Behind the Scenes

GORDY HOFFMAN

Founder & Judge

A proud member of the Writer’s Guild of America, Gordy’s screenplay LOVE LIZA, directed by Todd Louiso and starring his brother, Philip Seymour Hoffman, won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. He made his feature directorial debut with his script, A COAT OF SNOW, which world premiered at the 2005 Locarno International Film Festival. A COAT OF SNOW screened at the Milan Film Festival, made its North American Premiere at the Arclight in Hollywood, and won the Domani Vision Award at VisionFest, held at the Tribeca Cinemas in New York. Gordy’s short film, DOG BOWL, had its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. He’s currently developing a feature for Abigail Spencer.

Gordy has taught screenwriting at the USC School of Cinematic Arts and the UCLA Professional Program in Los Angeles, as well as led workshops all over North America, Australia, New Zealand, Poland and England. He’s presented at numerous writing conferences, including IFP Script to Screen Conference, Lit Week at Lighthouse Workshop, Willamette Writers Conference, Script DC Conference, as well as serving as judge for the McKnight Screenwriting Fellowships in Minnesota. He sits on the Professional Advisory Board of the Film and Media Studies Department at his alma mater, the University of Kansas. 

Raised in Fairport, New York, Gordy founded the BlueCat Screenplay Competition in 1998 and remains its judge.