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CineStory TV/Digital Retreat & Fellowship

CineStory TV/Digital Retreat & Fellowship

Contact

Web: http://www.cinestory.org
Email: info@cinestory.org

Contact: Leah Estrin, Managing Director

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Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
Feedback: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
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Objective

The CineStory Foundation has always believed in helping writers find their voice. We’re entering a world in which the ways to tell stories are limitless. Those stories always begin with a blank page. Our goal with the TV/Digital Series Retreat is to assist writers, whether they long for the collaborative nature of Television or they dream of going out on their own to create their own web series.

Structured like the CineStory Feature Retreat, the CineStory TV/Digital Series Retreat will take place over three days in the beautiful mountains of Idyllwild, California. Attendees will receive three one-on-one, one and a half hour sessions with CineStory mentors during which they can discuss everything from the project they submitted for feedback to jump starting their writing careers.

TV Writers will experience what it’s like to sit in a professional writers room run by an experienced mentor. Digital Series will attend panels to discuss the best way to produce their projects. In addition, mentors and writers will gather for meals, drinks, screenings and other special events.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Deadline Date Entry Fee Days till Deadline
Early May 8, 2017 $40
Regular July 10, 2017 $50 15
Late September 11, 2017 $60 78
Final November 6, 2017 $65 134

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Notification: February 8th, 2018

Rules

Legal

As author(s) of the submitted material, my/our submission attests to the following:

  • To the accuracy of all information I/we have entered herein.
  • That I/we are 18 or older.
  • That the submitted material is my/our original work, with all rights to said work held by me/us.
  • That I/we will indemnify CineStory, hold it harmless and defend it against all claims, demands, losses, costs, damages, judgments, liabilities, and expenses arising out of or in connection with any and all claims of third parties, whether or not groundless, based on any stories submitted for the CineStory Television Retreat or on any material developed out of such stories.
  • That I/we understand that CineStory judges, directors, officers, employees or agents may be exposed to or may develop materials and ideas that may be similar to those of the submitted material. I/we understand and acknowledge that I/we will not be entitled to any compensation from such similar material that is independently conceived and created.
  • That I/we agree that I/we will never assert against CineStory (or any of its judges, directors, officers, employees or agents) any claim based on an assertion of plagiarism, idea theft, confidential or fiduciary relationship or any other theory relating to the submitted material.
  • That I/we understand that individual feedback is not provided and that CineStory notifies winners only.
  • That I/we have read, understood and complied with all guidelines and rules herein, and failure to do so may result in disqualification.
Television Script Guidelines
  • Teleplays must have a CLEAN COVER PAGE. This means the title only on the cover, no author’s name/contact information. If submitting a hardcopy script, please include two cover pages. The first, containing only the title of the entry, should be attached directly to the screenplay. The second including the title, author's name, address and phone number should be submitted unattached to the script. If submitting electronically, please ensure that your name and contact information DO NOT appear on the title page.
  • Teleplays must be original pilots or spec scripts for any network or cable program that was on air from the 2013-2014 broadcasting season.
  • Submit one copy of a 30 to 75-page teleplay.
  • Do not send originals. Materials will not be returned under any circumstances.
  • The author's name must not appear anywhere within the body of the script.
  • Body pages must be numbered.
  • No additional materials, artwork, illustrations etc. should be attached to the script.
  • Hardcopy scripts must be bound with two or three brads and in industry-standard format. Cardstock covers are required. Consult any screenwriting text or format guide.
  • Teleplays must be in English.
  • Teleplays must be on plain white paper. Single or double-sided accepted.
Digital Script Guidelines
  • Digital Series materials must have a CLEAN COVER PAGE. This means the title only on the cover, no author’s name/contact information. If submitting a hardcopy script, please include two cover pages. The first, containing only the title of the entry, should be attached directly to the screenplay. The second including the title, author's name, address and phone number should be submitted unattached to the script. If submitting electronically, please ensure that your name and contact information DO NOT appear on the title page.
  • Submit 1-3 scripted episodes of Digital Series totaling no more than 30 pages in length. Each script must be submitted as part of the same PDF files.
  • Do not send originals. Materials will not be returned under any circumstances.
  • The author's name must not appear anywhere within the body of the script.
  • Body pages must be numbered.
  • No additional materials, artwork, illustrations etc. should be attached to the script.
  • Hardcopy scripts must be bound with two or three brads and in industry-standard format. Cardstock covers are required. Consult any screenwriting text or format guide.
  • Screenplays must be in English.
  • Screenplays must be on plain white paper. Single or double-sided accepted.
Official Rules & Guidelines
  • Entrants must be 18 or older.
  • Any teleplay from any genre will be considered.
  • This contest is open to any person who hasn't sold a pilot to a network or cable channel or written on staff for a network or cable channel in the last five years..
  • CineStory notifies winners only. Entrants are advised to check CineStory's website and e-newsletter for judging announcements.
  • Entered teleplays may not be optioned, sold or produced at the time of entry.
  • Multiple entries are accepted, provided a signed entry form and appropriate entry fee is attached to each submission.
  • Multiple authorship is acceptable. However, if the teleplay wins an award, only one award will be given and it will be divided equally among the writers.
  • Pilot Teleplays must be the original work of the author. If based on another person's life story, a statement attesting to the rights obtained must be attached.
  • Spec Teleplays must be the work of a show currently being produced.
  • No adaptations of other written work will be accepted unless the writer owns the rights to the original material.
  • There must be no dispute about the ownership of submitted teleplays or the writer's right to submit a teleplay.
  • CineStory recommends registering your screenplays with the WGA or the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress.
  • No substitutions of new drafts or corrected pages for entries will be accepted under any circumstances. However, you may submit a new draft as a separate submission.
  • Judges' decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into. Sorry, we cannot provide individual feedback from the judges.
  • Entrants acknowledge that CineStory, its judges, mentors and officers may be exposed to or may develop materials and ideas that may be similar to those of the submitted material. Entrants acknowledge they will not be entitled to any compensation because from such similar material which is independently conceived and created.
  • Entrants agree to never assert against CineStory (or any of its judges, directors, officers, employees or agents) any claim based on an assertion of plagiarism, idea theft, confidential or fiduciary relationship or any other theory relating to the submitted material.
  • Entries that fail to follow competition rules and guidelines will be disqualified.
  • No refunds for entries that do not comply with competition rules and guidelines.
  • Winners will be responsible for their own U.S. income tax withholding.
  • Entering the contest constitutes permission to use the winners' names and likenesses for publicity and promotions with no additional compensation.
  • All entries must be postmarked, emailed or uploaded by the appropriate deadline.
  • CineStory reserves the right to extend the final deadline however an extended deadline is not guaranteed.
  • CineStory is not responsible for entries lost, stolen or damaged in transit.
  • Finalists are required to submit a letter and video as part of the finals judging process.

Awards

  • Invitation to attend the Retreat.
  • One-on-one mentor sessions with industry professionals.
  • Experience in the simulated Writer's Room. (TV only)

CineStory TV/Digital Retreat & Fellowship

Contact

Web: http://www.cinestory.org
Email: info@cinestory.org

Contact: Leah Estrin, Managing Director

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
Feedback: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Report Cards: 2    
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CineStory TV/Digital Retreat & Fellowship

Contact

Web: http://www.cinestory.org
Email: info@cinestory.org

Contact: Leah Estrin, Managing Director

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
Feedback: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Report Cards: 2    
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CineStory Names Fellowship Winner

The CineStory Foundation has named Amyn Kaderali as their 2016 Feature Fellowship winner. His winning script is CHOKORA, a powerful story about a bright Kenyan boy who must join a gang of "Chokora" (street kids) in order to survive on Nairobi's mean streets. Kaderali's fellowship includes a $10,000 cash prize, an all-expenses-paid stay at the October Feature Writers Retreat, and a 12-month mentorship with two retreat mentors, all of whom are working industry professionals.

Past CineStory Fellows and other alumni have gone on to write features such as: "Children of Men," "Cake," "Iron Man," "Nightingale," "The King of California," "Ballast," and many more.

Upon hearing the news that he was the 2016 CineStory Fellow, Amyn said, "To me, making the most of this incredible opportunity means getting some key help, advice and support for my feature, "Chokora," as well as other scripts (both "Hollywood" and "indie") that I have been working on this past year. It will also be extremely beneficial to get input on how to focus my writing career and generate opportunities. And I'm excited to get to know my mentors and to build lasting relationships with them."

CineStory also honored Shavion Einstein and her script SUPERFECUNDATION with Second Place, while Julia Batavia, who wrote SARGENT and Adria Tennor, who wrote NEVER BEEN BORN, tied for Third.

Now in its 21st year, the CineStory Foundation holds two yearly writers retreat in Idyllwild, CA. One focuses on features, the other on television and digital platforms. The retreats provide undiscovered writers with mentorship by pairing them with industry professionals who give them one-on-one feedback on their work and advice on how to navigate their careers in Hollywood. Past mentors include writer Meg LeFauve (INSIDE OUT), producer Susan Cartsonis (THE DUFF), and producer Jason Brown (BEN-HUR), among many others (full details available at www.cinestory.org).

The four winning writers and twenty-one semifinalists earned an invitation to the Feature Retreat. While there is a cost to writers who attend, CineStory has begun an outreach campaign to find production companies, agencies, government institutions and individuals to make it financially easier for the writers to attend. This year, Paulist Productions and the Coalition Group will each provide one scholarship to an invited writer. This past April, Film Victoria and Screen Australia covered all the costs for four writers to attend the TV/Digital Retreat.

CineStory Executive Director Bryan Dick, a writer who attended the Feature Retreat in 2011, found his retreat experience invaluable. "Holding the retreat in Idyllwild, you're really isolated and spend all this time with other writers and mentors from early morning until late at night. Not only did I get introduced to a producer who hired me for my first professional writing assignment, I was able to meet and become friends with other screenwriters from around the world. There is nothing like the CineStory experience."

Updated: 08/16/2016
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CineStory TV/Digital Retreat & Fellowship

Contact

Web: http://www.cinestory.org
Email: info@cinestory.org

Contact: Leah Estrin, Managing Director

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
Feedback: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Report Cards: 2    
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