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The Official Newsletter of the

BlueCat Screenplay Competition   

October 20th, 2014

Live Ustream with 
Gordy Hoffman
and special guest
Josh Nathan
October 22nd, 2014

Make sure to tune in to our live Ustream on Wednesday, October 22nd from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM PST.  Gordy will answer your screenwriting questions and will also speak with guest Josh Nathan about his experience with the Werner Herzog's Rogue Film School.

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About Josh Nathan:

Josh Nathan was born in Oakland, California, but was raised on a small farm in McPherson, Kansas. In 2011, he graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in film. After moving to Los Angeles to continue his filmmaking pursuits he was hired to work on Paul Thomas Anderson's film, "The Master." Since then he has worked on many films, including Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" and currently Anderson's upcoming "Inherent Vice." Joshua finished two short films this year, "Another Easygoing Brother in the Meadow Wind," and "Newton Albuquerque." He recently completed Werner Herzog's Rogue Film School. Joshua's films have played all over the world, and he currently lives in Los Angeles.

Final Submission Deadline

November 15th 

All scripts receive written analysis!

Recent achievements by BlueCat Alumni include:

2014 BlueCat Winner HF Crum has signed with manager Michelle Knudsen at MXN. Knudsen co-produced Jason Bateman's "Bad Words" and also represents screenwriting team Yana Gorskaya & Maia Rossini, who are currently writing a film for FOX and director Paul Feig.  Crum's "3 Faces of Hunger & Thirst" won Best Feature Screenplay at the 2014 Slamdance Screenplay Competition, as well as being selected as one of nine screenwriters for the 2014 IFC Lab.  


2014 BlueCat Joplin Award Winner Savion Einstein  and her screenplay, THE LONGEST BIRTHDAY, was named as one of six fellows to the 2014 Black List Lab in Las Vegas. She was mentored by Jessica Bendinger (Bring it On, Stick It), Max Borenstein (Godzilla, Seventh Son), Jesse Wigutow (It Runs in the Family, The Prince) and Scott Myers (K-9, Alaska).


BlueCat Finalist Aaron Guzikowski's #1 Film "Prisoners," (Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Melissa Leo) was released in September 2013 through Warner Brothers. Guzikowski is also the creator of "The Red Road," (Martin Henderson, Jason Momoa, Julianne Nicholson) which is SundanceTV's second scripted original series.


2006 BlueCat Winner Young Il Kim's script, "Rodham," attached director James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now) after having been on the 2012 Black List. Young recently won the 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Commissioning Grant from Sundance, and is currently writing a biopic on Stephen Hawking.


2007 BlueCat Winner Ana Lily Amipour's debut feature, "A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night," was produced by Elijah Wood and premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.  It will be distributed by Kino Lorber (Oldboy, Manuscripts Don't Burn) nationwide in Fall 2014.


BlueCat Finalist Ashleigh Powell sold her script, "SomaCell," to Warner Brothers, with David Goyer (Batman Begins, Man of Steel) attached to produce.  Powell is repped by Daniel Vang at Benderspink.

BlueCat Screenwriting Workshops
BlueCat Screenplay Workshops are an intensive opportunity to certifiably improve your script in a small group environment, led by award winning screenwriter and BlueCat founder Gordy Hoffman.

Your script will be read in advance both by Gordy as well as the other workshop participants; everyone receives in-depth feedback on their script from a number of different perspectives.

Winner of the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the Sundance Film Festival for LOVE LIZA, Gordy Hoffman has taught screenwriting at the USC School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles, as well as led workshops all over North America, Poland, Australia, New Zealand and the UK. He has served as a panelist for the IFP Script to Screen Conference in NYC, Women in Film's Script DC Conference in Washington, DC, and the George Eastman House Film Festival, as well as a judge for the McKnight Screenwriting Fellowships in Minnesota. Gordy Hoffman founded the BlueCat Screenplay Competition in 1998 and remains its judge.



Participants read all screenplays in advance of the workshop. During the workshop, Gordy provides direct and in-depth feedback on each screenplay, with everyone encouraged to contribute his or her own thoughts and concerns.


Each writer will leave with a great sense of what they can do specifically to improve their screenplay, as well as a better awareness of where they might properly develop as a professional screenwriter as a whole. Writers benefit from the direct focus placed on their screenplays by the workshop, along with the analysis of the other scripts.


Screenplays can be first drafts or rewrites, incomplete or partial, with first time writers and veterans all welcome. Scripts are due 10-14 days prior to the date of the workshop.


Note: Screenplays submitted to the workshop are not eligible to be entered into the BlueCat Screenplay Competition.



Regular Registration Option

Do you want to participate, but do not have a script to submit at this time? Regular registration for the workshop allows you to attend without submitting written material, read the scripts in advance and still participate in the discussion.





Online - November 6th - REGISTER 


Los Angeles - November 8th - REGISTER

(Full registration SOLD OUT,  

regular registration still available)


San Francisco - November 15th - REGISTER   

(Full registration SOLD OUT,  

regular registration still available)


Denver - November 24th - REGISTER 

(Full registration SOLD OUT,  

regular registration still available)


Denver - November 25th - REGISTER 

   (only 1 spot left)


Online - December 4th - REGISTER  


Jacksonville - December 13th - REGISTER 


Los Angeles - February 21, 2015 - REGISTER 


Salt Lake City - March 5, 2015 - REGISTER 


Please let us know if 


you'd like the BlueCat Workshop 


 to come to your town!


See you soon.