For the twelfth year in a row, Christie served as the projection technology partner for the Cannes Film Festival, May 8-19. For this year’s festival 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 was also the Marché du Film, a gathering of more than 12,000 industry professionals, which also has a number of smaller screening rooms also supported by 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!”
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, Consultant, Christie said,“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 to the work of 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.”