Future Film Festival looks to the past

Nobuo Nakagawa, Ub Iwerks to receive tributes

VENICE -- Japanese horror master Nobuo Nakagawa will be the subject of one of the two main tributes at next year's Future Film Festival, organizers of the Bologna-based event said here Tuesday.

The second tribute will be for Ub Iwerks, the animation pioneer whose work for Walt Disney included "Steamboat Willie," the 1928 classic that made Mickey Mouse famous. He died at age 70 in 1971.

Nakagawa, who died at 79 in 1984, was well known for horror films based on folk tales. He is considered one of the fathers of Japanese horror.

Both tributes will include retrospectives of each man's career work.

The 11th edition of the Bologna-based event -- dedicated each year to high-tech animation and special effects -- will take place Jan. 27-Feb. 1.