Cinequest's uniqueness from other film festivals is based on always being ahead of the curve, whether it comes to discovering independent voices in front of and behind the camera, showcasing new technology, or reinventing the very definition of what is a film festival. Exhibiting unique social and artistic visions encompassing cultures and lifestyles from around the globe, Cinequest's dynamic programs have engaged audiences in thought-provoking dialogue, giving film artists and film lovers an opportunity to connect. Cinequest provides cutting-edge technology and movie-making forums to empower artists and innovators. Although over 90,000 attend CQFF.
Documents and Other Requisite Items
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.
Selection Media Type
Screening Media Type
No premiere requirement
Jury and Organizers
Bill Maxey (Short Film Programming Director); Halfdan Hussey (Director & Co-Founder); Michael Rabehl (Programming Director).
410 South First St.
San Jose CA 95113
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Short films in all genres, including: Live Action Narrative, Documentary, Animation, Experimental.
Minimum 50 minutes
Three sections: Dramatic Feature Competition, New Visions and Global Landscapes. Minimum 50 minutes
National and international submissions of Short to Mid-Length films (up to 40 min)
All films for this section must be produced as a student but may have been completed after graduation. Maximum 45 minutes