22nd Annual

CineStory Foundation Retreats & Fellowships

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Feature Screenplay
Feature length screenplays of any genre.

TV/Digital Retreat & Fellowship
The CineStory Foundation has always believed in helping writers find their voice. We’re entering a world in which the ways to tell stories are limitless. Those stories always begin with a blank page. Our goal with the TV/Digital Series Retreat is to assist writers, whether they long for the collaborative nature of Television or they dream of going out on their own to create their own web series.

Structured like the CineStory Feature Retreat, the CineStory TV/Digital Series Retreat will take place over four days in the beautiful mountains of Idyllwild, California. Attendees will receive three one-on-one, one and a half hour sessions with CineStory mentors during which they can discuss everything from the project they submitted for feedback to jump starting their writing careers.

TV Writers will experience what it’s like to sit in a professional writers room run by an experienced mentor. Digital Series will attend panels to discuss the best way to produce their projects. In addition, mentors and writers will gather for meals, drinks, screenings and other special events.


CineStory is a U.S Non-Profit dedicated to nurturing emerging screenwriters through mentorship programs. Winners of our competition have gone on to pen films such as CAKE, IRON MAN, THE CHILDREN OF MEN, BALLAST, KING OF CALIFORNIA and 11:14.

Our mentors are all committed industry professionals who work with alumni to raise the level of their craft and enhance the marketability of their projects. CineStory mentors include key creative personnel behind such films as INSIDE OUT, COWBOYS AND ALIENS, IRON MAN, THE CHILDREN OF MEN, FRACTURE, MAD MONEY, THE DANGEROUS LIVES OF ALTAR BOYS, FIREWALL, FINDING NEVERLAND, BAND OF BROTHERS, THE PACIFIC, WIT, NINE LIVES, PETER PAN, EVENT HORIZON, FINAL DESTINATION and many others.


CineStory was founded in 1995 as a way to bring promising new screenwriters together with working Hollywood professionals.

As a non-profit organization, CineStory is devoted to nurturing screenwriters in a non-commercial, creative and inspiring environment. All of its mentors are professionals currently working in Hollywood and all donate their time to CineStory's mentorship programs.

One of the main goals is to discover up-and-coming screenwriters for the exclusive CineStory Writers' Retreats.

From this select group, writers of individual categories will receive a year long Fellowship where you'll work hand in hand with Mentors.


CineStory's Retreats are dedicated to the advancement of great new voices in screenwriting, television writing, and for the new digital age. Retreat attendees are chosen from our bi-yearly submission processes.

Although our primary focus at the Retreats is on developing a writer's craft, writers attending the Retreat have landed representation, optioned material and gained writing assignments, as well as making ongoing connections with executives, producers, managers, agents and pro writers.

Attendees enjoy direct access to working Hollywood professionals. They receive career and craft advice from some of the best in the business - a truly unique opportunity.

Retreat tuition includes:
* One-on-one sessions to discuss your portfolio submissions, career path, craft etc.
* Over 15 hours of mentor-led `informal room' panels on everything from pitching like a pro to working with an agent
* Group meals, drinks and special events, including a filmmaker Q&A screening

Past retreat mentors include: Meg LeFauve (INSIDE OUT), Mark Fergus & Hawk Ostby (IRON MAN, CHILDREN OF MEN), writer/director Joe Forte (FIREWALL, OUT), producer Nana Greenwald (SEVEN), producer Michelle Sy (FINDING NEVERLAND), writer Philip Eisner (EVENT HORIZON, MUTANT CHRONICLES) and writer/director Keith Gordon (DEXTER, WAKING THE DEAD). And many, many others.

For a peek inside the retreat, visit our YouTube Channel, CineStoryTV: http://www.youtube.com/my_videos


Bryan Dick (Executive Director); Bryan Dick (Executive Director)


• 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.

Late - February 25th, 2016
Extended Late - April 5th, 2016

TOP 50 Writers - MAY 31st
25 Writers Invitations - JUNE 30th
Finalists for the Fellowship - Mid-July
Fellowship Winner Announced - End of July


As author(s) of the submitted material, my/our entry into the CineStory Screenwriting Awards attests to the following:

1 To the accuracy of all information I/we have entered herein.
2 That I/we are 18 or older.
3 That the submitted material is my/our original work, with all rights to said work held by me/us.
4 That I/we will indemnify CineStory, hold it harmless and defend it against all claims, demands, losses, costs, damages, judgments, liabilities, and expenses arising out of or in connection with any and all claims of third parties, whether or not groundless, based on any stories submitted to the CineStory Screenwriting Awards or on any screenplay developed out of such stories.
5 That I/we understand that CineStory judges, directors, officers, employees or agents may be exposed to or may develop materials and ideas that may be similar to those of the submitted material. I/we understand and acknowledge that I/we will not be entitled to any compensation from such similar material that is independently conceived and created.
6 That I/we agree that I/we will 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.
7 That I/we understand that individual feedback is not provided and that CineStory notifies winners only.
8 That I/we have read, understood and complied with all guidelines and rules herein, and failure to do so may result in disqualification.