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Kuurne, Belgium—Aug 6, 2008

Barco lights up the Piazza Grande at the 61st Locarno Film Festival

Barco, a global leader in digital cinema projectors, has been selected by XDC as exclusive projector supplier for the 61st Locarno Film Festival, taking place from August 6th to 16th. The highlights of this festival are the open-air screenings at Piazza Grande, where Barco’s DP-3000 will be used to give spectators the ultimate movie-experience.

Every August, around 190,000 cinema-goers, over 1,000 journalists, and 3,200 professionals gather in the small Swiss-Italian town of Locarno, for an unforgettable eleven day film festival. The Locarno Film Festival presents 100 digital screenings in 5 different venues, including the famous Piazza Grande. At nightfall, the Piazza Grande transforms into a unique open-air cinema with an impressive 26 meter screen and room for 8,000 spectators.

To contribute to the magic of these screenings, XDC has chosen Barco’s DP-3000, the brightest “large venue” digital cinema projector in the industry. Using Texas Instrument’s 1.2 inch DLP Cinema® chip, the DP-3000 is designed for screens up to 30m wide. “We want to provide the Locarno Film Festival with the best possible technologies,” says Fabrice Testa, Vice President Sales & Business Development at XDC International. “The Piazza Grande is the biggest challenge as we need a projector that is bright enough to project in open air. By using Barco’s 2K digital cinema projectors we are sure to offer the Locarno audience unsurpassed image quality in all circumstances.”

“We are proud to have been chosen for the Piazza Grande at the Locarno Film Festival,” comments Tim Sinnaeve, Sales Director Digital Cinema at Barco. “This allows us to really show the high performance qualities of our digital cinema projectors, even in a non-traditional environment such as an open-air cinema. “

In addition to the Piazza Grande, the Teatro Kursaal, Auditorium Fevi, La Sala and Rialto are all equipped with Barco’s DP-2000 digital cinema projectors. The DP-2000 incorporates Texas Instrument’s 0.98 inch DLP Cinema® chip and is designed for screens up to 20m wide. All these projectors exemplify Barco’s hallmark of unrivalled image quality while maintaining focus on maximum ease of use, maximum uptime and minimum cost of ownership.

All of Barco’s 2K digital cinema projectors are based on the pioneering DLP Cinema® technology from Texas Instruments, guaranteeing perfect re-production of film, time and time again, and ensure movie goers enjoy the highest quality film experience with consistent picture brightness, contrast and vibrant colors.

Barco Contacts:
Media Contacts:

Alison Maxson
Press and PR contact Americas
Barco NV
Telephone +1 916 471 6914

Stephanie Vlegels
Press and PR contact EMEA
Barco NV
Telephone +32 56 36 81 66

Anna Miao
Press and PR contact APAC Growth
Barco NV
Telephone: +886 2 7715 0229

Samira Tang
Press and PR contact Greater China
Barco NV
Telephone +86 10 5650 2098
Logo: Barco Digital Cinema About Barco Digital Cinema: Barco, a global technology company, designs and develops networked visualization products for the Entertainment, Enterprise and Healthcare markets. Barco has its own facilities for Sales & Marketing, Customer Support, R&D and Manufacturing in Europe, North America and APAC. Barco (NYSE Euronext Brussels: BAR) is active in more than 90 countries with 3,300 employees worldwide. Barco posted sales of 1.029 billion euro in 2015. 

Barco is one of three licencees of Texas Instruments DLP Cinema™ technology. TI developed DLP Cinema™ technology working in close cooperation with Barco and others in the movie industry, to develop Cinema Projector and support systems based on DMD™ technology, to meet the requirement of studios, film distributors and exhibitors alike.
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