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Date: Tue, 20 Jul 1999 10:44:05 +1000
From: Ben Haylock <>
Subject: The Physicality of Digital

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Crixa has founded The Physicality of Digital, a completely digital film
festival to mark the coming of the new century: judged by industry
luminaries, celebrities from the media, and the world:

Picture a film festival where you get to choose what you want to watch, when
you want to watch it and even how you want to watch it.

That¹s the Physicality of Digital: the chance to watch high quality short
films however and whenever you want to, based on the same technology that
brought the latest Star Wars: The Phantom Menace movie trailer to over 6
million people worldwide.

>From the original videotape, film, or digital source, all the movies are to
be digitally compressed and served over the Internet at
or made available for purchase in a hi-fidelity form on VideoCD.

Ben Haylock, Production Director of The Physicality of Digital, has created
an immersive environment where people can meet, discuss and download digital
film worksÅ completely digitally.

"Whether you¹re looking for a short film to watch as it streams down to your
computer, or you want to download a high-quality masterpiece for enjoyment
later, we¹ve got you covered at The Physicality of Digital", he said.

 "And if you¹re looking for the ultimate in hi-fi quality, you can place an
order online for a VideoCD of all the films exhibited and have it delivered
to you door, ready to watch in your VideoCD-compatible DVD player.

"You can even come to our gala premiere screening in an auditorium and watch
them on the big screen, direct from a digital projector".

Watch the films that you want to: On the webÅ Offline, on your computerÅ In a
digital auditoriumŠOr even on your big screen TV, in digital hi-fi! It¹s the
first Internet-based festival that focuses on the best viewing experience
possible, using some of the latest dissemination methods available.

The Physicality of Digital is made up of two sections:

Director¹s Chair

Internationally renowned film-makers showcase their short works for your
digital enjoyment. Featuring:

Fabian Astore, video and multimedia artist screens two of his short
experimental artworks, "A Visceral Moment" [4 minutes] and "Genesis IV" [5
minutes], both exhibited at the Berlin and Cadiz International Video

Michael Karris, videographer and cinematographer has created a short work
especially for The Physicality of Digital, exploring the work of
photomontagist Peter Lysiotis in a videomontage of digital art, with "Letter
to the Dead" [8 minutes].

Maree Delofski, multi-award winning documentary film-maker, recently awarded
several international accolades for her SBS-screened film "A Calcutta
Christmas" has submitted her long-form film "Every Little Breeze" [20

Competition Section

This section has three entry areas: Experimental, Short-form and Long-form.
This is where new filmakers and lovers of the short film compete!

In the experimental area, entrants are invited to submit works that might
ordinarily not be part of a genre in a traditional film festival: but in The
Physicality of Digital, they are to be viewed, downloaded, critiqued and
admired. Digital Operatives: rejoice! The time has come to brush off that
film and show it to the world. All entries must be 5 minutes zero seconds
duration or shorter.

In the short-form zone, The Physicality of Digital is accepting films in any
genre under 5 minutes: that¹s five minutes, zero seconds and no more. Short,
sweet and always challenging, the films in this section are sure to attract
lively discussion. Hey, for some film-makers, 5 minutes is a long film! All
entries must be 5 minutes zero seconds duration or shorter.

For the long-form arena, The Physicality of Digital invites submissions that
are more developed or more cinematic in their qualitiesÅ the long form teases
the viewer and invites them into a truly unique filmic experience. The long
form might even present the world with a feature film in the making: and The
Physicality of Digital invites the world to see your talents at work. Dub
those tapes, get those rushes developed and telecined and get them entered
into The Physicality of Digital. All entries must be 10 minutes zero seconds
duration or shorter.

Entries will be accepted on the following tape formats only:
8mm video, PAL
Hi-8 video, PAL
Betacam SP, PAL

Entry is free: a small charge is applicable if entrants require their tapes
to be returned.

Entrants are also invited to take part in the festival with all the films
made available on VideoCD for purchase.

Entrants may choose to purchase their own film on VideoCD for A$10 (plus
shipping) or they may choose to purchase all the films on one VideoCD for
A$30 plus shipping.

Any cheques should be made out to Crixa Design Pty. Ltd, and any deliveries
can be addressed to Ben Haylock, Production Director, The Physicality of
Digital, c/o 19 Norfolk Rd Epping NSW 2121.

More details will be made available at in the coming

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