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, THE CHILDREN OF MEN, BALLAST, KING OF CALIFORNIA and 11:14.
One of the main goals of the CineStory Screenwriting Awards is to select up-and-coming screenwriters for our mentorship programs. For this reason, the semifinalists of each year's competition are invited to the exclusive CineStory Writers' Retreat, a four-day intensive program held in the Fall.
THE CINESTORY WRITERS' 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.
Notification: August 1st, 2013
GRAND PRIZE: THE CINESTORY FELLOWSHIP
Valued at over $14 000 this prize includes a 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.
Over $1500 in cash and prizes, including $500 cash.
Over $1000 in cash and prizes, including $300 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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CineStory has announced their quarterfinalists for 2012:
A BETTER WORLD, David Heiman, Los Angeles, CA
A MATCH MADE IN HELL, Marjory Kaptanoglu, Belmont, CA
ADAM & EVE, John Vasicek, Lafayette, CA
ALLEGIANCE, Josh Daws & Jeremiah Daws, Burbank, CA
ANGEL OF MERCY, Leslie Flannery, Livermore, CA
BANK ROBBING FOR DUMMIES, Robert Keith Watson, Sherman Oaks, CA
BENEATH THE SURFACE, Deirdre Brenner, South Pasadena, CA
BLOOD ATONEMENT, Shawn Pittard, Sacramento CA
BUTTERFLY CHILDREN, Melanie Schiele, New York, NY
CARDBOARD CASTLE, Mike Sundy, Clayton, CA
CLOUDKILL, Brent Hartinger, Seattle, WA
COLLIDER, Rebecca Handley, Eltham, U.K.
DADDY'S LITTLE COLLEGE GIRL, Anuj Desai, Greenville NC
DARK BEAUTY, James Watts, San Francisco, CA
DEAD ENDERS, Brent Hartinger, Seattle, WA
DIAMOND EXPRESS, Kyle Curry, Centennial, CO
ETOPIA, Tommy Butler, San Francisco, CA
FIG HUNT: THE QUEST FOR BATTLE ARMOR STAR CAPTAIN, Aaron Marshall, Los Angeles, CA
FISH STICKS, Stephen Buck, Playa del Rey, CA
FIT FOR LIFE, Jennie Allen, Brooklyn, NY
HELL & HIGH WARTER, Adam Sugerman, HI
HERE WITH ME, Mikki Daughtry, Los Angeles, CA
I, OF THE HURRICANE, Ken Pearson, Tempe, AZ
KELLEY'S COFFIN, Jon Hartz, Milwaukee, WI
LE MECANO, Lukas Hassel, New York, NY
LET THE GAMES BEGIN, Stephan Bugaj, San Pablo, CA
LUCY GOES BALLISTIC, Charlie Lyons, Somerville, MA
MY GREATEST MISTAKE, Rebecca Rocheford Davies, Woollahra, Australia
NOVELTY, Ben Feuer, Astoria, NY
OLIVINE, Steve Shelley, Melbourne, Australia
OXMOSIS, Stephen Wolf, Los Angeles, CA
REASONABLY CRAZY, Chris Willis, Narragansett, RI
SMALL TOWN ODDS, Jason Headley, San Francisco, CA
SOMEONE MUST DIE, Joe Henriques, Putnam, CT
STAYCATION, Sundae Jahant-Osborn, London, U.K.
THE BEAUTIFUL THINGS, Michael Trozzo, Los Angeles, CA
THE CULLINGS PRINCIPLE, Christine Autrand Mitchell, Fresno, CA
THE LAST DOMINO, Adam Meyer, Washington, D.C.
THE LITTLE WHITE KART, Don Bastida, Irvine, CA
THE LONG SHORT DROP, Georgia Lin Sundling, CA
THE MADNESS OF POE, Robert Hayhurst, El Cajon, CA
THE PAPER ROUTE, Danny Howell, McLean, VA
THE RETURN OF BROADWAY JOE, John Covarrubias, Pasadena, CA
THE STARKS, Bill Hanson, New York, NY
THE VIRGIN MARTHA, Matt Mallon, Los Angeles, CA
THE WINTER HOUSE HAUNTING, Dayle Ann Hunt, New York, NY
THE YARROW KING, Brad Kane, Mill Valley, CA
THEN YOU DIE, Gregory Hill, Dorchester, MA
THIS IS THE SEA, Michael Ian Farrell, Teri Robinson & Graham Struthers, British Columbia, Canada
TOTAL GIRLFRIEND, Susan Brunig, Oakland, CA
TRIAL BY ERROR, Susan Cain, Palm Desert, CA
TRYST, Daniel Edgar, Los Angeles, CA
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