Film is not dead. Although there are fewer and fewer reasons to transfer digital to film, one good reason for transfer is archival purposes.
A 35mm print will be readable 100 years from now. I suspect that many of the current digital formats will be obsolete, and unreadable, within a couple decades.
The Cinevator digital film recorder, a new invention, can make direct prints with subtitles and sound (no negative needed), directly from digital information. It's less than half the price, compared to going through a negative.
NFS, 1st print - $25,500, $255/min
NFS, 2nd print - $7,500, $75/min
Total for both prints, $33,000, $165/average cost per minute
Using the single print price, NFS can make a print for festival/other use for 56% of the cost of generating the print via a DI (Digital Intermediate) interneg.