Our first round of judging is done for our 2019 TV Retreat & Fellowship Contest. Congratulations to our Original Comedy and Drama Quarterfinalists, and to our Episodic Comedy and Drama Semifinalists!! This was an extremely competitive year, so it’s quite a feat to make it to this level.Read More
Our retreat in Idyllwild was an incredible experience. It was an honor to meet such a gifted, devoted group of writers and mentors. Here are just a few pictures from the experience.
Writers and mentors alike, please send us your pictures so we can add them to the slideshow!
We are pleased to introduce our second and third place winners in the 2018 Feature Fellowship competition. Avishai Weinberger won second place for his screenplay DRIFT OFF and Belinda Schmid won third place for her screenplay JESSUP CREEK. Congratulations to them both!
Avishai Weinberger is a writer-director from New York with an affinity for horror and science fiction. He attended Maale Film School in Jerusalem for a year, followed by four years at NYU Tisch, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in film and television production. His thesis film, a horror-romance short titled Third Date, screened at festivals around the country. Currently, Avishai lives in Brooklyn with his family, where he enjoys leading Saturday prayer services in his synagogue. This is his second year attending the Cinestory Feature Retreat.
Belinda Schmid is a recent graduate from the UCLA MFA Screenwriting Program. She also has a BFA in Film and TV from New York University and spent a year in the American Film Institute Directing Program. She is a current finalist for the 2018 Alfred P. Sloan Screenwriting Award and was a semi-finalist for NBC’s Writers on the Verge program in 2017.
Belinda has written and directed numerous short films. One of which, THE PAINTED LADY, was nominated Best Short Film at the New Zealand Film Awards and screened at numerous festivals internationally. Her first screenplay, SEEING THROUGH SMOKE, was developed by the New Zealand Film Commission and was selected for SPAAmart in Australia as well as shortlisted for the Cannes Residence. She has also directed commercials, a top-rated New Zealand reality series, and an award-winning comedy series in New Zealand.
Belinda is originally from New Zealand but now lives in Los Angeles where she is pursuing a career in writing for television and film.
We're thrilled to introduce the 2018 CineStory Feature Fellow, Travis Opgenorth, whose winning screenplay THE POACHER swept us away with its tense, dramatic turns.
Originally from rural Wisconsin, Travis grew up surrounded by farms, dirt racetracks, and auto junkyards. Now, he lives in L.A. where he has built a career as a post production professional while also writing multiple award-winning scripts. His scripts have won or placed in twenty-five different contests, including first place in both the Creative World Awards and the Nashville Film Festival (Action/Thriller), finalist in the PAGE Awards, and semi-finalist in the Nichols Screenplay Fellowship. Travis stated, however, that "winning the CineStory Feature Fellowship is by far my most prestigious and potentially impactful win."
A reluctant adventurer, Travis is always trying to expose himself to diverse life experiences, and he enjoys writing stories that make history thrilling while trying to craft his own thrilling history. During his downtime (laughs), Travis enjoys playing on the floor with his two young kids and sitting poolside with his wife and a beer.
We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Feature Fellowship prizes!Read More
If you're an aspiring TV writer who wants to learn about how to build your writing career, our afternoon of TV panels is for you!Read More
Congratulations to the the finalists for the 2018 CineStory Feature Retreat & Fellowship competition (listed below), and thanks to all for submitting.Read More
We're pleased to announce the semifinalists for the 2018 CineStory Feature Retreat & Fellowship competition! Congratulations to these writers and thanks to all for submitting.Read More
We are pleased to announce the quarterfinalists of the 2018 CineStory Feature Retreat & Fellowship competition!Read More
Join us on June 9th from 3 pm - 6:30 pm in downtown Los Angeles for A Storyteller's Master Class featuring Academy Award nominated Meg LeFauve, writer of "Inside Out" and "The Good Dinosaur.
"Meg will change your writing life," says a previous seminar attendee.Read More