'Bolt' strikes first at 3DX in Singapore

Disney's Mark Zoradi will kick off the festival

SINGAPORE -- Disney's animated feature "Bolt" will open the inaugural 3DX: 3D Film & Entertainment Technology Festival in Singapore on Nov. 19, two days before its U.S. bow, organizers said Wednesday.

Disney movie division president Mark Zoradi will kick off the festival with a presentation on 3-D and the studio's upcoming slate. Disney has 10 3-D films scheduled for the next two years, including "Up," "G-Force" and "Disney's A Christmas Carol."

"This forum is a great opportunity to engage our partners and to explore the full potential of 3-D, which is really changing the way we look at films," Zoradi said.

Produced by Los Angeles-based Chabin Partners and hosted by the Singapore government's Media Development Authority, 3DX is the first event of its kind dedicated to stereoscopic 3-D. The program includes a business forum, screenings and international speaker sessions.

Speakers on tap for the five-day event include Fox Filmed Entertainment's Jim Gianopulos, DreamWorks Animation's Jeffrey Katzenberg, James Cameron, MPAA boss Dan Glickman and The Hollywood Reporter publisher Eric Mika, who will present a THR Intelligence report on the outlook for 3-D deployment. The Reporter is a fest presenting partner.

"Bolt" is one of more than 10 3-D films tabbed to screen during the festival. Others include the world premiere of Richard Gabai's family adventure tale "Call of the Wild 3D," the regional debut of concert film "U2 3D," the Brendan Fraser starrer "Journey to the Center of the Earth" and the animated adventure "Fly Me to the Moon."