Friday, February 09, 2007

Out of the Blue

Instead of melting snow and budding plants, Hollywood has screenwriting contests to herald the coming of spring. For writers in town and without, winning or placing highly in one of the well-regarded contests is a way to get noticed and read by production companies and agencies. The brass ring is still the Academy's Nicholl Fellowships, and that deadline is still May 1 (sooner than you think). One of the up-and-comers, which I plan on submitting to this year, is the BlueCat Screenplay Competition. Founded in 1998 by Gordy Hoffman (brother of Philip Seymour Hoffman), BlueCat has a few things going for it that sets it apart from some of the other non-Nicholl competitions. First, the winner receives $10,000 and finalists receive $1,500. Not an insubstantial amount as far as these things go. Second, all entrants receive written analysis on the scripts they submit. So if you get dinked early on, you're not left wondering why. And even if you make it a little further, you've gotten some value for the $45 entry fee with the reader's opinion of what works and what needs work. Third, the past two winning scripts both sold and are in various states of production (Gary the Tennis Coach in 2005 and "Hyung's Overture" last year). People in the industry are taking notice and committing to the winner's script. And Gordy has some great articles on the writing process at the website to boot. But if you plan on entering this year's competition, time's running out. The March 1 deadline is fast approaching.

P.S. Christina has a wonderful interview with Gordy over at Development Hell. Apparently, he's one intense dude.


  • Thanks for the shout-out. Gordy is a very interesting guy, and I loved interviewing him. I may enter too, if I get my rewrite done on this current script pretty soon.

    By Blogger shecanfilmit, at 8:58 PM  

  • Hey, did you make the deadline for Blue Cat? I missed it. Getting ready for the next 4 though.

    By Blogger Michele, at 4:42 AM  

  • Just barely, Michele (11:55!). Still going to keep polishing it up for later contests like Nicholl and Austin. Rewriting never ends.

    By Blogger Chris, at 1:47 PM  

  • Gordy is an intense dude. But he's a cool guy and his competition really does help writers by giving them helpful notes and by helping the get noticed if they place well. Great blog, Chris!

    By Blogger Julie Gray, at 1:47 PM  

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