South Africa’s Durban International Film Festival (Diff) has opened entries for the 44th edition and is inviting filmmakers to submit their feature films, documentaries, and short films.
According to organisers, the festival prides itself in proactively and concisely promoting the development of African film. The festival will provide a platform for local products alongside an international cinema offering. The 2023 edition will be presented in a reimagined and authentic way, using both online and in-person presentations for film lovers in South Africa.
Themed ‘Disrupted Comforts / Unsettled Nuances’, the 44th edition of the festival will be a provocation for filmmakers who craft their narratives as a bold, political, celebratory response or a call to action to rethink the position and conditions of contemporary societies.
Speaking about the festival, Ismail Mahomed, director of the Centre for Creative Arts, said, “Coupled with the prestigious Diff Award, the Durban International Film Festival celebrates artistic excellence and bravery. We look forward to presenting another successful year of films from across the globe that inspire, engage or challenge whilst satisfying our audience’s quest for narratives that continue to help us better understand our world and the human condition; and, if need be, to harness our human capacity to advance change for a more just society.”
Mahomed notes that the festival aims to contribute to expanding filmmaker networks by attracting local and international stakeholders and media and by creating public awareness about South African and African cinema and about global cinematic gems that will enrich South African audience experiences.
Organisers say the deadline for submissions is 28 February 2023.