Cinequest Film Festival 2016 (CQFF2016) Festival Highlights

Storytelling Reimagined Conclave, First Three-screen Feature, Maverick Spirit Winners James Franco and Rita Moreno, plus Superlative Premieres Highlight

Cinequest Film Festival (CQFF), March 1-13, 2016 will unite 700 world leading artists and innovators with audiences (expected to top 100,000) in the Silicon Valley to experience the fusion of creativity and innovation—and to celebrate and reimagine storytelling via film and new technologies.

• Cinequest’s Future Of Film Showcase reimagines storytelling and audience experiences of filmed media. Cinequest has always stood at the forefront of film’s future possibilities, discovering technology and talent and enabling them to connect, both collaboratively and with audiences. Here’s this year’s take on what’s hot today and driving the future:

o The First Barco Escape Three-Screen Feature Film: Technology has always facilitated the film arts, and Barco Escape technologies new three-screen format brings a thrilling new cinematic experience to audiences and a dramatic opportunity to film artists. Cinequest presents the first fully realized (end-to-end) three-screen feature film, Mr. Invincible. Starring Alyson Stoner (Cheaper By The Dozen, Step Up), Bill Engvall (Blue Collar Comedy Group), and written by Cinequest Screenplay Competition Winner Stacie Shellner, Mr. Invincible, a comedy about a man who cannot kill himself, plays as a work-in-progress. Cinequest has also commissioned members of its illustrious filmmaker community to create diverse short film experiences in three-screen format. These short films and more will play in the future of film Barco Escape series.

o Storytelling Reimagined Conclave: Global Leaders (representing diverse media, art, and technology fields) join Cinequest’s Leadership Council for an electrifying event around story-telling opportunities in new and exciting media. It used to be that story-telling was relegated to “the creatives.” Now filmed story-telling is a normal part of people’s lives from social media to executive communications. Further, new technologies, such as virtual reality, open new ways for audiences to experience stories and for artists to tell them. Conclave event will include a moderated conversation with a thrilling roundtable of leaders, video presentations, and a Maverick Spirit Award presentation to a futuristic and dynamic story-teller, James Franco. The Conclave will give leaders a chance to cross-pollinate and grow their ideas with a stunning group of thought influencers from different walks of life, forging inspiration, collaborations, and opportunity for our future.

o Virtual Reality Experience: CQFF will unveil a ground-breaking Virtual Reality experience. Venturing into the “Virtual Reality Lounge,” Cinequest attendees will Contact: Jessica Gelico Tel: (408) 995-5033 ext. 128 E-mail: Page 2 of 4 once again be on the cutting edge of a new, viable technology that reimagines the story-telling tradition.

“Cinequest is 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?’ It’s a perfect film festival in a glorious place.” – Neil Gaiman, Maverick Spirit Award Winner

Dont Miss:

Opening Night Screening and Celebration: March 1, 7:15 pm, California Theatre: Academy Award-winning director Gavin Hood (Tsotsi) will present his captivating new thriller Eye in the Sky, starring Dame Helen Mirren (The Queen, Trumbo), Alan Rickman (Harry Potter, Die Hard), Iain Glen (Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey),Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips), and Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad). Is the life of one innocent worth the lives of thousands? Colonel Katherine Powell (Mirren) is in charge of a top-secret mission: to capture, not kill, a terrorist. Pre-screening includes special presentations and Jerry Nagano filling the lavish California Theatre with the glorious sounds of the Wurlitzer organ. Post-screening festivities and fun will take place at The Farmers Union.

VIP SOIREES (For VIP Pass holders & Film makers Only) & more!


About Cinequest

A vanguard organization set in the Silicon Valley, Cinequest’s uniqueness and impact result from being ahead of the curve in the powerful integration of creativity and technology. Cinequest fuses the world of the filmed arts with that of Silicon Valley’s innovation to empower youth, artists, and innovators to create and connect – driving transformations and a better tomorrow. Cinequest does this through Cinequest Film Festival, Picture The Possibilities, and its sister company Cinequest Mavericks Studio. (Voted Best Film Festival by USA Today Readers.)

Media Contact: Jessica Gelico Tel: (408) 995-5033 ext. 128 E-mail:

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