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BlueCat Screenplay Competition


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.


The Feature Screenplay Winner will receive $10,000.

Four Feature Finalists will receive $1000 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 Feature Screenplay of the 2017 Competition written by a screenwriter residing outside the USA and will receive $1000.

Every script submission will receive a written analysis as a part of their entry fee.

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Every script submitted to BlueCat will receive a written analysis as part of their entry fee. 

By providing every writer feedback on their submission, BlueCat guarantees that independent readers are actually evaluating the writers’ entire work.

With years of judging, professional writing, and teaching experience at the top universities in the country, BlueCat Founder Gordy Hoffman handpicks the readers who will respond to your work.

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Submitted scripts must be original screenplays, and the sole property of the applicant(s).

All ages are eligible.

All entries must be in English.

Feature screenplays must be between 65 and 125 pages in length. Absolutely no exceptions.

Short screenplays must be between 1 and 49 pages in length. Absolutely no exceptions.

There is no limit to the number of screenplays you may submit.

You may submit a screenplay one time and resubmit that screenplay once.

All entries must be uploaded in PDF format.

Under absolutely no circumstances will substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the entry screenplay(s) be made. Screenplays will not be returned.

If a submitted screenplay becomes optioned, produced or purchased between the time of submission and the end of the judging period, that screenplay will no longer be eligible.

Competition judges, readers and employees of the BlueCat Screenplay Competition, past and present, and their immediate friends and families, are not eligible to enter.

Previous winners of the BlueCat Screenplay Competition are not eligible.

Screenplays, including outlines, treatments, pitches, log lines or any developmental material related to screenplay, that have previously won any contest, competition, grant, lab, fellowship, mentorship, reading or award of any kind, are not eligible.

Screenplays submitted under a pen name will be immediately disqualified.

Screenplay titles cannot be changed upon resubmission under any circumstances.

Screenplays that have been submitted to any competition or contest prior to November 15th, 2012 are not eligible.

Past and present scripts consulted on through Gordy Hoffman’s screenplay consultation service or the BlueCat workshops are not eligible.

Past and Present USC and UCLA students of Gordy Hoffman are not eligible.

Screenplays uploaded or posted online to the public are not eligible.


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