Magazine article Screen International

Dubai International Film Festival Will Host Cinematic Innovation Summit

Magazine article Screen International

Dubai International Film Festival Will Host Cinematic Innovation Summit

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The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) will be the site of what is being billed as "the world's first summit dedicated entirely to the future of cinematic innovation".

The Cinematic Innovation Summit, taking place December 8-9 will feature several notable Hollywood speakers including producer Lauren Shuler Donner, Pixar Co-founder Alvy Ray Smith [pictured], How To Train Your Dragon writer-director Dean DeBlois, and Avatar actor Stephen Lang.

"Today, more than ever before, cinema and the entire media ecosystem are being transformed by ground-breaking innovations in technology," said DIFF Chairman Abdulhamid Juma, "Providing access to powerful new tools for storytelling is crucial to the achievement of our ultimate goal, enabling talent and films to find critical and commercial success."

Organised in conjunction with Dubai's Center for New Cinema (CNC) and business event coordinator naseba, the Summit aims to explore potential advances in motion picture technology, including artificial intelligence, game-style interactivity, ultra-real display technologies and augmented reality techniques. …

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