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Friday, July 7, 2006
Film fest explores digital format
The 3rd Skip City International D-Cinema Festival takes place in Kawaguchi City, Saitama Prefecture, from July 15-23, and aims not only to unearth the next generation of filmmakers working in the digital format, but also to serve as a forum for discussion on the latest trends in digital cinema.
The festival comprises screenings of films in its Feature and Short Competition categories and a symposium open to the public on digital-cinema distribution. Included in the Features competition is "Skritek" (July 18, 6:30 p.m.; July 22, 2 p.m.), a surreal tragicomedy with minimal dialogue about a dysfunctional Czech family, while recommended in the Domestic Short competition is Kenichiro Fujino's 8-min. high-school drama, "Kiibo" (July 19, 3:30 p.m.; 22, 11 a.m.).
The festival takes place at Skip City's Audio Visual Hall and Convention Hall. Tickets for 800 yen can be purchased at screenings 20 minutes before films start. Skip City is a 14-min. bus ride from Kawaguchi Station on the JR Keihin Tohoku Line. For the full schedule, visit www.skipcity-dcf.jp/en/home/index.html