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LFCA Film Fest Award Winners - Bugs and Trains


Written by: LFCA
Date: June 2003


Category: Press Releases


Los Angeles, CA – Two breakthrough large format films literally "broke through" the entire slate of fourteen stunning entries in the recent Large Format Cinema Association’s Film Festival. Held during its recent annual international conference, the LFCA’s Film Festival screened an eclectic assortment of full-length and short films at the The IMAX Theater at the Bridge in Howard Hughes Promenade and the California Science Center at Exposition Park. Two films emerged as "Best of Show", as voted on by members of the organization, press and attendees of the conference.

The Best Short Film was awarded to "Where the Trains Used to Go", a 4.5 minute magical journey along the remains of a 100-year-old narrow-gauge railway in Eastern Norway. The film was produced and directed by Morten Skallerud/Camera Magica using a specially developed time-lapse/nature-animation technique, and the film’s screening at LFCA was its first. The use of the time-lapse element helps the audience follow not only the tracks of a museum railroad, but also sections where there are no rails in place anymore. Skallerud, who in addition to his other responsibilities was cameraman for the project, accepted the award.

"Bugs!", narrated by Oscar® winner Dame Judi Dench, won the Best Film Award out of an impressive field of entrants. The film is a live-action nature drama filmed in awe-inspiring, totally immersive 3D. Shot on location in Borneo and in a purpose-built studio in Oxford, England, "Bugs!" explores the dramatic and savage lives of a praying mantis and a beautiful butterfly. The 40-minute feature combines incredible footage with cutting-edge technology to deliver a fantastically entertaining and enlightening experience. Producers Phil Streather and Alexandra Ferguson (from England-based Principal Large Format) and Executive Producer Jonathan Barker (from SK Films, Canada) were on hand to accept the award.

The mission of the Large Format Cinema Association is to promote international public awareness of large-screen entertainment formats; to provide a forum for sharing information among 70mm filmmaker, suppliers and manufacturers, distributors, theaters and their support industry; and to foster the growth of the large-screen entertainment industry through encouraging product availability, technical standards of quality and other activities as deemed appropriate by the Board of Directors.

For more information about the Large Format Cinema Association, visit the website at or call Executive Director, Jeannie Moore at 949-831-1142.

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