Our Vision

About Cinequest

A vanguard organization set in the Silicon Valley, Cinequest fuses the worlds of the filmed arts and technology to empower artists, innovators, and audiences to create and connect - driving transformations and a better tomorrow. Cinequest’s uniqueness and impact result from being ahead of the curve in the powerful integration of creativity and innovation. Cinequest does this through Cinequest Film & VR Festival, Picture The Possibilities by Cinequest and (our sister company) Cinequest Mavericks Studio.

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Cinequest Film & VR Festival

Voted Best Film Festival by USA Today Readers.

Cinequest Film & VR Festival (CQFF) in San Jose / Silicon Valley: Set in the home of the world’s most influential media technology companies (Apple, Cisco, Facebook, Twitter, Netflix, LinkedIn etc.) CQFF showcases premier films, renowned and emerging artists, and breakthrough technology—empowering global connectivity between creators, innovators and audiences. Cinequest has led the world in its showcase and implementation of the innovations that have revolutionized film making, exhibition and distribution.

CQFF’s highest honor, the Maverick Award, recognizes bold, visionary and creative forces—exemplary in the worlds of Silicon Valley innovation and the film arts. Its Maverick Spirit Awards recognizes artists (Harrison Ford, J.J. Abrams, Rosario Dawson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ben Kingsley, Kevin Spacey and Sir Ian McKellen are amongst the guest recipients). Its Maverick Innovator Award recognizes technologists (including Martin Cooper, father of the cell phone). A Maverick stands apart from the crowd willing to create and innovate from a place of personal yet global vision.

Although over 100,000 attend CQFF, the three-block proximity of its state-of-the-art venues along with Cinequest’s renowned hospitality, makes the festival experience as warm and personal as it is electrifying. Cinequest presents over 90 World and U.S. premieres with groundbreaking innovations by 700+ participating filmmakers from over 50 countries each year.

What People Are Saying...

"I think the most important thing about Cinequest is it's definitely the first time I've ever come to a festival where my immediate reaction is, 'What do I have to do to be invited back?' and that's not normally my reaction. It's a perfect film festival in a glorious place." — Neil Gaiman, Maverick Spirit Award Winner

"Move over Cannes! Of the more than 4,000 film festivals around the globe, more than half take place on U.S. soil, and many rank among the best of the best. Our panel of film experts, movie buffs and festival gurus were tasked with narrowing down the field to the best 20 film festivals in the nation before we turned it over to USA TODAY and 10Best readers to choose their favorites. After four weeks of voting, we have a winner. Cinequest Voted Best Film Festival!"USA Today

“Cinequest is the cure...while we're here, we're in a world that's different.” — Harry Knowles, Ain’t It Cool News

"This festival is one that sets the trends and is actually ahead of the trends. Other festivals are copying Cinequest; I see it all the time." — Chris Gore, Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide and Film Threat

“The film and technology forums delved into the important realms of integrating internet delivery into the home entertainment environment, creating true Internet revenue streams for film artists, and effectively leveraging the budding mobile marketplace.” — Forbes Magazine

“If you can get away to San Jose at the end of the month you will be blown away by their Cinequest Film Festival. It is going to be a state-of-the-art digital extravaganza like you’ve probably never seen.” — Harry Knowles, Ain’t It Cool News

“Cinequest has consistently managed to pull in heavyweight guests.” — Dennis Harvey, Variety

“Technology always drives the film business. In Cinequest, we have a good window on the future. I think they’re leading the world in this regard.” — Peter Belsito, Executive Vice President, Film Finders

"At Cinequest you often haven't heard of the film before you go see it, but the audiences come anyway. That's a testament to the festival -- that audiences are willing to take that leap of faith."
— Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

Picture The Possibilities

Picture It. Create It. CINEQUEST Picture The Possibilities (PTP) is a transformative leadership movement, where empowered youth create visions for a better tomorrow. PTP Youth (in city sessions around the globe) learn the 7 Powers of Creating program that teaches them how to create anything from art to science. They practice this power by making films (with mentors) on content vital to global youth. Seeing how to bring a picture from nothing into reality, they can then apply this creative process to other areas of their lives and dreams. PTP also creates personal profiles on each participant sharing their stories and dreams with the world. The annual live summit, Cinequest Connect, precedes the Cinequest Film & VR Festival. PTP youth, from around the world, will converge in Silicon Valley to Connect with leaders, company employees and global luminaries to share their creations and empower each other. Ultimately, PTP empowers global youth with the creativity and innovations to improve worlds.

Cinequest Financials

Cinequest is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. For information on our financials, please click below.

Cinequest 2015-2016 Audit | 2016 Form 990 Tax Return

Cinequest 2014-2015 Audit | 2015 Form 990 Tax Return

Cinequest 2013-2014 Audit | 2014 Form 990 Tax Return

Cinequest 2012-2013 Audit | 2013 Form 990 Tax Return

Cinequest 2011-2012 Audit | 2012 Form 990 Tax Return

Cinequest 2010-2011 Audit | 2011 Form 990 Tax Return

Cinequest 2009-2010 Audit | 2010 Form 990 Tax Return

Cinequest 2008-2009 Audit | 2009 Form 990 Tax Return

Charity Navigator 4-Star Rating

Cinequest has received its third-consecutive 4-Star rating from America's leading charity evaluator Charity Navigator. Read more via PDF.