Paris hosting visual effects conference


PARIS -- Digital creation and special effects will be in the spotlight at the first ParisFX conference program set to take place in the Gallic capital Nov. 28-29.

"ParisFX aims to highlight the production of visual effects and digital creation in France and French production studios and digital artists in addition to linking together the different digital industries (film, video games, television) and serving as an annual professional meeting for the community of digital artists," organizers said in a statement.

The event will feature conferences and round-table discussions for industry professionals and the public. High-profile directors such as Florent Emilio Siri ("Intimate Enemies"), Jan Koenen ("99 Francs"), Julien Leclercq ("Chrysalis") and Luc Besson ("Arthur and the Minimoys") will share their expertise, while round-table talks will include "Special Effects and Broadcasting," "Image at the Heart of Video Games" and "The Economy of Special Effects films."

Gallic special effects giants including Buf Compagnie, Mikros Image and Mac Guff will present their visual effects work on eight recent feature films and share production secrets with audiences.

Advertisements also will be in the spotlight with a round-table dedicated to "Visual Effects in Advertising" and analysis of popular spots from advertisers such as Guerlain and the SNCF.

The 600 conference participants can also check out Hewlett Packard's exhibition devoted to multimedia software or convene at the end of each day for a cocktail. The conference is open to all companies for a fee of €129 ($188) and students for €79 ($115).

Sponsors include Hewlett Packard, Comex, the Seine Saint Denis General Council, the Ile de France Film Commission, Cap Digital and U.S. media partner The Hollywood Reporter.