An important aspect of the annual Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), which runs this year from 23 July to 2 August at venues throughout the city and its surrounds, is its developmental drive. Each year it creates a number of workshops and seminars specifically targeted at emerging and aspiring filmmakers.
The second Talent Campus Durban will bring together 40 young filmmakers from 21 African countries for an intensive five-day workshop programme.
Public workshops include presentations from the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC).
In addition, there is a line-up of industry experts and film festival directors and producers, who will present their expertise free to the public on panels pertaining to funding, pitching, distribution, production and scriptwriting.
Another special event sees the National Department of Arts and Culture, Film, Video and Sound Archives presenting on panels and hosting a week-long exhibition on the history of South African film (at the Royal Hotel), and a discussion on the 100th anniversary of Durban’s first film theatre, the Electric Cinema.
See all film synopses, screening schedules and workshop programme at www.cca.ukzn.ac.za