CineVegas was a film festival held annually at the Palms Casino Resort in Paradise, Nevada that ran from 1999 to 2009, usually in early June. The first CineVegas Festival featured “The Best of the Fests”, showcasing independent films that had previously earned awards and acclaim at other worldwide festivals.
The festival was perhaps most notable for it’s connection with actor Dennis Hopper. He received the Marquee Award and became the chair of the CineVegas Film Festival Creative Advisory Board in 2004, continuing as chairman until his death in 2010.
It was mentioned as one of the top 5 festivals to visit by Canada’s The Globe and Mail newspaper, one of the top 5 gem festivals in the world by Variety, and one of the top 12 film festivals in North America by San Francisco Magazine. Due to economic concerns, the 2010 Festival was cancelled.
CineVegas continues to have a presence in Las Vegas with one off screenings and special events.
Although the festival is no longer running, it had a great impact on the local film industry and we hope to see it return one day!