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Singapore hosts first 3-D film fest

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Singapore has been named the host of the world’s first fully 3-D film and entertainment technology festival. The five day long event will take place this November 19 to 23, and is hosted by the Media Development Authority (MDA). Named 3DX: 3D Film & Entertainment Technology Festival, the event is also supported by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB).

3dx.jpgThe festival will be produced by Jim Chabin of 3D Partners, and aims to highlight creative talent and technology in 3D filmmaking while underlining Singapore’s commitment to playing “an active role in expanding the boundaries of 3D entertainment,” asserted Dr. Christopher Chia, CEO of MDA.

“3DX will provide a world stage and convergence point for filmmakers and technology companies to showcase their works for trade and consumer audiences. It will also provide industry players the opportunity to generate discussions on the latest trends and developments in 3-D,” added Dr. Chia.

A handful of international 3D films will be screened at the 5-day event, with the first two confirmed as Fly Me To The Moon, an animated family film from Belgium and Journey to the Center of the Earth from New Line Cinema starring Brendan Fraser.

Other sponsors and backers include the Motion Picture Association (MPA), NBC Universal TV Asia, Star TV India, Star Movies, the Economic Development Board (EDB) and Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore.

3D movies have started to gain momentum this year, starting with U2’s Imax release of their Vertigo tour in 3D this January. Other films worth looking out for are Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs and a re-release of Disney’s Toy Story in 3D.

Attendees to the film festival will be treated to a red carpet reception and celebration, forums featuring guest speakers, directors, 3D pioneers, visionaries, catalysts and other special entertainment events.

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