The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), Africa’s premier film event, which is hosted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts, presents its 38th edition from 13 to 23 July, 2017, in the east coast city of Durban, South Africa. Arguably the continent’s biggest film event, which attracts both film-lovers and industry representatives from across Africa and beyond, the DIFF is a ten day celebration of world class cinema which screens new feature, documentary and short films from around the globe with a special focus on African film.
The festival also includes the Wavescape Surf Film Festival as well as important industry initiatives featuring a programme of seminars and workshops with notable industry figures, the 10th Talents Durban (in cooperation with the Berlinale Talents) and the 8th Durban FilmMart co-production market (in partnership with the Durban Film Office). The festival is a hub for the African film industry and is an unmissable date for both industry representatives and lovers of film.
AFDA films, staff, students and alumni have an important contribution and footprint at DIFF this year, starting with the appointment of AFDA honours alumna Chipo Zhou being appointed as manager of DIFF.
AFDA Durban staff will be giving a number of workshops at DIFF this year:
Tuesday 18 July
10:30 – 11:45 The art of pitching – (Brent Quin, AFDA) Writers and Directors all believe that they have amazing ideas for their scripts, but how to convince investors and producers.
Wednesday 19 July
09:00 – 10:15 Production – (Richard Green, AFDA) Producing films from script to screen.
Thursday 20 July
09:00 – 10:00 Screen Acting – (Roel Twijnstra, AFDA) The impact of a camera on performance.
Friday 21 July
09:00 – 10:15 Shooting your film – camera / lights/sound – (Damien Tomaselli, AFDA) Translating the script to the screen.
Saturday 22 July
09:00 – 10:15 Post Production – (Stuart Strydom, AFDA) Editing is like putting all the pieces of a puzzle together to complete the perfect picture.
AFDA 3rd year students will be shooting interviews with festival guests and writing reviews on selected films which will be published during the festival for DIFF.
Four AFDA films – “Homecoming”, a fourth year AFDA Cape Town 2016 postgraduate film, “Mandlahke”, a fourth year Durban 2016 postgraduate film, “Sicela Amanzi” and “Eldos”, two Johannesburg 2016 undergraduate films, have been officially selected to screen in competition this year.
Four AFDA alumni and staff feature films and documentaries projects in development have been selected for the 8th edition of the Durban FilmMart (DFM):
Dabulaphu (Short Cut) (South Africa) – produced Kethiwe Ngcobo and David Max Brown and directed by Norman Maake
The Girl from Wereldend (Namibia) – produced by Dylan Voogt and directed by Jana Brückner
The Sovereign (South Africa) – produced by Gary King, Cait Pansegrouw and Elias Ribeiro and directed by Wim Steytler
Womxn: Working (South Africa) – produced by Tiny Mungwe and directed by Shanelle Jewnarain
For those unfamiliar with VR – or who may not have experienced it for themselves – a VR demo session will take place on Sunday, July 16, from 10am-12noon, in the form of a Master Class presented by AFDA which will showcase the Pro VR 360 Headset. Then, on Monday, July 17, from 2pm-3pm, there will be a session entitled: ‘VR: What’s Happening in Africa and What Can We Make Happen?’ presented by Electric South and AFDA. Featuring VR experts Ingrid Kopp and AFDA’s Shmerah Passchier, the session will explore the possibilities for VR on the continent as well as present and discuss various projects that are currently underway in Africa. Kopp, who is one of the leading authorities on interactive media and virtual reality in the context of digital narratives, will talk about her experience with African-produced VR and the challenges facing the industry, while Passchier will discuss the notion of the cyborg filmmaker, in which virtual reality and the notion of the digital-human collide.