Can I send a paper copy of my script to your mailing address?
We do not accept paper copies of scripts. We only accept PDF files.
How do I convert my file into a PDF?
There are many places online with this information, including the Final Draft help feature on their software. We suggest using Google if you’re having problems with turning your script into a PDF file. Please let us know if you need help!
What happens if I submit the wrong screenplay file?
Unfortunately, we’re not able to accept substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts.
Can I submit the same script I submitted last year?
Yes, screenwriters are able to submit the same script or a new draft of the same script submitted the previous year as long as it currently meets
Is there an option to submit multiple screenplays at once when we submit online, or must I submit each script separately?
How much does it cost to submit my screenplay?
Do I have to pay extra for my analysis?
The script analysis is complementary to the submission.
Is there a way to enter for free? Do you provide fee waivers?
We do not provide waivers.
Do you accept money orders or personal checks?
We only accept payments through PayPal.
I do not have a PayPal account, and I cannot make one. How can I pay for the competition?
May a family member or friend pay the entry fee for my screenplay? Can I use a friend or family member’s PayPal account to pay for my entry, or must it be under my own name?
Do you accept international submissions?
Yes, we welcome screenwriters from around the world to participate in our competition. We offer a special award opportunity for the best screenplay (feature, pilot or short) from screenwriters residing outside the United States: The Fellini Award
Is the short screenplay competition open to international screenwriters?
Do you accept foreign currencies for entry fees?
Are the international screenplays judged separately from domestic American screenplays?
How do I submit my screenplay for the Fellini Award? If I submit to the Fellini Award, am I ineligible for the main contest grand prize?
Are short scripts eligible for the Fellini Award?
Do screenwriters need to be present in the United States to receive their award?
If I live in the United States, but set my story in a different country, is it eligible to win the Fellini Award?
The screenplays I would like to submit are registered under the screenwriter’s association of my country of origin (not the U.S.). Do I need to register somewhere else to protect my screenplays as a part of intellectual property?
Length & Formatting
Where are the Rules & Guidelines?
What's the minimum/maximum required page length for feature length, pilots and short screenplays?
Please check our rules and guidelines.
Do the minimum/maximum page lengths include the title page?
Do you have any specific formatting requirements?
Do you have to submit a title page with your script?
Do you allow author information such as name & contact details on our title pages?
Does the screenplay have to be a specific font size?
Does it matter where the page number is placed on my script pages?
Does my script have to be spec script format, or can it be a production draft?
Can I submit an unfinished script to your competition so I can receive feedback?
Do I need to submit a logline? Synopsis?
Contest Process, Dates & Deadlines
What elements of the script are taken into consideration during the judging?
Where can I find a list of all deadlines and entry fees for your competition?
Where can I find the Screenplay Analysis Schedule? When will I receive my analysis?
When is the final deadline for the BlueCat Screenplay Competition?
January 20th, 2019.
Will entrants be notified of the results?
Do we get to read the winning screenplays?
BlueCat does not own the rights to the screenplays, so we do not have the authority to distribute the scripts.
Ownership / Rights
Does the writer maintain rights to the screenplay?
Can anyone have access to the screenplay once submitted?
Does my script have to be registered?
What genres do you accept?
May I submit a screenplay for an animated film?
Does BlueCat lump submissions into groups by genre, or are all submissions judged in the same manner, regardless of genre?
How can screenplays from different genres be fairly judged against each other? How can I be sure my genre script will be given a fair chance?
Do you accept adapted screenplays?
I have optioned a book and written a screenplay adaptation. Is my screenplay still eligible for the competition?
My screenplay is based on a work in the public domain, may I still enter it in your competition?
Can my screenplay be a sequel to a major motion picture? Can I use a popular fictional character in my own original screenplay?
Must I provide documentation that I own all the rights to the source material?
Can I base my screenplay on historical events? Can my screenplay be based on a true story?
Can one writer submit multiple scripts to the competition?
Can I submit into multiple categories (Feature, Short, and/or TV Pilot)?
Can I submit two versions of the same screenplay as two separate entries?
Other Eligibility Questions
Do you allow screenplays with multiple authors?
Can I submit a script that has previously been optioned?
My screenplay was a semi-finalist in last year in BlueCat Screenplay Competition. I’ve re-worked it quite a bit — can I submit it this year?
If my script becomes ineligible to win the BlueCat Screenplay Competition after I have submitted my script and payment, do I still receive my analysis?
The eligibility rules state that a submitted script cannot be produced at the time of entry or until the end of the judging period. Does this include efforts by the creator to solicit interest, plan, audition, and seek support through Crowd Sourcing to produce on his own?
If I submit my screenplay and then film it myself, does my screenplay become disqualified?
Are screenplays for independent films that have already been produced, but not released, eligible for entry into this competition?
If a screenwriter wins one of your short screenplay prizes, would that person be allowed to enter the feature-length version of that script for a future BlueCat Screenplay Competition feature contest?
Can I submit a screenplay under a pen name?
I am a professional actor that works under a stage name (registered with SAG-AFTRA, AEA, AGVA -not my “legal” name). I also use that name for my writing. Will it disqualify me to enter my script under that name?
What if I legally change my name during the competition?
Do you have to be over the age of 18 to submit a screenplay?
I am under the age of 18. Can I submit my screenplay to the competition for free?
Can beginners join the competition or is this just for experienced writers?
Can students submit scripts to the BlueCat Screenplay Competition?
Do you have student discounts for the Competition?
My script has reached the finalist level in another competition. However, it did not win first place. Is it still eligible to be entered into the BlueCat Screenplay Competition?
My screenplay won a small-time competition (no monetary prizes or writer’s aid). Does this disqualify the screenplay in BlueCat's contest?
My script has won another competition in the past, however it has been completely revised so that it barely resembles the original script that won the award. Is it still ineligible for this competition?
If my screenplay wins another contest after I have submitted to BlueCat, is my script disqualified?
I would like to submit my script to the BlueCat Screenplay Competition, but I also want to submit the same script to other contests around the world. Will I be disqualified if I do this?
My script participated in a screenwriting lab. Is it still eligible for the competition?
Why do you not accept scripts submitted to other contests prior to November 15th, 2015?
How can you guarantee a script is even read and given an equal shot?
I don’t have any experience in screenplay writing. Can I still attend one of your workshops?
The workshop I want to attend is full. Is there any way I can still attend?
Can I submit a short screenplay to the workshop or must it be feature length?
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