Christie Sponsoring Vancouver International Film Festival

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Sat, 09/29/2012 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Christie is sponsoring the Vancouver International Film Festival and will provide digital cinema projectors from its Christie Solaria Series as well as Cine-IPM 2K image processors. The festival one of North America’s leading cinema events is bringing hundreds of new films to the city September 27 to October 14. 
“It is only through the support of Christie that we are able to maintain the standards of excellence that filmmakers expect and deserve ” said Alan Franey festival director & CEO Vancouver International Film Festival. Christie partner Zoom Audio Visual Networks installed and is managing the systems. “Christie’s technology and support have made it possible to transform many of the Festival’s screens to digital ” said Michael Stewart president of Zoom. “Their exceptional image quality and expert service help make the festival a big success for exhibitors and patrons alike.”
  “We have a longstanding relationship with the VIFF and the VIFC and when we introduced Christie to them we did so knowing that together Zoom and Christie could offer them the best product and the best support in the industry. We have Christie projectors installed in the Festival’s permanent theatre at the VIFC including a Christie CP2210 installed early this year making the Festival DCP compliant. This is why we proudly promote Christie technology throughout western Canada ” Stewart added.
  Dave Muscat Christie’s senior director of sales for Canada said “Our participation in major film festivals is part of our commitment to the Canadian and international film industries. Our network of highly skilled and dedicated integration partners helps us make it happen and Zoom’s work on VIFF is indicative of that commitment.” In terms of admissions and number of films screened (about 150 000 attendees and almost 380 films) VIFF is among the five largest film festivals in North America. The international lineup includes selections from the world’s top film festivals as well as numerous titles from smaller studios and providers. VIFF screens the largest selection of East Asian films outside of that region is one of the biggest showcases of Canadian film in the world (with 80 Canadian titles this year alone being screened) and includes a large and significant non-fiction program.
  Kathryn Cress vice president global and corporate marketing at Christie said “Christie’s state-of-the-art projection technologies and skilled business partners make our firm the preferred choice for film festivals across the globe. And the arrangement with the Vancouver festival has a strong Canadian component as Christie is the only provider of high-performance digital cinema projectors with its main engineering and major manufacturing site located in Kitchener Ontario.”
 Pictured: Alan Franey