CineStory Foundation - TV/New Media Retreat Announced!

While the details will be finalized in the coming months, we are excited to announce that early next year, the CineStory Foundation will start accepting submissions for the Inaugural TV/New Media Retreat which will be held in Idyllwild, CA in the Spring of 2016.

We plan on bringing the same positive energy and creating the same welcoming environment for the writers and mentors of this Retreat that the CineStory Foundation has been known for during its 20 years of existence.

Meet Our 2nd & 3rd Place Winners

2nd Place Winner: JACK DAVIDSON - CLOUDS OF SORROW

Jack Davidson is an aspiring screenwriter who was raised in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Graduating from the University of Hawaii with a degree in Political Science, Jack moved to Reno, Nevada in the 1990s where he currently works as a used-car salesman.  Clouds of Sorrow is Jack’s fifth screenplay. A four time Nicholl Fellowship semifinalist Jack’s 2nd place finish in the Cinestory Fellowship is the 8th time he has finished first or second in a national screenwriting competition.

 

 

3rd Place Winner: KRANTI PALLY - WHAT ROUGH BEAST

Kranti Pally grew up in Tampa, FL and studied film at NYU. He lived for several years in Los Angeles where he worked in development for several production companies and The Artists Agency, learning from literary agents Merrily Kane and Richard A. Shepherd. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife and two kids where he writes original screenplays and works with independent and studio producers. 

Meet the 2014 Fellow

HANK HOFFMAN - PATIENT 36

Hank Hoffman is a proud comic book geek with a unique expertise in ancient Jewish mysticism and Pythagorean numerology.  His fascination in the "supra-rational" began after his nine-year-old brother claimed to see auras, angels and demons. 

At first, Hank was convinced his little brother had lost his grip on reality, but after his brother shared an impossibly intimate message from one of the angels, Hank's grasp of reality was forever shaken. 

Torn between faith and scientific grounding, he travelled with his brother to Israel where they met leading mystics, and what ensued would forever reshape his once agnostic and "scientific" views on consciousness and reality. 

Hank then took a two year hiatus from Western living,  where he nestled in the hills of Safed, learning under mystical masters by day, and by night still reading and writing screenplays.

After two years,  Hank left to fulfill his lifelong dream of screenwriting full time and  moved back home to Toronto where he chose an autodidactic approach to screenwriting and used his College fund to build the biggest screenwriter's library he could afford.

After years writing and consuming material, Hank finally felt it time to find an established mentor and moved to Los Angeles where he skipped Undergrad completely and  pursued a MFA in Screenwriting from AFI's prestigious fellowship. 

Currently, he is completing a Graphic Novel where he serves as creator and art director alongside a team of Marvel and DC artists, exploring the origin of black magic at the beginning of time. 

Recently Hank began penning the untold story of Santa Claus's origin. And hopes to find some time this year to write a personal story about Jewish Gangsters living in Poland shortly after the Holocaust.

When he isn't busy writing, he is changing diapers and offering Shabbat meals for a small community of friends and colleagues he and his beautiful wife happily support. 

And the 2014 CSA Winners are...

As usual it was a very lively debate at the finals judges' dinner. From a wonderful field of finalists, the winners are:

GRAND PRIZE - 2014 CINESTORY FELLOW

PATIENT 36 - Hank Hoffman, Los Angeles, CA

SECOND PLACE

CLOUDS OF SORROW - Jack Davidson, Sparks, NV

THIRD PLACE

WHAT ROUGH BEAST - Kranti Pally, Madison, NJ

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

FINALISTS ANNOUNCED!

We are delighted to announce our Finalists for the 2014 CineStory Screenwriting Awards. One of these talented writers will win the grand prize of the CineStory Fellowship.

Bottomless - Jonathan Figg, Studio City, CA

Clouds of Sorrow - Jack Davidson, Sparks, NV

The Courage Inside - Melissa Emery, Marina Del Rey, CA

The Dressmaker - Clare Sladden, Queensland, Australia

Living in Pictures - Andrew Severin, Long Beach, CA

Patient 36 - Hank Hoffman, Los Angeles, CA

What Rough Beast - Kranti Pally, Madison, NJ

 

SEMIFINALISTS ANNOUNCED!

We are delighted to announce the semifinalists of the 2014 CineStory Screenwriting Awards. As well as being in the running for the grand prize, the CineStory Fellowship, each semifinalist is invited to the CineStory Retreat taking place in Idyllwild, CA, from September 26th-September 30th.

Aerial Girl - Terri Sissman, Arcadia, CA

Bank Robbing For Dummies - Robert Keith Watson, Sherman Oaks, CA

The Boob Job - Debra Vance, Santa Barbara, CA

Bottomless - Jonathan Figg, Studio City, CA

Brand New Day - Hugh Brune, United Kingdom

Civil War - Geoff Elsner & Carson Griffis, Sherman Oaks, CA

Clouds of Sorrow - Jack Davidson, Sparks, NV

The Courage Inside - Melissa Emery, Marina Del Rey, CA

The Dressmaker - Clare Sladden, Queensland, Australia

Good Blood - Anthony McHie, Atlanta, GA

Housemother - Leslie Dallas, Los Angeles, CA

If I Needed You - Scott Honea, Austin, TX

Lancelot - Nicholas Horwood, London, UK

A Little Escape (Un Fuitina) - Frederick Rendina, New York

Living in Pictures - Andrew Severin, Long Beach, CA

Magnus the Magnificent - Kim Manky, Glendale, CA

Middleman - Dan Tice, Ann Arbor, MI

Murder Me - David Luz, Framingham, MA

My Next Life - Gary Templeton, Woodland Hills, CA

Namaste Mumbai - Beewan Athwal, London, UK

Narcocorrido - Ryan Prows, Los Angeles, CA

Not Me - Kathaleen Brewer, Fayetteville, GA

One Big Happy Family - Jen Kleiner, Los Angeles, CA

Patient 36 - Hank Hoffman, Los Angeles, CA

Sacred Hearts - Raymond Gill, San Francisco, CA

Skip the Youth - Collin Blair, Burbank, CA

Sugar In My Veins - Barbara Stepansky, California

The Trial of Jean Gump - Joan Kufrin, Chicago, IL

Tru Fairy Tale - Rick Carr, Columbus, OH

Veronica & Julian; Uncoupling - Otoja Abit, Queens, NY

The Virgin Abby - Amy Whittenberger, Los Angeles, CA

A Week With the Whale - Thomas Gelo, Dallas, TX

What Rough Beast - Kranti Pally, Madison, NJ

QUARTERFINALISTS ANNOUNCED!

We appreciate all our applicants to this year's contest. You all made this decision very difficult. Below is the list of the scripts that will be advancing to the next round:

Aerial Girl - Terri Sissman, Arcadia, CA

The Amateur - Gaia Violo, Los Angeles, CA

Audrey's Run - Emily Abt, Brooklyn, NY

Bank Robbing For Dummies - Robert Keith Watson, Sherman Oaks, CA

Bison Man - Michael Rhodes, Austin, TX

Blood Runners - Ned Crowley, Oak Park, IL

The Boob Job - Debra Vance, Santa Barbara, CA

Bottomless - Jonathan Figg, Studio City, CA

Boundary Springs - Curtis David Sackett, California

Brand New Day - Hugh Brune, United Kingdom

Burden of Eternity - Max Cusimano, New Orleans, LA

Civil War - Geoff Elsner & Carson Griffis, Sherman Oaks, CA

Clouds of Sorrow - Jack Davidson, Sparks, NV

The Courage Inside - Melissa Emery, Marina Del Rey, CA

The Crimson Confession - Raymond Just, Pasadena, CA

Dark Timber - Jeremy Enis, Greenwell Springs, LA

Dead Men - T.A. Snyder, Springfield, IL

The Demon of Hope Street - Craig Peters, Eagle Rock, CA

Downstream - Laura Burns, United Kingdom

The Dressmaker - Clare Sladden, Queensland, Australia

The Event - Josh Renfree, Santa Monica, CA

Finding Joy - Virginia Lee Brucker, Nanoose Bay, B.C., Canada

Ghosts Of War - Nathaniel Greene & Harrison Reiner, Los Angeles, CA

Good Blood - Anthony McHie, Atlanta, GA

Great Lengths - Sean Devine & Jack Simons, Brooklyn, NY

The Gumshoes - Lisa Garvey, Venice, CA

Housemother - Leslie Dallas, Los Angeles, CA

If I Needed You - Scott Honea, Austin, TX

The Kiss - Remi Vaughn, Scottsdale, AZ

Lancelot - Nicholas Horwood, London, UK

Late Bloomer - Mandy Fabian, Sherman Oaks, CA

A Little Escape (Un Fuitina) - Frederick Rendina, New York

Living in Pictures - Andrew Severin, Long Beach, CA

Magnus the Magnificent - Kim Manky, Glendale, CA

Middleman - Dan Tice, Ann Arbor, MI

Murder Me - David Luz, Framingham, MA

My Next Life - Gary Templeton, Woodland Hills, CA

Namaste Mumbai - Beewan Athwal, London, UK

Narcocorrido - Ryan Prows, Los Angeles, CA

Not Me - Kathaleen Brewer, Fayetteville, GA

One Big Happy Family - Jen Kleiner, Los Angeles, CA

The Ortons - June Escalante, Norwalk, CA

Patient 36 - Hank Hoffman, Los Angeles, CA

Sacred Hearts - Raymond Gill, San Francisco, CA

Skip the Youth - Collin Blair, Burbank, CA

A Smart Man with a Stupid Plan - David Granger, Los Angeles, CA

Sugar In My Veins - Barbara Stepansky, California

Tales From An American Family - Daryl Middlebrook, Van Nuys, CA

A Taste of Freedom - Mike Boss, North Hollywood, CA

The Trial of Jean Gump - Joan Kufrin, Chicago, IL

Tru Fairy Tale - Rick Carr, Columbus, OH

The Virgin Abby - Amy Whittenberger, Los Angeles, CA

Veronica & Julian; Uncoupling - Otoja Abit, Queens, NY

A Week With the Whale - Thomas Gelo, Dallas, TX

What Rough Beast - Kranti Pally, Madison, NJ

White Calm - Sid Bodalia, San Jose, CA

Worst Case Scenario - Chelese Belmont, North Hollywood, CA

Year 73 -Jeff Shevlowitz, Sylmar, CA