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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Quarterfinalists have been announced for the 2013 CineStory Screenwriting Competition.
Lukas Hassel has been named the Grand Prize Winner of the 2012 CineStory Screenwriting Competition.
CineStory has selected their finalists for 2012.
CineStory has announced their 2012 Semifinalists, each of whom is invited to the 2012 CineStory Writers Retreat in Inyllwild, California.
CineStory has announced their quarterfinalists for 2012.
An interview with screenwriter Greg Daubenspeck regarding the Cinestory Writing Competition.Q: What's the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what's it about?
A: THE PIPER
Against his mother's orders, 12-year-old Jack Browning leaves his younger brother Nate at home alone. When he returns and finds the front door shattered and Nate missing, Jack must venture into the underworld to save his brother from the Piper.
A: In 2004 my first feature screenplay BROKEN HEARTLAND was a CineStory Finalist. I was invited to attend the writer's retreat in Idyllwild, California. The experience was amazing, so I was eager to enter CineStory again.
In addition to placing in CineStory 2008, THE PIPER was also a Finalist in UCLA's Screenwriters Showcase and a Second Rounder in Austin.
A: I was more than satisfied with the administration of CineStory. They were both professional and encouraging. The experience far exceeded my expectations.Q: Were you given any feedback on your script? If so, did you find the feedback helpful?
A: At the writer's retreat, I received extensive notes from working professionals in the film industry. I was placed with four mentors who read my script. They each spent two hours objectively discussing my project (and future projects) in great detail. The one-on-one meetings were invaluable.
A: Cinestory has a special place in my heart. When I attended in 2004, the support and encouragement I received at that year's retreat gave me the courage to apply to UCLA, to move to Los Angles, and to continue pursuing my dreams.Q: What's your background? Have you written any other screenplays or television scripts?
A: Now in my final year at UCLA as an MFA candidate in screenwriting, I have been given an amazing opportunity. Since entering the program, I have completed seven feature screenplays and one TV spec, most written in less than nine weeks, an accomplishment I would have previously thought unachievable.
THE PIPER, my entry into CineStory 2008, was written in a workshop at UCLA.
In addition to taking a full course-load at UCLA, I work as a Teaching Associate for Writing Programs, where I teach English Composition. I've also lead sections of a screenwriting workshop as a TA for Screenwriting 130C.
For the 2007/2008 academic year, I acted as the Administrative Assistant to the Screenwriting department chairs, Richard Walter and Hal Ackerman.
Prior to attending UCLA, I taught a variety of English, writing, and theater courses at the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City Community College, and Broward Community College in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
I have a BA in English and theater (double major) from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and an MLA in writing from Oklahoma City University.
A: Yes. I live in L.A.Q: What's next? Are you working on a new script?
A: I'm always writing. When I'm not writing, I'm thinking about writing.