As the worldwide, preeminent discovery ground for both cinema and media innovation, Cinequest Film Festival 23 (CQFF23) unleashed record-breaking premieres and audiences, leading edge technological innovations, and a spectacular class of Maverick Spirit Award recipients. Over one hundred thousand participants enjoyed 86 World and U.S. Premieres from 48 countries in world class venues. The organization that led the revolutions of digital film making, internet distribution, and digital exhibition proudly became an all-digital experience sporting Sony 4K and Barco projection systems and an all digital international lineup. Artist & Innovator forums integrated the amazing worlds of creativity and technologies focusing on the opportunities of 4K film making and film viewing as well as the role of social media in financing and marketing films.
Legends Harrison Ford (Star Wars, Indiana Jones), Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club), Phil Molyneux (President & COO, Sony Electronics), Chris Cookson (President, Sony Pictures Technologies) and Salman Rushdie (Midnight's Children) received Maverick Spirit Awards- inspiring Cinequest artists and audiences with illuminating conversation and insight. Previous recipients include: J.J. Abrams, Kevin Spacey, William H. Macy, Deepak Chopra, Gus Van Sant, Spike Lee, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jackie Chan, Sir Ian McKellen, Edward James Olmos, Robert Wise, Alec Baldwin, and Sir Ben Kingsley.