Tuesday, June 15, 2010

First Macao China International Digital Cinema Festival a Success

Its founders and participants are calling the recently completed Macao China International Digital Cinema Festival and Entertainment Technology Expo a huge success. The Festival began with ceremonial Chinese pomp and circumstance, except the traditional ribbon cutting was replaced with a film cutting. The festival’s creative director, Randall Dark says, “I thought it was poetic that we cut 35mm film to launch our event.” The keynote speaker was Scott Ross, former CEO and founder of Los Angeles post house Digital Domain. Seminars on 3D followed with industry experts such as Pierre De Lespinois and Scott Billups. Its founders and participants are calling the recently completed Macao China International Digital Cinema Festival and Entertainment Technology Expo a huge success.

Dark says, "It was amazing to have Chinese and Americans on the same panel discussing their mutual passion for this hot topic. Sharing ideas and passion is what makes an international festival so important.”

The final day ended with more than a hundred children from the city of Macao enjoying a private screening of Disney's Tinker Bell And The Lost Treasure. A special digital cinema was created in the Venetian Hotel for this event that showcased the Cantonese version the film.

After the screening producer, Sean Lurie accepted questions from the young audience. "It was great fun to watch the children enjoy our movie”, says Lurie, “but what was amazing was that one of the questions I was asked was whether the next installment would come out in 3D.”

Dark says, "The mandate of our Festival is not just to involve industry professionals but also the local community. Seeing all those children take part in our event was probably the most important moment for me during the festival.”

Festival chairman Jeff Greene says, "Getting support from the Macao Government was key to launching a successful festival at the world class Venetian Hotel. This was their first festival and after only one day, they initiated discussions on how to make it bigger next year.” Macao China International Digital Cinema Festival and Entertainment Technology Expo

reposted with permission from Digital Cinema Report

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