CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR FINALISTS!

Congratulations to the following Writers in becoming a Finalist for the CineStory TV/Digital Retreat & Fellowship! We will be announcing the Fellowship Winner and Category Winners in mid-March. Each of these writers has earned an invitation to attend the TV/Digital Retreat that will be held in Idyllwild, CA from April 22nd to April 26th.

2nd ANNUAL PAULIST PRODUCTIONS SCHOLARSHIP!

We are proud to announce that the 2nd Annual Paulist Productions Scholarship!

Paulist Productions, a company dedicated to developing stories at the intersection of faith and culture, will give a needs-based scholarship to one of our very talented semi-finalists to attend the Feature Retreat held from October 15th to October 18th in Idyllwild, CA.

To be in the running for this scholarship, you must submit your script before April 5th, 2016 through the CineStory website here. By entering, you will automatically be considered for the scholarship.

*Please note that the writer named as the CineStory Fellowship Winner is not eligible for the Paulist Productions Scholarship.
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About Paulist Productions: 

Paulist Productions was founded over 50 years ago to provide thought-provoking entertainment that explores the human condition, and has produced award-winning documentaries, feature films, television, and TV movies addressing pressing social issues and important moral questions.  Paulist has created programming for Paramount, Warner Brothers, CBS, ABC, A&E, the History Channel, Hallmark Hall of Fame and UPtv, collaborating with industry greats such as Martin Sheen, William Shatner and Tom Fontana.  In a time of rapid change and declining options for family viewing, Paulist is dedicated to developing positive programming with meaningful content.  For updates, please visit our page on Facebook.

CineStory Alum Selected for Prestigious Writing Program!

Huge congratulations to CineStory 2012 alum Christina Walker for being named one of the eight scribes for the 2016 Disney-ABC Writing Program.

The primary goal for the Program Writers is to staff on a DATG series as a staff writer during the one-year program; however, staffing is not guaranteed. The program also provides access to executives, producers and literary representatives through various meetings and events designed to facilitate relationships that can prove invaluable in developing a television writing career. For at least the first month the Program Writers participate in a curriculum designed to better prepare them for staffing consideration.

In the past, the program has launched the careers of writers, like Maria Jacquemetton (Mad Men), Jane Espenson (Once Upon A Time), Saladin K. Patterson (Psych), Bryan Oh (Chicago Fire), George Mastras (Breaking Bad), and Veena Sud (The Killing).

If you want to know more about the program, go here

FEATURE RETREAT DATES HAVE CHANGED!

Please take note that our Feature Retreat has moved from the end of September to October 15th through October 18th. For years, we've wanted to move the Retreat into October because the weather in Idyllwild tends to be a little cooler.

Subsequently, since the Retreat dates have changed, it's allowed us to adjust our submission deadlines so writers will have a few more weeks to submit. 

The Late Deadline is now February 25th.

The Extended Late Deadline is April 5th.

If you have any questions/comments, please email us: info@cinestory.org

Happy Writing!

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR SEMIFINALISTS & QUARTERFINALISTS!

Please note: Since there were multiple submission categories, some categories received more submissions than others, so that's why certain categories already have Semifinalists and the rest are Quarterfinalists.
 

Semifinalists - Spec Drama

THE AMERICANS “THE PROMISE LAND” - Grant Jenkins

BATES MOTEL “THREE MOTHERS” - Jared Ronin

BETTER CALL SAUL “DOMINGO” - Jared Ronin

MAD MEN “SNAPSHOT” - Cassidy Pahl

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK “MY LITTLE PHONIES” - Jason Nadeau

 

Semifinalists - Spec Comedy

BROAD CITY “THE FEMINIST MYSTIQUE” - L.M. Harter

BROOKLYN NINE NINE  “CLEAN SWEEP” - David F.M. Vaughn

BROOKLYN NINE NINE – “RECENTLY ESCAPE CONVICT” -  Geoff Heminway

FAMILY GUY  “IMAGINING JUSTICE” - Dylan Delaney-Dudley

THE MINDY PROJECT “PLEASE REFUDIATE” - Ashley Darnall

VEEP “WHITE OUT IN THE WHITE HOUSE” Jackie Maw Tolliver

 

Semifinalists Digital Series

BUMBLECORE (Or The Art Of Beeing) - Clark Carroll

JOVENES MX (Young Mexico) - Charlemagne Rafols & Roberto Gudino

NUESTRAS VOCES (Our Voices) - Danny Mendoza

THE RIGHT TO PARTY - Wendy Pierce

UTOPIA COLA: Enter The Salesman - David Lawrence

 

Quarterfinalists - Original Comedy

1600 - George Ding

ADVENTURES OF ASH & OWEN - Arun Narayanan

BICENTENNIAL GIRL - Lisa Kors

BUS & TRUCK - Shelli Wright

CREATIVES - Marci Buehler

CUMMING OF AGE - Karina de Allicon & George Allicon III

DELIBERATIONS  - Amanda Parham

DELIVERED Scott Reynolds

DELRAY VICE Andrew Cohen & Bart Bidlingmeyer

DO OR DARE – Maren Curtis

EMPIRE CAFETERIA – Nathan Summerlin

HAT TRICK – Jamie Reidy

JUST DIVORCED - Scott Reynolds

PARENTING IN 140 CHARACTERS OR LESS - Kelly Anelons

PLANET LAB - Eve Tulbert

PROUD MARY - Mary Conroy

YOUTH OF TODAY - Christina Pamies

 

Quarterfinalists - Original Drama

AMERICAN MILITIA – David Hudacek

ARKHAM PD - Daniel Fox

BEAST - Elizabeth Keyishian

BEAST OF BURDEN - Margaret Lester

BLOOM FIELD - Jennifer Goldson

BONDAGE - Lisa Gold

CHAMELEON - Will Flannigan

CLONE - Josh Susie

COLD SPRING HARBOR - Mike Makowsky

CUPCAKES - Daniel Fox

CYBER EGO - Kenneth Pearson

EL DORADO - Amy Taylor

ESCAPE FROM NORTH KOREA - Antoine Tardif

EXILES - Andy Cannistra

EXPATRIATE – SeanSteinberg

EYES ONLY Billy Hanson

FAMILIAR – Clare Sladden

FIGHT OR PLAY BASKETBALL - Mike Messier

THE FIXERS - Joe McClean

GUNSHOT SURGEON – Diane Hanks

HELL HOUND - Giancarlo Fusi

IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER - Josh Susie

INCARNATE – Kevin Caruso

IVORY TOWER  - Grant Jenkins

JETLAG – Amanda Parham

JOHNSON’S PAGES Will Flannigan

KING OF VAUDEVILLE – Anastasia Basche

KINGDOM OF GOD - Travis Opgenorth

LADY FROM THE SEA - Jane Hampson

LIVE FROM MARS - Christopher DeWan

ONE - Bryan Marvis

OVERPOWERED - Wendy Pierce

REAPER - Benjamin Kim

RENEGADE CASTLE – Alexandra Segel

THE AWARENESS - Sean Corrigan

THE DEEP - Kranti Pally

THE DOUBLING - Sharon Hoffman

THE EMPRESS - Brennan Peters

THE KINDRED – Lisa Garvey

THE MAYOR - Jay Nelson

THE PLANT - Gwen Goodkin

THE TERMINAL YEARS – Thomas Gelo

TIMEZONE - Trent Johnson & Aaron Sexton

TRIUMPH - Tom Gelo

WATERLOO - Chuck Griffith

WHITE PEOPLE PROBLEMS - Sean Corrigan

 

Meet Derek J. Pastuszek - Paulist Productions Scholarship Recipient

A huge congratulations to Derek J. Pastuszek and his script HERLAND on receiving the inaugural Paulist Productions Scholarship!

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A little about Derek:

Born in Philadelphia and educated in Boston, Derek J. Pastuszek holds both a BS in Film & Television and a BA in English from Boston University (2012); and now an MFA from the AFI Conservatory (2015). A lifelong hockey player, Pastuszek played in all four collegiate years at BU – serving as team captain as a junior and senior. In his post-graduate year, he worked for the Philadelphia Flyers’ Snider Hockey Foundation – sharing his love for hockey, along with off-ice tutorship & mentorship, to inner city Philadelphia’s at-risk youth. In 2013, Pastuszek moved to Los Angeles to begin his studies at the AFI Conservatory. Beyond his portfolio of award-winning scripts written while at AFI, Pastuszek also wrote & directed two short films -- SOLITARY and ISLANDER -- both of which are currently being finished and submitted to film festivals worldwide. 

PAULIST PRODUCTIONS SCHOLARSHIP

We are proud to announce the first ever Paulist Productions Scholarship!

Paulist Productions, a company dedicated to developing stories at the intersection of faith and culture, will give a needs-based scholarship to one of our very talented semi-finalists to attend the Feature Retreat.

After 20 years of existence, this is a first for our organization and we couldn't be more excited to be involved with the wonderful people at Paulist Productions.

About Paulist Productions:

Paulist Productions was founded over 50 years ago to provide thought-provoking entertainment that explores the human condition, and has produced award-winning documentaries, feature films, television, and TV movies addressing pressing social issues and important moral questions. Paulist has created programming for Paramount, Warner Brothers, CBS, ABC, A&E, the History Channel, Hallmark Hall of Fame and UPtv, collaborating with industry greats such as Martin Sheen, William Shatner and Tom Fontana. In a time of rapid change and declining options for family viewing, Paulist is dedicated to developing positive programming with meaningful content. For updates, please visit our page on Facebook.

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.

Meet the 2015 Fellow!

MATTHEW FANTACI - SCANDALOUS

Matthew Fantaci was raised on a strict diet of comic books, genre fiction and horror, gangster, and art house movies so that he would have an appreciation for the finer things when he came of age.  His parents still shake their heads somberly when reminded of the fact that they took him to see “Goodfellas” in theaters when he was only 11 years old. But Matthew Fantaci only smiles.  For he knows it was from that little acorn of a movie-going experience (and many others like it) that he became enthralled with the world of visual storytelling.

From his humble beginnings foraging for berries and leaves in Brooklyn, NY, to his humble present day living in Los Angeles, CA, Matthew Fantaci has always dreamed of making movies.  On the internet he heard tales told of a place called Idyllwild. A place where other people with the same dream all met and shared high hopes and lessons learned and the same love for moving pictures – and who wouldn’t want to go to such a magical place as this?  He is honored to be picked as CineStory’s Fellow for 2015.