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Seoul sets digital festival

CinDi kicks off on July 20

Cinema Digital Seoul (aka CinDi), a new film festival devoted to Asian features shot on digital format, will hold its first edition from July 20-27.

Sponsored by the CJ Culture Foundation and the Arts Council Korea, fest targets local viewers and will feature a competition section of 20 titles by newer directors (first, secondor third features). Live-action features, documentaries and animated works will all be eligible.

A 30 million won ($32,000) director award and a $21,500 critics award are among the four prizes to be presented. An additional 20 features will be screened out of competition.

Park Ki-yong, director of “Camel(s)” and head of the Korean Academy of Film Arts, will join local critic Chung Sung-il as co-festival directors of the first edition.

“This festival is primarily about giving opportunities and discovering more creative efforts in the digital medium,” Chung said in a Seoul press conference Monday.

Meanwhile, Philip Cheah of the Singapore Film Festival, Ichiyama Shozo of Tokyo Filmex and Li Cheuk-to of the Hong Kong film fest will serve as programming consultants for Southeast Asia, Japan and Chinese-speaking territories, respectively.

“Digital film has been a savior for filmmaking in my part of the world, which contains a lot of people living in poverty,” Cheah said. “The Malaysian New Wave has been mostly built on digital cinema, and many emerging cinemas in the Arab world are also based on digital.”

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