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CineStory Foundation Feature Retreat and Fellowship

CineStory Foundation Feature Retreat and Fellowship

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Los Angeles, CA 90066

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

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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

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Notification: Mid-September 2018

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 Foundation Feature Retreat and Fellowship

Contact

Los Angeles, CA 90066

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

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Overall: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.6/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.2/5.0)
Feedback: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.4/5.0)
Signficance: 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://www.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 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.2/5.0)
Feedback: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.4/5.0)
Signficance: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.5/5.0)
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CineStory Announces Contest Winners

The winners of the 6th annual CineStory Screenwriting Awards were announced in Los Angeles today. They are Greg Marcks for his dark comedy, 11:14, Gary Miranda for his dramatic tale, BROTHERS, and Laura Suau for her screenplay of magical realism, THE WEATHER SOMEWHERE ELSE. In the short script category, the winner is Joseph Holmes, for his project, ROOM 855.

Chosen by an eight-member judges’ panel made up of independent producers, literary representatives and a former winner who is now a Hollywood screenwriter, the winners receive an outstanding prize package designed to hone their craft and develop their careers. The prize includes a one-year mentorship with two producers over the next year, full scholarship to the three-day CineStory Retreat, and $2,000 each.

Every once in a while, the wheels of Hollywood turn quickly. Marcks submitted his screenplay, 11:14, to only one contest, CineStory, in October 2001. After the first of this year, he secured his agent and a production deal. Principal photography begins today in Los Angeles for the $4 million-budgeted picture, with Marcks directing his work. The film stars Hilary Swank, Patrick Swayze, Rachel Leigh Cook, Colin Hanks, Barbara Hershey, Ben Foster, Henry Thomas, Clark Gregg and Shawn Hatosy. 11:14 is produced by Firm Films, financed by Mark Damon Productions, with executive producers Tripp Vinson, Hilary Swank, and Mark Damon, and producers Beau Flynn and John Morrissey.

Described as an ironic thriller, 11:14 tells the story of five suburbanites whose lives are interconnected in ways they may never know. The puzzle film unfolds backwards so that the movie ends where it began -- at the ominous 11:14.

Two years ago, Marcks won the National Student Academy Award for short narrative while a student at Florida State University. He is represented by Jenny Fritz at William Morris Agency.

Gary Miranda’s character-driven drama, BROTHERS, is loosely based on an award-winning memoir of his six years in a Jesuit seminary and tells the tale of two troubled young men who have retreated from the world into the seminary and whose friendship forces them to confront personal demons they’d hoped to escape. Although BROTHERS is Miranda’s first screenplay, he is a veteran writer, having published four volumes of poetry, one of which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He is now a Writer-in-Residence at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, where he lives with his wife and son.

Laura Suau, a 2001 graduate of the film school at Ithaca College in New York, is a native of Puerto Rico. Described by one of the judges as a great visualist and storyteller, Suau has recently moved to Los Angeles to pursue writing and filmmaking. The setting in THE WEATHER SOMEWHERE ELSE is a decaying industrial city, where two workers dream of escape and bond together to create small acts of rebellion that set in motion a wave that overturns the entire metropolis.

Joe Holme’s short screenplay ROOM 855 is comedy/caper flick illustrating the murderous ambitions of middle management. He wins $500 and free tuition to the CineStory Retreat as well. He is considering a writing a feature-length edition of this piece, Before Joe became a short story and freelance magazine writer, he was a criminal appeals attorney in New York City. His feature screenplay B & E was a previous Cinestory finalist and a Chesterfield semifinalist. He lives with his wife and two children in Brooklyn, NY.

These four screenwriters will join the other 13 semifinalists and finalists at the CineStory Retreat in early December at Lake Arrowhead, California. The only event of its kind in the industry, the Cinestory Retreat brings together award-winning writers from across the country with nine top Los Angeles-based active producers, agents and development execs, for three days of one-on-one meetings, group sessions and serious relationship building. The small number of attendees ensures that each writer gets plenty of face time with mentors; it also ensures that mentors meet with people who are ready to move to the next level of their careers.

Retreat mentors hail from a wide spectrum of backgrounds. Last year’s sponsor/mentors were Meg LeFauve - President, Egg Pictures; Barri Evins – President, Debra Hill Productions; Rebecca Baldwin, Director of Development, Sanford/Pillsbury Productions; Adam Merims – Producer/Partner Baumgarten Merims Productions; Maggie Roiphe -- Literary Agent, The Artist Agency; Julie Lynn, Producer/Partner, Mockingbird Pictures; Lisa Callamaro, Literary Agent, The Callamaro Agency; Larry McMahan, Creative Executive, Pacific Entertainment; and Atlanta Treloar, Director of Development, Andrew Lauren Productions.

During the Retreat, Marcks, Miranda and Suau will choose two of the industry people to become their mentors until August 2003. During that time, the mentors will work with them to hone their body of work to professional standards.

"There is an idea that the film industry is almost impossible to break into," said Pam Pierce, Executive Director of CineStory. "It’s all about who you know. That’s mostly true. At the retreat, we give writers and mentors the opportunity to get to know each other as people. The event is all about building relationships while strengthening your craft."

Updated: 08/29/2002
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CineStory Foundation Feature Retreat and Fellowship

Contact

Los Angeles, CA 90066

Web: http://www.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 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.2/5.0)
Feedback: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.4/5.0)
Signficance: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.5/5.0)
Report Cards: 30    
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