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What's New, BlueCat? 
The Official Newsletter of the

BlueCat Screenplay Competition   

March 25th, 2015




Blue's Beats - A Most

Violent Year 


Blue's Beats is a new original blog series where we break down various nominated feature screenplays by identifying and discussing their important beats.
  • BLUE'S BEATS - A Most Violent Year
  • 5 Screenwriting Tips from Woody Allen
  • 2015 Semi-Finalists: Features
  • 3 Scripts: The Hateful Eight, The Lego Movie, The Way Way Back
  • The BlueCat Community Corner
  • BlueCat Workshop information
5 Screenwriting Tips from Woody Allen
From Screencraft

This article lists 5 quotes from iconic writer/director Woody Allen. Check out what he has to say on the various aspects of screenwriting! 
2015 Semi-Finalists: Features
From BlueCat Blog

In case you missed it, here is the announced list of the 2015 Semi-Finalists for feature submissions!
Buy a Dog Bowl Hoodie or T-Shirt!


Support Gordy Hoffman's new short film, Dog Bowl, by purchasing a 
hoodie or t-shirt!



Three Screenplay PDFs

The Hateful Eight
by Quentin Tarantino

The Lego Movie
by Chris Miller and Phil Lord

The Way Way Back  
by Jim Rash and Nat Faxon


The BlueCat
Community Corner:


BlueCat is continuing our Community Corner in the newsletter where each week we feature what YOU'RE up to.    


Do you play in a band, paint, write books, draw, sculpt, make short films or web series, etc.? Do you participate in an arts organization our community should know about?




Share your accomplishments as well as upcoming fairs, shows, screenings, and gatherings by emailing:
Please use the subject line Community Corner Submission

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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.





Nashville - April 18th -  REGISTER 

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