DIFF 2016: Call for Submissions

The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) invites filmmakers from across the world to submit their Short, Documentary or Feature Fiction films to screen in the festival from the 16 to 26 June 2016. The 37th edition of the festival is organized with key partnerships with the Durban Film Office, eThekwini Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission, National Film and Video Foundation and other valued funders and partners.

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Berlinale Talents Durban 2014

This year’s theme for Talents Durban (formerly Talent Campus Durban) is titled ‘Continent of Contrasts / de Contrastes’ in tribute to the godfather of African cinema, Djibril Diop Mambéty, and his seminal first film Contras' City (City of Contrast). Celebrating the 45th anniversary of the film, the 7th Berlinale Talents Durban will bring filmmakers from across the continent to draw inspiration from Africa’s long tradition of story-telling.

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The Durban International Film Festival is entering its 35th year in 2014 and is looking for a young, inspired new image to mark this special benchmark in the festival’s history.

Under the guidance of festival manager Peter Machen, the DIFF team is looking at creative ways to represent the festival and expand our reach to attract more attention from the public, media and global film community, with the ultimate aim of being recognised as the Cannes of Africa.

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DIFF2014 Submissions


The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) will celebrate its 35th edition from 17th to 27th July 2014 with over 250 screenings of cutting-edge cinema from around the world with a special focus on films from South Africa and Africa. The largest of Southern Africa’s film festivals, and the most important film festival in Africa, DIFF has a film competition component and also presents screenings in township areas where cinemas are non-existent.  

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Wild Talk Africa

Durban International Film Festival / Durban FilmMart form strategic partnership with Durban Wild Talk Africa

Durban, South Africa: The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), hosted by the Centre for Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal), with principal funding from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, and the Durban FilmMart (DFM), the joint project of the Durban Film Office (DFO) and DIFF, are pleased to announce that a strategic partnership has been formed with Durban Wild Talk Africa, the continent’s most respected natural history film festival and conference, which takes place at the Docklands Hotel in Durban from July 23 to 26. 

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AFDA presents IGNITION – The Future of Filmmaking, in partnership with DIFF

As part of the 34th Durban International Film Festival, which is principally funded by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, the University of KwaZulu Natal's Centre for Creative Arts in association with the AFDA, invites community organisations to apply for IGNITION, a free workshop on an Introduction to Film Production which will take place from 22 to 26 July 2013.

The workshop is open to entry-level applicants, preferably those who have not been working in the industry but have a strong desire to pursue video production as a career option. The course will involve practical skills on camera operation, composition, scripting and film editing. Successful participants will be awarded a certificate of completion.

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