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Meet the 2016 Winners and Finalists

2016 Winners and Finalists Oreathia C. Smith, 2016 BlueCat Feature Winner, with Gordy Hoffman   Soon after announcing our winners, we receive many requests to read the top scripts from the people who’ve entered BlueCat. Screenwriters want to know what the writers did to win—-I do! We’ve asked our winners and finalists to introduce themselves […]

2016 international award winners

2016 International Award Winner & Finalists

2016 International Award Winner & Finalists     We are very proud to announce our 2016 International Award Feature Screenplay Winners!   The Winner in each category will receive $2000 USD   CONGRATS!   JOPLIN AWARD Parody by Chad J. Nelson & Alexander Ellerston (Australia)   FINALISTS  Expat by Ero Karlsen (Norway) Nomad by Maziar […]

2016 Short Screenplay Finalists

2016 Short Screenplay Finalists

2016 Short Screenplay Finalists We are very proud to announce our 2016 Short Screenplay Finalists!   The Winner will receive $10,000, with the three Finalists receiving $2000 each.   The Winner will be announced on March 28th.   Congratulations!   Apart by Elizabeth Capot   Changelings by Nic Yulo   I Sleep Easy by Tess […]

2016 Semi-Finalists

  We are proud to announce the 2016 BlueCat Screenplay Competition Semi-Finalists   Congratulations!   Best Feature Screenplay Best Short Screenplay Joplin Award (Best International) Cordelia Award (Best UK) Roshan Award (Best of India)     Feature Screenplay Semi-Finalists   The 2016 Feature Screenplay Winner will receive a $15,000 USD cash prize. Four Finalists will […]

Interview with Black Mass Screenwriter Mark Mallouk

    In Scott Cooper’s 2015 film Black Mass, screenwriters Mark Mallouk and Jez Butterworth delve into the true story of infamous South Boston gangster turned FBI informant, Whitey Bulger. Johnny Depp stars as Bulger with a performance that is both terrifying and mesmerizing. Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Joel Edgerton, Kevin Bacon, Peter Sarsgaard, and Jesse […]

5 2016 Sundance Films to See

5 2016 Sundance Films to See   This is but a small sampling of the fantastic film fare to screen this year at Sundance in Park City, Utah. Check out five of the films I am most looking forward to seeing in 2016.   The Birth of a Nation   The Birth of a Nation […]

Straight Outta Compton – Blue’s Beats #24

Straight Outta Compton – Blue’s Beats #24   F. Gary Gray‘s NWA biopic, Straight Outta Compton, was one of 2015’s biggest and best surprise hits. The film chronicles the creation, dissolution, and near re-birth of the popular hip hop group that defined a new generation of music and popular culture in the late 1980s and 1990s. Straight Outta […]

2016 Screenplay Quarter-Finalists

2016 Screenplay Quarter-Finalists We are proud to announce the 2016 BlueCat Screenplay Competition Quarter-Finalists!   Congratulations to everyone who has placed, and a special thanks to all of you who submitted your screenplays!   This year, we received a total of 4,523 Feature and 2,086 Short Screenplays.   For the International Awards, we received a […]

Alum Zeke Farrow’s New Film to Premiere at SXSW

BlueCat Alum Zeke Farrow’s New Film to Premiere at 2016 SXSW BlueCat Alumnus Zeke Farrow’s latest project, Before the Sun Explodes, which he co-wrote and produced with Debra Eisenstadt, will have its World Premiere at the 2016 South By Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival in Austin, Texas! Before the Sun Explodes is the story of, “A comedian, […]

2016 Best Adapted Screenplay Nominees

2016 Best Adapted Screenplay Nominees The 2016 Oscar nominations have been announced! Read four of the five scripts nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay before the show on Sunday, February 28th, 2016! *Drew Goddard‘s script for The Martian, adapted from the novel by Andy Weir, was also nominated in this category, but is not currently available for legal […]

2016 Best Original Screenplay Nominees

2016 Best Original Screenplay Nominees The 2016 Oscar nominations have been announced! Read the scripts nominated for Best Original Screenplay before the show on Sunday, February 28th, 2016!   Bridge of Spies   – Written by Matt Charman, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen – Directed by Steven Spielberg – Starring Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Alan Alda Read […]

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens – BlueCat Review

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens – BlueCat Review I’m not sure anyone expected the release of a new Star Wars film to be met with anything other than unfettered excitement and enthusiasm. However, I also can’t imagine that the latest installment, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, was entirely expected to do […]

Finalist Producing Alzheimers Documentary

Finalist Producing Alzheimers Documentary   BlueCat finalist, Vicki Speegle, is producing a documentary, In the Night I Remember Your Name, the story of her mother, a gay activist and pastor, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2005. “My Mom was a wife and a gay activist. A grandmother and a pastor. And she had Alzheimer’s. In […]

10 Week First Draft Online Course with Gordy Hoffman

10 Week First Draft Online Course with Gordy Hoffman   Gordy Hoffman, BlueCat Founder and Judge, and award winning screenwriter and director (LOVE LIZA, DOG BOWL, A COAT OF SNOW) will lead an extensive, online screenwriting course this Spring. The First Draft Script Course is a 10 week class conducted via Skype, affording the convenience of workshopping […]

James Bond Finds Himself Stuck in the Past in SPECTRE – BlueCat Review

James Bond Finds Himself Stuck in the Past in SPECTRE – BlueCat Review   The name is Bond, James Bond, a moniker bestowed to Daniel Craig with the 2006 reinvigoration of the 007 franchise, Casino Royale, a sharp departure from where we had last left the super suave MI-6 agent in Die Another Day. Casino Royale […]

Gordy Hoffman Talks Dog Bowl on Irish Radio Show Arena With Seán Rocks

Gordy Hoffman Talks Dog Bowl on Irish Radio Show Arena With Seán Rocks   BlueCat founder and Judge, Gordy Hoffman, recently joined Seán Rocks on the Irish radio show, Arena, to discuss his short film Dog Bowl, which will have its Irish Premiere at the Cork Film Festival on Friday, November 13th. Dog Bowl  is the only narrative fiction […]

DOG BOWL Festival Screenings – Gordy Hoffman’s Short Film

DOG BOWL Festival Screenings – Gordy Hoffman’s Short Film   November is the month of Dog Bowl! In Dog Bowl, written and directed by BlueCat founder and judge, Gordy Hoffman, a heartbroken girl spiraling through life stumbles upon the true nature of her existence after stealing the vest off of a service dog. Catch a screening in […]

Ten David Lynch Quotes to get you through your Screenwriting

 Ten David Lynch Quotes to get you through your Screenwriting 1. “Absurdity is what I like most in life, and there’s humor in struggling in ignorance. If you saw a man repeatedly running into a wall until he was a bloody pulp, after a while it would make you laugh because it becomes absurd.” 2. […]

5 Halloween Scripts for your #FridayReads

5 Halloween Scripts for your #FridayReads It’s Friday! So, sit back and enjoy a few good scripts just in time for Halloween! BlueCat has compiled a list of 5 horror, or horror themed, screenplays for your Friday reading pleasure.   1.) Slither (2006) James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy) both wrote and directed this sci-fi, horror, comedy genre […]

St. Louis International Film Festival | Gordy Hoffman and BlueCat Semi-Finalist in Same Program

St. Louis International Film Festival | Gordy Hoffman and BlueCat Semi-Finalist in Same Program Dog Bowl, written and directed by BlueCat founder and judge, Gordy Hoffman, has been accepted to the 2015 St. Louis International Film Festival alongside BlueCat Semi-Finalist Chris Connolly’s short film Falling to Pieces. Chris was a Semi-Finalist in the 2012 BlueCat […]