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Dubai to host Cinematic Innovation Summit
By Stephen Cremin
Sun, 19 May 2013, 17:15 PM (HKT)
The inaugural Cinematic Innovation Summit (5-6 Dec 2013) will be held in conjunction with the 10th Dubai International Film Festival (6-14 Dec 2013) at year-end. It is planned as an annual event in the UAE city-state.
Co-organised by the Seattle-based Center for New Cinema and France's naseba, the summit focuses on technical innovation in media in the form of "dynamic mix of symposium, film festival and interactive space for cutting-edge works".
Confirmed speakers include Alvy Ray Smith, the co-founder of Pixar, and David LINDE, founder of film financing and production company Lava Bear Films. Other speakers will be drawn from Hollywood, Silicon Valley and academia.
J.B. Davis, President of private research institute the Center for New Cinema, said in a statement, "It's an exciting time to be in cinema: the rules for how movies can be made and experienced are all being rewritten."
Nicholas Watson, naseba's managing director, highlighted the position and ambition of Dubai and its festival as a bridge between the west and the east, including Asia. His organisation is a "deal facilitator" focused on growth markets, including China.
DIFF chairman Abdulhamid JUMA noted that "technology is transforming the entire media ecosystem" and said that the summit also serves the festival's long-term goal of "enabling talent and film to find critical and commercial success".