(Singapore - 27 June 2006) CG Overdrive Festival 2006 will kick off in Singapore at the Singapore Expo from 14 – 16 July 2006, presenting a specially curated program to showcase the best digital works at the Digital Film Screenings and Digital Art Gallery.
The Digital Film Screenings will be anchored by three Programs – Festival Selections, Festival Focus and Festival MV - screening films of fresh new talents showcased alongside those from celebrated directors, animators and CG artists.
Festival Selections is the result of a global search for the most outstanding and innovative animated films and digital artwork. The collection of 15 exceptional works handpicked by the esteemed panel of judges from an overwhelming 400 submissions from all over the world will be showcased exclusively at CG Overdrive. Look out for the digital short film by Swiss independent filmmaker Richard Vaucher, ‘A Barbaric Tale’, which follows a Barbarian through a journey of self-discovery, venturing into the realm of dragon fantasy to conquer his inner fears.
Festival Focus comprises of highly acclaimed works by some of the finest creators in the CG industry. A dazzling collection of digital short films in varying style, Festival Focus will feature celebrated works including ‘One Man Band’, ‘Geri’s Game’ and ‘For The Birds’ from PIXAR Animation Studios, popular Japanese animation titles such as ‘Mr Digital Tokoro’, ‘Genki Genki Nontan’ and ‘Samuroid Zero’ from Polygon Pictures as well as thriller ‘Delivery’ (Best first film, ANNECY 2006) by German CG director Till Nowak.
CG Overdrive is also proud to announce the World Premiere of the short film ‘Jinniku no umarekawari’ by Italian VFX director Alessandro Pacciani. Heavily influenced by the Japanese sub-culture, ‘Jinniku’ is an abstract project that explores the distorting journey of the mind deep within the human shell. More a modern artwork than a film, ‘Jinniku’ is a visual poetry of reshaped human flesh combined with electronic music and oriental philosophies. Alessandro Pacciani, the only Italian director finalist at the worldwide prestigious “Hollywood International Film Festival”, with famous film-makers like George Lucas, Quentin Tarantino, Steven Spielberg, is excited to debut ‘Jinniku no umarekawari’ at CG Overdrive’s Festival Focus screenings.
Festival MV is a collection of the most creative music videos presented by IdN. Titled ‘VisualRocks’, the screening takes you to the heart of the music video, with in-depth interviews with 19 of the world’s top production companies, who have produced inspirational music videos for the likes of Coldplay, Beck, Gwen Stefani and Bright Eyes.
Complementing the screenings is the Digital Art Gallery, a special showcase of 15 masterly created works of digital art with the theme of ‘Fantasy’. From artist Aaron Sng’s ‘Paladin and the Demon’ depicting lady warrior Paladin fighting an enraged demon, to Benjamin Leitgeb’s ‘Arcadia’ with a crashed aircraft in the deserted field portraying the state of stranded helplessness, the international selection of digital artwork illustrates the utilization of technology to explore new techniques of artistic expression.
Digital Film Screenings and Digital Art Gallery at CG Overdrive Festival is located at Foyer 1, Singapore Expo from 14 – 16 July 2006 from 9am to 7pm daily. Admission is free. Seating for the screenings is on a first-come, first-served basis and program schedule is online at http://www.cgoverdrive.com
About CG Overdrive Festival
An adroit blend of Digital Film Screenings, Digital Art Gallery, Exhibition, Festival Shop, Software Clinics and Recruitment Overdrive, with activities for all CG enthusiasts to participate.
Digital Film Screenings
The pinnacle of digital creation presented in the form of animated films. Be inspired and captivated by the content, acoustic and artistic realism of these films. Digital works selected by an international judging panel from the entries to the CG Overdrive Digital Festival will be screened alongside short films produced by renowned Studios and CG Film Makers.
Digital Art Gallery
A showcase of outstanding works by international CG artists will be featured at the Digital Art Gallery, for your viewing pleasure. Handpicked from an international submission to the CG Overdrive Digital Festival, these exceptional digital art works will challenge your perception of art.
Find out all about the products and services required for creative computer graphics development at the Exhibition. Try the systems, speak to the developers and get in touch with the latest technologies in computer graphics and interactive techniques. The Exhibition is a must-visit for techies who want to know the latest trends and innovation in the industry.
Stocked with unique books, publications, apparels, collectables and other merchandise, the Festival Shop offers a broad range of exclusive products specially selected for the CG Overdrive Festival.
Learn how to master the latest expert practices in the art and science of computer graphics. In quick tutorials and demonstration sessions, leading CG specialists will teach topics that deepen understanding, inspire exploration, and immediately enhance real-world skills, with the most powerful software used in the industry.
An exclusive platform for participants to get acquainted with some of the best companies in the CG and animation industry, Recruitment Overdrive offers networking and employment opportunities in a relaxed and informal setting. Participants can also find out the latest job openings in the industry and meet the recruiters at the Recruitment Talks.
About CG Overdrive Conference
Always wanted to know what goes on in the making of some of the best animated feature films such as Cars, The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, Robots and Ice Age as well as the art of special effects in movies like The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Batman and The Lord of The Rings. CG Overdrive brings you behind the scenes through a sharing session with the animators and VFX specialists from Hollywood to explore the world of imagery magic.
Spanning three days, CG Overdrive Conference brings you behind the scenes with 12 leading industry experts from PIAXR Animation Studios, Polygon Pictures, Double Negative, Halon Entertainment and ROBOT Communication Inc. to name a few. Delegates will interact and engage in the learning of CG applications and techniques, with conference sessions covering a comprehensive range of topics in the areas of computer graphics, animation and gaming. For speakers’ profile, please visit http://www.cgoverdrive.com/conference.html
Event : CG Overdrive 2006
Date : 14 – 16 July 2006
Time : 9 am – 7pm Daily
Venue : Singapore Expo, Conference Hall A-F, No 1 Expo Drive, Singapore 486150.
Website : www.cgoverdrive.com
Enquiries : 65-6339 9455
CG Overdrive Festival : Free Admission and Open to the Public.
Seating for the Digital Film Screening, Software Clinics and Recruitment Talks is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please be sure to arrive early for the sessions you wish to attend. The program schedule will be available online at www.cgoverdrive.com
CG Overdrive Conference : Registration for Conference available online at www.cgoverdrive.com till 12 July. Tickets available at the door from 14 – 16 July.
- Student S$299
- Professional S$349
- Group Discounts Purchase 4 tickets at special price and receive 1 free ticket.
- Professional: Purchase 5 tickets at S$1,000. Each ticket will cost S$200.
- Students: Purchase 5 tickets at S$796. Each ticket will cost S$160.
About CG Overdrive
CG Overdrive, a conduit for the constellation of the finest 3D digital artists, is an initiative to raise the quality standards and profile of Asian’s Digital Animation and Computer Graphics industry. The event will serve as a catalyst to attract more talents into the industry and to raise the level of awareness of CG and digital media art in Asia. The event is initiated by 3dsense Media School, the leading Media Institution in Asia known for its professional training in Digital Animation and Interactive Visual Arts.
CG Overdrive 2006 is supported by the Media Development Authority of Singapore.