When are the results announced?

Results for each Fellowship & Retreat Contest are announced according to the schedules posted on our Dates & Deadlines page

Who are the judges?

CineStory judges are comprised of mentors and staff, all of whom are industry professionals with years of experience in script reading. Scripts are assigned at random but are never judged by the same person in more than one round.

Each judge is given clear guidelines and scripts are assessed in several areas, including: originality of voice, script craft, character development and story development.

After the Top 50-100 are selected, all scripts are assessed by more than one reader per round. Finalists are assessed by a group of finals judges who gather over dinner to discuss each finalist script and award prizes.

How will I be notified?

CineStory notifies winners only. However, we will also make announcements on our News page and in our e-newsletters as well as on social media. All entrants are automatically added to our mailing list, but if you wish to be certain that you will receive notifications, please join our mailing list by clicking here.

What if I'm invited to the Retreat? When is it and how do I make arrangements?

Retreat invitees are generally notified 2-3 months prior to the retreats, which are held in October (Feature Retreat) and February (TV Retreat). Both retreats are held the town of Idyllwild, California. Idyllwild is located two and a half hours' drive from Los Angeles.

CineStory staff will guide all writers through accommodation options closer to the retreat. TCineStory staff will also help retreat attendees connect in order to arrange ridesharing with each other to and from Idyllwild.

What if I'm in the Top 50-100? Is there any way I can come to the Retreat?

Often at least one or two of the semifinalists can't make it to the retreat. When this happens we offer up remaining places to top quarterfinalists on a first come, first serve basis.

Why require a 'clean' title page?

A 'clean' cover page is one that includes only the title on the cover, no author's name, contact information etc. We ask for clean cover pages to ensure that the judging process is completely impartial.

Can I submit an updated Copy of my script?

No. You cannot send an updated copy of the script. You can resubmit the new version of the script with a new entry form and another entry fee. Please note that if you elect to resubmit a new version of a previously submitted script, your original submission fee WILL NOT be refunded.