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CINE's Official Logo
Formation1957 [1]
Type501(c)(3) non-profit organization
PurposeCINE 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.
  • Washington, D.C.
Formerly called
Council on International Non-Theatrical Events

CINE (Council on International Nontheatrical Events) is a non-profit film organization based in Washington, D.C.[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 American informational films to exhibit.[7] For decades, the CINE Golden Eagle Competition was a way for non-theatrical American 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 United States Information Agency. This funding ceased in the late 1990s, not long before the abolishment of the agency.[8]

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),[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. 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.[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]

The CINE award trophies are made by New York firm, Society Awards.

Notable CINE Golden Eagle winners[edit]

The CINE Golden Eagle Award Trophy

The following people in the film and television industry are among those who 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. November 29, 1974.
  4. ^ Lee, Rohama (December 1974). "CINE: 17th Awards". Film News.
  5. ^ "CINE". Archived from the original on 2013-02-09. Retrieved 2014-02-04.
  6. ^ "About CINE". CINE. Archived from the original on 9 February 2013. Retrieved 7 February 2014.
  7. ^ "History...What is CINE?". CINE. Archived from the original on December 7, 1998. 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 Encyclopædia Britannica.
  10. ^ "CINE". Archived from the original on 2014-01-07. Retrieved 2014-02-04.
  11. ^ "CINE". Archived from the original on 2014-03-30. Retrieved 2014-02-04.
  12. ^ "Over 50 Years of Distinguished Alumni". Archived from the original on 30 March 2014. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
  13. ^ original CINE Award
  14. ^ Drew, Robert (1973). "Who's Out There?". Drew Associates. Retrieved 2016-08-19.

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