There is a definite interest in film out there. Some old interested parties rekindled and some new blood, some who never left. Interest in film is growing for many reasons.How and why is a topic for much speculation, all that matters is that its happening.
Too many people take useless potshots at digital, it serves a purpose, I've been shooting pics for advertising since the early 80s, I would have killed to get results of exposure and composition immediately back then.I've worked in the darkroom and I'm proficient with Photoshop. I shoot both film and pixels and take advantage of the attributes of both.
Oh btw I dabble in pencil and oil paint, all of the above are just mediums, its complelty stupid to make comments bashing digital vs film photography just as it is to proclaim that oil paintings are the only form of true art.