Reps from 11 different countries to show pix

HOLLYWOOD — The 1999 Large Format Cinema Assn. Conference and Large Format Film Festival will be held May 18-22 in L.A. at the California Science Center, marking the second consecutive year the event has taken place in L.A.

A total of 341 giant-screen professionals representing 11 different countries attended last year’s event.

LFCA ’99, which will be the association’s third annual conference and second annual film festival, will screen new and classic works in 15/70 and 8/70 formats, large-format animation and a closing gala featuring a 5/70 Hollywood widescreen classic.

The conference will feature panels, technical sessions, historical tributes and awards. LFCA hasn’t chosen the keynote speaker yet, although sources say it may be someone from the animation industry, possibly Disney.

To help direct the event, LFCA has appointed Therese Andrade, VP, institutional sales, Imax Corp., as conference chair; Bill Bennett, VP, distribution, MacGillivray Freeman Films, as head of the film festival; and Christopher Reyna, LFCA prexy and exec VP and general manager of Imagica USA, as head of programs and panels. Scott Memmott of World Cinemax Prods. is in charge of corporate sponsorships, and Catherine Gibson is serving as conference producer.

LFCA ’99 is open to all members of the international large-format film industry. For info, call (310) 823-4901 or consult the LFCA Web site at http: //

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