As DVD offers a different approach to cinema, the Cannes Film Festival decided to create in 2002 an exclusive "Cannes Film Festival DVD Collection" label, in order to better adapt itself to the new media environment and meet the movie going public's needs.
The films that will receive the "DVD Collection" label will be able to compete for the "2003 Cannes Film Festival DVD Prize", which will be awarded to the best film in each of the two categories.
All the films of the Festival Collection will be made available to festival goers in the DVD showroom and a presentation of the prizewinning DVDs will be held during the Cannes Festival, on Saturday May 24.
For the first time, Packard Bell, the consumer brand of NEC CI, will equip the DVD Showroom located in the Palais des Festivals in Cannes (Level 01 – Aisle 12) with more than 20 high-end PCs, all associated with a LCD flat screen. Moreover, an exclusive deal with ATI, will enable Packard Bell to provide its PCs with the ultimate ATI 3D board, the ATI Radeon 9800 Pro. Thus, festival goers will benefit from best-in-class products to view DVDs.
In the DVD Showroom, Packard Bell will also demonstrate its vision for Digital Home Entertainment, using PCs running Microsoft Windows® XP Media Center Edition.
In a dedicated space closed to the DVD Show Room, Packard bell will present the Smart Display concept from Microsoft and unveil its brand new Slim TV 300W LCD TV screen.
Festival goers will also be able to experience for the first time in
Cannes Microsoft’s new DVD HD technology.
NEC Computers International (NEC CI), one of the major consolidated subsidiaries
of the NEC Corporation and part of the operation of NEC Solutions, is
Europe's sixth largest manufacturer of personal computers (Source: Gartner
Dataquest / February 2003).