Second Parisfx to spotlight 3-D animation

Visual effects confab open to professionals, public

PARIS -- French film industry professionals and moviegoers are setting their sights on visual effects event Parisfx, which kicks off Nov. 19 in the French capital.

After last year's inaugural two-day edition attracted more than 1,300 people, organizers of the Ile-de-France Film Commission are bringing the professional and public happening back for Round 2.

Digital visual effects will be in the spotlight as producers, directors and post-production houses offer their inside knowledge through case studies, conferences and round-table discussions.

3-D animation will take center stage during case studies of Mac Guff Ligne's "Dragon Hunters," Def2Shoot's "Yona Yona Penguin" and Sparx Animation Studio's "Igor" in addition to a special anniversary celebration marking the 25 years of French 3-D animation.

Visual effects in films ranging from U.S. titles "Speed Racer" and "The Dark Knight" to French period musical "Faubourg 36" will be analyzed as well.

A round table will zoom in on "digital creation in the forefront of the cultural industries" and French technical commission the CST will hold a meeting devoted to support for production and post-production on Nov. 21.

Parisfx is co-run by Mass Media with the support of founding partners HP France, the Seine St. Denis region's general council, state film body the CNC, technological holding Cap Digital and Autodesk.

The Ile-de-France Film Commission will announce its high-profile lineup of directors and visiting talent in the coming weeks.