Partnership between 3D Stereo MEDIA and the International 3D Society
to honor and develop first-class European stereoscopic-3D (S-3D)
art, technology, and content.
On Wednesday 18 of April, at the NAB Show in Las Vegas, NV, USA, 3D Stereo MEDIA and the International 3D Society, headquartered in Studio City, CA – next to Hollywood – announced a partnership on the Belgian Pavilion.
The International 3D Society (I3DS) has chosen the internationally-renown 3D Stereo MEDIA (3DSM) event and its home base, the City of Liège in Belgium, to give out its new European I3DS “3D Creative Arts Awards” – the “Lumiere Statuettes” – as part of the overall Awards Ceremony of 3D Stereo MEDIA, to be held on 6 December 2012 in the prestigious, newly-renovated Opera House of Liège. I3DS and 3DSM will collaborate closely to organize the first competition of I3DS – in about 15 categories – on European soil.
In Las Vegas, I3DS also announced the creation of the new I3DS Europe Committee that has for goal an acceleration of the development of stereoscopic-3D (S-3D art, technology, and content in Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa (the so-called EMENA region). Two of the organizers of 3DSM are among the founding members of this new Committee.
3D Stereo MEDIA (3DSM) is an international event that is dedicated to “3D”, and that has achieved a world-wide reputation for its quality in less than three years. 3DSM covers all aspects and applications of all forms of “3D”. The event is designed to meet the needs of professionals interested in the scientific, technical, artistic, and business aspects of 3D. As in previous years, 3DSM is expected to attract to Liège hundreds of participants from all over the world.
3D Stereo MEDIA offers two high-quality conferences: a professional conference and a scientific conference, the latter being technically co-sponsored by the prestigious IEEE. Last year, 3DSM featured Ray Zone and Ben Grossmann as keynote speakers.
Of course, 3DSM will again feature its 3D Film Festival, now in its 4th edition. In prior years, Ben Stassen and François Mantello were its Presidents. With the arrival of I3DS, the Festival will offer a variety of competitions covering the full gamut of S-3D productions. The traditional 3DSM competition – with its “Perrons of Crystal” – is focused on author-type productions from all over the world; whereas the new European I3DS competition – with its “Lumiere Statuettes” – is open to all productions – big and small – but from the above-defined MENA region only.
With the support of the MEDIA Program of the European Commission, 3D Stereo MEDIA will launch the second edition of its 3D Film Mart, which is the first and only European co-production market for S-3D movies.
3D Stereo MEDIA will continue to offer the training classes of its 3D Academy, designed to be immediately useful to film-makers and professionals.
As indicated on its website, the International 3D Society (I3DS) was “founded to advance the art and technologies of stereoscopic 3D content and its professional innovators”. I3DS offers both “Creative 3D Arts Awards” and “3D Technology Awards”. The first type of award is offered through competitions that are specific to regions such as the US, Asia, and now Europe and nearby countries. It is the desire of I3DS that each winner, say in Europe, will be able to get exactly the same Lumiere Statuette as the one won last February in Los Angeles by Scorsese for “Hugo”!
The collaboration between I3DS and 3DSM makes perfects sense since both entities fully agree on the importance to encourage the development of (S-)3D art, technology, and content, and in recognizing the work of the men and women who contribute to the development and success of the field.
The partnership confirms the worldwide prominences of 3D Stereo MEDIA and the International 3D Society in their respective “3D” missions.
The partnership was jointly announced in Las Vegas by Jim Chabin, President of I3DS, and Nick Urbom, also from I3DS, together with Cécile Gonfroid, Vice-President of 3DSM, Pierre Collin, Alain Gallez, and Prof. Jacques G. Verly, co-founders and co-organizers of 3DSM.