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Meet Our 2021 Joint Feature Fellowship Winners, Laila & Zaina Ujayli

We’re thrilled to introduce our 2021 joint Feature Fellowship winners, Laila Ujayli and Zaina Ujayli! In their Fellowship-winning script, FOUR FLOORS IN RAQQA, which is is based on a true story, a headstrong woman braves bombs and execution in ISIS-occupied Raqqa to protect her neighborhood and the home she built with her siblings. As this […]

And the 2021 Feature Fellowship Prizewinners Are…

We’re pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Feature Fellowship prizes! JOINT FEATURE FELLOWSHIP WINNERS FOUR FLOORS IN RAQQA by Laila Ujayli & Zaina Ujayli As this year’s joint Feature Fellows, Laila and Zaina receive free tuition and lodging for the retreat and a private advisory session with all the retreat mentors. In addition, […]

Our TV Contest’s Late Deadline is Today!

Today is the late deadline for CineStory’s TV Retreat & Fellowship contest. The only way to qualify to attend the retreat and be in the running to win the TV Fellowship is to enter the contest! The Retreat CineStory selects 25 emerging screenwriters through the TV competition for a 4-day intensive retreat held in 2022 […]

And Our 2021 Feature Contest Finalists Are…

We’re proud to announce the 2021 Feature Retreat & Fellowship Contest finalists! A PARTICULARLY POWERFUL SEASON OF SCRIPTS This continues to be a powerful year for submissions. Our semifinalist scripts were so exceptional that we’ve named nine finalists instead of our usual eight. Many thanks to our judges for their dedicated work in narrowing down […]

Congrats to Our 2021 Feature Contest Semifinalists!

We’re excited to announce our 2021 Feature Contest semifinalists! AN EXTREMELY COMPETITIVE YEAR This year’s scripts were so outstanding that we named an unprecedented 141 quarterfinalists. To narrow those scripts to only 29 semifinalist scripts was an exceptionally difficult task for our judges. We thank them for spending countless hours reading and evaluating the scripts […]

Congrats to Our 2021 Feature Contest Quarterfinalists!

We’re excited to announce our 2021 Feature Contest quarterfinalists! This year’s submissions displayed exceptional talent and creativity. It was a pleasure to read everyone’s work. A COMPETITIVE YEAR There were over 650 submissions this year, which made deciding the quarterfinalists particularly difficult. Out of those great scripts, we’ve named 141 quarterfinalists. Many thanks to our […]

2021 PMC-CineStory Scholarship Winner Announced

The CineStory Foundation is excited to announce that writer and CineStory alum Audrey Webb is the recipient of the 2021 Population Media Center (PMC) CineStory Scholarship for her script DEAD NAME. PMC covered the cost for Audrey’s attendance at the 2021 CineStory TV retreat earlier this year. Audrey’s original TV pilot DEAD NAME explores the […]

Congratulations to Our 2021 TV Fellow, Louisa Makaran!

We’re thrilled to introduce our 2021 TV Fellowship winner, Louisa Makaron, whose winning original drama script, PAPERGIRL, impressed us with its frank, funny voice and vibrant characterizations. In PAPERGIRL, as World War II winds down and men return from the front, a plucky newspaperwoman fights to keep her job. Louisa grew up in “Sin City” […]