DIFF 2016: Final reminder for call for submissions

The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) would like to send a reminder about the closure of submissions for this year’s edition. The festival invites filmmakers from across the world to submit their Short, Documentary or Feature Fiction films to screen in the festival running from 16 to 26 June 2016. The 37th edition of the festival is organised through key partnerships with the Durban Film Office, eThekwini Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission, National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) and other valued funders and partners.

With screenings of 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 diverse venues in and around the city of Durban. DIFF is the premiere platform for the launch of African films and a key gateway to the African film industry. The festival also includes an annual local and international awards component.

Only films completed in 2014, 2015 and 2016 will be considered for the festival programme, and 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. In order to submit a film, an account needs to be created if this has not already been done in previous years. The deadline for all entries, including delivery of screeners, is 29 February 2016.

This year’s festival will feature a focus on the important issue of HIV and aids within film; DIFF invites filmmakers with films on this subject to submit for consideration in this category.

Each edition of the festival features an extensive Industry Programme with seminars and workshops comprised of both local and international filmmakers and industry professionals. The programme is made up of the 9th Talents Durban (17 to 21 June 2016), presented in co-operation with Berlinale Talents, and the 7th Durban FilmMart (17 to 20 June 2016), presented in partnership with the Durban Film Office, as well as various other streams of programming.

For more information visit the DIFF website or email diff@ukzn.ac.za.