Cinequest Film Festival 20 Closes as New Doors Open

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Cinequest Film Festival 20 (CQFF20) has experienced record numbers and exceptional growth once again in spite of a challenging economy. As CQFF20 wrapped, its new divisions-Cinequest Mavericks Studio (CMS) and Picture the Possibilities (PTP)- gear up for a big debut year. CQFF20 celebrated the true revolutionaries— Mavericks – and their ability to create rippling effects throughout the world.

While continuing to discover talent and innovations, Cinequest will further empower these forces integrating them into content that Cinequest brings to audiences hungry for experiences that inspire, astound and transform.

Cinequest Film Festival 20 (CQFF20) has experienced record numbers and exceptional growth once again in spite of a challenging economy. As CQFF20 wrapped, its new divisions-Cinequest Mavericks Studio (CMS) and Picture the Possibilities (PTP)- gear up for a big debut year. CQFF20 celebrated the true revolutionaries— Mavericks – and their ability to create rippling effects throughout the world. CQFF20 welcomed artists and innovators to the Silicon Valley, and showed how these Mavericks astound, electrify, inspire, laugh and pioneer.    

CQFF20 Highlights include:

  •     Twenty percent audience growth.
  •     642 artists and innovators presenting from 46 countries.
  •     A record 76 U.S., North American, and World Premieres.
  •     Artist & Innovator Forums including 3D Cinema and Mastering the Art of Maverick Filmmaking.
  •     Superb state-of-the-art venues and added screens equipped with digital servers, digital and 35mm projection, as well as select 3D all within a four block radius.
  •     Pioneering Cinequest Interactive Scheduler and Application for the iPhone, Blackberry.
  •     Cinequest Phone Flick Contest
  •     Films starring Brian Cox (The Good Heart, Troy), Pierce Brosnan (The Greatest, The Thomas Crown Affair), Susan Sarandon (The Greatest, Dead Man Walking), Carey Mulligan (The Greatest, An Education), Patrick Warburton (The Action Hero's Guide to Saving Lives, Seinfeld), Tabrett Bethell (Anyone You Want, The Legend of the Seeker), Laura Silverman (Cummings Farm, Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic), Paprika Steen (Applause, The Substitute, Adam's Apples), Paul Dano (The Good Heart, Little Miss Sunshine), Zoe Kazan (The Exploding Girl, It's Complicated), Benjamin Bratt (La Mission, Miss Congeniality), Zach Galifianakis (Little Fish Strange Pond, The Hangover), Matthew Modine (Little Fish Strange Pond, Weeds), Callum Blue (Little Fish Strange Pond, The Tudors), Robin Tunney (Passenger Side, The Mentalist), Adam Scott (Passenger Side, Step Brothers), Ravi Kapoor (Raspberry Magic, Heroes), James Franco (The Feast of Stephen (filmmaker), Spider-Man), Adam Baldwin (Little Fish Strange Pond, Chuck), Paul Adelstein (Little Fish Strange Pond, Private Practice), Liza Weil (Little Fish Strange Pond, Gilmore Girls), Nancy Kwan (To Whom It May Concern The Flower Drum Song), Joan Chen (To Whom It May Concern, Lust, Caution), France Nuyen (To Whom It May Concern, South Pacific), Vivian Wu (To Whom It May Concern, The Last Emperor), Michelle Forbes (Diplomacy, True Blood), Lewis Black (Ollie and the Baked Halibut, Unaccompanied Minors,), Lena Headey (The Devil's Wedding, 300)

CQFF20 Maverick Spirit Award Recipients:

Benjamin Bratt, Kathy Wolfe and Terry Zwigoff received Maverick Spirit Awards at Cinequest 20 for their Maverick careers in the film industry. Dr. Deepak Chopra received Cinequest’s Life of a Maverick Award for his inspiring work overall, transforming the lives of millions.

CQFF20 Award Winners:

Narrative Awards
Maverick Spirit Award:        
Applause            
Director: Martin Pieter Zandvliet        
(Denmark)

Best First Feature Film:        
Lost Persons Area        
Director: Caroline Strubbe            
(Belgium)

Special Jury Prize For Directing        
Eamon                
Director: Margaret Corkery            
(Ireland)

Documentary Awards
Best Feature Documentary:    
Buried Prayers                
Director: Steven Meyer            
(United States)

Special Jury Prize: Cutting-Edge Vision         
The Real Revolutionaries        
Director: Paul Crowder                
(United States)

Audience Award

Audience Award For Best Feature:
The Bone Man
Director: Wolfgang Murnberger
(Austria)

Audience Award For Best Documentary:
The Real Revolutionaries
Director: Paul Crowder
(United States)

New Visions Award
Solitary                
Director: Greg Derochie        
(United States)

Global Landscapes Award
The Escape                
Director: Kathrine Windfeld        
(Denmark)

Short Film Awards
Best Student Short:        
Kavi                
Director: Gregg Helvey                
(United States)

Best Short Documentary:    
How Green Was Our Valley    
Director: Fereshteh Joghataei            
(Iran)

Best Animated Short:        
The Spine                
Director: Chris Landreth            
(Canada)

Best Narrative Short:        
The Six Dollar Fifty Man        
Directors: Mark Albiston, Louis Sutherland    
(New Zealand)

Special Jury Prize:         
Daughters            
Director: Chloe Zhao                
(United States)

Kaiser Permanente Thrive Award
The Tijuana Project            
Director: John Sheedy        
(United States/Mexico)

Screenplay Competition

Maverick Screenplay: First Place Award
Baron of Havana
Screenwriter: Alex Simon

Maverick Screenplay: Second Place Award
Pyotr
Screenwriter: Steve Warren

Maverick Screenplay: Third Place Award
The Stolen Mistress

CQFF21 Dates: February 22 – March 6, 2011

New Cinequest Divisions begin operation:

Cinequest now launches two innovative divisions focusing on enhancing the future of media making, innovation and impact: Cinequest Mavericks Studio will produce, distribute and market master level film, television and new media while Picture The Possibilities will empower global teens to communicate vision and take action necessary to improve their futures.

Cinequest Mavericks Studio (CMS)

"Cinequest holds a unique and strategic position amongst the world of movies: having prospered in the areas of media innovations, talent discovery, internet marketing and film distribution, Cinequest knows and excels in the entire workflow from script to screen. Cinequest now leverages this opportunity by forming a sister division to our nonprofit to actively produce, distribute and empower master-level Maverick movies, television and new forms of filmed media," says Halfdan Hussey, Co-Founder and Director of Cinequest. "While continuing to discover talent and innovations, Cinequest will further empower these forces integrating them into content that Cinequest brings to audiences hungry for experiences that inspire, astound and transform." Cinequest Mavericks Studio (CMS) will roll out its first slate of productions, A-list casts and innovative marketing programs during the season of Cinequest Film Festival 20.

Picture the Possibilities (PTP)
Cinequest, a nonprofit organization producing the ever-growing CQFF, now launches a dynamic program for global teens. Picture the Possibilities (PTP) will empower underserved youth with innovative tools, mentors and training needed to turn each of their unique stories into film, while challenging them to drive change in their community and around the world. Participating youth will receive hands-on training in storyline development, film production, multi-media equipment and social media technology throughout ten global sites. The personal stories of youth around the globe, the challenges they face and their ideas for social change will be experienced by fellow students, global leaders and media, resulting in a call to action.

"Our future is in the hands of our youth," says Kathleen J. Powell, Co-Founder and President of Cinequest. "Through technology, their voices will be empowered for all of us to hear their life stories; their daily struggles, worries and concerns; and their boundless hope for the future."

PTP will launch in summer 2010 with a world premiere event, hosted by high profile inspirational figures. The event will be telecast worldwide through the use of innovative and traditional technologies to involve the global community.

Sponsors
The following sponsors, along with many others enable Cinequest’s services: Intel (NASDAQ: INTC), The Hearst Foundations, Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ), Metro Newspapers, Camera Cinemas, Adobe (NASDAQ: ADBE), SanDisk (NASDAQ: SNDK), Omneon, Fry’s Electronics, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Applied Materials (NYSE: AMAT), Panasonic (NYSE: PC), Motorola (NYSE: MOT), Peet’s Coffee & Tea (PEET), Castellano Family Foundation, Dolby (NASDAQ: DLB), City of San Jose.

Cinequest Empowers the Maverick via:

  •     Cinequest Film Festival 21: February 22 – March 6, 2011: discovering Maverick films and innovations while connecting artists, innovators and film lovers.
  •     Cinequest Mavericks Studio: producing and distributing A-list movies, episodic television and new media.
  •     Picture the Possibilities: empowering underserved youth with innovative tools and training to turn their stories into film, spearheading change in their community.

http://www.cinequest.org

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