Top brass have announced the inaugural technology showcase State Of The Art - Innovation, Storytelling And Technology.

The three-day event will take place from November 10-12 and features presentations by Weta Digital and Technicolor.

Weta effects supervisor Dan Lemmon will preside over The Evolution Of Weta Digital on November 10. The session explores the company’s 20-year history and has as its centerpiece a case study on Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (pictured).

One day later How To Train Your Dragon 2 director Dean DeBlois and DreamWorks Animation chief technology officer Lincoln Wallen will showcase their new PrEMO tool built on the Apollo platform.

Sponsor Dolby will give the welcome address and Technicolor sponsors a keynote address by its production services president Tim Sarnoff.

The Dolby Institute is also behind a November 12 event entitled The Sound Of Imagined Worlds that looks at Dolby Atmos and features sound artists Erik Aadahl, Will Files and Skip Lievsay talking about Godzilla, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes and Noah.

“Dolby, the festival’s newest partner, enables us to bring our audiences and filmmakers an extraordinary movie-going experience in a world-class venue and provides the festival with a theatre where we can launch this engaging forum on technology and storytelling,” said AFI FEST director Jacqueline Lyanga.

“This year at the showcase we’ll be putting a spotlight on the evolution of Weta Digital’s technology, DreamWorks Animation’s new PrEMO software and Dolby’s next-generation sound technology, Dolby Atmos.”

AFI FEST is scheduled to run from November 6-13.