Over 13 days in March 2011, the Cinequest  Film Festival will screen more than 170 films – including 75 that are either world or North American premieres. Cinequest, the Silicon Valley film festival known as a proving ground for new technologies, turns 21 this year, and some might wonder what the staff has been imbibing. After pioneering digital distribution of films, the festival is launching Cinequest Mavericks Studio, a production house that aims to find, fund and bring to market new feature films, documentaries and television shows.

For details, go to www.cinequest.org Cinequest has VIP soirees, after film parties and other events.