SINGAPORE – 15 JUL 2008
15 July 2008 - Singapore will host 3DX: 3D Film & Entertainment Technology Festival (3DX) - the first-ever festival of its kind dedicated to stereoscopic 3D content and technologies. The five-day festival will comprise conferences with leading international speakers as well as screening of 3D movies for the public.
Singapore, 15 July 2008 | For Immediate Release
Singapore will host 3DX: 3D Film & Entertainment Technology Festival (3DX) - the first-ever festival of its kind dedicated to stereoscopic 3D content and technologies. The five-day festival will comprise conferences with leading international speakers as well as screening of 3D movies for the public.
The World's First-Ever 3D Festival
The 3DX Festival is hosted by the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) and supported by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB). 3DX celebrates the artistic achievements of the world's leading 3D technology filmmakers. Festival attendees will be able to watch a wide variety of 3D films including features, documentaries, animation and shorts. In addition, for the first time, Singapore will welcome world business leaders in the 3D field for a five day deliberation of the issues and opportunities for growing this exciting new digital entertainment sector.
Said Dr. Christopher Chia, Chief Executive Officer, MDA: "We are delighted to host and stage the first-ever 3D festival in the world, in Singapore. 3DX will not only take the lead in gathering the advocates, creators and technology companies in 3D stereoscopic entertainment, it will also serve as a platform for participants to deliberate on the latest trends and developments in 3D while affirming Singapore's commitment to be at the forefront of digital media. The Festival bridges the East and the West, bringing Asian and Western producers and makers of 3D content together and making Singapore the focal point for the exchange of ideas on 3D content production, developments and technology."
"Worldwide, Singapore is seen as a respected leader in digital technology and visionary business advancement. In selecting Singapore as host city for 3DX we are kicking off "3D's Premiere Year-2008" with a week long series of events to activate business leaders and consumers worldwide using the powerful impact of 3D. We are bringing innovators from Hollywood, Bollywood, Asia, the UK, Australia, Europe and other world entertainment communities together to advance this new art form and industry", said Jim Chabin of Chabin Partners, the Executive Producer of 3DX.
As part of its continuing efforts to develop the Digital Cinema industry in Singapore, IDA together with Thomson's Technicolor Digital Cinema (TDC) business, are providing the necessary digital cinema infrastructure and technical and content management expertise for the 3DX Festival. Technicolor Digital Cinema will be enabling cinema operators in Singapore to screen 2D and 3D digital cinematic content during the Festival and beyond.
The media luminaries and speakers for 3DX include Sandy Climan (CEO of 3Ality Digital LLC and Executive Producer of "U2 3D"); Eric Brevig (Director and Producer of "Journey to the Center of the Earth"); Charlotte Huggins (Producer of "Journey to the Centre of the Earth" and "Fly Me to the Moon"); Ben Stassen of nWave Pictures (Director of "Fly Me to the Moon"); Lord David Puttnam (Deputy Chairman for Channel 4 and International Advisory Committee member of MDA); Shekhar Kapur (Filmmaker and Director and International Advisory Panel member of MDA) and Jean-Jaques & Francois Mantello, (Director and Producer) of 3D Entertainment.
In addition, 3D technology experts will exhibit a wide variety of new products including 3D mobile phones, video games, live television, home theatre entertainment systems and computer hardware and software.
A variety of ticket packages are available for students, media and technology professionals and the general public. A special student package to the screenings will be available for S$50.00. Executive Forum packages will be available in limited quantities. For screenings, tickets can be purchased in packages or for individual screenings. Limited numbers of VIP Diamond Class tickets, which include invitations to receptions, all 3D movie screenings, conferences and red carpet events will go on sale to the public from 1 September 2008. Registration and ticket information can be found online at www.3dxfestival.com starting 15 August 2008.
To date, the selection of films to be screened at 3DX includes:
- "Journey to the Centre of the Earth", a live action adventure from New Line Cinema and Walden Media, starring Brendan Fraser, Josh Hutcherson and Anita Briem;
- "Fly Me to the Moon", an animated family film from Belgium's nWave Pictures and Summit Entertainment, featuring characters voiced by Kelly Ripa, Nicollette Sheridan, Tim Curry and Ed Begley Jr.;
- "DOLPHINS AND WHALES 3D: Tribes of the Ocean", an IMAX Digital 3D documentary produced by 3D Entertainment and McKinney Underwater Productions, presented by Jean-Michel Cousteau and narrated by Daryl Hannah;
- "U2 3D", a real-time recording of Irish band U2's "Vertigo" concert in South America by 3ality Digital and distributed by National Geographic.
Media organisations such as CNBC, Content Asia, The Hollywood Reporter, Motion Picture Association (MPA), NBC Universal TV Asia, Star TV India and Star Movies, TV Week and Variety are also among the growing list of media sponsors. Additional support is being lent by Singapore Discovery Centre, Game Axis, Photo Videoi, Cathay Cineplexes, Golden Village Multiplex, Shaw Theatres, Eng Wah Cinemas, Filmgarde and The Fullerton Hotel.
DDD, also known as Dynamic Digital Depth, the 3D software and content company, is happy to be part of the 3DX Festival and Executive Forum. DDD offers 3D technologies, licensing partnerships, and products for each of the "3 screens" in consumers' lives: television, PC, and mobile. DDD's core technology is it's ability to convert the world of 2D video content into 3D, either in real-time or in an off-line, artist-directed process.
As a lead-up to 3DX in November, the festival organisers held a series of private 3D screenings at Golden Village VivoCity today. The attendees, including educators, media, industry practitioners and children from the Rainbow Club, were the first in Singapore to watch "Fly me to the Moon" and "Journey to the Centre of the Earth" in 3D. "Journey to the Centre of the Earth" will open in Singapore on 35mm and 2D digital cinema only in August. The screenings were made possible with the generous support of IDA, Technicolor Digital Cinema, Golden Village Multiplex, Warner Bros., New Line Cinema, Walden Media, nWave Pictures and Summit Entertainment. Special clips viewed from groundbreaking 3D film "U2 3D" were screened, made possible from National Geographic Distribution and 3Ality Digital. Additional technical support was lent by Christie Digital and Dolby Laboratories.
Registrations for the conference as well as submission of 3D titles for screening at 3DX begin on 15 August 2008. More information on 3DX can be found on www.3dxfestival.com.
- 3D Movies: A Reality in Singapore
About 3DX: 3D Film & Entertainment Technology Festival
The 3DX: 3D Film & Entertainment Technology Festival takes place from November 19 - 23, 2008 in Singapore. It comprises a business forum, film festival, public screenings and a gala red carpet event. The first of its kind dedicated to stereoscopic 3D, the Festival is hosted by the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) with support from the Singapore Tourism Board, Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore and Singapore Economic Development Board. It is produced by Chabin Partners. Media organizations such as CNBC, Content Asia, The Hollywood Reporter, Motion Picture Association, NBC Universal TV Asia, Star TV India and Star Movies, TV Week, Variety are among the growing list of sponsors. Additional support is lent by Technicolor Digital Cinema, Golden Village Multiplex, Cathay Cineplexes, Shaw Theatres, Eng Wah Cinemas, Filmgarde and The Fullerton Hotel. Visit www.3dxfestival.com.
About Media Development Authority of Singapore
Formed in 2003, the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) plays a vital role in transforming Singapore into a Global Media City and positioning it at the forefront of the digital media age. MDA spearheads initiatives that promote developments in film, video, television, radio, publishing, music, games, animation, media services and Interactive Digital Media. At the same time, in ensuring clear and consistent regulatory policies and guidelines, MDA helps to foster a pro-business environment for industry players and increase media choices for consumers. For more information, visit www.imda.gov.sg and www.smf.sg.
About Singapore Media Fusion
The Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) has developed the "Singapore Media Fusion" (SMF) strategic positioning which encapsulates the attributes of the media industry in showcasing Singapore as a global media city. SMF is a mark of the quality of our products and services and the collective richness and diversity of the media industry. The positioning not only lends consistency in the manner to which the Singapore media industry is represented and promoted, it is also intended to enhance the image of Singapore media at an international level, in a compelling and coherent manner. For more information, visit www.smf.sg about the Singapore Exhibition and Convention Bureau The Singapore Exhibition and Convention Bureau (SECB), a group of the STB, is the lead government agency for the business events sector in Singapore. Its mission is to champion business travel and business events as key drivers of the tourism sector and enablers for cluster growth in Singapore. It also assists business event organisers, corporations and associations by providing comprehensive and impartial information on Singapore's MICE facilities, incentive venues and industry partners. The SECB is a member of the BestCities Global Alliance, the world's first and only convention bureau alliance with eight partners in five continents.
About Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore
The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) is committed to growing Singapore into a dynamic global Infocomm hub. IDA uses an integrated approach to developing Infocommunications in Singapore. This involves nurturing a competitive telecoms market as well as a conducive business environment with programmes and schemes for both local and international companies. For more information, visit https://www.imda.gov.sg/.
About Thomson/ Technicolor
Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) is the world leading provider of solutions for the creation, management, delivery and access of video, for the Communication, Media & Entertainment (CME) industries. Our clients are studios, broadcasters, network operators (telcos, broadband, satellite and cable operators) and an increasing range of professional users of videos. We deliver superior value to our customers through a unique combination of industry leading technologies, systems and services, enabling us to offer differentiated and innovative end-to-end solutions based on a broad portfolio of Intellectual Property. At the cross-roads of the CME industries, leveraging our core competencies in video but also audio, data and voice, we enable our customers to take advantage of the growth opportunities brought on by the digital convergence revolution. For more information: www.thomson.net. Technicolor Digital Cinema is an operating unit of the Technicolor Theatrical Services business unit, part of the Services Division of Thomson.
About 3ality Digital
3ality Digital is one of the world's preeminent digital 3-D production and postproduction companies, rooted deeply in research, technology and production. 3ality Digital uses their advanced technologies in the development and production of feature films, alternative content (e.g., music, sports) and television. The company has brought together the leading minds in 3-D, production, content creation, development, and digital post-production to create a unique environment that is purpose built for uncompromising creativity, quality and ingenuity. 3ality is focused on every step of the process from creative inspiration through image-acquisition and exhibition and will continue developing and producing its own feature film opportunities, collaborating with major filmmakers and studios on upcoming projects, designing unique alternative-media experiences and building the technology of the future. For more information, visit www.3alitydigital.com.
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