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Erlangen, Germany—Feb 20, 2013

Berlinale 2013 Once Again Makes Use of Fraunhofer IIS’s Digital Film Format Know-How

Fraunhofer scientists provide expertise for development of digital cinema packages for Berlin International Film Festival
The 63rd annual Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) rose its curtain on February 7 to bring filmmakers from all around the world together to show 890 films across a variety of categories to 250,000 film lovers. For the second year, Fraunhofer IIS’ Department of Moving Picture Technologies was selected as the go-to digital cinema technical expert for the events. 

As the global tally of digital cinema rises, more and more festival entries are being submitted in the digital cinema film format. However, for smaller production companies in particular, producing these digital cinema packages (DCPs) is no easy task. To help, scientists from Fraunhofer IIS provided their expertise to the Berlinale to assist in technical quality control, so that every film submission could have its moment of glory on the big screen.

Experts from the Fraunhofer IIS in Erlangen were involved in the 2012 Berlinale as well, helping the festival’s technical team behind the scenes to ensure that all the technology worked without a hitch. This successful collaboration between the Berlinale and Fraunhofer IIS continued in 2013. Fraunhofer experts were on hand since the start of the international film festival to offer immediate help in the event of any problems with the digital cinema packages, to correct any errors and to get films ready to be shown to eager audiences.

The international film festival – a formidable challenge
“We’re very pleased that this year we are once again putting our specialist know-how to good effect for one of the landmark international film festivals of 2013,” said Heiko Sparenberg, head of the Department of Moving Picture Technologies at Fraunhofer IIS. “This chance to work with filmmakers is extremely important to us, as it allows us to learn in even more detail exactly what the film industry wants and needs, especially for film festivals, and to make sure these requirements carry over into our work developing the necessary technologies.”

Fraunhofer IIS – a trusted partner of the film industry
In addition to its work with Berlinale, Fraunhofer IIS was commissioned by Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI), a joint venture of the Hollywood majors Fox, Sony, Paramount Pictures, The Walt Disney Company and Warner Bros. Entertainment GmbH, to produce an initial compliance test plan for digital cinema systems.

About Fraunhofer IIS: The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is the leading organization for applied research in Europe. Its research activities are conducted by 66 institutes and re-search units at locations throughout Germany. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft employs a staff of more than 24,000, who work with an annual research budget totaling 2 billion euros.
 
Founded in 1985, Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS in Erlangen, Germany, ranks first among the Fraunhofer Institutes concerning headcount and revenues. As the main inventor of mp3 and universally credited with the co-development of the AAC audio coding standard, Fraunhofer IIS has reached worldwide recognition. In close cooperation with partners and clients the Institute provides research and development services in the following areas: Audio & Multimedia, Communications Systems, Energy Management, IC Design and Design Automation, Imaging System, Medical Technology, Non-destructive Testing, Positioning, Safety and Security Technology, Sensor Systems plus Supply Chain Management.
 
More than 880 employees conduct contract research for industry, the service sector and public authorities. Fraunhofer IIS with its headquarters in Erlan-gen, Germany, has further branches in Dresden, Fuerth, Nuremberg, Coburg, Deggendorf, Ilmenau, Wuerzburg, Bamberg and Waischenfeld. The budget of 120 million euros is mainly financed by projects. Less than 25 percent of the budget is subsidized by federal and state funds.
Fraunhofer IIS Directory page
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