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CINE's Official Logo
Formation 1957 [1]
Type 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
Purpose To support emerging and established producers of film, television and digital media through its film competitions, educational panels, screenings and networking opportunities.
  • Bethesda, MD, USA
Slogan Giving Filmmakers Wings™
Formerly called Council on International Non-Theatrical Events

CINE (Council on International Nontheatrical Events) is a non-profit organization based in Bethesda, Maryland.[2] Founded in 1957 with the mission of selecting American films for international film festivals,[3][4] CINE's focus has since evolved to supporting emerging and established producers of film, TV and digital media from all around the world through film competitions, educational panels, screenings and networking opportunities.[5]


CINE's original name, the Committee on International Non-Theatrical Events, was chosen to create the acronym CINE,[6] after which it was then changed to Council on International Non-Theatrical Events, with the understanding that in daily use it is simply referred to as CINE.

CINE's original purpose was to provide European film festival directors with representative US informational films to exhibit.[7] For decades, the CINE Golden Eagle Competition™ was a way for non-theatrical US films to gain access to festivals and even the Academy Awards® before they stopped accepting entries from the majority of festivals and competitions.

CINE was once partially funded by the now defunct USIA. This funding ceased in the late 1990s, not long before the abolishment of the agency.[8]


CINE presents two types of awards: competitive and honorary. Competitive awards include the Golden Eagle Award™, (instituted in 1962),[9] Special Jury Award, Masters Series, and Award of Excellence. Honorary awards include the Leadership Award, Trailblazer Award, Lifetime Achievement Award, and Legends Award. Separate from the Golden Eagle Awards, CINE also holds a Film Scoring Competition, which was launched in 2012.

CINE utilizes a jury system to select winners. CINE also presents individuals with special honors. Recent notable honorees include Marvin Hamlisch in 2012, Roger Ebert in 2005, and Ken Burns in 2003.[10] Many important filmmakers have received the Golden Eagle Award early in their career, such as Steven Spielberg for his first film Amblin', Mel Brooks for his first short film The Critic, and Ken Burns for his student film Brooklyn Bridge.[11]

Notable CINE Golden Eagle winners[edit]

The CINE Golden Eagle Award™ Trophy

The following people in the film and television industry have received a CINE Golden Eagle:[12]


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  2. ^ "yellowbook". Retrieved 7 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Cine Awards in Wash., D.C. Honor 218". Back Stage. Nov 29, 1974. 
  4. ^ Lee, Rohama (December 1974). "CINE: 17th Awards". Film News. 
  5. ^ "CINE". 
  6. ^ "About CINE". CINE. Retrieved 7 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "History...What is CINE?". CINE. Retrieved 7 February 2014. 
  8. ^ Havemann, Judith (July 13, 1990). "VOA Director to Head Consolidated Broadcasting Operation". The Washington Post. 
  9. ^ "Nine Top Motion Picture Awards Made to Britannica by CINE". News from Encyclopedia Britannica. 
  10. ^ "CINE". 
  11. ^ "CINE". 
  12. ^ "Over 50 Years of Distinguished Alumni". Retrieved 6 February 2014. 

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