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In an age where everything is going digital, it does not come as a surprise that film festivals too are following suit. Delhi is hosting its fifth International Digital Film Festival at the India Habitat Centre. "The digital format is a step towards new wave and malleable filmmaking and we are trying to tap into that," says Madhureeta Anand, Director of the festival.
The highlight, this year, is the closing film Side by Side, directed by Christopher Kenneally and co-produced by Keanu Reeves.
To be screened on February 1, this graphs the evolution of digital filmmaking through interviews with Hollywood directors such as James Cameron, David Fincher, Christopher Nolan and Martin Scorsese.
There is also a line-up of premiers, including Saving Face, an American documentary, directed by Sharmeen Obaid and Daniel Junge, that documents acid attacks on women in Pakistan. While Canadian filmmaker Nisha Pahuja's The World Before Her, which was screened yesterday, juxtaposes the Miss India Pageant with a camp for young girls run by militant fundamentalists, Bangalore-based Arvind Kamath's multilingual film Innuendo, to be screened on January 30, discusses communication issues and self-destructive motives. "We have a variety," assures Anand.
The festival at India Habitat Centre is on till February 1.