28th Annual

Cinequest Film & VR Festival (San Jose)

February 27, 2018 to March 11, 2018

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COMEDY FEATURE COMPETITION
Cinequest’s Comedy Feature Competition looks for movies that put a smile on your face or set a packed house into hysterics. Cinequest welcomes all types of U.S. and International comedies, including the highly original to the more genre driven--such as rom-com. Both the dark and edgy as well as the uplifting and inspirational comedy can succeed; regardless, effective story-telling is applauded. At Cinequest, we love a laugh and celebrate humor with a special competition.
DRAMATIC FEATURE COMPETITION
Cinequest’s Dramatic Feature Competition is comprised of U.S. and International features demonstrating adventurous, engaging or personal stories that resonate with audiences. Films are selected based on artistic vision and/or compelling or unique story-telling. Cinequest embraces and programs a widely diverse line-up of cultural and artistic perspective.
FANTASY, SCI-FI, HORROR COMPETITION
Electrifying genre films have a sterling showcase via Cinequest’s Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Horror Feature Competition. Cinequest looks for features that blend strong storytelling and new perspectives--while thrilling or engaging audiences with exciting new worlds that push boundaries and/or comment on our culture.
NEW VISIONS COMPETITION
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.
GLOBAL LANDSCAPES COMPETITION
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.
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM COMPETITION
Cinequest’s Documentary Feature Competition: 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.
SHORT FILM COMPETITION
Cinequest’s Short Film Competition is comprised of approximately 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 & VR Festival as a qualifying festival for the Short Films category for the Annual Academy Awards®. Recipients of the BEST SHORT NARRATIVE FILM and BEST SHORT ANIMATED FILM 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.
VIRTUAL REALITY COMPETITION & AWARDS
Renowned for its legacy of connecting artists and audiences with ground-breaking media technology, Cinequest presents a leading Virtual Reality Competition & Awards.

Set in the Silicon Valley, Cinequest’s VR Awards will honor and engage the world’s leading VR content creators and innovators.

VR submissions must work on either the Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, or HTC Vive. If your submission is not compatible with the Rift, Gear VR, Vive OR additional technology is needed, please email (programming@cinequest.org) additional information about your submission so we can determine if we will be able to accommodate for consideration. We want to make sure we can view everything and be a part of the experiences you have created for us.
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.
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.

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 artists, innovators, and youth to create and connect.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

Cinequest was voted Best Film Festival by USA Today Readers. Cinequest programs 85-90% of it's festival from paid submissions annually, the highest percentage of the world's most influential film festivals.

"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

Cinequest Film & VR 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, Occulus 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, Rosario Dawson, James Franco, 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, Sony Pictures, Magnolia Pictures, 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.

"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)

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:
I Love You Both, dir. Doug Archibald (narrative, Magnolia Pictures)
East Side Sushi, dir. Anthony Lucero (narrative, Sony Pictures)
Temps, dir. Ryan Sage (narrative, FilmBuff)
A Beginner’s Guide to Snuff, dir. Mitch Altieri (narrative, Indican Pictures)
Dear Zachary, dir. Kurt Kuenne (documentary, Oscilloscope Pictures)
Buddy Solitaire, dir. Kuang Lee (narrative, Gravitas Ventures)
Love Is All You Need?, dir. Kim Rocco Shields (narrative, Genius Produced)
Dependent’s Day, dir. Michael David Lynch (narrative, Freestyle Digital)
Lost Solace, dir. Chris Scheuerman (narrative, Raven Banner Entertainment)
Friends Effing Friends Effing Friends, dir. Quincy Rose (narrative, Gravitas Ventures)
Sherman's Way, dir. Craig Savaadera (narrative, Int'l Film Circuit)
Search Engines, dir. Russell Brown narrative, (Indican Pictures)
ToY, dir. Patrick Chapman (narrative, Gravitas Ventures)
We Go On, dir. Jesse Holland, Andy Mitton (narrative, Lightyear Entertainment)
Twenty Million People (narrative, Factory Film Studio)
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)
Love in the Time of Monsters (narrative, Indican Pictures)
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 (documentary, MSNBC Films)
El Camino, dir. Erik Weigel (narrative, Lifesize Entertainment)
Family Inc, dir. Emily Ting (documentary, Seventh Art Releasing)
Monster Camp, dir. Cullen Hoback (documentary, Lifesize Entertainment)
Critical Condition, dir. Roger Weisberg (documentary, PBS)
The Nature of Existence, dir. Roger Nygard (documentary, Walking Shadows)
The Harsh Light of Day, dir. Oliver Milburn (narrative, Left Films)
I'm Yours, dir. Leonard Farlinger (narrative, Entertainment One)
The Brainwashing of My Dad, dir. Jen Senko (documentary, Gravitas Ventures)
God Knows Where I Am, dir. Jed Wider, Todd Wider (documentary, BOND360)
Invisible Strings: The Talented Pusker Sisters, dir. Agnes Sos (documentary, HBO)
Bel Borba Aqui, dirs. Burt Sun, Andre Costantini (documentary, 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); matt opsal (Director of Online Content)

GENERAL 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
* Best Feature Film: Comedy
* Best Documentary Feature
* Best Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror Feature Award
* New Visions Award
* Global Vision Award
* 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.


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
* 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 the Cinequest festival screening:
* 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.

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.