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23-May-2015 8:13pm PDT  

 

Cinequest Film Festival (San Jose)

26 Annual February 23, 2016 to March 06, 2016

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Attn: Programming
410 South First St.
San Jose CA 95113
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Phone: 408-995-5033
Fax: 408-995-5713
programming@cinequest.org
http://www.cinequest.org

OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

NARRATIVE FEATURE FILM COMPETITIONS
Cinequest will consider feature-length narratives for one of three sections:

DRAMATIC FEATURE COMPETITION
Cinequest's Dramatic Feature Competition is comprised of 15 U.S. and International features demonstrating adventurous and personal stories that resonate with global audiences. Films are selected based on highly realized artistic vision and the discovery of compelling and unique story-telling. Films in this section will be eligible for BEST FEATURE COMEDY and BEST FEATURE DRAMA awards.

NEW VISIONS
Comprised of 20-25 feature films, the New Visions program focuses on film artists who re-define their craft by creating original work. This prestigious section gives emerging filmmakers an opportunity to gain the recognition necessary to launch distribution and promotional campaigns. Films are selected based on creativity and adventurous storytelling. Films in this section will be eligible for the NEW VISIONS AWARD.

GLOBAL LANDSCAPES
Comprised of 20-25 features, Global Landscapes looks at visions from around the world, and sheds light on regions, territories, or cultures that have a substantial effect on cinema. Films in Global Landscapes are selected based on creative storytelling, unique visions and/or global impact. Films in this section will be eligible for the GLOBAL VISION AWARD.

WE ACCEPT DVD, BLURAY AND WAB ONLINE SCREENERS FOR SUBMISSIONS.

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM COMPETITION
Cinequest's Documentary Feature Competition: 12-15 feature documentaries provide an international mix of adventurous and thought-provoking films that challenge and inspire audiences. Films are selected based on high artistic merits and the discovery of a unique subject and personal vision.

WE ACCEPT DVD, BLURAY AND WAB ONLINE SCREENERS FOR SUBMISSIONS.
SHORT FILM COMPETITION
Cinequest's Short Film Competition is comprised of approximately 75-100 short films in all genres, including: Live Action Narrative, Documentary, Animation, Experimental.

Cinequest is honored that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has elected to recognize the Cinequest Film Festival as a qualifying festival for the Short Films category for the Annual Academy Awards®. Recipients of the BEST SHORT NARRATIVE and BEST SHORT ANIMATION awards 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, please see www.oscars.org.

This section is an international mix of adventurous and personal films, focusing on the varied visions found in world cinema. The selection criteria for the competition will include content, form and technical achievement.

WE ACCEPT DVD, BLURAY AND WAB ONLINE SCREENERS.

HIGH SCHOOL FILM COMPETITION
Cinequest welcomes national and international submissions of Short to Mid-Length films (up to 40 min). Cinequest seeks original and engaging films of all genres including: comedy, drama, experimental, documentary, sports, and action. Films in this section will be eligible for BEST HIGH SCHOOL FILM.

WE ACCEPT DVD, BLURAY AND WAB ONLINE SCREENERS.

COLLEGE SHORT FILM COMPETITION
The College Short Film Competition is comprised of an eclectic mix of adventurous and personal short films, focusing on visionary statements. All films for this section must be produced as a student but may have been completed after graduation. The selection criteria for the competition will include content, form and technical achievement. Films in this section will be eligible for BEST COLLEGE SHORT FILM.

WE ACCEPT DVD, BLURAY AND WAB ONLINE SCREENERS.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
A vanguard organization set in the Silicon Valley, Cinequest’s uniqueness and impact result from being ahead of the curve in the powerful integration of creativity and technology. Cinequest fuses the world of the filmed arts with that of Silicon Valley’s innovation to empower youth, artists and innovators to create and connect - driving transformations and a better tomorrow. Cinequest does this through Cinequest Film Festival and Picture The Possibilities by Cinequest.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

Cinequest was voted Best Film Festival by USA Today Readers.

"This festival is one that sets the trends and is actually ahead of the trends. Other festivals are copying Cinequest; I see it all the time."
-- Chris Gore (Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide)

Cinequest Film Festival (CQFF) in San Jose / Silicon Valley: Set in the home of the world’s most influential media technology companies (Apple, Cisco, Facebook, Twitter, Netflix, LinkedIn etc.) CQFF showcases premier films, renowned and emerging artists, and breakthrough technology—empowering global connectivity between creators, innovators and audiences. Named best digital festival and a top 10 film festival (out of thousands) by the Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide, CQFF has led the world in its showcase and implementation of the technologies that have revolutionized film making, exhibition and distribution. CQFF’s blend of the artist and innovator gains focus through its Maverick Awards. Its Maverick Spirit Awards recognizes artists (Harrison Ford, J.J. Abrams, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ben Kingsley, Kevin Spacey and Sir Ian McKellen are among the guest recipients). Its Maverick Innovator Award recognizes technologists (including Martin Cooper, father of the cell phone). A Maverick stands apart from the crowd willing to create and innovate from a place of personal yet global vision.

Cinequest CONNECTS artists and innovators, as film lovers converge annually to experience a potent mix of immersive stories from around the globe and breakthrough technologies. Yet, Cinequest’s stellar reputation not only hinges on its knack for creating a powerful line-up, but also for securing distribution for many of its honored filmmakers. IFC Films, MSNBC Films, Oscilloscope, TLA Releasing, Kino-Lorber, eOne, Lionsgate, PBS, and HBO are just a few of the many that have signed deals with some of Cinequest's big success stories.

Also, as an Academy-qualifying festival for the short film categories, Cinequest is proud to honor the winners of its Best Short Narrative and Best Short Animation prizes with a shot at every filmmaker's dream...Oscar gold.

"I think the most important thing about Cinequest is it's definitely the first time I've ever come to a festival where my immediate reaction is, 'What do I have to do to be invited back?' and that's not normally my reaction. It's a perfect film festival in a glorious place." - Neil Gaiman, Maverick Spirit Award Winner

Exhibiting unique social and artistic visions from around the globe, Cinequest’s dynamic festival engages audiences in thought-provoking dialogue, giving film artists and film lovers alike an opportunity to connect. Furthermore, Cinequest provides cutting edge technology and movie-making forums to empower professionals and students.

Just a few of the Cinequest Premieres which have received distribution:
Sherman's Way, dir. Craig Savaadera (narrative, Int'l Film Circuit)
The Necessities of Life, dir. Benoit Pilon (narrative, IFC Films)
Wake, dir. Ellie Kanner (narrative, E1 Entertainment)
Blood Car, dir. Alex Orr (narrative, TLA Releasing)
Midnight Clear, dir. Dallas Jenkins (narrative, Lionsgate)
The Hamiltons, dir. Mitch Altieri, Phil Flores (narrative, Lionsgate)
All About Dad, dir. Mark Tran (narrative, Cinequest Distribution)
The Art of Travel, dir. Thomas Whelan (narrative, First Look)
The Skeptic, dir. Tennyson Bardwell (narrative, IFC Films)
On the Doll, dir. Thomas Mignone (narrative, Peace Arch)
Witch Hunt, dir. Don Hardy, Dana Nachman (docu., MSNBC Films)
El Camino, dir. Erik Weigel (narrative, Lifesize Entertainment)
Dear Zachary, dir. Kurt Kuenne (docu., Oscilloscope Pictures)
Family Inc, dir. Emily Ting (docu., Seventh Art Releasing)
Monster Camp, dir. Cullen Hoback (docu., Lifesize Entertainment)
Critical Condition, dir. Roger Weisberg (docu., PBS)
The Nature of Existence, dir. Roger Nygard (doc, Walking Shadows)
The Harsh Light of Day, dir. Oliver Milburn (narrative, Left Films)
I'm Yours, dir. Leonard Farlinger (narrative, Entertainment One)
Invisible Strings: The Talented Pusker Sisters, dir. Agnes Sos
(documentary, HBO)
Bel Borba Aqui, dirs. Burt Sun, Andre Costantini (doc, Oscilloscope)
Portrait of a Zombie, dir. Bing Bailey (narrative, Canal +)

ORGANIZERS
Bill Maxey (Short Film Programming Co-Director) ; Halfdan Hussey (Director & Co-Founder) ; Kathleen Powell (President) ; Kathleen Powell (President) ; Lou Bash (IT Services Manager) ; Michael Rabehl (Programming Director) ; Michael Rabehl (Programming Director)

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

Cinequest is honored to announce that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has elected to recognize the Cinequest Film 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 Festival. NOTE: FILM AWARD WINNERS MUST BE WILLING TO SHOW ON ENCORE DAY, SUNDAY, MARCH 6, 2016.

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 Student Short Film
* Best High School Film

MARKETING AND PUBLICITY
Cinequest's publicity and marketing teams will craft a specific promotional campaign for the film program. To assist in this campaign, filmmakers will be responsible for providing the following materials by January deadlines to Cinequest, if selected to participate:
* Digital images
* EPKs
* 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
* HDCAM (HD-CAM SR is NOT accepted)
* BluRay

Note: We cannot accept HDCAM-SR Tapes or HDV Tapes for exhibition formats. Dobly-E audio tracks on digital tapes are also NOT supported for exhibition.

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.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

REGULATIONS & REQUIREMENTS: Cinequest continues to present and discover hundreds of international films and filmmakers. This prestigious event gives emerging filmmakers an opportunity to gain the recognition necessary to launch distribution and promotional campaigns. NOTE: ROUGH CUTS OR WORKS-IN-PROGRESS FOR SUBMISSIONS ARE ACCEPTED AS LONG AS THE COMPLETED FILM WILL BE READY IN TIME FOR THE FESTIVAL DATES. SCREENINGS: If selected, filmmaker authorizes Cinequest to conduct up to four (4) theatrical screenings during the Cinequest Film Festival. FESTIVAL SECTIONS: By submitting to Cinequest, filmmakers will be submitting for consideration to all of the following sections for which their film qualifies with one submission: * Maverick Feature Competition * New Visions Competition * Global Landscapes Competition * Documentary Feature Competition * Short Film Competition * College Short Film Competition * High School Film Competition. All feature film sections qualify for the Audience Award as well as individual section awards; therefore all sections provide an opportunity to receive at least two awards. MARKETING AND PUBLICITY: Cinequest’s publicity and marketing teams will craft a specific promotional campaign for the film program. To assist in this campaign, filmmakers will be responsible for providing the following materials by January deadlines to Cinequest, if selected to participate: * Digital images * EPKs * 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 the Cinequest festival screening: * DCP * HDCAM (HD-CAM SR tapes are NOT accepted) * BluRay Note: We cannot accept HDCAM-SR Tapes, HDV Tapes, DVDs or Blue-Ray discs for exhibition formats. Dobly-E audio tracks on digital tapes are not supported for exhibition. 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. RELEASE: Cinequest Film Festival (San Jose) is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Cinequest Film Festival (San Jose) from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.