About Cine

CINE honors and champions the creators of exceptional media content.

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.

CINE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.


CINE (Council on International Non-theatrical Events) was created in 1957 as a private-public partnership with the USIA branch of the State Department. In the 1950s, the State Department needed a way to accredit U.S. documentary and industrial films to send to large foreign festivals (Berlin, Venice, Rotterdam); in an era before cable television and online distribution, many of these festivals were also markets for distributors, which were critical to spreading American documentaries to an international audience. CINE was created to fill that void, and for many years, CINE awarded the Golden Eagle Award to hundreds of films that were then submitted to festivals around the globe for programming consideration.

By the late 1980s more categories, including student films and narrative television, had been added to the list of considered materials. Over time the emphasis on independent film was reduced as the organization concentrated more and more on television, industrial and commercial entries.

By 1995, the world and the industry had changed. Evolving distribution models and the end of the Cold War caused government funds to dry up and many partner festivals to cease. CINE stopped entering films into foreign festivals—a major change to the organization’s original mission—but continued the work of honoring excellence in media with the CINE Golden Eagle Awards. In the late 2000’s, CINE created new categories to honor digital content, and placed a greater emphasis on obtaining student work through the creation of the CINE Film Scoring Competition for Emerging Composers (now the Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest).

Notable CINE alumni include Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, John Lasseter, Ken Burns, Barbara Kopple and dozens of others. Winning a Golden Eagle is remembered fondly by our honorees and is often cited in interviews and memoirs.



Stepping back to re-imagine our mission in the ever-changing media industry, CINE has committed to a new vision: honoring excellence in mediamaking through a new set of criteria focused on storytelling, originality, and meeting the needs of the intended audience.

The CINE Golden Eagle Awards have been split into three distinct competitions: Professional Media, Independent & Emerging Media, and Student & Youth Media. Every entry is evaluated based on a set of published criteria, and reviewers’ comments are made available to entrants after nominees and winners are announced. Complimentary trophies are awarded at CINE Celebrates receptions each fall in Los Angeles, New York and Washington, DC.

We invite you to look through our website to discover more of what the new CINE has to offer.