19 – 29 July 2012

South Africa’s longest running film festival, the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), is just around the corner in its 33rd edition. DIFF 2012 is scheduled to take place from the 19 to 29 July at various locations in and around Durban and will present over 290 screenings of films from around the world with a strong focus on South African and African cinema.

The festival also runs extensive seminar and workshop programmes to stimulate industry capacity. This includes the participation of 50 filmmakers from Africa in Talent Campus Durban, a cooperation with the Berlin Film Festival, and the Durban FilmMart, a film financing initiative in partnership with Durban Film Office. DIFF is organised by the Centre for Creative Arts (UKZN).

Speaking at the launch of DIFF 2012 in Johannesburg at the end of June, National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) CEO Zama Mkosi said: “We will be hosting a number of industry engagements as well as comprehensive workshops and training seminars for emerging filmmakers. Our view is that DIFF is a very important platform for us to further interact with the industry and contribute to the festival’s offering,” said Mkosi.

DIFF Director Peter Rorvik said that the festival is a proud platform to showcase the South African film products.

“This year we are showing a total of 66 South African projects which is the biggest number of local productions we have had ever, and most of these will premiere at the festival,” added Rorvik.

Local films to be screened include, among others, Elelwani, award-winning Man on Ground, Inside Story, Zambezia – a 3D animation, Cry of Love and Blitz Patrollie which is scheduled to be released on cinema later in the year.

The principal screening venues will be Suncoast Cinecentre, Ster Kinekor Musgrave, Cinema Nouveau Gateway, UKZN’s 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 will range from R25 to R35 and R50 for 3D screenings.

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