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Cinestory Inc Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 06/26/2013: Cinestory Inc

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 06/09/2014: CINESTORY INC

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AKA  CineStory
Los Angeles, CA
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Cinestory Inc Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 06/26/2013: Cinestory Inc

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 06/09/2014: CINESTORY INC

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Also Known As: CineStory
Physical Address: Los Angeles, CA 90066 
EIN: 36-4169083
Web URL: www.cinestory.org 
Blog URL: www.cinestory.org/news 
NTEE Category: A Arts, Culture, and Humanities
A31 Film, Video
Ruling Year: 1998 
Top Funders: Program fees - $53,847
Donations - $4,500


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Mission Statement

The CineStory Foundation is a Los Angeles-based, non-profit organization committed to the nurturing of outstanding visual storytellers from the United States and around the world. From its renowned retreats for as-yet undiscovered writers to its educational programs for aspiring and professional talent, CineStory is dedicated to improving the craft of screenwriting, in all its forms and to offering real world insights into the business side of film, television and new media.

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Annual Revenue & Expenses

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Fiscal Year Starting: July 1, 2011
Fiscal Year Ending: June 30, 2012

Total Revenue $58,441
Total Expenses $50,871

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Leadership

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Clea Frost

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Since Oct 2008

Profile:

With both nonprofit and private sector experience, Ms Frost is a native of Australia and attended one of its leading film schools (Victorian College of the Arts). From 1998-1999, Ms. Frost was the Short Film Coordinator for the Melbourne International Film Festival, overseeing hundreds of entries, managing judging panels and coordinating multiple festival events. In the private sector, she has worked as a director's assistant, writer's assistant, creative executive, story analyst and writer.

Leadership Statement:

Since 1995 CineStory has been that rarest of things: a creative community that pushes each individual to achieve his or her best. In the sometimes cut-throat world of Hollywood, CineStory is uniquely positioned to nurture writers with real talent, regardless of their age, gender, race or ethnicity. CineStory provides a level playing field for every writer and in so doing, nurtures those whose talents might otherwise go unrecognized. Great storytellers inspire, inform and warm our hearts. Through its mentorship programs, CineStory helps these individuals bring their stories to the world.

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Programs

Program: CineStory Writers Retreat (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$35,000
Category:
Arts, Culture & Humanities
Population Served:
Adults

Program Description:

A world class event bringing together undiscovered screenwriters and Hollywood agents, managers, producers, executives, directors and pro writers. During this four-day Retreat, mentors and writers work one-on-one and in small groups to discuss the writers' work, career strategy, craft issues and the realities of the film industry.

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Program: CineStory Screenwriting Awards (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$20,000
Category:
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Population Served:
Adults

Program Description:

Founded in 1995, the CineStory Screenwriting Awards is one of the longest running screenplay contests in the U.S. For over 16 years, CineStory has been discovering and nurturing new screenwriting talent. Some previous winners of the competition include the Academy Award nominated writing team Mark Fergus & Hawk Ostby (CHILDREN OF MEN, IRON MAN, COWBOYS & ALIENS), Daniel Barnz (PHOEBE IN WONDERLAND, BEASTLY), Greg Marcks (11:14) and Gaston Biraben (CAUTIVA). The top 20 writers of each year's contest are invited to the CineStory Retreat, where they work one-on-one with Hollywood professionals. In addition, the grand prize of the competition is a 12-month fellowship program with two Hollywood mentors handpicked to assist the fellow in advancing his or her career.

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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit

The year 2011-12 saw CineStory greatly expand its reach to screenwriters across the U.S. and internationally through a series of new programs, including podcasts and webinars. Topics for these online classes and discussions ranged from screenwriting for TV, working with a manager, understanding the emerging media landscape and tips from pro writers. Hundreds of people accessed CineStory’s podcast, available on iTunes, as well as participating in its live webinars. In September 2011, the organization ran its signature four-day retreat for screenwriters in Idyllwild, California. Having been selected from an international pool of over 400 applicants, twenty-three writers came from across the U.S. as well as Canada and the U.K. to attend the event, where they worked one-on-one and in small groups with sixteen CineStory mentors. In 2011, CineStory formed a partnership with the School of Film at California State University, Fullerton, which sent its top four MFA in Screenwriting students to the retreat, offering them invaluable craft and career advice. As part of its annual competition, the CineStory Screenwriting Awards, the organization awarded over $20k worth of prizes, including a 12-month fellowship, which went to Celeste Chan Wolfe.
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