2020 TV Retreat Postponed

This morning, California health officials issued directives to help contain the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. Based on those statements, we have postponed our March 2020 TV retreat until Saturday, August 29 – Tuesday, September 1, 2020. This postponement gives both our country the opportunity to contain the pandemic and retreat participants ample time to make arrangements […]

Our Feature Contest Late Deadline Is Almost Here

The late submission deadline for our 2020 Feature Retreat & Fellowship competition is fast approaching on Sunday, March 15th. Until March 15th, the submission fee is $80. After that, the submission fee is $85 until April 19th, the extended late deadline. We often provide links to submission fee discounts in our newsletter; so if you’d […]

Our Regular Deadline Is Fast Approaching!

The regular submission deadline for our 2020 Feature Retreat & Fellowship competition is fast approaching on Sunday, February 9th. Until February 9th, the submission fee is $70. After that, the submission fee is $80 until March 15th (late deadline), then $85 until April 19th (extended late deadline). Entering the contest is the only way to […]

2020 Feature Retreat & Fellowship Contest is Open

We are officially accepting submissions for our 2020 Feature Retreat & Fellowship Competition! Send us your best work for the opportunity to attend the retreat and win the Feature Fellowship, which includes a one year mentorship with two entertainment industry professionals and a $10,000 award! THIS YEAR’S RETREAT This year’s retreat takes place October 17th […]

Meet Our 2019 2nd & 3rd Place Feature Winners

Meet Kerry Kolbe, Our 2019 Feature Fellow

We are thrilled to introduce Kerry Kolbe, this year’s CineStory Feature Fellowship winner. Kerry’s winning script, SWALLOW, impressed all the judges with its humor and nuanced insights into 17-year-old Lola, who’s desperate to study particle physics at Cambridge like her hero Stephen Hawking but trapped playing parent to her dysfunctional family of twitchers (a/k/a bird […]

And the 2019 Feature Fellowship Prizewinners Are…

We’re pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Feature Fellowship prizes! FEATURE FELLOWSHIP WINNER SWALLOW by Kerry Kolbe As this year’s Feature Fellow, Kerry will receive a $10,000 cash award, free tuition and housing at this year’s retreat, a private advisory session with all the retreat mentors, and a 12-month fellowship program with two […]

And Our 2019 Feature Finalists Are…

After much deliberation, we are pleased to announce our eight finalists for the 2019 CineStory Feature Retreat & Fellowship Competition! BARBARA THE BARBARIAN by Des Bernison BLACK DIAMOND by Jon O’Neal THE EXTINCTION RULE by Randall Greenland A GREAT BIG LOVE by Samuel Johnson IN TOO DEEP: THE BRIAN FUTZ STORY (A LONG LOST 80’s […]

Congratulations to the 2019 Feature Contest Semifinalists!

We’re excited to announce the 2019 Feature Contest semifinalists! Narrowing the list of 66 quarterfinalists to only 26 semifinalists was difficult, especially given the outstanding quality of the quarterfinalist scripts. WHAT’S NEXT Our 26 semifinalists all will be invited to attend this year’s feature retreat, which takes place on October 19th – October 22nd. Attendees […]

And the 2017 Feature Winners Are…

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 CineStory Feature Fellowship competition: FEATURE FELLOWSHIP WINNER: EGGSHELLS by Angelina Karpovich SECOND PLACE (tie) GREEN LANES by James Walker LET’S KILL D.B. COOPER by Mark Price Our deepest thanks to all eight talented finalists for sharing their work with us and to our panel of […]