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Zemeckis to Receive VES Lifetime Achievement Award

The Visual Effects Society will honor Robert Zemeckis (THE POLAR EXPRESS) with its second Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2005 VES Awards ceremony, to be held Feb. 16 at the Hollywood Palladium. George Lucas, chairman, VES Awards Honorary Committee, was the first recipient this year.

In addition, the VES will remember effects pioneer Robert Abel (TRON, THE MINDS EYE) with the George Melies Award for Artistic Excellence, and Don Shay, publisher of CINEFEX MAGAZINE, will receive the Board of Directors Award.

Robert, Bob and Don have each left an indelible mark on the visual effects industry and represent the extraordinary and diverse talents found in the field, Lucas said in a prepared statement to VES members. VES is proud to pay tribute to them, and to recognize the continuing evolution of visual effects along with the ever-increasing prominence that effects artists have in our industry.

We hope you will join us and celebrate our honorees talents and achievements. Please contact our event coordinator, Michael Teta Associates at 818-817-2310 should you have any questions.

The Visual Effects Society, founded in 1997, is comprised of distinguished visual effects artists and technologists who are professionally committed to the specialized industry of visual effects. The society provides its members with a platform for communication, education and recognition of the current and future state of the visual effects industry. Society headquarters are located in Los Angeles, with approximately 1,000 global members. For more information about VES, visit or call (310) 822-9181.