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Fighter Pilot Wins LFCA 2005 Best of Festival Film Award


David Keighly congratulates Bob Kresser as Film Festival Chair Cherie Rivers looks on.

Written by: The Large Format Cinema Association
Date: May 5, 2005


Category: Press Releases

Conference Closes On A 'High' With Closing Dinner and The LFCA's 4th Annual 'Best of Festival Film Award’ Presentation

Los Angeles, CA-(May 5, 2005) The Large Format Cinema Association (LFCA) has selected Stephen Low's FIGHTER PILOT: OPERATION RED FLAG to receive the LFCA 2005 Conference and Film Festival Best Of Festival Film Award. Voted on by all attendees at this year’s conference, the award was bestowed on Bob Kresser of K2 Communications (distributor and executive producer) at the closing dinner and awards ceremony, sponsored by CFI Laboratories, on Friday, April 29th at Bonkerz at Universal City Walk. The award recognizes the best films presented to industry peers and delegates during the annual four-day conference.

Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag takes audiences on a challenging and ultra realistic experience as Captain John "Otter" Stratton arrives at Red Flag base -- the final training spot for pilots and their aircrews before they are sent into actual combat -- along with hundreds of other pilots, ground crews, mechanics and rescue personnel from allied international forces. Bringing their planes with them, the film features a sky filled with American F-15 Strike Eagles, German Tornados, Israeli F-16's, British Harrier jump jets and Canadian F-18 Hornets. Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag is directed by Stephen Low, produced by Stephen Low (VOLCANOES OF THE DEEP SEA and SUPER SPEEDWAY) and Pietro Seragpilia (Volcanoes of The Deep Sea and MARK TWAIN'S AMERICA 3D) in association with K2 Communications (ADVENTURES IN WILD CALIFORNIA). Fighter Pilot is distributed by K2 Communications and presented by the Boeing Company.

Nine films were presented over the four-day event. To participate, new films must have been screened in the 15perf/70mm format and completed after April 30, 2004. All entries could not been have screened previously at an LFCA Film Festival. This year's Film Festival screenings included: ALIENS OF THE DEEP; MYSTERY OF THE NILE; MYSTIC INDIA; THE POLAR EXPRESS: AN IMAX 3D EXPERIENCE; ROBOTS: THE IMAX EXPERIENCE; SHARKS 3D; VIKINGS: JOURNEY TO NEW WORLDS; and WILD SAFARI 3D.

With a record number of over 350 in attendance, this year's theme -- Strategize and Thrive -- permeated the conference and panels, which featured industry guests and panelists discussing today's new digital technologies, a look at new creative and cost-effective PR and marketing, and a session focusing on the production and development of high-quality large format film content -- a hot topic for many of the institutions, distributors, and producers in attendance. New to the conference and a big hit to early arrivals, was this year's Classic Library Film Festival featuring GRAND CANYON: THE HIDDEN SECRETS; EXTREME; and ROLLING STONES AT THE MAX.

Andy Gellis, LFCA President commented, "We were thrilled with the number of delegates who participated in this year's LFCA Conference and Film Festival. We had unprecedented sponsor participation, an exciting line-up of films and targeted-topic panels. The delegates seemed to really appreciate the planning that went into this event and many went home feeling very positive about our industry's future direction."

Opening events included a touching keynote address by Pasquale Scaturro, the illustrious adventurer who serves as the force behind the celebrated large screen feature film Mystery of the Nile. Scaturro offered a very personal look at the challenges faced by him and his crew while making the treacherous journey down the length of the Nile River by raft. Distinguished filmmaker Graeme Ferguson, one of the original founders of IMAX Corporation, received the prestigious 7th Annual Kodak Vision Award. Established in 1998, The Kodak Vision Award has been given to a distinguished group of cinematic talents for their unique contributions to the industry.

About the Large Format Cinema Association

The mission of LFCA is to promote global public awareness of large-screen entertainment formats, to provide a forum for sharing information and to foster the growth of the industry. Founded in 1996, the Large Format Cinema Association (LFCA) is a not-for profit international association open to all those interested in the worldwide large format industry, including filmmakers, suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, theaters and their support industry, as well as film students, film studios and theme parks.

For More Information, contact the LFCA at (949) 831-1142

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