DIFF 2016 calls on filmmakers to submit entries
DIFF is a 10-day celebration of world-class cinema, covering new feature, documentary and short films from around the globe with a special focus on African film. (Photo: Durban International Film Festival)

Filmmakers from South Africa, the rest of Africa and across the globe have been invited to submit their productions for screening in the 37th edition of the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF).

The premiere platform for the launch of African films and a key gateway to the African film industry, DIFF also includes an annual local and international awards component.

With screenings of cutting-edge cinema from around the world, containing as always a special focus on both South African and African films, the festival exhibits films in a range of venues in and around the city of Durban.

The festival is hosted by the Centre for Creative Arts, University of KwaZulu-Natal and is supported by the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission, eThekwini Municipality, National Film and Video Foundation, Gauteng Film Commission, German Embassy, Goethe Institut, and Film and Publication Board.

New dates for DIFF 2016

DIFF 2016 will take place from 16 to 26 June, almost a month earlier than its usual dates, in order to avoid clashing with the 21st International Aids Conference which Durban is hosting in July 2016. The parallel Durban Film Mart (DFM) will take place from 17 to 20 June.

Toni Monty, head of the Durban Film Office, said in a recent statement that the rescheduling "may work in favour of the DFM and DIFF because it is just before the July summer holidays in Europe, which is traditionally used as a recess period for filmmakers, and that often impacts on their availability in July."

The festival's new opening date also coincides with South Africa's national Youth Day, which may open up long weekend possibilities for some festinos, as well as thematic opportunities for the festival to explore the role of the youth in the country's film industry.

The festival features an extensive industry programme, comprising seminars and workshops led by local and international industry professionals. The programme will include the Durban Film Mart and 9th Talents Durban (17 to 21 June), presented in co-operation with Berlinale Talents.

How to submit an entry

Filmmakers are invited to submit their short films, documentaries or feature fiction films for screening at DIFF 2016. This year's festival will also include a focus on issues around HIV-Aids and film, and DIFF has invited filmmakers to submit relevant films for consideration in this category.

Only films completed in 2014, 2015 and 2016 will be considered. There is no charge for entry.

Submissions will be accepted via an online screener. All submissions must be entered via the DIFF Visitor Page online at vp.eventival.eu/cca/diff2016. (An account must be created in order to submit a film, unless this has already been done previously.)

The deadline for entries, including delivery of screeners, is 29 February 2016.

Source: staff reporter

Contact the Gauteng Film Commission