The University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts (CCA) hosts the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) from 22 July to 1 August, 2021. This 42nd edition features close to 140 feature films, documentaries and short films alongside an industry programme dubbed Isiphethu.

Workshops and seminars take place between 26 and 30 July, and are accessible for free through Zoom and streamed live on Facebook. Find the entire programme and register for the Zoom Room here.

Durban International Film Festival 2021Virtual screenings

See the full film programme here. Tickets for the virtual screenings are only available from South Africa, and are free and accessible through a booking system, from 22 July.

Screenings by film students and a diverse workshop- and seminar programme are the pulse of this year’s Isiphethu programme. It aims to up-skill aspirant filmmakers and share information relevant to the film industry.

This year student films come from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, which are screening six films created by filmmakers from their Digital Arts discipline at the Pietermaritzburg Campus. Also, AFDA: The School for the Creative Economy, Durban Campus, are screening three short films created by their students.

Some of the highlights of the workshop- and seminar programme include a seminar on ‘mixtape filmmaking’ by Khalid EL-Jelailati, who will share innovative ways of doing business in the world of film as an independent maker.

In collaboration with the Nelson Mandela Children’s Film Festival, Isiphethu is hosting a pitching session on children’s films, which gives filmmakers the opportunity to pitch their films to industry professionals and receive feedback.

Additionally, the programme hosts a masterclass in sound engineering facilitated by Thapelo Makhubo and a masterclass in editing for documentaries by renowned editor Khalid Shamis. Dr Rebekah Louise Smith will take filmmakers through PR, marketing and film festival strategies.

“Our objective is to connect the world to the continent and also give a platform to local industry role players. This will not be possible without friends of the festival, partners and funders. I extend my gratitude to the colleagues who made this possible,” says Isiphethu manager Sakhile Gumede.

What: Durban International Film Festival DIFF 2021
When: 22 July – 1 August 2021
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