Semifinalists

BlueCat has named their 2016 semifinalists, representing the top 78 scripts from a total of 4,523 submissions. The 2016 Feature Screenplay Winner will receive a $15,000 USD cash prize. Four Finalists will receive $2,500 each.

Updated: 03/09/2016

BlueCat Names Feature and Short Screenplay Quarterfinalists

BlueCat has named their feature screenplay quarterfinalists from among 4,523 submissions. Short Screenplay quarterfinalists have also been announced from among 2,086 entries.

Updated: 02/07/2016

BlueCat Names Grand Prize Winner

Mouth by Kimi Howl Lee has been named the $15,000 Feature Length Grand Prize Winner of the 2015 BlueCat Screenwriting Competition.

Updated: 04/16/2015

BlueCat Names Feature Finalists

BlueCat has named their 2015 Feature Screenplay Contest Finalists. The winner will receive a $15,000 cash prize while the remaining four finalists will receive $2,500 each.

Updated: 04/11/2015

BlueCat Names 2015 Short Script Winner

Six Months of Wonder Woman by Kitty Percy has been named BlueCat $10,000 Short Script Competition winner for 2015.

Updated: 04/09/2015

BlueCat Names Cordelia Award Winner

Butter Side Up by Kitty Percy, has been named the BlueCat Screenplay Competition Cordelia Award Winner, given each year to the best screenplay submitted by a writer residing in the U.K.

Updated: 04/08/2015

BlueCat Names Joplin Award Winner

Leonardo Noboru de Lima's George! has been named the BlueCat Screenplay Competition Joplin Award Winner for 2015.

Updated: 04/07/2015

BlueCat Names Top Ten Features

The BlueCat Screenwriting Competition has named their Feature Screenplay Top Ten Finalists

Updated: 04/06/2015

BlueCat Names Short Script Finalists

BlueCat has named their Short Script Contest Finalists for 2015.

Updated: 04/04/2015

BlueCat Names Feature Script Semifinalists

BlueCat has announced their 2015 semifinalists, representing approximately the top 2% of 4,492 submissions.

Updated: 03/16/2015

BlueCat Announces 2015 Short Script Semifinalists

BlueCat has announced their Short Script Semifinalists for 2015. Finalists will be named April 4th.

Updated: 03/15/2015

BlueCat Names Feature Screenplay Quarterfinalists

The BlueCat Screenwriting Competition has named their quarterfinalists for 2015, representing approximately the top 5% of 4,494 submissions.

Updated: 03/02/2015

BlueCat Names Short Script Quarterfinalists

BlueCat has announced their Short Screenplay Quarterfinalists for 2015, representing approximately the top 5 percent of 1730 entries.

Updated: 03/01/2015

BlueCat Announces Top 10 Percent Short Screenplays

BlueCat has announced the top 10% of more than 1730 short screenplay submissions this year:

Updated: 02/15/2015

BlueCat Announces Top 10 Percent Features

BlueCat has announced the top 10% of more than 4,494 feature screenplay submissions this year:

Updated: 02/15/2015

BlueCat Announces Feature Screenplay Contest Winner

BlueCat has named 3 Faces of Hunger & Thirst by HF Crum as the winner of their 2014 Feature-length Screenplay Competition.

Updated: 04/10/2014

BlueCat Announces Short Screenplay Contest Winner

BlueCat has named Winged by Jennifer Cui of Melbourne, Australia as the winner of their 2014 Short Screenplay Competition.

Updated: 04/09/2014

BlueCat Announces Feature Screenplay Finalists

The BlueCat Screenwriting Competition has named their Feature Screenplay Finalists for 2014.

Updated: 04/05/2014

BlueCat Announces Short Screenplay Finalists

The BlueCat Screenwriting Competition has named their Short Screenplay Finalists for 2014.

Updated: 04/03/2014

BlueCat Announces Cordelia Award Winner

The BlueCat Screenplay Competition has named Face to Face by Jason Pittock of Bradford, West Yorkshire, UK as their 2014 Cordelia Award Winner.

Updated: 04/02/2014

BlueCat Announces Joplin Award Winner

The BlueCat Screenplay Competition has named The Longest Birthday by Savion Einstein of Tel Aviv, Israel as their 2014 Joplin Award winner.

Updated: 04/01/2014

BlueCat Announces Semifinalists

BlueCat has announced their 2014 Screenwriting Contest Semifinalists.

Updated: 03/16/2014

BlueCat Announces 2014 Quarterfinalists

BlueCat has announced their quarterfinalists from among a record total of 4060 feature and 1602 short submissions

Updated: 02/19/2014

BlueCat Announces Top Ten Percent

The BlueCat Screenplay Competition has announced the top 10 percent of their contestants for 2013.

Updated: 02/02/2014

BlueCat Announces 2013 Contest Winner

Demain, Je Me Tue, by Pierre Chance, has been named the $10,000 winner of the 2013 BlueCat Screenwriting Competition.

Updated: 04/10/2013

BlueCat Announces Joplin Award Winner

Hand Lit Match by Rachael BernSousa & Mary Lusted of Perth, Australia, has been named the winner of the 2013 Joplin Award for the Best Screenplay received by BlueCat from outside the USA, Canada and the UK.

Updated: 04/07/2013

BlueCat Announces Cordelia Award Winner

Christopher Brown's Knock-Out has been given the 2013 Cordelia Award as the Best Screenplay received from the UK.

Updated: 04/05/2013

BlueCat Announces Contest Finalists

Five finalists have been announced for the 2013 BlueCat Screenplay Competition.

Updated: 04/01/2013

BlueCat Announces Semifinalists

BlueCat has announced their 2013 Screenplay Contest Semifinalists.

Updated: 03/01/2013

BlueCat Announces Quarterfinalists

BlueCat has announced 341 quarterfinalists from among a record 3391 submissions to their 2012 screenwriting competition.

Updated: 02/01/2013

BlueCat Announces Short Screenplay Winner

Ben Cleary has been named the winner of the BlueCat Short Screenplay Competition for his script, Trumpet.

Updated: 08/02/2012

BlueCat Announces Short Screenplay Semifinalists

Semifinalists have been announced for the 2012 BlueCat Short Screenwriting Competition.

Updated: 07/22/2012

BlueCat Announces Short Screenplay Quarterfinalists

Quarterfinalists have been announced for the 2012 BlueCat Short Screenwriting Competition.

Updated: 07/15/2012

BlueCat Announces Contest Winner

Michael Hamblin's The Emperor of Wyoming has been named the winner of the 2012 BlueCat Screenwriting Competition.

Updated: 03/22/2012

BlueCat Announces Finalists

The BlueCat Screenplay Competition has announced their 2012 finalists.

Updated: 03/16/2012

BlueCat Announces Cordelia and Joplin Award Winners

BlueCat has announced the winners of their Cordelia and Joplin Awards for 2012. The Cordelia Award goes to the best screenplay from the UK, while the Joplin Award goes to the best screenplay outside the USA, Canada and the UK.

Updated: 03/15/2012

BlueCat Announces Semifinalists

The BlueCat Screenwriting Competition has announced their 2012 semifinalists.

Updated: 03/01/2012

BlueCat Announces Quarterfinalists

The BlueCat Screenplay Competition has announced their 2012 quarterfinalists.

Updated: 02/01/2012

BlueCat Names Contest Winner

Robert Ian Simpson's Below the Waist has been named the winner from among 2,970 entries to the 2010 BlueCat Screenwriting Competition.

Updated: 08/07/2010

BlueCat Announces Finalists

The BlueCat Screenwriting Competition has announced their 2010 finalists.

Updated: 08/02/2010

BlueCat Announces Semifinalists

The BlueCat Screenwriting Competition has announced their semifinalists for 2010.

Updated: 07/16/2010

Blue Announces Quarterfinalists

The BlueCat Screenwriting Competition has announced their quarterfinalists for 2010.

Updated: 06/16/2010

BlueCat Announce Title Contest Winners

The 2010 BlueCat Screenplay Competition title contest winners have been announced.

Updated: 02/08/2010

BlueCat Announces Contest Winner

The BlueCat Screenplay Competition has named Jerry Mahoney as the winner of their 2009 Screenwriting Competition for his script Gladly McGee and the Damn Retarded F****t.

Updated: 08/02/2009

BlueCat Announces Finalists

The BlueCat Screenwriting Competition has announced their five finalists for 2009

Updated: 07/23/2009

BlueCat Announces Semifinalists

BlueCat has announced their 2009 semifinalists, representing approximately the top 1 percent of over 3200 submissions received this year.

Updated: 07/16/2009

BlueCat Announces 2009 Quarterfinalists

BlueCat has announced their screenwriting contest quarterfinalists for 2009, representing approximately the top 20 percent of their 3200 entries.

Updated: 06/15/2009

BlueCat Announces Contest Winner

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

Updated: 10/09/2008

BlueCat Announces Contest Winner

The BlueCat Screenplay Competition has announced Timo E. Peltonen's The Piano Tuner as the winner of their 2008 screenwriting competition, which attracted nearly 2,800 entries.

Updated: 09/02/2008

BlueCat Announces Finalists

BlueCat has announced their 2008 screenwriting competition finalists.

Updated: 08/29/2008

BlueCat Announces Top 20

The BlueCat Screenplay Competition has announced their top 20 finalists for 2008.

Updated: 08/15/2008

BlueCat Announces 2008 Semi-Finalists

The Semi-Finalist have been announced for the 2008 BlueCat Screenwriting Comeptition.

Updated: 08/02/2008

BlueCat Announces Quarterfinalists

BlueCat has announced their 2008 BlueCat Screenplay Competition quarterfinalists from among more than 2700 entries.

Updated: 07/01/2008

The Heart and Soul of Screenwriting: Writing good dialogue and description

Writing dialogue and description is writing a screenplay. You can argue about format and tab margins and what to capitalize and what not. I won’t. Dialogue and description is where the experience of screenplay for your reader lives. We write screenplays to make movies. They are not literature. They are directions for people to make motion pictures. Our story is told in the dialogue and description, and by focusing on allowing them to work for your goals of production will illuminate where how your story goes.

Updated: 11/27/2007

BlueCat Announces 2007 Contest Winner

BlueCat has announced Ana Lily Amirpour's The Stones as the winner of the this year's BlueCat Screenwriting Competition.

Updated: 08/04/2007

BlueCat Announces 2007 Finalists

The BlueCat Screenplay Competition has announced their 2007 Finalists.

Updated: 07/28/2007

BlueCat Announces Semfinalists

BlueCat has announced their 2007 Screenwriting Contest semifinalists.

Updated: 07/15/2007

BlueCat Announces Top 10 Percent

The BlueCat Screenplay Competition has announced the top 10 percent of entries for their 2007 Screenplay competition. Semi-finalists will be announced July 15th, Finalists on July 22nd and our winner on August 1.

Updated: 07/01/2007

BlueCat Announces Movie Title Contest Top Five Winners

BlueCat has announced the Top Five winners of their Movie Title contest. All Five will be awarded $250 in honor of their creativity.

Updated: 02/01/2007

BlueCat Announces Top 20 Movie Titles

BlueCat has announce the top twenty finalists in their movie title contest.

Updated: 01/20/2007

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.

Updated: 11/03/2006

BlueCat Announces 2006 Screenplay Live

BEARD’S CREEK by Marilyn Tilyou has been selected for BlueCat’s 2006 Screenplay Live at the High Falls Film Festival in New York.

Updated: 08/29/2006

BlueCat Screenplay Winner Announced

The BlueCat Screenwriting Competition has announced HYUNG'S OVERTURE by Young Kim as their 2006 contest winner.

Updated: 08/02/2006

2005 BlueCat Winner Shares Experience on Selling Script

ANDY STOCK, 2005 BlueCat Screenplay Competition Winner and one of the writers of GARY THE TENNIS COACH, shares the journey of their screenplay going from a BlueCat submission to A-List Literary Representation and, subsequently, a sale and go picture.

Updated: 07/30/2006

BlueCat Announces 2006 Finalists

The BlueCat Screenwriting Competition has announced their 2006 finalists.

Updated: 07/16/2006

2005 BlueCat Screenplay Competition Winner Sold

Seann William Scott has signed on to star and co-produce GARY THE TENNIS COACH, the 2005 BlueCat Screenplay Competition Winner, with GreeneStreet Films (In The Bedroom, Swimfan).

Updated: 07/11/2006

BlueCat Announces Semifinalists

The BlueCat Screenwriting Competition has announced their semifinalists from among 1,782 entries.

Updated: 07/01/2006

Writing the Classic Movie Ending (How to Finish your Screenplay!)

I’ve only finished so many screenplays in my life. Writing a script all the way to the very last page is always an extremely significant, personal achievement for me. A large part of its significance is the reality that I actually wrote an ending, or, at the very least, typed “THE END.” Trying to finish a screenplay and effectively pay something off--this is arguably the hardest part of great screenwriting and often a major breaker of screenplays.

Updated: 02/23/2006

How to Start a Screenplay: Treatment or Free Fall?

Starting a screenplay can sometimes be as hard as finishing one. Impatient to pull up to the front door of a classic motion picture, I want to get everything right so quickly. This impatience challenges my trust in the work, the creative process of screenwriting. What exactly does trust mean? If I don’t trust my writing, then what am I? Frightened. This is the battle. If I’m scared that everything I’m typing is worthless, then what? My hands find something else to do. So trust is good and important and essential to beginning this journey, alone, a trip that will eventually take what comes out of you into millions of people. But it’s just you now. And your trust.

Updated: 02/14/2006

Screenwriting Tips from a Screenplay Contest Judge

After cracking hundreds of screenplays sent into the BlueCat Screenplay Competition, the same problems in the execution of the story and script continue to emerge. Here is a general overview of these persistent issues.

Updated: 01/23/2006

Bluecat 2004 Finalist Optioned

Kelsey Simons, 2004 BlueCat Finalist, has had her screenplay, IN THE LIVES OF BROTHERS, optioned by Eric Cubitt, a producer based in New York.

Updated: 01/05/2006

SCREENPLAY LIVE Stages Reading of Bluecat Finalist

SCREENPLAY LIVE returned for its second year to the High Falls Film Festival in Rochester, NY, with a live reading of 2005 BlueCat Screenplay Competition Finalist, THE BREAK-IN by Ryan David Jahn.

Updated: 01/04/2006

Bluecat 2005 Winner Signed by UTA

The BlueCat Screenplay Competition has announced the signing of their 2005 contest winners, Andrew Stock and Ryan Stempson, by the United Talent Agency.

Updated: 11/23/2005

BlueCat Announces Contest Winner

Man Among Boys, by Andrew Stock and Rick Stempson, has been named the winner of the 2005 BlueCat Screenwriting Competition.

Updated: 07/26/2005

BlueCat Announces 2005 Finalists

The BlueCat Screenplay Competition has announced the 2005 Finalists from among 1034 entries.

Updated: 07/01/2005

BlueCat Honors Women Finalists at High Falls Film Festival

In November, Bluecat partnered with the High Falls Film Festival for the first edition of SCREENPLAY LIVE.

Updated: 02/10/2005

BlueCat Announces Contest Winner

The BlueCat Screenwriting contest has announced Justin Thomas & Andrew Panaga as the winners of their 2004 screenwriting competition for their script, "The Man in the Rearview Mirror."

Updated: 07/16/2004

BlueCat Announces Contest Finalists

The BlueCat Screenplay Competition has announced the Finalists for their 2004 competition.

Updated: 07/01/2004

BlueCat Screenplay Competition Announces Winner

The BlueCat Screenplay competition has announced Jon Goldman as the winner of their 2003 Screenplay Competition for his script, ESCHER.

Updated: 07/22/2003

BlueCat Announces Contest Winners

Danielle Silvie Gershberg has been named the winner of the BlueCat Screenplay Competition for her high school comedy CLASS.

Updated: 10/18/2001

BlueCat Announces Contest Finalists

Six scripts have been named the best of more than 600 entries.

Updated: 08/14/2001

BluCat's Gordy Hoffman Announces Contest Winners

Updated: 12/05/2000

BlueCat Announces Contest Finalists

Updated: 06/17/2000

BlueCat Announces Winner & Finalists in Hollywood Reporter

Updated: 09/12/1999

Call for Entries: BlueCat Screenplay Competition

Updated: 09/02/1999

Blue Screenplay Competition Announces Winner

Updated: 06/21/1999

BlueCat Screenplay Competition Announces Finalists

Updated: 05/13/1999

BlueCat Screenplay Competition

Contact

P.O. Box 2635
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: 164    
Have you entered?
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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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