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First Florida HD Film Festival Takes Place Next Week

Part of HDFEST's 2004 World Tour (August 02, 2004)

HDFEST will be presenting the first High-Definition film festival to take place in Florida August 6th and 7th in Fort Lauderdale. The upcoming South Florida event is part of HDFEST's 2004 World Tour is taking place this year in six cities: Sydney, Los Angeles, London, New York, Fort Lauderdale and Hämeenlinna, Finland. Events will be taking place Friday August 6th at the Sunrise Gateway Theatre, and Saturday August 7th at Art Serve in Fort Lauderdale. HDFEST's "high-definition only" screenings August 6th at the Sunrise Gateway Theatre will allow attendees the full experience of what high-definition and digital cinema currently have to offer audiences and will include a special selection of documentaries, animation, features and shorts.

At HDFEST's upcoming South Florida event, three high-definition panels discussions will be held which will include discussions with industry professionals currently working with the medium. Panels will focus on using high-definition technology, and the future of digital cinema. Each HDFEST city this year will present a unique selection of panel discussions exploring different subject matter related to digital video. In Florida these panels include "Animation and Effects for HD, Implications for Rendering and Perception" presented by The Digital Media Arts College in Boca Raton. This panel will explore "how the HD standard has implications for animation and visual effects as CGI artists expand the outlet for their talents" and will include various luminaries working with digital media. HDFEST Fort Lauderdale will also present "The Post Process and High-Definition- Where to Begin..." and "Shooting High-Def, the Advantages over DV and Film." All panel discussions are free to the public and will be held Saturday August 7th at Art Serve in Fort Lauderdale.

Screenings in Florida will include films which are not only High-Definition Premieres, but also Florida Premieres. Presentations include: "Making the Modern" a feature length documentary about the visionary new modernist, Tadao Ando, and the challenge of whether his Eastern-influenced designs translate to this most Western of towns- Fort Worth, Texas; the short film "The Painting" directed by local Miami filmmaker Pablo Alsina, which includes a Tango by legendary dancers Fernanda Ghi and Guillermo Merlo; two short documentaries from the American Museum of Natural History; comedic stop-motion animation, "Oedipus The Movie," in which the story of Oedipus is performed by raw vegetables; the North American Premiere of the Japanese feature film "Cynthia: The Service Dog;" and the short drama "Remember" whose director, Yvette Freeman, played the popular role of Nurse Haleh Adams on the acclaimed series "ER." Equipment support for the South Florida event will be provided by HDFEST sponsor, Midtown Video.

Last month concluded HDFEST's Los Angeles event held at the Sony Studios and Los Angeles Film School. A record number of industry professionals attended the L.A. festival. The Los Angeles event also marked a historical milestone as HDFEST held the "First 2K Film Festival" utilizing the new advancement of a 2K projector. HDFEST's Sydney event was held in May 2004 at the Fox Studios Australia and the Chauvel Cinema in Paddington district. This marked yet another HDFEST milestone as HDFEST Sydney was the first high-definition film festival to be held in Australia marking a defining moment in digital cinema history. HDFEST's 2004 World Tour is presented by discreet; additional sponsors include Filmmaker Magazine, Midtown Video, Digital Pictures, The Los Angeles Film School, The Hollywood Reporter, Film Threat, Production Update, Production Hub, The Digital Media Arts College, Widescreen Review, Tape Online, and Film and Video Magazine. Visit for more information on HDFEST Los Angeles or the HDFEST 2004 World Tour.

The Fort Lauderdale HDFEST Schedule can be found at, the festival will take place Friday August 6th at the Sunrise Gateway Theatre, 1820 East Sunrise Blvd, 4pm-7pm. Tickets to the screenings are $10, $7 student admission and can be purchased in advance by emailing Panel discussions Saturday August 7th will take place at Art Serve, 1350 E Sunrise Blvd, from 12pm-3pm. Admission to all panel discussions is free of charge with advance registration. For panel registration information, visit HDFEST's website


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