Cinequest 2016 Wrap and Awards

Cinequest Film Festival wrapped Sunday with 720 world leading artists and innovators presenting 129 World and U.S. premieres and cutting-edge media technologies to record audiences topping 105,000 (in San Jose / Silicon Valley). Cinequest Film Festival 2017 will occur February 28 – March 12. This year’s Cinequest Award Winners are:

MAVERICK SPIRIT AWARD RECIPIENTS
James Franco
Robert Hawk
Rita Moreno

Please watch Cinequest’s Maverick Spirit Award video.

MEDIA LEGACY AWARD RECIPIENT
Owen Gleiberman

Please watch Cinequest’s Media Legacy video.

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS

AUDIENCE AWARD, FIRST FILM: NILA
• Director: Selvamani Selvaraj
• Producer(s): Vaishno Rajesh

AUDIENCE AWARD, DOCUMENTARY: UNTIL 20
• Director: Jamila Paksima, Geraldine Moriba Meadows
• Producer(s): Jamila Paksima, Geraldine Moriba Meadows

AUDIENCE AWARD, DRAMA (Tie): HEARTLAND
• Director: Maura Anderson
• Producer(s): Jennifer Wood, Velinda Godfrey, Maura Anderson

AUDIENCE AWARD, DRAMA (Tie): MY FERAL HEART
• Director: Jane Gull
• Producer(s): James Rumsey, Duncan Paveling, Jane Gull

AUDIENCE AWARD, COMEDY (Tie): DEPENDENT’S DAY
• Director: Michael David Lynch
• Producer(s): Michael David Lynch, Oliver Defilippo

AUDIENCE AWARD, COMEDY (Tie): REMEMBER ME
• Director: Steve Goldbloom
• Producer(s): Heather Haggarty, Nanou Matteson

JURY AWARD WINNERS, FEATURES

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE FILM, DRAMA: FEVER AT DAWN
• Director: Péter Gárdos
• Producer(s): Dénes Szekeres

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE FILM, COMEDY: CREEDMORIA
• Director: Alicia Slimmer
• Producer(s): Alicia Slimmer

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM: THE PROMISED BAND
• Director: Jen Heck
• Producer(s): Maria De La O

GLOBAL VISION AWARD: MAGALLANES
• Director: Salvador del Solar
• Producer(s): Amador del Solar, Salvador del Solar

NEW VISION AWARD (Tied): LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED?
• Director: K. Rocco Shields
• Producer(s): Giovanni Corvino, Michael J. Zampino, K. Rocco Shields

NEW VISION AWARD (Tied): I LOVE YOU BOTH
• Director: Doug Archibald
• Producer(s): Doug Archibald, Ryan Finnerty, Paul Holman

JURY AWARD WINNERS, SHORTS

BEST HIGH SCHOOL SHORT FILM: Dreams Without Borders
• Director: Muna Al Hariri
• Producer(s): Laura Doggett

BEST COLLEGE SHORT FILM: Prism
• Director: Jackson Miller
• Producer(s): Matthew Rebong

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM: Home is a Hotel
• Directors: Kevin D. Wong and Todd Sills
• Producer(s): Rowan Brooks, Sasha Hauswauld

BEST NARRATIVE SHORT FILM: Chasing Daycare
• Director: Satu Siegemund
• Producer(s): Thilo Kleine, Carolin von Fritsch

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM: The Box
• Director: Michael I Schiller
• Producer(s): Michael I Schiller

"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

For more on Cinequest’s story, please watch This Is Cinequest video.

Cinequest Film Festival 2017 will occur February 28 – March 12.