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DivX and HDFEST Partner for First DivX HD Film Festival

Screenings to take place in cutting edge High-Definition DivX format (August 31, 2005)

HDFEST announced today that this year's New York and London festival events will be utilizing DivX's breakthrough technology, DivX HD, for all playback of festival content. HDFEST, the world's only high-definition film festival, screens films created exclusively with HD technology and plays all festival content exclusively in High-Definition. HDFEST New York will be taking place September 30th and October 1st at the Goldcrest Screening Room, 799 Washington Avenue and HDFEST London will be held October 3rd and 4th in conjunction with the Raindance Film Festival at the UGC Shaftesbury Theatre. Both festival events will include HD panel discussions on HD filmmaking along with revolutionary screenings of High-Definition content taking advantage of DivX's technology for playback.

HDFEST is pleased to have DivX onboard this year as a festival sponsor and official technology provider for the HDFEST 2005 World Tour. Festival Director Issac Alexander states "HDFEST is excited to be partnering with DivX to showcase the impressive capabilities of DivX HD. We at HDFEST are very enthusiastic about the implications DivX offers for independent filmmaking. This is powerful technology with a myriad of applications."

DivX HD compression delivers 720p HD video at 4Mb/s, allowing for an entire DivX HD movie to fit on a single standard DVD. DivX HD allows films to screen in High-Definition resolution using DivX Certified High Definition DVD players that are on the market today at very reasonable prices. Leveraging the advanced technology of the DivX codec, independent filmmakers can take advantage of flexible, high performance HD creation and playback options today.

The HDFEST New York HD DivX DVD Presentation includes the World Premiere of Dan Turner's "Experiment," a psychological thriller created in Prague and the UK. In addition to its line-up of documentaries, dramas and comedies, HDFEST will also include HD animations and HD experimental film at the NY festival. These genres are recent additions to the HDFEST Deffie awards categories. Animations to be presented include the New York Premiere and HD Premiere of "The Journey" and the New York Premiere of "oby." Experimental pieces to be screened include the HD Premiere of Guy Rolands critically acclaimed film "Spacer" and New York artist and NEA recipient Shelly Silver's film "What I'm Looking for."

At the second HDFEST High-Definition DVD Presentation in London, HDFEST will present in conjunction with The Raindance Film Festival some of the best selections from the HDFEST 2005 World Tour. Raindance is considered one of the UK's largest film festivals with a 2004 attendance of over 20,000. HD presentations at HDFEST London include a series of shorts from the HDFEST2005 World Tour line-up as well as the UK and High-Definition Premiere of the feature documentary "Stephen Tobolowsky's Birthday Party." HDFEST Panel Discussions in London on HD Digital Cinema include "HD Cameras in 2005 and Beyond: Which Camera is the Perfect Fit?" and "High-Definition Editing: What the Pros Know." These two panels will feature some of the UK's leading HD innovators discussing High-Definition filmmaking and technology.

HDFEST High-Definition screenings and panels will be in New York at the Goldcrest Post Screening Room, 799 Washington Street on September 30th and October 1st. HDFEST's London event takes place at the UGC Shaftesbury, 13 Coventry Street, Piccadilly. Screenings will take place on October 3rd. High-Definition panel discussions will be held October 4th. HDFEST's 2005 World Tour is sponsored by Dolby, Dalsa Digital Cinema, DivX, RGB Communications, Film and Video Magazine, Production Update Magazine, Goldcrest Post Production, Midtown Video, Royalty Free HD and Gorilla Software.

Since 2000, HDFEST "the world's only high-definition film festival" has been screening some of the world's finest High-Definition projects exclusively in HD format. HDFEST events also include panels and seminars on HD technology and digital cinema.

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About DivX
DivX, Inc. is a consumer-focused video technology company positioned at the center of multimedia convergence. The company's core offering is the DivX® video codec, among the world's most popular video compression technologies with over 200 million users worldwide. The patent-pending DivX video technology offers DVD-quality at 10 times greater compression than MPEG-2 files, enabling full length films to easily fit on a CD or be delivered over broadband connections. DivX video technology powers a range of applications that span the convergence value chain, from a secure IP-based video-on-demand solution to next-generation consumer electronics products and video software applications. DivX, Inc. is headquartered in San Diego, California, with satellite offices in Los Angeles and San Jose, CA, Taipei, Taiwan, Tokyo, Japan, Guildford, England and Düsseldorf, Germany

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