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The Official Newsletter of the

BlueCat Screenplay Competition   

May 12th, 2015

Read our Finalist Interviews!
  • Short Finalist Danielle Barcena
  • Short Finalist Ludwig Thelin
  • Short Finalist Darren Tibbits
  • New Ustream - Wednesday, May 13th, 6-9PM PST!
  • 2 Scripts: Gone Girl & Locke
  • Sundance Scoop - "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl"
  • Ask BlueCat Video: How often should I be Screenwriting?
  • Sponsor:
  • Upcoming BlueCat Screenwriting Workshops
2015 Short Finalist 




by Danielle

Q: Who do you go to for feedback? 


A: A couple years ago I started a production company with my partner and that is who I go to when I want immediate feedback. I think that it is so important to find people or institutions that you trust to give you honest feedback. Someone who will tell you when something works or doesn't. You have to trust them to be constructive and also supportive.

  2015 Short Finalist


The Last Days of the Dolores Project 


by Ludwig Thelin  

Q: Are there any movies that you frequently look to for inspiration?
A: There's a Swedish movie called Four Shades of Brown that I think about frequently, it mixes humour and sadness in a really good way. The Comedy does that too, so I've seen that a couple of times. I like stuff from Charlie Kaufman, Todd Solondz, and Paul Thomas Anderson. Oslo, August 31st is a film I like a lot too.

2015 Short Finalist 




by Darren Tibbits 

  Q:  Do you have a specific schedule or routine that you stick to when writing?


A: I just write whenever I can. Mornings, lunch breaks, coffee breaks, evenings, home, diners, coffee shops, airplanes, etc. And I always carry a Moleskin notebook and pen with me, so even if I can't throw the laptop open I can throw down ideas for scenes, questions about characters and their motivations, or compile snapshots of new characters from people I see around me. For me, writing is constant.

New Ustream - Wednesday, May 13th, 6 PM - 9 PM

Special Guest: Kristian Kachikis
Meet Dog Bowl's Director of Photography, Kristian Kachikis.

Gordy will also discuss all your screenwriting questions. Tune in and ask away on our Ustream chat!
Sundance Scoop - "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl"
From BlueCat Blog



Me and Earl and the Dying Girl cleaned house at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival by winning both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award. 


Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon discusses the positive audience reactions "Me and Earl" has been receiving prior to it's wide release June 12, 2015. 


Dog Bowl Movie Merchandise

Support Gordy Hoffman's new short film, Dog Bowl, by purchasing a 

hoodie or t-shirt!

 Dog Bowl will be in the LA Film Festival!

Dog Bowl will have it's LA Premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival on Sunday, June 14 at Regal Cinemas at LA Live at 9:30pm!

Tickets will go on sale May 19th at 10:00am on the
Two Screenplay PDFs

Gone Girl
by Gillian Flynn 
              READ THE SCRIPT

by Steven Knight

ASK BLUECAT Video Series
Over our history, BlueCat's often been asked questions from our community, topics ranging from script formatting, improving dialogue or finding representation.  BlueCat founder and judge Gordy Hoffman attempts to answers your questions in our video feature, Ask BlueCat.
Q. How often should I be writing as a Screenwriter?"

Filmmakers Global Writing Competitions

FilmMakers Global Writing Competitions

Feature Length Screenplays
Short Length Scripts and Short Stories
TV Writing for New and Existing Shows, including:
Game Shows, Reality or Extreme Shows, Miniseries,MOW, Webisodes, Digital Series, etc.

FilmMakers International Screenwriting Awards
American Gem Short Script & Literary Festival
1st TV Script Writing Competition


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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 H

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.


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