XDC is official D-Cinema partner for Cannes Film Fest

MUMBAI: As the official partner for Cannes Film Festival, XDC is providing all of the necessary equipment, as well as its know-how, to support, under the technical supervision of the French CST, all the digital screenings including the parallel sections during the May competition.

This is the third consecutive year that XDC is providing to the Cannes Film Festival all the necessary equipment. More specifically, 18 auditoriums will use the digital technology. Ten auditoriums will be equipped with 2K DLP Cinema projectors and JPEG2000 servers, and eight auditoriums will be equipped with HD DLP standard projectors.

XDC will implement in all the auditoriums its new CineStore Solo G3 server as well as some Doremi DCP-2000 servers. XDC has selected Christie as the exclusive official supplier of the digital projectors.

“We thank the Festival organization for renewing its trust in XDC, in order to support, under the technical supervision of the Festival, all the digital screenings including the parallel sections during the May competition. 84 digital projections were performed last year. We expect to increase that number this year,” said XDC France general manager Alain Remond.

“From the creation of Cannes Film Festival, the CST, representative organization of the cinema professionals, is responsible for the technical supervision of the projections performed during the Festival. Constantly looking for the latest updates in the field of digital image and sound technologies, the CST is implementing innovative digital projection systems during the Festival, in collaboration with expert technical partners.  Moreover, each year in Cannes, the CST is developing and testing new technologies and high end control tools, in order to validate its current research works in the field of digital cinema,” added CST executive director Laurent Hebert.

As official partner of the festival and the film market, XDC gives the opportunity to producers, filmmakers and distributors to get a digital copy of their films selected at the Festival for a flat fee amount financially affordable. This service includes conformation of the source material, encoding, encryption and quality controls.

XDC International EVP and general manager Bernard Collard said, “This 61st edition will be again a showcase demonstrating the best of the digital cinema technology. This exciting commitment gives XDC the opportunity to exemplify themselves as a deploying entity aiming at a large-scale digital cinema roll-out. As the leading digital cinema company in Europe, the pan-European roll-out target for XDC is 8,000 digital screens within the next five years.”

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