CineStory Foundation Feature Retreat and Fellowship

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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). Show More

Deadline/Entry Fees

Deadline Date Entry Fee Days till Deadline
Early February 6, 2023 $50 8
Regular March 13, 2023 $69 43
Late April 10, 2023 $81 71
Extended Late May 18, 2023 $88 109

Notification: Quarterfinalists – late June; Semifinalists/Invitees – Mid July; Finalists – Late August; Fellow – Early September.

Rules

Please visit http://www.cinestory.org/rules-and-guidelines/ 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.

FINALISTS RECEIVE:
Discount on Retreat tuition.

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 Feature

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Los Angeles, CA 90066

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

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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)
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CineStory Foundation Feature Retreat and Fellowship

Contact

Los Angeles, CA 90066

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

Report Card

Overall: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.6/5.0)
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 (4.5/5.0)
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CineStory has announced their Original Drama, Comedy, and Sci-Fi/Fantasy division quarterfinalists for the 2023 TV Retreat & Fellowship Contest. Quarterfinalists advance to the semifinalist round, after which there will be another round of judging to determine finalists and division winners. Division winners advance to another judging round to determine the 2023 TV Fellow. [Updated: 01/14/2023]

CineStory Names Feature Contest Semifinalists

CineStory has announced the 28 semifinalists who will be invited to attend this year's CineStory Retreat. Attendees receive three 90-minute one-on-one sessions with CineStory mentors. Attendees also participate in informal rooms run by mentors that cover topics ranging from pitching like a pro to the state of filmmaking in the digital age. [Updated: 08/25/2022]

CineStory Names Fellowship Winners

CineStory has named Laila Ujayli and Zaina Ujayli as their 2021 joint Feature Fellowship winners. Their Fellowship-winning script, FOUR FLOORS IN RAQQA, based on a true story, is about a headstrong woman who braves bombs and execution in ISIS-occupied Raqqa to protect her neighborhood and the home she built with her siblings. [Updated: 09/16/2021]

CineStory Names Contest Finalists

Finalists have been announces for the 2021 CineStory Retreat and Fellowship. Each of the finalists will be considered for this year’s Fellowship, which is valued at $20,000 and includes, among other prizes, $10,000 and a year long mentorship with two entertainment industry professionals. [Updated: 08/18/2021]

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Michael WeinrebMichael Weinreb studied journalism at Penn State, and creative writing at Boston University, and published a book of short stories and several books of non-fiction before trying his hand at screenwriting with The Big D, a sports drama based loosely on the SMU football scandal of the 1980s.

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CineStory Foundation Feature Retreat and Fellowship

Contact

Los Angeles, CA 90066

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

Report Card

Overall: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.6/5.0)
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 (4.5/5.0)
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