The Durban International Film Festival is South Africa 's longest running film festival. Recognizing that the medium of film is a multi-dimensional tool which helps us gain insight into other cultures, the films shown at DIFF allow a migration of the mind, a first step towards tolerance, understanding and improved human relations. With its wide-ranging selection of issue-based films DIFF offers a journey, not into an escapist world, but into moments of conscientisation, reflective imagination and inspiration. The Festival is a valuable meeting place for filmmakers and industry personnel and for the forging of partnerships necessary for the cohesive emergence and development of a film industry in South Africa. DIFF showcases established filmmaking brilliance and is also an incubator for emerging talent. Screenings take place throughout Durban including township areas where cinemas are non-existent. Feature films, short films and documentaries are all welcome.
In 2008, DIFF presented films from 95 countries, most of which were not seen previously on the circuit. Central to this exploration of different cinematic cultures were South African films: 11 features, 26 documentaries and 25 short films. A Talent Campus training project sought applications from all around Africa, in an effort to stimulate film production in Africa. Daily seminars and workshops were held in which the National Film and Video Foundation and the South African Broadcasting Corporation were a powerful presence.
Organised by the Centre for Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal) the principal funders of the Durban International Film Festival are: the National Film and Video Foundation, Stichting Doen, HIVOS, KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development, German Embassy, Goethe Institute of South Africa, City of Durban, Industrial Development Corporation, with support from East Coast Radio, Durban Film Office, French Embassy of South Africa and other valued sponsors and partners.
***THERE IS NO FEE TO ENTER THIS FESTIVAL***
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University of Natal,
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