The Rome Film Festival (Festival Internazionale del Film di Roma, November 9 to 17, Auditorium Parco della Musica) and Vanity Fair will award the new Vanity Fair International Award for Cinematic Excellence this year to Rise of the Guardians, the latest 3D film by DreamWorks Animation SKG.
This new acknowledgment by the festival is dedicated to a film that best expresses the innovative, artistic and strategic contribution made by production and distribution companies that have distinguished themselves in the world of contemporary cinema. Director Peter Ramsey will accept the award on behalf of the film and DreamWorks Animation.
The awards ceremony will be followed by the international theatrical premiere of Rise of the Guardians, distributed on November 21, and inspired by the series of illustrated books Rise of the Guardians by William Joyce. The ceremony and screening will also be attended by DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg and executive producer Guillermo del Toro.
“It is exhilarating to receive this recognition from Vanity Fair, and we are honored that they share in our excitement for what we believe is an incredible film in Rise of the Guardians,” said Bill Damaschke, chief creative officer at DreamWorks Animation. “We couldn’t think of a more thrilling place at which to make our international theatrical debut at the Rome Film Festival as we look forward to presenting Rise of the Guardians to audiences worldwide starting this holiday season.”
“Rise of the Guardians has been an incredible journey for the entire creative team, and we are humbled by this early accolade by Vanity Fair and the Rome Film Festival,” continued Ramsey. “We are looking forward to the film making its international debut here in Rome.”
Rise of the Guardians is an epic adventure that tells the story of a group of heroes — each with extraordinary abilities. When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces for the first time to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children all over the world.
The film stars Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Jude Law, Isla Fisher and Hugh Jackman. Ramsey directs a screenplay written by David Lindsay-Abaire.
Rise of the Guardians is produced by Christina Steinberg and Nancy Bernstein. Joyce and del Toro serve as executive producers.