Paris Images Digital Summit Announces Digital Genie Nominees, Career Trib to MacGuff founders

Summit kicks off five-event Paris Images Trade Show

Paris Images Digital Summit
Copyright: Xavier Granet

The third edition of the five-event Paris Images Trade Show (Jan 28 – Feb 6) kicks off with the Digital Summit, dedicated to cutting edge digital production and post-production techniques, including case studies on some of Gaul’s biggest productions in 2015.

This year’s Digital Summit includes round tables on the international strategy of French VFX shops and the innovative use of VFX in French TV fiction.

Productions by key Gallic VFX shops will be analyzed via case studies, including Mikros Images (Nicolas Saada’s “Taj Mahal” and TV series “The Returned”) and Digital District (Arthur Benzaquen’s “The New Adventures of Aladdin”) and work by international shops such as MPC (Ridley Scott’s “The Martian”), which recently began operations in Paris.

Veteran VFX supervisor Dennis Muren – winner of nine Academy Awards for his work for helmers such as George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and James Cameron – will present a masterclass on Jan. 30, after receiving a career trib at the second edition of the Digital Creation Genie Awards on Jan. 28.

The Digital Creation Genie Awards, whose name is inspired by the genie topping the iconic column in the Place de la Bastille in Paris, have five categories: Best VFX supervisor for feature film, TV show and commercials respectively, Best Innovation and Best Student Film.

This year’s nominees include six nominations for Mikros Images, for projects such as Jacques Audiard’s Palme d’Or winner “Dheepan,” and two nominations for Buf (Matthew Vaughn’s “Kingsman,” and the commercial “Canalsat La Charge.”

Other feature film VFX nominees are Autre Chose (Christian Duguay’s “Belle and Sebastien”) and Mac Guff (Olivier Megaton’s “Taken 3”). The other nominees in the TV and commercials categories are Machine Molle, Cube Creative, Mathematic TV and Digital District.

The five projects shortlisted for the Best Innovation award are Akeytsu (3-D animation tool), Golaem (crowd simulation software for vfx/animation), Isotropix (High-End 3D Graphics Software), Mercenaries Engineering (development, lighting and rendering solution) and Stereolabs (3D depth sensing technology).

A Lifetime Achievement Genie Award will be awarded to Jacques Bled and Rodolphe Chabrier to mark the 30th anniversary of French animation and vfx shop MacGuff.

MacGuff’s animation arm was acquired by Universal in 2011 to found Illumination MacGuff, that has produced leading animation hits such as “Despicable Me”, “Despicable Me 2,” “The Lorax” and “Minions,” while MacGuff continues as a separate vfx operation.

During the award ceremony, Jacques Bled will provide a keynote speech about the development of Illumination Mac Guff.

The Paris Images Trade Show is one of the world’s biggest film production and post-production trade fairs. This year it has been streamlined over a 10-day period, encompassing five key events: Digital Summit (Jan 28 -30), Location Expo (Feb 2 – 3), Paris Images Pro (Feb 2 – 3), Dream Industry (Feb 3 – 5) and Micro-Salon AFC (Feb 5 – 6).