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Cannes—May 13, 2009

XDC Makes Complete Digital Breakthrough at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival: 50 Digital Films (incl. 3D) – 100 Digital Screenings - 19 Digital Systems

XDC, Official Partner for Digital Cinema, will support over 100 digital screenings of the whole official selection as well as the Market activities
Digital projection in Cannes has now become part of the show. Tonight, the 62nd Cannes Festival will begin its Opening Ceremony with a 3D digital feature film, the new Disney Pixar studios motion picture, UP.
 
Serge Plasch, CEO & Managing Director of XDC International: “XDC is very proud to be a long term partner of the Cannes Film Festival, an optimal competition that will showcase the best of the digital cinema industry. This exciting commitment gives XDC the opportunity to demonstrate our know how as the Leading Pan-European Service Company. Digital Cinema is definitely on the move in Europe and all over the world. As a deploying entity, we will support large-scale digital cinema roll-out plans for up to 8,000 screens all over Europe within the next 5 years.”
 
XDC teams up again with expert suppliers, Christie for the projectors, XpanD for the 3D Technology and for the 3rd year in a row, XDC has selected servers by Doremi alongside with its CineStore Solo G3 servers.

“This is a privilege for us to see our products play such a crucial role for this key event”, says Pascal Gervais, Business Development Manager for Christie France. “As a pioneer in digital projection systems, Christie prides itself for putting its knowledge and experience to good use for the 7th art.
 
Maria Costeira, CEO of XpanD comments: “We are both honored and gratified to be officially chosen as the 3D system at the Cannes Film Festival and wish to extend our sincere thanks to the entire organization in supporting the XpanD brand of 3D technology” and adds “This will be a historical moment with a 3D title opening such an emblematic Festival and we’re extremely proud to be part of this screening.”
 
Patrick Zucchetta, Managing Director of Doremi Cinema declares “Doremi Cinema is pleased to provide its DCP-2000 D-Cinema server to play the world premiere in digital 3D of “UP” by Disney-Pixar during the opening evening.”
 
“The French CST will again ensure the technical supervision of the projections performed during the Festival while our Digital Content Lab will offer “one-stop-shop” services to distributors including encoding, quality control and logistics,” concludes Alain Rémond, General Manager of XDC France. 

Installations to support the 100 digital screenings of the Cannes Film Festival
 
XDC has selected Christie as the exclusive Official Supplier of the digital projectors. Details are as follows:
Film Festival: 7 Christie 2K DLP Cinema® projectors will be installed in the following auditoriums: Lumière, Debussy, Bazin, Buñuel, 60th Auditorium and the Beach Cinema. One 2K digital control room will be installed in the Palais des Festivals in order to check the digital copies.
Film Market : 2 Christie 2K DLP Cinema® projectors will be installed in Bory auditorium (which will also be used for 3D projections) et auditorium J while 9 Christie HD DLP Standard projectors will equip the other HD video rooms.
D-Cinema JPEG2000 servers: CineStore® Solo G3 and Doremi DCP-2000.
3D systems: 4 systems will be provided by XpanD with active 3D glasses
 
For more information, please contact:
Alain Remond – XDC France – Tel.: 06 24 14 21 72 – are@xdcinema.com, XDC booth in Cannes: #206, Pantiero, tel.: +33 (0)6 73 09 29 83
Fabrice Testa – XDC international - Tel.: +32 4 364 12 65 - marcom@xdcinema.com

About CinemaNext:
CinemaNext is the Ymagis Group’s business unit dedicated to exhibitor services. Founded in 2007 and managed by professionals from the motion picture and high-tech industries, Ymagis Group is a European leader in advanced digital technology services for the cinema industry. Through CinemaNext and Eclair, the Group provides smart, comprehensive solutions to movie exhibitors, distributors (feature films & event cinema), producers, rights holders, cinema/TV advertising networks, broadcasters, OTT channels and video publishers. Over the years, Ymagis Group has significantly expanded its portfolio of solutions & services and further developed its geographic footprint in Europe with permanent offices in 26 countries. The company’s core business is structured around three main units: CinemaNext (exhibitor services: sales and field services, software solutions, customer service/NOC and consulting), Eclair (content services: post-production, theatrical delivery, digital distribution, versioning and accessibility, restoration and preservation) and Ymagis (VPF & financial services). A publicly-traded company listed on Euronext, Ymagis Group is headquartered in Paris (France) and has close to 750 employees.
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