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Visual Effects Society Announces 5th Annual Festival of Visual Effects

The Visual Effects Society (VES) recently announced the schedule andlineup for the 5th Annual “VES 2003: A Festival of Visual Effects.”Taking place at The Los Angeles Film School on Sunset Blvd. from June27-29, 2003, the festival will be a discussion of the visual effectsprocess through viewing certain segments of the works featured. Formore information visit

Tom Atkin, executive director of VES, stated: “We are very excitedabout the all star lineup of visual effects product we have to show atthe festival this year. We give professionals in the effects businessthe chance to step back for a few days and discuss each portion of thestorytelling process through visual effects. We will take a look at howthese processes work together to help create the overall finishedproduct. This event is truly unique in Hollywood, because it’s theindustry talking about their craft, which we believe is why this issold out year after year.”

The Festival line-up is set as follows:

Friday June 27

11 AM – 1 PM: Shorts (Presented by Dan Sarto of AWN)

2:30-4:30 PM: X-Men 2 (Presented by VFX Supervisor Michael Fink)

6:30-9:30 PM: Tron Retrospective (Moderated by HarrisonEllenshaw)

Saturday June 28

10 AM-12 PM: Titles (Presented by Kyle Cooper and ImaginaryForces)

2-4 PM: Finding Nemo (Presented by Pixar)

5-7 PM: Hulk (Presented by ILM)

9-11: Hulk Screening

Sunday June 29

10 AM-12 PM: The Core (Presented by VFX Supervisor GregMcMurray)

1:30- 3:30 PM: The Matrix Reloaded

4:30- 6:30 PM: Music Videos

Tickets for the festival are now available and can be purchasedthrough VES at (310) 315-6055 or via email at event was sold out last year. Sponsors of the event includeDiscreet, IBM, Softimage, EPG, Maya, Eyetronics, Daily Variety, nVIDIA,Expression, Film & Video, The Hollywood Reporter and AnimationMagazine.

VES will next take the festival to Frankfurt, Germany, inassociation with eDIT, a congress focusing on production andpost-production, and the State of Hessen. In Germany, a similar line-upwill be presented September 27-30, 2003.

About VES

The Visual Effects Society, founded in 1997, is comprised ofdistinguished visual effects artists and technologists who areprofessionally committed to the specialized industry of visual effects.The society provides its members with a platform for communication,education, and recognition of the current and future state of thevisual effects industry. Society headquarters are located in SantaMonica, CA with approximately 800 global members.