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Cinequest Film Festival

February 24 – March 8, 2015
San Jose, US

What’s It All About?

Cinequest Film Festival (CQFF) is held every year in San Jose/Silicon Valley. Set in the home of the world’s most influential media technology companies (Apple, Cisco, Facebook, Twitter, Netflix, LinkedIn), CQFF showcases premier films, renowned and emerging artists, and breakthrough technology – empowering global connectivity between creators, innovators and audiences.

CQFF’s blend of the artist and innovator gains focus through its Maverick Awards. Its Maverick Spirit Awards recognises artists (Harrison Ford, JJ Abrams, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ben Kingsley, Kevin Spacey and Sir Ian McKellen are among the guest recipients). Its Maverick Innovator Award recognises 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.

The fest presents a dynamic 13-day event of 200 international films with over 700 participating artists and innovators from 50 countries in attendance. Over 10,000 artists have attended CQFF to date.

Watch Out For!

Opening Film

Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World

Director Dana Nachman’s doumentary featuring Teresa Clovicko, Audrey Copper and Katie Cottondeals with how on one day, in one city, the world comes together to grant one 5-year-old cancer patient his wish.

Some of the feature films which will be showcased this year include:



Clouds Of Sils Maria

Aspie Seeks Love


Booze Boys And Brownies


Factory Boss

Gemma Bovery

For Here Or To Go?

Wild Tales

Traces Of Sandalwood


How To Lose Jobs & Alienate Girlfriends

Short Films

Some of the short films screened will include:

The 9th Hole


Lady Gaga And Tony Bennett In Concert


Burning Man

Awards: The Maverick Awards

The Cinequest awards held every year known as the Maverick Awards are conferred on those artists who represent the core of the festival.

This year the festival will be honouring Rosario Dawson, Lawrence Kasdan, Dennis Lehane, Mike Medavoy and legendary director John Boorman with the awards.

Closing Film

5 to 7

The closing ceremonies of the fest will take place on Sunday, March 8, at the California Theatre with the feature film presentation of 5 to 7, as well as the closing party at the Glass House.

The film directed by Victor Levin is about a young writer (Anton Yelchin) who begins an affair with an older woman (Bérénice Marlohe) from France, whose open marriage to a diplomat (Lambert Wilson) dictates that they can meet only between the hours of 5 pm to 7 pm.



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