36th Durban International Film Festival opens on 16 July
The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), hosted by the Centre for Creative Arts (CCA) within the College of Humanities, runs from 16-26 July in celebration of the wonder and diversity of global cinema.
Speaking at the launch, Festival Manager Mr Pedro Pimenta said DIFF would show a selection of the best of contemporary cinema, including 74 feature films, 50 documentaries, 74 short films and 23 films on surfing.
Pimenta has chosen two films for special screenings. ‘The anti-apartheid film Dry White Season, pays tribute to the late writer André Brink and homage to South African actors who risked their lives for making the film. The other film, Tell me Sweet Something, will be a once-off screening in KwaMashu. I hope all these films at DIFF will be a source of inspiration to current and future generations of filmmakers.’
Speaking on behalf of the DVC and Head of the College of Humanities, Professor Cheryl Potgieter, Director of Professional Services for the College, Mr Kishore Gobardan, said the University had a strong association with DIFF and the remaining CCA festivals and would continue to support them.
The Head of the eThekwini Municipality's Parks, Recreation and Culture Department, Mr Thembinkosi Ngcobo, said DIFF had become a signature event for Durban and continued to grow.
‘As a city, we are confident that DIFF is contributing to a shifting perception towards the importance of the Arts. Through the evident achievements of the CCA’s festivals, we are increasing our financial contribution from R1million rand to R4 million,’ said Ngcobo.
This year’s opening night film is Ayanda, which tells the story of a 21-year-old woman who holds onto the legacy of her late father through an auto repair garage. The closing night’s film will be an animation of the Kahlil Gibran book, The Prophet.
The festival offers extensive workshops, panel discussions and seminars with industry experts which run throughout the festival.
There is an expanded focus on African Cinema with a selection of Africa’s Lost Classics as well as a cross-section of contemporary cinema from Brazil, an investigation into the film-making landscape of a changing Tunisia, and DIFF Beat which celebrates several music-based films. There is also a selection of environmentally and sustainability themed films and the Wavescape Surf Film Festival.
Principal screening venues are Suncoast Cinecentre; Ster Kinekor Musgrave; Cinema Nouveau – Gateway; Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre; Ekhaya Multi-Arts Centre in KwaMashu, and the Tsogo Sun Elangeni Hotel.
Other venues include the Bay of Plenty Lawns, the KZNSA Gallery, the Denis Hurley Centre, Sizakala Centre, Durban Music School and the Luthuli Museum on the North Coast, which will have a special programme of screenings.
There is free entrance to screenings at the Luthuli Museum, Ekhaya, Elangeni Hotel, the Denis Hurley Centre, Sizakala Centre, Durban Music School and the Bay of Plenty lawns.
Tickets at other venues cost between R20 and R40.
Programme booklets with the full screening schedule and synopses of all the films will be available free at cinemas, and other public information outlets.
For full festival details go to www.durbanfilmfest.co.za or phone 031-260 2506 or 031-260 1816.