Submitting To A Screenplay Competition, The Big Mistake Screenwriters Make by Gordy Hoffman

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Film Courage: What are some common mistakes that are not so much the content of the screenplay, but other things that people should be aware of when they’re submitting?

Gordy Hoffman, Founder/Judge of the Bluecat Screenplay Competition: Don’t submit it until you’re ready. It’s like don’t submit if you’re not ready and a lot of people want to be ready. We’ve talked about being impatient, wanting the fight to end (the fight for a great movie to end) and they’re like Ahhh, I’m going to just submit it! And then they’re bummed out that the feedback comes back and their like Oh? They didn’t respond…Ugh.

Work hard on your script and if you’re not ready to submit to Bluecat, if you don’t think it’s your best work, don’t submit it. Don’t submit it. Just wait three months and submit to Nicholl, submit to Austin, submit to Sundance, submit to something else. Submit to the local state regional contest that six months from now when your script is really good and you’re ready to do it and it’s like beautiful and you’re really excited about it.

 


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But if you’re not ready, don’t submit. That’s the thing where people send in stuff where they’re not intimate with the material, they don’t know. You can tell that they haven’t gone back through it, that they haven’t re-read it, that it’s overwritten, that it’s too long and they’re sort of like Well, I’m done…you look at it. It’s like well we have a response where we’re not connected to it because it’s confusing or it’s not clear or whatever. And that’s the thing that I think most people…again you’re in a rush to finish and so you want the adrenaline of I’ve just entered a competition. I’m making progress. You know it’s sort of like stay with the script and be patient and make sure that you know your script. Be intimate with your script.

I mean the scripts that always come out on top with Bluecat after all these years (we get a lot more submissions) they are always scripts that are really tight as a drum. There are people who have clearly worked really hard. Sometimes people write a draft and they proofread it and they send it in and it’s…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).

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