Barco Supplies Projectors for the 61st Locarno Film Festival

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Wed, 08/27/2008 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Barco was selected by XDC to be the exclusive projector supplier for last month’s 61st Locarno Film Festival. The highlights of the festival were the open-air screenings at Piazza Grande. 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 eleven day film festival. The Locarno Film Festival presents 100 digital screenings in five different venues including the famous Piazza Grande. At nightfall the Piazza Grande transforms into a unique open-air cinema with a 26-meter screen and room for 8 000 spectators. To contribute to the magic of these screenings XDC chose Barco’s DP-3000. “We wanted to provide the Locarno Film Festival with the best possible technologies ” says Fabrice Testa vice president sales and 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 ” says 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 were all equipped with Barco’s DP-2000 digital cinema projectors. Barco