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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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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    
Have you entered?
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Contest News

Meet the 2017 CineStory Winners

Meet the 2017 CineStory Fellowship Winner Angelina Karpovich, and Second Place Finishers Mark Price and James Walker.

Updated: 09/16/2017

CineStory Names Fellowship Winner

CineStory has named Angelina Karpovich as their 2017 Feature Fellowship Winner for her screenplay, Eggshells.

Updated: 09/09/2017

CineStory Names Fellowship Finalists

Finalists have been announced for the 2017 CineStory Feature Fellowship.

Updated: 08/22/2017

CineStory Names 2017 Feature Semifinalists

CineStory has announced their 2017 Feature Retreat and Fellowship semifinalists.

Updated: 07/27/2017

CineStory Names Quarterfinalists

Quarterfinalists have been announced for the 2017 CineStory Features Retreat.

Updated: 06/14/2017

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    
Have you entered?
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Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter April Rouveyrol

An interview with screenwriter April Rouveyrol regarding the Cinestory Writing Competition.

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

A: My script is called AMERICAN CHILD and its about an agoraphobic 12 year old kid who is forced to leave his house when his Grandmother dies. He meets a 16 year old petty thief who tries to rob him, but winds up driving him to Nevada to find his Mother. These kids are so different but their lives are both train wrecks and they sense that maybe they can help each other on this trip. They don't find what they're hoping for but they get something else.

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

A: A friend told me about it. Said they have a great mentoring program. The script has done pretty well. Which I'm thankful and delighted about. It won Grand Prize at Cinestory, Grand Prize in the Nevada Film Office and was a finalist/semi finalist in several others, including AMERICAN ZOETROPE SCREENWRITING COMPETITION and the NICHOLL FELLOWSHIPS.

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: Yes the staff at Cinestory is great. They are helpful, supportive and responsive. All awards were received. The promises delivered. Mentors have been wonderful.

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 took me three weeks to write and I was working off of an outline which consisted of little scraps of paper and odd things like fabric coasters because it was written while my husband and I were on a trip to France and that's when the majority of the plot came to me. I did several drafts of the script after that. I like to do a lot of prep work before I start the first draft, in terms of putting together a treatment and outline. Then in the actual first draft I can focus more on dialogue and flow, since the plot is worked out.

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. Pen and paper.

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

A: Yes. I keep increasing my hours. I have a toddler who is in preschool now, so I'm able to write 3 full days a week and 2 half days. I'm hoping in September to increase it to 5 full days!

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

A: I had writer's block for years at one point, when I was transitioning from being a playwright to screenwriter. I can't really say I was blocked, but I wasn't able to tell the stories that were coming out of me, in the quarantined space of a stage. It was frustrating. Then I realized, wrong medium. It's called a movie. My brain got rewired somehow.

To ward off writer's block, I try to write every day. Even on non-writing days, I try to write something, an idea, a thought, a line, even my name. To keep the neurons moving.

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

A: Playwright. Just wrote plays before AMERICAN CHILD. Just finished my second screenplay, a sci fi thriller. Now working on my third. Should be finished soon.

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

A: Yes, I live in LA.

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

A: I just finished a sci fi thriller and now I'm working on a crime thriller that's got elements of THE FUGITIVE or TAKEN and some of the social conscience of TRAFFIC.

Posted Tuesday, May 31, 2011