Magazine article Screen International

XDC International to Digitise Balkan Screens under Eurimages Scheme

Magazine article Screen International

XDC International to Digitise Balkan Screens under Eurimages Scheme

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Theatres are in Turkey, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia and Albania.

The Belgian company XDC International has been selected last week to be the exclusive provider for the implementation of a support programme for the purchase and installation of digital equipment within the network of theatres supported by Eurimages in Turkey, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia and Albania.

In June this year the Eurimages Board of Management decided to launch theprogramme under which a lump-sum grant of $27,363 (Euros 20,000) per screen would be awarded by Eurimages to exhibitors who operate theatres assisted by the Eurimages theatre support programme. This support can be used to cover the purchase and installation of digital projectors, servers and other related options. Exhibitors receiving support must seek any additional funding from their national or local authorities or through investments from their own equity or private sources to complete the overall financing.

The programme was initiated by the Eurimages Theatres Working Group and first presented at 2009 Sarajevo Film Festival's Regional Forum co-hosted by Screen International. Official institutions of countries that participated at the Forum agreed to support the digitisation on their end and subsequently the Group negotiated with leading digital cinema integrating companies, which led to the tender procedure after which the XDC International was chosen as the provider. …

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