Durban International Film Festival Industry Programme Kicks Off
The University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts (CCA), is currently hosting the Durban International Festival (DIFF) from 10 to 20 September 2020. As part of the film festival, the isiPhethu programme will kick off on Monday 14 September. It will act as the centre stage for the industry role players to showcase their work, talents and network within the industry. The vibrant and diverse programme educates, trains and up-skills, but also instils confidence in young aspiring filmmakers.
‘The virtual experience this year is breath-taking, and it’s the first of its kind since the inception of the festival over four decades ago. The idea is to link the film community virtually in these trying times where the covid19 pandemic threatens not just our lives but the arts in general’, said isiPhethu Curator Sakhile Gumede
This year’s panel is nothing short of amazing and includes a range of the top facilitators and guest speakers from across the globe. Amongst some of the highlights are panels hosted by the San Francisco Black Film Festival, SWIFT, Visual Network SA and the George Mason University.
On Monday 14 September at 12 pm Thato Molamu, actor and founder of Leaders In Motion Academy (LIMA), will host a workshop on the business of filmmaking.
On Thursday 17 September at 3 pm, writer, producer and director Taheim Bryan, from the film “Equal Standard” will be hosting a session about his film. The session will include castmates Ice T – Executive Producer, Treach – Producer, Tobias Truvillion- Lead Actor, Syleena Johnson- Co-Star, Bishop Mitchell Taylor and Myles Clohessy.
The jam-packed programme of workshops and panels is available for free through Zoom. The full schedule and the links to the Zoom sessions are made available on the Durban International Film Festival Facebook page.
About the festival
In the coming days, audiences can enjoy drive-in screenings in Port Shepstone, Richards Bay and Newcastle. The closing film “Dust” is set to screen in Durban, closing the festival on 19 September, alongside the announcement of the DIFF2020 awards. Tickets are R100 per car and available on Quicket.
Virtually, a combination of 60 feature films, documentaries and shorts, will be presented for free on www.durbanfilmfest.com. On the website, audiences can rent films and will have two days to watch them. Screenings are limited, so films may sell out during the festival. Various Q&A’s are hosted on the festival’s social media channels throughout the festival.
The 41st edition of the festival is organised by the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts, in partnership and with the support of US Consulate Durban, KZN Film Commission, the National Film and Video Foundation, the Gauteng Film Commission, KZN Department of Arts & Culture, the Film and Publications Board and other valued funders and partners.