Digital projector specialists Christie have been contracted to provide this year's Cannes Film Festival with all the projection and display technology it needs.

The company has officially been taken on board as the technical partner of the festival, which will take place from 12-23 May.

Vice president of the company's European operations, Dale Miller, said, "For the fourth year in a row, it is a huge privilege to see our digital projectors playing such a critical role in this key event in international cinema."

Of the 22 digitally equipped cinemas that are used during the festival, 11 of them use the new range of Christie Solaria projectors, which are fully compliant with Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI) specifications and upgradeable and ready for 4K digital cinema.

Christie will be responsible for all digital projection at the festival for the complete Official Selection, Out of Competition and Marché du Film elements.

Pascal Gervais, Director of Development for Christie, France, said their agreement with the Cannes Film Festival covers the provision of technical and logistical aspects of 2D and 3D digital projection.

It comes at a time when France is speeding up its switch to digital viewing. In April 2010, 20 per cent of all cinema screens were digitally equipped. This amounts to over 1,000 screens that are now able to project 3D versions of films offered by distributors.