FILM FESTIVAL EVENTS ARCHIVES

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Awaiting beheading, a terrorist-captured news reporter learns of the true reason behind the Coalition Forces infiltration into Iraq. Can he survive long enough to tell the story?
Winner of the FIPRESCI Award at the Cannes Film Festival, Amat Escalante's Sangre is the story of a working class couple’s mundane existence…until something quite exceptional intervenes. By day, Blanca works in the kitchen of a sushi restaurant, and...
Director Chris Brown (Daughters, Cinequest 1998) returns to the festival with his latest feature, the tale of a struggling novelist, a drug dealing mother, and a sexually reckless foreign exchange student. While sharing a house in Oakland, their...
The key to a screenplay is a winning story. Whether you’re a writer seeking a producer or a producer seeking funding or lead talent, selling the story of the script is key to making a winning movie. Our pitch experts will share their thoughts about...
The Film Arts Foundation presents three vastly different Bay Area filmmakers who have found a way to "make it".
Join a distinguished panel (Russ Meyer, Margot Hope, Abra Edelman, Dominic Griffin, Gideon Bachmann) to discuss the role of Sex in Cinema.
Seven and a Half presents seven stories, each representing one of the seven deadly sins. These humorous and sometimes absurd stories, as enacted by residents of Belgrade, demonstrate that greed, sloth, anger, lust, pride, gluttony and envy are...
In 1996, the Cuban military shot down two U.S. civilian aircraft and an unlikely heroine must piece together what happened and why. On February 24, 1996 the unthinkable occurred: the Cuban government shot down two American planes flying in...
Every year, Cinequest mixes the best comedic shorts from around the world for a batch that is as wide and wild as you’ll ever find. Only here will zombies try to fight for acceptance and guys make videos to send to friends’ wakes. Odd interruptions...
With the Mirror, Mirror series of shorts, Cinequest proudly presents a probing medley of short films from Canada, Ireland, Spain, Malaysia and the US. Stories include: the Basque tale of an unsuspecting museum visitor who spots an artifact that...
Cinequest is proud to present a program of fine films from around the world. Featuring six world-class films from and about Europe, Africa, and South America, International Affairs will pull on your heart strings, make you laugh, make you think and...
Relationships, be they business, familial or romantic, form the basis to each of these outstanding short films. Herein are stories of pure emotion: from a couple’s struggle over addiction, a veteran haunted by a wartime memory to a pair of lonely...
People’s innate desire for escape is one thread woven through each of these insightful short films. Many of the colorful characters here possess a strong desire to break away from poverty, loneliness, or a mundane existence, and move toward some...
Computer graphics have, without a doubt, dominated animated features over this past decade despite the best efforts of Wallace, Gromit and Nick Park. Realism, detail and action have never been better and Cinequest has just the program to prove it...
In recent years, the short documentary has been enhanced by vast improvements in cameras, image quality and portability. One person can be a film crew and there's never a shortage of subjects out in the world to cover. Docu-Nation samples the best...
This year’s international crop of disturbing delights will be sure to leave audiences squirming in their seats. Many of the films collected here are about revenge and payback—where no slight or misdeed goes unnoticed or unpunished.Deep in the woods...
The Student Shorts program showcases the diversity, talent, and creative vision of student filmmakers through a variety of styles, genres, and viewpoints. Contributions include shorts from Bay Area film schools such as Gordo (Academy of Art), in...
Cinequest presents a wide range of student short work from film schools of all shapes and sizes. The diverse tales range from a woman trying to cross the border while in labor to a man fighting Alzheimer’s to hold onto a precious memory from the...