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By Patrick Frater
Tue, 10 July 2012, 11:57 AM (HKT)
The Dubai International Film Festival (9-16 Dec 2012) will this year host a major, two-day conference on film industry technology.
Organised by the festival, the Center for New Cinema and business information company naseba, the Cinematic Innovation Summit (8-9 Dec 2012) expects to involve some 200 executives from film, games, tech and finance.
Confirmed speakers include X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner; Pixar co-founder Alvy Ray Smith; and Dean DeBlois (writer and director of How to Train Your Dragon 3D and Lilo & Stitch).
"Providing access to powerful new tools for storytelling is crucial to the achievement of our ultimate goal — enabling talent and films find critical and commercial success," said DIFF chairman Abdulhamid Juma (pictured).
The summit is expected to illuminate the economic value of cinematic technology for other industry sectors including telecoms, video gaming, advertising, healthcare, defence and oil exploration.
"Innovations in cinematic technology are accelerating: many of today's movies could not have been made a decade ago, and the same will be true a decade from now. This has major implications for cinema and for business," said CNC president John B Davis.