Founded by a filmmaker in 1998, the BlueCat Screenplay Competition will now accept short films and screen the finalists at the Landmark Theatre in Los Angeles on April 30th, 2019.

BlueCat has supported thousands of screenwriters with many who have gone on to successful careers in the film and television industry:

*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 Hallström 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.

The finalists (between 5-10 films) will be screened at the Landmark Theatre in Los Angeles on April 30th, 2019.

Winners will be announced at the end of the festival for the following categories:
Best Short
Best Director
Best Script
Best Performance

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

All ages are eligible.

All submissions must be in English or provide English subtitles.

Short submissions must be under 50 minutes.

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

Films must be produced after January 1st, 2015.

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.

Past and present produced 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.

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