• Finalists will have their short film screened at the Landmark Theatre in Los Angeles on April 30th, 2019.
  • We will announce the winners at the end of the festival for the following categories:
    • Best Short
    • Best Director
    • Best Script
    • Best Performance

Notification Schedule

  • 5-10 films will be chosen as finalists.
  • Selections will be announced by April 1st, 2019.

Submission Deadlines & Fees

  • Early Deadline: September 30th, 2018.  Entry Fee $35.
  • Regular Deadline: November 15th, 2018.  Entry Fee $45.
  • Final Deadline: December 16th, 2018.  Entry Fee $55.
  • Late Deadline: March 17th, 2019.  Entry Fee $65.


  • All submissions must be original, and the sole property of the applicant(s).
  • All ages are eligible.
  • Must be in English or must provide English subtitles.
  • Submissions must be between 1-50 minutes.
  • There is no limit to the number of entries you may submit.
  • You may submit a short film once. You may not submit the same short film more than once.
  • Earliest completion date: January 1st, 2015
  • 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.
  • Past and present produced 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.
  • Film titles cannot be changed after submission under any circumstances.