There’s a wealth of local film to look forward to following the Johannesburg launch of the 33rd Durban International Film Festival on Thursday 28 June. The festival, the largest in South Africa, will run from 19 to 29 July.

DIFF 2012

“This year we are showing a total of 66 South African projects, which is the biggest number of local productions we have had ever,” DIFF director Peter Rorvik said at the launch. “Most of these will premiere at the festival.”

The launch was held at the offices of the National Film and Video Foundation, the statutory body mandated to spearhead the development of local film industry, and one of the major sponsors of the festival.

Local films to be screened include the opening film Elelwani, the award-winning Man on Ground, Inside Story, the 3D animation and closing film Adventures in Zambezia, Cry of Love, and the comedies Blitz Patrollie, Copposites and Gog’ Helen.

This year’s festival has a number of themes and focus areas: African Focus, Contemporary Europe, French Focus, A Taste of Japan, and the Wavescape Surf Film Festival. It also offers a wide range of seminars, workshops and special events, as well as the fifth Durban Talent Campus, and the third Durban FilmMart.

NFVF CEO Zama Mkosi said the foundation has a number of events planned for the festival. “We will be hosting a number of industry engagements as well as comprehensive workshops and training seminars for emerging filmmakers,” she said. “DIFF is a very important platform for us to further interact with the industry and contribute to the festival’s offering.”

Screenings will be held at Suncoast Cinecentre, Ster Kinekor Musgrave, Cinema Nouveau Gateway, Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, Ekhaya Multi-Arts Centre in KwaMashu, Luthuli Museum, Bay of Plenty and the Blue Waters Hotel. Screenings will be free of charge at Luthuli Museum, Blue waters, Ekhaya and Bay of Plenty. For other venues, prices range from R25 to R35 and R50 for 3D screenings.

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