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March 15, 2002
Digifest 2002 moves into the fourth dimension
Economic Development -- The City of Toronto welcomes participants to Digifest
2002, Canada's new digital media festival. It celebrates the best in animation,
3-D modeling, virtual reality, gaming, film, Internet and digital art has an
attention-grabbing lineup of speakers, panels and exhibitions between March 20
and 26 at the Design Exchange, 234 Bay St.

The City of Toronto's Economic Development Division is working with the New
Media industry to support its further development. The City is proud to support
Digifest and "Flashinthecan" as important showcases for the capabilities of
local companies.

This year's Digifest kicks off with an opening gala on Wednesday, March 20 at 5
p.m. The keynote speaker is Derrick de Kerckhove, director of the McLuhan
Program of Culture and Technology at the University of Toronto. Joe Davis from
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will also be presenting in
conjunction with the Interactive Arena lecture series.

This year's Digifest theme is "the 4-D challenge," which encourages work that
goes beyond 3-D to explore intangibles such as sensation, time, perspective and

An electronic art exhibition on display for the duration of the festival will
feature interactive work by Canadian artists Royden Rabinowitch, Hani Rashid
and David Rokeby.

The last two days of the festival are dedicated to Flashinthecan. Flashinthecan
is a two-day event dedicated to supporting and showcasing the community of
Canadian flash designers and developers with seminars, panels, presentations
and awards.

Members of the public are encouraged to view the impressive collection of Web
sites and vote for the sites that they think should win. For more information
and to see the sites, visit http://awards.fl
or call 416-603-2223.

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