As video games get more cinematic and Hollywood producers continually look to interactive entertainment for source material, the lines between the two industries continue to dissolve. Celebrating this convergence of media is the ION Animation, Games & Film Festival and Summit, scheduled for Oct. 29-31 in Culver City, Calif.
The Culver Studios will host screenings of high-quality animation, short films, music videos and games by filmmakers and gaming companies from around the world. Other Culver City venues will house panel discussions and various other events associated with the ION Summit on Convergence in Entertainment. As broadcasters, mobile phone operators and cable companies all turn toward producing, creating and distributing content, the ION Summit will explore and exchange ideas on the entire spectrum of opportunities and challenges presented by the ever-strengthening bond between games and film.
Panel topics will include surviving as an independent filmmaker, the business of animation, producing (step-by-step) a short animated film, how to get into animation as an independent, The business of games, next generation game design, entering gaming as an independent and more.
The three-day summit gives students, educators, creatives and executives an unique forum for exchanging ideas so they will be better positioned to meet the demands of the changing entertainment landscape. It also serves as a venue for gaming companies to introduce new products and technologies to eager audiences of early adopters.
Registration will be held each day from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Culver Hotel, located at 9336 West Washington Blvd. in Culver City. To see the full schedule of events and to obtain passes and screening tickets, go to www.ionfilmfestival.com.
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