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Meet 2016 Short Screenplay Finalist Nikki Tran

2016 Short Screenplay Finalist Nikki Tran   When We Run by Nikki Tran Saigon, 1978. A young girl learns the meaning of sacrifice during an impromptu escape out of Vietnam.   Email: nikki at nikkitran.com.au www.nikkitran.com.au   “When We Run” is a story born from experiences in my family’s history as well as current global […]

Meet 2016 Short Screenplay Finalist Nic Yulo

2016 Short Screenplay Finalist Nic Yulo   Changelings  by Nic Yulo   Struggling to keep his dysfunctional family afloat, a teenage boy challenges his immature father by threatening to ruin a family tradition.   Email: nic  at nicyulo.comwww.nicyulo.com InstagramVimeoLinkedin     In my very first screenwriting class, a Professor gave me this advice: ‘Write the story that […]

Meet 2016 Short Screenplay Winner Elizabeth Capot

2016 Short Screenplay Winner Elizabeth Capot   Apart by Elizabeth Capot   A woman wakes up to find that she is literally falling apart—again.   Email: elizabeth.capot at gmail.comTwitter | Instagram     My name is Elizabeth Capot (or Betty, if you’re not one of my family members or a telemarketer or a barista when […]

Meet 2016 Feature Finalist Justin Piasecki

2016 Feature Finalist Justin Piasecki     Death of An Ortolan by Justin Piasecki   A disgraced White House chef is discovered decades later preparing meals for prisoners on death row, but he risks a chance at redemption when he befriends an inmate whose guilt appears doubtful   Email: Justin.Paul.Piasecki at Gmail.com   The idea […]

Meet 2016 Feature Finalist Jonathan Holmes

2016 Feature Finalist Jonathan Holmes   In the Cradle of Granite by Jonathan Holmes   When a young girl discovers the corpse of a notorious outlaw, her father must strike a deal with the stranger bringing the body to justice. Miles from civilization in the harsh Oregon frontier, together the two men will discover a […]

Meet 2016 Feature Finalist Hannah Leshaw

2016 Feature Finalist Hannah Leshaw   Amara, 15 by Hannah Leshaw   Amara, 15 (formerly Hijita de Papá) is a coming-of-age feature about a 15-year-old Bronx teenager who is desperate to escape her father’s sexual abuse but who will do anything not to leave her two little sisters behind.   Email: info at hannahleshaw.comwww.hannahleshaw.comFacebookFilm’s FacebookInstagram […]

Meet 2016 Feature Finalist Conall Pendergast

2016 Feature Finalist Conall Pendergast   Dog by Conall Pendergast   A mute drifter and a lonely night clerk must face their deepest fears when confronted by a mysterious man in a patchwork dog mask at a remote, rundown motel.   Email: conall.conall at gmail.comW:  www.conallpendergast.com TwitterInstagram     As a child I was obsessed with […]

Meet 2016 Feature Winner Oreathia C. Smith

2016 Feature Winner Oreathia C. Smith  MONA. RICHY. ROBBY. AND RAY By Oreathia C. Smith   A black woman will not allow another black woman to attend her white church.   Email: oreathiasmith at gmail.comTwitter: @oreathiasmith     I did not begin writing when I was young (though I did win a $50 savings bond […]

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 […]