5 Filmmakers | 5 Playwrights | 5 Short Films

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Blue Collaborative's first film program, ShortCuts, helps playwrights break into the film industry.


From assembling teams through distribution, playwrights will receive the funding, equipment, and industry partnerships necessary to fully realize their first professional quality short film.

How It Works




Playwrights submit their short screenplays through our national online application. 


Blue will choose 5 to produce. 




Playwrights are introduced to 5 seasoned film directors chosen by Blue.


After they have discussed potential collaborations, pairings will be set.




Blue assembles a crew and assigns a budget of $5,000 - 10,000 for each film. 

Our producing team will guide each project smoothly from pre-production through post.




Blue will submit each short to film festivals and online platforms to gain the most exposure possible.


A screening will also be hosted in New York City for donors, crews, and invited industry contacts.

What Are We Looking For?

Everything from small, personal narratives to high-octane, immersive films.


Shortcuts wants to engage with writers who have a strong personal point of view and understand how their stories might contribute to a larger discourse. 

What Are

We Looking For?

Who Can Apply?

Any playwright who has not been professionally produced for film or television may apply.


Strong consideration is given to playwrights who have completed or are currently enrolled in university or professional writing programs.

Who Can Apply?

When do Screenplay Submissions Open?

We are currently building our producing team and hope to open submissions later in 2020. 

For updates, sign up for our email list below.

When do

Screenplay Submissions Open?

Who Are the Filmmakers?

Blue Collaborative is partnering with 5 dynamic filmmakers interested in collaborating with playwrights and developing their projects.

Before screenplay applications open, each filmmaker will be announced on our website so writers can view their potential collaborators.

Who Are

the Filmmakers?


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