Magazine article Screen International

Digital Cinema Issues Cause Scotiabank Delays in Toronto on Saturday

Magazine article Screen International

Digital Cinema Issues Cause Scotiabank Delays in Toronto on Saturday

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Two important press & industry screenings were disrupted at TIFF yesterday as there were digital cinema issues at the Scotiabank.

After the 9 am screening of Alexander Payne's The Descendants started 66 minutes late, the subsequent Scotiabank 1 first P&I screening of Fernando Mereilles' 360 got started 70 minutes late.

"It was a delay in ingesting the DCP [for The Descendants], and that is caused partly because we have so many DCPs [digital dinema packages]," Cameron Bailey, TIFF co-director, explained to Screen. "This year, we did increase capacity a significant amount compared to last year, but also the number of DCPs being used has increased significantly."

For Fox Searchlight, The Descendants snafu must have seemed like déjà vu - A similar problem arose last year with Searchlight's127 Hours (another high-profile awards title being unspooled for the first time), which started 70 minutes late on the first Saturday of TIFF at Scotiabank (that was due to a shuffling of screenings after a subtitle problem at Little White Lies at another cinema).

Of course, TIFF is not the only organisation to be affected by the growing pains of digital innovations. "What happens is when a new technology comes on board we all react to it, it is always presents changes and challenges for our technical teams," Bailey said.

Bailey said of Saturday's delays: "Of course we never want this to happen, not just for the attendees waiting around, but also for the companies that trust us with their films. Any time that a screening is unduly delayed, we talk to them about adding an additional screening. …

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