Durban International Film Festival to showcase local talent
The countdown to the 33 Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) is on following the Johannesburg launch.
This year’s DIFF is scheduled to take place from the July 19 to the 29, 2012 in Durban and the National Film and Video Foundation, the statutory body mandated to spearhead the development of local film industry, is one of the major partners of the festival.
Speaking at the launch, 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, prises will range from R25 to R35 and R50 for 3D screenings.