CineStory is a U.S Non-Profit dedicated to nurturing emerging screenwriters through mentorship programs. Our mentors are all committed industry professionals who work with alumni to raise the level of their craft and enhance the marketability of their projects. CineStory mentors include key creative personnel behind such films as COWBOYS AND ALIENS, IRON MAN, THE CHILDREN OF MEN, FRACTURE, MAD MONEY, THE DANGEROUS LIVES OF ALTAR BOYS, FIREWALL, FINDING NEVERLAND, BAND OF BROTHERS, THE PACIFIC, WIT, NINE LIVES, PETER PAN, EVENT HORIZON, FINAL DESTINATION and many others.
CineStory was founded in 1995 as a way to bring promising new screenwriters together with working Hollywood professionals. As a non-profit organization, CineStory is devoted to nurturing screenwriters in a non-commercial, creative and inspiring environment. All of its mentors are professionals currently working in Hollywood and all donate their time to CineStory’s mentorship programs. One of the main goals is to discover 25 up-and-coming screenwriters for the exclusive CineStory Writers’ Retreat, a four-day intensive program held in the Fall.
One writer will receive a year long Fellowship where you’ll work hand in hand with two Mentors along with a $10,000 cash prize.
THE CINESTORY WRITERS’ RETREAT
CineStory’s Retreat is dedicated to the advancement of great new voices in screenwriting. Retreat attendees are chosen from our yearly submission process.
Although its primary focus is on developing their craft, writers attending the Retreat have landed representation, optioned material and gained writing assignments, as well as making ongoing connections with executives, producers, managers, agents and pro writers.
For four days, attendees enjoy direct access to working Hollywood professionals. They receive career and craft advice from some of the best in the business – a truly unique opportunity.
The CineStory retreat runs September 26-29, 2015
Categories: Feature Screenplays
Early Bird Deadline: December 15, 2014
Regular Deadline: January 15, 2015
Late Deadline: February 15, 2015
Without a Box Extended Deadline: March 5, 2015
The College Television Awards, formerly known as the Student Television Awards, was started in 1978 by a partnership between Foundation Board members Lynne Gross and Frank O’Connor, and oil man Herbert Schmertz, to recognize excellence in student work. The first Mobil-sponsored Awards ceremony was held at the Directors Guild on October 25, 1979, where six awards were handed out in two categories — the Eric Sevareid Information Program and Rod Serling Entertainment Program. Since then, the ceremony has grown to a nationwide competition that awards over 65 trophies in 13 different categories.
Designed to emulate the Primetime Emmy judging process, entries are reviewed by active Television Academy members. Students submit their pieces through an online platform hosted by our media partner mtvU and receive multiple looks. Submissions undergo a three-round judging process, culminating in a Blue Ribbon panel that awards first, second and third prizes. Winners in all categories receive cash awards and are flown out to Los Angeles by our partner airline, United Airlines.
Over the years, the College Television Awards has expanded to include sponsored categories, including: Seymour Bricker Humanitarian Award, Loreen Arbus Focus on Disability Scholarship, and Mister Rogers Memorial Scholarship. These awards spotlight talented storytellers interested in entering specialized fields in entertainment. In addition to showcasing student production, the College Television Awards is an entry point for students as they pursue career opportunities.
Winners are invited to participate in a Nominee Summit at the Television Academy, where they are exposed to industry professionals and undergo development workshops. Students also become part of the Television Academy Foundation alumni network, which provides access to year-round networking opportunities and events.
The awards ceremony will take place in April 2015.
Categories: See website for rules and categories
DEADLINE: January 15, 2015
Held in Los Angeles from March to April, Film Independent’s Documentary Lab is an intensive seven-week program designed to help filmmakers who are currently in post-production on their feature-length documentary films. Through a series of meetings and workshops, Documentary Lab fulfills its twofold focus: provide creative feedback and story notes to the selected filmmakers; and help filmmakers strategize the completion, distribution, and marketing of their film.
Additionally, the program serves to advance the careers of the Lab Fellows by introducing them to film professionals who can advise them on both the craft and business of documentary filmmaking. Lab Fellows have several guest-speaker sessions with established documentary filmmakers – directors, producers, and editors – and other industry professionals.
Categories: Feature-length documentaries currently in post-production
Deadline: December 1, 2014
The FeFF was established in 2001 as a non-profit organization. The FeFF presents films directed by international women filmmakers from around the globe.
The Female Eye is a competitive festival and awards are presented for Best Films and Best Screenplays annually. Film awards include Best of Show, Best Debut Feature, Best Canadian Feature, Best Foreign Feature, Best Documentary, Best Short, Best Animation and Best Experimental. An HONOURARY DIRECTOR AWARD and BEST IN THE BIZ TRIBUTE recognizes one internationally recognized director annually along with the HONOURARY MAVERICK AWARD AND BEST IN THE BIZ TRIBUTE. ALL films submitted for competition qualify for Best of Show, Best Film and at the discretion of the jury films can qualify in more than one award category e.g. Best Short Film & Best Debut Director or Best Experimental Documentary, Best of Show…
FeFF awards are hand welded, engraved, one-of-a-kind statues created by Willie Anicic and top film awards augmented with in kind production service grants between $2500-$3500
For two consecutive years (2013 – 2014) the Female Eye Film Festival was voted “top 50 film festivals in the world worthy the entry fee” by the renowned independent Movie Maker magazine
The Female Eye Film Festival will take place June 16-21, 2015.
Categories: Screenplays, Drama, Comedy, Documentary, Experimental, Animation, Horror, Suspense, Thriller (any length) – All films must be directed by a woman!
Regular Deadline: December 30, 2015
Late Deadline: January 31, 2015
Without a Box Extended Deadline: February 28, 2015