MEET OUR 2ND & 3RD PLACE WRITERS!

2nd PLACE: JULIAN A. RENNER - LITTLE GIRL FOUND

Julian spent his early years in Sierra Leone, on the west coast of Africa. As a teenager, he studied in the United Kingdom before attending Otterbein University in Ohio. Julian continued to develop his storytelling skills through the New York Film Academy and eventually furthered his education with a Masters of Fine Arts in Film Production at the City University of New York. Julian recently won the Beverly Hill screenplay competition. “Little Girl Found” is his twelfth screenplay.


3rd PLACE (tie): CHANCE MUEHLECK - HONEY RED

Chance Muehleck is a writer, filmmaker, and theatre artist based in New York. He is co-founder of The Nerve Tank, an acclaimed independent company that produces original content for stage and screen. He’s the recipient of the John Golden Award for Excellence in Playwriting and was a finalist for the Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Heideman Award. He wrote and directed the award-winning short films Sponge and Advent, and his feature The Vultures has been optioned by a producer based in Canada. In 2014 he was a finalist for the Warner Brothers Television Writers Workshop in Los Angeles.

 

3rd PLACE (tie): LUKAS HASSEL - GALAPAGOS

Lukas Hassel has always primarily been an actor. (“Blue Bloods” on CBS, “In Montauk”, “Borstal Boy”, “Dracula”, etc.) Studied acting at The Samuel Beckett Theatre School of Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.  He is the beloved figure of Mr. Melk in Norway (youtube it - seriously, it’s fun).

However, over the last ten years or so, writing has become a major part of his life. Lukas won the CineStory Fellowship 2012, placing top 30 at Nicholl’s, with the drama “Le Mécano”, since optioned off. His post-apocalyptic script, “Galápagos”, is his latest.

Last year, Lukas wrote, directed and starred in a sci fi short film “Into the Dark” which has gone on to winning many awards, screening in over 55 film festivals world wide and counting.

Lukas is thrilled to once again visit Idyllwild.

And the 2015 CSF Winners Are...

From a wonderful field of finalists, the 2015 FELLOWSHIP RECIPIENT is:

SCANDALOUS - Matthew Fantaci, Los Angeles, CA

SECOND PLACE

LITTLE GIRL FOUND - Julian Awooner Renner, New Rochelle, NY

THIRD PLACE

GALAPAGOS by Lukas Hassel, New York, NY
HONEY RED by Chance Muehleck, New York, NY

Our deepest thanks to all ten finalists for sharing their work with us and to our panel of finals judges for all their efforts.

 

THE CINESTORY PODCAST: Four Quadrants

This month we ask the question, 'What are the four quadrants and why do they matter?'

Recorded at CineStory 2012, in this session executives Jessica Julius and Leah Estrin discuss what it takes to write for all four quadrants, what works in family films, what doesn't and why. 

THE CINESTORY PODCAST: CONCEPT

This month on the podcast, we share with you a discussion about the most fundamental element of a screenplay: its concept.

Recorded at CineStory 2012, in this session pro writers Mark Fergus and Philip Eisner discuss what makes for a great concept. Between them, Mark and Philip have been responsible for films such as CHILDREN OF MEN, IRON MAN and EVENT HORIZON.

Meet the 2013 CSA Finalists...


Once again our judges had their work cut out for them in determining the finals contenders. Out of a field of truly great scripts, this year's eight finalists are:

2013 CSA FINALISTS

 

CAKE - Patrick Tobin, Long Beach, CA

CUTTING NUMBERS - Morgan von Ancken, New York, NY

DEAD DOLORES - Michael Yagnow, Brooklyn, NY

FLOATING PRINCESS - Lyvia A Martinez, Burbank, CA

FUTURE SCHOOL - David Ullendorff, Los Angeles, CA
OFFSIDES - Rebekah Reaves, Houston, TX    

SIX WEEKS IN HEAVEN - Chris Phillips, Sydney, Australia                        

THE MOONBEAM FISHERMAN - John Dummer, Chicago, IL

      

Best of luck to these writers, each of whom is in the running for the grand prize, the CineStory Fellowship, valued at over $17k.    

          

Stay tuned for announcements regarding the winners in early July.

Congratulations to the 2013 CSA Semifinalists!

After more careful, and difficult, deliberations, we are proud to announce the semifinalists of the 2013 CineStory Screenwriting Awards. Each writer below has earned an invitation to the 2013 Retreat and is in the running for the CineStory Fellowship. Congratulations to you all!

2013 CSA SEMIFINALISTS

11 - Troy Taylor, Melbourne, Australia

ALBERT'S LIE - Judy Vann, Los Angeles, CA

ANOTHER GOODBYE - Ryan Christopher Churchill, Toronto, Canada

ANOTHER LIFE - Sal Bardo, Weehawken, NJ

CAKE - Patrick Tobin, Long Beach, CA

CUTTER'S DAUGHTER - Curtis David Sackett, Los Angeles, CA

CUTTING NUMBERS - Morgan von Ancken, New York, NY

DEAD DOLORES - Michael Yagnow, Brooklyn, NY

EXVITRO - Maria Hinterkoerner, New Orleans, LA

FIRST LIGHT - Douglas Stark, Glendale, CA

FISH STICKS - Stephen Buck, Marina del Rey, CA

FLOATING PRINCESS - Lyvia A Martinez, Burbank, CA

FUTURE SCHOOL - Uli Izar, Los Angeles, CA

I, OF THE HURRICANE - Ken Pearson, Scottsdale, AZ

JOKERS & THIEVES - Mark Rathaus, Westlake Village, CA

KEENER - Corey Mayne, Windsor, Canada

LOUSY LAY - Robert Keith Watson, Sherman Oaks, CA

LUCY GOES BALLISTIC - Charlie Lyons, Somerville, MA

NEVERSLEEP - Giles Daoust, Bruxelles, Belgium

OFFSIDES - Rebekah Reaves, Houston, TX                      

SEVEN DAYS IN ROSETOWN - David Hudacek, Lexington MA

SIX WEEKS IN HEAVEN - Chris Phillips, Sydney, Australia

SNAPPER - Claire Fowler, Bronx, NY                                  

THE BECKONING BUSH - Deborah Vajda, St. Paul, MN

THE CLEAR HORIZON - William Flannigan, Glendale, CA

THE CROSSING - Shawn Pittard, Sacramento, CA

THE MOONBEAM FISHERMAN - John Dummer, Chicago, IL            

THE RIM OF THE WORLD - Bettina Moss, Los Angeles, CA

THE TURNING SEASON - Monique Mata, Little Compton, RI

WRATH - Abraham Frank, Los Angeles, CA

Congratulations to the 2013 CSA Quarterfinalists

Each year, we are truly honored to read the work of those writers who enter the CSA's and want to extend a heartfelt thanks to each and every one for sharing their work with us. Thanks also to all our judges for their efforts.

After much careful deliberation, we are delighted to announce the 55 scripts advancing to the next round of the competition. Quarterfinalists are in the running for an invitation to the 2013 Retreat as well as the CineStory Fellowship, valued at over $17k.

 

2013 CSA QUARTERFINALISTS

1066: THE BASTARD - Marc Heberden, Bellingham, WA

11 - Troy Taylor, Melbourne, Australia

A REVERANCE FOR SPIDERS - Faiza Ambah, France             

ALBERT'S LIE, Judy Vann, Los Angeles, CA

ANOTHER GOODBYE - Ryan Christopher Churchill, Toronto, Canada

ANOTHER LIFE - Sal Bardo, Weehawken, NJ

BALLERS - Kayne Gorney, Los Angeles, CA

BLUEBIRD - Nat Bouman, Brackney, PA

CAKE - Patrick Tobin, Long Beach, CA

CRATER - Luke Pimentel, Petaluma, CA

CUTTER'S DAUGHTER - Curtis David Sackett, Los Angeles, CA

CUTTING NUMBERS - Morgan von Ancken, New York, NY

DEAD DOLORES - Michael Yagnow, Brooklyn, NY

DIVERSION - George Covic, Capistrano Beach, CA

EXVITRO - Maria Hinterkoerner, New Orleans, LA

F_CK YOU MONEY - Matt Straquadine, New York, NY

FIRST LIGHT - Douglas Stark, Glendale, CA

FISH STICKS - Stephen Buck, Marina del Rey, CA

FLOATING PRINCESS - Lyvia A Martinez, Burbank, CA          

FUTURE SCHOOL - Uli Izar, Los Angeles, CA

HOLY MOLE - Marie Roughan, Mill Valley, CA

I, OF THE HURRICANE - Ken Pearson, Scottsdale, AZ

INTERVIEW - Ray Gettman Bush, St. Louis, MO

JOKERS & THIEVES - Mark Rathaus, Westlake Village, CA

KARMA - Cuban Gore, Brisbane, Australia

KEENER - Corey Mayne, Windsor, Canada

LIFE IN THE MINORS - Stephen Bralver, Pacific Palisades, CA

LOUSY LAY - Robert Watson, Sherman Oaks, CA

LUCY GOES BALLISTIC - Charlie Lyons, Somerville, MA

MANDROID & WIFE - Marjory Kaptanoglu, Belmont, CA

ME & SIMON BAKER - Michael Klug, Hollywood, CA

NEVERSLEEP - Giles Daoust, Bruxelles, Belgium

OFFSIDES - Rebekah Reaves, Houston, TX                           

OLE - Jon Price & Jerry Rapp                                                    

SEVEN DAYS IN ROSETOWN - David Hudacek, Lexington, MA

SIX WEEKS IN HEAVEN - Chris Phillips, Sydney, Australia

SNAPPER - Claire Fowler, Bronx, NY                                       

THE BECKONING BUSH - Deborah Vajda, St. Paul, MN

THE CLEAR HORIZON - William Flannigan, Glendale, CA

THE CROSSING - Shawn Pittard, Sacramento, CA

THE FINAL DAYS OF RALPH WALDO - Brian Rawlins, Topanga, CA

THE GOOD COACH - Scott Sublett, San Jose, CA

THE LONG SHOT - Lorrie Smith, Silver Spring, MD

THE MOONBEAM FISHERMAN - John Dummer, Chicago, IL 

THE OVERSEER - David Weston, Santa Monica, CA

THE PHANTOM KNIGHTS - Rex Carter, Portland, OR

THE PRAIRIE BOYS - Ash Corristine, County Laois, Ireland

THE PRICE OF FLOWERS - Ashley Charbonnet, New Orleans, LA

THE RIM OF THE WORLD - Bettina Moss, Los Angeles, CA

THE SECRET LIFE OF SISTER JANE DARE - Debra Vance, Santa Barbara, CA

THE TALOQUAN NETWORK - Robert Hestand, Los Angeles, CA

THE TURNING SEASON - Monique Mata, Little Compton, RI

THROUGH THE CRACKS - David Rocchio, Stowe, VT              

WRATH - Abraham Frank, Los Angeles, CA

YOUR PLANET OR MINE - Richard Hohenrath, Cary, NC