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The Cinequest Film Festival

Cinequest Film Festival concludes 13 days with awards

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For over 13 days, Cinequest Film Festival 22 (CQFF22) delivered never-ending passion and provided an unforgettable experience for more than 90,000 attendees.  Through themes of creation, innovation, and empowerment, Cinequest 22 celebrated 60 U.S., North American and World Premieres, representing over 40 countries. A record 95,000 participants enjoyed first-class venues, including those with Barco state-of-the-art projection for all digital formats. A spectacular new Intel VIP Lounge, w...

ReelWorld Film Festival Opens Up with "Snow"

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  11th Annual ReelWorld Film Festival Opens Up with, Rohan Fernando's Canadian Feature Film "Snow" Sponsored by TD Bank Financial Group.   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Tronto, Canada [March 29, 2011] - Thanks to the generous support of our returning partners TD Bank financial, and Cineplex Entertainment, ReelWorld Film Festival (RWFF) is proud to announce that Canadian movie "Snow" will be the Opening Night Gala April 5 at Scotiabank Theatre Toronto....

NEWSLETTER N° 495: february 4, 2011

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 .............                                                                                                                                                          NEWSLETTER N° 495: february 4, 2011 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly The Berlin edition of the IFFS Festival Summit 2011 Bruno Chatelin, your editor, will co chair the Berlin edition 2011.   ...

Cinequest Empowers Mavericks...and shows films to over 80,000 attendees

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  "PASSIONE" AND "SOUL SURFER" TO OPEN AND CLOSE CINEQUEST FILM FESTIVAL John Turturro, AnnaSophia Robb and Bethany Hamilton To Receive Cinequest Maverick Spirit Awards The Cinequest Film Festival announced today the two features that will bookend the upcoming Festival as the Opening and Closing Night films. John Turturro's acclaimed Italian music documentary Passione will raise the curtain at this year's festival as the official Opening Night Film while Sean ...

Cinequest Film Festival 19 Wraps To Records

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Cinequest Film Festival 19 delivered on its commitment to transform lives and serve more during a challenging economy. Record audiences, 81,000 strong, filled spectacular venues and connected with 605 artists and innovators from 44 countries. Record submissions and media coverage attracted premium Maverick cinema and technologies. 72 World and U.S. Premieres combined with Cinequest trademark Film & Innovation Forums to transform lives and careers. Additionally, 1,500 elementary to college studen...

Cinequest 18 Wraps

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Discovery isn’t always a good thing. A pair of American indie films—the world premiere of Paul Leuer’s EDEN COURT and the San Francisco Bay Area debut of Charles Oliver’s TAKE—served as weak bookends for the 18th edition of the Cinequest Film Festival. Fortunately, there was much to celebrate between opening and closing nights during the festival’s 12-day run in downtown San Jose, California.According to Cinequest executive director and co-founder Halfdan Hussey, approximately 80,000...

Cinequest 18 - Feb-March 2008 - The First Two Days

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This year the Cinequest film festival offers movie lovers a festival of discovery, and thus far, they have not disappointed.Opera – MexicoOpera is a story divided into five acts, with each act more or less starting the same way. A girl (Magdelena Flores) wakes up, endures a boring road trip with her older lover (Arturo Rios), and we get to look at some scenery. Her lover is a writer, who scorns his novels in favor of paying gigs, such as the travel guide he is currently writing. This is ironic...

Cinequest 18 - The First Two Days

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This year the Cinequest film festival offers movie lovers a festival of discovery, and thus far, they have not disappointed.Opera – MexicoOpera is a story divided into five acts, with each act more or less starting the same way. A girl (Magdelena Flores) wakes up, endures a boring road trip with her older lover (Arturo Rios), and we get to look at some scenery. Her lover is a writer, who scorns his novels in favor of paying gigs, such as the travel guide he is currently writing. This is ironic...

Cinequest Opening night

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The 18th Cinequest opened Wednesday, February 27, with the world premiere screening of Paul Leuer's Eden Court starring Thomas Lennon (Reno 911), Kimberly Williams-Paisley (Father of the Bride, According to Jim) and Stephnie Weir (MADtv). Eden Court is a dramatic yet humorous story of a washed up baseball star living in a trailer park trying to escape his current life by running off to Australia in pursuit of his "American Dream." It's not a story where one man beats the odds to become...

Making Movies On A Wing And A Prayer

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 Monday, November 12--------For Dallas Jenkins, the director and producer of the feature film MIDNIGHT CLEAR, making movies that reflect his Christian values represents both an opportunity and a challenge in the Hollywood film community. “People have got a lot of misconceptions that I am looking to either openly preach or hide Christian messages between the lines”, Jenkins shared at an interview on Sunday afternoon, just prior to the screening of his debut feature MIDNIGHT CLEAR as the Clos...

Cinequest Partners with Rivercoast Films in Distribution Deal

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Cinequest Distribution proudly announces its recent partnership with Rivercoast Films Distribution, a new video company founded by former First Look Home Entertainment veterans Michael Katchman and Tony Ventura.Both Cinequest Distribution and Rivercoast champion the release of independent films which deserve a global audience but might not be given that chance due to being films which do not fit a typical Hollywood formula. With less than one percent of U.S. and less than five percent of interna...

BLOOD CAR: The Anti-GRINDHOUSE

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Tuesday, April 17----Perhaps one of the many lessons to be learned from the hemmoraging of money (and reputation) that is GRINDHOUSE, the Tarantino-Rodriguez-Weinstein Brothers box office fiasco, is that if you are going to do a sleazy, low-budget exploitation film, don't spend $100 million dollars on making and marketing it. The Weinsteins, usually known for this business savvy, way overreached on this one....not fully understanding that the film geeks obsessions of their tyro directors is ...

Cinequest 17 Wraps

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Monday, March 12—The Cinequest Film Festival may not generate buzz about industry distribution deals or celebrity sightings, but a record-breaking 70,102 indie film lovers joined several hundred filmmakers and technology innovators in downtown San Jose for the 12-day salute to all things maverick. Writer-director-cinematographer Stephane Gauger, Executive Producer Timothy Linh Bui (director of GREEN DRAGON, co-producer of THREE SEASONS) and actor Cat Ly (JOURNEY FROM THE FALL) closed the festi...

What is a Maverick?

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In the moments before the press conference kicked off on Saturday, Jens Hussey spoke a little about the term 'maverick'. He explained that the word originated from a Texas cattleman named Sam Maverick, who refused to brand his cattle, preferring instead to let them roam free, not 'following the herd'. This is the main principle of the Cinequest Film Festival, to embrace the maverick filmmaker, to promote new innovations and artistry in film and to present the visions of filmmakers who choose not...

The Maverick filmmaker

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In the moments before the press conference kicked off on Saturday, Jens Hussey spoke a little about the term 'maverick'. He explained that the word originated from a Texas cattleman named Sam Maverick, who refused to brand his cattle, preferring instead to let them roam free, not 'following the herd'. This is the main principle of the Cinequest Film Festival, to embrace the maverick filmmaker, to promote new innovations and artistry in film and to present the visions of filmmaker...

A Typical Cinequest Day - Friday March 2nd

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I thought I'd give you a quick run down of a typical day at the Cinequest Film Festival (at least for me).At 9:30 AM I was enjoying complimentary coffee in the foyer of the Rep Theater in San Jose, free coffee is always a great way to start the day. Then the Day of Distribution forums began with an insightful discussion on how to make an independent film that can be sold. This was followed by a great panel discussing the role of the media in promoting your film, and how to make the most from...

Maverick Spirit Events

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Globally unique in its concept, the seventeenth edition of the Cinequest Film Festival presents an event that goes beyond the traditional concept of “film festival," providing the world of independent and foreign filmmakers, technology innovators, students and film lovers with a revolution of discovery, empowerment and distribution. Cinequest Film Festival is not only a platform to premiere films and celebrate talent, but Cinequest Distribution is a viable option to reach a worldwide audi...

US Festivals getting funded by the Oscars between 5 and 50k

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The Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences alerted the Port Townsend Film Festival today that it was selected as one of 28 U.S. film festivals to receive grants for calendar year 2007, Festival Grants Committee Chair Gale Anne Hurd announced today. The Port Townsend Film Festival, which completed its seventh festival last month, will receive $5,000. The fund will be used to bring filmmakers to the eighth annual festival next year, according to Peter Simpson, execu...

Edward James Olmos and William H. Macy at Cinequest FF

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Academy Award-nominated actor/director Edward James Olmos will receive the Maverick Spirit Award at the Cinequest Film Festival, which opens on today in the city of San Jose, California. Nominated for both the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for his role as a tough-love principal of a Los Angeles inner city high school in the film STAND AND DELIVER (1988), Olmos has received many awards for his theater, film and television work.Olmos began as a rock musician, forming several “garage bands...

Ben Kingsley and William H. Macy at Cinequest Fest

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Sir Ben Kingsley, an Oscar winner for his lead role in GANDHI and an Oscar nominee for his role in SEXY BEAST, will receive the Maverick Spirit Award at the Cinequest Film Festival, to be held in the city of San Jose, California from March 1 to 12.Kingsley will present An Afternoon with Sir Ben Kingsley at the historic California Theater in downtown San Jose on March 5th. He will speak about his television, stage and film careers, which have made him one of the most distinguished actors of our t...
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