DIFF 2017 call for entries
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Tue, 24 Jan 2017 09:51

The Durban International Film Festival submissions for the 2017 edition of the festival are open.

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 13 to 23 July 2017. The 38th edition of the festival is organised by the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts in partnership with the Durban Film Office, eThekwini Municipality, National Film and Video Foundation, KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission and other valued funders and partners.

With screenings of cutting-edge cinema from around the world, with special focus on both South African and African films, the festival exhibits films in a range of diverse venues in and around the city of Durban. DIFF is a premiere platform for the launch of African films and a key gateway to the African film industry. The festival also includes an annual local and international awards component.

This year the festival will shine a light upon the ever expanding trend in cinema highlighting the refugee or immigrant stories with Transit Tales. As the global society expands further every year, cinema has highlighted the stories of subjects as they chase their hopes and dreams for their lives in a new and sometimes unknown land. The festival is looking for feature, shorts and documentaries that chronicle such stories from various corners of the globe.

Only films completed in 2016 and 2017 will be considered, and there is no charge for entry. Submissions will be accepted via an online screener. All submissions must be entered via the DIFF Visitor Page online. In order to submit a film, an account needs to be created if this has not already been done in previous years. The deadline for all entries (short films, documentaries and feature fiction films), including delivery of screeners, is 28 February 2017.

Each edition of the festival features an extensive Industry Programme with seminars and workshops comprised of both local and international filmmakers and industry professionals. The programme includes the 10th Talents Durban (14 to 18 July 2017), presented in co-operation with Berlinale Talents, and the 8th Durban FilmMart (14 to 17 July 2017), presented in partnership with the Durban Film Office, as well as various other streams of programming.

For more information check out the festival Submission FAQs, visit the festival website or email diff@ukzn.ac.za.

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