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.
Knight Foundation Provides Empowering Cash Awards For Artists
Cinequest Knight Foundation Audience Favorite Feature: $25,000
Cinequest Knight Foundation Audience Favorite Documentary: $25,000
All feature films selected for Cinequest Film Festival 23 qualify for these awards.
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.
If selected, film producers authorize Cinequest to conduct up to four (4) theatrical screenings during Cinequest Film Festival, Tue, February 26, 2013 -- Sun, March 10, 2013 in San Jose, California.
Filmmakers will not be required to pay more than one entry fee per film, as the festival programming committees 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
- Global Landscapes Competition
Short film submissions will be considered for either:
- Short Film Competition
- Student Short Film Competition
MARKETING AND PUBLICITY
Cinequest’s publicity and marketing teams will craft a specific promotional campaign for the festival program. To assist in this campaign, participating filmmakers will be responsible for providing the following materials by January deadlines to Cinequest, if selected to participate:
- Digital images
- 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
Films must be submitted on DVD (PAL or NTSC accepted). For submissions, we can only accept REGION 1 or 0 (Region-free) DVDs. DVDs should not include labels or stickers of any kind: only laser printed artwork, if any, should be on the disc itself. If you are burning a consumer disc, please write your Project Title, Submission Tracking Number, and Contact number on the disc with a black permanent marker.
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. You should always provide a list of which elements of your film are missing.
Filmmakers must provide one of the following screening formats for their Cinequest Film Festival 23 festival screenings:
- 35mm Film Print
- HDCAM (HD-CAM SR tapes are NOT accepted)
Note: We cannot accept HDCAM-SR Tapes, HDV Tapes, or DVDs 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.
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