Director Ang Lee will receive the IBC2016 International Honor for Excellence, the highest award IBC bestows.
Lee was born in Taiwan, but studied theatre at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and then film at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. In his career he has won two Best Director Oscars and has been nominated twice more. Life of Pi was the first 3D movie to win the Oscar for Best Director.
“The International Honor for Excellence goes to an individual who has made a significant and valuable contribution to our industry, combining technology and creativity to achieve remarkable ends,” said Michael Crimp, CEO of IBC. “It is hugely appropriate we make this award to Ang Lee, a director who has harnessed technology in the service of great story-telling.”
Lee himself underlined that view. “In the past few years, I have come strongly to believe that new technology will upgrade filmmaking in terms of story-telling,” he said. “I made Life of Pi in 3D not just to immerse the audience in the world on screen, but as a way of adding depth to the characters and the ideas which move them. In my upcoming film, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, the use of high frame rate and high dynamic range will provide, I hope, a unique opportunity to feel the realities of war and peace through the protagonist’s eyes.”
“IBC has done so much to bring together new technology and old-fashioned creativity,” he added. “I am delighted to be part of this exciting dialogue, and I am honored to receive this award.”
As well as receiving the International Honor for Excellence, Lee will also present a keynote address as part of the IBC Conference. His presentation, which will include illustrations from his latest movie, will take place in the Auditorium on September 12.
Previous winners of the IHFE Award include: directors James Cameron and Sir Peter Jackson, Olympic Broadcasting Services and Sir David Attenborough.