Now in its 30th year, Cinequest Film & Vr Festival has grown to become an audiences favorite, as proven in a vote amongst USA Today readers, who chose it as the best film festival they knew. Cinequest programs 85-90% of its festival from paid submissions annually, which makes it a truly and literally popular film festival.
Cinequest connects artists, innovators, media, and audiences—as people converge to experience a potent mix of immersive stories from around the globe and breakthrough technologies. Yet, Cinequest’s stellar reputation not only hinges on its knack for creating a powerful line-up, but also for securing distribution for many of its honored filmmakers. Netflix, IFC Films, Amazon, MSNBC Films, Oscilloscope, Sony Pictures, Magnolia Pictures, Kino-Lorber, eOne, Lionsgate, PBS, and HBO are just a few of the many that have signed deals with some of Cinequest's success stories.
Competitions in Cinequest are structured according to innovative models: instead of a more traditional separation in narrative types competitions, Cinequest welcomes television episodes and webisodes in short and long format, runs a Comedy feature competition, accepts films produced in high schools and colleges, and has a specific competition for music videos, among other unique choices made by the festival programming team.