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HDFEST's Touring HD Film Festival Heads to FinlandHDFEST 2004 World Tour travels from London to Hämeenlinna (October 19, 2004)
The groundbreaking HDFEST 2004 World Tour, presented by discreet, began earlier this year in Australia and now is continuing with two European events this October. HDFEST's Finland Event will take place October 29th and 30th in Hämeenlinna and will be the second European HDFEST event to take place this month. Two weeks ago, HDFEST concluded the highly successful London event which took place October 4th and 5th in conjunction with the Raindance Film Festival. The European events serve as an important part of the HDFEST 2004 World Tour which is presenting high-definition independent cinema, panel discussions and educational seminars in six cities this year. Other event locales have included Los Angeles and South Florida. The festival will conclude this December with final screenings, the award ceremony and closing party in New York City.
The HDFEST event recently held in London screened high-definition cinema to sold-out crowds. In fact, the twelfth annual Raindance film festival attracted record audiences this year seeing over 20,000 festival attendees. Among the twelve HDFEST panelists in London were representatives from Baraka Post Production, VTR Media Services, ARRI, and Thomson Grass Valley. Panel topics included overviews of filmmaking with high-definition equipment, discussions of post-production in HD, and new trends in digital cinema. These crowded panel discussions were attended by independent filmmakers, media anad UK industry professionals from a variety of backgrounds.
In Finland, HDFEST will take place during the Clone Digital Film Festival in Hämeenlinna- the administrative centre of the province of Southern Finland. HDFEST screenings include eleven new HD films with a wide range originating HD cameras, subject matters and genres. Clone is an annual international festival which takes place in the Verkatehdas, a highly unique and exciting venue for HDFEST. The Verkatehdas is a textile mill recently converted into a "cultural space of the next generation" consisting of facilities including museums, theatres, auditoriums and galleries. The European Union's plan to turn the factory into a vibrant art and culture center is a six year plan with a budget of 21.4 Million . HDFEST events in Finland will include two panel discussions "Is HD the Future?" and "HD and Filmmaking" which will be presented to Finish film industry professionals as well as International attendees. HDFEST Finland panelists will include representatives from Hedcom, Digital Film Finland, Filmtools, and Generator Post among others.
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. More information about the event as well as directions to the Verkatehda can be found at www.clonefilmfest.com. Tickets for the HDFEST events can be purchased at the door the day of the event. Visit www.hdfest.com for more information on HDFEST Finland or the HDFEST 2004 World Tour.
About Clone Digital Film Festival
Clone is an annual international festival which lives for 3 days in Hämeenlinnas Verkatehdas. Clone is a platform for digital producers to show their work and to receive feedback from the audience as well from professionals. www.clonefilmfest.com
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. www.hdfest.com
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." www.discreet.com
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