CineStory Foundation has always believed in helping writers find their voice. We’re entering a world in which the ways to tell stories are limitless. Those stories always begin with a blank page. Our goal with the Television Retreat is to assist writers, whether they long for the collaborative nature of television or they dream of going out on their own to create their own web series.
Structured like the CineStory Feature Retreat, the CineStory Television Retreat will take place over three days in the beautiful mountains of Idyllwild, California. Attendees will receive three one-on-one, one and a half hour sessions with CineStory mentors during which they can discuss everything from the project they submitted for feedback to jump starting their writing careers.
TV Writers will experience what it’s like to sit in a professional writers room run by an experienced mentor. In addition, mentors and writers will gather for meals, drinks, screenings and other special events.
Television Dates & Deadlines
Earlybird - May 21, 2018 ($45 Submission Fee)
Regular - July 9, 2018 ($55 Submission Fee)
Late - September 10, 2018 ($65 Submission Fee)
Extended late - October 29, 201 ($75 Submission Fee)
RETREAT DATES - March 16 - March 19, 2019
Attending the Retreat/TV Fellowship
To earn the opportunity to attend the Television Retreat, writers must submit a television script in one of the Television Categories of the Television Retreat & Fellowship competition. The category winners and finalists will be invited to attend the retreat. Any additional spots will be offered to category semifinalists and quarterfinalists.
The Grand Prize for the competition is the CineStory TV Fellowship, a 12-month mentorship program during which the TV Fellow works with 2 Hollywood professionals hand-picked to help the Fellow advance the Fellow's craft and career. The TV Fellow also receives $1,000 as well as free tuition and housing for the retreat.
An integral part of the TV Fellowship is becoming part of the extended CineStory community, meeting mentors and other writers and developing relationships that extend past the 4 days of the Retreat itself. Consequently, the winner of the TV Fellowship must attend the Television Retreat in order to receive the cash award and to benefit from all other aspects of the Fellowship.
Previous Retreat Mentors
- Steve Tao (Executive at BAD ROBOT)
- Jamie Pachino (Writer: CHICAGO PD, HALT AND CATCH FIRE, FRANKLIN & BASH, FAIRLY LEGAL)
- Jason Brown (Producer: THE EXPANSE, BEN-HUR, AGENT 13)
- David Iserson (Writer/Producer: MR. ROBOT, MAD MEN, NEW GIRL, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE)
- Laura Brennan (Writer: MOST LIKELY TO DIE, HIGHLANDER, ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE'S LOST WORLD)
- Tamara Federici (Writer/Director: CHAPPELLE'S SHOW, THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART, THIS JUST IN)
- Josh Goldenberg (Manager)
- Chris Whitaker (Writer/Producer: CHICABEES, MAKERS)
- Kevin Townsley (Writer: LIE TO ME, FOR KEITH'S SAKE, STRAND STREET)
- Aaron Vaccaro (Writer: MIKE & MOLLY)
- Marla White (Executive: RAKE, THE JIM GAFFIGAN SHOW, OUTSIDERS)
- Lorien McKenna (Writer/Producer: RATATOUILLE, UP, BRAVE, INSIDE OUT, THE GOOD DINOSAUR)
- David Baird (Manager)
- Monica Chuo (Producer: ON THE MENU)
- Matt Hoklotubbe (Executive at NEW FORM DIGITAL)
- Jennifer Maisel (Writer: LOST BOY, THE ASSAULT)
- Sean Presant (Writer/Producer/Director: HAPPILY DIVORCED, SCAMMERS, CATCH)
- Jane Goldenring (Producer: RADIO REBEL, ZAPPED, MY FIRST MISTER, $5 A DAY)
- Joey Slamon (Writer/Producer: THOSE WHO CAN'T, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT)