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The goal of Cinematique of Daytona and the Daytona Beach Film Festival, (both not-for-profit organizations) is to provide the broadest spectrum of film experiences to Volusia residents. Screenings will include an eclectic series of independent, foreign, documentary and art films that otherwise would not be available to our residents and visitors. Special discussion series, behind-the-scenes lectures, and outreach programs will contribute to our goal of enhancing the film-viewing experience in fun and educational ways. Cinematique of Daytona strives to Entertain, Educate and Enlighten our community through the enjoyment of the art of film.
In November 2010, Cinematique realized a long term goal of operating a dedicated Art House Cinema with the opening of the Cinematique Theater at 242 S. Beach Street in historic downtown Daytona Beach. The theater operates six days per week showing matinee and evening shows every day. The new cinema allows Cinematique to offer more films and programs than ever before. The daily schedule includes the most recent independent American and foreign films from around the world. Most films are critically acclaimed festival winning films.
Cultural Program Series: Advancements in technology have made available high definition filmed versions of Opera, Ballet and Shakespeare performances from around the world. Audiences can see digitally re-mastered versions of live performances from the Royal Opera house, Tatre Alla Scalla, Italy, The Bolshoi Ballet, the Globe Theater in London and many others. To further enhance the educational opportunity of the Cultural Program Series, community experts and professionals are invited to introduce each program and provide an opportunity for discussion following the presentation.
Café Cinematique International: An educational series designed to foster and encourage the discussion of film and community involvement. Films are selected based on themes of interest, artistic significance and relevance. Post film discussions are lead by experts and professionals from the local area. The goal of the program is to encourage cultural diversity, understanding and interaction.
Improv & Indie: Montly program featuring a live improv show done by local actors followed by an independent film. When available locally made films are featured to encourage interaction between students, local filmmakers and Cinematique members.
Cinematique Under the Stars: Free film series shown outdoors on a giant screen with stereo sound. New for 2010-2011, the films will be shown at the historic Band Shell in Daytona Beach and at City Island Park. The films are open to the public, admission to the films are free. Cinematique volunteers serve pop-corn, hot dogs and sodas. A family of four can enjoy dinner and a movie for under $20. With convenient parking, beautiful oceanside and riverfront locations, the series attracts a diverse audience and is easily accessible to the handicapped. The Band Shell series attracts many visitors and the opportunity to showcase our beautiful city.
The Daytona Beach Film Festival: An annual event that presents independent, foreign, documentary and art films from around the world. In addition to the showing of films, the DBFF boasts film discussion groups, a student filmmaker competition, sponsored by the Daytona Beach Area Film Office, the Best Florida Film competition, sponsored by the Governors Office of Film and Entertainment, and an opening night and closing night ceremony featuring seminars and discussions with professional filmmakers. The DBFF will continue a programming partnership with the Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival, the longest running film festival in Florida. This partnership allows access to high quality independent films and filmmakers and professional programming assistance. DBFF 2011 is scheduled for November 12-14.
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