Interview with 2015 Joplin Award Winner: Leonardo Noboru de Lima

Best Screenplay from outside the US, UK and Canada  George!  An unhappy family man faces another level of his mundane existence when he wakes up to find himself inhabiting a sitcom version of his life.  George! is a unique and captivating story filled with both drama and laughter (literally). Can you talk a little bit about how you […]

Interview with 2015 Short Screenplay Winner: Susan Fleming

Susan Flemingwriter ofSix Months of Wonder WomanOn her twenty-first birthday, a fledgling poet plans her escape from an alcoholic father; but before she can leave home, her superhero-loving mother has one last questionable lesson to teach. Six Months of Wonder Woman offers a fresh perspective on the coming-of-age story and the fantasy genre. What inspired you […]

Interview with 2015 BlueCat Feature Award Winner: Kimi Howl Lee

Kimi Howl Leewriter of MouthWhen a broke Fem-studies major with an unwanted pregnancy assumes an alias and delves into a transactional relationship with an affluent family man, she must masquerade as a suburban trophy wife while finishing her degree––before her dual identity is unveiled. Your script has an authentic story line with interesting main characters and oddly […]

Interview with 2014 Short Finalist Wenonah Wilms

Wenonah Wilmswriter of WAABOOZA young Native American comic book fan faces his life and fear of dancing with the help of his superhero alter ego. It was refreshing to read a story that takes place in this world. What was your goal in telling this story?Waabooz is set on a reservation – my reservation to be exact. […]

Interview with 2014 Short Finalist Athenia Paris Mekarnia

Athenia Paris Mekarniawriter of WOLFIEA Muslim man finds a strange woman when he travels to a remote mountain in search of a wolf he encountered as a child. There are many interesting things happening under the surface of Wolfie. Can you talk a little about the themes you wanted to discuss, as well as how you came […]

Interview with 2014 Short Finalist Jeremy Lerman

Jeremy Lermanwriter of THE TWELVE PLAGUESA Jewish painter travels to receive a prestigious award, coming head to head with his wife’s new boyfriend, Torah-thumping art patrons, and a slutty parapalegic.  How do you stay motivated during the writing process? The early drafts are a slog. I’m not sure there’s a way around that, except knowing (or hoping) something […]

Interview with 2014 Feature Finalist José Luis González

José Luis Gonzálezco-writer of THE HISTORY OF MAGICA degenerated traveling Mexican magician and his teenage niece find themselves on the same path of life as he approaches her home in a Texas border town.   The History of Magic has various story lines that intersect. How did you juggle the different aspects of the story so well? And […]

Interview with 2014 Feature Finalist Kateland Brown

Kateland Brownwriter of HAMBONESet against the illegal dogfighting scene in Los Angeles, a gangbanger sentenced to community service at an animal shelter forms a bond with an abused pit bill scheduled to be euthanized.  What was your first script? What did you learn from it?There’s my first script, and then there’s the first script I really loved. […]

Interview with 2014 Feature Finalist Dennis Capps

Dennis Cappswriter of CHICAGO SHUFFLEA mild-mannered Prohibition-era accountant has a chance meeting with the twin brother he never knew he had, a brash Chicago gangster, but when he wakes up trapped in his brother’s identity, he’s forced to find himself as he fights to return to his old life.  How do you find the time to write?I […]

Interview with 2014 Feature Finalist Doug Mallette

Doug Mallettewriter of BAD HOUSEHoping for a fresh start, a desperate father moves his estranged wife and kids into a mysterious new house, where he soon discovers the horror of the perfect family. Bad House gives the reader a tremendous feeling of dread. In regards to creating that tone and atmosphere, what were some of your goals when […]

Interview with the 2014 Cordelia Award Winner: Jason Pittock

Jason Pittockwriter of FACE TO FACEA cosmetic surgeon’s life starts to unpick at the seams after he accidentally ruins the face of a celebrity client. What was your first script and what lessons did you take away from the experience?I studied for a degree in Scriptwriting for Film and TV in the 90s. I had a wonderful […]

Interview with the 2014 Joplin Award Winner: Savion Einstein

Savion Einsteinwriter of THE LONGEST BIRTHDAYWhen a clinical trial in Israel fails to treat her young son’s cancer, a single mother takes him back home to Los Angeles to celebrate one more time.  The Longest Birthday is a genuinely moving story about a mother and her sick child. Can you talk a little bit about how you approached […]

2014 BlueCat Feature Screenplay Winner Interview

HF Crumwriter of 3 FACES OF HUNGER & THIRSTThe true story of the assassination of a revolutionary Mexican presidential candidate unfolds from the original standoff of three gunmen in Tijuana.  contact HF at  3 Faces of Hunger & Thirst is based on the true story of a political assassination and the events leading up to it. How did […]

Interview with the 2014 BlueCat Short Screenplay Winner: Jennifer Cui

Jennifer Cuiwriter of WINGEDA young Chinese girl ventures outside her home to find a crowd gathered near a dead body, only to find something entirely different upon second glance.  Winged is a unique, experimental piece. Explain your approach to telling unconventional stories. I’m not so sure what defines “experimental writing,” but I think writing is experimenting. I’ve always loved […]

Interview with 2013 Winner Pierre Chance

Our 2013 Winner, Pierre Chance, answered a few questions on his winning script, DEMAIN, JE ME TUE. How did you become a screenwriter?Demain, je me tue is my first screenplay. To paraphrase Sylvia Plath: there was a story within me that would not be still.Where did your idea for your screenplay originate?Around 2003, I came across […]

Interview with 2013 Finalist Bryce Wolfgang Joiner

Meet 2013 Finalist Bryce Wolfgang Joiner, writer of GIANTS OF THE VALLEY     How did you become a screenwriter?Life was tough when I was a child. The only way to escape was to watch a film and fall into that world. I lived across the road from a quasi-paedophile. So when he was released from prison, my […]

Interview with 2013 Finalist Michael Yagnow

  Meet 2013 Finalist Michael Yagnow, writer of DEAD DOLORES.   How did you become a screenwriter?For me, screenwriting “clicked” in a way that other varieties of writing never have. A script template keeps the language thrifty and intense. But a screenplay should also be evocative and beautiful within those parameters.I finished my first feature-length script in 1999, […]

Interview with 2013 Finalist Michael Quintana

  Meet 2013 Finalist Michael Quintana, writer of WE LOST GRACE    How did you become a screenwriter?In 2009, right after I graduated high school, I was supposed to enter a pre-dental program (to become a dentist); but something about that decision didn’t feel right. So, I was “permitted” a semester to “reevaluate my life.” I moved to […]

Interview with 2013 Finalist Kendal Alexander Whitlock

  Meet Kendal Alexander Whitlock, writer of A CAT’S TALE     How did you become a screenwriter?I attended Howard University for Theatre Arts Acting while I worked on my illustration portfolio. Once I completed it, I transferred to the School of Visual Arts where I studied cartooning. In a mandatory sculpting class, I chose to shoot and edit […]

Interview with 2013 Joplin Award Winner Rachael BernSousa & Mary Lusted

Hand Lit MatchbyRachael BernSousa & Mary LustedPerth, Australia A teenage tomboy escapes her dead-end Australian country town by joining a visiting sideshow as a wrestler – then sets her sights on the top of the American female league in the 1950’s.For professional inquiries only, please contact How did you become screenwriters?Rachael: Many years ago, a friend […]