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High-Def Animation Showcase to take place in LA 
By HDFEST on Nov 23, 2008 06:31 AM
Spectacular High-Definition Animation Showcase to take place during HDFEST in Los Angeles

On Sunday December 7th, HDFEST will present a series of some of the best new HD Animation from around the world during HDFEST's 2008 Los Angeles Festival Event. The High-Definition Animation sequence will be taking place between 2pm-3:30pm at Dolby Laboratories' Larry Umpang Presentation Theatre II, located at 3601 W Alameda Avenue in Burbank. This is truly a groundbreaking presentation of High-Definition animation as it includes 16 unique pieces created by independent filmmakers and animators. These pieces originate from countries including Singapore, The Netherlands, Germany, The UK, Canada, The United States, Hong Kong, Spain, Germany and Paraguay. At 9:30pm the Sunday December 7th, HDFEST will present the 2008 HDFEST Deffie Award Ceremony and announce the winners of the HDFEST Deffie Award for Best Animation. The Deffies, which have been presented annually since 2004, recognize achievement and innovation in High-Definition independent filmmaking and now also include recognitions in High-Definition animation.

HDFEST's HIgh-Definition festival events have been taking place since 2000, but the 2008 event will present, by far, the largest and most extensive showcase of High-Definition to date. HDFEST's HD animation series includes a wide variety of styles and genres including stop-motion, experimental animation and CGI. This sequence of HD animation will showcase the accomplishments now possible for filmmakers and animators working with fairly low budgets. Among the numerous High-Definition animations in this groundbreaking showcase include Two Minutes Away from Launch from Singapore and Directed by Jaryl Lim, Hose Written and Directed by Kevin Watkins, a unique film which is believed to be the first stop-motion project on this scale, shot entirely outdoors using natural light, The Miraculous Pear Tree from The Netherlands directed by Jeroen Zijlstra which is a stop-motion animation telling the Tibetan fairytale of a Tibetan monk who encounters a less than dignified salesman, the groundbreaking German HD animation Morula, Directed by Kristian Labusga which is an animation with a focus on music visualization using motion capture data for the character and camera movement, and also two works from Joaquin Baldwin, an animator originally from Paraguay whose animations are entitled Papiroflexia and Sebastian's Voodoo.

HDFEST Los Angeles will include screenings of high-definition movies, discussions on HD moviemaking and digital cinema, festival parties and the HDFEST 2008 Deffie Award Ceremony. In addition to the HD Animation Showcase, this year's HDFEST Los Angeles will include a wide variety of short films and presentations of seven revolutionary feature length HD films including the feature comedy Route 30, written and directed by past HDFEST Deffie Award Winner John Putch, Food Fight, a documentary by Chris Taylor, about the counter-revolution against big agribusiness, and Serpent and the Sun: Tales of an Aztec Shaman, written and directed by Shaahin Cheyene, about Aztec medicine man and his apprentice.

Tickets to the HDFEST HD Animation Showcase are $10 and can be purchased online at http://www.hdfest.com; for more information about the showcase email admin@hdfest.com. A complete calendar of events for the festival, which runs December 5th, 6th and 7th can be found at http://www.hdfest.com/hdfestla.html.

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