Caitlin McCarthy's writing has collectively won awards and nominations in over 60 international film festival screenplay competitions and labs, most notably:
- WONDER DRUG: Promoted as "Featured Script" on The Black List website in 2018. Semifinals in 2017 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting (one of only 151 entries to advance from the Quarterfinal Round, with 7,102 scripts entered). View WONDER DRUG's listing on the Oscars website HERE. 2017 Bitch List honoree. Selected as an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation script for the Hamptons Screenwriters Lab and chosen for a live staged reading of select scenes at the 15th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival, sponsored by the Sloan Foundation. Reading starred Steve Guttenberg (THREE MEN AND A BABY) and Alysia Reiner (SIDEWAYS). Also winner of Grand Jury Award for Best Feature Screenplay at the Richmond International Film & Music Festival; and "Most Likely To Be Produced" Screenplay Award at the Action on Film International Film Festival.
- RESISTANCE: Finalist for “Best Stirring Character” and competitor for “Best Overall Script” at the 2017 Oaxaca FilmFest. Accepted into the exclusive Squaw Valley Screenwriters Program, which is made possible with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The intensive week-long program focuses on work in progress and individual attention by award-winning writers and writer/directors. The goal is to bring the screenplays closer to production.
- FREE SKATE: Named one of the "Top 100 Pilots of 2016" by The Tracking Board. "One to Watch" by 2016 WriteHer List. Top 25 in 2016 Tracking Board Launch Pad Pilots Competition. Finalist for the 2019 Athena Film Festival LA TV Lab, hosted in partnership with the Stephens College Master of Fine Arts in Television and Screenwriting and WIST (Women in the Script Trade, formerly IRIS). Advanced to the Second Round with distinction at the 2015 Austin Film Festival - "Teleplay: AMC One-Hour Pilot." Out of a field of 1,459 submissions in this category, FREE SKATE was selected by AFF's team of readers as 1 of 30 that they "deemed worthy" to send to AMC for consideration. Matt Dy, AFF's Screenplay & Teleplay Competition Director, said to Caitlin McCarthy, "I would be happy to vouch for you if needed."
- CAPE COD LITE: Winner of the "Best Drama" screenplay award at the Action on Film International Film Festival. A five-minute scene was shown as a "mini-movie" during the festival.
- THE GOOD WIFE: "Those Who Can't, Reform": Winner (1 Hour Spec Category) in Stage 32's first annual TV Writing Contest. Finalist (one of three scripts) at the 2015 Austin Film Festival - "Teleplay: One-Hour Spec." Semifinalist in the 2014 Final Draft Big Break Screenplay Contest (Hour Spec category).
Caitlin has been honored twice as the Red Sox Most Valuable Educator: on July 9, 2016; and on September 15, 2018. She was recognized for her teaching, screenwriting, and DES activism on the field at historic Fenway Park during the pre-game ceremony.
In May 2017, Caitlin received the "Service To Community" Alumni Award from Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts for her DES (diethylstilbestrol) activism and writing. This award recognizes an alumna/us who has dedicated and demonstrated service to her/his community and who has distinguished herself/himself by improving the quality of life for others.
Caitlin gave a 1.5 hour presentation and Q&A about screenwriting to a BFA film class in Emerson College's Visual & Media Arts Department on March 27, 2019.
Caitlin was accepted into "Approaching Walden 2019" held by The Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods. "Approaching Walden" is a six-day professional development seminar for 25 high school educators and graduate students. The seminar provides teachers with the skills they need to lead their students in a study of their home community. This place-based interdisciplinary workshop uses Henry David Thoreau’s writings and philosophy as a model. Caitlin wrote an essay about the legendary Ralph's Rock Diner for the Worcester Historical Museum. Her essay and Ralph's photo shoot by Pure Style Photography were part of the museum's Spring 2017 featured exhibit. Caitlin was awarded a scholarship by the Levine Institute for Holocaust Education at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) to attend the “Arthur and Rochelle Belfer Conference: English/Language Arts” at the USHMM in July 2017. Her scholarship will be funded by a special grant set up to help Boston-area teachers attend the three-day conference, through a partnership with the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston. Caitlin was a speaker at the TV Writers Symposium 2016, held in association with the Woods Hole Film Festival and Woods Hole Inn, and hosted by TV drama veteran P.K. Simonds (former executive producer of "The Ghost Whisperer" and "Party of Five"). Caitlin was invited to participate in the 2016, 2017, and 2018 New York Television Festival (NYTVF) as an Official Artist, as part of the NYTVF+ Alumni Program. Caitlin gave a one-hour presentation and Q&A about screenwriting at the Orange Beach Library in Alabama on February 17, 2016. In 2015, Caitlin was honored on the prestigious "40 Women To Watch Over 40" list, which celebrates women who are upending the perception that 40 is past your prime and reinventing, leaning in, and creating momentum that will be felt by those beyond their community and field. View media coverage HERE, HERE, and HERE. She was also accepted into the 2013 Squaw Valley Screenwriters Program, which is made possible with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Academy Foundation of
the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Caitlin was a 2008 Fellowship Grant Recipient from the Worcester Arts Council (WAC), formerly known as the Worcester Cultural Commission. WAC falls under the umbrella of the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She was also a finalist for the 2011 Artist Fellowships Program of the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), receiving a financial award.
Caitlin received an Official Citation from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Senate in November 2011. Language reads: "Be it known, that the Massachusetts Senate hereby extends its Congratulations to Caitlin McCarthy for recognition of 'your being award an artist fellowship by the Massachusetts Cultural Council for your exceptional work in playwriting.' Be it further known that the Massachusetts Senate extends best wishes for continued success; that this Citation be duly signed by the President of the Senate and attested to and copy hereof transmitted by the Clerk of the Senate."