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ION Festival Introduces Machinima, a New Blending of Film, Computer Technology










(PRWEB) July 24, 2005

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) July 20, 2005 – Looking to nurture the brilliance and innovation found within the convergence of animation, gaming and film, the upcoming 2005 ION International Animation, Games and Film Festival features an all new competition category entitled Machinima.

This groundbreaking form of filmmaking utilizes computer game technology to shoot films in the virtual reality of a game engine, said festival founder Chris Davies, adding that it will bring another unusual dimension to a blossoming festival now entering into its second year. The festival will also feature its usual categories of animation; live-action short films, short documentaries, game trailers, music videos, TV spots, movie trailers and films made for mobile devices such as cell phones and PDAs.

“Our mandate is to discover and nurture the brilliance and innovation found within the convergence of animation, gaming and film,” Davies said. “In order to best do this, we have also created a summit where the challenges and potential of such innovation can be explored as well as examined by industry professionals, creative entrepreneurs and forward thinking story-tellers. ION encourages the boldness and courage integral to vision. We support creative risk-takers by exhibiting their work and we honor industry veterans who have blazed the trails for them to do so.”

This year’s ION International Animation, Games and Film Festival will take place in early December, in Los Angeles. Organizers are currently looking for submissions in all categories. To make a submission visit http://www.ionfilmfestival.com.

Last yearÂ’s inaugural ION program included Chris Landreth’s Ryan, which won ION’s International Animation of the Year Award and went on to win the Best Animated Short Oscar. The fest also screened Bill Plympton’s Academy Award-nominated toon short, Guard Dog, and featured the Los Angeles premiere of PlymptonÂ’s new feature, Hair High. Judges named LucasArtsÂ’ Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic Game of the Year.

Call for entries:

Submission guidelines are available at http://www.ionfilmfestival.com. Submissions are now being accepted for the 2005 ION International Animation, Games and Film Festival. Regular submission deadline is August 8, 2005. Late extended deadline is September 9, 2005. Over 100 films, including world and U.S. premieres, will be shown during the festival, as well as new game releases. this competitive event is open to the following categories: animation; short films; short docs; Machinima; game trailers; music videos; TV spots / commercials; movie trailers; mobile videos & films. Additional information about ION and the 2005 ION Festival is available at http://www.ionfilmfestival.com.

About the ION Festival:

The ION Animation, Games and Film Festival showcases and promotes high-quality animation, short films, Machinima, music videos, game trailers and games by filmmakers and gaming companies from around the world, and it is the first festival and conference dedicated to the merging business of animation, gaming and filmmaking. Its screenings, forums and focused networking allow creative and executive entrepreneurs in the animation, electronic gaming and filmmaking industries to explore and exchange ideas on the themes, issues and trends driving converging media production. In addition to bringing together international animators and filmmakers, ION provides a unique venue for gaming companies to release new products and technologies to eager audiences of early adopters. To learn more about ION, visit http://www.ionfilmfestival.com

For more information contact:

Rowena Zirbel

310-360-8333

http://www.ionfilmfestival.com

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