How to Win a Screenplay Competition: BlueCat Advice Video

In this video, BlueCat Founder and Judge, Gordy Hoffman explains how to win a screenplay competition. Any winner of BlueCat has made Gordy laugh out loud or cry. Being able to capture emotion in your writing is essential.

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How to win a screenplay competition

Founded by writer Gordy Hoffman, the BlueCat Screenplay Competition has been discovering and developing writers for over twenty years. Each writer who enters BlueCat is guaranteed a written analysis by one of our talented readers, in the hopes of providing constructive feedback that will help you grow as a writer. 

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3 Responses to “How to Win a Screenplay Competition: BlueCat Advice Video”

  1. Karen Albright Lin Says:

    June 17th, 2014 at 10:26 am

    So true. I’ve written quite a few screenplays. The ones that BlueCat judges liked the best were the most heartfelt (not as much the high concept and most plot worthy). The one I’ve used most successfully as audition for writer-for-hire work was the one that my Bluecat judge wished “had been made instead of The Bucket List.” It is the script that can still make me cry. It also “wrote itself” in three weeks. The scripts that provoke laughter or tears come out quicker. Guess they are more organic, more of a human experience. Thank you for continuing to send your newsletters.

  2. nick s. Says:

    June 22nd, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Thank you Mr. Hoffman for your direct, concise lesson on utilizing the human emotions to win a screenplay writing contest. THANK YOU!!

  3. Jorge Prieto Says:

    September 24th, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    This is excatly what you put on my notes of SHARED SCARS which was my first and you were the first person to read it and for that I’m eternally GRATEFUL, there’s my favorite word, so this is why I cap it. I still have Mr Hoffman’s notes that said that a certain scene had potential to be funny and that my script was grittier than most high school stories. Thanks Again for all that you do for this art form and us creative writers of this medium. I also would like to recommend to other writers here THE DIALOGUE series on YouTube. Great interviews with professionals in the field of screenwriting. Specially check out the interview with CRASH, Million Dollar Baby, Screenwiter/Director Paul Haggis. I was surprised of some of his process and how I’ve employed the same approach. The same is true with “The Oman” screenwriter David Seltzer on the same series. Check it out .

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