33rd Durban International Film Festival kicks off

33rd Durban International Film Festival kicks off

The 33rd Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) is set to ‘wow’ film audiences and fundi’s this year with a myriad of exciting films. The festival will run from 19-29 July and will see 290 screenings in 10 venues across the city- 80 feature films, 40 documentaries, 45 short films and a comprehensive programme of workshops and seminars.

The festival is being hosted by UKZN’s Centre for Creative Arts (CCA) and is being principally funded by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund.

Director for CCA, Mr Peter Rorvik said a number of important film industry development initiatives such as Talent Campus Durban and Durban FilmMart will take place. . ‘In addition to the closed programmes, free filmmaker seminars, workshops and public discussion forums are offered for professionals, aspirants and members of the public interested in the inner workings of the film industry,’ he said.

According to CCA publicist Ms Sharlene Versfeld, the blossoming African film industry will take centre stage this year with 66 South African films being thrust into the spotlight.

‘Opening the festival this year is Elelwani by Ntshavheni wa Luruli, that stars Florence Masebe. The film addresses the convergence of modernity and traditional culture. The closing film by Director Mr Wayne Thornley and the Triggerfish team is the delightful story of animal kingdom Ubuntu in the pioneering 3D animation Adventures in Zambezia,’ said Versfeld.

This year’s festival will also see films from contemporary Europe with a special focus on French films such as The Lady, a powerful biopic on Burmese leader Ms Aung San Suu Kyi. An Eco-lens section of the festival will shine a light on ecological and environmental issues.

Some of the principal screening venues for DIFF are the Suncoast CineCentre, Ster Kinekor Musgrave, Cinema Nouveau Gateway and the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre. Tickets should be acquired from the respective venues and prices range from R25 to R35.

Programme booklets with the full screening schedule and synopses of all the films are available free at cinemas and other public information outlets. 
author email : mungroo@ukzn.ac.za