March 6 2015 by Jeffrey P. Nesker @JeffreyPNesker


With both Tom and Fiona now gone I hunkered down and got into Cinequest proper, meeting lots of amazing people and catching as many films as I possibly could. After a while of course, like a lot of people in attendance, I found I had fallen into a rhythm. I came to think of it as the ‘Cinequest Shuffle’.

Mornings began with a trip to the VIP Lounge, for some much-needed caffeine (or more likely, a hair of the dog). After that, we’d head onto screenings, and then around 5pm, head to the VIP soirees for a two-hour meet at the open bar. Follow this with whatever films you can squeeze in till 9pm, when you head onto the Maverick Meetups, which are simply epic. Do this for enough days in a row and you soon realize just why the festival is so popular. 


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March 2 2015 by Tom Wilton @TomWilton


Today’s my day for checking out of Cinequest 2015, and honestly, while I look forward to returning to snowy New York, I’ll miss the good times I’ve had here in California. Obviously, as I mentioned in my post on Write Shoot Cut, I didn’t know really what to expect, or how the festival would even play out. And yet, here I am, waiting on my flight, beaming from ear-to-ear because I’ve realized just how much can be taken from a well-run event, when everybody is open and enthused. It’s a totally different experience to any other festival I’ve visited before.
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February 27 2015 by Tom Wilton @TomWilton



The thing that you never remember about film festivals, but are duly reminded of every time, is just how overwhelming they can be. You bounce from movie to movie, meet up to meet up, conversation to conversation. Time slips as you’re promising to go to any number of movies, whilst also reminding yourself to stop and grab a bite to eat from some place.
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