Florida Hosts HD Film Festival

Florida's first high definition film festival takes place this weeked August 6 and 7 in Fort Lauderdale. The festival, which features documentaries, animation, features and shorts is part of the HDFEST 2004 World Tour that wrapped up in Los Angeles in July and will also take place in Sydney, London, New York, and Hämeenlinna, Finland.

Each HDFEST will host panel discussions and show film screenings. Florida panels include "Animation and Effects for HD, Implications for Rendering and Perception, Presented by The Digital Media Arts College in Boca Raton. "Shooting High-Def, The Advantages over DV and Film" will also be presented.

A diverse selection of presentations include the short film, "The Painting" directed by Miami filmmaker Pablo Alsina and a comedic stop-motion animation, "Oedipus The Movie," in which the story of Oedipus is performed by raw vegetables. Short drama, "Remember"--whose director Yvette Freeman played Nurse Adams on "ER"--will also be featured.

The festival will take place Friday August 6 at the Sunrise Gateway Theatre and Saturday August 7 panel discussions will take place at Art Serve. For more information go to http://www.hdfest.com/florida.htm.