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How do I get an invitation to the Retreat?

Invitations to the Retreat are extended to the Top 25 writers who have submitted scripts to CineStory.

Does the Retreat cost money? Why?

Yes. We wish we could offer the retreat for free to each of you. However, as a small nonprofit, we simply don't have the resources. But please know that 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 actively seeking sponsorship at present in the hopes of reducing the fees for all writers. And if that occurs, we will reduce the tuition fee before the Final Payment. In the last two years, we have found production companies willing to offer writers scholarships that cover their tuition fee.

CineStory is a genuine screenwriting community. Your retreat fee simply covers the basics of running the program.

How are mentors selected for the retreat?

CineStory mentors are all working Hollywood professionals. Each retreat brings a mix of executives, pro writers, directors, agents, managers and producers together.