22nd Annual

CineStory Foundation TV Retreat & Fellowship



Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Submission Copy
Late Deadline
February 25, 2016
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 65.00 60.00
Student Fee 40.00 35.00
WAB Extended Deadline
April 5, 2016
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 80.00 65.00
Student Fee 60.00 45.00

Discounted fees apply to projects with pre-purchased Discount Packs, on entry fees greater than 30.00.

Category Details

Approximately May 31, 2016

Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

Text Files
  Paper (Printed Hard Copy)
  PDF (.pdf)
  Microsoft Word (.doc)
  Final Draft (.fdr)
  Final Draft (.fdx)
  Final Draft Secure (.fds)
  Movie Magic Screenwriter (.scw)

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

CineStory Fellowship
Grand Prize: The CineStory Fellowship. Valued at over $20 000 this prize includes a cash award, free meals, board and tuition at the Retreat as well as a 12-month mentorship program with two Hollywood professionals hand picked for the writer.
Sponsor:Script Pipeline & others
Cash Award Value: 10,000 U.S. Dollar
Value of Goods/Services: 11,500 U.S. Dollar

2nd Place
Valued at $1500, the prize includes cash award, discount on retreat tuition and a package to help the writer promote his/her winning script.
Sponsor:Script Pipeline & others
Cash Award Value: 500 U.S. Dollar
Value of Goods/Services: 1,000 U.S. Dollar

3rd Place
Valued at $1000, the prize includes a cash award, discount on retreat tuition and a package to help the writer promote his/her winning script.
Sponsor:Script Pipeline & others
Cash Award Value: 300 U.S. Dollar
Value of Goods/Services: 700 U.S. Dollar

Finalists (8)
A discount on Retreat tuition as well as other prizes.
Value of Goods/Services: 400 U.S. Dollar

Semifinalists (20)
An invitation to the the exclusive CineStory Retreat where writers work one-on-one and in small groups with Hollywood professionals.

Category Rules

• Screenplays must have a CLEAN COVER PAGE. This means the title only on the cover, no author’s name/contact information. If submitting a hardcopy script, please include two cover pages. The first, containing only the title of the entry, should be attached directly to the screenplay. The second including the title, author's name, address and phone number should be submitted unattached to the script. If submitting electronically, please ensure that your name and contact information DO NOT appear on the title page.
• Submit one copy of an 85 to 130-page screenplay.
• Do not send originals. Materials will not be returned under any circumstances.
• The author's name must not appear anywhere within the body of the script.
• Body pages must be numbered.
• No additional materials, artwork, illustrations etc. should be attached to the script.
• Hardcopy scripts must be bound with two or three brads and in industry-standard format. Cardstock covers are required. Consult any screenwriting text or format guide.
• Screenplays must be in English.
• Screenplays must be on plain white paper. Single or double-sided accepted.

• Entrants must be 18 or older.
• Any screenplay from any genre will be considered.
• This contest is open to any person without theatrically released feature film credits and/or any person who has not made more than $15 000 as a screenwriter.
• CineStory notifies winners only. Entrants should check CineStory’s website and e-newsletter for contest announcements.
• Entered screenplays may not be optioned, sold or produced at the time of entry.
• Multiple entries are accepted, provided a signed entry form and appropriate entry fee is attached to each submission.
• Multiple authorship is acceptable. However, if the screenplay wins an award, only one award will be given and it will be divided equally among the writers.
• Screenplays must be the original work of the author. If based on another person's life story, a statement attesting to the rights obtained must be attached.
• No adaptations of other written work will be accepted unless the writer owns the rights to the original material.
• There must be no dispute about the ownership of submitted screenplays or the writer's right to submit a screenplay.
• CineStory recommends registering your screenplays with the WGA or the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress.
• No substitutions of new drafts or corrected pages for entries will be accepted under any circumstances. However, you may submit a new draft as a separate submission.
• Judges' decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into. Sorry, we cannot provide individual feedback from the judges.
• Entrants acknowledge that CineStory, its judges, mentors and officers may be exposed to or may develop materials and ideas that may be similar to those of the submitted material. Entrants acknowledge they will not be entitled to any compensation because from such similar material which is independently conceived and created.
• Entrants agree to never assert against CineStory (or any of its judges, directors, officers, employees or agents) any claim based on an assertion of plagiarism, idea theft, confidential or fiduciary relationship or any other theory relating to the submitted material.
• Entries that fail to follow competition rules and guidelines will be disqualified.
• No refunds for entries that do not comply with competition rules and guidelines.
• Winners will be responsible for their own U.S. income tax withholding.
• Entering the contest constitutes permission to use the winners' names and likenesses for publicity and promotions with no additional compensation.
• All entries must be postmarked, emailed or uploaded by the appropriate deadline.
• CineStory reserves the right to extend the final deadline however an extended deadline is not guaranteed.
• CineStory is not responsible for entries lost, stolen or damaged in transit.
• Finalists will be required to submit a letter and video as part of the finals judging round.

Send submissions and entry forms to:
CineStory Screenwriting Awards
PO Box 661962
Los Angeles, CA 90066

CineStory is not responsible for screenplays lost, stolen or damaged in transit. For any questions e-mail: info@cinestory.org.