10 Films, 20 Speakers, 6 Days, 1 Fantastic Festival
 Vancouver – The ACM SIGGRAPH Vancouver Chapter  has released preliminary details on the featured films which will be shown at the upcoming SparkFX Festival taking place January 21 – 26 2009 at the Vancouver International Film Centre (VanCity Theatre) in Vancouver, BC. In addition to these top VFX films, Spark FX will be showcasing 15 seminars and panels “with some of the most talented FX artists and researchers from Vancouver, San Francisco, Los Angeles and beyond.” Among the speakers will be Dennis Muren, Senior Visual Effects Supervisor at ILM, where he has worked since 1976. The winner of six Best Visual Effects Academy Awards, Dennis Muren has worked with George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and James Cameron.
There will be a Festival Networking Mixer with music and a cash bar at 6pm on Friday, January 23 as well as the Festival Gala, which will take place at 8:30pm on Saturday, January 24.
Tickets for Spark FX 2009 are not yet on sale, but here is the schedule for eight of the Festival’s ten featured films. Details on the remaining two films are forthcoming.
January 21 – 7pm – The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (USA 1958)
January 21 – 9:30pm – Pirates of the Carribean (USA 2003)
January 22 – 7pm – Forbidden Planet (USA 1956)
January 22 – 9:30pm – Alien (UK·USA 1979)
January 23 – 9:30pm – Terminator 2: Judgement Day (USA·France 1991)
January 25 – 7pm – Pan’s Labyrinth (Mexico·Spain·USA 2001)
January 25 – 9:30pm – The Abyss (USA 1989)
January 26 – 7pm – La cité des enfants perdus (French 1995)
January 26 – 9:30pm – Lord of the Rings The Two Towers(New Zealand/USA 2001)