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Dubai hosts Cinematic Innovation Summit

Fest links with Center for New Cinema, Naseba

LONDON — The Dubai Film Festival has joined forces with the Center for New Cinema and conference org Naseba to launch the Cinematic Innovation Summit, which will take place in Dubai on Dec. 8 and 9.

The summit, which will precede the film fest (the fest opens Dec. 9), will examine the economic value of cinematic technology for multiple sectors, including telecom, video gaming and advertising, and will also extend to industries such as healthcare, defense and oil exploration.

Speakers will include Pixar co-founder Alvy Ray Smith, Dean DeBlois, writer-helmer of “How to Train Your Dragon 3D,” and “Avatar” thesp Stephen Lang.

Summit aims to convene around 200 execs from the film, games, technology and finance sectors, and will focus on advances in cinematic technology in the next 10 to 20 years.

It will also showcase innovations driven by artificial intelligence and cognitive science, ultra-realistic 3D projections and “augmented reality,” which are all expected to have wide applications beyond the cinematic world.

“Today, more than ever before, cinema and the entire media ecosystem are being transformed by ground-breaking innovations in technology,” said fest chairman Abdulhamid Juma in a statement.

“Providing access to powerful new tools for storytelling is crucial to the achievement of our ultimate goal — enabling talent and films to find critical and commercial success.”

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