Pic to have international launch at fest

ROME — DreamWorks Animation and its latest 3D epic “Rise of the Guardians” will be feted by the Rome Film Festival, where the toon will have its international launch with CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, “Guardians” exec producer Guillermo del Toro and helmer Peter Ramsey in tow.

Ramsey will receive Rome’s new Vanity Fair Intl. Award for Cinematic Excellence during a ceremony, the date of which is still being decided.

The nod is dedicated to a film that best expresses the innovative, artistic and strategic contribution made by production and distribution companies that have distinguished themselves in contemporary cinema, fest said in a statement.

Now headed by former Venice topper Marco Mueller, the rebooted Rome fest will run Nov. 9-17.

“Guardians,” based on the best-selling “The Guardians of Childhood” series by William Joyce, who also executive produced, is scheduled for U.S. release via Paramount on Nov. 21.

Other titles tipped to have secured a Rome berth, in the final countdown to the fest’s lineup announcement on Oct. 10, include Walter Hill’s graphic novel adaptation “Bullet to the Head,” starring Sylvester Stallone; Johnnie To’s crimer “Drug War”; “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2″; and Roman Coppola’s “A Glimpse Inside the mind of Charles Swan III,” with Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman, among other cast members.

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