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CineStory Foundation Feature Retreat and Fellowship

CineStory Foundation Feature Retreat and Fellowship

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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 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.2/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.6/5.0)
Feedback: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.6/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.1/5.0)
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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

Deadline Date Entry Fee Days till Deadline
Early December 15, 2016 $45
Regular January 15, 2017 $55
Late February 25, 2017 $65
Extended Late April 5, 2017 $70 7

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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.

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Contact

PO Box 661962
Los Angeles, CA 90066

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

Contact: Bryan Dick

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.2/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.6/5.0)
Feedback: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.6/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.1/5.0)
Report Cards: 74    
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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 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.2/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.6/5.0)
Feedback: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.6/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.1/5.0)
Report Cards: 74    
Have you entered this contest?
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Contest News

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 Names First TV/Digital Fellowship Winner

L.M. Harter has been named the first-ever Cinestory TV/Digital Fellowship winner.

Updated: 03/15/2016
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Advice from 2015 CineStory Fellow Matt Fantaci

Last year I submitted my script to the Cinestory Foundation's 2015 Screenwriting Contest at the last minute, on the last day of their Extended Late Deadline. A friend/mentor of mine gave me just the nudge I needed. After reading up on CineStory I did a quick polish of my script and sent it off. A few months later I found out that I had won.

Updated: 02/16/2016

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 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.2/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.6/5.0)
Feedback: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.6/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.1/5.0)
Report Cards: 74    
Have you entered this contest?
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MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Lukas Hassel

An interview with screenwriter Lukas Hassel regarding the Cinestory Writing Competition.

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

A: Le Mécano.

A quiet mechanic is haunted by the public lynching of a gay young man in his remote Algerian hometown. Compelled into a mysterious quest, he tracks down the young man’s life in Paris, and is sucked into the dark underbelly of the city. There, at the edge of losing himself, the mechanic realizes that he has to return home, risk everything and confront an entire society.

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

A: I was a finalist at CineStory in 2009 with a different script, and had enjoyed an amazing time back then. The spirit of mentorship, encouragement and support blew me away. Everyone at the CineStory week really deserved to be there, whether it be talented writers, successful mentors and hard working staff. Every moment in Idyllwild was infused with purpose. Socializing with kindred spirits, exchanging ideas, learning of other trajectories in the writing arena all provided incredible inspiration. I checked cynicism, insecurities and hidden agendas at the door and braced myself for openness and generosity. In that mindset, CineStory did me very well.

I placed top 30 in Nicholl's, top ten in Big Break with the same script.

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

A: CineStory is run really well. Deadlines were met, emails answered and the awards were given promptly. The cash prize for the fellowship was even offered to me pre-retreat in case I needed the cash early. I declined, preferring to receive the honors at the event itself. My two mentors are being set up as we speak. One of my mentors, a producer, have been working hard on my behalf from day one after Idyllwild, above and beyond what I could have hoped for. The other mentor, a writer/director, will come in handy when I need feedback on my new script which I'm currently working on.

Q: How long did it take you to write the script? Did you write an outline beforehand? How many drafts did you write?

A: Le Mécano was written from an outline, to several treatments, to the actual script. Getting the treatment right took the longest. When I finally allowed myself to write the script, it felt liberating and supported. Fro initial idea to finished script, it was a quick 6 months. The first time I wrote anything that fast. the story was solid. The third act and parts of the structure was the hardest part. The final script was probably draft three only because I had worked so hard on the treatment beforehand.

Q: What kind of software did you use to write the script, if any? What other kinds of writing software do you use?

A: Final Draft 7.

Q: Do you write every day? How many hours per day?

A: I write most days. If I don't write, it's usually because I need ideas to percolate in my head for a while. Do some research, read articles, related materials until I get a clearer picture of what I'm dealing with. The main thing for me is not to force my agenda in story. A scene is never there because it's a great scene. A scene is there because is has to be there. it serves a purpose. Otherwise it's out. Writing a set time a day doesn't work for me. However, there's never a day when I don't think about one of my scripts, or an idea.

Q: Do you ever get writer's block? If so, how do you deal with that?

A: Writer's block as in staring at a blank page, not so much. I don't ever sit down with my computer if I don't have an idea waiting to get out. I'm not a masochist. Why sit with the computer if nothing comes to mind? Instead I may reread my outline from beginning to end, or my treatment, and finesse that. Feel what's honest, what's forced. That usually moves me forward.

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

A: I'm an actor. Not being as successful in that arena as I'd like, I was forced to engage in other creative outlets such as writing and directing to keep me sane. Thankfully I realized I had a talent for writing, and that I really enjoyed the process. So my writing really got life due to acting unemployment.

I have written other screenplays, but rally it's only now after ten years of learning and writing that I feel any level of proficiency. My older screenplays have good ideas at heart, but clearly lacks the craft.

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

A: I live in NY, happily, and will continue to do so.

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

A: I'm working hard at trying to get my winning script off the page onto the screen as a director. It's a long arduous process, but one that I'm willing to undertake. Many people support my efforts and share my enthusiasm for this script. Le Mécano will become a film one day.

Meanwhile, I'm working on my next drama. A screenplay. The outline is done. Now plowing through the first draft of my treatment. Looking forward to the day I can actually start focusing on the script itself.

At the same time, I'm editing my short film "Into the Dark" which I wrote and directed last year. It's close to being completed, at which time, I'll submit it to festivals and see what happens.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Posted Tuesday, November 27, 2012