Cinequest Film Festival 23 kicks off February 26 in San Jose

200 movies, 85 premieres from 48 countries, 700 artists, actors and innovators: there is much to celebrate at Cinequest 23 Film Festival. Photo: Image: Ginger & Rosa movie provided by Cinequest

SAN FRANCISCO, February 21, 2013 – With nearly 200 movies, 85 world, North American and U.S. premieres from 48 countries, and more than 700 artists and innovators all descending on San Jose, there is much to celebrate at Cinequest 23.  Cinequest’s mission is to create, innovate and empower people in the film industry by helping up-and-coming artists, enabling breakthrough technology and empowering global connectivity through the art of cinematography.


Cinequest Film Festival, San Jose, CA


This year’s dynamic festival kicks off on the evening of February 26 at the California Theatre with Sally Potter’s (Orlando) latest, Ginger & Rosa, starring Elle Fanning, Alice Englert, Annette Bening, and Christina Hendricks in the emotionally charged story of two young women coming of age in 1960s London during the Cold War and the sexual revolution.

Immediately following the movie there will be an Opening Night party at the Corinthian Event Center.  Throughout the festival, there will be over 20 VIP Soirees and Maverick Meet-ups.  If you would like the opportunity to see iconic actors up close, don’t miss the Maverick Spirit Award events featuring actor Harrison Ford and renowned author Salman Rushdie.  Cinequest’s highest honors go to leaders standing out from the crowd, who dare to create and innovate.

If you are a food lover, don’t miss the Maverick Spirit Award presentation to Chef Dominique Crenn at The Fairmont San Jose on Friday, March 8, from 5-7 p.m. Crenn leads a culinary journey through hors d’oeuvres, wines, and a conversation moderated by KCBS’s food expert Liam Mayclem, for an evening that is certain to whet any foodie’s appetite.


Midnight’s Children. Image provided by Cinequest.


The Closing Night event will showcase Midnight’s Children, a film full of romance, whimsy, humor, and magic, and a work of collaboration between Deepa Mehta and Salman Rushdie, who wrote the screenplay based on his own Booker Prize-award-winning book.

After the closing awards presentation, you can party the night away at The Tech Museum of Innovation. Cinequest will feature Encore Day on Sunday, March 10, with encore screenings of the festival’s award-winning and audience favorite films.

Cinequest Tickets and Passes

Cinequest films and activities are all conveniently located in and around downtown San Jose, providing easy walking to and from activities.  If you enjoy film and are looking to be inspired, to laugh, to be thrilled, love, weep, or all of the above, there is something for you at Cinequest.  The Festival runs February 26 – March 10, 2013.  Visit the Cinequest website for more information and to purchase tickets and event VIP all-access passes. Tickets start at $10 per film, and passes for all films start at $145.

Audiences this year are expected to exceed 100,000, so get your tickets early, get in line early (you can purchase an express line pass) and if possible, purchase the VIP passes to ensure you will get to see every movie on your list.  You can learn more about Cinequest by watching their 10-minute video trailer or head to the Cinequest website to view the movie trailers.


Aftermath. Image provided by Cinequest.


Cinequest Anticipated films include:

The world premiere of Aftermath, starring Tony Danza, Anthony Michael Hall, and the late Chris Penn, is gathering a lot of buzz.  Aftermath is a powerhouse thriller wherein a successful man plummets down a slippery slope of violence and hired hit men when one of his employees goes missing.  This is Chris Penn’s last film.  

Additional noteworthy films:

-        Chapman (Jesse Johnson, Chris Masterson, Christine Woods, Caitlin Thompson; drama)

-        City Baby (drama)

-        Dose of Reality (thriller)

-        Eden (Jamie Chung; thriller)

-        Emperor (Tommy Lee Jones, Matthew Fox; drama)

-        The Exam (thriller)

-        The Hunt (Thomas Vinterberg directs, Mads Mikkelsen; drama)

-        The Kitchen (Laura Prepon, Dreama Walker)


The Kitchen, starring Laura Prepon & Dreama Walker. Image: Cinequest.


-        Lead Us Not Into Temptation (thriller)

-        Leave of Absence (comedy)

-        Lonely Boy (drama, romantic comedy)

-        One Small Hitch (romantic comedy)

-        The Sapphires (Chris O’Dowd; drama)

-        7 Lives of Chance (comedy)

-        Somewhere Slow (Jessalyn Gilsig, David Costabile, Graham Patrick Martin; drama)

-        Sparks (Chase Williamson, Ashley Bell, Clancy Brown; thriller/action)

-        Still (James Cromwell, Genevieve Bujold; drama, romance)


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Sparks. Image provided by Cinequest.


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