GRAND CASH PRIZE DOUBLED!

We are happy to announce that for this year's CineStory Screenwriting Awards, the winner of the year-long Fellowship will receive a cash prize of $10,000!

We've also increased the pay out to our 2nd Place and 3rd Place Winners to $1000 and $500, respectively. 

Please keep checking in as we continue to work throughout the year to add value to the prize packages for not only our winners but the writers who are invited to our yearly Retreat.

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. 

Meet Our New Interim Executive Director!

CineStory Welcomes J. Bryan Dick to the Executive Director role

Born and raised in Oklahoma, Bryan attended the University of Southern California and received a Critical Studies degree from the School of Cinematic Arts. Since graduation, he has worked in a variety of capacities for some of the industries biggest names like Brian Grazer and Brett Ratner. Bryan is a Cinestory alum who attended the 2011 retreat. It was there that he met Sharon Bordas of MarVista Entertainment who later hired him to writer their thriller Gone Missing.

Meet the 2013 CineStory Fellow

PATRICK TOBIN - CAKE


Patrick Tobin started writing when he was ten because a local grocery store had a Thanksgiving poetry contest for kids. The creative process proved hard-there are not a lot of words that rhyme with Turkey and Pilgrim-but he managed to come in third place. When they put his poem above the deli section, he thought he'd died and gone to heaven, and thus he embarked on a lifelong quest for that elusive perfect word.

 

Patrick's short stories have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Dave Eggers' Best American Nonrequired Reading and Ohio University Press' New Stories From The Southwest. His essays have won international writing contests and one, "Reunion," was a finalist for a Canadian National Magazine award. This year he had an experimental nonfiction piece appear in the online version of Gulf Coast, the University of Houston's well-regarded literary journal.

 

Patrick used to co-write a yoga blog with LA celebrity guru Andrea Marcum (even though he doesn't do yoga himself)-the blog appeared on the website Elephant Journal. In the mid-90s he co-wrote a cat humor book called Petted By The Light that is currently available on Amazon for a penny.

 

Patrick was born and raised in Montana, went to high school in Hawaii, and now lives in Long Beach, CA with his husband Joseph Mueller. Some of his stories and essays are available on his website patricktobin.net.

And the winners are...


As usual it was a very lively debate at the finals judges' dinner. Each of the eight finals script was discussed at length. From a wonderful field of finalists the winners are:

GRAND PRIZE - 2013 CINESTORY FELLOW

CAKE - Patrick Tobin, Long Beach, CA

 

SECOND PLACE  

CUTTING NUMBERS - Morgan von Ancken, New York, NY

 

THIRD PLACE 

SIX WEEKS IN HEAVEN - Chris Phillips, Sydney, Australia

THE MOONBEAM FISHERMAN - John Dummer, Chicago, IL

     

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

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.