(August 31th) Now in its eighth year, the historical digital cinema festival, HDFEST, has released the schedule for the first three events of the HDFEST 2007 World Tour: the Seoul event, the London event, and the New York event.
HDFEST screens films that have originated exclusively in High-Definition using High-Definition cameras and technology. All festival material will be played back with some of the most advanced High-Definition projection equipment available. HDFEST events in Seoul, London and New York will showcase some of the finest new independent cinema from around the world, all of which has been created with state-of-the-art high-definition technology. HDFEST's is proud to partner once again with The Seoul Film Festival for its Seoul event and the Raindance Film Festival for its London screenings. HDFEST is further pleased to announce that the New York festival screenings will be held in the High-Definition Theatre at Sony Wonder Technology Lab. Additional HDFEST 2007 World Tour festival events will also be taking place in Finland and Los Angeles in November and December, respectively.
HDFEST Seoul- Cutting Edge Cinema and 4K Presentations
HDFEST screenings in Seoul, South Korea will be held September 7th and 12th in conjunction with The Seoul Film Festival in the HD Choice Program. In regards to the HD Choice Program screenings, The Seoul Film Festival organizers state "this section is dedicated to HD cinema, with an emphasis on its relation to traditional film-based cinema. It will explore the frontier of digital cinema and new ways of capturing reality with cutting-edge digital technology." HDFEST films to be screened in Seoul include the feature "The Insurgents" written and directed by Scott Dacko. The Insurgents centers on the gripping and intense story of four American political radicals who build a truck bomb whose detonation they hope will spark an American revolution.
HDFEST's Seoul screenings also include a 4K Presentation of “Postcards from the Future” directed by Alan Chan. HDFEST's presentation of “Postcards from the Future” will give audiences a very rare opportunity to see a 4K film screened in its native resolution. “Postcards from the Future” is a thought-provoking sci-fi film about the future of space exploration, and has the impressive distinction of being one of the first films shot on the DALSA Origin camera. This visionary work was "shot entirely digitally in pristine large-format 'Imax-scaled' resolution, and produced using a completely digital post-production pipeline." The 4K screening of “Postcards from the Future” affords audiences an eye-opening glimpse into the future of filmmaking as well as the future of digital projection. The schedule for all of the HDFEST Seoul screenings can be found at http://www.hdfest.com/hdfestseoul07.html
HDFEST London- Focus on Innovation and Groundbreaking Visuals/HD Animation
HDFEST will hold its London screenings in conjunction with the Raindance Film Festival on October 1st at the Cineworld Shaftesbury Avenue Theatre. HDFEST screenings in London include the feature presentation "We are the Strange" directed by M dot Strange. The film's creator "painstakingly creating this film, using a range of animation techniques–traditional, stop-motion, computer, and his own unique blend of 8-bit graphics and anime, dubbed 'Str8nime.'" The popularity of "We are the Strange" continues to grow at a breakneck speed as its youtube trailer has already been viewed over 1 million times. M dot Strange will be in attendance at HDFEST London. The HDFEST London event will also present a series of visually intense shorts which include "Ray Harryhausen Presents: The Pit and the Pendulum" a Canadian stop-motion animation directed by Marc Lougee, “Eel” a German animation by Martin Rahmlow and “Public Spaces” a CG animated short from the Netherlands shot with one long uninterrupted camera movement. This sequence marks some of the most intense images and animation seen at HDFEST to date. The London HDFEST schedule can be found at http://www.hdfest.com/hdfestlondon07.html
HDFEST New York- Focus on International HD Short Films
HDFEST's New York festival screenings will be held October 10th and 11th at the High-Definition Theatre at Sony Wonder Technology Lab. The New York event will be screening a truly diverse selection of HD international short films with most making their US premieres and their HD premieres simultaneously. HDFEST shorts to be screened at the New York event originate from countries around the world including Japan, Seoul, Singapore, Germany, England, Ireland, Canada, and Spain. Highlighted festival screenings also include an HD Comedy, Animation and FX" shorts sequence which will include "Off Beat" written and directed by Will Becher who also was one of the animators on the Wallace and Gromit feature film "Curse of the Were-Rabbit.". "Off Beat" is the first HD short film from Aardman Animations. The New York event will also screen the New York premiere of the award winning feature film "The Rat Thing" written by and directed by Kevin Keresey who will be in attendance to discuss his work. "The Rat Thing" focuses on two men who launch a wild, get-rich-quick scheme in a last ditch effort to solve their problems. The HDFEST New York festival also will present a series of High-Definition documentary films including "Globeriders Silk Road Adventure" a pioneering project about a group of motorcyclists who follow the ancient Silk Road through 8000 miles and 8 countries over a two-month period. Additional documentary screenings will include three documentaries from the American Natural History Museum, all of which focus on environmentally related issues: "Lemurs of Madagascar: Surviving on an Island of Change," "Sloan Digital Sky Survey: Mapping the Universe," and "Melting Ice: Rising Seas." The New York HDFEST schedule can be found at http://www.hdfest.com/hdfestnyc.html
Event Location and Information
The location for the Seoul event will be taking place in the Lotte Cinema Konkuk in the Kang-nam Gu region of Seoul. Tickets can be purchased through the Seoul Film Festival's website http://senef.net
. The HDFEST London screenings will be held at The Cineworld Shaftesbury Avenue Theatre at 13 Coventry Street, Piccadilly, London. Tickets can be purchased in advance through Raindance's website http://www.raindance.co.uk/festival
or at the box office of the Cineworld Shaftesbury Avenue Theatre. Information about HDFEST's New York festival can be found at the festival website http://www.hdfest.com/hdfestnyc.html
. Tickets can also be purchased online through HDFEST or at the HDFEST box office the day of the event. More information about HDFEST and HDFEST Festival Events can be found at HDFEST's website http://www.hdfest.com