Coppola Short To Preview On IFC Before Fest Screening;
SB Fest Hires Two, Announces Dates; Hollywood Announces Digital Nominees

Compiled by Mark Rabinowitz

>>Sofia Coppola Short To Sneak Preview On IFC

Before Sofia Coppola's debut film "Lick the Star" makes its world
theatrical premiere at the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival
in September, it will air as a part of Bravo's IFC Fridays Weekend on
July 31-August 2. Usually airing only on Fridays, IFC Fridays give cable
viewers who don't have the Independent Film Channel the opportunity to
catch up on independent features and docs on sister channel, Bravo. This
coming weekend, Bravo is presenting three days of IFC Fridays, from 5 pm
PT on Friday to 5 pm PT on Sunday.

>>Santa Barbara Fest Hires Two, Announces Dates

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has hired Richard Licata
as Marketing Consultant and Jan Fox to fill the newly-created position
of Director of Development, it was announced recently. Licata will
supervise all aspects of marketing, including special promotions and
advertising, and will work together with PMK, the festival's public
relations firm. Licata was also recently named as Executive Vice
President of Television for Rogers & Cowan public relations and was
previously Senior Vice President of Publicity and Public Relations at
Fox Broadcasting. Jen Fox was recently the Administrative Director of
the Pediatric AIDS Foundation. The Santa Barbara fest also announced the
dates for the 1999 festival, which will run from March 4-14, and the
special salutes will revolve around the theme of American comedy. The
call for entries deadline is December 1st, 1998.

[For more information, please contact Rhea Lewis/SBIFF at 805/963-0023
or by mail at 1216 State St., #710, Santa Barbara, CA 93101,
fax: 805/962-2524, e-mail: The festival's web site is:>.]

>>Hollywood Film Fest Announces Digital Nominees

The Hollywood Film Festival has announced the nominees for the Hollywood
Digital Award, given to the film with the best work in digital visual
effects. This year's nominees are "Titanic," "Contact," "Starship
," "Men in Black," "Batman and Robin," "Alien Resurrection,"
"The Fifth Element" and "The Lost World." The winner of the award will
be selected by a group of 70 visual effects professionals, including
Doug Smith, the Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor of "Babe"; Adam
Howard, as EFX supervisor on "Armageddon"; Rob Legato, visual EFX
supervisor for "Titanic," and Volker Engel, a visual EFX supervisor for