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.

Awards & Prizes

The Feature Screenplay Winner of the 2017 Competition will receive $10,000. Four Feature Finalists will receive $1000 each.

The Short Script Winner of the 2017 Competition will receive $5,000. Four Shorts Finalists will receive $500 each.

The Pilot Winner of the 2017 Competition will receive $5,000. Four Pilot 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 submission will receive a written analysis as a part of their entry fee.

Rules & Terms

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Submitted scripts must be original, 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.

Short screenplays must be between 1 and 49 pages in length.

Pilot scripts must be between 20-90 pages in length.

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

You may submit a script once. You may not submit the same script more than 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 script(s) be made. Scripts will not be returned.

If a submitted script becomes optioned, produced or purchased between the time of submission and the end of the judging period, that script 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.

Scripts, including outlines, treatments, pitches, log lines or any developmental material related to script, that have 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 May 21st, 2014 are not eligible.

Scripts submitted under a pen name will be immediately disqualified.

Script titles cannot be changed after submission under any circumstances.

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.