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 L Rosenberg regarding the Cinestory Writing Competition.Q: What's the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what's it about?
A: "UPGRADE" by Louis Rosenberg
The screenplay is a science fiction blockbuster about the future of humanity, set in the year 2058. It's best described as Orwell's 1984, only for the Internet Generation...
A: UPGRADE has been a winner in numerous contests in addition to the Grand Prize win in the Cinestory contest. It won best science fiction screenplay at the Shriekfest International Film Festival in LA, it won a gold remi award for best science fiction screenplay at the Worldfest International Film Festival in Houston, and it won best science fiction screenplay at the International Horror and Science Fiction Festival in Arizona. It was also a top ten finalist in the Page International Screenwriting awards.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: The Cinestory contest was very well run by people who really care about the writers. They are doing this as a non-profit endeavor because they want to help discover and support new writers and it shows. Everything about this contest is genuine and honest. YES - they delivered on all the awards that were promised, as well as some awards that I didn't even expect. For example, they had team of student muscians write and perform a score for UPGRADE. I was blown away...
More than anything, CINESTORY is unlike any other contest in the CONNECTIONS YOU MAKE with industry professionals if you are a winner or a finalist. If you go to their retreat, which I HIGHLY RECOMMEND, it's an amazing experience. You spend four days with professional producers, agents, managers, and writers... You get to learn all those things they don't teach you in film school - about the real world business of film, from real people who live it every day. It's a terrific experience for new writers who are just getting into the indsutry.
A: I am new to screenwriting and UPGRADE was my first feature script. Because of this, it went slower than it probably should and took a few more drafts than it should have. I learned many things the hard way... but that's a process you just need to go through. In writing my newer screenplays, I have been far a more disciplined about outlining and doing full beat sheets before scripting. This saves lots of time on the back end.Q: What kind of software did you use to write the script, if any? What other kinds of writing software do you use?
A: I used Movie Magic to write UPGRADE. I also use Final Draft to write. I think both pieces of software are great.Q: Do you write every day? How many hours per day?
A: Yes, I write every day...Q: Do you ever get writer's block? If so, how do you deal with that?
A: I have not yet really faced a serious case of writer's block. I am sure that at some point I will because it is inevitable.Q: What's your background? Have you written any other screenplays or television scripts?
A: I am a graduate of the Professional Program in Screenwriting at UCLA. I highly recommend the program - it's a great way to learn the craft.Q: Do you live in Los Angeles? If not, do you have any plans to move there?
A: I live a couple hour drive outside of LA.Q: What's next? Are you working on a new script?
A: Yes, many new scripts.