How do I get invited to a retreat?
Invitations to the Feature Retreat are first extended to the winners, semifinalists, and finalists. Any remaining spots will be offered to quarterfinalists.
Invitations to the TV Retreat are first extended to division winners and finalists. Any remaining spots will be offered to category semifinalists and quarterfinalists.
Do the retreats cost money? Why? How much?
Yes, the retreats costs money. We wish we could offer our retreats for free; however, as a small, understaffed nonprofit, we simply don’t have the resources. Please know that CineStory is a genuine screenwriting community. All of the mentors volunteer their time for free – they do not get paid to appear. Nor is anyone at the retreat selling books, classes etc. We are always actively seeking sponsorship in the hopes of reducing the fees for all writers.
Retreat fees simply cover the basics of running the program. They vary from year to year and are provided upon invitation to a retreat.
How are mentors selected for the retreat?
CineStory’s long history as well as its success in helping emerging writers establish successful careers has helped us establish strong ties throughout the entertainment industry. Our mentors are all working Hollywood professionals. Each retreat brings a mix of executives, pro writers, directors, agents, managers and producers together.