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Avatars starring at Global Film Festival MMIF 2011 [press release]

12 Jun
P R E S S   R E L E A S E [updated 2011 06 15 10:40 CEST]
Avatars starring at Global Film Festival MMIF 2011
MaMachinima International Festival
June 17 / 18, 2011
Web live + LEA Theatre (SL™) + Club Karlsson, Amsterdam (NL)
 ‘MMIF 2011′ is the third edition of an annual film festival in 3D cyberspace with an interactive cinema screening in physical space (‘RL’). Audiences can follow some of the MMIF happenings live via the web. 
The MMIF is a celebration of Machinima: films created in virtual worlds and video games. On 3D Internet platforms like Second Life® for instance, any kind of movie set can be built at very low cost. The MMIF aims to bring Machinima, a new cinematic art form, to a wider audience. Films by professional machinima producers and by those who are just starting out will be screened at MMIF 2011. Machinima directors and avatar actors from all over the world are present in real time at the virtual theatre in SL. These ‘Machinimatographers’ will present over fifty short films and discuss their work in front of a live global audience of viewers.
Audiences in Amsterdam can follow the MMIF event live, projected on a big screen in Club Karlsson at Keizersgracht, one of the most famous canals in Holland. Several participating machinimatographers will be present. Visitors can bring their own portable computers to interact with the show on the big screen. Free (wireless) internet and electricity is provided.
 Free entrance at Club Karlsson, however tickets are required. Reservations must be made via http://MMIF.org . The amount of tickets at the door is very limited! Full = FULL! 
This year MMIF collaborates with MetaMeets, a conference about 3D-internet and Virtual Worlds. MetaMeets 2011 will take place on the same dates and location as MMIF, but during day time.
The MMIF is a volunteer-run, non-profit collaboration of MaMachinima with Club KarlssonMetaMeetsMeta.Live.Nu, PLANETART, AviewTV, Ystreams.TV, MetaMixTV, Gallery Fermate and many other volunteers. Special thanks to NIMkDe Balie and Bellissima TV. MMIF 2011 is financed by donations and gifts. Virtual land sponsored by Linden Lab®. MMIF is founded and directed by the Dutch film maker Chantal Harvey.
 To view the MMIF 2011 full program, get latest news, get tickets or live online interaction please visit: http://MMIF.org

13:00 – 19:00 – Conference about 3D-internet & Virtual Worlds
20:00 CEST (= SL 11:00 am PDT): – DOORS OPEN
20:30 CEST (= SL 11:30 am PDT): – Workshop ‘Machinima for Dummies’
22:00 CEST (= SL  1:00 pm PDT): – Opening ceremony + film blocks 1, 2
01:00 CEST (= SL  4:00 pm PDT): – Ending
13:00 – 19:00 – Conference about 3D-internet & Virtual Worlds
20:00 CEST (= SL 11:00 am PDT): – DOORS OPEN
20:30 CEST (= SL 11:30 am PDT): – Film blocks 3, 4, 5
01:00 CEST (= SL   4:00 pm PDT): – Club Karlsson closes, MMIF continues interactive online
 01:30 CEST (= SL   4:30 am PDT): – Film blocks 6, 7
04:30 CEST (= SL   7:30 pm PDT): – Ending
Club Karlsson
Keizersgracht 264
1016 EV Amsterdam
The Netherlands
LEA Theatre, Second Life®
Teleport & live streams via http://MMIF.org
PRESS CONTACT: Chantal Harvey info@mmif.org
17-18 june MMIF 2011 flyer Ma Machinima International Festival

Please click on this MMIF flyer for large versions

Avatars in de hoofdrol op mondiaal filmfestival MMIF 2011 [persbericht]

12 Jun
 P E R S  B E R I C H T [updated 2011 06 15 10:10 CEST]
Avatars in de hoofdrol op mondiaal filmfestival MMIF 2011
MaMachinima International Festival
17 / 18 juni, 2011
Web live + LEA Theater (SL™) + Club Karlsson, Amsterdam (NL)
‘MMIF 2011′ is de derde editie van een jaarlijks filmfestival in 3D cyberspace, met een interactieve cinema vertoning in een fysieke zaal (‘RL’). Daarnaast worden live impressies vanaf het MMIF op het web uitgezonden.
Het MMIF is een vooraanstaand mondiaal evenement voor Machinima, films gecreëerd in virtuele werelden en computerspellen. Op 3D internet platformen zoals bijvoorbeeld Second Life®, kunnen allerlei soorten filmsets worden gebouwd, voor een erg laag budget. Het MMIF heeft onder meer als doel deze nieuwe cinematografische kunstvorm onder de aandacht te brengen bij een breder publiek. Zowel werk van beginnende als gevorderde machinima makers wordt vertoond op MMIF 2011. Machinima regisseurs en avatar acteurs vanuit de hele wereld zullen live aanwezig zijn in het virtuele theater in SL. Deze ‘machinimatografen’ presenteren meer dan vijftig korte films en bespreken hun werk voor een wereldwijd publiek.

Het Amsterdamse publiek kan het MMIF evenement live volgen op een groot projectiescherm in Club Karlsson op de Keizersgracht. Een aantal deelnemende regisseurs zal in levende lijve aanwezig zijn bij deze vertoning. Men kan eigen laptops meenemen voor avatar-interactie met het witte doek. Gratis (draadloos) internet en stroom is aanwezig.

Gratis entree bij Club Karlsson, echter toegangskaarten zijn wel vereist. Tickets kunnen gereserveerd worden via http://MMIF.org Het aantal kaarten aan de deur is erg beperkt: Vol = vol!
Dit jaar werkt MMIF samen met MetaMeets, een conferentie over 3D-internet en Virtuele Werelden. MetaMeets 2011 vindt op dezelfde dagen en lokatie plaats als MMIF, maar dan overdag.
Het MMIF 2011 is een door vrijwilligers gerunde niet-commerciële organisatie. Een samenwerking van MaMachinima met Club KarlssonMetaMeetsMeta.Live.Nu, PLANETART, AviewTV, Ystreams.TV, MetaMix TV, Gallery Fermate en vele vrijwilligers. Met speciale dank aan NIMkDe Balie en Bellissima TV. MMIF 2011 wordt geheel gefinancierd door middel van donaties en giften. Virtueel land wordt gesponsord door Linden Lab®. Initiator en directrice van het MMIF is de Nederlandse filmmaker Chantal Harvey.
Voor het MMIF 2011 programma, nieuws, tickets of live online interactie ga naar: http://MMIF.org 

13:00 – 19:00 uur: – Conferentie over 3D-Internet en virtuele werelden
20:00 uur: – DEUREN OPEN
20:30 uur: – Workshop ‘Machinima for Dummies’
22:00 uur: – Openingsceremonie + filmblok 1, 2
01:00 uur: – Einde

13:00 – 19:00 uur: –  Conferentie over 3D-Internet en virtuele werelden
20:00 uur: – DEUREN OPEN
20:30 uur: – Filmblok 3, 4, 5
01:00 uur: – Club Karlsson sluit, MMIF voortzetting interactief online
01:30 uur: – Filmblok 6, 7
04:30uur: – Einde
Club Karlsson
Keizersgracht 264
1016 EV Amsterdam
LEA Theater, Second Life®
Teleport & live streams via http://MMIF.org
PERS CONTACT:  Chantal Harvey info@mmif.org
17-18 june MMIF 2011 flyer Ma Machinima International Festival

New MMIF 2011 flyer

9 Jun

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 Inworld SL texture (full perm), join MaMachinima group: (Find it in Group Notices Archive)


[update] MMIF2011 promoted in ‘TimeOut Amsterdam’

9 Jun

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MMIF RECTIFICATION: There are errors in this article from TimeOut magazine. Peter Greenway is mistakenly mentioned as the director of ‘Big Bang’. Saskia Boddeke (aka Rose Borchovski in SL) actually is the real director of ‘Big Bang’ and submitted this film to MMIF. Peter Greenaway  only did contributions to this production. We apologize for any confusion.

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Ma Machinima International Film Festival

Club Karlsson

Friday 17 & Saturday 18, 2011

If you’re tired of the same overpaid Botox victims trotting out all-too-familiar plot Lines, then prolific ‘machinimatographer’ Chantal Harvey may be your cinematic salvation. The Dutch director’s third Ma Machinima International Film Festival promises 60 original, fun, touching, sometimes plain weird and, occasionally, mindblowing short films that defy the usual rules of storytelling. Machinima, you see, is the art of making movies using 3D online virtual worlds and video games (such as Second Life, World of Warcraft or even Google Earth) where, unhampered by such pesky factors as reality, the laws of physics or an actor’s range, filmmakers can unleash their creativity with no bounds other than their own imaginations. Harvey (after whose nickname in the community, ‘mama-chinima’, the festival is named) claims she refuses to limit herself to one genre of machinima ‘because the medium offers so much freedom to filmmakers’. Clearly, most of them got the memo – including Lainy Voom, whose bird-headed characters drink coffee with a spoonfull of eyeballs, and Tom Jantol, whose rendering of Pinocchio as a disolated doll with lipstick and nipples curiously takes nothing away from the film’s grace and sensitivity. Because it’s inherently inexpensive to produce but rich in possibilities, machinimatography appeals to experimental and emerging filmmakers in particular.

That said, some open-minded old-timers have also jumped on the machinima bandwagon, such as Peter Greenaway (‘The Pillow Book’) who is presenting his ‘Big Bang’ at the Festival. A poetic ode to all existence, parts of his film eschews human beings in favor of computer-generated avatars, some of whom boast such realistic facial expressions that Pixar’s best illustrators might want to watch their backs.

The event, which will happen in ‘real life’ at Club Karlsson, a private club and self-avowed ‘counter cultural’ space in the Western Canal Belt, will also be streamed live online and in Second Life, where hundreds more visitors and their avatars are expected at the lavish virtual theater ‘built’ especially for the occasion. Club Karlsson guests are welcome to bring their laptops to follow the online part of the event – WI FI and the requisite cables will be provided. Both real life and virtual virtual parties reflect the important social aspect of Machinima: ‘The festival is not a competition; there are no awards, no contests; it’s just about sharing’, says Harvey. In this spirit, newbies can try their hands at the ‘Machinima for Dummies’ workshop at Club Carlsson on June 17, creating a short film that will be screened at the opening of the festival. With twice as many filmmakers and twice as many real life guests as last year, the trend is clearly growing. ‘We ‘ll have drinks, food, a lot of socialising and maybe even sex,’ says producer Ze Moo. No wonder machinima is gaining speed.

17 & 18 June, 20.00 – 01.00 at Club Karlsson (Keizersgracht 264). FREE and online all night. See mmif.org for more information. Marie-Charlotte Pezé, for Time Out Magazine Amsterdam.


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