Dubai Film Festival's Cinematic Innovation Summit Pushed Back to 2013

The event, which was scheduled for this December, had such speakers as Pixar co-founder Alvy Ray Smith and "Avatar" actor Stephen Lang lined up.

LONDON – The planned inaugural Cinematic Innovation Summit, which was scheduled to be held ahead of this year's Dubai International Film Festival, has been pushed back by a year to give organizers more time to put together the event.

The event, which was supposed to take place Dec. 8-9 with such speakers as Pixar co-founder Alvy Ray SmithHow to Train Your Dragon co-director Dean DeBlois and actor Stephen Lang (Avatar), will be re-scheduled for Dec. 2013, organizers said Monday.

The Center for New Cinema (CNC), which has been planning the event, said the collaboration with the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) and business information provider Naseba will now be the lead-in event to DIFF’s 10th anniversary next year.

The re-scheduling "will allow the summit to be significantly scaled-up with preparations for a diverse range of international speakers, multiple workshops and seminars, technology demos and custom-created cinematic works," organizers said. They didn't detail whether they were facing challenges with attracting speakers or attendees.

The Cinematic Innovation Summit is designed to put the spotlight on advances in cinematic technology and explain the economic value of such technology for multiple sectors - from software, telecom, video gaming and advertising to healthcare, defense and oil exploration.

CNC president John B. Davis said: “The ways in which movies are made, exhibited and experienced are all undergoing significant change. Driving this change is technology - allowing visuals never before imagined and a viewing experience that in some ways is becoming virtually limitless." Davis noted that these changes have "major implications for the movie business."

The inaugural summit was hoping to draw up a list of 200 executives from the world of movies, games, technology and finance. People on that list will now have over a year to respond.

This year's festival, the event's ninth edition, runs Dec. 9-16.