The 28th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) will present a selection of the best in cinema from South Africa, Africa and around the world, most of which are premiere showings in this country. Over 300 screenings will be showcased at 25 venues across the Durban district between 20 June and 1 July. Including numerous award-winners, the line-up of cutting edge feature films is supplemented by a prime selection of topical documentaries and short films.
Themes and focus areas of DIFF 2007 include a South African and African perspective featuring the cream of the new crop of productions from this continent; the New Crowned Hope series of films commissioned to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Mozart; the Poverty and Inequality Challenge Film Festival; the 3rd Wavescapes Surf Film Festival; Focus on Italian Cinema; Focus on Cinema of the Middle East; New Danish Cinema; Indian Ocean Islands Panorama; a Gay and Lesbian Cinema focus; the IceBox package of experimental films and animation; Films on Music and live music events.
The festival also offers free workshops, industry seminars, and public discussion forums with visiting filmmakers.
Principal festival venues are NuMetro CineCentre Suncoast, Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre; Musgrave Ster-Kinekor; Cinema Nouveau Gateway; Ekhaya Multi-Arts Centre; BAT Centre; KwaSuka Theatre; and outreach screenings in township areas where cinemas are non-existent.
Comprehensive programme booklets with film synopses and daily screening schedules will be widely available from June.
For more information telephone the Centre for Creative Arts on 031-2602506 or visit www.cca.ukzn.ac.za.
Organised by the Centre for Creative Arts (UKZN) the Durban International Film Festival is funded by National Film & Video Foundation, National Lottery Distribution Fund, HIVOS, Stichting Doen, City of Durban, Ethekwini Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development, with support from Royal Netherlands Embassy, French Embassy, Goethe Institute and other partners.