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LFCA Announces This Year's LFCA 2004 Best Film of Festival Award Winners


Written by: The Large Format Cinema Association
Date: May 10, 2004


Category: Press Releases

Los Angeles, CA, May 10, 2004 -- The Large Format Cinema Association rounded-up this year's successful 2004 LFCA Conference and Film Festival honoring George Casey's FORCES OF NATURE, with the Best Film of Festival Award, and Frank Summers' HUBBLE: GALAXIES ACROSS SPACE AND TIME with this year's Best Short Film of Festival Award.

FORCES OF NATURE, a Graphic Films and National Geographic production, showcases the awesome spectacle of earthquakes, volcanoes, tornadoes and their frightening aftermath in larger-than-life images and sounds. The winner of The Best Film of Festival is directed by four-time Academy Award nominee George Casey (ALASKA: SPRIT OF THE WILD, THE ERUPTION OF MOUNT ST. HELENS, PLANET OCEAN, PROBES IN SPACE), produced by veteran large format producers Paul Novros and Lisa Truitt, and distributed by Destination Cinema. Narrated by Kevin Bacon, the film gives the audience a face-to-face perspective of Earth's most destructive forces.

Best Short Film winner, HUBBLE: GALAXIES ACROSS SPACE AND TIME, presented the unique exploration of a Hubble dataset of some 30,000 galaxies stretched across the universe. The production combined a 625-megapixel image mosaic with extensive ground-based observations astronomical catalogs to create a scientifically accurate 3D model of galaxies spinning more than three-quarters of the depth of the universe. Produced by John Stoke and directed by Frank Summers, HUBBLE is distributed by Space Telescope Science Institute.

The LFCA Best Film of Festival Awards were bestowed on April 30th at the conference's Closing Gala held at Universal City Walk's exciting BB King Blues Club, sponsored by CFI Laboratories. The awards were created to recognize the best films presented to industry peers and delegates during the annual three-day conference. Over 300 LFCA conference attendees selected this year's award winners by popular vote, at the conclusion of the Film Festival.

Additional large format feature length films presented included: NASCAR 3D: THE IMAX® EXPERIENCE (3D); ROAR! LIONS OF THE KALAHARI; SACRED PLANET; VOLCANOES OF THE DEEP SEA; VIRTUAL ACTORS (3D) and THE YOUNG BLACK STALLION. A BETTER MOUSETRAP (3D), and STAGE FRIGHT were the two additional shorts presented.

The Large Format Cinema Association's (LFCA) Eight Annual Conference and Film Festival took place April 28-30 at the Universal City Hilton and at Universal CityWalk, IMAX® Theatre. Entitled "The Business of Large Format," this year's LFCA Conference was an industry forum with leading experts offering educational and informative panels on large format film funding, marketing, exhibition and distribution, as well as in-depth sessions on cinematography and film festivals. The conference ended on May 1st with the LFCA Digital Symposium, examining today's emerging technological trends.

Conference highlights include this year's LFCA conference keynote speaker, Frank Marshall, one of Hollywood's most respected and successful motion picture producers, and writer, producer and director Stephen Low garnering the prestigious Kodak Vision Award, sponsored by the Eastman Kodak Company.

The Large Format Cinema Association is a non-profit corporation created to promote international public awareness of large-screen entertainment formats. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the Large Format Cinema Association promotes the large format production and exhibition industries through a wide range of educational programs and conferences, newsletters and industry events.

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