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

BlueCat Screenplay Competition   

May 19th, 2015

Announcing New International Award!
  • Introducing The Roshan Award
  • 2 Scripts: Moonrise Kingdom & Amour
  • 5 Questions You Were Too Afraid to Ask About Being a Screenwriter by Indiewire's Emily Buder
  • Why Story Matters by Vicky Peterson
  • Ask BlueCat Video: Why should I love my characters?
  • LA Film Festival Tickets on Sale today!
  • Sponsor:
  • Upcoming BlueCat Screenwriting Workshops
Introducing our New International Prize!

The Roshan Award    


The inaugural Roshan Award will present a $2,000 USD cash award to the Best Screenplay from a screenwriter residing in India

Named after the New Roshan Cinema Theatre in Mumbai, BlueCat created the Roshan Award in response to the numerous screenplay submissions that we received from India last year. We hope to encourage even more aspiring global writers to tell their story!

All scripts remain eligible for the main awards. 

We look forward to reading your work!
Read more about The Roshan Award
5 Questions You Were Too Afraid to Ask About Being a Screenwriter by Indiewire's Emily Buder

From BlueCat Blog

"For those hoping to break in, the world of screenwriting can seem like a black box. Unless you know industry insiders or have an agent, your first screenplay's journey from Final Draft to production will be an unparalleled challenge."
Why Story Matters
From BlueCat Blog



By Vicky Peterson 


 For the last several years, there's been much talk in Hollywood   about  the extinction of feature screenwriting. The spec market is dead. Digital platforms are on the rise. It's widely known that most writing jobs are in television, not features...   


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 today at 10:00am PST on the
Two Screenplay PDFs

Moonrise Kingdom
by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola

             READ THE SCRIPT

by Michael Haneke

             READ THE SCRIPT

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. Why Should I Love My Characters?

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.


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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