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—May 17, 2006

Digital Cinema gets another boost in Cannes!

The Cannes Film Festival Official Partner for digital cinema, XDC has encoded over 25 motion pictures and will manage over 40 digital cinema screenings at this year’s Festival
XDC enhancing its partnership with the Cannes Film Festival will support all the digital cinema activities from encoding the movies up to the screenings in the auditoriums of the Palais. As Official Partner of the Cannes Film Festival for digital cinema, XDC has installed the digital cinema systems in the renowned Lumière, Debussy, Bazin and Buñuel in Palais des Festivals theatres, and will collaborate with CST to provide the technical support for all digital projections in the Official Selection and in the parallel sections.

“We are particularly proud that the Festival has entrusted XDC with the responsibility for the whole workflow from the digital encoding to play out. It is the outstanding successful track-record over the last 5 years in digital cinema, both from the management and the technical staff, with the roll out of over 210 screens and the preparation of over 150 films in Europe, which allows XDC to meet this technological challenge” says Alain Remond, General Manager of XDC France.

XDC has also provided the equipment necessary for digital projection and play-out into Espace Miramar for the International Critics’ Week and into Noga Theatre for the 38th edition of the Directors’ Fortnight. The projectors installed in all the theatres are compliant with the requirements of the DCI and are today all in 2K resolution. The XDC servers are perfectly well suited to the specifications presently used for digital film distribution.

“Over 25 films have been processed by XDC Lab”, says Regis Raway, XDC Services Sales Manager. “The producer and/or the distributor give us the image via the digital master. Sound and subtitles are also provided … along with in some cases, trailers. We then, digitally encode the motion picture with or without subtitles and dubbed audio versions. Stringent quality control is performed all along the digital copy production workflow process, with a series of validations of the final result being carried out by several engineers. The digital copy is stored on a transportable hard disk and encrypted for optimal copyright theft protection. XDC’s strength is to be able to provide this high quality work at very short notice. We are accustomed to producing digital copies in just a few days before the projection in Cannes.”

The full-length feature films being prepared and/or managed by XDC are :
- Official Competition: Iklimler by Nuri Bilge Ceylan – Southland Tales by Richard Kelly
- Out of Competition : Over The Hedge by Tim Johnson and Karey Kirkpatrick – El-Banate Dol (These Girls) by Tahani Rached
- Cannes Classics : India Song by Marguerite Duras – Le mystère de la Tour Eiffel by Julien Duvivier – Bejin Loug by Sergei M. Eisenstein – The Last Adventurer by Robert Enrico – The Searchers by John Ford – El Topo by Alejandro Jodorowsky – The Way Ahead by Carol Reed – Odd Man Out by Carol Reed – A Kid for Two Farthings by Carol Reed - Monte Cristo by Henri Fescourt
- International Critics’ Week : Destricted by Marina Abramovic
- Directors’ Fortnight : Azur et Asmar by Michel Ocelot – Mala Noche by Gus Van Sant
The short-length feature films :
- Official Competition : Film Noir by Osbert Parker - Ongeriewe by Robin Kleinsmidt
- Out of Competition : Stanley’s Girlfriend by Monte Hellman – Chambre 666 by Wim Wenders
The documentaries:
- Out of Competition : Boffo ! Tinseltown’s Bombs and Blockbusters by Bill Couturie
- Cannes Classics : Marcello A Sweet Life by Mario Canale and Annarosa Morri – Il était une fois … Rome ville ouverte by Marie Genin and Serge July – John Ford/John Wayne : The Filmmaker and the Legend by Sam Pollard

“We are very excited about the partnership with the Festival. The Cannes Film Festival is an outstanding opportunity, which enables XDC to show filmmakers, producers cinematographers, in fact all members of the production and delivery chain the comprehensive tools and services they can use to get their stories to screen the way they intended. With over 40 digital screenings, the motion picture community can enjoy the benefits of XDC’s optimal screening conditions” says John B. Birchell Hughes, XDC Senior Vice President Production & Distributor Relations.

“This year, EVS Group will have a special exposure at the Festival …” adds Bernard Collard, General Manager of XDC International, “…EVS Broadcast Equipment has signed a partnership agreement with TV Cannes Festival, to provide technical facilities for the whole event.” …the official broadcasters for the 59th Cannes Film Festival is programming 12 days of the Festival (May 17 to 28, 2006) with 24 hours per day coverage including the opening and closing ceremonies, photo calls, interviews, a 45 minute daily programme of press conferences and a 15 minute highlight magazine format feature called ‘Le Mag’, etc. “Besides the production of highlights packages and live delays, EVS XT[2] platform will be further operated for its native support for IMX and its ability to read and manage all Avid post production files in standard definition already used by the broadcaster”, comments Nicolas Bourdon, Head of Marketing and Communications for the EVS Group. “Reliability, reactivity and interoperability of EVS tapeless technology with third party devices, are the critical factors behind the broadcaster’s decision to select our solutions”, he adds.

About CinemaNext:
As part of Ymagis Group, CinemaNext is a leading provider of Digital Cinema services in Europe including VPF management, postproduction, DCP mastering, KDM delivery, digital cinema installation, maintenance and technical support. The Ymagis Group has deployed digital systems in cinemas under VPF.  The Ymagis Group operates, through its subsidiary Smartjog Ymagis Logistics, the largest e-delivery network for cinema content in Europe, using both, satellite capacity and ADSL/fibre lines, as well as a number of HDD’s duplication hubs. The Ymagis Group has also become a software house, providing innovative solutions such as a theatre management system (TMS) and a full electrical automation system.
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