Meet the 2016 2nd & 3rd Place Feature Winners

2nd Place Winner


Savion Einstein was born and raised in Israel. After her military service, she went into advertising and spent the next decade producing award-winning campaigns in Israel, EU and Asia for top domestic and international brands including The Coca-Cola Company, Unilever and P&G.

But what Savion really wanted to do was write, so she eventually left the advertising world behind and moved out to Los Angeles. Her first screenplay, The Longest Birthday, was optioned after earning a spot at The Black List Feature Lab and winning the BlueCat Joplin Award. The project went on to win the Venice Film Forum Pitch Fest, B’EST EAVE Producers’ Lab and the Bavarian Film Development Fund. It’s currently moving towards preproduction.

Her latest screenplay, Superfecundation, is going to be featured on the Black List site this month and has earned her an invitation to the 2016 CineStory Retreat.

3rd Place Winner (Tie)


Julia Batavia graduated with a BFA in Film and TV from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She became an associate producer for MTV Networks, then changed lanes to join the editorial department at Penguin Random House. She has since decided to pursue screenwriting full-time.

Julia’s feature biopic, A LIFE APART, was a 2015 CineStory semifinalist. This year, SARGENT placed in the top 20 in Script Pipeline’s Feature Contest. Both scripts are currently on the market.

Julia is represented by Zero Gravity Management and 42. She lives in Los Angeles where she’s pursuing a masters in screenwriting at UCLA

3rd Place Winner (Tie)


Adria Tennor began her career as an actress and works regularly in television and film. She made her writing debut as a stand up comic. Then, she spun her comedy into a one-woman show, StripSearch, based on her studies in pole dancing which played to rave reviews in Los Angeles. Her on-screen writing/directorial debut, a short, Cracked, garnered awards and laurels around the country. Never Been Born is her first feature length screenplay and has been a finalist in several competitions including the CineStory Fellowship. Her ambition is to create more stories for and about women. Ms. Tennor also owns and operates three restaurants in Los Angeles with her husband and partner, Claudio Blotta.

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