Behind The Scenes


Gordy Hoffman

Founder & Judge

Gordy Hoffman’s screenplay LOVE LIZA, starring his brother, Philip Seymour Hoffman, won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the Sundance Film Festival. He made his feature directorial debut with his script, A COAT OF SNOW, which premiered at the Locarno International Film Festival. Gordy’s short film, DOG BOWL, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and went on to screen at over 50 festivals around the worldDOG BOWL can be seen on Amazon Prime. He recently wrote a feature for Annapurna Pictures and Bennett Miller.  A proud member of the Writer’s Guild of America, Gordy’s currently writing a feature to direct set at the George Eastman House in his hometown of Rochester, New York

Gordy has taught screenwriting at the USC School of Cinematic Arts and the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television, as well as led workshops all over North America, Australia, New Zealand, Poland, and England. He sits on the Professional Advisory Board of the Film and Media Studies Department at his alma mater, the University of Kansas

Gordy founded the BlueCat Screenplay Competition in 1998 and remains its judge.

Get access to Gordy’s Scripts!

Karla Beltrán

Social Media Director

Karla manages the social media for BlueCat. She graduated from CSULB with a BA in International Media and Communications in 2015. Karla’s passion for traveling led her to study abroad for a semester in Glasglow, Scotland. When she isn’t busy being the voice of BlueCat, Karla’s hosting on Maria Menounos’ AfterBuzz TV

Planning to pursue a career in hosting, Karla regularly attends red carpet events where she interviews screenwriters, filmmakers and talent. This past June, she hosted BlueCat’s first annual Short Film Festival.

Karla’s favorite movie of all time is THE DARK NIGHT

Keep up with Karla on Instagram and check out her shows!

Helena Martínez

Writer Services Coordinator

Helena manages the script readers at BlueCat Screenplay Competition. She is from Barcelona, Spain, where she graduated from Blanquerna University in Cinema and TV in 2015. Helena loves to meet new people from different cultures. She studied abroad for a semester in Antwerp, Belgium, before moving to LA.

Helena crossed the pond to get her Producing Certificate at UCLA and pursue her career in the Film Industry. Since she arrived in LA, she has made the most of all the possibilities that this city has to offer her, attending and volunteering in several film festivals such as LA Film Festival and, of course, the Recent Spanish Cinema. 

Helena’s favorite TV show ever is LOST. 

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