16th Annual LA 3-D Movie Festival
3-D SPACE, The Center For Stereoscopic Photography, Art, Cinema, and Education, is pleased to announce the winners of the 16th Annual LA 3-D Movie Festival which took place December 14-15, 2019. The Festival's mission is to showcase the best independent stereoscopic 3-D filmmaking from around the world.
Festival Awards were announced at the Closing Night Ceremony on Sunday, Dec 15th, by LA 3-D Movie Festival director and 3-D SPACE executive director Eric Kurland. Top films were selected by audience ballot.
1st Place was awarded to LITTLE PLANET by Takashi Sekitani of Japan. The award winning short was filmed using a 360-degree VR camera, and features a stunning walk through three dimensional spherical landscapes.
The 2nd Place award winner was FELINE PARADOX by Ben Reicher of the USA. This animated film tells the story of a time traveler who finds himself in an alternate-reality future world ruled by highly evolved cats.
Immersive Artist and Filmmaker J-Walt was named the recipient of this year's Ray Zone Award For Excellence In 3-DIY. The award is named for the late stereoscopic filmmaker, author, and festival co-founder, Ray Zone, who passed away in 2012. It celebrates what Zone described as “fiercely independent do-it-yourself 3-D filmmaking.” J-Walt was recognized for his work ZERYNTHIA EXPEDITION 2, an intimate immersive 3-D installation experience presented as a series of audiovisual ambient landscape vignettes.
On Saturday and Sunday, December 14-15th, the festival returned to its home at the Downtown Independent Theater in Los Angeles for two full days of programming, including 3-D independent features, short films, food and festivities.
Day One began with a program of short films from the USA, UK, Hungary, and Japan. Saturday continued with a screening of the French feature TUSCHINSKI DREAM directed by Jérôme Diamant-Berger. This was followed by a second block of short films from the USA, UK, and Germany.
The LA 3-D Club’s annual Holiday Party was be held during the festival, with The 59th Hollywood International Stereo Exhibition, followed by a catered reception in the lobby of the theater. Food was provided by local restaurants including Howlin’ Ray’s Nashville Hot Chicken and SPITZ, and the party was sponsored by LA 3-D Club past president Shyam Kannapurakaran.
The Centerpeice of the festival, on Saturday night, was a screening of the animated feature film VIRUS TROPICAL by Colombian filmmaker Santiago Caicedo.
Day Two of the festival included a screening of the first 3-D documentary made in Romania, GOVERNMENT OF CHILDREN. The day also included the third block of short films from the USA, UK, Thailand, and France.
The 2019 edition of the festival closed with a special screening of the Taiwanese 3-D documentary FORMOSA, directed by Charlie Chu.
The 16th Annual LA 3-D Movie Festival was presented by 3-D SPACE and co-presented by the LA 3-D Club, and the Downtown Independent Theater