BlueCat is now accepting submissions for our 2024 Competition!

For 26 years, BlueCat has sought to discover and develop the storyteller.

When you submit to BlueCat, you’re guaranteed a complete read of your script, as we provide a written analysis of your submission at no extra fee.

Our Winners and Finalists often find valuable connections within the industry, which help them begin professional careers.

In addition, our cash awards total $18,500!

Please send your feature screenplay, tv pilot and short film script when you’re ready—-we look forward to reading your work!

- Every script submission will receive written analysis at no extra charge.

- The Grand Prize Winner will receive $7,500. All scripts submitted (features, tv pilots and shorts) are eligible.

- The Feature Screenplay Winner will receive $3,000.

- The TV Pilot Winner will receive $3,000.

- The Short Script Winner will receive $3,000.

- The Fellini Award will be awarded to the Best Screenplay from any category (features, tv pilots or shorts) by a writer residing outside the USA and will receive $2000.

- All submissions must be original, and the sole property of the applicant(s).

- All ages are eligible.

- Feature screenplays must be between 65-125 pages.
- Pilot scripts must be between 20-75 pages.
-Short screenplays must be between 1-29 pages.

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

- Scripts, including outlines, treatments, pitches, log lines or any developmental material related to the script, that has previously won any contest, competition, grant, lab, fellowship, mentorship, reading or award of any kind, are not eligible.

- Screenplays that have been submitted to any competition or contest prior to December 13th, 2020 are not eligible.

For a complete list of our Rules & Guidelines please visit our website:

Overall Rating
  • Excited to be a semi-finalist. Great experience.

    May 2023
  • Bryan Harlow

    I was honored to be among the 5 short film finalists for 2023. The feedback was insightful and thoughtful and the BlueCat team communicated regularly once they requested a background writeup and photos. Thank you all for your work and here's to next year!

    May 2023
  • I was disappointed in the quality of the initial coverage of my screenplay. I contacted the festival and they had someone else complete a 2nd coverage - much better - more insightful and helpful. I appreciate the festival's commitment to quality and integrity.

    April 2023
  • Adrian Lall

    A very positive experience submitting to BlueCat! My script "After Men" made its way to the quarter finals and the feedback I received was immensely insightful and showed a very deep reading and analysis. Thank you!

    December 2022
  • I paid for feedback and reader did not "phone it in." He/she demonstrated a crystal-clear understanding of the script’s intentions. (Responses I've received from other festivals were riddled with factual errors about characters and made me wonder if I'd received someone else's feedback.) This can only result from sincere engagements. More importantly, I respect (and agreed with) the criticism. I recommend the BlueCat Screenplay Competition without hesitation.

    July 2022