York expertise behind international 3D conference


TORONTO, June 9, 2011 − International experts on stereoscopic 3D art and entertainment will gather in Toronto this weekend for a one-of-a-kind conference organized by the 3D Film Innovation Consortium (3D FLIC), which was initiated by researchers at York University.

Major figures from the USA, UK, Russia, Germany and Canada will analyze the latest developments in the field during the Toronto International Stereoscopic 3D Conference, taking place at TIFF Bell Lightbox, June 11 to 14.

Bridging academia and industry, the event is designed to create dynamic synergies to funnel cutting-edge research into 3D production and best practices, to continue to improve the stereo 3D experience and respond to the growing audience appetite for 3D entertainment across all platforms.

The conference will offer film and TV production companies, 3D practitioners and enthusiasts the opportunity for far-ranging discussions about contemporary challenges and possibilities in stereoscopic 3D. It will feature keynotes, panel discussions and presentations, with screenings and master classes rounding out the program.

Keynote presenters include renowned German director Wim Wenders, who will discuss the creation of his 3D documentary Pina, about the influential choreographer Pina Bausch; Irish director and stage designer Catherine Owen, who will share her experiences co-directing U23D, the first film shot in digital 3D; Graeme Ferguson, co-founder of IMAX and one of the filmmakers behinds some of its most successful films, and Thomas Elsaesser, renowned international film historian.

The live-action nature drama Bugs, the science-fiction action blockbuster Resident Evil: Afterlife and Hubble, the IMAX exploration of the profound impact of the Hubble Space Telescope on the way we view the universe, will all be screened, introduced by their producers.

Panels include Stereography and Cinematography, Producing and Directing Stereo 3D, Expanding the Tool Set: Post-production and visual effects, Shooting for Conversion, Stereoscopic Perception and cinema, History of Experiments in 3D Film and Photography and many more. 

All panels, presentations, keynotes and screenings will be held at the 350-seat 3D-capable cinema at TIFF Bell Lightbox, giving all speakers the possibility to show footage during their presentations.

The Stereoscopic 3D Conference runs immediately prior to Plastic Vision, the York University Centre for Vision Research International Conference (June 15 – 19), allowing for synergies and exchanges between the two international events.

The Toronto International Stereoscopic 3D Conference is produced and presented by 3D FLIC and York University. 

Presenting partners: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Graphics Animation and New Media (GRAND) NCE, Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC). Supporting partners: City of Toronto, Canadian Digital Media Network, Goethe Institute Toronto, IMAX, Cinespace Film Studios, 3D Camera Company, Creative Post, Studio SysAdmin and Geneva Films. Additional support from: FilmOntario and Computer Animation Studios of Ontario (CASO.) Master-classes co-presented by TIFF Bell Lightbox.


Toronto International Stereoscopic 3D Conference

When: June 11 to 14

Where TIFF Bell Lightbox, Reitman Square, 350 King Street West, Toronto

Information and Registration:  www.3dflic.ca

Admission: Full conference pass $180, (students and seniors $60)

Day pass $75, (students and seniors $25)

Wim Wenders masterclass $25, (students and seniors $15)

Other masterclasses $15, (students and seniors $10)



Media Contact:
Amy Stewart, Communications, Faculty of Fine Arts, York University
416.650.8469  | amy.stewart@yorku.ca