HDFEST World Tour Launches in Asia

HDFEST today announced the launch of its HDFEST 2006 World Tour, which will screen animation and other independently produced high-definition productions across the globe. Now in its seventh year, HDFEST will kick off with an event held in conjunction with the Seoul Film Festival (Sept. 9-14), and will also host events in New York, Los Angeles, London, and Hameenlinna, Finland.

The Seoul festivities will include the largest collection of HD animation to be screened at any film festival to date. Films selected for screening include Vaudeville from Chansoo Kim, First Flight from DreamWorks Animation and directors Kyle Jefferson and Cameron Hood, Arrest Assured from Studio Pendulum and directors Michael McCormick and Robert Taylor, The Toll by J. Zachary Pike, Mantis Parable by Josh Staub and Elephant’s Dream from directors Bassam Kurdali and Blender.

“For years HDFEST has been working on assembling a comprehensive collection of animation rendered at HD format,’ says festival director Issac Alexander. “This year HDFEST’s impressive line-up of HD animation offers a glimpse into the near future of animated films and what is to come in the way of visuals and powerful high resolution imagery. This should really be a unique visual experience for audiences this year.”

Also having its Seoul, London and New York premieres with HDFEST is director Scott J. Gill’s The Mars Underground, a feature-length Mars colonization documentary which involves a lot of computer generated imagery and animation.

HDFEST will travel to the Cineworld Shaftesbury Theatre in London on Oct. 2 in conjunction with the Raindance Film Festival, and will carry on to New York City on Oct. 6 at the Tribeca Screening Room. From there, the fest will arrive in Finland on Nov. 3 and 4th, before wrapping up in Los Angeles the first week of December. Judging will be held at all stops and winners in 14 categories will receive ‘Deffie Awards” during the Los Angeles leg of the tour. More information on HDFEST events can be found at www.hdfest.com.