Venice Film Fest embraces 3-D with Persol Award
The 66th Venice Film Festival will include the first-ever award for best stereoscopic 3-D film in this year's competition. The Persol 3D Award is seen as another sign of Europe's growing commitment to 3-D technology in film. Nominees for the inaugural award are largely Hollywood-grown -- "Up" (pictured), "Coraline," "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs," the world premiere of Joe Dante's "The Hole" and, most amusingly, "My Bloody Valentine" -- but Continental features in 3-D will be screened at the fest's Orrizonti 3-D presentation, including "Daimon" and "Cock-Crow," both by Italian directors David Zamagni and Nadia Ranocchi (also a Persol 3D Award judge). An article in today's Variety notes that 3-D is slowly catching on with European productions, including the Spanish animated feature "O apostalo."
-- Paul Gaita