DIFF 2018 call for entries

Strike A Rock won the Best South African Documentary Film award at the 2017 DIFF Awards

The Durban International Film Festival submissions for the 2018 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 19 to 29 July 2017. The 39th edition of the festival is organised by the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts in partnerships 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, and a 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 premier 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.

Only films completed in 2017 and 2018 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.  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 2018.

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 11th Talents Durban presented in co-operation with Berlinale Talents, and the 9th Durban FilmMart presented in partnership with the Durban Film Office, as well as various other streams of programming.

For more information visit the DIFF website or email diff@ukzn.ac.za.




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