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Durban International Film Festival

This longest-running S.A. festival has +-300 films from +- 30 countries. Highlights: African & International film; workshops with directors, etc. Competition! It has screenings in areas where cinemas are non-existent. A high-profile screen



‘Inxeba’ (known internationally as ‘The Wound’) scooped both Best Director for John Trengrove and Best Actor for Nakhane Touré at the Durban International Film Festival (13 to 23 July).The win was announced at the closing ceremony, held on Saturday 22 July. This is a latest in the film’s award-winning streak, which has seen it pick up a number of accolades from all around the world. ‘Inxeba’ had its African premiere in competition at DIFF, scre...

Bollywood "porn" wins DIFF

A Bollywood film with sex won the Durban International Film Festival. The award-winners were announced during the closing ceremony of the festival’s 37th edition at the Playhouse prior to the screening of the closing film, The Space in Between – Marina Abramovic and Brazil. The award for the Best Feature Film went to The Violin Player directed by Bauddhayan Mukherji. The jury’s citation said: “A seductive and mysterious tale of a...

Viva South Africa

The Durban International Film Festival opens on 16 June and the SA film industry is alive and well. The day is significant as it is the 40th anniversary of the Soweto uprising. The world premieres of 2 local doccies and the SA premiere of Oliver Hermanus’ new thriller are some of the highlights. Hermanus made the gay film Beauty that won the Queer Palm. Nobody’s Died Laughing is a theatrical-action-documentary that celebrates the life and work of performing artist and activist Piet...

No "Shepherds and butchers" in Durban

Producer, Anant Singh and director, Oliver Schmitz announced with great disappointment, the withdrawal of their film SHEPHERDS AND BUTCHERS from the Durban International Film Festival. Speaking from Berlin, Oliver Schmitz said, “It is with great regret that I support the withdrawal of SHEPHERDS AND BUTCHERS from the Durban International Film Festival. I had high hopes of premiering SHEPHERDS AND BUTCHERS in Durban. It has been the most respected South African festival for me for...

The Journeymen opens DIFF

The Durban International Film Festival is pleased to announce that the opening night film of the 37th edition will be the World Premiere of the South African documentary, The Journeymen, the latest instalment in the Twenty Journey project. The documentary has been directed by Sean Metelerkamp and produced by filmmaker Jolynn Minnaar whose film, Unearthed, was one of the big hits at DIFF 2014. Filmed as part of the Twenty Journey project in 2014, the year in which South Africa celebrated 20 year...

Strong African Content for DIFF 2016

This year’s edition of the Durban International Film Festival (16-26 June) once more features a very strong selection of African titles. With just under half of all the films originating from Africa and South Africa, and much of the rest of the programme dealing with diasporic issues and identity politics, this year’s DIFF is a true festival of African film located within a global context. Of the 101 feature-length films to be shown at the festival, 50 are African films, including ...


The annual Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) and the Durtban FilmMart (DFM) have announced the dates for next year’s editions, which take place almost a month earlier than the usual July dates. The DIFF will now take place from June 16 to 26, 2016 while the DFM will take place from 17 to 20 June, 2016 The events have been rescheduled due to a clash with the 21st International Aids Conference, which takes place at the end of Jul 2016. The AIDS conference will be using both the El...

DIFF announces award winners for 2015

The Durban International Film Festival announced its award-winners at the closing ceremony of the festival’s 36th edition at the Suncoast Cinecentre, prior to the screening of the closing film, The Prophet directed by Roger Allers.  The international jury this year was led by former Manager of the DIFF and current Director of the Sydney Film Festival, Nashen Moodley and included prolific and award-winning South African filmmaker Robbie Thorpe, South African producer of numerous award...

Do I sound gay?

Showing at DIFF at the same time as its opening in the US is a fascinating documentary about the gay voice called Do I sound gay?. The film is a funny yet technical examination of the gay voice, which I didn't know existed before I saw the film. It is a real eye-opener as it immediately made you examine your own voice. Suddenly everybody in the cinema was practising their s's and going down at the end of a sentence instead of going up! The crowd was mainly gay and they, as I,...

Dealt a taste of Durban weather

I saw one of the best crime thrillers that I've ever seen last night and visited Taste of Durban, a food festival presented outdoors in the pouring rain.  Durbanites huddled under their umbrellas while sampling food and wine. That reminds me, I'm seeing a Swedish documentary about food porn called Foodies today. I could only take competing for a dry seat, hiding under umbrellas, getting rain in my Thai food and having my ale diluted for so long and headed for the scr...

Joost do it

Nike changed their well-known slogan from Just do it to Joost do it on the sports icon's 43nd birthday. Normally that sort of tribute would mean you have made it. In his case, it was a way of saying thank you for still being with us. I saw Glory Game - The Joost van der Westhuizen Story at DIFF yesterday and its a masterpiece.  The cinema was almost empty with a couple of die hard fans. I find that shocking as people apparently don't pay to see documentaries. If ...

The sun always shines on TV

  I arrived in Durban, one of the world's top surf cities and a sub tropical paradise on 22 July and it's wet, cold and gloomy.  Allow me to quote eighties band A-ha when they sang "The sun always shines on TV". They sang about the unpredictable British weather; I am referring to what happens at one of the world's top film festivals. It may have been wet and cold outside, but the impact of the two world premieres screened on 22 July and the sold o...

A Dry White Season on Mandela Day

The award-winning and world-renowned French filmmaker Euzhan Palcy will showcase her most celebrated work, A DRY WHITE SEASON (1989), as part of the film’s 25th anniversary at this year’s Durban International Film Festival (DIFF). The film was adapted from a book by the acclaimed South African writer Andre Brink who died earlier this year. Palcy will be honoring Brink on Mandela Day (July 18). Additionally, in a tribute to her contribution to the South African film industry, Palcy w...

Fabulous French films in Durban

Urucu Media, one of South Africa’s newest feature film production houses, which recently produced the internationally acclaimed Necktie Youth, is proud to announce that they have partnered with Cannes’s La Semaine de la Critique (Critic’s Week) to host a dynamic selection of the top films emerging from this programme in recent years.  The South African programme launches as part of the Durban International Film Festival 2015, at Cinecentre, Suncoast ...

Get on board for surfing movies with Wavescape Surf Film Festival

 To mark a decade of bringing the best surfing films to Durban, the Wavescape Surf Film Festival has announced a record lineup of 23 movies over a week at the 36th Durban International Film Festival, which takes place from July 16 to 26. Every conceivable film technique and technology is represented in an extraordinary selection of films, according to Spike from Wavescape, co-director of the Wavescape festival. “We have some excellent documentaries, including the hair-raising story o...

Durban going back to its roots

The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) has announced its programme and the choice is amazing. DIFF returns for its 36th year of cinematic celebration. From 16 to 26 July, the city will be illuminated by the wonder and diversity of global cinema. This year's diverse line-up includes an expanded focus on African cinema with a selection of Africa's Lost Classics and a showcase of this year's FESPACO winners. Other focus areas include a cross-section of contemporary cinema...

SA Film Ayanda announced as DIFF’s opening night film July 16

Aynada's director: Sara Blecher   The highly anticipated South African film Ayanda, directed by Sara Blecher and produced by Real Eyes in association with Leading Lady Productions, has been announced as the opening night film of the 36th The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) which takes place from 16 to 26 July this year. Set in the vibrant, Afropolitan community of Johannesburg’s Yeoville, Ayanda is a coming-of-age story of a twenty-one year old Afro-hipster, ...

9 documentaries and 10 fictions selected for the 6th Durban FilmMart

  François Vester - Life and Times of John C Nineteen documentaries and fiction feature film projects from around Africa have been selected for this year’s Durban FilmMart (DFM) which takes place in Durban, South Africa from July 17 to 20, 2015. The details of the selection were announced at a networking function held at the South Africa Pavilion at the Cannes International Film Festival last night. The Durban FilmMart, now in it’s it 6th edition has selected thes...

Eco-film about controversial titanium mining to co-premiere at Encounters and the Durban IFF

The Shore Break, an award-winning film that unpacks the dilemma faced by a rural community on South Africa’s Wild Coast as to whether to support or resist a proposed titanium mining project that could fundamentally change their lives forever, will have its South African co-premiere at the Encounters International Documentary Film Festival in June and at the Durban International Film Festival in July. Directed by Ryley Grunenwald, The Shore Break was a selected project at ...

Produire au Sud of Festival des 3 Continents, Nantes – France partners with Africa’s Premier Film Market

Dominique Wellinski   Produire au Sud of Festival des 3 Continents, in Nantes, France together with the French Embassy in South Africa have once again partnered with Africa’s premier film finance and co-production forum, the Durban FilmMart (DFM), which takes place during the 36th Durban International Film Festival from July 16 to 26, 2015. This is the third year that this prestigious film developmental programme has partnered with the DFM, a film industry development initiative ...


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This longest-running S.A. festival has +-300 films from +- 30 countries. Highlights: African & International film; workshops with directors, etc. Competition! It has screenings in areas where cinemas are non-existent. A high-profile screening platform.

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