The CineStory Foundation

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Who We Are

Founded in 1995, the CineStory Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing new writing talent through its TV writing and screenwriting contests, retreats, fellowships, and events. These programs are aimed at emerging writers with a high level of craft who are ready to enter or are in the early stages of navigating the entertainment industry.

The CineStory Foundation is based in Los Angeles with a retreat center in Idyllwild, California. The competitions and retreats are open to international TV writers and screenwriters.

What We Do 

Each year CineStory holds two retreats in Idyllwild, one for emerging screenwriters and one for emerging TV writers. Attending CineStory retreats allows emerging writers unparalleled access to Hollywood decision makers. Our aim is to provide a supportive environment in which writers can push their creative boundaries while discovering practical steps to elevate their skills to a professional level and become a working writer in feature films and/or television.

Whether a story explores dark indie fare or dishes out blockbuster action, at CineStory, the primary focus is always on the craft of screenwriting and TV writing. To this end, emerging writers are paired with working executives, writers, directors, producers, agents, and managers who share their interests and sensibilities.

How to Join Us

Retreat attendees are selected through CineStory's annual competitions, the Feature Retreat & Fellowship Competition and the TV Retreat & Fellowship competition.  Winners, semifinalists, and finalists will be invited to attend the retreat. Any remaining spots will be offered to quarterfinalists.

For more information about attending either retreat, please visit our Feature Fellowship & Retreat page or our TV Fellowship & Retreat page. 

Grand Prize Fellowships

Writers who enter each contest also are eligible to win that contest's Grand Prize Fellowship. A Fellowship consists of a cash prize, free tuition and housing for the applicable retreat, and a 12-month mentorship with 2 Hollywood professionals hand-picked to help the Fellow advance his/her craft and career. 

For more information about each contest's Grand Prize Fellowship and other prizes, please visit the Feature Prize Packages page and the TV Prize Packages page.

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The CineStory Foundation