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Cannes festival embraces digital projection with Christie

Christie has once again been chosen as the projection technology partner for the Cannes Film Festival. The festival, which takes place on the French Riviera every year for two weeks in

May, can lay claim to being, outside of the Oscars, the world’s most celebrated film event.

For this year’s festival, which ran from 8-19 May, Christie supplied 29 projectors from across its digital cinema projection portfolio, including its flagship 4K lamp-based model, the CP4230.

The 2018 festival is the 71st in its history and 21 films from around the globe were shown in competition for the coveted Palme d’Or prize. The prize committee, this year under the leadership of Cate Blanchett, viewed all films on digital projection, with the transition from film, which has been ongoing for the past decade, now complete. As well as the main festival there is also the Marché du Film, a gathering of over 12,000 industry professionals, which also has a number of smaller screening rooms also benefiting from Christie projection technology.

Jean-Baptiste Hennion, CTO at Cinéma at 2AVI, said: “The maintenance team and I are always happy to work with Christie projectors. This year again, they allowed us to sublimate images and to have heard only praise from the teams of film presenters. I also want to thank the Christie team with whom work rhymes with pleasure!”

The technical specification for the projection technology in the festival and market screening rooms, is overseen by the CST (Commission Supérieure Technique de l’Image et du Son). Francis Zee, a consultant at Christie, commented: “The technicians that make up CST are the cream of France’s cinema and broadcast industries and they have a huge task overseeing technical operations at Cannes. It’s always gratifying that things come together so well and it’s in no small measure due to the work CST have put in, especially around DCP/DCI over the years. They have high standards and so do we – it’s a great partnership and we’re looking forward to many more years together.”

Christie supplied 29 projectors to Cannes this year, with 10 going to the festival and 19 for the Marché du Film. All models are from the Solaria series and they comprise: the 4K-enabled CP4230 and CP4220 for the main screening rooms; the CP2230 for where films are being screened in 2K resolution; and the CP2215 for the smaller Marché du Film rooms.

Japanese family drama Shoplifters received the coveted award for best film, the Palme d’Or, at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

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