: True, IFFK 2012 has embraced digital cinema for the first time with 80 out of the 189 movies being screened using the Digital Cinema Package (DCP) technology. However, the organisers are struggling to keep up with the change for want of wider technical support and resources.
A few incidents where technical glitches delayed the screening and movies were screened with no subtitles have made the organisers think of the downside of the new technology and come up with a back-up plan. The next edition of IFFK will have a team led by a technical director to tackle the issue.
The decision was taken at a panel discussion on Film Festivals of India attended by chairman of Kerala Chalachitra Academy and festival director S. Priyadarshan, Deputy Director Bina Paul Venugopal, festival director of Mumbai Film Festival Srinivasan Narayanan, among others. In DCP technology, the films are stored in a special file format that can be compressed, encrypted, and encoded.
The screening can be done using a special password called the Key Delivery Message (KDM), which has to be fed into the computer controlling the film projector. The file is first ingested in a digital cinema server for verification.
However, if the password goes wrong or the time setting changes, then the computer will not accept the file. Mr. Narayanan told The Hindu that it was necessary to store the file in advance because errors caused due to KDM could be solved easily whereas rectifying errors caused during storage time takes longer.