Christie the technical digital cinema partner to the Cannes Film Festival screened 50 films in the digital format out of the 53 movies that were screened. Bt comparison last year 37 movies were screened digitally and in 2007 the number was 20. Christie Digital Systems USA president and COO Jack Kline says “We are pleased to see the progress of digital cinema in the motion picture industry as shown by the digital movies which are part of the Official Selection. And we’re delighted by the continued trust displayed by XDC the Festival’s technical digital cinema partner and CST the representative organization of cinema professionals in France responsible for the technical operation of Cannes. Both have opted for Christie as their technical partner supplying the digital projection solutions for the Festival for the third year running.” Christie provided over 19 projectors for the film festival. Kline says “As the most recognized film festival in the world Cannes has a major cultural influence on the industry globally reflecting the current technical technological and commercial trends. It’s a fact that the digital format and the number of theatres equipped for digital projection is progressing very rapidly.” XDC implemented its Cinestore Solo G3 server in all the auditoria and collaborated with XpanD for the 3D presentations. That included the world preview of Up Pixar/Disney’s new animated comedy adventure which opened this year’s Festival. Up premiered using a Christie CP2000-SB projector with built-in Christie Brilliant3D technology.