2014 Rules & Guidelines

For 2015 Rules & Guidelines, please see our updated page here.

 

 

Awards

  • The Feature Winner of the 2014 Competition will receive $15,000. Four Feature Finalists will receive $2500 each.
  • The Shorts Winner of the 2014 Competition will receive $10,000. Three Shorts Finalists will receive $1500 each.
  • The Cordelia Prize will be awarded to the Best Feature screenplay written by a screenwriter residing in the UK and will receive $1500.
  • The Joplin Award will be awarded to the Best Feature screenplay written by a screenwriter residing outside the USA, Canada or the UK and will receive $1500.
  • All screenplays entered by August 1st, 2013 will be automatically entered in our Title Contest. Three winners will be determined by the votes of current 2014 BlueCat entrants and awarded $250 each.
  • Each applicant will receive an e-mail notifying them of the writing competition results. Sign Up Here

Screenplay Analysis Schedule

  • Short screenplays submitted by May 15th, 2013 will receive their written analysis by June 1st, 2013. ($35 entry fee)
  • Short screenplays submitted by June 1st, 2013 will receive their written analysis by June 15th, 2013. ($40 entry fee)
  • Feature screenplays submitted by June 15th, 2013 will receive their written analysis by July 1st, 2013. ($55 entry fee)
  • All screenplays submitted by July 1st, 2013 will receive their written analysis by July 15th 2013. ($60 Features, $40 Shorts)
  • All screenplays submitted by August 1st, 2013 will receive their analysis by September 1, 2013. ($60 Features, $40 Shorts)
  • Scripts submitted by September 1st, 2013 will receive their analysis by October 1st, 2013. ($60 Features, $40 Shorts)
  • Scripts submitted by October 15th, 2013 will receive their written analysis by November 10th, 2013. ($65 Features, $50 Shorts)
  • Scripts submitted by November 15th, 2013 will receive their written analysis by March 1st, 2014. ($70 Features, $60 Shorts)
  • All analyses will be returned by March 1, 2014.

Short Screenplay Submission Deadlines and Fees

  • Each entry will receive one analysis.
  • Student Rate ($29 Entry Fee): Entries must be postmarked or received electronically by November 15th, 2013.
  • Early Promo ($35 Entry Fee): Entries must be postmarked or received electronically on or before May 15th, 2013.
  • Early Deadline ($40 Entry Fee): Entries must be postmarked or received electronically on or before September 1st, 2013.
  • Regular Deadline ($50 Entry Fee): Entries must be postmarked or received electronically on or before October 15th, 2013.
  • Final Deadline ($60 Entry Fee): Entries must be postmarked or received electronically on or before November 15th, 2013.

Feature Screenplay Submission Deadlines and Fees

  • Each entry will receive two analyses.
  • Early Promo ($55 Entry Fee): Entries must be postmarked or received electronically on or before June 15th, 2013.
  • Early Deadline ($60 Entry Fee): Entries must be postmarked or received electronically on or before September 1st, 2013.
  • Regular Deadline ($65 Entry Fee): Entries must be postmarked or received electronically on or before October 15th, 2013.
  • Final Deadline ($70 Entry Fee): Entries must be postmarked or received electronically on or before November 15th, 2013.

Resubmission Deadline and Fees

  • Any screenplay submitted by October 15th, 2013 can be resubmitted by November 15th, 2013 for the reduced fee of $40.
  • Resubmission entries will receive one analysis.
  • Entrants will have the option of selecting one of their original reader(s) or a new reader upon resubmission.
  • If your selected reader is not available, you will be offered the option of receiving a refund or choosing a new reader.

Competition Results Announcement Schedule

  • Top Ten Percent will be announced February 1st, 2014.
  • Quarter-Finalists will be announced February 18th, 2014.
  • Semi-Finalists will be announced March 15th, 2014.
  • Joplin Award will be announced April 1st, 2014.
  • Cordelia Award will be announced April 2nd, 2014.
  • Shorts Finalists will be announced April 3rd, 2014.
  • Feature Finalists will be announced April 4th, 2014
  • The Winner will be announced April 10th, 2014.

Eligibility

  • Submitted scripts must be original screenplays, and the sole property of the applicant(s).
  • All ages are eligible.
  • All entries must be in English.
  • Feature screenplays must be between 75 and 125 pages in length. Absolutely no exceptions.
  • Short screenplays must be between 5 and 40 pages in length. Absolutely no exceptions.
  • There is no limit to the number of screenplays you may submit.
  • All entries must be uploaded in PDF format.
  • Under absolutely no circumstances will substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the entry screenplay(s) be made. Screenplays will not be returned.
  • If a submitted screenplay becomes optioned, produced or purchased between the time of submission and the end of the judging period, that screenplay 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.
  • Screenplays, including outlines, treatments, pitches, loglines or any developmental material related to screenplay, that have previously won any contest, competition, grant, lab, fellowship, mentorship, reading or award of any kind, are not eligible.
  • Screenplays submitted under a pen name will be immediately disqualified.
  • Screenplay titles can not be changed upon resubmission under any circumstances.
  • Screenplays that have been submitted to any competition or contest prior to November 15th, 2010 are not eligible.
  • Past and present scripts consulted on through Gordy Hoffman’s screenplay consultation service or the BlueCat workshops are not eligible.
  • Past USC students of Gordy Hoffman are not eligible.