28th Annual

Cinequest Film & VR Festival (San Jose)

February 27, 2018 to March 11, 2018

 
Category

 

Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Press Kit
Submission Copy
Earlybird Deadline
August 11, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 50.00 45.00
Regular Deadline
October 13, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 60.00 55.00
Late Deadline
November 10, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 70.00 65.00
WAB Extended Deadline
November 17, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 75.00 70.00

Discounted fees apply to projects with pre-purchased Discount Packs, on entry fees greater than 30.00.


Category Details

NOTIFICATION DATE
Approximately January 22, 2018

RUNTIME
Features: minimum 50 minutes

COMPLETION DATE
Projects completed after November 1, 2016

PLACE OF ORIGIN
Projects may originate from anywhere in the world

PREMIERE STATUS
No premiere requirement

DISTRIBUTION STATUS
Projects may have distribution


Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

SUBMISSION COPY FORMATS
Online
  Secure Online Screener
DVD VideoNTSCPALSECAM
DVD
REGION 0  
REGION 1  
BLU-RAY
REGION 0    
REGION 1    

SUBMISSION COPY LANGUAGES
Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List
OTHER
English

EXHIBITION FORMATS
DVD VideoNTSCPALSECAM
BLU-RAY
REGION 0  
REGION 1  
Digital VideoNTSCPALSECAM
DCP  

EXHIBITION LANGUAGES
Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List
English
OTHER


Press Kit Requirements

A press kit is required, but only after acceptance.
> Production Still Photos - Digital
> Biography/Filmography - Director
> Biography/Filmography - Producer
> Biography/Filmography - Writer

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

Best Feature Documentary

Category Rules

ROUGH CUTS ARE ACCEPTED for submissions. Our selection committees are comprised of filmmakers and innovators, and we look at each work in progress knowing that it will definitely be different by the time the film makes it to the big screen.

Cinequest is honored that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has elected to recognize the Cinequest Film & VR Festival as a qualifying festival for the Short Films category for the Academy Awards. Recipients of the BEST SHORT NARRATIVE and BEST SHORT ANIMATION prizes will qualify for consideration for an Academy Award without the standard theatrical run, provided the film complies with the Academy’s rules. For more information on Academy rules, please see www.oscars.org.

SCREENINGS
If selected, film producers authorize Cinequest to conduct up to four (4) theatrical screenings during the Cinequest Film & VR Festival.

FESTIVAL SECTIONS
Filmmakers only need to submit with ONE entry fee per film, as the festival programming committees will view and consider each film for the appropriate sections.

Short film submissions will be considered for the category to which they are submitted: Short Film Competition, College Film Competition, and High School Film Competition, where appropriate.

Feature Films will be considered for Dramatic Feature Competition, Documentary Competition, New Visions Competition and Global Landscapes Competition).

To qualify specifically for all Feature Competitions, a film must be a Northern California Premiere.

Festival Awards include:
* Best Feature Film: Drama (Dramatic Feature Competition)
* Best Feature Film: Comedy (Dramatic Feature Competition)
* Best Documentary Feature (Documentary Feature Competition)
* New Visions Award (New Visions)
* Global Vision Award (Global Landscapes)
* Audience Award for Feature Narrative
* Audience Award for Feature Documentary
* Best Short Narrative Film
* Best Short Animated Film
* Best Short Documentary Film
* Best College Short Film
* Best High School Film
* Virtual Reality Awards (see VR section for more information)

MARKETING AND PUBLICITY
Cinequest’s publicity and marketing teams will manage a promotional campaign for the film program. To assist in this campaign, filmmakers will be responsible for providing the following materials by January to Cinequest, if selected to participate:

* Digital images
* EPKs
* Secure Online Screener OR NTSC DVD media screeners of their film
* Trailers and film clips
* Any other marketing materials you wish to be used to promote your film. (NOTE: The publicity team will send a more specific list once films are selected)

FILM FORMATS AND SHIPMENT
Filmmaker must provide one of the following screening formats for their Cinequest festival screenings:

* DCP
* BluRay

If a film is selected, the participating filmmakers will be responsible for covering the costs of the shipment of the film to Cinequest. Cinequest will cover the return shipment costs to the filmmaker. If a film is being shipped to another festival, the receiving festival must pay for shipping.