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The Official Newsletter of the

BlueCat Screenplay Competition   

March 10th, 2015

2015 Semi-Finalists Coming Soon! 
Our 2015 Short Semi-Finalists will be announced on Sunday, March 15th, 2015 at 10 AM PST.

Feature Semi-Finalists will be announced on Monday, March 16th, 2015 at 10 AM PST.  
Competition Results Announcement Schedule 

  • Shorts Finalists will be announced April 4th, 2015.
  • Feature Finalists will be announced April 6th, 2015.
  • Joplin Award will be announced April 7th, 2015.
  • Cordelia Award will be announced April 8th, 2015.
  • The Shorts Screenplay Winner will be announced April 9th, 2015.
  • The Feature Screenplay Winner will be announced April 10th, 2015.
    • 5 Ways to Make a Character More Likable
    • 3 Scripts: Mr. Turner, Still Alice, Love is Strange
    • Advertise with BlueCat
    • The BlueCat Community Corner
    • BlueCat Workshop information
    5 Ways to Make a Character More Likable
    BlueCat Blog

    In this BlueCat Blog post, we list 5 ways to make a character more likable!

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    Three Script PDFs

    Mr. Turner
    by Mike Leigh

    Still Alice
    by Mauricio Zacharias & Ira Sachs

    Love is Strange
    by Richard Glatzer & Wash Westmoreland

    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.





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