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CineStory Foundation Feature Retreat and Fellowship

CineStory Foundation Feature Retreat and Fellowship

Contact

PO Box 661962
Los Angeles, CA 90066

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

Contact: Bryan Dick

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Overall: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.7/5.0)
Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.3/5.0)
Feedback: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.5/5.0)
Signficance: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.6/5.0)
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Objective

CineStory is a national non-profit dedicated to nurturing emerging screenwriters through mentorship programs. Winners of our competition have gone on to pen films such as IRON MAN, CAKE, THE CHILDREN OF MEN, BALLAST, KING OF CALIFORNIA and 11:14.

One of the main goals of the CineStory Feature Retreat is to select up-and-coming screenwriters for our four-day intensive program held in the Fall.

THE CINESTORY FEATURE RETREAT

CineStory's Retreat is dedicated to the advancement of great new voices in screenwriting. Retreat attendees are chosen from the top writers of our annual competition, the CineStory Screenwriting Awards. For four days, writers enjoy direct access to working Hollywood professionals.

Past retreat mentors include: Mark Fergus & Hawk Ostby (IRON MAN, CHILDREN OF MEN), writer/director Joe Forte (FIREWALL, OUT), producer Nana Greenwald (SEVEN), producer Michelle Sy (FINDING NEVERLAND), producer and former head of Jodie's Foster prod co MEG LEFAUVE (THE DANGEROUS LIVES OF ALTAR BOYS), writer Philip Eisner (EVENT HORIZON, MUTANT CHRONICLES) and writer/director Keith Gordon (DEXTER, WAKING THE DEAD). And many, many others.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Expired. Previous Deadline: 04/15/2017

WinningScripts Pro $5 Off Coupon

Notification: August 1st, 2017

Rules

Please visit http://www.cinestory.org/contest for all rules and guidelines.

Awards

GRAND PRIZE: THE CINESTORY FELLOWSHIP
Valued at over $17,000 this prize includes a $10,000 cash award, free meals, board and tuition at the exclusive CineStory Writers Retreat as well as a 12-month mentorship program with two Hollywood professionals hand picked for the winner. The CineStory Fellowship gives writers direct access to Hollywood professionals and has a long track record of success. Prior fellows have optioned material, gained representation and secured writing assignments with the guidance of their mentors. Also included: one-year Script Pipeline Writers Database membership; three-year subscription to Creative Screenwriting; iScript screenplay audio recording; and one-year Scripped PRO subscription.

SECOND PLACE:
Over $1500 in cash and prizes, including $1000 cash.

THIRD PLACE:
Over $1000 in cash and prizes, including $500 cash.

FIVE FINALISTS RECEIVE:
Discount on Retreat tuition and other prizes.

ALL SEMIFINALISTS RECEIVE:
An invitation to the exclusive CineStory Retreat including: Three 90-minute one-on-one sessions with working Hollywood agents, managers, producers, development executives and other pros to discuss the writer's work and career strategy Open access to 15+ hours of small group sessions covering a wide rage of creative and business topics Free film screenings and other events.

CineStory Foundation Feature Retreat and Fellowship

Contact

PO Box 661962
Los Angeles, CA 90066

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

Contact: Bryan Dick

Report Card

Overall: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.7/5.0)
Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.3/5.0)
Feedback: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.5/5.0)
Signficance: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.6/5.0)
Report Cards: 29    
Have you entered?
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CineStory Foundation Feature Retreat and Fellowship

Contact

PO Box 661962
Los Angeles, CA 90066

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

Contact: Bryan Dick

Report Card

Overall: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.7/5.0)
Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.3/5.0)
Feedback: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.5/5.0)
Signficance: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.6/5.0)
Report Cards: 29    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Contest News

CineStory Names 2017 Feature Semifinalists

CineStory has announced their 2017 Feature Retreat and Fellowship semifinalists.

Updated: 07/27/2017

CineStory Names Quarterfinalists

Quarterfinalists have been announced for the 2017 CineStory Features Retreat.

Updated: 06/14/2017

CineStory Names 2016 Finalists

Finalists have been announced for the 2016 CineStory Fellowship.

Updated: 07/26/2016

CineStory Names 2016 Semifinalists

Semifinalists have been announced for the 2016 CineStory Screenwriting Fellowship. Each semifinalist is in the running for the grand prize of the CineStory Fellowship, and is invited to the CineStory Retreat taking place in Idyllwild, CA, from October 15th-October 18th, 2016.

Updated: 07/01/2016

CineStory Names 2016 Quarterfinalists

Quarterfinalists have been announced for the 2016 CineStory Screenwriting Awards.

Updated: 05/27/2016

CineStory Foundation Feature Retreat and Fellowship

Contact

PO Box 661962
Los Angeles, CA 90066

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

Contact: Bryan Dick

Report Card

Overall: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.7/5.0)
Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.3/5.0)
Feedback: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.5/5.0)
Signficance: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.6/5.0)
Report Cards: 29    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Nino Del Pesco

An interview with screenwriter Nino Del Pesco regarding the Cinestory Writing Competition.

Q: What's the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what's it about?

A: My script it titled "THE THIRD REALM" and is about a series of brutal murders in Nazi Germany and the two men who work to solve the case. One a Jewish former criminal inspector from Munich pulled from a concentration camp, the other a Nazi criminal inspector in Berlin who heads up the investigation.

Q: What made you enter this particular contest? Have you entered any other contests with this script? If so, how did you do?

A: When I read what they had to offer as a prize, it seemed interesting. In all honesty, I just entered the contest to enter, no special reason attached. In hindsight, it's amusing to reflect on my motivations for entering as I now know that CineStory is, in my opinion, one of the top 3 contests around and the best kept secret in Hollywood.

Q: Were you satisfied with the adminstration of the contest? Did they meet their deadlines? Did you receive all the awards that were promised?

A: Once you understand all that goes into making this thing function, the desire to have everything sent exactly on time and have everything run smoothly becomes inconsequential. I'm anal to a fault about that stuff, but got over it quickly. Pam Pierce and Clea Frost are great and they both, along with the other staff, worked their collective butts off for those of us who attended. My best advise for those entering CineStory is to go with the flow. Everything does get done, just not on your timetable, so make sure you keep in touch with the staff during the process. Once you get up there, everything will make sense.

Q: Were you given any feedback on your script? If so, did you find the feedback helpful?

A: The most amazing and important feedback one could hope for. Awesome in the truest sense of the word.

Q: Has your success in this contest helped you market your script? Were you contacted by any agents, managers or producers?

A: As a result of entering CineStory, I now have an amazing producer, Michelle Sy, attached to the script and will be working with two very talented screenwriters, Joe Forte and Mark Fergus, as mentors for the next year.

Q: What's your background? Have you written any other screenplays or television scripts?

A: I co-wrote a comedy called "THAT'S LIFE" with the very talented Paul Glen Neuman and the generous and talented Phil Rockwell.

Q: Do you live in Los Angeles? If not, do you have any plans to move there?

A: I'm originally from SoCal and lived in Hollywood for many years. My last home was in Oxnard, CA (not just another pretty name), but left in 2007 after my wife was accepted to the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul. We will be returning to CA upon her graduation.

Q: What's next? Are you working on a new script?

A: I'm currently doing a major rewrite of "THE THIRD REALM" based on the notes from my mentors and my producer. I am also working on a SciFi/Thriller which I hope to have done before the ned of Winter. Plenty of ideas in the cooker too.

Posted Sunday, November 16, 2008