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Cinequest’s Comedy Feature Competition looks for movies that put a smile on your face and send a packed house into hysterics. Cinequest welcomes... More
Cinequest’s Comedy Feature Competition looks for movies that put a smile on your face and send 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, audiences love to laugh and celebrate humor. Less

Cinequest’s Dramatic Feature Competition is comprised of U.S. and International features demonstrating adventurous, engaging or personal stories... More
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 perspectives. Less

Electrifying genre films have a sterling showcase via Cinequest’s Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Horror Feature Competition. Cinequest looks for features that b... More
Electrifying genre films have a sterling showcase via Cinequest’s Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Horror Feature Competition. Cinequest looks for features that blend strong story-telling and new perspectives--while thrilling or engaging audiences with exciting new worlds that push boundaries and/or comment on our culture. Less

The New Visions program focuses on film artists who tell original stories or tell them in innovative ways. This prestigious discovery section gives fi... More
The New Visions program focuses on film artists who tell original stories or tell them in innovative ways. This prestigious discovery section gives filmmakers an opportunity to gain the recognition necessary to launch distribution and promotional campaigns. Films are selected based on creativity and adventurous story-telling. Less

Global Landscapes looks at visions from around the world, and sheds light on regions, territories, or cultures that have a substantial effect on cinem... More
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. Less

Cinequest’s Documentary Feature Competition features an international mix of adventurous and thought-provoking films that challenge and inspire ... More
Cinequest’s Documentary Feature Competition features 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. Less

Cinequest’s Short Film Competition is comprised of an international mix of adventurous and personal short films in all genres, including: Live A... More
Cinequest’s Short Film Competition is comprised of an international mix of adventurous and personal short films in all genres, including: Live Action Narrative, Documentary, Animation, Experimental. The selection criteria for the competition will include content, form and technical achievement. 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. Less

Renowned for its legacy of connecting artists and audiences with ground-breaking media technology, Cinequest presents its third edition of its Virtual... More
Renowned for its legacy of connecting artists and audiences with ground-breaking media technology, Cinequest presents its third edition of its Virtual Reality Competition, Awards, and Exhibitions. 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). Please see instructions on submitting your VR project in the category rules. Less

The College Short Film Competition is comprised of an eclectic mix of adventurous and personal short films in all genres. All films for this section m... More
The College Short Film Competition is comprised of an eclectic mix of adventurous and personal short films in all genres. 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. Less

Cinequest welcomes national and international submissions of Short to Mid-Length films (up to 40 min). Cinequest seeks original and engaging films of ... More
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. Less

Accepting projects both fiction and non-fiction, the Television Pilot Competition: Long Form accepts original television and web series pilots from ar... More
Accepting projects both fiction and non-fiction, the Television Pilot Competition: Long Form accepts original television and web series pilots from around the globe, in all genres. This section seeks extraordinary voices creating exciting, non-theatrical projects, including serialized television and beyond. Projects submitted for the Long Form category should be more than 45 minutes in length. Less

Accepting projects both fiction and non-fiction, the Television Pilot Competition: Short Form accepts original television pilots and web series from a... More
Accepting projects both fiction and non-fiction, the Television Pilot Competition: Short Form accepts original television pilots and web series from around the globe, in all genres. This section seeks extraordinary voices creating exciting, non-theatrical projects, including serialized television and beyond. Projects submitted for the Short Form category should be no longer than 45 minutes in length. Short form content will be shown as part of a series program. Less

Visually inventive music videos from the U.S. and around the world will be selected for the Music Video Competition. Selections will range from classi... More
Visually inventive music videos from the U.S. and around the world will be selected for the Music Video Competition. Selections will range from classic form to the more innovative and stylish, as we showcase the scope of music video culture. Projects submitted should be 15 minutes or fewer. Less


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