2019 Rules and Guidelines

All submissions must adhere to the 2019 BlueCat Screenplay Competition Rules & Guidelines.


  • The Feature Screenplay Winner will receive $10,000. Four Feature Finalists will receive $1,000 each.
  • The Pilot Winners will receive $5,000, one Winner for half-hour pilots and one Winner for hour pilots. Four Pilot Finalists for both categories will receive $500 each.
  • The Short Script Winner will receive $5,000. Four Shorts Finalists will receive $500 each.
  • The Fellini Award will be awarded to the Best Screenplay from any category (Feature, Pilots or Short) of the 2019 Competition written by a screenwriter residing outside the USA and will receive $5,000.
  • All cash prizes will be disbursed 30 days after the winners are announced. 
  • Every script submission will receive a written analysis as a part of their entry fee.


  • All submissions must be original, and the sole property of the applicant(s).
  • All ages are eligible.
  • Must be in English.
  • Feature screenplays must be between 65-125 pages in length.
  • Hour Pilot scripts must be between 45-75 pages.
  • Half-hour Pilot scripts must be between 20-60 pages in length. 
  • Short screenplays must be between 1-29 pages in length. 
  • There is no limit to the number of entries you may submit.
  • You may submit a script once. You may not submit the same script more than once.
  • All script entries must be uploaded in PDF format.
  • Under absolutely no circumstances will substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the entry script(s) be made. Scripts will not be returned.
  • If a submitted script becomes optioned, produced or purchased between the time of submission and the end of the judging period, that script will no longer be eligible.
  • Competition judges, readers and employees of the BlueCat Screenplay Competition, past and present, and their immediate friends and families are not eligible to enter.
  • Previous winners of the BlueCat Screenplay Competition are not eligible.
  • Scripts, including outlines, treatments, pitches, log lines or any developmental material related to the script, that has previously won any contest, competition, grant, lab, fellowship, mentorship, reading or award of any kind, are not eligible.
  • Screenplays that have been submitted to any competition or contest prior to November 15th, 2015 are not eligible.
  • Script titles cannot be changed after submission under any circumstances.
  • Past and present scripts consulted on through Gordy Hoffman’s screenplay consultation service or the BlueCat workshops are not eligible.
  • Past and present USC and UCLA students of Gordy Hoffman are not eligible.


Your script is eligible for resubmission. Resubmission allows you to revise your script and resubmit it to BlueCat. 

  • Each entry is considered a stand-alone submission. Your resubmitted script will not replace your original entry.
  • Resubmissions will also receive script analysis. 
  • Each resubmission will receive a new reader from the original submission. 
  • Resubmissions will open after the first analyses are sent—-all entrants will be notified. 

Screenplay Analysis Schedule

  • All submissions submitted by September 30th, 2018 will receive their written analysis by October 15th, 2018.
  • All submissions submitted by November 15th, 2018 will receive their written analysis by December 6th, 2018.
  • All submissions submitted by December 16th, 2018 will receive their written analysis by February 11th, 2019.
  • All analysis provided to the entrants is complimentary and free. 

Submission Deadlines and Fees

  • Early Deadline: September 30th, 2018. Feature Screenplay $50, Pilot (Hour) $45, Pilot (Half-Hour) $40, Short Script $35, Short Film $35.
  • Regular Deadline: November 15th, 2018. Feature Screenplay $60, Pilot (Hour) $55, Pilot (Half-Hour) $50, Short Script $45, Short Film $45.
  • Final Deadline: December 16th, 2018. Feature Screenplay $70, Pilot (Hour) $65, Pilot (Half-Hour) $60, Short Script $55, Short Film $55.
  • Late Deadline: February 3rd, 2019. Short Film $60.

Competition Results Announcement Schedule

  • Short Film Festival Official Selections will be announced March 1st, 2019. 
  • Quarter-Finalists for each category will be announced March 12th, 2019.
  • Semi-Finalists for each category will be announced April 2nd, 2019.
  • Finalists will be announced on April 23rd, 2019.
  • Winners will be announced on May 7th, 2019.


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