THE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF CINEMA AND TECHNOLOGY RETURNS TO TORONTO

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The International Festival of Cinema and Technology announced its 2003 Toronto event taking place March 21st and March 22nd. The upcoming IFCT Toronto event is part of the IFCT World Tour which has taken place in London, Paris, and will continue in Toronto, Los Angeles and New York.

The International Festival of Cinema and Technology's 2003 Toronto event will take place on March 21st and March 22nd in downtown Toronto at the CN Tower and the Canadian Broadcast Centre (250 Front Street West). The festival on Friday the 21st will take place at the CN Tower in the Maple Leaf Theatre (enter at Front Street or Bremner Boulevard) from 11:30am-6:30pm, and on Saturday 22nd the festival will take place at the Conference Centre at the Canadian Broadcast Centre from 10am-10pm (enter at 25 John Street). Tickets will be available at the door each day for a full day pass to all screenings for $10. Tickets are also available in advance by emailing admin@ifct.org.

In addition to showcasing a variety of independent cinema from around the world, IFCT events have a focus on new technologies and their consequent impact on filmmaking. Similar to the London and Paris events last December, the IFCT Toronto event will be labeled the 5 lb film festival. The IFCT London and IFCT Paris events broke new ground a few months ago as IFCT became the first film festival to take advantage of recent breakthroughs in miniaturization. Employing a newly developed ultra-lightweight DLP projector and lightweight DVD playback system, the IFCT London and Paris systems weighed less than 5 lbs, yet yielded vivid and stunning image quality. The upcoming IFCT Toronto event this March is part of the IFCT World Tour which has taken place in London, Paris, and will continue in Toronto, Los Angeles and New York. IFCT also had a very successful event last year in Toronto held at the Ontario Science Centre.

Many projects by Canadian filmmakers have been chosen to be screened on the International Festival of Cinema and Technology World Tour. Canadian projects include "Line of Taxis" (Calgary) directed by James Morrison, "Stray Dogs" (Alberta) directed by William Minsky, "Idiots" (Toronto) directed by Brett Reason, and "Virtual Insanity" (Montreal) directed by Simon Webb. The line-up also includes projects from Scandinavia, France, the U.K and South America. Almost every project which is screening in the IFCT Toronto event will be a Canadian Premiere Presentation. Many IFCT filmmakers will be present during the festival to discuss their work. A roundtable panel discussion on filmmaking will be held Saturday night at the CBC Conference Centre.

The IFCT Toronto event will also feature a special presentation and Toronto premiere of renowned filmmaker Rob Nilsson's feature "Scheme C6." This screening will take place Saturday March 22nd at the Canadian Broadcast Centre's Conference Centre at 8pm. A San Francisco based director, Rob Nilsson won the Camera d'Or at Cannes for NORTHERN LIGHTS and the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival for HEAT AND SUNLIGHT. Nilsson is a pioneer in the techniques of video to film transfer which led to today's digital revolution.

The International Festival of Cinema and Technology is an event from the creators of HDFEST “the world’s only high-definition film festival.” The festival, which is tagged “IFCT" for short, will feature some of the best new works from independent filmmakers from around the world. Unlike its predecessor HDFEST, which exclusively showcases projects created in high-def, IFCT will be screening projects originating in a wide variety of formats including 35mm, computer animation, traditional animation, digital video and multimedia formats. The complete schedule of events is posted on the International Festival of Cinema and Technology website http://www.ifct-tour.org. HDFEST's website can be found at http://www.hdfest.com.

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