Inaugural Cinematic Innovation Summit Recruits Hollywood Heavyweights

9:30 AM PST 07/09/2012 by Stuart Kemp

UPDATED: Speakers for the Dubai event include Pixar co-founder Alvy Ray Smith, animation director Dean DeBlois and "Avatar" actor Stephen Lang.

LONDON – Pixar co-founder Alvy Ray SmithHow to Train Your Dragon co-director Dean DeBlois and actor Stephen Lang (Avatar) are among the speakers who have been recruited to appear at the inaugural Cinematic Innovation Summit to be held ahead of this year's Dubai International Film Festival.

Organized by the festival, the city's center for new cinema and business information banner naseba, the summit aims to look at the economic value of cinematic technology across multiple sectors including telecom, video gaming and advertising and even promises to see if the tentacles extend into healthcare, defense, and oil exploration biz sectors.

The event plans to spotlight advances coming down the pipe in artificial intelligence, game-style interactivity, ultra-real projections.

The summit is hoping to draw up a list of 200 executives from the world of movies, games, technology and finance.

DIFF chairman Abdulhamid Juma noted that "cinema and the entire media ecosystem are being transformed by ground-breaking innovations in technology."

He said the fact the Summit "will set the scene for this year’s DIFF" speaks volumes "for the international recognition being placed on Dubai as a hub for evolving cinematic advancements."

This year's festival run Dec. 9-16.

The summit is penciled in to run Dec. 8-9.

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