December 3, 2018

Call for Submissions: Durban International Film Festival 2019


The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) invites filmmakers from across the world to submit their Short, Documentary or Feature Fiction films to screen in the festival from 18-28 July 2019 under the theme Reimaging DIFFerent.

With screenings of cutting-edge 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 premier 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.

As the DIFF turns a historic 40, the 2019 festival intends to celebrate a legacy of supporting South African and African filmmakers and our partnership with a global film industry. The festival is Reimaging African cinema as they recognize DIFF as a platform that opens space to discover, birth, seek out, and hear new and established film voices. They celebrate the decolonising of the embedded canonical film centres globally as they return to the need to find the hidden gems and create a platform where new film voices are discovered and born – this is the onward journey of the DIFF. DIFF is looking for films that are the solution to questions yet to be formulated, a curated showcase of films that are part of a paradigm shift, the very best the African continent has on offer.

Only films completed in 2018 and 2019 and there is no charge for entry. Submissions will be accepted via an ONLINE SCREENER. All submissions must be entered via the DIFF Submission page here.

The deadline for all entries is 15 March 2019.

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 12th Talents Durban (19 to 24 July 2019), presented in co-operation with Berlinale Talents, and the 10th Durban FilmMart (19 to 23 July 2019), presented in partnership with the Durban Film Office, as well as various other streams of programming.

For more information visit www.durbanfilmfest.co.za or email diff@ukzn.ac.za