Laughter, tears, surprise and thrills are just some of the experiences you will enjoy at the 2017 Cinequest Film & VR (Virtual Reality) Festival.  The “Elevate!” theme promises the “height of creativity and joyous celebration.”

2017-cinequest-posterThe festival begins Tuesday, February 28, with its opening night screening of “The Last Word” staring Shirley MacLaine and Amanda Seyfried and continues through Sunday, March 12, with the closing night screening of “The Zookeeper’s Wife” staring Jessica Chastain and Daniel Brühl.  You can choose to screen the movie or continue on to the after party. Tickets for all festivities are available for purchase at the

Let Caltrain and SamTrans be your ride to all the Cinequest festival activities and after parties. Caltrain and SamTrans are proud to have established great partnerships with Cinequest to make your festival going experience safe and fun.

Caltrain’s weekday schedule and weekend schedule offer plenty of options to get you to the festival venues in Redwood City and San Jose. From the Redwood City Station it is only a three minute walk to the Century Downtown 20 and from the San Jose Diridon Caltrain Station, passengers can transfer to VTA to the three venues where films will be showed: California Theatre, Hammer Theatre Center and Cinéarts Santana Row 6. Movie lovers can catch SamTrans Routes 270 or 276 to experience the after parties. The Cinequest RWC Party series will prove to be fun.  The series occurs every Friday and Saturday during Cinequest from 9:30 p.m. until 1 a.m. in Redwood City.  Bus schedule and maps are available at

This year, Cinequest is pleased announce the Maverick Spirit Award to two honorees, Actor Jane Lynch (Glee, Best In Show, A Mighty Wind, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) and Producer-Writer-Director, Jason Reitman (Thank You For Smoking, Juno, Up In The Air).

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About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain enjoyed five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 60,000 average weekday riders. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. Planning for the next 150 years of Peninsula rail service, Caltrain is on pace to electrify the corridor, reduce diesel emissions by 97 percent by 2040 and add more service to more stations.


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