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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

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)
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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 16
Late September 11, 2017 $60 79
Final November 6, 2017 $65 135

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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    
Have you entered?
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CineStory Names 2017 TV/Digital Semifinalists & Quarterfinalists

Semifinalists and Quarterfinalists have been named for the 2017 CineStory TV and Digital Writing Competition:

Orginal Comedy - Quarterfinalists    
Elda Winnows Terrence Michael  
Girl with a Mustache Tulica Singh Los Angeles, CA
Good(ish) Dad Scott Reynolds  
HAREM Jillian Lauren  
Hockey Moms Mike Carrier Los Angeles, Ca
Idyllwild Erin Fischer Los Angeles, CA
Intelligents  Scott Reynolds  
Jack & Ginger Scott Reynolds  
JUNKED Alice Dennard  Los Angeles, CA
KILL ME Alix Joyce Vancouver, Canada
Loser Says What Elizabeth Quinn Los Angeles, CA
Love and Diamonds Kate Novack  Brooklyn, NY
Minority Club Robert Villalobos Seattle, WA 
Open Jake Arky CA
Outliers Robbi Dallessandro Hingham, MA 
People Like Us Alice Dennard  Los Angeles, CA
Pixel Garden Odin Ozdil Santa Monica, CA
Runners Up Colleen Smith  
Secondary Inspection Mouhamed Adeeb Los Angeles, CA
Separated Together Andrew Babick  
shadow monster Sarah Gouda  Chicago, Il
Summer Break Melissa Somosky Brooklyn, NY 
Suzie Blue Kathleen Kreiser Van Nuys, CA
The DuChamps Charlie Lyons Somerville, MA 
The Life Coach Michael C. Bryan  
The Rock Shop Travis Carr Astoria, NY
Tough House  Nir Shelter  
Trusts & Wills Christina Pamies Glendale, CA
Unsung Charlemagne Rafols Riverside, CA
     
     
Original Drama - Quarterfinalists    
AEVALON Alex Ricciardi  
Alyssa Craft Ian Slater & Matt Penna North Hollywood, CA
American Morning cara rosenbloom  
ARRIVAL Nate Geez North Hollywood, CA
BONDAGE Lisa Gold Long Beach, CA 
Branded Christian Lybrook Boise, ID
BUSCÓN Jeffrey Storms Maplewood, MN
Charles Towne Alston Jones Atlanta, GA
COINTELPRO NOW Carlos Dorsey  
Community Gun Amyn Kaderali San Rafael, CA
Cyber Ego Kenny Pearson Scottsdale, AZ
CyBioSys Diandra Leslie-Peleck  
DOUBLE BLIND AMY TAYLOR  
DRIVE Hillary Schoelzel Nashville, TN
Duke Tango Reed Kowit  
Edison of Mars Larry Pontius Los Angeles, CA
EVOLUTION Cara Winter Chicago, IL
F--ME Tameson Duffy Sherman Oaks, CA
Faithless Tamar Halpern Los Angeles, CA
Fight Benjamin Kim Los Angeles, CA 
FLY GIRLS Lynelle White Los Angeles, CA 
Focus Heidi Nyburg Santa Cruz, CA
Fort Haven Laura Villandre Los Angeles, CA 
From The Ashes Nick Hurwitch Los Angeles, CA 
Gilded Cages Trish MacEnulty  
Give It Up Sean Cardinalli  
GOING RENO ELIZABETH QUINN Los Angeles, CA 
Grave Matters Gus Avila Burbank, CA
Hell Off Earth Dave Pirinelli Los Angeles, CA 
House of Aegea Diana Lanham  
How Jane Austen Ruined My Life Teresa Warner Los Angeles, CA 
How To Catch A Time Traveler Graham Parke Netherlands
Incompatible Faye Yuan &                 Rob Raffety New York, NY/ Arlington, VA
Insurrection simon Bowler  
It's All Relative Michael Miller Denver, CO
JETLAG Amanda Parham Rancho Palos Verdes, Ca
Joan of Light and D'Arc Jo Buckman Hollywood, CA
Laurel Canyon Marissa Goodhill Los Angeles, CA 
Leading Edge A.W. Tony Scott Los Angeles, CA 
LEVEE Jeffrey Storms Maplewood, MN
LIMBO Tameson Duffy Sherman Oaks, CA
locals only Daniel Hogan Santa Monica, CA 
Matryoshka Angela Berliner Los Angeles, CA 
Mule Jenna Milly Los Angeles, CA 
no more heroes Lily Mercer Sherman Oaks, CA 
OVERPOWERED Wendy Pierce Sherman Oaks, CA 
PRINCES' HOSPITAL Lisa Kors Los Angeles, CA 
RESPONDER Alan R. Baxter Valencia, CA
Roar Dragos Berghia SANTA MONICA, CA 
Serpent's Row Chance Muehleck New York, NY 
Small Town Law Ian Stoddart Toronto, Canada
Southern Gothic Jared Ronin Los Angeles, CA 
Southwark Kyle Francis Toronto, Canada
Stray Dog Emily Blake North Hollywood, CA 
SWEET LEAF Kevin Caruso Redondo Beach, CA
The Artificials Kristin Kirby Eatonville, WA 
The Claytons Beverly Neufeld Los Angeles, CA 
The Factory Jon Davis Bellevue, WA
The Ghost in the Machine Trinity Shi Los Angeles, CA 
The Lady of Heian Ashley Darnall Los Angeles, CA 
The Loving Wrath of Eldon Quint Chase Pletts Los Angeles, CA 
The Other Side Kat Smith Pacific palisades, CA 
The Sensualist Suzanne Griffin Brooklyn, NY
Use Your Words Julia Batavia Los Angeles, CA 
Where it's at Laura Lee Bahr Studio City, CA
WINDY CITY LS Garvey Venice, CA 
Word of Mouth Ace Hasan Los Angeles, CA 
     
     
Spec Comedy - Semifinalists    
Baskets "Movie Star"  Tyler Chatham  Studio City, CA
Bojack Horseman "The Box Set"  Matthew Van Onselen  
Broad City "Pastafari"  Ashley Darnall  Los Angeles, CA
Brooklyn Nine Nine "Jake 'n' Bake"  Thomas Morgan  United Kingdom
Brooklyn Nine-Nine "Couples Therapy"   Marcia Simmons  Petaluma, CA
Modern Family "Telephone Games"   Lilly Camp   Brooklyn, NY
MOM  "Magic Mike and the 14th Step"  Lucia Gervino  Los Angeles, CA
The Family Guy "Vinny's Got Woods"  Nina Sharifi   Laguna Niguel, CA
The Goldbergs "Men At Work"  Charlemagne Rafols  Riverside, CA
The Goldbergs "Bad Goldberg Rising"   Kevin & Tasha Bowden  Murray, UT
The Grinder                                                       "A House Divided Takes the Stand"   Robin Bird   Boise, ID
The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt                   "Kimmy is a VIP"  Michael Miller  Denver, CO
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt                          "Kimmy Likes Dong!"  Paige VanTassell  Charlotte, NC
Veep "Lucinda" Ian Simpson  Los Angeles, CA
Veep "Mabel"  Judy Bernardino  Los Angeles, CA
     
     
Spec Drama - Semifinalists    
BLINDSPOT "Body in Bunk"/"Bound by Ink"  Nate Geez  North Hollywood, CA
Man in the High Castle "Fate is Fluid"  Renee Buck Los Angeles, CA
Masters of Sex "Flights of Fancy"   Barbara Rey  Toluca Lake, CA
POWER "Done Playing Pawn"  Gia Gordon  Los Angeles, CA
Ray Donovan "Father/Daughter Day"  Gjok Dusi  
Scream Queens "Enchantment Over the Sea"   Tim Aguirre  
Shameless "Magical Mystery Trip"  Anastasia Basche  Glendale, CA
The Americans "It's Trash Day"  Dave Pirinelli  Los Angeles, CA
     
     
Web Series - Semifinalists    
Between Us Girls  Courtney Hope Therond & Emily Claire Utley  New York, NY
The Donut Man  Dylan Silver  Los Angeles, CA
Hypocrites & Oaths   Eliza Shine  
Parent Management   A.W. Tony Scott  Los Angeles, CA
Strong  Jean Lee  Ladera Ranch, CA
Talk Therapy  Thomas Moore  New York, NY
 A Ticket To Paradise  Erin Li  Los Angeles, CA

Updated: 01/23/2017
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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    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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