CYPRESS, CA – (September 9, 2004) – Christie, a major provider of visual solutions for business, entertainment and industry, announced that it is a sponsor of the 29th Toronto International Film Festival® (TIFF), September 9-18, 2004. Christie is providing five high performance digital projectors that include the Christie CP2000 digital cinema projector, two Christie Roadster S6 DLP™ projectors, a Christie Roadster S9 DLP™ projector and the Christie LX45 projector. The projectors will screen a total of 68 films, with 13 movies showing on the Christie CP2000 digital cinema projector, which will anchor the Festival’s showcase theatre, the Varsity 8, inside the Cineplex Odeon Varsity Cinemas at Manulife Centre in Toronto. Lions Gate Films' "Beyond the Sea" will have a special gala screening at Roy Thompson Hall, featuring the Christie CP2000. Screening digitally at the Varsity 8 theatre, also on the Christie CP2000, will be Spike Lee’s “Sucker Free City.”
This year, the Toronto International Film Festival® announced that it is presenting 328 films from 61 countries, including 253 features, of which 81 percent are world, international, or North American premieres. Started in 1976 as a collection of films from other festivals – a “festival of festivals” – TIFF has become one of the most successful cinematic events in the world. It is considered the premier festival in North America and is seen as second only to Cannes in terms of high profile pictures, stars and market activities that include distributors, producers and buyers.
Christie will have the Christie Roadster S9 digital projector at the Royal Ontario Museum Theatre; the Christie Roadster digital projector at the Varsity 7 theatre, inside the Cineplex Odeon Varsity Cinemas; the Christie Roadster S6 at the Alliance Atlantis Cumberland Cinemas; and the Christie LX45 digital projector at the Varsity VIP theatre, inside the Cineplex Odeon Varsity Cinemas. The projectors will screen films in a variety of formats, including HDCAM, DIGIBETA and BETACAM-SP.
“We are very pleased to once again welcome Christie as a Festival sponsor. Christie digital projectors are recognized to be among the best in the industry, offering exceptional image quality that will perfectly present the vision of the filmmakers and directors at the Festival,” said Hans Burgschmidt, technical director, Toronto International Film Festival®.
“We are proud to support the world’s most famous film festival and look forward to the opportunity to showcase some of today’s brightest new talents as well as some of the industry’s most successful filmmakers and directors. It is truly a privilege to provide Christie digital projectors for this extraordinary event,” said Jack Kline, president and COO, Christie USA.
Christie is celebrating its 75th anniversary as a leader in visual solutions for world-class organizations, offering diverse applications for business, entertainment, and industry. With expertise in film projection since 1929 and professional projection systems since 1979, Christie has established a global reputation as the world’s single source manufacturer of a variety of display technologies and solutions for cinema, large audience environments, control rooms, business presentations, training facilities, 3D and Virtual Reality, simulation, education, media and government. Christie has installed over 50,000 projectors worldwide. For more information, visit www.christiedigital.com.