Durban International Film Festival

NAME OF FESTIVAL: Durban International Film Festival
SINCE: 1980
WHERE: Durban, South Africa
WEBSITE: www.durbanfilmmart.com/DurbanIntFilmFestival
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL: “The Durban International Film Festival ( DIFF), the oldest and largest festival in Southern Africa, presents over 250 screenings celebrating the best in South African, African and international cinema; with filmmaker workshops, industry seminars, discussion forums, community engagement events, competitions and much more.”

John Carney’s SING STREET to Open Dublin International Film Festival

John Carney’s SING STREET to Open Dublin International Film Festival

John Carney’s SING STREET will open the upcoming 2016 Audi Dublin International Film Festival on February 18, 2016 . Directed by John Carney (ONCE), SING STREET stars Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Aidan Gillen, Maria Doyle Kennedy and Jack Reynor. SING STREET takes us back to 1980s Dublin where an economic recession forces Conor out of his comfortable private school and into survival mode at the inner-city public school where the kids are rough and the teachers are […]

Dates Revealed for 2016 Durban International Film Festival

Dates Revealed for 2016 Durban International Film Festival

The annual Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) and the Durban FilmMart (DFM) have announced the dates for next year’s editions, which take place almost a month earlier than the usual July dates. The 2016 Durban International Film Festival 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, […]

36th Durban International Film Festival Awards; SUNRISE Wins Best Film

36th Durban International Film Festival Awards; SUNRISE Wins Best Film

The 36th Durban International Film Festival announced the award-winners at the closing ceremony, prior to the screening of the closing film, The Prophet directed by Roger Allers.  The award for the Best Feature Film, went to Sunrise directed by Partho Sen-Gupta. The film was described by the jury as “an uncompromising, brilliantly-crafted film that takes us through a fragmented mind, into a shady world allowing us to enter the reality of Mumbai’s underbelly”. (pictured above) The […]

Restored Anti-apartheid Film, A Dry White Season, will Screen on Mandela Day 2015 for Durban International Film Festival

Restored Anti-apartheid Film, A Dry White Season, will Screen on Mandela Day 2015 for Durban International Film Festival

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 […]

23 Movies on Lineup for 2015 Wavescape Surf Film Festival at Durban International Film Festival

23 Movies on Lineup for 2015 Wavescape Surf Film Festival at Durban International Film Festival

The 2015 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 of the Signal Hill Speed Run (pictured above) in California that […]

2015 Durban International Film Festival Lineup, Strong Focus on South African Films

2015 Durban International Film Festival Lineup, Strong Focus on South African Films

The 36th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) taking place from 16 to 26 July, the city unveiled a lineup that includes 74 feature films, 50 documentaries, 74 short films and 23 surf films.  The festival also offers an extensive workshop and seminar program in which industry experts from around the world share their knowledge and skills. The 2015 Durban International Film Festival lineup includes an expanded focus on African cinema with a selection of Africa’s Lost […]

African Filmmakers Selected for Talents Durban 2015 at Durban International Film Festival

African Filmmakers Selected for Talents Durban 2015 at Durban International Film Festival

The 36th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) announced the participants of the 8th edition of Talents Durban, presented in cooperation with the Berlinale Talents an initiative of the Berlin International Film Festival. Talents Durban is a five day development programme made up of workshops and seminars for African filmmakers delivered by film professionals, academics and intellectuals. The Talents, who are selected through a rigorous application process, will also have the opportunity to attend screenings and […]

South African film AYANDA to Open 36th Durban International Film Festival

South African film AYANDA to Open 36th Durban International Film Festival

The South African film AYANDA, directed by Sara Blecher has been selected as the opening night film of the 36th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) which takes place from July16 to 26 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, who embarks on a journey of self-discovery when she has to fight to save her late father’s legacy – a motor repair shop […]

“The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared” and “1994: The Bloody Miracle” Win Audience Awards at 2014 Durban International Film Festival

“The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared” and “1994: The Bloody Miracle” Win Audience Awards at 2014 Durban International Film Festival

 The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and DisappearedThe 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

The Durban International Film Festival announced the winners of its audience awards for 2014. The winning feature is The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared from Swedish director Felix Herngren, and the DIFF 2014 audience award for best documentary goes to 1994: The Bloody Miracle, directed by Meg Rickards and Bert Haisma.  Based on the internationally best-selling novel by Jonas Jonasson, the energetically oddball black comedy, The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared from Swedish director Felix Herngren, begins with irrepressible pensioner and dynamite expert Allan Karlsson’s escape from a retirement home. His subsequent cross-county shenanigans are interspersed with flashbacks to a past studded with extraordinary events and famous historical figures. Highly entertaining, its pastiche of history refracted through the life of an eccentric is reminiscent of a darker take on Forrest Gump. The film received nearly unanimous votes of excellent from the DIFF audience.

Malian Film “Timbuktu” Leads Award Winners of South Africa’s 2014 Durban International Film Festival

Malian Film “Timbuktu” Leads Award Winners of South Africa’s 2014 Durban International Film Festival

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The Durban International Film Festival announced its award-winners at the closing ceremony of the festival’s 35th edition At the awards ceremony, the festival’s highest accolade of Best Feature Film went to Malian auteur Abderrahmane Sissako’s masterful Timbuktu, from a selection of competition films that the international jury described as having dealt with “individuals coping with ideological, social and political pressures whilst trying to find their own identity and humanity in a world increasingly under distress.” 

A Snake Gives Birth to a Snake Documentary about South African Actors to World Premiere at 2014 Durban International Film Festival

A Snake Gives Birth to a Snake Documentary about South African Actors to World Premiere at 2014 Durban International Film Festival

Sibulele Gcilitshana, Quanita Adams, Sandile Matsheni & Jenny Stead, performing Truth in TranslationSibulele Gcilitshana, Quanita Adams, Sandile Matsheni & Jenny Stead, performing Truth in Translation

A Snake Gives Birth to a Snake, the documentary debut of television/film/theatre director Michael Lessac, will World Premiere at the Durban International Film Festival taking place in venues in and around Durban,  South Africa from July 17 to 27, 2014.  The gala screening is on July 20, 2014.

A Snake Gives Birth to a Snake follows a diverse group of South African actors as they tour global war-torn regions to share their country’s experience of reconciliation. As they ignite dialogue among people with raw memories of atrocity, the actors find they must confront once again their homeland’s complicated and violent past – and question their own capacity for healing and forgiveness.

Full Program Announced for 2014 Durban International Film Festival

Full Program Announced for 2014 Durban International Film Festival

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2014 sees the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) return for its 35th year to celebrate the wonder and diversity of global cinema. From 17 to 27 July, Durban will be lit by the glow of the silver screen, with over 250 screenings in 9 venues across the city. Alongside this smorgasbord of the best of contemporary cinema from around the planet, including 69 feature films, 60 documentaries, 57 short films and 19 surf films, the festival offers a comprehensive workshop and seminar programme that facilitates the sharing of knowledge and skills by film industry experts. 

This year’s diverse line-up of world-class cinema includes a key focus on 20 years of freedom and democracy in South Africa, as well as a snapshot of contemporary British film and various focus areas. DIFF 2014 includes a generous selection of feature films, cutting edge documentaries, eight packages of short films and a selection of thrilling surf films in the Wavescape Film Festival. This year also sees the return of Durban Wild Talk Africa, which includes a selection of the best environmentally themed films from around the world, as well as the second edition of ‘The Films That Made Me’, in which an acclaimed director introduces five films that have been important to their growth as a filmmaker .