Our Vision

Halfdan Hussey
Director &

Kathleen Powell
President &

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 Picture The Possibilities and Cinequest Film Festival.

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 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 Film Festival

Cinequest Film 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. Named best digital festival and a top 10 film festival (out of thousands) by the Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide, CQFF has led the world in its showcase and implementation of the technologies that have revolutionized film making, exhibition and distribution. CQFF’s blend of the artist and innovator gains focus through its Maverick Awards. Its Maverick Spirit Awards recognizes artists (Harrison Ford, J.J. Abrams, 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.

Cinequest 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.

Exhibiting unique social and artistic visions from around the globe, Cinequest’s dynamic festival engages audiences in thought-provoking dialogue, giving film artists and film lovers alike an opportunity to connect. Furthermore, Cinequest provides cutting edge technology and movie-making forums to empower professionals and students.

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 Film Festival

  • 2,000+ Film Submissions
  • 188 Films Presented
  • 80 World & U.S. Premieres
  • 700+ Participating Artists and Innovators
  • 50 Countries Represented

What Critics are Saying…

"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

“I will go to Europe and tell everybody that Cinequest is the festival to go to in the United States. You are the best.”
— Ilmar Taska, Director Set Point

Cinequest Financials

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

Cinequest 2008-2009 Financials

Cinequest 2009-2010 Financials

Cinequest 2010-2011 Financials

Cinequest 2011-2012 Financials

Cinequest 2012-2013 Financials