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2021 Rules and Guidelines

All submissions must adhere to the 2021 BlueCat Screenplay Competition Rules & Guidelines.

Awards

  • Every script submission will receive a complimentary written analysis.
  • The Grand Prize Winner will receive $5,000. All scripts submitted (Features, Pilots and Shorts) are eligible.
  • The Feature Screenplay Winner will receive $2,000. 
  • The Pilot Winner will receive $2,000. 
  • The Short Script Winner will receive $2,000. 
  • The Fellini Award will be awarded to the Best Screenplay from any category (Feature, Pilots or Short) of the 2021 Competition written by a screenwriter residing outside the USA and will receive $1000. 
  • All cash prizes will be disbursed 30 days after the winners are announced.

Eligibility

  • All submissions must be original, and the sole property of the applicant(s).
  • All ages are eligible.
  • Must be in English.
  • Feature screenplays must be between 65-125 pages in length.
  • Pilot scripts must be between 20-75 pages.
  • Short screenplays must be between 1-29 pages in length.
  • There is no limit to the number of entries you may submit.
  • You may submit a script once. You may not submit the same script more than once.
  • All script entries must be uploaded in PDF format.
  • Under absolutely no circumstances will substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the entry script(s) be made. Scripts will not be returned.
  • If a submitted script becomes optioned, produced or purchased between the time of submission and the end of the judging period, that script 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.
  • Scripts, including outlines, treatments, pitches, log lines or any developmental material related to the script, that has previously won any contest, competition, grant, lab, fellowship, mentorship, reading or award of any kind, are not eligible.
  • Screenplays that have been submitted to any competition or contest prior to December 13th, 2017 are not eligible.
  • Past and present scripts consulted on through Gordy Hoffman’s screenplay consultation service or the BlueCat workshops are not eligible.
  • Past and present USC and UCLA students of Gordy Hoffman are not eligible.

Resubmissions

Your script is eligible for resubmission. Resubmission allows you to revise your script and resubmit it to BlueCat.

  • Each entry is considered a stand-alone submission. Your resubmitted script will not replace your original entry.
  • Resubmissions will receive script analysis.
  • Entrants can select a previous reader, a new reader or no preference. If your previous reader is no longer available, you can request a new reader or a refund.
  • Each script may be resubmitted twice.
  • Script titles cannot be changed upon resubmission. The author(s) must meet all eligibility requirements.
  • Resubmissions will open after the first analyses are sent—-all entrants will be notified.

Screenplay Analysis Schedule

  • All analysis provided to the entrants is complimentary.
  • All submissions submitted by June 28th, 2020 will receive their written analysis by July 29th, 2020.
  • All submissions submitted by August 9th, 2020 will receive their written analysis by September 2nd, 2020.
  • All submissions submitted by September 13th, 2020 will receive their written analysis by October 14th, 2020.
  • All submissions submitted by October 25th, 2020 will receive their written analysis by December 2nd, 2020.
  • All submissions submitted by December 13th, 2020 will receive their written analysis by February 3rd, 2021.
  • All resubmissions submitted by February 15th, 2021 will receive their written analysis by March 10th, 2021.

Submission Deadlines and Fees

  • Early Bird Deadline: June 28th, 2020. Feature $50, Pilot $45, Short $35.
  • Midsummer Deadline: August 9th, 2020. Feature $55, Pilot $50, Short $40.
  • Regular Deadline: September 13th, 2020. Feature $60, Pilot $55, Short $45.
  • Final Deadline: October 25th, 2020. Feature Screenplay $70, Pilot $65, Short $55.
  • Late Deadline: December 13th, 2020. Feature $80, Pilot $75, Short $65.
  • Final Resubmission Deadline: February 15th, 2021. Feature $50, Pilot $45, Short $35.
  • Resubmission fees remain the same throughout the competition.

Competition Results Announcement Schedule

  • Quarter-Finalists for each category will be announced on March 16th, 2021.
  • Semi-Finalists for each category will be announced on April 13th, 2021.
  • Finalists will be announced on May 11th, 2021.
  • Winners will be announced on May 18th, 2021.

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