May 22, 2012
Unlike most screenwriting competitions, CineStory operates as a non-profit, and instead of just offering the winner a cash prize, a couple of meetings, and a copy of Final Draft, writers from the Semi-Finalists on up are invited to attend a multiple-day writers retreat in beautiful Idyllwild, California, the perfect setting for such an event. Writers are paired with three mentors, Hollywood pros who graciously volunteer their time to read their work and provide valuable insight, feedback, and advice. The mentors also host larger group sessions dealing with the craft of screenwriting, as well as insider knowledge of the industry. It's such an inviting, encouraging event that I would highly recommend it to any writer with great stories to tell, looking to advance their careers. My writing will never be the same as a result of having attended the CineStory retreat, and I now feel like a Hollywood writing career is a real possibility because of the people I was able to meet there.
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As a result of attending the retreat, I currently have a script making the rounds in Hollywood, and am about to secure representation.
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Increase its funding to a level that would allow it to offer the retreat free of charge to deserving writers.
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They gave me the confidence I needed, just as I needed it most, to continue writing and pursuing a career in the field. My writing has advanced to a new level, and I now have valuable contacts in the industry.
Client Served & Placed in the CineStory Awards, and attended the 2011 CineStory writers retreat in September, 2011.