The 2023 TV Contest Final Deadline is Almost Here!

The final deadline for our 2023 TV Retreat & Fellowship ContestMonday, October 31st — is almost here!


Entering the contest is the only way to get the chance to attend CineStory’s 2023 TV retreat on April 29 – May 2, 2023. Retreat attendees receive three 90-minute one-on-one sessions with CineStory mentors, participate in “informal rooms,” socialize with other attendees and mentors, and attend other special events. In addition, attendees participate in a mock Drama and a mock Comedy writers’ room so they can experience what it is like inside an actual TV writers’ room.


All entrants are also considered for our CineStory Fellowship, who receives a prize valued at $5,000 USD that includes free tuition and lodging to the TV Retreat, a $1,000 cash prize, and a 12-month mentorship from 2 industry mentors to help enhance the Fellow’s career path.


CineStory mentors are committed industry professionals who work with retreat attendees to improve their craft and enhance their projects’ marketability. CineStory mentors include key creative personnel for shows like MR. ROBOT, THE 100, MAD MEN, BILLIONS, THE EXPANSE, NEW GIRL, THE NIGHT SHIFT, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART, I’M SORRY, HALT & CATCH FIRE, and many more. Click here to learn more about our mentors.


CineStory alumni have gone on to direct or write for TV shows including THE EXPANSE, PRIVATE PRACTICE, HAPPY TOGETHER, ANDI MACK, BOOMERANG, SUPERNATURAL, THE GLADES, and GRAY’S ANATOMY.


“CineStory’s TV retreat is one of those perfect hybrids between practical knowledge and panels for ways to take on the industry…I cannot impress upon the reader of this how magical the practical elements were. We did a mock comedy room, a mock drama room, and a pitch session to managers/working writers. These sessions gave me a new sense of confidence and reminded me of what I’m working towards–being in a room and collaborating to tell stories. It’s a long road ahead, but I feel prepared in ways I couldn’t’ve imagined before.” — Kristen Angonese

“If you want to make lifelong friends, develop professional connections, get focus on your craft and receive valuable feedback, then this retreat is for you!” — Ellen Ancui

“Cinestory is carved time to focus on your craft with other artists. The team curates a retreat that moves seamlessly from industry discussions, in depth analysis of your own work, and practical applications. I left with a much greater understanding of story as a whole, but also- and much more importantly, why I ever wanted to tell one in the first place.” — Emma Bates

“Spending a weekend tucked away in the mountains with smart people is a gift. Spending a weekend with smart AND KIND people, who are all struggling with the same things I am, is life-changing.” —  Margaret Lazarus Dean


Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to enhance your career. Submit your original TV pilot by the extended deadline of Monday, October 10th to the 2023 TV Retreat & Fellowship Contest. We want to read your scripts!

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