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24-Apr-2014 11:42am PDT  

 

Cinequest Film Festival (San Jose)

24 Annual March 03, 2014 to March 16, 2014

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PO BOX 720040
San Jose CA 95172-0040
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NARRATIVE FEATURE FILM COMPETITIONS
Feature-length narratives submitted to Cinequest will be considered for one of several festival categories:
MAVERICK FEATURE COMPETITION
NEW VISIONS COMPETITION
GLOBAL LANDSCAPES COMPETITION

MAVERICK FEATURE COMPETITION
Cinequest's Maverick Feature Competition is comprised of 15 feature films. It is an international mixture of adventurous and personal films that cover a wide range of world views. Films are selected based on high artistic merits and the discovery of a unique and personal vision. The Official Festival Jury, comprised of industry peers, will select winners for Best Feature Comedy and Best Feature Drama.

NEW VISIONS
Comprised of 15 - 20 feature films, the New Visions program focuses on film artists who re-define their craft by creating new visions. 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. The New Visions Jury will select the top film for the New Visions Award.

GLOBAL LANDSCAPES
Comprised of 25 - 30 feature films, the Global Landscapes line-up looks at visions from around the globe, and is designed to shed light on regions, territories, or cultures that have a substantial effect on cinema and demonstrate global impact or achievement. Films in Global Landscapes are selected based on creative storytelling, unique visions and/or global impact. The Global Landscapes Jury will select the top film for the Global Vision Award.
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM COMPETITION
Cinequest's Documentary Feature Competition is comprised of 15 feature documentaries. It is an international mixture 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 and personal vision. The Official Festival Jury, comprised of industry professionals, will select the winner for Best Feature Documentary.
SHORT FILM COMPETITION
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 winners 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.

Cinequest's Short Film Competition is comprised of approximately 75-100 short films. It 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.
STUDENT SHORT FILM COMPETITION
The Student 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.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
CINEQUEST is a vanguard organization that fuses creativity with technological innovation to empower, improve, and transform the lives of people and communities worldwide, through the Cinequest Film Festival and Cinequest Mavericks Studio.

• CINEQUEST Film Festival (CQFF) showcases premier films, renowned and emerging artists, and breakthrough technology—empowering global connectivity between creators, innovators and audiences.

• CINEQUEST Mavericks Studio creates innovative and transformative motion pictures, television and distribution paradigms.


ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
CINEQUEST
create, innovate, empower

"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 CONNECTS artists and innovators, as 100,000 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.

Variety declares, "Cinequest has consistently managed to pull in heavyweight guests," and Ain't It Cool News calls the festival "a state-of-the-art digital extravaganza like you've probably never seen." Cinequest Film Festival has helped discover countless artists who have gone on to industry success including: Edie Falco (The Sopranos, Nurse Jackie); Alejandro González Iñárritu (Amores Perros, 21), Deepa Mehta (Water, Midnight’s Children); Jason Reitman (Thank You for Smoking, Juno); Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects, X-Men); Mira Sorvino (Mighty Aphrodite); Michael Imperioli, (The Sopranos); Renee Zellweger (Chicago, Jerry MacGuire); and Gavin Hood (Tsotsi, Wolverine), among many others. Click here for more information additional Cinequest Programming Highlights.

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 Program Director ) ; Halfdan Hussey (Director & Co-Founder) ; Kathleen Powell (President) ; Kathleen Powell (President) ; Kyle Burt (Publicity Director) ; Lou Bash (IT Services Manager) ; 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, March 3-16, 2014 in San Jose, California.

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.

Feature film submissions will be considered for the individual festival sections for which they meet the qualifications (Official Narrative Competition, Documentary Competition, New Visions Competition and Global Landscapes Competition).

Short film submissions will be considered for either the Short Film Competition or the Student Short Film Competition, where appropriate.

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)
* DigiBeta
* BetaSP
* 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, March 3-16, 2014 in San Jose, California. 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 Competition * New Visions Competition * Global Landscapes Competition * Documentary Feature Competition * Short Film Competition * Student Film Competition (only student shorts will be considered). 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) * DigiBeta * BetaSP * 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.