2021 Feature Contest is Open for Submissions

We’re officially accepting submissions for our 2021 Feature Retreat & Fellowship Competition, and we’re offering an early bird submission rate of $50 that’s good until January 18th! WHAT YOU COULD WIN Entering the contest is the only way to be in the running to attend our feature retreat. Winners, finalists, and semifinalists are invited 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 […]

2018 Feature Retreat & Fellowship Contest Deadline Extended

If you thought you missed the deadline for this year’s Feature Retreat & Fellowship, never fear – we’ve extended the deadline until WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25TH.

Feature Retreat & Fellowship Dates Have Changed

Please take note that our Feature Retreat has moved from the end of September to October 15th through October 18th. For years, we’ve wanted to move the Retreat into October because the weather in Idyllwild tends to be a little cooler. Subsequently, since the Retreat dates have changed, it’s allowed us to adjust our submission deadlines […]

Many Thanks to Our Retreat Sponsor

As we prepare to head up the mountain for the annual CineStory Writers’ Retreat, we are very grateful to Langtry Estate & Vineyards for their support of the 2012 Retreat. Established over 100 years ago, Langtry wines rank among the top medal winning wineries at professional wine competitions each and every year. Thanks to Langtry […]

2010 Fellow April Rouveyrol Takes You Inside The Retreat

When I first came to the Cinestory retreat in September 2010, I remember riding  up the winding road to Idyllwild filled with apprehension and nausea, due to an emotional Molotov cocktail of writer’s insecurity, career doubt and maternal guilt; this was the first separation from my 3-year-old daughter for more than a night. Even though […]

Podcast #2: How to be a Working Screenwriter

  For the first time ever, step inside a CineStory informal room! Recorded at the 2011 Retreat, this podcast features two literary managers discussing strategies for writing scripts that sell, spec’ing TV shows, as well as finding and working with a manager or agent.  

Academy Award Nominee and Mentor Mark Fergus on the CineStory Screenwriting Awards

Writing duo Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby first became involved with CineStory when they won the Grand Prize in 1999 with their script, FIRST SNOW (2006). Since then they’ve gone on to become Academy Award nominees and work with some of the biggest names in Hollywood on films such as IRON MAN and COWBOYS AND ALIENS. Maureen Fox recently wrote […]