Machinima Film Festival announced

The AMAS teams up with Nvidia to host a festival celebrating the art and technique of filmmaking using real-time 3D virtual environments.

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The Academy of Machinima Arts & Sciences (AMAS) has teamed up with Nvidia to host the first Machinima Film Festival, an event that will celebrate the art and technique of filmmaking using real-time 3D virtual environments.

The festival will be held on Saturday, August 17, at the Trail Dust Restaurant in Mesquite, Texas. It will feature screenings of machinima films, workshops hosted by machinima filmmakers, discussions with independent filmmakers, special screenings, and kiosks where attendees can try their hand at making their own machinima films.

"The Machinima Film Festival marks the beginning of a definitive event where all machinima filmmakers will have a platform to show off their creations," said Sanford Russell, senior director of partner marketing at Nvidia. "This event recognizes 3D as a true art form, and we're pleased to see the machinima film community taking advantage of our graphics processors. We look forward to forging a long-term relationship with the machinima community to provide them with the best possible toolset for realizing their creative visions."

The event will also include a historical retrospective of machinima filmmaking produced by Fountainhead Entertainment. An awards ceremony will also recognize machinima films with awards in 10 categories. Those interested in submitting a film or attending the event can find more information at the official AMAS Web site. Submissions will be accepted through Friday, August 9, 2002.

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