Interviews With Our Winners & Finalists

Aggie Pak-yee Lee – 2019 Short Film Festival


Muteum is a mutation journey happened in an Art Museum.

Bobb Barito – 2019 Short Film Festival

Light My Fire

A vengeful father hunts down his daughter's boyfriend on the Fourth of July.

Carlen May-Mann – 2019 Short Film Festival

The Rat

It's Halloween night, and Renee is madly in love with her boyfriend Jim. On their way to a frat party, he takes a detour to a haunted house, where Renee is forced to confront a terrifying situation.

David Freid – 2019 Short Film Festival

Guns Found Here

A surprisingly non-fictional tragicomedy about how America traces a gun involved in a gun crime back to its owner.

Ernst De Geer – 2019 Short Film Festival

The Culture

It’s the opening night at the concert house where Arvid works, but when his sister steals the spotlight, his worst sides are revealed.

Fanny Ovesen – 2019 Short Film Festival


Anarchy emerges at a public pool party when a group of small girls push the limits of their strength and power.

Jimena Muhlia – 2019 BlueCat Short Film Festival


A teenage boy with overflowing hormones can’t help but start fantasizing about his best friend’s mother after inadvertently catching her in a compromising position. Thus begins a test of their friendship's strength...

Maxwell Addae – 2019 BlueCat Short Film Festival


A young man attends his nephew's baby naming ceremony with a plan to steal the money collected from family and friends to run away and keep a secret hidden.

Michael Kam – 2019 Short Film Festival


An awkward, lonely boy is infatuated with his new neighbor, a young caregiver. In his own way, he reaches out to her...

Nicholas Manuel Pino – 2019 Short Film Festival

The Funeral Band

On his first day as the newest member of 'Thicker than Blood Brass Band,' John, a now teenager displaced by Hurricane Katrina, learns all about the unique community he's been disconnected from and the traditions that follow them to the grave.

Sam Gainsborough – 2019 Short Film Festival

Facing It

As a man anxiously awaits a meeting in the local pub, he is forced to explore his own difficult memories and relationships in an evening that will leave him changed forever.

Zoel Aeschbacher – 2019 BlueCat Short Film Festival


When the elevator of their public housing breaks down, the fates of Felix, a disabled pensioner, Ana, a single mother struggling with her move and Seydou, a young man passionate about dance, intertwine towards an explosive ending where their limits will be tested.

2018 Feature Winners Ismael Gomez III & Joe Leone

Death of a Fool

A teenager and his dying grandfather conduct afterlife investigations in Miami when a mysterious man hires them to find the secret to immortality.

2018 Hour Pilot Winner Ben Philippe

The Backyard You Know

After a series of setbacks at Harvard University, IBI JOSEPH is forced to move back to the Bronx—the home he thought he'd escaped as a young prodigy.

2018 Half-Hour Pilot Winner Joey Siara

Infinite Gary

Gary, a perfectly bland middle-aged dad, begins to unravel after being violently attacked by a doppelgänger. Joined by his punk rock daughter and her half-baked boyfriend, Gary embarks on an existential odyssey to locate his attacker.

2018 Short Winner Amy Wang


A 5-year-old girl attempts to overcome feelings of inadequacy and isolation at a boarding school for overworked parents.

2018 Fellini Winner Kwok Keong


A budding photographer yearns to do hard-hitting journalism just like her late father until she lands the opportunity to cover the 2008 elections in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, the very place where her father was brutally murdered while on assignment just a decade earlier.

2018 Feature Finalist Khamanna Iskandarova

A Game of Supers

A rich eleven-year-old must come to terms with living in a country and going to public school after ending up in a poorhouse.

2018 Feature Finalist Nathan Floody

Winter Quarters

When a dead body is found in the lion cage, an aging animal trainer must kidnap his lions from the circus while finding the real killer to clear their names.

2018 Feature Finalist Rebecca Dreyfus


MEN is the story of a woman who- when confronted with her difficult father's terminal cancer- begins a secret, unstable affair with his favorite student.

2018 Feature Finalists Rebecca Shuhan Lou & Sofia Drummond-Moore

Her Weight On Me

A coming-of-age psychological thriller centering around a Chinese-American girl who, sexually stunted because of her parents' intense pressure, must break free not only from their control but from a monstrous nightmare presence.

2018 Hour Pilot Finalist Isaac Siegemund-Broka


In 1918, a young gun of Odessa's organized crime faction attempts to rise in prominence as his closest friend takes on a leading role in the concurrent Russian Revolution. Based on selected works by Isaac Babel.

2018 Hour Pilot Finalist Jacob Krasnow

News Values

In order to save his job, a disgraced local news videographer chases an impossible story that threatens to topple the corrupt but successful athletic program at a major university.

2018 Hour Pilot Finalist Lauren Hussey

The Golden Age

In Post-World War II America, an aspiring horror writer moves to Hollywood to pursue her dreams. But after procuring a job at a major movie studio, an unexpected murder rocks the insular community of colorful personalities, and the suspect is anyone's guess.

2018 Hour Pilot Finalist Randy Rex

I Love You Mr. Freeze

A girl is abducted by a psychopath with a manifesto, and a world-weary Sheriff must team up with the local ice cream man to find her before it’s too late.

2018 Half-Hour Pilot Finalist Chris Maudsley

Black Cabs

A young, unemployed footman attempts an honest living at the height of the abolition movement in ruthless Eighteenth-Century England, thrown into a sedan-chair startup with his dead employer’s chaotic son and a savvy social campaigner. 

2018 Half-Hour Pilot Finalist Joshua Smooha

Area 51

A secret force of government agents assigned to investigate alien happenings adjust to their new and overly emotional teammate: a super A.I. in a hunky new human body.

2018 Half-Hour Finalist Pogo New


A young woman struggles to achieve and maintain basic markers of human success while literally living with anxiety and depression—as in, she sees them as her roommates.

2018 Half-Hour Pilot Finalist Samuel Josephs


A hunky astronaut terraforming the moon returns to Earth to help announce his pro-life pop star wife's candidacy for governor of Texas when he vomits and faints on Live TV - he's pregnant with an alien baby, and life begins at conception.

2018 Short Finalist Bernhard Riedhammer

Cardboard Box

A homeless girl’s life is defined by her troubled past, her daily struggles of survival, and her attachment to a cardboard box.

2018 Short Finalist Meegan May

First Words

In the near future, a new experimental technology gives two grieving parents the chance to speak to their young daughter, who has been in a coma since a vicious assault four years ago. But they will only have three minutes to help find her attacker - and say goodbye.

2018 Short Finalist Peter Haig

A War on Terror

After enduring an attack by Taliban insurgents, a group of US soldiers wake up in a room unsure if they are alive, dead, or worse. 

2018 Short Finalists Shekhar & Shalinder Bassi

Absolute Beginner

Grandfather and widower, PREM, sets out to fall in love for the first time but before he can do that he must find love, which proves to be a challenge.

2018 Short Film Finalist Alicia MacDonald

Bad News

When some people are unable to switch off from work, it can be fairly noticeable. We see one particular group of friends who are suffering more than most and hear how it has even started affecting one of the group's home life.

2018 Short Film Finalist Derin Seale

The Eleven O'Clock

The delusional patient of a psychiatrist believes he is actually the psychiatrist. As they each attempt to treat each other the session gets out of control.

2018 Short Film Finalist Jennifer Boles

Cowboy Town

Cowboy Town is an impressionistic documentary about a 1970s replica roadside ghost town with automatons in rural South Dakota.

2018 Short Film Finalist Marielle Woods

Do No Harm

A short film about a combat medic attempting to hold on to humanity in the midst of a war much bigger than himself. A medic's job is to fix people up, but how does that obligation reconcile with someone who is trained to fight and may be asked to kill?

2018 Short Film Finalist Monica Santis

Towards the Sun

A 12-year-old girl confronts her scarring past when she is placed at an immigrant children's shelter for unaccompanied minors in Texas. As her future hangs in limbo, she embarks on a healing journey to recover her own sense of power through her artwork.

2018 Short Film Finalist Omar Al Dakheel


The bond between a disabled Muslim father and his son is tested when love is pitted against religion.

2018 Short Film Finalist Sarah-Leigh Burger

Mite-y Beard

A displeased wife enters a world of unexpected adventure after deciding to finally confront her husband's stubborn, unkept beard. 

2018 Short Film Finalist Shanrica Evans


A teenager with gender dysphoria witnesses the physical assault of a transgender woman.

2018 Short Film Finalist Steve Sears

Special Feature

A special feature making-of for a motion picture. 

2018 Short Film Winner Tessa Hoffe


A young girl cares for her younger brother at home, while she awaits her mother’s return.

2017 Feature Winners Judy Soo Hoo & Isaac Ho

Cadaver Dog

When a young autistic Latina rescues a stray cadaver dog, she stumbles upon a 15 year-old cold case that no one wants solved.

2017 Feature Finalist Laura Allen


Liv, a single-mom and small-time shoplifter, barely makes ends meet with her deviant lifestyle.  But when she reconnects with her estranged father she finds she must navigate a new place for herself in the world.

2017 Feature Finalist Baruh Benjamins

The Townhouse 

A young black writer spends a busy day coming to terms with his crumbling relationship with his older white girlfriend as they prepare for an afternoon recital and an evening party in their townhouse. The day comes to a head as demonstrations throughout the city break out into a full-scale riot before escalating into something much more terrifying.

2017 Feature Finalist Jesus Celaya

Chico Grande

A boy in 1960's Mexico struggles with what it means to be a hero- all the while obsessing over the TV Western serials of that era.

2017 Feature Finalist Sachin Mehta


An Indian jeweler struggling to fulfill his family's American dream gets caught up in the darkest corners of the 1980s L.A. jewelry district.

2017 Pilot Winner Beanie Barnes

White-Shoe U

Four Ivy League students build an illegal drug operation, using it to orchestrate and grow their own social power. But as their power accumulates, they find it harder not to become pawns in the game of their own making.

2017 Pilot Finalist Maria Soscia

Junk Dreams

Following years of separation from her elderly mother, a mentally unstable woman confronts deep-seeded family hostilities after a radio psychic relays a message from her deceased father.

2017 Pilot Finalists Allie Kingsley & Tony Baker

The Orphan

Al, a down and out reality show host, must make the best of the worst TV show in history: The Orphan, a show about impoverished children from around the world competing to be adopted by a wealthy family in Bel Air.

2017 Pilot Finalist Bill Keenan


In a wryly comical near future, where too many baby boomers have saved too little money and amassed too much debt, an unemployed man aspires to the affluent lifestyle of his rich brother while trying to avoid the humiliating fate of his destitute brother who lives in a vast ghetto of boomers known as Squat City.

2017 Pilot Finalist MJ Palo


After a recently murdered high-school sweetheart's body is dug up from her grave, the secrets of a small mountain town begin to unravel.

2017 Short Screenplay Winner Will Schneider


A depressed lunch lady finds new meaning in her mundane life when she falls for a troubled janitor.

2017 Short Screenplay Finalist Walker Hare

Sun Shine

When an African American teenager gets a seemingly depressed white guy to open up, she discovers he's on his way to commit a mass shooting.

2017 Short Screenplay Finalist Mohamed Karim

Borders of Life

A gritty portrait of courage, tragedy and immigrant life through the eyes of a Syrian refugee.

2017 Short Screenplay Finalist Colm Ryan

The Call

A taxi driver is interrogated over a bank bombing. As he is questioned about what happened by a police detective, certain details do not add up.

2017 Short Screenplay Finalists Cameron Thrower & Joe McKernan

The Scientist

Dr. Roy Jackson was once an accomplished scientist. Now a 60 year old homeless man, living in the woods and spending all of his time acquiring junk to help him build a time machine out of a shopping cart. His latest attempt fails and he's back to the drawing board. An unlikely friendship teaches our obsessive inventor that patience is the true key to time travel.

2017 Fellini Winner Jason Chan


Waking up after 15 years in a coma as the result of a traffic accident, an unhappily married woman has to re-learn everything with the aid of her husband’s new fiancée, and map out a new path for her life.

2016 Cordelia Winner Haydn Fox

Title IX

As a couple’s marriage heads towards a disastrous end, the story reflects on the events that brought them to the present.

2016 Short Screenplay Finalist Tess Carroll

I Sleep Easy

A young girl demonstrates her method of appeasing the yellow-eyed beast that haunts her town.

2016 Joplin Winners Chad J. Nelson & Alexander Ellerston


After a chance encounter with his identical twin's mistress, a curious psychologist begins to unravel a web of deceit leading to fatal consequences.

2016 Roshan Winner Paras Borgohain

Deepest, Darkest or How Not to Lie

When a public relations executive discovers a note from her deceased best friend, she must find the trigger for his untimely death - revealing his long-distance relationship with a man, while confronting her own fears of unrequited love.

2016 Short Screenplay Finalist Nikki Tran

When We Run

Saigon, 1978. A young girl learns the meaning of sacrifice during an impromptu escape out of Vietnam.

2016 Short Screenplay Finalist Nic Yulo


Struggling to keep his dysfunctional family afloat, a teenage boy challenges his immature father by threatening to ruin a family tradition.

2016 Short Screenplay Winner Elizabeth Capot


A woman wakes up to find that she is literally falling apart—again.

2016 Feature Finalist Justin Piasecki

Death of An Ortolan

A disgraced White House chef is discovered decades later preparing meals for prisoners on death row, but he risks a chance at redemption when he befriends an inmate whose guilt appears doubtful.

2016 Feature Finalist Jonathan Holmes

In the Cradle of Granite

When a young girl discovers the corpse of a notorious outlaw, her father must strike a deal with the stranger bringing the body to justice. Miles from civilization in the harsh Oregon frontier, together the two men will discover a bounty is always best earned alone.

2016 Feature Finalist Hannah Leshaw

Amara, 15

Amara, 15 (formerly Hijita de Papá) is a coming-of-age feature about a 15-year-old Bronx teenager who is desperate to escape her father's sexual abuse but who will do anything not to leave her two little sisters behind.

2016 Feature Finalist Conall Pendergast


A mute drifter and a lonely night clerk must face their deepest fears when confronted by a mysterious man in a patchwork dog mask at a remote, rundown motel.

2016 Feature Winner Oreathia C. Smith


A black woman will not allow another black woman to attend her white church.

Interview with 2015 Feature Finalist: Theodore Schaefer & Patrick Lawler

Taking the Toll - The Life and Life of Gilbert Booth

A young toll booth operator falls for a woman at his father’s nursing home but soon discovers that it’s her 99 year old grandmother who may be more in tune to his eccentric philosophies, including time travel and his imaginary friend.

Interview with 2015 Feature Finalist: Palmer Holton

The Anxieties of Peter Wilhelm

When Peter Wilhelm’s adulterous daydreams creep too close towards becoming reality, he finds himself being whisked away to a rehab facility for sex addiction, only to become part of a radical new procedure that promises to make him fall in love with his wife again… or drive him insane.

Interview with 2015 Feature Finalist: Joseph O’Driscoll

Scriptures and Cigarettes

After a near-death experience, a devout Mormon teenager experiments with the outside world for the first time, risking his relationship with his family and community.

Interview with 2015 Feature Finalist: Alex Rollins Berg


After a flash flood kills his father, destroys the family farm and leaves him to support his younger brothers, a poor but enterprising teenager sets off to Kuala Lumpur for an iPhone factory job, only to get caught up in the lives of the fabulously wealthy American factory owners.

Interview with 2015 Short Screenplay Finalist: Ludwig Thelin

The Last Days of the Dolores Project

In a few days, the chimpanzee Dolores will step out of the flight simulator and onto a real airplane, together with the pilot who taught her how to fly, but before the flight, the pilot wants to tell a colleague a secret.

Interview with 2015 Short Screenplay Finalist: Danielle Barcena


An abused woman struggles to free herself from her brother’s web of control when a grocery store clerk offers her the chance to escape.

Interview with 2015 Short Screenplay Finalist: Darren Robert Tibbits


Following the deaths of two teenage boys, a small-town simpleton with a hobby of crashing strangers’ funerals makes the locals more uncomfortable by trying to sell his homemade casket.

Interview with 2015 Cordelia Award Winner: Kitty Percy

Butter Side Up

When a hopelessly unlucky smalltime criminal kidnaps a celebrity by mistake, he finds his luck starting to change in unexpected ways.

Interview with 2015 Joplin Award Winner: Leonardo Noboru de Lima


An unhappy family man faces another level of his mundane existence when he wakes up to find himself inhabiting a sitcom version of his life.

Interview with 2015 Short Screenplay Winner: Susan Fleming

Six Months of Wonder Woman

On her twenty-first birthday, a fledgling poet plans her escape from an alcoholic father; but before she can leave home, her superhero-loving mother has one last questionable lesson to teach.

Interview with 2015 BlueCat Feature Award Winner: Kimi Howl Lee


When a broke Fem-studies major with an unwanted pregnancy assumes an alias and delves into a transactional relationship with an affluent family man, she must masquerade as a suburban trophy wife while finishing her degree––before her dual identity is unveiled.

Interview with 2014 Short Finalist Wenonah Wilms


A young Native American comic book fan faces his life and fear of dancing with the help of his superhero alter ego.

Interview with 2014 Short Finalist Athenia Paris Mekarnia


A Muslim man finds a strange woman when he travels to a remote mountain in search of a wolf he encountered as a child.

Interview with 2014 Short Finalist Jeremy Lerman

The Twelve Plagues

A Jewish painter travels to receive a prestigious award, coming head to head with his wife's new boyfriend, Torah-thumping art patrons, and a slutty parapalegic. 

Interview with 2014 Feature Finalist José Luis González

The History of Magic

A degenerated traveling Mexican magician and his teenage niece find themselves on the same path of life as he approaches her home in a Texas border town.  

Interview with 2014 Feature Finalist Kateland Brown


Set against the illegal dogfighting scene in Los Angeles, a gangbanger sentenced to community service at an animal shelter forms a bond with an abused pit bill scheduled to be euthanized. 

Interview with 2014 Feature Finalist Dennis Capps

Chicago Shuffle

A mild-mannered Prohibition-era accountant has a chance meeting with the twin brother he never knew he had, a brash Chicago gangster, but when he wakes up trapped in his brother's identity, he's forced to find himself as he fights to return to his old life. 

Interview with 2014 Feature Finalist Doug Mallette

Bad House

Hoping for a fresh start, a desperate father moves his estranged wife and kids into a mysterious new house, where he soon discovers the horror of the perfect family.

Interview with the 2014 Cordelia Award Winner Jason Pittock

Face to Face

A cosmetic surgeon's life starts to unpick at the seams after he accidentally ruins the face of a celebrity client.

Interview with the 2014 Joplin Award Winner Savion Einstein

The Longest Birthday

When a clinical trial in Israel fails to treat her young son's cancer, a single mother takes him back home to Los Angeles to celebrate one more time. 

Interview with 2014 BlueCat Feature Screenplay Winner HF Crum

3 Faces of Hunger & Thirst

The true story of the assassination of a revolutionary Mexican presidential candidate unfolds from the original standoff of three gunmen in Tijuana. 

Interview with the 2014 BlueCat Short Screenplay Winner Jennifer Cui


A young Chinese girl ventures outside her home to find a crowd gathered near a dead body, only to find something entirely different upon second glance. 

Melissa Brandt Interview

BlueCat Contributer

John Erick Dowdle Interview


Ryan David Jahn Interview

2005 (Screenplay Live Winner)

Jerry Mahoney Interview

Grand Prize (2009)

Vicki Speegle Interview

Finalist (2007)

Timo E. Peltonen Interview

Grand Prize (2008)

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