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:
- IRON MAN
- THE CHILDREN OF MEN
- KING OF CALIFORNIA
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 Feature Retreat is to assist writers in their development of the craft.
The CineStory Feature 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.
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 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.
- $10,000 cash award
- Free Retreat tuition
- 12 month fellowship program with two industry mentors ($9000 value)
- $1,000 cash award
- Discount on Retreat tuition
- $500 cash award
- Discount on Retreat tuition
- Discount on Retreat tuition
- Receive an invitation to the exclusive CineStory Retreat as well as prizes worth over $200, including:
All retreat attendees receive:
- 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.
- Film screenings and other events.
- Screenplays must have a CLEAN COVER PAGE. This means the title only on the cover, no author’s name/contact information. Please ensure that your name and contact information DO NOT appear on the title page. Screenplays including any identifying information will be disqualified and the submission fee WILL NOT be refunded.
- Screenplays must be feature film screenplays from 85 to 125 pages in length.
- No teleplays of any kind will be accepted. Any submitted teleplays will be disqualified, and the submission fee WILL NOT be refunded.
- No substituted pages or other revisions will be accepted once you have submitted your script.
- 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.
- Screenplays must be in English.
- Screenplays that do not meet all guidelines and requirements will be disqualified and the submission fee WILL NOT be refunded.
- Entrants must be 18 or older.
- The Grand Prize Feature Fellowship winner must attend the Feature Retreat in order to receive the cash award and other prizes. If a Fellowship winner cannot attend the Retreat, that person will be disqualified and a new winner will be determined.
- Replacement pages and/or new versions of scripts WILL NOT accepted once those scripts have been submitted. New versions of scripts can be resubmitted by filling out a new entry form and paying a new entry fee.
- Promo/discount codes may only be used on the CineStory Store. No promo/discount codes may be used with the Early Bird Submission Fee. Only one promo/discount code per submission is allowed. Failure to comply with these promo/discount code guidelines will automatically disqualify a submission and there will be no refund of the submission fee.
- Any feature film screenplay from any genre will be considered.
- Entrants must not have sold and/or produced (or had produced by a third party) a feature-length screenplay or pitch for a feature-length screenplay in the last 5 years.
- Entrant also must not have written any first draft feature-length screenplays as a work-for-hire writer for third parties in the last 5 years. Performing rewrites or polishes of feature-length screenplays originally written by someone other than the Entrant does not exclude the Entrant from entering the contest.
- CineStory notifies winners only. Entrants are advised to check CineStory's website and e-newsletter for judging 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.
- Any adaptation of written work that is in the Public Domain is eligible for submission.
- 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 are required to submit a letter and video as part of the finals judging process.
- RULES & GUIDELINES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.