Eight pics vie for H’w’d Digital nod

'Titanic,' 'Men in Black' among noms

Hollywood Film Festival founder and executive director Carlos de Abreu has announced eight nominees for the second Hollywood Digital Award.

Nominees for the nod, which is designed to honor digital visual effects in film, are “Titanic,” “Contact,” “Starship Troopers,” “Men in Black,” “Batman and Robin,” “The Fifth Element,” “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” and “Alien Resurrection.”

The award will be presented to the visual effects supervisor and/or visual effects producer of the winning film at the festival’s Aug. 10 gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, and is again sponsored by Caliban Filmworks, a visual effects/post-production studio in West Hollywood.

The winner is selected by a committee of 70 visual effects professionals. This year’s judges include four visual effects supervisors: Doug Smith (Oscar winner for “Babe”), Adam Howard (“Armageddon”), Rob Legato (“Titanic”) and Volker Engel (“Godzilla”).

Honorees and presenters at the awards ceremony, which includes multiple other honors, include James Brolin, John Briley, David Brown, Stewart Copeland, Dave Grusin, Norman Jewison, Jon Landau, Mimi Leder, Penelope Ann Miller, Gena Lee Nolin, David Permut, Sydney Pollack, Mark Rydell, Rod Steiger, Lesley Ann Warren, Shelley Winters and Richard Zanuck.

The six-day festival also includes the Hollywood Conference, in which over 100 Hollywood pros will participate, as well as the festival’s lineup of 30 films which will screen at Paramount Studios in Hollywood.

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