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|Type||501(c)(3) non-profit organization|
|Purpose||CINE builds and supports a community of professional, emerging and student film, television and digital content creators through the CINE Golden Eagle Awards, the CINE Connects alumni network, the Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest, and related skill-building programming.|
|Slogan||CINE honors and champions the creators of exceptional media content.|
|Formerly called||Council on International Non-Theatrical Events|
CINE (Council on International Nontheatrical Events) is a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1957 with the mission of selecting American films for international film festivals, 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.
CINE's original name, the Committee on International Non-Theatrical Events, was chosen to create the acronym CINE, 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. 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.
In the fall of 2014 CINE made some major changes to their organization, which included creating one entry cycle per year for each award (Professional, Independent and Student), switching to a more traditional nominee structure in which only one production per category is named the winner, and transitioning the entire process online. However, unlike many major awards organizations, CINE's current categories are based on content, not distribution platform, to reflect the constantly changing industry.
CINE presents two types of awards: competitive and honorary. Competitive awards include the Golden Eagle Award™, (instituted in 1962), 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. In 2014, the competition was renamed the Marvin Hamlisch Film Contest for Emerging Composers in honor of the legendary composer.
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. 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.
Notable CINE Golden Eagle winners
The following people in the film and television industry have received a CINE Golden Eagle:
- Mel Brooks (The Critic, 1963)
- Jim Henson (Time Piece, 1967)
- Mike Nichols (Bach to Bach, 1968)
- Steven Spielberg (Amblin', 1969)
- Ron Howard (Deed of Daring-Do, 1972)
- Robert Zemeckis (The Lift, 1972)
- Dick Ebersol (The Ancient Games, 1973)
- Taylor Hackford (Bukowski, 1974)
- Albert Magnoli (Jazz, 1979)
- Ken Burns (Brooklyn Bridge, 1981)
- Mira Nair (So Far From India, 1983)
- Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz (Special Bulletin, 1984)
- Barry Levinson (Displaced Persons, 1985)
- Fred Rogers (Let's Talk About Going to the Doctor, 1986)
- John Lasseter and Pixar Animation Studios (Luxo Jr., 1987)
- Julie Taymor (Oedipus Rex, 1993)
- Robert Altman (The Real McTeague, 1994)
- Spike Lee (4 Little Girls, 1998)
- Billy Crystal (61*, 2001)
- Robert De Niro (Holiday Heart, 2001)
- Mark Burnett (Eco-Challenge: Borneo, 2002)
- Martin Scorsese (No Direction Home, 2006)
- Paul McCartney (McCartney in St. Petersburg, 2006)
- Sydney Pollack (Sketches of Frank Gehry, 2007)
- Forest Whitaker (Brick City, 2010)
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