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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: 4.5 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

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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.

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    
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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    
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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
HollywoodIQ:

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: 4.5 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    
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Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Chance Muehleck

An interview with screenwriter Chance Muehleck regarding the Cinestory Feature Writing Competition.

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

A: It’s a revenge thriller called Honey Red. A wayward young woman with a dangerous secret upends the lives of a rustic town when she falls in love with her father’s killer.

A twisty Texas gothic with a comic underbelly. I’m told it puts people in mind of the Coens, and that’s just fine by me.

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

A: CineStory came across my radar in 2014 and the more I researched it, the more envious I became. The level of support and mentorship seemed second to none, and the retreat happened on this fabulous magic mountain just outside LA. It was among the first places I submitted Honey Red.

I posted the script on The Black List and got some solid scores there.

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: To all of the above: Absolutely. Let’s remember that CineStory is a non-profit, and the folks who run it are as genuine and dedicated as you could wish for. The whole team made special efforts to address our needs and kept things running with verve and humor. They were expert cat wranglers.

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

A: It look about three months from soup to nuts. I always make some sort of outline; here, it was more of a beat sheet to focus me as I mapped the character arcs.

In terms of drafts, I’m odd in that I edit as I write. So my first drafts are often more polished than they would be otherwise. Rewrites are then a matter of honing, shaping, and clarifying. With Honey Red in particular, everything was orbiting around theme.

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. All my notes are in Word. I’m a Basic Betty.

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

A: I do. The hours vary, but it probably averages to 5 or 6.

There are two kinds of writing, though. There’s the fingers-hitting-keys writing, and there’s the staring-into-space-like-a-broken-robot writing. It’s far harder to argue that you’re being productive with the second kind. But the truth is, that’s when I get most of my work done.

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

A: Well, that’s mostly fear, isn’t it? And everyone gets afraid. The trick for me is to distinguish between doubt and fear. A healthy, critical doubt can serve the work, whereas fear is crippling. It’s the voice telling you to hang it up because you’ll never be worthy of your stories.

But you have to plow through that. If you let fear kill the desire, you’ll never know how good you can actually get. You’ll never grow. And that would be a terrific shame.

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

A: I have a theatre background and run a company with my partner called The Nerve Tank. I’ve been writing film and television scripts for some time, though. My sci-fi pilot Sight made the finals of the Warner Bros. TV Writers Workshop, and my spec for The Leftovers just won second place in TVWriter.com’s Spec Scriptacular.

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

A: I’m based in NYC but have become more bi-coastal with each season. It’s safe to say that I plan to spend a lot more time in LA.

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

A: I just finished a contained sci-fi feature called Black Marble, and am ramping up to write a new original pilot.

Ongoing projects include proofing my texts and composing the perfect tweet (#ImDoomed).

Posted Thursday, January 28, 2016