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HDFEST Concludes 2004 Tour with NYC HD Film Festival

Concluding event will be New York's first exclusively HD Film Festival (November 12, 2004)

HDFEST will be concluding its HDFEST 2004 World Tour on December 4th and 5th in New York City. HDFEST New York screenings and panels will be taking place December 4th at the Goldcrest Screening Room. The event will conclude December 5th at the Tribeca Grand Screen with a high-definition screening of "Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation" and the HDFEST 2004 Award Ceremony. HDFEST's concluding event will be New York's first exclusively High-Definition Film Festival and will provide attendees an opportunity to see independent HD films from around the world. HDFEST events include panels, seminars and screenings of new films created using high-def technology.

The HDFEST 2004 World Tour, presented by discreet, began this past May in Sydney, Australia. Additional 2004 HDFEST events were held in London, Finland, South Florida, and Los Angeles. During this year's HDFEST 2004 World Tour, over 40 different high-definition films have been screened. In addition, 15 unique HD panel discussions have been held focusing on a variety of topics surrounding digital cinema, HD filmmaking, editing and the future impact of HD digital technology.

On December 4th, HDFEST will present a variety of projects chosen from the HDFEST 2004 World Tour line-up. Films to be screened include the festival world premiere of the feature film "Inheritance." "Inheritance" is a 24p HD film directed by Kris Kristensen about a supernatural possession starring Jen Taylor who provided voiceovers on the video game "Halo." Other presentations include "Just Like You Imagined" a sci-fi short starring Eric Mabius, star of the feature "Resident Evil," the award winning film "Vivian" directed by Aimee Dixon, "Blur" a short drama directed by Kevin Hall, the world premiere of "Death of the Day" which is a short film about the first black movie serial superhero, and the high-definition trailer for the video game "True Crime:Streets of LA," among other HD works.

Sunday night, December 5th, will include a special presentation of the 2004 film "Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation" which is the high-definition sequel to the cult hit film "Starship Troopers." This screening is a rare opportunity for audiences to see the film in its originating HD format. The films being screened at HDFEST show a wide range of techniques using digital technology and originate on a variety of high-definition cameras. The panel discussion entitled "How the Independent Filmmaker can Benefit from HD Technology" will also take place Saturday December 4th and will include HD directors speaking about their past experiences.

Though HDFEST has been recognizing achievements for the past four years with a variety of awards, 2004 marks the first year to make formal use of HDFEST's new award title- "The HDFEST Deffie Awards." The Deffies will recognize excellence in high-definition filmmaking. Awards to be given out include "The Deffie for Best High-Definition Short," "The Deffie for Best High-Definition Feature Film," the "The Deffie for Outstanding Contribution to High-Definition Cinema" among others. These 2004 award winners will be announced December 5th at the Tribeca Grand Screen and the ceremony will be followed by the closing night festival party.

HDFEST's 2004 World Tour is presented by discreet; additional sponsors include Filmmaker Magazine, On Sight, Goldcrest Post Production, Gecko, Midtown Video, Digital Pictures, The Los Angeles Film School, The Hollywood Reporter, Film Threat, Production Update, Production Hub, Widescreen Review, Tape Online, and Film and Video Magazine.

HDFEST events Saturday December 4th will be held at the Goldcrest Screening Room, 799 West Washington Street. On Sunday December 5th, events will be held at The Tribeca Grand Screen, 2 Avenue of the Americas.

Tickets for the New York HDFEST events can be purchased through HDFEST's website Tickets to all New York screenings are $8, admission to the award ceremony and party are free of charge with advance reservation.

For information about HDFEST New York, sponsorship of 2005 events, or additional festival information, please visit

Since 2000, HDFEST "the world's only high-definition film festival" has been screening some of the world's finest High-Definition projects exclusively in HD format. HDFEST events also include panels and seminars on HD technology and digital cinema.

About discreet
discreet offers "industry-leading solutions designed for digital media creation, management and delivery across all disciplines from visual effects, editing/finishing and color grading to animation, game development, web/interactive, and design visualization."


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