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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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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 Winners

CHICAGO, JUNE 28, 1999 ­ CineStory, a national non-profit screenwriters’ organization based here, recently announced the winners of its 1999 screenwriting awards competition. The 1999 CSA winners are Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby for their suspense thriller FIRST SNOW; Bill Robinson for his thriller FIRST SAFETY; and Devin Wallace for the historical drama BITTER LAKE.

The results of the third annual CineStory Screenwriters’ Awards (CSA) were revealed in conjunction with the organization’s annual Script Sessions conference, held this year in San Francisco. Keynote speaker Richard Price, novelist and screenwriter of COLOR OF MONEY, SEA OF LOVE, RANSOM and CLOCKERS) presided over a Master Class for all attending CSA winners and finalists.

At the same event, representatives of Eastman Kodak announced their new sponsorship of the CSAs and have signed on to anchor CineStory’s newly formed Year 2000 Production Incubator Program for aspiring screenwriters. "With Kodak’s generous support, CineStory is able to further promote the screenwriter as central to the creation and production of film," said Pamela Pierce, executive director of CineStory. "We are appreciative that a company with such a rich history in motion pictures recognizes and supports the screenwriting talent of the future."

CineStory will accept entries beginning July 15 for the next competition, CineStory Screenwriting Awards 2000, and deadlines will now be September 15 for early submissions, and November 1 for final submissions. Refer to CineStory’s web site, www.cinestory.com, for immediate registration application, guidelines and a specially designated CSA mailing address. Submission brochures will be mailed to all those on the CineStory mailing list during the month of July.

The 1999 CSA contest winners were selected from over 1,300 entrants, according to Pierce. Prizes include $2,000 each and a one-year mentoring package with industry sponsor/producers designed to help each individual writer bring his or her body of work to the next level. The mentoring program comprises script notes, one-on-one meetings designed to bring the writer closer to the development process, contacts with agents and production companies when appropriate, and professional guidance.

"CineStory is proud to advance the careers of these capable writers," said Pierce. "We hope that this year’s winners will enjoy the same success as past winners who went on to option their winning screenplays and garner agents and mentors to help them professionally," she continued. "Last year’s winners are a great example of this progress to professionalism." Twenty-one-year-old Steve Bagatourian, whose script WEASEL was optioned by John Cusack’s New Crime Productions, has signed with Alan Gasmer, of the William Morris Agency. The San Francisco writing team of Kim Roberts and Eli Despres signed an option with DeeGee Entertainment and International Arts for their independent comedy HOW TO BE GINA (aka WISHFUL THINKING), and New Yorker Bill Shebar was honored in his home town with a reading at the famed Fifth Night at the Nuyorican Cafe for his dark comedy, 50 WAYS TO A BETTER MEMORY.

Judges for the 1999 CSA contest included executives from such leading independent producers and production companies as Miramax, The Shooting Gallery, Redeemable Features, Marc Platt Productions, Michael Douglas’ Furthur Films, Ken Lipper Productions, and LEAVING LAS VEGAS producer Paige Simpson.

With a focus on recognizing emerging talent, the CSAs are an integral part of CineStory’s mission—working intensively with emerging screenwriters to hone their craft and find alternative access points to the screen.

CineStory, a nonprofit corporation founded in 1995 and headquartered in Chicago, capitalizes on its partnerships with local and national film, television, and arts-supporting entities to create and present programs for both screenwriters and producers. For more information, call CineStory at 800/6STORY6, or visit the group’s web site. Email address is cinestory @ aol.com.

Updated: 06/30/1999
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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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