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Mantello Bros. Present Daryl Hannah Reef Check Award


Written by: 3D Entertainment
Date: September 14, 2007

Marine biologist and current National Geographic "Explorer-in-Residence" Dr. Sylvia Earle will also be honored at the event with the Poseidon Award.


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Fundraiser will feature a sneak preview of 3D Entertainment's new IMAX® 3D theatre film, Dolphins & Whales 3D: Tribes of the Ocean

Malibu (California, USA), September 14, 2007 / PRNEWSWIRE / -- 3D Entertainment Ltd. is pleased to announce that its chairman, Francois Mantello, and Jean-Jacques Mantello, the director of the Company's unique ocean conservation-themed film trilogy for IMAX® 3D theatres, will present the Reef Rescuer Award to Hollywood star and environmentalist Daryl Hannah for her dedicated support and advocacy of reef and ocean conservation at Reef Check's 5th annual Reef Rescue gala on Sunday, September 16th.

Internationally renowned marine biologist, former chief scientist of the US National Oceanographic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and current National Geographic "Explorer-in-Residence" Dr. Sylvia Earle will also be honored at the event with the Poseidon Award for her lifetime achievements in marine conservation.

Held in benefit of the Reef Check Foundation, a non profit organization established in 1997 to reverse the coral reef crisis and to facilitate ocean conservation on a global scale, the charity event will feature a sneak preview of 3D Entertainment's upcoming film, DOLPHINS & WHALES 3D: TRIBES OF THE OCEAN. The stunning underwater documentary will be released at IMAX® 3D Theatres as of February 2008 in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme and its North American office (RONA).

"It's a great honor for us to present this award to such an accomplished actress and environmentalist as Daryl Hannah, whose sole motivation is a genuine passion for and appreciation of the world's surviving ocean communities and ecosystems," said the Mantello brothers. "We are also very pleased to support Reef Check in their noble and vital cause three years after the tremendous support they showed us during the launch of our highly successful film Sharks 3D presented by Jean-Michel Cousteau."

"As an international ocean conservation organization focusing on living organisms, Reef Check is very grateful for Francois and Jean-Jacques Mantello’s dedication to bringing marine life out of the water and onto the gigantic IMAX® screen so that millions of people around the world may learn about and appreciate the importance of ocean conservation," added Gregor Hodgson, Executive Director of the Reef Check Foundation. "From corals to whales and dolphins – it is impossible to watch the Mantellos’ innovative, inspiring and educational films and not be captivated by these creatures and want to assist in their preservation."

Reef Rescue 2007 will be held on Sunday, September 16th, at the Malibu West Beach Club, beginning at 5:00 pm. The evening's program includes a live silent auction, cocktail, seated dinner and a performance of the multimedia extravaganza "Reef Inhabitants" by the Celine Dion dancers. Individual tickets for the event may be purchased for US 250.00. All proceeds will benefit Reef Check. For additional ticket information, please go to

The 2007 Edition of Reef Check's Reef Rescue Gala Event is co-sponsored by 3D Entertainment; Quiksilver Foundation; Body Glove; Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; Paradise Cove Beach Cafe; The Castle Press; and The Kissel Company, Inc. It will be followed on September 22nd by Reef Check's Ocean Festival, which will be held at Bluffs Park in Malibu (free entrance). Beginning at 5:30 pm, the event will feature a number of family oriented and educational booths to teach children and families how to be better custodians of our ocean and reef ecosystems. A sneak preview of Dolphins & Whales 3D will also be presented for the very first time to the general public during the Festival along with the Sony Pictures Entertainment film "Surf’s Up!".

After the popular Ocean Wonderland 3D in 2003 and Sharks 3D in 2005, Dolphins & Whales 3D marks the final chapter in the company’s unique trilogy of ocean-themed documentaries produced exclusively for IMAX® 3D Theatres. This latest film will take audiences on an extraordinary dive with the surviving ocean tribes and allow them to join these cetaceans in their daily activities: interacting socially, feeding, migrating and perpetually fighting for their survival. Principal photography was completed last month and required no less than three years, 12 diving expeditions and 600 hours underwater in some of the remotest locations on earth.

3D ENTERTAINMENT LTD. is a fully-integrated, independent British company specializing in the production, distribution and marketing of unique and innovative ocean conservation-themed 3D films for the worldwide network of IMAX® theatres. Our mission is to immerse audiences in unique 3D experiences that inspire and educate. The company enjoys strategic alliances with McKinney Underwater Productions, Mantello Films, Celco Inc. and Studio Helios XVI. More information on the company can be found at

Founded in 1997, the Reef Check Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization, was established to reverse the coral reef crisis and to facilitate ocean conservation on a global scale. Reef ecosystems can be rehabilitated through public-private partnerships: Reef Check programs provide ecologically sound and economically sustainable solutions for local businesses and communities, and thousands of volunteers participate in its programs in over 90 countries and territories. Reef Check California was launched in 2005 to help conserve rocky reef life in our own state. Leonardo DiCaprio serves as the Honorary Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Pacific Palisades-based Foundation.

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